Diane Boyd loves a challenge when it comes to creating and transforming items.
“I love crafting,” she said. “I like taking old things and making them new. I like finding objects and working with them. They see junk, but I see something new.”
Her faith also inspires and guides her in her creations.
“I’ll sit down and I’ll say, ‘Alright God, what are we doing today?’ Everything is inspired by him.”
Boyd, also known as Lady D to her customers, opened a storefront for Anointed Hands Adorn on Martintown Road in December after getting started in the crafting and jewelry business about two decades ago.
The store features handcrafted jewelry and home accessories created by Boyd, who got into crafting in the early 1990s.
“My daughter was about to go to school full-time so that meant I had to quit a job,” she said, noting that at the time she was working a full-time job and two part-time jobs.
“I still needed that income so I was looking to do something to fill in for the income I would be losing,” she said.
After attending an event, she felt inspired to start making jewelry. “God gave me what I wanted,” she said.
She made jewelry for a few years before stopping. One of the challenges of getting back into the craft was that it had changed quite a bit.
“It was much easier to do back then,” said Boyd. “Today, you have to step up your game.”
She creates jewelry using stones from different parts of the country, glass beads, fresh-water pearls and metals from all over the world.
She uses the items to create earrings, bracelets and necklaces, and makes a point to not duplicate items.
“I will never do two things exactly the same,” she said. “I want to stay true to that.”
Boyd’s work in jewelry has gained a following through her participation in local craft festivals such as Aiken’s Makin’ and the Arts in the Heart event.
Finally having a store location is an exciting move for her business and provides a place for customers to come and view all that she has to offer, she said.
“The items are beautiful, affordable, and I only use and make quality items,” she said.