Friday, August 2, 2013

The Birth of Recovery Beads Jewelry

I have been a member of 12-Step recovery programs since 1987, and--as it always does if you stick with it--it has changed my life in ways I never dreamed possible. I am now a happy, content and faithful person who takes one day at a time, knowing that all life problems thrown my way will work out for the best . . . with help from my Higher Power.

Recovery Beads Jewelry is an off-shoot of my original Etsy site, Gems By Jill Designs. I began making recovery-themed jewelry, then decided I wanted to brand it separately. My Recovery Beads Jewelry site is at Recovery Beads Jewelry.

Recovery Beads specializes in AA, NA, Al-Anon, 12-Step, and other Recovery, Inspirational and Faith bracelets, earrings, pendants, necklaces, and more. Some pieces are beaded, and some use chain work--but everything is unique, hand-made, and one-of-a-kind!

I have been creating hand-made beaded and other types of jewelry since 2005. I consider it an avocation as much as a vocation because I love making jewelry, especially recovery-themed jewelry, which has a special place in my heart.

So, welcome to Recovery Beads! Please feel free to browse my site, and I'm open to any questions, comments or suggestions you may have.

My best-selling item:

Serenity Prayer Bracelet with Sterling Silver Serenity, Courage and Wisdom Beads, Swarovski and Freshwater Pearls, and Genuine Amethyst


Thursday, August 1, 2013

How Jewelry Making Saved My Sanity!

In December of 2011 I had a routine bunion surgery. There were many complications, and long story short, between December 2011 and November 2012 I had five foot surgeries. As an active person and fitness fanatic, the mandatory bed rest and immobility restrictions were brutal. What to do? And this is how jewelry making saved my sanity.

Recovering after one of my surgeries. Looking a little groggy, huh?
Bored and restless, on mandatory bedrest, every day I'd spread my beading supplies around me on the bed. Not an ideal studio, but I was still able to create bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and other jewelry. Nearly every day for over a year! Without having this hobby and avocation that I love, I would have gone crazy!

My Gems By Jill Designs Etsy shop is at I also launched my line of 12-Step, Recovery, Inspirational and Faith jewelry at  I invite you to check out my creations, and take 15% off with coupon code 15OFF. This coupon is valid on both sites.

My foot is still healing, and I still continue to make jewelry. I'm very proud of my creations, take pride in the quality of my finished products, and I hope you like them too!

UPDATE: In March 2013, we converted a small bedroom into my studio and office. I now have a desk/beading table, filing cabinets, bead storage, and space beyond my bed! Much thanks to my loving husband, Phil, for suggesting this and allowing me to furnish it beautifully. Pictures coming soon!