about me

things i do


I am in the process of writing a couple of different novels (don’t ask when they’ll be available because they could be the kind that never see publication…), and have written a few short stories – sometimes as part of a flash fiction contest, sometimes as a way to flesh out bits of story.


Wearing different styles of jewelry is a great way to express yourself. Through a lot of trial and error, I found a style I love and hope others love it as well. If you do, look around my shop and find the piece that’s perfect for you.

website design

I’ve been designing websites since the late 90’s – straight html coding, before CSS even. I started designing websites just for myself or friends, but I enjoy the idea of helping people and businesses find their place on the internet and, with my husband, I have started up my one website design business: PureNyx Design.

Tulip Time Festival

Tulip Time Festival

Last Saturday, my daughter had the opportunity to participate in Tulip Time in Pella, IA with her high school marching band. She's a member of the flags team - and looks awesome while performing. The day was going to be a long one. She had one parade in the afternoon...

Sketching things

Sketching things

I've been seeing a lot of creatives over on Google+ posting their Sketch-a-day sketches and it's triggering the need to pick up paper and pencil and doodle. Initially, I tried with a mechanical pencil and my colored pencils and it reminded me how difficult it is to...

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