I'm mother to two little ladies (and five fledgling venus fly-traps) and founder of Elva Fields, a tiny company based in Louisville, Kentucky named for my great-grandmother that offers one-of-a-kind jewelry made by hand (mine and my assistant's!) and incorporating vintage and antique materials in each design. I do things the hard way, but with a lot of heart, and it usually works out for the best...eventually. (I come from a long line of fiercely independent women, including the business's namesake, who moved houses while her husband was away on a business trip after he initially dismissed her request for indoor plumbing.) Four years at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia and two at The Bard Graduate Center in New York City taught me a great deal, but not nearly as much as entrepreneurship and parenthood have. I'm rarely without my library card, plans to check out a flea market, a bkr bottle of water, several snacks, and a smile. And a stack of my favorite bracelets jangling all the way.