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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- At super cute boutiques all over the country, there's a striking and eye-catching top-selling line of trendy, dangly necklaces and giant rings, created not by a designer in New York or LA, but by a mom in Burlington.

"I never imagined I'd be a jewelry designer. I mean, my mom was so creative and made everything for us, but I studied business management. I managed retail stores. I bought a bunch of beads one rainy weekend and my husband wanted to know what I was going to do with all of the jewelry I made for fun," said Ashley Westcott, owner and designer of Lush Jewelry. "He suggested I bring them to my next girls night out to see what my friends thought. They loved them, ordering a long one, a short one. It just took off from there."

Westcott, mother of two children, crafts her colorful creations between carpool and bedtime and all of her busy mom goings-on in her livingroom-turned-jewelry studio in her house.

"I work in the morning, at night after bedtime, whenever. My husband is just glad I don't make them anymore in the bed and that I have my own office," she said with a smile. "This is my go-to advice for other moms who want to create a career where they can work from home. Do what you love. When you cold call a store, it's always nerve-wracking, but go for it anyway. Be confident and just do it. Say yes to yourself."

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