What made you decide to start your shop?
I've always been the artsy type but it wasn't until early 2007 that I felt like I needed to get in touch with the creative side of myself again. Jewelry making was on my "bucket list" and I started out with beading. The rest, they say, is history!
What type of products do you sell?
Custom made stacking rings and earrings - in copper, brass, sterling and gold fill.
What is your favorite shop accomplishment so far?Having my creations out there, being worn by real people, is quite the inspiration. I love hearing from happy clients that what I made for them is perfection!
What is your biggest challenge as an Etsy/online seller?
It's hard to juggle a full time job (I work in the non-profit mental health sector), running a household, raising a toddler and being pregnant. I would love to build a bigger online presence since there are so many jewelry sellers out there, but just cannot find the time!
What is the top selling item in your shop?
My stacking rings have always been a great seller, but with the recent addition of more earrings designs, I find that they are creeping up in popularity!
Do you have a tip for others selling in the handmade community?
A cohesive online identity and shopfront is something that I find helps a lot when it comes to setting yourself apart from the rest of the herd. Making sure you have a great shop name, logo, and great photos is key to getting noticed! You are basically selling the IDEA of your creations to the people that find them - your descriptions and photos are your way into their hearts!
What are you currently working on/newest project?
I am so excited to be unveiling some more earring designs - I love making more angular, more linear hoops and putting my rustic & organic spin on them! I also have become a new member of the Artisans' Group, which helps handmade artists gain exposure, and hopefully one day, you'll see celebrities wearing my creations, or maybe see my rings on the pages of InStyle!
I am a huge fan of the DDH blog, but also check out ApartmentTherapy and ohdeedoe quite often. However, I find I get TOO inspired sometimes and have to step away from the computer!
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