I asked Albina if she’d like tell us some more about herself, her work and her family. So here she is, Albina with her beautiful AroundBeads shop!
Q: Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: I was born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia, a small town not far from the Volga River. I graduated from Mari State Pedagogical Institute (college to become a teacher) and then worked for 9 years as a certified elementary school and physical education teacher in my hometown. In 2003 my life changed a lot! I met my soul mate Peter and moved to Arizona, where we were married. A year later our beautiful daughter Anya was born.
Q: How did you start making jewelry?
A: Several years ago my friend, who is living in Japan, sent me a beautiful Christmas gift. A wonderful red beaded rose. I loved it so much that I wanted to try to make one myself. Soon after that I made a beaded Money Tree. It has a lot of “technical” mistakes and looks like an old untrimmed tree but I still love it. That was the beginning of my journey to the creative world of beads and wire
Q: What items in your shop do you most enjoy making and why?
Q: What are your main sources of inspiration?
Q: Do you have a favorite item you have made?
Q: Do you take custom orders?
A: Yes, I do.
Q: Why will people love your items?
Q: Name 3 things you can’t live without?
A: My family, my friends and my wire
Q: Do you have a Favorite quote you'd like to share with us?
A: It’s from my grandfather’s riddle: make the first step to start your journey.
How true it is, Albina! If you just think about something it will never happen. Thank you for being with us today!
Albina also was so kind to share with us one of her tutorials, thank you so much for that! It will be posted here this coming weekend.