The Story Behind The Brand

I first started my creative journey in the summer of 2020. Interestingly enough my first interest was candle making. I had always wanted to try it and one day just decided to give it a go. With absolutely no prior knowledge of candle making it was by pure luck my first batch came out perfectly. The rewarding feeling I felt when I was able to burn those first candles was something I hadn't felt in a long time. I began reading books, blogs, watching you-tube videos, and searching for any candle-making information I could find in an attempt to educate myself on the science behind candle-making.

It was during the candle-making searches that I somehow stumbled upon polymer clay jewelry. I was instantly intrigued. Similar to my candle-making experience I knew absolutely nothing about making clay jewelry but decided to dive in headfirst.

And then, as if 2020 wasn't a hard enough year on its own, in August 2020 my sister was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer very unexpectedly. My family was devastated. The news of her diagnosis hurt my heart so much, at times it felt like it would never recover, but I soon started to realize that working on these newfound hobbies seemed to be the only time my mind was quiet and not in a whirlwind of sadness and worry. Having a creative outlet brought joy and happiness back into my life after the tragedy of my sister's diagnosis. Creating has helped me in ways I never knew possible and was too good not to share, thus Flower + Flame was born.

Fast forward 2.5 years- The candle making eventually fell by the wayside. I found myself only wanting to make jewelry and no longer even looking in the direction of my candle making supplies. As my passion for making jewelry continued to grow I began making stacking rings and experimenting with basic metalsmithing. Being so new to this branch of jewelry making it is difficult at times and most certainly tests my patience, but I try my best to use every mishap as a lesson.

I will forever create and continue to learn in memory of my wonderful, loving, kind, & smart sister Sarah. I love you and I miss you every day Sarah.