I am Karen Boelts the owner and founder of Little Bridget Jewelry, my studio sits at the base of the majestic Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado. Ever since I was a little tot, my dream was to be an artist. For my 9th Birthday, instead of requesting the highly coveted Chatty Cathy Doll I requested private painting lessons with local artist.
I made my first debut in the world of jewelry in the 7th grade. I designed two mixed media, matching wedding bands for my best friends Sherri and Peter’s wedding. They performed an elaborate ceremony complete with an exchange of the wedding bands and an awkward kiss. The marriage, unfortunately, didn’t last past the 8th grade but my passion for making jewelry did.
I graduated from The University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in fine arts and worked in design until it was time to stay home and raise my two kids. In the summer of 2000, somewhere between diapers, binkies and Tickle Me Elmo's Little Bridget Jewelry was born. I made a necklace, sold it that day and promptly went back to the bead store for more materials. I was hooked or as some people would say I was "addicted" To this day my addiction is alive and well.
I am passionate about advocating for LGBT rights. The experience of having an LGBT family has taught me things about love and acceptance others haven't had the opportunity to learn. My LGBT line is a celebration of my desire to sprinkle the world with beautiful messages of love and equality to inspire change. Martin Luther King said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” My intention of love is nestled into each piece I create and it is my greatest thrill to watch it go out into the world. To further this intention, a portion of each month's sales goes to organizations that support equal rights for all.
Thank you so much for your interest in what I do and please visit again.