A new life, beautiful jewelry result from her retrained brain

  • By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer
  • Thursday, August 14, 2008 1:48pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Ever since Anne Robinson was 14 years old, she’s had spells. Those spells have caused broken ribs, a punctured side. One time, Robinson bit through her lip. Then in 2006, she had a seizure and landed on her face on a tile floor. That fall injured her brain. The doctors told Robinson she’d never be the same again.

At the time, Robinson was a head of marketing with an accounting background, working up the corporate ladder. She was making money and zooming through life like a speeding train heading for success. But after that fateful fall, everything changed. The docs were right — Robinson wasn’t the same.

“My faith got a lot deeper and I had to readjust what was really important,” Robinson said.

Never very artistic, Robinson took up jewelry making. She had always wanted to learn but never had the time. Now, she had the time and the need: She had to re-teach her brain how to learn.

The going was slow. Robinson took a three-hour jewelry class but couldn’t absorb more than 20 minutes at a time. She’d have to repeat the class. Others could make a ring the first time they tried; Robinson would have to make the same ring 100 times before getting it right.

“I was just determined not to be stuck on stupid,” Robinson said.

Today, Robinson works in precious metal clay, which she calls the coolest thing because it’s shiny and quite malleable. She also uses natural gemstones in her jewelry. She’ll be at Fresh Paint for the second time this year and will be selling her work, priced from $12 to $595 for a necklace.

“I really do like to make everybody happy and everybody smile and I could do it with jewelry,” she said.

She’s also lucked out in another way. She once thought she was not employable, but about a year ago got an office job with Aces Four Construction in Bothell, which includes office work and taking care of the owners’ dog.

More in Life

From Jasper to Banff: A Canadian adventure in an RV

Jennifer Bardsley plans to take her family on two-week roadtrip through Canada in a tent trailer.

Skippers share sea stories at Marysville speaker series

The Bellingham couple will talk about charter cruises on the historic wooden vessel they rebuilt.

Anxiety, or chronic worry, is a growing problem

Paul Schoenfeld shares four approaches to help keep your anxiety from getting out of control.

Expo in Stanwood can help you get ready for the country

The Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool is set for Jan. 27 at the high school.

Find many of our region’s winter birds in the Skagit Valley

If you love birding, also check out these bird-related festivals, lectures and other events.

What’s new this year for travelers in England, Ireland

The nations are improving tourism infrastructures and adding exhibits to well-known sights.

Curries continues home-cooked Indian cuisine at new location

The restaurant, now located on Evergreen Way, also puts an Indian spin on Northwest cooking.

Bob Costas left out of NBC’s Super Bowl coverage

When he stepped down as host of the Olympics, Costas was expected to keep his Super Bowl duties.

South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela dies at 78

He was a rare artist who succeeded in fusing politics with his music, making his songs compelling.

Most Read