Jewelers.Community Interview: penpen

This interview, with penpen, is from February 2016

We first learned about penpen in a comment posted here. What an inspiration, I must say!

And now, we learn a little more. (Thank-you, penpen, for sharing your story.)

Tell us a little about yourself

I am married to a wonderful man. We have 1 son and daughter-in-law and 2 wonderful grandsons. We have a dog, 3 cats and a cockatiel. I was diagnosed in 2001 with multiple sclerosis. It is progressive.

What is the greatest gift jewelry-making has given you?
Jewelry making isn’t easy for me as I have many different health issues to deal with. I love making jewelry for the relaxation and the joy it gives me with finished pieces. I keep trying to get the tools to help me work better, but financially not able to get them. My husband is my inspiration.

What advice would you give to beginners?

My word of advice for others is, we don’t need to make perfect things, imperfections are one of a kind, and beautiful. My other saying is, jewelry creations are like people. All different , and not perfect. If everything was perfect, there wouldn’t be anything left for a goal.

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Marta ...

Nice interview Penpen. Like your philosophy in your advice to others

Anna ...

I agree with Marta! You are an inspiration to those of us with disabilities. Keep doing what you do!

Cheryl Lojewski ...

Very nice interview Penpen. Keep on creating!

penpen ...

Thank you all so very much, I am so blessed to have people like you all be a part of my life 😊.

Linda Foust ...

Very Nice Penny. Keep up the good work and bless you

penpen ...

Thank you Linda

Madalynne Homme ...

You go girl! I love seeing how you have progressed! You are a inspiration to all of us!

Lefty4ever ...

I’m glad to hear that you are still are able to keep going after your desires. I too have a limited hand use because I only have 1 hand. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful husband that has made me some adaptive tools & equipment. I would love to talk with you more about this, and maybe we can find some tools that could help you to continuing your passion for jewelry making.

penpen ...

That is very nice of you 😊. Thank you

Martha Brownell ...

Words of wisdom, thank you for sharing them.