1949 to present)
started for me in the sun-baked city of McAllen, Texas. Born of a Tennessee patriarch (strong Cherokee) and a northeast Texas
matriarch of Irish descent, my early years were spent bouncing around south Texas and southern Louisiana. By age ten, my parents
settled in the Heart of Cajun Country where I reached my maturity.
After a stint as an electric squid (U.S. Navy, Electrician’s
Mate, Electrical Power Generation) I returned to Cajun Country and became a Doodlebugger. For those who ask, a Doodlebugger
is someone who looks for oil. During this time I also attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana
taking courses in COBOL and FORTRAN IV.
Life is what happens when you make other plans and I never had
the chance to put my newly acquired programming skills to use. I moved to northern Louisiana working as first a machinist,
then a mechanic, a service manager for a new car dealership, and finally a shop manager for a construction equipment shop
before returning to college.
The time spent as a mechanic taught me
that automobile manufacturers were woefully negligent in providing true knowledge of the actual workings of their products.
I would use this revelation to attack the problem in the in the future. The experiences I gained as a service
manager taught me that Customer Satisfaction is the most important aspect of any business.
Again, life interfered
and my plans to become a mechanical engineer were thwarted but I did gain work experience as a Sous chef while attending college.
Little did I know how this would shape my future.
Life brought me to Houston, Texas where I joined a
manufacturing company as a machinist. Apparently, someone there liked me because I rose through the ranks
to become a senior engineer. That’s a neat trick for anyone without a degree. However, the good pay
and rosy future were thwarted by the collapse of the oil tool manufacturing industry in 1982. Still, this
aspect of my life would be another tool to shape my future.
Using my experience as a machinist, mechanic and service
manager, I joined a technical training company. For fourteen years I traveled the country giving seminars
and training presentations. My formal education in English Composition, and the very useful public speaking
class from my last stint in college allowed me to both create and present customer service oriented programs.
Again, life happens.
I spent several years bouncing around with little focus in my life until I met SandWitch. At that
time, all of my life’s trials and tribulations came into focus.
We named our company SandWitch and Warlock and originally
wanted to garner our expertise as chefs and open a business catering service that would offer something other than the sodden
fare found in most corporate functions. We invented new delicacies such as “Apollo Moo” (a
beef sandwitch with a Grecian influence), “Rosemary’s Lamb” (sliced lamb and herbs sandwitch), “Italian
Inuit” (fried zucchini with salmon skin cracklins) and several other mouth watering delights to put excitement into
those tedious staff meetings.
Before we could get established as a catering company, it was necessary to get Scarlett’s
Soul Candy onto the Internet. We had closed her store and tried on line marketing through this website.
Not much happened so we decided to go to Ebay and over the next couple of years have evolved into what we are now.
I spend time helping Scarlett
manage our Ebay store and design and make jewelry. In spite of all these things going on, I always find
the time to love Scarlett and that is the most important thing in my life.
By the way, if you have questions about the techniques we use to make our jewelry, you can email me HERE
“What’s a girl
like you doing in a place like this?” A question I heard from friends and family during my first year as a transplant
from Virginia to Texas! I had to wait until the age of 52 to pull up stakes and start a whole new life in a totally unfamiliar
place. After I had been here for a while, asking the above question was unnecessary!
Being an independent minded
person, Texas has turned out to be the perfect place for me! I still miss my friends and family back in Virginia, and now
and then, I get a pang of homesickness for the beautiful Spring and Fall weather there. That’s what they make planes
I started working at the
age of 14 and haven’t really stopped! My intention was to become an interpreter with the United Nations, so I studied
foreign languages and became proficient in three with a working knowledge of seven. I also began my astrological studies about
that time. As it turned out, life had other plans for me.
My love of jewelry came from
my Mom’s side of the family. My grandmother and my mother’s sister had quite a collection! I have been collecting
vintage and antique jewelry for quite some time. When my late husband passed away, I sold some of it and opened a little shop
just outside of Houston, thinking that this would be an interesting thing to do during my “golden years”. I made
dried floral arrangements, sold lovely hand-blended bath and body products, and put in a line of handcrafted jewelry that
an acquaintance of mine from Virginia made. Again, life had other plans for me! Ryder Cooks walked into my life and with his
encouragement and help, we now have a successful Ebay store and I am making my own jewelry! Of course, I married him! Life
does not end at 54!!
I come from a family of artisans,
each with their own unique talents. Working with tools comes naturally to me and I love color! I like to imagine a piece of
jewelry that I would have worn had I lived during a particular era. I like the unusual, so each piece has uniqueness to it.
I also believe that it should be available to all so I price accordingly. I’m an “instant gratification”
kind of girl so I know that “having” is always better than “wanting”!
From the many careers I have
enjoyed during my lifetime, jewelry making is by far my favorite! The energy I receive from working with natural stones, crystals,
and metals is very satisfying, and the thought that people from all over the world love pieces that I have made is almost
My favorite motto is, “Life
is like a bank; if you don’t make deposits, don’t expect to make withdrawals!” My greatest enjoyment is
in giving. That’s my “Soul Candy”.
ABOUT THE STAFF...
|Executive Assistant In Charge of Procurement
Roses came to us from a local shelter here in Houston. Loaded with personality and a keen eye for anything
that sparkles, she has become our company logo for our store's findings and components department. What a dish!
Alice is a rescue kitty with loads of personality and
charm. She is showing interest in "shinies" and is keeping Roses on her toes! Alice joined us a year ago and so
far we have been unable to find her "turn-off" switch....
|Creative Consultant, Senior Staff
As the senior staff member, Valentino coordinated staff meetings
and was in charge of the creativity department. He was a lover of people and usually could be found transferring
his creative energy to Scarlett through her feet while she worked.
We lost our Val on January 28, 2008 and he will be sorely missed.
|SMOKEY, THE WONDER CAT 2003-2011
|EXTERNAL SECURITY, CREATIVE CONSULTANT IN TRAINING
Smokey adopted us the day we moved into our new location. He was abandoned by his
previous owners and was very thin but healthy and a real schmoozer! He has been with us since July of 2007. Smokey had a plethora
of talents; napping, of course, was at the top of the list. He was a real gourmand and a lover of fine fragrances.
We lost our Smokey this spring and he is keenly missed.
|ALBERT DIAMOND, RETIRED
|External Security and Computer Virus Protection
Albert came to us looking for a hand-out. As we believe in a "hand-up"
rather than a "hand-out", we gave him a home and a job. He uses his street-savvy to patrol the outer perimeters of our home,
ever watchful for would-be interlopers. He also watches over the office computer for any viruses. Don't be fooled by his fiercesome
appearance! He's a real sweetie, but publishing that fact will be bad for his reputation!
Albert stayed behind in Houston with another family who also loved him. He is still
watching his old neighborhood and keeping everyone safe and happy.
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