My name is Lucy, the face behind Loyatobs Creations and this is my story..
I was born in London and lived my early life with foster parents in Essex. My foster mother was an avid seamstress and baker. Later I moved to live with my Aunt who was a welfare officer and by virtue of her training a disciplinarian. But at the same time she also loved sewing and baking.
I now believe both experiences created a knowledge path for me to draw from.
Fast forward many years in the Education and Insurance related fields. Many years as a wife and mother in a busy household I finally decided to change my work/life style.
BUT WHAT WAS I TO DO?
During my life journey I was always exposed to doing some sort of craft activity , be it sewing or baking and I always found them very relaxing, fulfilling and interesting. Although I preferred sewing to baking. I also loved looking at and wearing beads especially those with dangly bits because of the different colours and sizes (although I knew of only wooden and plastic beads at the time). I was always surrounded by a tin of beads either bought or given. My birthday gifts were always a bead necklace/ bracelet or a frilly personal item like a handkerchief, nightdress or underskirt.
When I was younger I used to express my mood with beads…Bright colours when happy, dull colours when sad, pinkish colours when I felt girly, tiny beads when I felt like disappearing and large ones when I wanted to be seen and so on.
I remember I would be given or buy a necklace and crudely rearrange the beads, or create a pair of earrings from it and then wear it. Friends and family had always liked my way of coordinating colours and would occasionally request I mend or rearrange a piece for them. I really didn’t think much of it…then..!
But at CRUNCH TIME I had to think deep because I didn’t want to stop working, only to change what I was doing at the time. So I needed to seek work that would suit my situation.
After lots of tear shedding, soul searching, trying my hands at different things, disappointments, giving in and starting again, learning new things, workshops, training, visiting various markets, shops and more than enough loving and encouragement from my family, it all clicked together and PRESTO!….I started MY JOURNEY…into the Crafting World and beading in particular!
I needed a name for this journey..?
Growing up I used to doodle with the letters in a name and at this one point in my life I did just that with all the initials of my loved ones and came up with a word that did not mean anything but it stayed in my memory. Now I chose to rearrange that and so I became known as LOYATOBS. Later CREATIONS was added by my daughter because she said that is what I do.
To me and many, a life journey is as Beautiful and expensive as Gold. Just like the beads I use in my creations.
I have come to understand that a person can be made up of so many different beautiful idiosyncrasies or quirks just like me…
Do you embrace the simplistic look or like simple things?
Are you boisterous?
Are you an introvert/extrovert?
Are you bold?
Are you very girly?
Do you revel in bright colours or the opposite?
Do you love chunky things?
Or are you one to love high end finishing?
Are you a stickler for perfection?
Do you love the allure of precious stones?
Do love frills, lace and ribbons?
Do you love novelty items?
Do like a lot of quiet time?
Are you persistent?
Do you like everything smooth or do you like rough edged things?
These are but a few….!
I lovingly use BEADS to portray these quirks.
I will create something for you to reflect whatever your quirk is, or whatever it is you want to fulfil in that item you want to gift. I may already have done so within the items in the shop.
Please look though my gallery and know that they were all created with very deep thought and love, to express your very own idiosyncrasy or quirk..!
I would love to hear from you, so do not hesitate to send me a mail..
firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me through the contact form at the bottom of the page.
I design and make all the items apart from findings, other supporting accessories used in each creation and apart from the items in the Jewels category. All the findings and items in Jewels are Lead and Nickel free. Each item comes with its own box and Any item sent out as your purchase will be the item you view in the picture. The beads are mostly semi precious or as otherwise stated.
I am here to please you so feel free to review items or request to customize your own item.
Thank you and Welcome to LoyaTobs Creations!