Deb Fedasiuk: The Handmade Jeweler

We began 17 sentences that each person finished in their own words. Here’s what Jewelry Designer, Deb Fedasiuk, had to say about success, jewelry and everything in between.

Age: 47
Title: Owner/Designer STRANDS Handmade Jewelry Designs
Married/Single: Engaged!
Kids: Ryan (15) and Kyle (13)
Live: in Ahwatukee-Foothills

I was born…

in the beautiful rural town of Warren, New Jersey.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

the amazing places to see and travel through.

I’m listening to…

Lady La!

My family…

is awesome! My fiance Steve is so darn sweet and my boys make me smile and keep me young.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

a jewelry designer like Chan Luu or Vanessa Mooney, to hear their stories of perseverance, inspiration and success.

One thing I cannot live without…

my laptop to keep in touch and on-trend.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

working in the creative visual arts field–in advertising.

I’m inspired by…

the colors and textures of scenery and things around me…and the diverse materials from around the world at the annual Tucson gem and bead shows!

The one person who motivates me is…

my dad, who has always taught me to reach for the stars.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

making Sundays an official Mayberry R&R type of day.

The perfect day would be…

walk and picnic dinner on the beach, ice cream and mini golf on the boardwalk at night.

My first job was…

an assistant advertising manager for Amaretto di Saronno at a luxury-brand NYC ad agency, helping run a huge celebrity-endorsed print campaign. I was part of so many fun events events around the city. I learned to work hard/play hard.

My favorite escape…

up to the mountains anytime of year for some cool, outdoor fun.

My life…

is full of sunshine. That’s good because I think the best creativity stems from being happy.

I’m currently working on…

new fall and winter jewelry designs. Lots of casual looks for playing around town or weekend get-aways.

Always…

see the glass as half-full.

Never…

underestimate yourself.



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