This week's interview and giveaway is sponsored by Melissa of CaliforniaBlue. Her jewelry collection represents the fresh and casual style of beautiful Northern California. Keep reading to find out more about Melissa, her work as well as how too enter the giveaway.
1. Tell us 3 random things about yourself.
I love rhubarb. I am passionate about animal welfare. I am grateful to be married to my soul mate.
2. Do you read? If so what are you currently reading?
I love to read, and usually have a few books going at the same time. I've been reading Omnivore's Dilemma for a while.
3. How and why did you get into jewelry making?
I literally had a huge urge to make something and found a book on making jewelry at a local bookstore. I believe that I was so motivated to do something creative because I had put any creative aspirations on hold in exchange for a rather stressful all consuming corporate career. Like many others in this economy, I was laid off and was able to reevaluate what I like doing, and what I'm passionate about.
4. What do you love most about handmade and how much has your life changed since you discovered it?
What I love most is the sense that another person had to make many decisions to get to the finished product. As a result, I feel handmade items have a richness in their history which is devoid in mass produced items. I'm not sure my life has changed since I joined the handmade community, but rather I have gained such an appreciation for all of the talented artisans out there who are creating. I think that the handmade movement enriches all of our lives in many ways.
5. Is there any advice you would like to pass on to other artists?
I have been fortunate to receive good advice thru Etsy forums so I would encourage everyone to participate in these forums, support one another, and really think about your audience. I believe that refining your "style" and finding your market niche are the most challenging aspects of selling handmade items. That said, I personally enjoy the challenge!
Pretty pink earrings, value $22.00, Pretty pink glass beads are crowed with a special dark silver bead topper with flower images. These petite earrings are about .5 inches in length, and the sterling silver earring wires are handcrafted. Perfect for everyday!
Enter to win these gorgeous earrings by going to http://californiablue.etsy.com and select your favorite item. Then come back here and post a comment that includes the link of the item. Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win.
Rules: Only one entry per person. Everyone can enter! Giveaway ends Sept 13th, 2009 11:59 PST.