Twyla McIntyre has finally found her bliss amidst the booths at the Mount Hood Farmers Market. The name of her passion project? Paisley and Spice.
McIntyre makes jewelry out of sea glass and other repurposed materials, such as feathers and broken dishes.
In the three years that she's been at the market, McIntyre has not only been happy to see her own skills blossom, but the market's offerings as well.
"If it keeps up this momentum it will be better known, more of a fixture," she explained. "I'm really excited about the market this year."
McIntyre's original occupation was nursing, but in later years she has found crafting much more suitable to her personality, and she now enjoys the community interaction of having her own booth.
"I had always wanted to be a nurse, but as time went by I realized it wasn't that good of a fit," McIntyre said, explaining that after nursing didn't work out she spent some time as a courier for local banks and the Red Cross. "Even though I was driving all over town and in rush hour traffic and found it less stressful."
After leaving her nursing career behind, McIntyre tried her hand at selling jewelry when she lived in Maui, Hawaii. From 2011 to 2012, McIntyre owned a small outdoor booth on the island, which she purchased from another vendor.
"I thought I wasn't artistic as a kid, and we were poor, so I didn't have a lot of supplies," McIntyre said. "I have always noticed jewelry and particularly earrings."
She enjoyed selling the colorful trinkets, but says it wasn't as much fun as selling her own products, which she has now done for six years.
"I was embarrassed sometimes before that what I was selling was from China," McIntyre noted.
So when she and her husband moved back to her home in the Sandy area, she began creating her own jewelry and went from selling things from China to making things out of china.
"I like to make things and jewelry is one of the things I really like, so I make it," McIntyre said. "I can't help it. I look at things and I think, 'Ooh. I want to make that.' "