Handmade items have a warmth that regular marketplace items lack. They are more personal, more original. I love knowing that my customers have something noone else owns. I don’t doubt that every designer of handmade goods feels the same way.
Soldier in the U.S. Army since 2003.
2002 Journalism Graduate of Winston-Salem State University.
IHOP is my favorite restaurant (and I only use the butter pecan syrup)
Golden Girls is my favorite tv show of all time.
What got you started crafting?
I started crafting in college. I wanted my friends who pledged sororities to have personalized gifts that stood out, not just the generic ones from the local stores and websites.
What is your source of inspiration?
My surroundings. I now have a habit of looking at women's jewelry and saying "I can make that" or "i'll never make that" (because it wasn't cute) or "how in the world was that made?" and researching it when i get home.
If I see a piece on a woman I know, they'll take it off and let me study it so I can teach myself how to re-create it.
I also frequent department store jewelry counters for ideas.
What have you made recently?
The last item I created is the turquoise, brown and gold necklace and bracelet set I uploaded. I saw the turquoise stones in Michael's and had to buy them. They were so pretty! Since they are accented with gold, I matched it with brown stones and gold spacer beads. I got the idea of using chain link for the necklace from a jewelry making magazine. It was different and I loved that. The chain is my favorite part of the set.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I showcase my items on Facebook and by word of mouth through my current customers. I just launched my collection's showcase blog for the non Facebook users.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Handmade items have a warmth that regular marketplace items lack. They are more personal, more original. I love knowing that my customers have something noone else owns. I don't doubt that every designer of handmade goods feels the same way.