Hi! I'm Kelly, the force behind Happy Shack Designs. I live in a happy little shack on the river in Jacksonville, Florida, with my husband and twin daughters. Happy Shack Designs is a dream long in the dreaming. I've wanted to create my own business doing some sort of artwork for as long as I can remember.
Before venturing into my current creative outlets, I spent countless hours working on various needlecraft and sewing projects, skills learned from my mom and my grandmother. I can credit my foray into jewelry to my girls. When they were born, I wanted a mother's bracelet. I saw several styles in catalogs, and all were approximately $100 for a simple double strand. That's when I decided to teach myself how to make jewelry. From there, I was hooked, Happy Shack Designs was born, and I am self-taught through trial and error. My business was officially incorporated in 2005.
I use only the highest quality materials, including sterling silver, Thai silver and fine silver, gold vermeil, 14K gold fill, and 14K gold. I'm addicted to handmade lampwork, so I work primarily in lampwork and Swarovski crystal, but you'll also see pieces incorporating gemstones and pearls. My husband and I both are learning the art of lampworking ourselves through more trial and error. My work contains our beads as well as beads I've collected from all over the world.
You'll also see my photography and mixed media art included here. I've been a photo bug for as long as I can remember and have now fallen in love with all the creative options ditigal photography brings. My fine art photography often contains layers of texture that add an added dimension to the works. I started experimenting with mixed media art in 2009 and am enjoying that medium as well. I often combine my photography into mixed media pieces and also into my jewelry lines by creating glass pendants from my photography.
On a personal note, I love the outdoors, play the guitar badly, play the piano fairly well, sing somewhere in the middle, love to bake, and have the most adorable little red-headed twin daughters ever seen (comin' from a proud Mama); they are the light of my life. I also work full-time in higher education in addition to my Happy Shack, so it gets a little crazy in our world at times. So where do I find time to create jewelry and art with all this and twins to boot? Check out my blog for how it all comes together. Thanks for checking out Happy Shack Designs!