Maureen Kirchdoerfer
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Maureen Kirchdoerfer

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Accessories – Dallas, TX

My start in jewelry making is actually quite sad. But out of something painful and negative came something beautiful and positive. In April of 2009 my Dad was diagnosed with Stage IV Cancer. Eight months later he passed away after an incredibly brave and difficult battle with the disease. His loss to me was, and is still a crushing blow to my heart. He was a pillar of strength in my life. But from his ordeal, I learned how important it is to take advantage of every minute we have here on this earth. It made me realize the value of appreciating everything, and everyone I have, and how fleeting our time is here. Perhaps most importantly, I realized the importance of doing in those minutes the things that make your heart happy. I began crafting jewelry while I was staying with my parents during my father\'s last months of life. In my down time I needed something to channel my energies in a positive way. I needed a distraction, and a release. I suddenly felt the urge to begin crafting jewelry. And once I started i quickly found that it became a beautiful meditative process. I put so much of myself into each and every piece, that it creates an incredible release for my heart, mind, and soul. Thus, the birth of Release Me Creations. ...more