Hi! I am Deana Butler. I was born Deana Palmer and have lived in Sonoma County, California all but 25 years of my 60+ years. I love Sonoma County, specifically Cotati and Petaluma! My Mom and Dad, Jeanette and Dean Palmer, instilled a deep work ethic in me by working three full-time jobs plus being parents and sustainable gardeners and hunters. I had a great childhood, full of faith, fun, friendship and family.
I graduated from Rancho Cotate High School in 1970 and started Santa Rosa Junior College that year. Twenty eight – yes, count them, 28 years later – I received my two-year Associate in Science Degree from Las Positas. SKEWED PRIORITIES AND PERSEVERANCE!
During those 28 years, I did many crafts and worked several jobs. My first job was – get this quirk of fate – at a jewelry store. Go figure! After that, I was the Deputy City Treasurer for Cotati and bookkeeper for my mother’s store. Following that I was School Secretary for Cinnabar (Assistant Business Manager, too) and McDowell Schools in Petaluma. I discovered I loved the students!
I met the love of my life, Jim. We had a long relationship; and, finally, I swept him off his feet. Whew! We were married in beautiful Armstrong Grove, Guerneville in 1978. We eventually moved to Livermore for 25 years. Our son, Travis was born in 1982. I was born to be a mother! I am also blessed to have a step-daughter, Amber.
God then led me to Valley Christian Junior Senior High School in Dublin, California. In His great design, I volunteered there, then became a paid teacher, for students with learning differences. I respected and resonated with them, thanks to God and to my new, lifelong friends (Karen and Cathy) who mentored me. Again, I loved the students. We got along famously and formed relationships that lasted long after high school. We were then immensely blessed and inherited Jim’s grandparents’ family property with four houses in Petaluma. We returned and were able to retire.
We now have three magnificent grandchildren, Colton, Rylee and Jordan. So far as the other animal kingdom goes, we have a super, wonderful two-year-old pit bull, Heidi, who is our loving 60-pound lap dog that loves people, especially children.
NOW for jewelry. Pretty, pretty, sparkling baubles that make me look gorgeous – what’s not to like? Hey! Why didn’t I make my own jewelry? Pick my own colors, styles, designs – RIGHT ON! I took many jewelry-making classes, which I loved. I had awakened a sleeping giant!
I have fashioned my own jewelry since 2006. Ninety percent of my necklaces are embellished with crosses as I want to openly, and beautifully, display my love for Christ. That began my business. I tithe 10% of my gross proceeds to my church, New Life Fellowship in Petaluma. My business has evolved from making products and selling them in specialty boutiques and Etsy to a more service-oriented enterprise.
I now redesign and repair old, vintage jewelry to leave legacies for family members. It is rewarding to refashion one heirloom necklace into two to four pieces for daughters, granddaughters or nieces!!! I also recreate new chic jewelry from vintage pieces that are not your style. In addition, I offer jewelry-making classes or parties for people ages teens to seniors at various local recreation departments, art centers and at my Petaluma country studio.
ITEMS OF IMPORTANCE TO ME
Family – Faith – Friendships
Integrity – Love
Health – Solvency – Fun – Knowledge