I am also very lucky to have great friends around me that are so supportive that it makes me focused on being successful. I feel like I am a lucky person no matter how hard times may get.
Random facts about me.........um.......I am full of them.......
1) I lived in Ireland for over a year studying conflict resolution. I adored it there and the people who became like family to me. After my studies ended I refused to return home, tried to find work with nothing to be had. My parents had to send my sister to retrieve me, otherwise I think I would still be there.
2)I literally can go days without sleeping. Sometimes I will get into making jewelry at night and simply forget to sleep and my girls will walk in and it will be 6:30 AM and I will be in the same spot I was in when they went to bed the night before. It is a blessing and a curse, you sure can get a lot done when the rest of the world is asleep :)
3) I was on The Today Show dressed up as a witch during an interview with Willard Scott......long story.......
4) I would rather be with my daughters than with any other people in the world. Not just, like as in I love my kids, but they are amazingly interesting people and I would rather sit and have coffee and chat with them than anyone else on the planet. So we can chat about theories regarding why the dinosaurs are gone and reincarnation and if there is a god why she would have war and how on Earth the Great Wall of China was built so perfectly.
What got you started crafting?
I have always had, shall we say an obsession with fashion and art, as well as history and cultural and music. I unfortunately never felt as though I was very "crafty" or talented in any of the areas that I loved. Just obsessed. I followed every nuance and trend and would be excited by the success of my friends who were artists or musicians.
I always wanted to have a creative life and dreamed about it forever. Two things finally came together for me. Over the past 6 years I started to travel to Turkey on a very regular basis. Turkey is such a gorgeous country, almost magical. History merges with art and culture and beauty at every turn. The people are lovely, creative, smart and warm. You cannot help but fall in love with the entire existence and experience of Turkey.
Every time I would return home I would tell my sweet girls how great it was and how much it made me want to work on my dream of starting to create my own designs and line of jewelry.
Till this spring when my beauties, Maggie who is 8.5 going on 40 and Gigi who just turned 7 who will forever be as light as air said mom you want to do this “now is the time” so I did.
What is your source of inspiration?
Not hard to guess that my girls are a huge source of inspiration. I am also very lucky to have great friends around me that are so supportive that it makes me focused on being successful. I feel like I am a lucky person no matter how hard times may get. I have an amazing family, my parents, my girls, Big, my sister, my nephew meatball, my friends here and in Turkey. Despite the fact that in the last two years I have gone through a god awful divorce, lost my house and job I really have been given so many gifts. Super lucky girl!!
What have you made recently?
SariBlue started simply with bracelets. I was in love with the beads we use and thought they would be perfect for bracelets. Which they are :)
I have just started to make earrings, which I am literally posting TONIGHT!!! Yippee. I am so excited about the earrings, I feel like they are a huge step in my creative evolution.
The other item I have made was something I loved when I was preggers with the girls, but with a Sariblue twist.
They are Baby Belly Bells. It is a blend of cultures. Bola Chimes from Latin America with the protection from an Evil Eye for the baby bump. The beautiful soft sound of the chime to soothe the baby and the evil eye as protection. These chimes are used all over the world and I am very pleased to add this to my shop as another piece of culture and eclectic charm.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I currently have my own website but only sell on line directly through etsy and zibbet. I am also focused on local juried art shows. My goal is to try and do at least one solid show per month.
Once I get through my next big show in September I plan to also focus on a few local shops to sell my items through.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I really think handmade is right for so many reasons. For me it allows me to do what I have always wanted to do: express myself. It also gives me an opportunity to so my girls you can do what you really want to do. Handmade is so critical, for a local economy as well as a global economy. I am tired of small mom and pop stores being crushed by Walmart. My family and I have always support the small shops over the chain stores. It was how I was raised :)
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