About the Artist

Ever since I can remember, I have loved beautiful jewelry and gemstones. My mom always wore jewelry and I thought she was so pretty. Then when I was a teen, my father began making  jewelry as a hobby. He took me to gem shops, shows, and once even a garnet mine where we dug for little pieces to make into rings.  I loved each piece of jewelry he created and wished I could do the same.  Now years later, with my sons all grown up, I find that I not only have the desire, but also the time to spend on this passion.

It all started with a missionary trip to Brazil in 2003.  I made salvation bracelets with the children there.   After returning home, I wanted to wear a salvation bracelet as a memento of the trip, but it had to be something prettier than a leather strap and plastic pony beads.   I decided to try to make one with sterling silver beads and Swarovski crystals.   I loved it, and so did my friends.

Here I am as a baby enjoying my mom’s jewelry!

Before I knew it, I was in business!  I chose the name “Gentle Spirit Creations” because even though this jewelry is beautiful and will make us prettier on the outside, what really counts is what is on the inside. True beauty comes from a life that is being lived to please God, from someone who is becoming more like Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 3:3-4 says, ‘Your beauty should…be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.’

I love natural gemstones and thank God for making such beauty for us to enjoy. I hope that my jewelry will bring pleasure and peacefulness, a Gentle Spirit, to those who wear it.

God has blessed me with the opportunity to learn rug hooking too! I’m pleased to be offering hooked rug patterns of my design. The luxuriousness of a wool handmade rug is just amazing. How fun to share my designs with others!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day! ~Janine

 

8 Responses to About the Artist

  1. Terri March 10, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    Your website is really nice, it is set up well. Your work looks well done. I like the pic. of you and your Mother. Thanks for sharing….Terri 🙂

    • Janine October 26, 2014 at 11:32 am #

      Thank you so much, Terri!

  2. Janine Hegle April 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Well, you brought tears to my eyes upon reading this. So nice to see friends who are so consistent in this world of change and live a life in the peace of Christ, living Christ’s values out in every area.

    • Janine April 19, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

      Thanks, Janine! You brought a smile to my face! God bless!

  3. Deborah Underwood September 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

    Do you have a picture of your Life Goes On pattern after it has been hooked. This pattern spoke to me as I lost my daughter about 2 years ago and she would have loved this pattern. I would like to hook it.

    • Janine September 27, 2015 at 10:49 am #

      Deborah, I am currently hooking that pattern. I’ll try to connect with you on Facebook and send you a pic. May God continue to comfort you and help you.

  4. Denise W November 1, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    Janine & Matt, We were BLESSED by your visit to Dan’s Whetstone near Hot Springs, AR today. We enjoyed hearing about your new journey in life and all of your many talents. You both have such a sweet, gentle, Christ-Like Spirit. May God give you safety in your travels, good health to you, your sons & their wives, and your beautiful grandchild. I hope to purchase one of your pretty bracelets soon. Please stop by when you are in our area again, Denise & the gang @ Dan’s.

    • Janine November 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

      Hi Denise! What a wonderful time we had with you all at Dan’s Whetstone! We were fascinated by the stones and the process. And you were such a joy to meet and visit with. Thank you for the tour of your wonderful facility! I know Matt will love using his new whetstone and enjoy giving them as presents. I would love to share my jewelry with you all! I’ll send you an email. Thanks again! Janine

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