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 inspires and guides her in her creations.
“I’ll sit down and I’ll say, ‘All right, God, what are we doing today?’ ” she said.
Boyd, also known as Lady D to her customers, opened a storefront for Anointed Hands Adorn in North Augusta in December.
The Martintown Road store features handcrafted jewelry and home accessories made 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.
She was working full-time at the Medical College of Georgia as a central supply technician and part-time at a convenience store and with a cleaning company. She left the convenience store job.
“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,” Boyd said. “Today, you have to step up your game.”
She creates jewelry using stones from different parts of the country, glass beads, freshwater pearls and metals from all over the world. She creates earrings, bracelets and necklaces.
“I will never do two things exactly the same,” she said.
One of the things she enjoys most is creating special-order items.
“I love making custom jewelry to match an outfit,” she said.
Boyd has gained a following through her participation in local craft festivals such as Aiken’s Makin’ and Arts in the Heart of Augusta.
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.