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1.) Tell us a little bit about yourself? What are your other hobbies, what is day to day life like for you?
I love traveling, being outdoors, and being artsy. I’d like to think I have a pretty exciting life. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful family and the best friends any girl could ask for.
My day to day life… during the summer, I work for an architecture firm 3 days a week. On my 2 days off I do lots of crafting and other random projects (my to do list never ends) and then I’m traveling most weekends!
During the school year… I’m still a student… lucky me! I’m getting my graduate degree in architecture with takes lots of my time, but I still try to make time to be crafty, go for a run, and spend time with my friends.
2.) What inspired you to begin creating and open your shop?
I’m slightly obsessed with jewelry and all things fashion! And when I say slightly, I mean you should see the amount of jewelry I have. My jewelry creations began with a Christmas gift for my little sister and who knew that I would eventually be selling my work. I just can’t stop making fun, eclectic, girly things and I happened to think that maybe someone else may like them as much as I do… who knows!
3.) What is your best selling item in your shop? What is your favorite item in your shop?
I wouldn’t say I really have a best selling item. Most of my items are one of a kind. Styles may be similar, but I can’t remember the last time I made two identical pieces. This happens because of the nature of the materials I use. There’s such a mix that I often don’t have enough of one thing to make identical pieces.
Right now I think these turquoise leather earrings are my favorite thing in my shopwww.etsy.com/listing/75435098/feathered-turquoise-leather-earrings
4.) What is your biggest struggle as a etsy seller?
I would say the biggest struggle is standing out and being found. Etsy has gotten so huge that it’s easy to just get lost in the mix. I constantly try to make sure that I’m making something different than other sellers, I post new items frequently, and I promote my shop in other ways.
5.) What's your favorite thing about being an artist?
Everything! I absolutely love having the freedom to be creative, get my hands a little dirty and do what I love! I couldn’t ask for anything different except for maybe to make enough money to not have to have a real job… come to think of it, I’m an artist in my real job too though… lucky me!
6.) Do you have a crafting "routine"? Are there things in your day to day life (job, family, etc.) that make it difficult to stick to that routine?
I’d like to say that I do, but it just kind of happens when it happens. I’m more on a blogging routine than a crafting routine. I try to write a blog post every night and post it in the morning. As for crafting, I just have to be in the mood and then I can sit down for hours and hours and just create. School and work definitely come first for me, so that makes fitting crafting time in a little difficult but I love it so much, I couldn't imagine life without it!
7.) I talk a lot about certain fears of creativity, like the fear of failing and fearing that people won't like your creation, do you experience these fears and if so how do you get past them and keep creating?
You know that’s a good point to bring up, but I honestly don’t have any fears about creating. I just feel like some people are going to like your work and some may not. That’s just life. You just have to create what you love and not worry about it. There’s no such thing as failure if you’re doing something you love.
8.) Tell us a little quirky fact about yourself.
Hmm, something quirky… I’m a redhead … that’s pretty unique.
I organize my closet in rainbow order, yet I don’t consider myself a neat freak … I’m weird. I know :)Stop by and check out her blog
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