You can receive 20% off with coupon code: T1W2012 ...AND she is offering one of her creative pieces up for grabs in a giveaway!!!!! See all of the details after this interview below
|Turquoise Bracelet Gold Beaded Cuff|
First creative memory is kindergarden. We had to finger paint and instead of creating a picture of a house and trees like the other kids, I dipped fingers in every paint color and just went wild on the canvas. The teacher called my mom to tell her I didn't "obey the rules" by painting a "picture". Mom replied, "no, this is not a picture, but it is ART". That was the first time I realized I don't see things or express myself like other people do.
What or whom began your creative journey on Etsy?
I started my creative journey on Etsy after being laid-off 2 times in one year. During the time I was not working, I sold my jewelry to pay the bills and I learned quickly there is a market for my work. I had heard of Etsy but didn't know what it was until I did some research. I decided to become a legitimate business and opened a shop - I had my first sale in the first week and I was hooked!
How did you come up with your shop name?
My shop name just came to me one day. I realized I would be the designer, the artist, the bookkeeper, the marketer and the customer service rep and I remember thinking to myself, "how is this one woman going to manage all this?" Thus the name was born!
Describe what creations you have in your shop
I initially created strung jewelry several years ago. You might have seen my work in 2011 on the cover of Bead Style magazine and more recently in Easy Beading vol 8. I later started purchasing beading magazines and taught myself the various stitches and fell in love with bead weaving. So I now I create mostly beaded cuff bracelets and an occasional statement necklace here and there. Each piece takes a minimum of 4 hours to create (not including the process of getting it out of my head into a design) and some have taken up to 10 hours!
|Blue Beaded Flower Cuff Bracelet|
What inspires you?
I am inspired by just about anything as you will see by my jewelry. A butterfly, a mosaic tile table, asian art, textiles, tattoos, shoes, you name it. I see something I like and I try to turn it into a cuff.
What do you listen to or watch while creating?
I listen to music of all kinds while I'm creating and I find the music influences the outcome of my design. If I'm listening to heavy metal/alternative, I'll end up with something wild with studs or marabou feathers. If classical music, it ends up being flowery or ruffly. Many times I'll have an idea in my head and I find in the end the piece comes out not only differently, but better, without my having given it thought. I find if I don't push the design it tends to flow out of me naturally.
Please share a favorite recipe
This is a great Southern recipe that goes well with any type of meat. If you've eaten polenta, you've eaten grits, so don't be scared of them!
Grits with Corn and Vidalia Onion
1 tsp canola oil
1 Vidalia onion, grated
2 ears fresh corn on cob (will scrape off)
2 cups whole milk
2 cups water
Course salt and fresh ground pepper
1 cup grits (NOT instant, it won't cook correctly)
2 tbsp unsalted butter
3/4 cup ptarmigan cheese grated
1 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
Heat oil over med heat. Add onion and coon about 2 minutes until transparent. Remove the corn kernels from the cob and cook about 4 minutes. Add milk, water and 1 tsp salt. Bring to boil over high heat. Whisk in grits, then decrease heat to low, whisking occasionally to prevent sticking, until grits are creamy and thick (about 45 min). Stir in butter, cheese, parsley and chives. Adjust as to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
Where else can we find you?
Twitter (@this1wman). \
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