Could it finally be March?!? The countdown to spring begins with our featured crafter, Samantha, sharing her handmade jewelry. The one thing I love about her designs is her blending of beads and cute charms – nothing says spring more like little birdies!
I volunteer at a local no kill animal shelter.
I'm a Marketing major with a Public Relations focus.
My favorite bands are Paramore, You Me at Six, and Sleeping with Sirens.
I love to read and my favorite author is Lisa Scottoline.
What got you started crafting?
I had an interest in creating jewelry at a young age. I'd make my friends a lot of friendship bracelets and things like that. I picked up the hobby again over Christmas break when I was looking for something to do and it really took off from there.
What is your source of inspiration?
I'm inspired by a little bit of everything, that's why eclectic is in the title of my shop. I look at what people are wearing and look on Pinterest to find inspiration. It also depends on the mood I'm in. I like everything from classic pearl necklaces one day to bright rhinestone necklaces the next.
What have you made recently?
I recently just made a bracelet that has bright peacock colored rondelle beads on it with metal spacer beads and hematite beads. I wanted to mix the simple look of the hematite beads with the really bright peacock colored beads.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell my jewelry on Etsy and I will soon be selling in my friend Molly's brand new store, Sunflower Moon (known as Angel Sister online) in the Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport, IA.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I feel like handmade items have more thought, care and love put into them then mass produced items. I feel like when I own a handmade product it's unique to me. I want my customers to feel special that they have a one of a kind piece of jewelry that no one else has.