Favourite Etsy Shop Feature
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have 4 children, I'm very proud to have been married for a long time, nearly 28 years, I became a licensed vocational nurse at age 20. Was back in school 20 years later to get my bachelors in nursing when I was critically injured in an auto accident and didn't walk for about 2 years. It is how I started lampworking and I taught myself. I love walking on the beach with my dogs. I work full time at an optometric practice, love it!
2. What made you open your shop and why Etsy?
I used to do home parties and sell jewelry only. I had my own website but wasn't getting enough traffic to my site. A friend encouraged me to join Etsy because she was doing very well with it.
3. Do you sell your items anywhere else?
From time to time I have trunk shows here on the island, and I am in a gallery here on Whidbey Island, WA.. Also sell to the bead store at Pikes Place Market in Seattle, and have sold to several bead stores in California.
4. What are your favourite things to do?
Favorite things, hmmm. besides making beads... baking, I love sweets. Also I'm an accomplished cook and worked as a cook and baker for 2 years. Love making homemade bread and anything from scratch. I also enjoy doing pastel drawings, ink drawings, am learning to do watercolor, sewing, embroidery, spinning wool, reading, knitting and crocheting.
5. What inspires you?
My love of nature and animals, absolutely cannot live without dogs in my life! Mountains, the beach, calm and peaceful surroundings, one of the reasons I live on an island in the Puget Sound. Birds
6. Which bead design to you most enjoy creating?
Right now owls and birds, but that can change.
7. Which is your most popular bead design?
8. If you could learn one new craft what would it be?
I want to work with paper clay and make animals and do felted animals as well.
9. Which handmade possession given to you do most cherish?
I love all of the original drawings and art that I have purchased here on etsy, owning a one of a kind is so very special. Right now I just purchased an angel pendant from Robin Wade and I adore it, along with her wonderful little stories about them.
10. Name 3 other Etsy shops you love to visit.
barby303, Leuckit, Mary Judy , your shop of course! I've been so blessed to have met so many kindred spirits here on Etsy.
A big thank you to DeniseAnnette for being my feature favourite Etsy shop for this week. I just love her beads. They are so cute and have such character. I think my favourites are the sheep and the pigs. I think its great that you can not only buy individual beads to make your own creations but you can buy jewelry thats been created using wonderful handmade beads. Take a look at this shop and see if you can find a favourite, Im sure you will.