Green Bay (WFRV) Many of us have old jewelry stuffed in jewelry boxes or drawers that we don't wear, but we keep it because it may have been handed down from a loved one.
Deborah Meyer has a knack for taking those old pieces and turning them into a new heirloom to treasure.
"I always thought I should have been born in a different era," said Deborah Meyer/Kremer Sisters Jewelry.
Deborah Makes unique jewelry and never makes two pieces the same.
She takes old gems, vintage buttons even spoons and chandeliers and turns them into one of a kind masterpieces.
"I made pins for some people who wanted something of their mothers. So I took crochet hooks and made them into broaches, writing pens and turned them into key chains for the men," explained Deborah. "Silver wear that's their mothers, I make necklaces, earrings and bracelets."
Deborah started her art in 2003 after being laid up with severe back issues. "I took one class and started doing it in bed because I was in bed so much," explained Deborah.
Her big sister Mary Lou later joined her and they began Kremer Sisters Jewelry.
"She was my mom, she was my sister, she was my best friend and my partner," Deborah recalled.
But two years later Mary Lou died of lung cancer.
"I actually quit for about a year, I couldn't do it. I just couldn't do it. I just felt like I could never do it again without her," remembered Deborah.
But Deborah couldn't stay away from her gems.
"I am inspired by just beads and stones and metals. All of it I love," explained Deborah.
And Mary Lou is still very much a part of everything she creates.
"She's everywhere with me. She is just a part of everything I do," said Deborah.
Deborah scours the area for her loot, "I get it from St. Vinny's, Goodwill or garage sales. You never know where you're going to pick that stuff up," said Deborah.
In fact, her home, from upstairs to down, looks much like a big jewelry box. You'll find treasures in every nook and cranny.
"I don't always know what I go looking for and the I go looking and there it is," explains Deborah.
Just waiting to be turned into something for someone to treasure.
"I love to take something personal and bring it to life for them," said Deborah.
Sometimes she doesn't know how each item will be used until she spies it. Turning the past into a new treasure once again.
"Before, it was sitting in their jewelry box and now they're wearing it. It's like saying to their grandmother 'here I am with your stuff'," said Deborah.
The cost of her jewelry runs from twenty to three hundred dollars, but most pieces sell between thirty and sixty dollars.
You can buy Deborah's jewelry at The Art Garage in Green bay, The Flying Pig in Algoma and Second Hand Rose in Algoma.
Deborah plans to open her own store Memorial Day weekend. It will be located at 423 Fourth Street in Algoma.
Click here for a link to her website http://kremersistersjewelry.com/ .