1. What do you create?
Handcrafted jewelry using colorful gemstones, beads, glass and metal (silver and gunmetal...I have not been able to get into gold yet...can't afford it!)
2. What led you to take up your craft?
I graduated from law school in 1996 and started making jewelry back then as a way to keep up with my "artistic" side in a world of blue and grey suits! It was a welcome distraction from the very rigid and legal every day life I was living. It is also something I could do at night when I couldn't sleep...something just for me.
3. Which part of your work do you most enjoy?
Coming up with color combinations. I love to put together combinations of stones, in colors that you would not normally expect to go together.
4. Which part do you find hardest?
Putting a price tag on my work. I want my jewelry to be affordable, so that people can buy it, but still make a profit. No one would work at a "real" job and not expect to get paid, yet, I still have a hard time setting my prices!
5. Where do you get your inspiration?
I actually get most of my inspiration from interior design magazines and paint samples (If I were not a lawyer, I would want to be an interior designer). I love to look through magazines and see how they put colors together in rooms.
I also have a Sherwin Williams paint sample book at my house, and I will go through the HUNDREDS of colors in the palettes and see what looks good next to each other! Then, I see what stones I have in those colors!
6. Do you participate in any etsy groups, and if so, which ones?
I am involved with the Etsy Cleveland group, and have met some really nice people. But, I have two children (Elle (who my shop is named after!) is 7 and Lily is 3) that I am very hands on with, write a daily shopping blog, and try to make this jewelry business work: So, I just don't have the time to be that involved!
7. What's one material your shop can't live without?
Sterling silver and chalcedony. I love chalcedony, it is my favorite stone to work with because of the amazing color hues!
8. What is your favorite item that you have purchased off of Etsy?
Oh god...there are so many cool things! I love my earrings from TQB Designs
and Jennifer Morris.
I also love my neck wraps from Rudman. (so critical for the cold winters in Cleveland).
9. If I could sell one item from my shop today, it would be...
A colorful pair of earrings! Color is a great pick me up!
10. If I had enough money to pick one item on my wish list from any shop on etsy to buy, it would be...
Something from Fuss Jewelry...I love her flower pieces...plus she is so nice!
11. What are the top three favorite items currently listed in your store?
The Bubbles Necklaces (little rondelles of faceted gemstones strung on gunmetal chain...a little burst of color at the neck)
The Harlequin earrings (amethyst, garnet and yellow sapphire earrings)
The Melonball earrings (colorful chalcedony...reminds me of summer!)
12. What undiscovered artisans would you recommend the world to know?
I write about indie artists almost every day on my Blooming Lily blog. I have been writing it for 2 years and I write about, and recommend, indie artists. In particular though: Duchess von Dudik on etsy...really cool clothing, and she is Cleveland based.
I also love the artwork of Copper Leaf Studios. She makes gorgeous copper tiles that are stunning for the walls when grouped together. I bought 3 of them for my mother!
13. What is the best advice you have ever received?
Use the best materials you can and start out small. Hone your craft and stick to it. If you follow through with your ideals and customer service, people will find you and come back.
Oh...and curate treasuries to make friends and pass along good will!