Saturday, August 2

*FEATURED ARTIST of the week* ~~lillyella~~


1. What do you create?

I create jewelry mainly comprised of brass or silver stampings and glass, stone or vintage beads.

2. What led you to take up your craft?

I've always loved art, ever since I was a small child I knew it would be my life. I have to thank my parents for being so encouraging and supportive in all my adventures! I went to college for graphic design and photography understanding that if I wanted to eat, I better be prepared for a real job, but I have always spent all my free time crafting. Everything from sewing and crocheting to woodworking and paper crafts, but beading and jewelry has always been there - something I always come back to. Almost like a safe zone or something! I enjoy it immensely and it is an escape and an outlet at the same time. My hobbies are a curse and a blessing. I am obsessed - I don't know what to do with myself when I am not creating. I work all day - from 7am until sometimes 3 in the morning! But I love every minute of it.

3. Which part of your work do you most enjoy?

That is a hard question - this is probably a totally nerdy answer but I love organizing my supplies! And shopping for new ones of course! I love hunting for great vintage finds - of all kinds really, not just supplies. Thats how I found my circa 1900 engagement ring! Then next would be creating new designs. Im so bad - I'll stay up all night just to work on a new design if I didn't have time during the day. I also really enjoy hearing back from people who have purchased my pieces and creating jewelry for weddings.

4. Which part do you find hardest?

Trying to balance my life is hard - I also have a graphic design business - and a house - and a boyfriend - and 13 animals - and a thousand projects around the house! I understand that working for yourself brings its benefits and its downfalls. I will never have a steady paycheck - some days I wont have two pennies to rub together and other days I can go out for enchiladas!

I will never have a set schedule or be able to "plan out" my week. But the benefits far outweigh everything else.
I also really dislike taping shipping labels to packages! A couple of my cats interviewed to help out in my packing and shipping department, but their lack of opposable thumbs and abundance of fur disqualified them - so alas - it is still my job!
lastly I would say my paranoia about my work being perfect. I get still nervous with every piece I send out that every little loop isnt perfect or that someone will dislike it. I have been so lucky to have such wonderful customers and feedback so far though.

5. Where do you get your inspiration?

This answer is probably typical - but mostly from things I love. This could either an element in nature - such as a waterlily, which is a focal point in many of my favorite designs, or possibly a specific material or bead I find.

6. Do you participate in any etsy groups, and if so, which ones?

Not yet - but I have been trying to get my act together and hang out with some

Cleveland team members and I'm also interested in the

Etsy for Animals team and donating some of pieces to causes along those lines.

7. What's one material your shop can't live without?

Brass charms!

8. What is your favorite item that you have purchased off of Etsy?

Oh that is hard - I love them all! I have only made a few purchases (but lots of favorites saved for my birthday!!)
but it would be a toss up between two custom pieces I requested - this beautiful lotus tile:

or this adorable pin cushion fashioned after my late, great canary - figaro:

I did also just receive yesterday this awesome T from Noelle at Xenotees:

I have been eyeing it since I first joined Etsy and I absolutely LOVE it!

9. If I could sell one item from my shop today, it would be...

wow - tough! Maybe my Tudor Rose necklace. Its such a pretty piece, and so nice with summer dresses etc this time of year.

And it's on sale!

10. If I had enough money to pick one item on my wish list from any shop on etsy to buy, it would be...

Oh my gosh - can I really only pick just one! That is an impossible question - there is a ton of beautiful jewelry and a few cute clutches I have been eyeing up - but for the sake of answering your question, I'll narrow it down to two:

because I love yellow and miss my canary :(

or I'd ask to get one these with the lily of the valley on one side and the lotus on the other!!

11. What are the top three favorite items currently listed in your store?

12. What undiscovered artisans would you recommend the world to know?

another hard one - could go on and on about this one!

they are not undiscovered, as they have had sales - but I hope to see their shops continue to grow!

Westernartglass - his work is beautiful and you just can not beat the stories in his item description

Wyndbrookdesign - this is the seller who made the lotus tile for me. Her work is beautiful, I will certainly be buying more myself!

Charmantshop - some of her work is similar to mine, but still has a different feel - very classy and beautiful, would love to see some new pieces from her:

13. What is the best advice you have ever received?

Its probably really pathetic that I don't have an answer to this question! I do listen to a radio talk show host named Dennis Prager who mainly talks about politics but does an hour every week called the Happiness Hour - and I love it.

He says Happiness is a moral obligation - and I think that is a really important thing to remember.


Rosebud Collection said...

Great interview Amy..She does lovely work..

lillyella, uniquely you said...

Thanks so much, Amy! I am so honored to have a such a wonderful feature on your super-cool blog!!!

The Lil Bee said...

What pretty pieces. I think I like that top image the best. And talk about dedicated! Working from 7am till 3am, and caring for 13 animals? Great interview!

the b-line said...

I love reading your interviews. And I love lillyella's shop! Thanks for sharing!

littlebyRD said...

Gorgeous jewelry...great interview!

bunzi said...

:) i've seen lillyella's shop. very nice interview. thanks. :D

Xenotees said...

This is wonderful! Nicole is amazing- I love her work! Peach, Your shop is full of beauty too- you're the best!