About Ellen O'Donnell
From the time when I was a young girl, then having majored
in Graphic Design in college and working in the field for many
years, I have always had a passion for art, color and working
with my hands.
Through the years I started a mail-order art rubber stamp business
(Loving Little Rubber Stamps), a cake decorating business (Ellen's
Great Cakes!), a fine craft center (Newburyport Artisan Connection)
in my Newburyport studio where I taught many of the classes,
including lampwork glass beadmaking, stained glass, Native American
bead weaving techniques, jewelry construction, polymer clay
techniques, and garden stepping stones.
I also started a small holistic handmade skin care product business
(Herbal Planet). I made face creams, salves, lip balm, cold process
soap and more. My handmade soap is olive and coconut oil-based with cocoa butter and other high grade natural ingredients, and has a loyal following to this day. It is a mild moisturizing soap with a wonderful lather that is very good for all skin types, including dry and sensitive skin.
In a highly creative and colorful atmosphere, my experience working
in a specialty quilt/fabric shop (Red Barn Sewing and Yarn Center)
satisfied my love of fabric and sewing. I was very active helping
customers choose color combinations and fabric for their quilts.
My interest in holistic skin care has led me to become a Professional
Licensed Esthetician (Spa Tech Institute). My passion for color ultimately
has blossomed into Certified Makeup Artistry, and in keeping with
energy work, I am an Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a Lightarian Reiki Master, a Holy Fire Karuna Reiki II Master and a Certified Crystal Healer. I am certified in Acupressure and have extensive training in energy balancing using vibrational sound with tuning forks, the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of Gua Sha and the Ayurvedic Kansa wand, known as the 'healing metal' in India.....all allowing me to very happily work with my hands. Connecting with my clients on this energetic level is my passion!