I grew up in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in a very creative and open-minded family, and come from a line of of mostly self-employed people, often in the field of design and engineering. Growing up I felt the tug to be independent, and strongly wanted to pursue a creative direction, but no matter what I tried, I didn't have a strong inclination of what "craft" I wanted to make mine, or where my talents where. Thanks to my education in the Waldorf school, I was exposed to an enormous variety of crafts, including sewing, metal work, woodwork, many forms of drawing and painting, but nothing really clicked.
After I moved to the USA at the age of 18 and living in New York and Los Angeles several months at a time working in the fashion industry, I finally settled in Raleigh, NC. For the next 8 years I worked as a design assistant and production manager for a local custom jewelry designer who grew her business from a small hobby on her kitchen counter to a thriving business selling to hundreds of stores and catalogs around the country. I learned everything in this job from basic custom jewelry construction and design, to running a small business, growing wholesale accounts, traveling to trade shows, and everything in between. After the birth of my first son in 2003, I left this job to stay home with him and I dove into my own venture without any plan whatsoever. I designed and created things I loved, and signed up for as many local shows as I could get my hands on. I built my own website, set up an Etsy shop, and went wherever the current took me. By 2004 I was fully established as a home based business.
I now find myself in my own studio with tons of natural light, with a thriving and growing business, a steady stream of both retail and wholesale orders, and a part of a huge local creative scene that inspires me every single day. I continue to design and create things that make me happy, and it seems to be what I am supposed to be doing. I. Love. My. Job.
owner, designer & maker of Lucky Accessories
These are a small collection of the reviews I have received from happy customers over the years. More reviews can be found here
"I may end up wearing these to the rehearsal dinner the night before and then as everyday type earrings."
"I am excited to receive these as they are in honor of our identical twin girls, now 4 1/2 years old and we are finally tying the knot. exciting!
The twins' first birthday party was a 2 peas in a pod theme so these earrings are perfect as a remembrance of that baby time!" - Customer note from L.K. 12/2/14
“it is a birthday gift for one of the doctors I work for. She loves my earrings that I have, which are from you, 3 peas in a pod. She has 4 children so, I am getting her the 4 peas in a pod. I just love my earrings and get sooo many compliments.”— Note with order by A.B. 10/7/14
“The earrings arrived today! The pictures do not do them justice! The pearls are so much prettier and brighter than the pictures. Great workmanship on the earrings and packaged nicely. These are for a gift and I am sure that she will love them! Will definitely be back Thank you!”— Order feedback by P. L. 7/12/14
“Arrived quickly and packaged beautifully! I can’t wait to gift these to my mom for Mother’s Day. She is an avid veggie gardener and will love this subtle nod to her four baby peas! Thanks so much. <3”— Order feedback by E.H. 4/26/14
“I loved my earrings so much I ordered another pair!”— Order feeback by J.U. 2/18/14
“Thank you. I love this necklace...it’s my favorite to date!!! ”— Note from S.B. 8/22/13
- February 2014- News Channel 14
- December 2013- News & Observer
- September 2013- News & Observer