About Me

I have always been attracted to color and style and have dabbled in various arts and crafts throughout the years. But I was in my 40’s before I discovered that I was an artist! My journey began by learning how to string a simple bracelet and I’ve been creating beaded jewelry ever since. Along the way I fell in love with lampwork beads and was soon melting glass into my own unique artisan beads. I have no formal art background but have found that I have an innate ability to work with colors and textures; incorporating them into jewelry and beads has become my passion. I am excited about where this unexpected journey will lead me next!

I am co-organizer of West Michigan Bead Expo, the area’s first artisan bead show. I am also a Regional and District Director for the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. I have taught jewelry design through Bead Together’s and community education classes in the Grand Rapids area for over five years. One of my Mobius Wave necklaces was featured in an article in the October 2006 issue of Bead & Button Magazine as well as in two recently released books. In the summer of 2007 another necklace was part of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers jewelry exhibit; Metamorphosis: The Life Cycle of a Glass Bead, which was on exhibit at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA as well as Evoke Gallery in St. Paul, MN.

Most importantly, I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan with my wonderfully supportive husband of 20+ years, Dave and our children Jordan and Brenna. Life is very, very good!


4 responses to “About Me

  1. Hey Long-lost Chicago Parrothead friend (I guess that was Dave that was lost). How the heck are you besides busy? Things are great in Minnesota – we have 2 concerts planned for this year – do you have any on the calendar? The new website looks great – I am looking forward to seeing the good. Take Care – Parrothead Jones in MN.

  2. Hey my Parrothead friend!! Check your e-mail… It’s good to see you again Shelly> 🙂

  3. Nancy, My name is Dave Caranci and I am the 9th great-grandson of George Puffer, who was the original Puffer in this country as far as is known. The Puffer family is one of most historic families in America, with men and women who have served in every war, were giants of industry, as well as artists, writers and women suffragettes.

    I am an experienced amateur genealogist and I’ve made it my mission in life to create the largest database of Puffers in North America. There are already over 38 thousand individuals in the database and I’d love to include you.

    Would Dave like to share his Puffer ancestry with me? Of course all the information you share is confidential (except for public records). If you’d like you can view the Puffer Project Database at Ancestry.com for free. Just let me know and I’ll set you up as a guest viewer.

    I look forward to hearing from you

    Puffer Genealogy Project

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