Hi, my name is Susan Brady. The reason why I created this blog is to share many informative articles, helpful tips, the more personable side and interesting experiences I’ve had in the colorful world of jewelry and antiques for twenty nine years. After studying Design in college, I attended GIA (Gemological Institute of America). I graduated as an Accredited Jewelry Professional. This school is known for grading the Hope Diamond currently at the Smithsonian. For more info on this school click on… http://www.gia.edu/
As a professional jeweler, I’ve passionately worked in the jewelry and antique field (in lovely San Diego) for 29 years. I’ve served on hospital volunteer groups. Also, as an elected official on a planning board for my neighboring business beach community, serving San Diego City Council.
As for my family background, I was raised pretty much in San Diego . I’ve taken care of my disabled mom over the last twenty-something years, I’m deeply proud of her in growing and healing. My parents divorced when I was very young, I was raised with the help of my kind, active Christian Grandmother, my father’s extended family (at times) in the Bay area, near San Francisco… also with close firefighter friends while my father was away on WesPac tours in the Navy. I would always return back to my homeland…San Diego. My father retired from the Navy many years ago, worked on Top Gun jets (and Cobra helicopters) long before the Top Gun movie came out. I always laugh whenever I hear “The Danger Zone” song. My fun-loving father and I are still the best of friends 🙂
My creativity stems from my patient Grandfather and past relatives (UC Berkeley back in the 30’s) who were architects/inventors in California. From time to time, my hobbies are- creating art, calligraphy, writing poetry, reading CS Lewis, John MacArthur, songwriting, singing, playing guitar, hiking and cooking healthy (love Jacques Pepin).
I’m married to a very kind Naval Academy graduate named “Colin”. We moved from San Diego to South Carolina due to my husband’s job relocation. Colin and I enjoy bowling, hiking and playing “Settlers of Catan” with our friends. Colin is an experienced historical wargamer, over 25 years (i.e. wargamer, actor Peter Cushing).
We also enjoy watching great historical, time period movies such as Ben Hur, Risen, with fine actors such as Jim Caviezel, Alan Rickman, Michael Caine, etc..
One of my greatest joys is to share my leadership ability in helping to “beautify” (through forms of kindness) or possibly inspiring others. For example, I have a Christian friend who is a professional make-up consultant that at times, does free beauty makeovers on homeless women. I commend her. Sometimes, it can be simple as to handing out turkey sandwiches on Thanksgiving or on Christmas as my father did in the past instead of handing out some money.
Above all that I have mentioned, I give GREAT honor and deep GRATITUDE to GOD for all my skills/talent, colorful experiences that I’ve had… and continue to have on my meaningful life journey.
It’s my joyful purpose to create, write, blog and teach.
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