I'm a passionate soul
who loves to create
in a renovated camper studio on wheels.
When that time in my life came to decide what career path I was going to choose, I imagined a life where I could be free to just be myself. I imagined a life where I could work with my hands, push my creativity to the limits, and spend time exploring every corner of this breathtaking Country.
After working several jobs and trying to find where I fit in, I was offered an apprenticeship with a local goldsmith in 2018. I had never worked with precious metal or touched a torch in my life! I was honestly a bit intimidated but TOTALLY fascinated with this new form of art. I learned the basics and worked as a bench jeweler until diving in on my own time and self-teaching myself through trial and error! I learned that metal is just a new form of art, just like painting or pottery. You can only learn what works once you find out what doesn't work. I became fascinated with gemstones and learning each one's history and features. This was the first time I felt at home while working, and the things on my checklist were being checked off in an unexpected way. I could be myself, I was working with my hands, and every day is a new challenge to push creativity to the limits.
I wanted to build a lifestyle that I didn't need to escape from. Not only physically, but mentally.
There is an absolute undeniability of this worlds intelligent design, and it's especially apparent when you witness nature moving and flowing in perfect synchronization. We have a false sense of security in the cities we've built up, but you step into the back-country and realize just how small you really are.
My husband and I decided we needed more of that. I started "The Wandering Wheels" in 2019. A business where I could make jewelry inspired by adventure and experiences. We bought an old 1997 Jayco hawk camper that needed a full-renovation. Sawyer is a skilled craftsman, and I have always loved design, so together we grew and learned a lot about creating a living space. After months of ripping up rotten flooring, moldy cushions, and water damaged everything, we took our rebuilt camper out to the wilderness. The wilderness was life-changing, the camper, not-so-much.
We talked a lot about how badly RV's are made, inside and out. The insulation and walls become like wet cardboard if they get wet, and they almost always leak. We said to each other: "Is this our only option?" The black tank emptying, the constant fear of more water damage... We started researching and decided we would do better.
We bought a brand new 6x10' cargo trailer in 2020 and started from scratch building it into a camper. We picked a cargo trailer because they are wrapped in hardy aluminum, steel framed, are extremely water resistant, sun resistant, meant to haul weight, and can be customized however we wanted. This one was small enough that we could even take if off roading! We build this camper to our needs and loved every minute of living in it, plus enjoyed the peace of mind knowing that it will last a long long time.
We plan to build more long-lasting, one-of-a-kind, cleverly designed, stylish campers in our spare time. We would love to meet the needs of others who also want something unique to camp/live in!
Since then, we've been travelling on and off, using Wisconsin as our home base. In that time and still-today, we have found a better relationship with each other, our work, and most importantly, our walk with Yahweh.
Not having a permanent home has taught me some important things. The first is that you cannot trust what man has to offer. When we were on the road, I had to learn to trust God for the first time in my life, even though I grew up thinking I was trusting Him the whole time. Through dangers, sickness, and uncertainty, we have a creator who seeks to take us under his wing and care for us, if we let him.
"Blessed is the man who trusts in Yahweh, and whose trust IS Yahweh. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream, and does not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought, nor cease to yield fruit.
The heart is more deceitful then all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?
I, Yahweh, search the heart, I test the mind, to give to each person according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds."
According to his deeds."
The word "deeds" means this: What you practice, what you spend your time on, and what you prioritize, that includes your thoughts. i don't want to be caught spending time on useless and shallow activities and words. Our lives are fleeting, and I want mine to be so full of love for the Living God, that the excess love overflows to the people around me. That would be the greatest and fullest life anyone could live.
So thank you for being here and reading my heart. Beyond jewelry, I hope you can find encouragement here. Encouragement that you are completely and utterly loved by the one who formed you in your mothers womb. The one who picked out your personality and gave you unique talents to use for his glory.
That's my goal here. I would like to use my talents and training for His glory. I would love to connect with each and every person who reads this. I am more than a business owner behind this website, I am a person who loves you and wants to see you live, REALLY LIVE!