Hi, I'm Camilee (but if you called me and asked for "Camilee" I'd know you were a solicitor - everyone calls me Cami). I founded Camilee Designs in 2002 when I left a secure, but boring corporate job as a Technology Analyst to pursue my dream of creating and selling jewelry.
I think the first time I realized that I love to create things was when I was in the 2nd grade. In my hometown we have a annual summer festival called "Whaling Days." To the best of my recollection, we were asked to draw something that reminded us of the festival. I drew a big whale. I can still vaguely see it in my head. I was called up on stage to get a ribbon. I think it was Red? 2nd place? Maybe everyone got a ribbon, who knows...the point is that it started an idea in my head.
I've always loved the idea of having my very own shop. My mom tells me that when I was a child (the middle of 3 siblings) I used to play by myself for hours -- I would meticulously set up a store until my sister or brother came in and destroyed it for fun.
I guess it seems natural that I combined these 2 loves to fulfill my dream.
I took a long break from making jewelry after my daughter was born in 2007. At birth her pediatrician felt an enlargement in her abdomen, which turned out to be a tumor in her kidney. She underwent surgery to remove her kidney at 9 days old, was diagnosed at 3 weeks old with a rare form of pediatric cancer called Wilms' Tumor and underwent 6 months of chemotherapy. It was a roller coaster, but I'm happy to report that she has been cancer-free since she ended her treatment and was deemed "cured" at the age of 1 1/2.
My family and I move (A LOT) to chase our dreams. I don't always update my location because it changes so frequently. As of 2017 we are in a small town in Washington called Poulsbo. If you contact me via email you've likely messaged with my production assistant, Priscilla, who resides in Morgan Hill, CA. Priscilla has been with me since 2014 and I don't know what I would ever do without her!
In addition to selling my finished jewelry designs I have also begun procuring a collection of jewelry supplies that I can offer to other crafters and designers. I'm so excited to fully launch Camilee Supplies in the fall of 2017.
My interests are: business, vegetable gardening, yoga, and red wine (and reality TV, although I probably shouldn't admit to that!)