I have the pleasure this week to take you to the world of beads, of Ellesbeads in fact. Her shop is full of fantastic, funky and eco-friendly fun. I had the opportunity to ask this modern Fashionista how she got her start and inspiration.
2. Where do you get your inspiration for your shop items?
My inspiration comes from a number of sources. Like many people, I'm often inspired by color and nature. I also believe that beauty can be found in unexpected places. That's why I enjoy using recycled fabric scraps, vintage trinkets, and other up-cycled items in my work.
3. What is your favorite item in your shop?
My favorite is the Vintage Sapphire and Silver Glass Pearl Necklace
4. What is it you do to promote your shop other then Etsy?
I participate in 4 Etsy teams that promote each other. I have a Facebook page, Twitter following, 2 blogs, and a Flickr. I also sometimes Kaboodle, Stumble(upon), and participate in other social media. I have participated in the Virtual Craft Show and Yaami's Handmade Market online as well as participated in promotional opportunities on IndieSpotting. I also pay for advertising and have an e-newsletter.
5.About how long does it take to create one of your great items?
It really depends on what I'm making. A pair of earrings might only take a few minutes, while a beaded necklace might take me an hour. I put projects down, come back to them later, take them apart and rework them - so it's really hard to say.
6.How did you happen to learn to make your craft and how long have you been at it?
I taught myself jewelry making by experimenting and looking up information online. I started making jewelry in June 2009. My grandmother taught me how to sew. I'm guessing it was about a year ago now.
7. What made you choose jewelry and how did you come up with having it be color coordinated?
My decision to get into crafting was very deliberate, but the actual type of craft wasn't that important to me. I chose jewelry at random. I walked into the craft store and decided to pick something that looked fun and easy to pick up - jewelry it was. My shop is color coordinated because someone suggested arranging it that way when I asked for a critique. I liked the way it looked, so I kept doing it. I don't actually make the pieces with that goal in mind.
Not only is she super talented but she does all we discussed while hitting the books hard. Good luck on your future test and thanks so much for sharing with us how your marvalous shop comes to life
Feel free to check her out on her blog, Twitter, and Facebook as well as her Zibbet shop