. Tell us about why you started your shop.
I've always been crafty and I've been making jewelry for half my life now. When I started selling pieces it was to family, friends, and friends of friends. It wasn’t till I found out that I could sell online that things really took off for me. I found Etsy in January of ‘07 and shopped there. Then I opened a shop here six months later. Early in 2008 I quit my day job and discovered that I could do what I loved for a living.
2. There are a lot of jewelry sellers on Etsy. What sets you apart from everyone else?
Heart. Not all of the jewelry sellers on Etsy are artists, nor would they claim to be. When you look at the jewelry of artists each line is unique. It's a reflection of the artist-- our aethetics, preferences, education, experiences, passions-- the sum total of who we are as people. We're all individuals so all of our art is unique.
3. What is the best tool you have invested in for your business?
Can I pick 2? When I decided to open shop I bought my first digital camera-- a Canon A710is. Then I bought my laptop which allows me to have my computer near my beads. Both are absolute necessities.
4. What do you do during your time off?
I get time off? I take my computer with me when I leave home-- whether its for a night or two weeks. But I do take mornings or afternoons sometimes and go to tea or something equally peaceful.
5. Are there any people in your life who influence your work?
Since my work reflects me, of course it will be influenced by the people in my life. I create pieces with certain friends or family members in mind. I do quite a few custom pieces that are directly influenced by my customers. Also the artists in all of the groups I'm involved in assuredly affect my work-- for which I'm grateful!
Sarah is giving one of our lucky readers one of her Innocence Necklaces valued at $20.
It measures 18 inches long and is made with lavender druks, purple seed beads and lilac lined drops accented with 3 amethyst beads.
To enter take a look at http://thebeadedlily.etsy.com, pick a favorite item and then come back and post it here with your name and email address.
For bonus entries you can post a message that promotes the giveaway on Twitter directed @SweetFigsBlog and/or Facebook, then come back to post a link to your message.
The giveaway is open to anyone. Each person can enter a max of 3 times. You must comment about your favorite item from Sarah's shop in order for your bonus entries to count. Will run until 11:59pm PST Sept 20th.