What about me?

As a jewelry artist and freelance writer, I am always editing, tweaking, updating, and adapting my life and my art.

Not quite empty nesters, my husband and I live in the house we built many years ago in the Pinelands of South Jersey. Our twenty-something sons are in the process of making their own lives and careers. We enjoy travel, dinner with friends, reading, yoga, and doing whatever else we feel like doing. We tolerate exercise, yard work, household chores, and errands.

I am inspired by nature. I watch the birds, the deer, and other wild critters that venture onto our property. I love cooking with the produce from my vegetable garden. The eggs from our four chickens are little protein-filled miracles. Yum!

My personal and professional lives are not as separate as they once were. My studio/office, referred to as “the Bat Cave” by my family, is at the end of the hallway. I no longer have to leave the house to go to work.

I love making my jewelry with gemstones. Their colors and textures inspire some of my designs. But what I find most fascinating about gemstones are the beliefs and folklore that surround them – their metaphysical and healing properties. To believe or not to believe… that is always the question.

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. My first published magazine article, in 1999, introduced me to moonlighting as a freelance writer. Writers’ group meetings, conferences, and workshops followed. I wrote regular articles and stories (and was published) for seven years when my family, graduate work, and full-time job took precedence.

Today, with my former teaching life behind me, I can create with words or with wire and gemstones whenever the muse strikes… and sometimes when it doesn’t.

~~Rita

Find me here:
WEB: http://www.jularee.com
TWITTER: twitter.com/jularee
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/julareehandcraftedjewelry

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