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Casey Naylor is a Rhode Island native, a cancer survivor, and an entrepreneur that specializes in handmade and upcycled jewelry. Naylor, with some help from the Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council (RIDCC), was given the tools needed to start her own business called Jewelry From The Owl's Nest. 

In the past two years alone, the RIDCC, with the help of a grant from the Department of Labor and Training, aided people with disabilities in their efforts to build rapport with their communities and establish themselves as entrepreneurs.

I’ve learned important aspects of running my own businesses, such as licensing and registration requirements of business, and marketing techniques, like your business name should mention the type of business you are in or have,” said Naylor who has been making jewelry by hand since she was five-years-old.

When Naylor had undergone chemotherapy as a child, she had taught herself to create jewelry as a way to occupy herself. Ever since then, she has been working in that creative field, making pieces with the most stunning attention to detail.

According to Naylor in an interview with Warwick Post, “I have always loved owls. They are my favorite animals. I love that they live in hollowed out trees and I have always imagined looking into an owl’s nest and seeing it filled with trinkets. That’s how I got the name for the business.”

[COURTESY CASEY NAYLOR] A selection of the upcycled items sold at Jewelry From The Owl's Nest, created by Casey Naylor.


Naylor's work is comprised of hand-crafted upcycled pieces made with items such as soda can tabs, beads she makes from paper, and other unique elements she has incorporated into her creative methods.

“My jewelry is another cool way to recycle and keep things out of the landfills,” said Naylor, who participates in craft shows as well as small business markets held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Crown Plaza in Warwick.

“I love making jewelry, especially out of things other people would have thrown away,” she said. “If you look at my pieces you would never know they came from things that were being thrown out. I like that a lot. I guess I see things that other people don’t and I know when something looks cool and can become something beautiful.”

Information originally sourced from Warwick Post.