New-“ish” to the world of crafting, these sisters from Kentucky are ready to unleash their bling on the world.
I've been travelling the world since I was a child with the first trip at the age of 16 to Switzerland. I've been to 31 countries, and many of these countries I have visited more than once. My travels started with my Mom and sister and have continued with them, as well as my husband of 25 years. My carryon is always packed and ready to go!
I created a game called Derby Divas (www.derbydivas.com) and dedicate a portion of the sales to a local breast cancer foundation. My sister and I also volunteer for breast cancer events in memory of our mom who lost a 22-year battle with the disease.
Hmmm..words of advice? Have patience and keep focusing on what you want... Don't take your eye off of what you want.
What got you started crafting?
We are two sisters who share childhood memories and grown-up dreams. For as long as we can remember, Mom had us crafting up something – macramé wall hangings, woven pot holders, painting our own note cards … you name it – but our all-time favorite handmade craft was making jewelry! We loved having jewelry to wear that was unique and original that no one else had…
Sitting at the kitchen table poured over a jewelry supply catalog, Mom would let us pick out beads, clasps and earring hooks…so we could design our own styles. Back in those days, you couldn’t just run out to a craft store to buy jewelry supplies. So, we waited patiently for the package to arrive in the mail. We started creating our own earrings, bracelets and necklaces back in the late 1960’s … and haven’t stopped since!
Our most recent creations feature vintage costume pieces, combined with upcycled materials, giving them a unique modern touch with a sparkle.
What is your source of inspiration?
My source of inspiration is finding beautiful vintage jewelry that is waiting to be worn again - I am also inspired by friends and customers who get excited to see our new creations!
What have you made recently?
One of our first pieces was created using pieces of jewelry we found in our 99-year-old grandmother's jewelry box after she recently passed away. She lived such a beautiful long life and cherished her accessories. Once the necklace was created, along with many others, we decided to give them all a nursery rhyme name. So, "Mammaw's" necklace became known as Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary. In our descriptions, we put the rhyme and a description of the piece as shown below:
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
Silver bells and cockle-shells,
And pretty maids all of a row.
This garden-inspired upcycled necklace measures approx. 19” long and was created using an assemblage of vintage flowers measuring approx. 1.5” x 2” in diameter with two vintage metal and enamel bracelets. All materials are reused, recycled and redesigned, creating a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art. We’ve created it for pretty maids who love watching their gardens grow!
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
We recently opened an online store: www.blingaroundrosies.etsy.com
And are in the process of selling our pieces at a trunk show soon.
We are totally open to any and all suggestions for other venues for our one-of-a-kind creations - like boutiques or retail locations.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Handmade and one-of-a-kind -- that is what makes wearing our necklaces so unique. They make a statement and no one else will ever have one exactly like it! When someone receives a handmade gift, they know that special time was taken to select or create that gift -- just for the person who receives it.