In the rolling hills and quiet woods of northwest Alabama, just off a battered country road, stands a little house.  Around that house are rings of trees -- tall pines, fragrant cedars, blossoming magnolias.  In the spring and summer, the trees grow full and thick, blocking out the rest of the world.  On the windows of the little house, shadows dance across the blinds giving the impression, with a bit of an imagination, that the house has become submerged in water.

It is a magical place where laughter reigns and hugs are frequent.

In that little house, there lives a gypsy.  At least, that is what her husband likes to call her.  She lives there with him, their children, two cats, a dog, and a turtle.  It is when the house is quiet that her work begins, weaving tiny silver rings into intricate designs, some adorned with precious stones or sparkling glass.  It is a passion.  A calling perhaps.  And in the Grove, the gypsy creates.

I am the gypsy in the Grove, although most know me as Laurie.  I began this grand adventure in 2011 with no plan, no direction, and no true idea what I was doing.  But learning, like so much in my life, is a passion.  I began small, stringing beads into interesting patterns.  It didn't take me long, however, to bore myself half to death with that.  I needed a challenge.  I always need a challenge.  I do not like easy.  I ventured into wirework, and while I still enjoy it to this day, it just wasn't "me".

And that's when I discovered chainmaille.  Ah, glorious, tedious, finger-breaking chainmaille!  It was love at first weave.  Chainmaille was the challenge I had been searching for.  Six years later, it's a full-blown love affair.

My goal when I created Gypsy Grove was simple -- make amazing pieces that almost anyone can afford. You shouldn't need a huge bank account to own a unique artisan piece.  I strive to create a variety of prices while keeping the high quality my customers deserve.  That desire was what led me to create primarily with aluminum.  Aluminum has the look of sterling without the cost, is easy to care for, doesn't tarnish, and doesn't leave me unable to bend my fingers.  Usually.

When you interact with Gypsy Grove --through this website, Etsy, Facebook, Instagram, or email-- you are interacting directly with me.  The Grove is a true one-woman show.  Well, except at craft fairs when my oldest daughter, Madison, joins me for backup.  Other than that, Gypsy Grove has been crafted from the ground up by my own two, always achy, slightly stiff hands. It is a labor of love and passion and has brought amazing people into my life.

From its quiet beginnings, Gypsy Grove has grown into more than I could have ever dreamed of.  I have been honored to provide gifts for award winning Korean pop bands U-KISS and Vixx while on their American tours.  I have also been honored and humbled by becoming the exclusive jeweler to international author, Chantel Lysette.  Pieces from the Grove have shipped out to all around the world, with more countries being added every month.  As a proud member of the exclusive organization, The Artisan Group, I have been able to submit my work to several popular television shows and participate in celebrity gift lounges honoring the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, 2016 Primetime Emmys, and the 2018 Golden Globes.  Doors continue to open for the Grove, leaving me constantly in awe and firing my passion to continue to grow and evolve this little adventure.

It is a joy to create items that others come to love.  And as long as my hands allow, I will continue to craft beautiful creations out of my love for the art and for the people that appreciate it.  Thank you for visiting the Grove and for helping me create this magical life I am so blessed to live.