In my late teens I became a self-taught handcrafted jeweler. I was inspired by a family friend. My mother made me go to a jewelry party at an Aunt's house with her. I really did not want to go but she was the boss. So, there I was in a in a chair amongst a bunch of their lady friends...a bored teenager, as they "Ooo and Ahh'd" over her friend's handcrafted jewelry. When I finally stopped pouting, and looked around the jewelry was actually very pretty. From that moment on I was hooked. I started asking my Mom's friend question after question; little did she know she had just opened a door for me. Years later Simply Sleek opened shop, the first day of 2011 to be exact. But, I can really say now I appreciated that "light bulb moment".