Other Creative Outlets

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My career has been built on design, communications, publishing and illustration, both in management and execution. But creativity is expressed in many forms so I continue to explore other outlets such as custom jewelry making, creating artisan soap and body products, interior spaces & accessories as well as being an experienced vocalist (with a focus on the blues).

Turquoise, howlite & vintage glass bead necklace

Jewelry

These are one-of-a kind pieces using a variety of materials including semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, crystal, and glass beads (dichroic, hand-blown, foil-lined, etc). I have recently begun using old buttons as clasps and re-purposed vintage beads from disassembled or broken pieces. I love sterling silver findings, but lately I’ve been experimenting with gunmetal and copper. My next endeavor involves stamped solder.

Artisan Soaps and Natural Body Products

My soaps are made from scratch using cold process and hot process methods. I strive to use natural, responsibly cultivated, high-quality ingredients and often use natural scents (essential oils) and natural colorants, from infused oils to clays and herb powders. Cosmetic-grade fragrance oils are sometimes used as some people want a scent with more longevity. I also create lotion bars, deodorant, bug balm, bath salts, body butters, salves and lip balms and recently added a line of men’s products, from shaving soap to beard balms and oils. Products are found on the company website, Simplí (which means simple and straightforward in Gaelic). I only use Phthalate-free fragrances. NO petroleum-based ingredients, NO pre-made bases, NO GMO ingredients.

soap with bubbles
Family room
Family room space with custom fireplace surround & walnut slab mantle

Interiors & Home Decor

I have a hands-on approach to interior design: decorative paint techniques; second-hand items that are often refinished; and re-purposed salvaged pieces used in conjunction with new items. Not one to stick to neutrals, I’ve been told I have a keen eye for color. The spaces I create are meant to be lived in and to tell a story of the people who live there. Enjoy experimenting with wood, paint and fabric and have worked with Venetian plaster and glazes.

Cigar Box Guitar Finishes

Another area where I incorporate faux finishing and upholstery is enhancing some of the custom-built cigar box guitars and cases done for Bull Run Cigar Box Guitar commissions. Examples below.

Created red distressed finish on plain wooden box
Red and blues paints and stain used to distress the box. Contrasts with wood in neck

Vocals

I have been singing almost as long as I’ve been talking, but it wasn’t until a trip to Memphis several years ago that made me realize how much I loved the blues…and I needed to sing it. I’ve been the lead vocalist in a few bands in the Washington, DC, area for years—West on 66; Spellbound; Single Malt Blues and Run for Cover. Current project is a 4-piece blues/rock band, Julie Says No.

“Julie has a great feel, love and talent for singing the blues that sets her apart from other DC area vocalists. She has a great stage presence that can make people leave their seats and hit the dance floor.” ~ Ron T.


“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

~Ella Fitzgerald

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