Who are you? Very busy wife and mother of two young kids, animal-lover, passionate about beads and jewellery, avid traveller and part-time farmer.
What do you do? I delight in designing hand-crafted pieces of jewellery with rich, opulent colours. I am always intrigued as to how beads can come together to take on a life of their own, and how different colour combinations form an entirely new creation. I find making jewellery mesmerising. I suppose it’s a bit like meditation or prayer. I find it very relaxing and I’m completely in my own world when I am at work.
What do you love about your job? The peace and serenity of being creative, the complete and utter freedom of expression, the excitement at seeing something beautiful unfolding before me….
Where do you live? Out in the country, thank God! I couldn’t live anywhere else. Every morning I walk around the garden (still in pyjamas) marvelling at how my pumpkins, spinach and strawberries have grown in the night. Nature never ceases to amaze me. I also love the fruit trees. Every time a plum is born I consider it a small miracle.
What’s your patch of Malta like? Quiet, rural and yet very central.
Favourite things to do on a weekend? Definitely the weekend is precious family and friends’ time. We have such a hectic schedule during the week that weekends are reserved for pure fun! We can do anything – invite friends over for lunch, go on a picnic in the gorgeous Maltese countryside, up to Mdina for tea, Valletta for a late film and of course Gozo is always beckoning…
What are your three ‘must-sees’ in Malta? I would say Valletta, Mdina and Gozo. A hard choice though – the Northern areas are so beautiful too – Mtahleb, Kuncizzjoni and Fiddien I find really breathtaking.
One thing someone coming to Malta needs to know… Be patient with Malta – it grows on you.
Favourite Maltese food? I guess Lampuki – as long as I don’t have to cook it myself. And I love the kuskus bil-ful and qaqocc we are supposed to eat in Holy Week. The Maltese are such guzzlers – our best dishes come out in Holy Week when we’re fasting.
Best night out in Malta? I love parties at friends houses – especially if there’s dancing.
Most unusual thing about Malta? You can sail around it in a day.
What are you most proud of? I am somehow managing to do most of the things I’ve always wanted to do.
Your piece of wisdom or advice in life? At the end of life, we will be judged on love alone.
Never leave home without… My dog Toby
Any other thing you want to add? We are offering free gift wrapping for Christmas! Oh, and my jewellery is now for sale at the Xara Palace Hotel, Mdina.