More from our Malibu Moms photoshoot by Cynthia Hauser of Five Arrows Photography in our Spring 2015 Issue.
Meet our second of four models, Heather Garner of Heather Gardner | Made in Malibu.
Last piece of advice you gave.
I’ve told a friend recently who was struggling a slow start to her business to constantly remind herself that “This is MY journey.” So often we compare our lives and our successes to others around us or thosewe see in social media. We all need to focus on our own personal journeys and not long for the experiences of others.
Favorite go to saying or quote when you need inspiration:
“Strength and dignity are her clothing and she smiles at her future.”
What things inspire you?
I love to just get in my car, put on my favorite Pandora station, and drive… The beauty of California’s diverse landscape of endless coastlines, hidden canyons, and mountainous regions soak deep into my soul. I seek to capture the essence of this beauty in my jewelry designs. The color palate of the minerals, gemstones, and crystal I select reflect the colors I have discovered in the places that most inspire me.
Name, how many children, their first name and ages, and the town in which you currently live, or state.
Our son, Dakota, who will turn 6 the end of April and daughter, Autumn Pearl, who will have her 1st birthday mid-April. We all live together with my husband, Michael, in Malibu, California.
Favorite thing to do together as a family.
Every weekend when the sun is out, you will find us on the beach enjoying the sand and surf. Besides the beach, we go on an annual summer trip each August to Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite where we enjoy exploring the lakes, rivers, and mountains.
How do you balance motherhood with your creative endeavors?
It’s not always an easy balance! However, I have found that there is a time and place for everything. The early years with my babies are too precious a time to miss out on, so my time given to creativity and designing decreases. Soon my kids will be in school full time with extra curricular activities and I can dive into work then. I want to be present with my children as they grow, so I work less during this time so I can be with them more.
Tell us about your creative venture. Include how it began.
Designing jewelry was always a passion for me; one of my favorite hobbies. I would spend hours in bead stores in Pismo Beach or Venice designing away. One day I wore one of my designs to a dinner party, and Jennifer Smith-Hale, owner of C and Santa Barbara Magazines, loved it and encouraged me to put some time and money into my hobby. At that time, I was working as a high school history teacher, so I purchased some gemstones and during summer vacation, spent hours at the beach and at home in the afternoons designing jewelry. From that moment on, I became a jewelry designer, and gave up teaching to work at home and raise our two children.
website for your business, as well as FB page and @name on Instagram www.heathergardner.com FB: as well as FB page and @name on Instagram www.heathergardner.com FB: Heather Gardner Malibu IG: Heathergmalibu
Our website is– Heathergardner.com
Our instagram is– @Heathergmalibu
Our Facebook is– Heathergardnermalibu
last splurge on yourself.
I had a few hours to kill without my kids, so I went to my favorite farm-to-table restaurant on the Malibu Pier, called Malibu Farm Cafe. It was lightly raining and I sat at an outdoor table under the umbrellas and had a vanilla latte while reading Darling Magazine, writing in my journal and watching some amazing surf.
Last book you completed.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant