An Artist at Heart

As a child and young woman, I was always the creative and inquisitive type. In fact, I had a dream of one day opening my own art studio. I was going to live above it in a beautiful light-filled apartment. As happens with life, things don't go exactly as planned, but I did embrace my artistic side and fell in love with painting. That has translated into more than 20 years as a working artist. More than two decades of bringing colors, textures and layers to life has turned my world into a visual, tactical playground. I ply my trade in my studio that happens to be located in a 1924 farmhouse. My dream did come true—just in a rural environment that has inspired me to constantly explore and that lead me to jewelry.

Paint a Sparkling Story

Beyond painting, I took a class that involved making cuff bracelets from old leather belts. My interest was piqued and that evolved into metalwork and soldering. Pretty soon my passion (and obsession) in making jewelry was born. Beads, chains and wire replaced paint. Hammers and pliers replaced brushes. Three years ago, I realized that my studio was almost completely dedicated to jewelry—and my online shop was born! Now I'm energized every day and excited to make handmade jewelry for a host of very appreciative customers. I'm allowed to indulge my sparkly/romantic side. My graffiti/grunge side. And my vintage side (with a modern twist). I love what I do and I'm really striking a chord with my audience—I'm the most fulfilled I've ever been as an artist by making them happy.

Tidbits About Me

• I live in the Tennessee mountains with my husband and two rescue kitties, Gracie and Minnie

• I enjoy meandering road trips through the mountains (we call it car hiking)

• I am an avid reader

• I adore flowers but my thumb isn't so green. I wish I had a gardener! :)

• Family is important to me

• Attention to detail is my calling card

• And I love people who make me laugh

Thank you so much for supporting handmade! It means the world to me.

Gail Schmidt

How to Measure for a Bracelet or Necklace

Measuring for a Bracelet

Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measure or a strip of paper just above the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet. If you use a plain strip of paper, make a mark with a pen or pencil. You can then use a ruler to measure the marked length. That would be your wrist size.

If you prefer a snug fit add 1/4" - 1/2" to your wrist size. For a little more of a comfort fit add approximately 3/4" - 1". If you like your bracelets really loose with lots of movement add about 1 1/4". It really is all about personal preference.

 Measuring for a Necklace

Necklace length is truly a personal preference. Lengths pictured here are guidelines for illustrative purposes only...to offer you a visual idea of where a necklace might lie.

Body build will make a difference in where a necklace will fall. The best way to determine where the length of a necklace will fall on you is to measure. It is very easy. Grab a soft tape measure (like used in dressmaking), and stand in front of a mirror. Wrap the tape measure around the back of your neck and find the lengths in front that you like best. No tape measure? No problem. Use something like a string or piece of ribbon, wrap it across the back of your neck and down your front where you want it to hang. Continue to hold on to one end for marking and use a ruler or tape measure and measure from your finger to the end.