Meet Kareen Kjelstrom. She is the artist behind KbyKareen. She is a self-proclaimed simple girl with dreams of being a jewelry designer in Paris, where she lives. She is inspired by life experiences and daily beauty in Paris. She uses her love of travel and adventure as a wide canvas from which to dream and imagine new designs. She uses a high temperature propane/oxygen torch and fine Italian (Effetre) glass to make unique beads, then uses those beads in hand created sterling silver pieces. All her beads are made free-hand, without a mold, and are kiln fired for strength and durability.
She's a regular celebrity, because prior to leaving Santa Monica, she was featured with her jewelry on HGTV's Crafters Coast to Coast.
I started making jewelry over 10 years ago during college when a family friend that is a jeweler taught me how to string pearls. After that I tried to teach myself everything I could about making beaded jewelry. I am self-taught, definitely not the "artsy" type. As you can probably tell, most of my jewelry is pretty classic in style. I earned my master's degree in Occupational Therapy, and I am able to incorporate crafts and beads into therapy at times with my patients.
I am a mother of two small children (13 months, and 2 1/2)that is enjoying staying at home with them while they are young. In doing so, I have been able to pick back up with my jewelry business that I love.