Hayley Milks of Brandon is the owner of BeadnikRow, a local jewelry company.

Hayley Milks of Brandon has had a very interesting life. Her life’s journey began in Miami and has now led her to Brandon, where she creates beautiful and unique jewelry inspired by her journey.

“From a very young age, I have vivid memories of making your quintessential friendship bracelets with multicolored string while securing the knot with a safety pin fastened to my shoelace,” Milks said. “Through the years and into adolescence, I would make beaded bracelets and even dabbled with woven hair ties, all while listening to Three Dog Night, Jethro Tull and Credence, but then life happened.”

In a span of 18 years, Milks had four daughters, graduated from college, had a few failed marriages, owned a yoga studio for eight years and donated a kidney to a complete stranger.

What’s more, Milks became the owner of BeadnikRow, which is a local jewelry company.

“I can honestly say that most of my inspirations come from music, landscapes and T-shirts,” Milks said. “I will look at a band shirt and see something that I can successfully turn into an earring. If it isn’t too successful, then I scrap it, and what comes from the scrapped clay is usually better than what I had originally planned for initially. I have learned that with my art, there is beauty and creativity in the biggest of messes. It has sort of become a metaphor for my life.”

BeadnikRow jewelry can be found at Pat’s Corner inside Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association at the monthly Winthrop Pop-Up Market, as well as other artisan markets throughout Tampa.

“Every morning, I wake up and pinch myself because it is so hard to believe that I get to create for a living,” Milks said. “I never, in my wildest—or most realistic—daydreams, did I believe I could see something on one of my morning runs, rush home and turn it into a piece someone will wear. I also get to work alongside my 13-year-old daughter, who is unbelievably talented and makes all of our rings. Our customers are extremely supportive and some of the most genuine humans I have ever met.”

If you’d like to learn more about BeadnikRow or if you’d like to see more of Milks’ jewelry, you can visit her Instagram page at www.instagram.com/beadnikrow. Pat’s Corner is located at 619 Vonderburg Dr., Ste. B in Brandon.

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Libby Hopkins
Libby Hopkins has been a part of the Brandon community for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of USF with a degree in journalism. She has been a freelance writer for The Osprey Observer Newspaper since 2008. She also the Executive Director of Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association. She is a dog mom to her rescue dog, Marshall. She loves being a part of the Brandon Community and she loves sharing positive news about our community.