Marji began artistic life as an art major in college but decided that being a starving artist was not such a good idea, so she returned to college and became a nurse. She never gave up on her love of art, however, and began taking stained glass lessons in the 1970s. Shortly after, she started taking jewelry lessons and was hooked. After moving to Florida, Marji opened a stained-glass studio in Sarasota and in her spare time continued taking jewelry classes. In 2003, Marji and her husband relocated to Murphy, NCjust miles from William Holland. Now retired, Marji devotes herself to the design and fabrication of custom jewelry and passing along her knowledge to others.