Joined Dec 15 2010
I started being interested in handmade jewelry in December 2008... 2 years later I'm still at it and getting more diverse. I used to have that same outlook so many people still have that 'beaded jewelry" looks all 70s-ish, but my was I wrong! It's funny, now that I've been introduced to this hand-made world, I just think everyone else knows about all this stuff, but they really don't. There's lots of people still out there was are still unaware of the amazing things we "crafty" people can do. And that's the low end of the spectrum. When you have proper tools and supplies, you sure as heck can come out with something that looks professionally done. It's all in the details.
So I'm self-taught, and have a loooong way to go. I'm enjoying every step of the way. I found Delia on Jewelry Lessons.com then also over at the SJA forums and have fallen in love with her work... I aspire to have that high level of quality and just a smidgen of her creativity some day.