March 25, 2009

Sweeeeeeeet Freeeedom!!!!!

Today I'm featuring Sweet Freedom from Etsy! Sweet Freedom creates amazing jewelry- bracelets, pendants, necklaces, and earrings. She loves making jewelry and fusing glass.
Creative: "How did you get started in crafting?"
SF: I have been crafting since I was 5, when a serious illness kept me in the hospital for over 3 months, and my father, of all people, taught me how to do crewel embroidery, to pass the time- When I was 10, my grandmother taught me to crochet, and I made a lot (seriously, a LOT) of vests and afghans. I still like to crochet afghans.When I was in my mid-20s, I discovered cross-stitch- and was hooked by that.

I just have always enjoyed making beautiful things all by myself! And people seemed to really enjoy receiving handmade gifts.

Creative: What are some of the things that inspire you?

SF: Colors and nature, primarily.

Creative: What do you think would be the perfect project?

SF: The one that sells immediately! I love making complicated beadwoven designs for myself, but I also need to pay the bills!

Pink Moonstone Bracelet

Creative: How long have you been selling on Etsy, and how long have you done what you do?

SF: I started selling on Etsy in November '07. I have only been designing and making jewelry since 1/07, but I really threw myself into it. I have always been what I laughingly call a jewelry slut - I never met a piece I didn't love! And when I discovered I could actually make jewelry myself, there was no stopping me. I have taken hundreds of hours of classes, in many different jewelry media - beading, glass fusing, lampworking, chainmaille, bead-weaving, metal clay, and more. Some I am crazy about, some I'm so-so about, and I am fairly sure I will never make another lampwork bead in my life. Just not my thing!

Creative: Selling your work on Etsy, or online in general, can mean a lot of competition. Are you intiminated by this? Why or why not?
SF: Life is too short to be intimidated. In 5/07, I left a highly competitive career, which required intense competition and stress 24/7, and I never looked back. I want to be a relaxed, type B sort from now on.
I recently purchased a bead shop, and I sell a lot of my work there, and teach classes almost non-stop. I don't have as much time just to create for me anymore, but don't stress when I go 6 weeks without an online sale!
Thanks so much for the interview!
You can visit Sweet Freedom on Etsy at, her blog at, and her dog's blog at!
Until tomorrow~
~ The Creative Crafters

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March 13, 2009

Pixes Treasures

Featuring Pixes Treasure Chest!
How did you get started in crafting?
I've been doing some sort of craft for as long as I can remember! My Grammy taught me at an early age to crochet, and sew (which I still do)! Over the years I have done counted cross stitch, embroidery, made wreaths, candles. When my son was little, every year we would make homemade Christmas ornaments. I started making jewelry simply because I wasn't happy with what I found in stores, and didn't want to wear the same thing millions of other women were wearing!
What are some of the things that inspire you?
My two biggest forms of inspiration come from the natural world around me, and my messy studio. I have designed some really cool pieces while trying to clean up my workspace!!
SALE Sterling Silver Flower Earrings What do you think would be the perfect project?
Oh, this is easy!! It would be a gorgeous sterling silver, and American mined turquoise multistrand necklace. Something big and bold...and expensive! And for me alone!
How long have you been selling on Etsy, and how long have you done what you do?
I have been selling on Etsy since Sept. 2008. I started out selling on Ebay in Feb. 2008, but found it impersonal. When I found out about Etsy, I came right over! There are so many great people, and wonderful artists here!!
SALE Hill Tribe Silver Rose Earrings SALE Flutterby Earrings
Selling your work on Etsy, or online in general, can mean a lot of competition. Are you intiminated by this? Why or why not?
No, I'm not really. I realize that I'm fairly new, it takes time to build a following. Since each artist has their own distinct style, I think this caters to the many tastes out there. It's all about people finding you and your work!
SALE Amethyst Hoops
I am a Self Representing Artist in Jewelry Design, which means I support and promote handmade, and this helps assure my customers that my jewelry is indeed handmade, not mass produced! I also started a new line of jewelry for dogs...WoofWear Jewels...charms to put on your dog's collar!
Freeform Swirls Bracelet

My favorite is my Chrysanthemum Necklace...I had these gorgeous beads, started playing with them, and was surprised how beautifully they all came together! The necklace has a warm, earthy feel to it!

Thank you so much, Mich!

You can visit her blog at!

~ The Creative Crafts

Uniquely Ela~

Well- you've probably figured out who today's feature is about!!! Welcome ElaUniques!!!!
I've been into arts and crafts since I was a child.
I always loved trying to put my own stamp on ordinary things.Through much trial and error, I discovered a unique way to do things.
I feel inspired by everything I see. Especially the outdoors, and the wide range of colors that greet you everyday. I am inspired by old things- I love to make them new again.
I have been selling on Etsy for almost 2 years. I have been selling also at art shows, boutiques, and at the office.
I love to look at the competition- I really appreciate the hard work that each artist puts into their creation. It makes me strive to continue creating.
I never feel intimidated because I have sold to so many customers in person. I get to see their reaction, how much they like my unique wearable art. I am always very proud of my pieces.

Thank you so much for this wonderful interview, Ela!

~ The Creative Crafters

March 11, 2009

Letting Dreams Soar ~ a Personal Request

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and to even be interested in my little blog. It’s given me a wonderful opportunity to practice my writing! I know lately that I haven't been blogging as often, but I need to concentrate on my school, and acting. So- if you didn't know, I'm in high-school still (and my sister, who is the co-owner of our shop, but doesn't blog, is also in school). Our original idea with joining Etsy was to be able to physically express ourselves, and see if anyone was interested in our products (which, we just added some new ones, and a blanket is coming soon!). We were also hoping to be able to earn some money to go toward our respective interests- acting and dancing. Which have costs, and having five children (and a single mother)... well, let's just say- either we earn some, or we don't do it.:) While Etsy hasn't gone too well, it is fun, and we will continue promoting and creating. Recently I had the opportunity to attend a search and audition for a summer competition for acting and singing. I received a callback, and was accepted from among two hundred plus audionees (or whatever you call them!) from ages 4-50. I am in the process of applying for a scholarship, but need to raise over $6,000 for transport, accommodations, competition fees, food, car, etc. You can visit the website here- I am praying that I will be able to win a scholarship, and be able to compete- because there will be scouts from Fox, Disney, Sony and other "big" name companies there. For me, this is a huge step toward the future of my career, if I can go. If possible, I am asking you to help through one of my many fundraisers (other than Etsy!)- which is selling magazines online for less than the newsstand prices. If you buy magazines at all, I would encourage you to take a look, because there are hundreds of titles at great prices! Please visit, if you are interested in helping. Thank you again so much for reading, and following! ~ SarahLydia ~ The Creative Crafters