“I am very happy with what I have. I have a wonderful husband who takes great care of my family and always respects our feelings. I will be a mother very soon and I am so looking forward to seeing our little one. I will try to be the best mother I can.
“My name is Yuwadee Thongtaweetham; my nickname is Oil. I come from Chiang Rai Province where I went to school. I came to Chiang Mai to study at university and got a bachelor’s degree majoring in social development. My mother was very proud as I was the first person in our family to get a degree. Not so many people from my background are lucky enough to be able to study at university.
“After graduation, I got a job working for a local government office in Fang district in the north of Chiang Mai Province where I have been living for several years. This was where I met my husband, who works with his relatives. My mother and I now live in his house while my younger brother, who ordained as a monk, stays in a temple nearby. Our family is small but we take good care of each other.
“I have always loved art and culture and anything related to beauty, especially jewelry. When my chance came to become involved in designing and making jewelry, I began to feel more creative, more relaxed and happier.
“I started learning how to design and make jewelry from someone who has been a close friend since we were very young. She works with relatives in the jewelry business and helped me start up when she needed someone to help her makeup orders for her customers. I enjoyed helping her and gradually I learnt to design items myself. It has been good for both of us because I can still help her when she needs it as well as work on pieces of my own. She in turn helps me design, make and sell the pieces I create. We have a very positive relationship that continues to grow.
“I want to continue making jewelry in a happy, easy going way without expecting too much while being a good mother and wife and taking good care of my family.
“As a Thai woman living in a rural area of Chiang Mai, I am happy with what I create and will be happy if you like it too. My handmade jewelry comes from my love and the love of those who help support me. I hope you like it.”
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