Who I Am
My name is Marianne Gregersen, and I was raised in Chicopee, Massachusetts. I hold no degrees, but held a job for 27 years in the field of signs and outdoor advertising.
I have designed logos and signs for large corporations, worked with neon, LED lighting, worked with elevations and site plans to create directional signage for traffic flow, planned and designed the electrical for the interiors of signs as well and the masonry bases and footings for installation. I managed a production department of 5 men in printing, graphics application, painting and CNC routing. I have always loved painting and drawing, the outdoors, beaches and forests, flea markets and barnsales. I began collecting rocks as soon as I could walk and today I tend to stop everywhere I go to pick up stones, flat rocks, driftwood, and wildflowers.
I fell in love with vintage jewelry in 2005 when I was blessed with some of my grandmothers costume jewelry from the 1930's-40's. I only had to hold it in my hand and I was bit by the bug. Similar to how I discovered my love for gardening. Both inspired by or inherited from my grandmother, Isabelle Paquette.
I enjoy cleaning up old pieces, doing minor repairs if needed or creating an entirely new product from parts of jewelry that can be up to 75 years old. The mainstay of this store will be the vintage jewelry.
I have experimented with refinishing and painting old furniture. I discovered by accident, while painting my grandmother's cedar chest, that with enough patience I was able to paint birds in detail. I am still surprised when I look at the work I did.