Over the next year, my habit grew more controlled, and I actually began creating more pieces than I was buying beads. Slowly people started noticing the bracelets on my wrists, inquiring where I had purchased them, and eventually talking me into parting with them, which was no easy feat! From this was born Coliebug Beads, named by and after our daughter, Coliebug coming from her middle name Nicole, which had long been our nickname for her. In the fall of 2001, I purchased a kiln and a torch, and set up my studio to start making my own lampwork beads. I set out fulltime as a lampworker, and left my fulltime job behind, selling my little works of art at bead shows across the country and online via Ebay. A few years later, I once again had that nagging thought in the back of my mind that something was missing, and I gradually began adding metaI to my repertoire and workbench. I am now am making beads, components, and jewelry fulltime and loving every single minute of it. I have finally found my passion, actually I think it has somehow found me!