Friday, August 26, 2011

Featured Artisan: Creations By Sierra

Today's featured artisan is Allyson of Creations By Sierra.  Allyson makes uniquely crafted hand-crocheted bracelets, and necklaces.

First off, tell us a little about yourself!
I am 36 years old and a nurse by profession,  I have 2 beautiful children Sierra who is 6 and Savannah that is 3 months. I also have a loving and supportive husband and we all live in Hershey Pa.

How did you start creating your artwork, and how long have you been doing it?
I started making jewelry in 2009 after seeing our next doors neighbors daughters jewelry. I went to the craft store picked up what I needed along with a couple of books and over the years I have gone from simple beaded jewelry to the crocheted jewelry that I sell today. It's funny it was never my intention to sell the jewelry I made but after numerous peoples compliments I started to selling the items right off of me.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from many areas but the majority of my creative ideas comes from my children's toys. The bright colors give me the color combinations that make my jewelry unique and fun. 

Outside of crafting what else do you enjoy doing? 
Outside of my crafting I love playing with my daughters and our dogs. I also like to travel and sometimes just sit and read a good book.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I would just like to say that too anyone who makes specially handcrafted products. Do not be afraid to show your work and be proud of your accomplishments, because not everyone can do what we do. "Let know one stand between you and your own success"


Thanks for the lovely interview, Allyson!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Featured Artisan: Mother's Love on Artfire

Today's Featured Artisan is Natasha of Mother's Love on Artfire.
First off, tell us a little about yourself!
I work full time at a retail store. I love clothes and keeping up with trends.
I enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible. Whether it's going to the zoo, or swimming, I just love hanging out with my family. We're a tight nit and like exploring new places together. 
I didn't move out to the US until I was 9 years old.  I'm originally from Spain. So my love of bright colors probably stems from there.  I've been to a lot of places so far, and have every intention of traveling more.  So far, I've seen the likes of Amsterdam, Iceland, and Spain.  I still have a long list of places to see in the future. We're just waiting for the little guy to be old enough to remember them too.

How did you start creating your artwork, and how long have you been doing it?  
My love for fashion combined with the wish to spend more time with my family inspired me to begin my journey into handmade jewelry. 
I took a break from working full time after my son was born. I wanted to devote all my attention to him and be the main person in his life.  After realizing he wasn't much for conversation quite yet, I took some classes and started making my own jewelry just for fun. He slept a lot so it was easy to practice.  Someone suggested selling my creations, so here I am.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I love antiques, so a lot of my more romantic pieces are inspired by vintage jewelry.  My love for the outdoors can probably be seen as well, with my choices in colors and textures.  My goal in general is to capture beauty.  I hope that can be seen.
Outside of crafting what else do you enjoy doing? 
I love to read. I have a ton of books in my collection and I don't see it getting any smaller. I keep telling my husband that he's going to have to build me a library. 
Going out to karaoke is fun too. But just being able to let loose and forget my worries for a little while is great. It's important, you know? 
So everyday there is an escape rule in the house. At one point of the day, everyone does something silly to let it all out.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
All our creations are made by hand in a smoke free, albeit not pet free home. We love our fur-babies and try our best to keep them away from the work space. But sometimes, it's just inevitable.
Thanks for the lovely interview, Natasha.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Featured Artisan: Tippystockton

Hello everyone! Please welcome today's Featured artisan, Patricia of TippyStockton. Enjoy!

First off, tell us a little about yourself!
I am a wife and a mother to an amazing almost 24 year old son, named Kellan.  He is a recent college graduate and back at home for the first time in 5 years.  I am so happy to have him back with me, albeit for just a short time I'm sure.  I live in a small town on Puget Sound in Washington State, just about 15 miles north of Seattle.  We live in a small cottage surrounded by Cedar trees and English Country gardens.  My sweet Studio sits beneath a huge spruce tree and overlooks the lilacs, hydrangea's, and peonies.  Truly a lovely spot to be. 

How did you start creating your artwork, and how long have you been doing it?
I have always loved making things; crocheted scarfs and blankets, needlepoint, rubber stamped cards.  And I had dabbled a bit with beads, making things for myself or friends. For me, the creating began after both of my Parents passed away within months of each other.  My Dad passed away first - I had stepped away from my job realizing that I needed to concentrate on my Mom.  
Within weeks of my Dad's passing, my Mom was diagnosed with Cancer.  After her passing just 7 days from her diagnosis, I found myself in the depths of depression; the lowest I have ever felt.  My biggest fans were gone and I really had no idea what I was going to do with myself.  I just wanted to be alone.  So one day I opened my Mom's jewelry box and found a treasure trove of things that I had never seen.  Vintage pins and brooches, pearl necklaces, jeweled bracelets.  I really feel that I was meant to open that jewelry box that day.  That was the beginning.  I just started creating. 

I loaded up an ETSY shop and soon the orders were rolling in.  Feeling the need to have a bigger space, my sweet husband and neighbor built me a small Studio in our back yard.  Now Tippy Stockton could spread her wings.  In October of 2009, my Barcelona Earrings were a Lucky Magazine Fall Pick.  That really got my business going, and I was off and running.  
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I truly am inspired by all things Vintage.  But I really have a love for gorgeous gemstones.  I suppose in a way, that I get a lot of inspiration from my Mom.  She was the creative soul in our home growing up.  She could make something out of nothing. 
Outside of crafting what else do you enjoy doing? 
I absolutely love to garden, read a good book, and troll through magazines.  I do have a thing for magazines.  Having worked in the design field for many years, I also love interior design.  We have lived in our home for 21 years, and I know that the interior has been painted at least 10 times.  I'm just finishing up my Sunroom - cheery gray/aqua walls, white painted furniture, and lots of lush plants.  My happy room.  

Is there anything else you would like to share?
Out of sadness, I really feel that I have finally found what God had in store for me.  My little company has grown beyond my belief.  Surrounding myself with people who have the same goals and aspirations has been a Godsend.  Last Summer I hosted a "girls night out" barbeque here at my home.  

Two weeks later I received a call that the folks over at Where Women Cook wanted to feature my story and photos from the party in a new book called, "Where Women Cook - CELEBRATE".  The book debuts in September as part of The Creative Connection in Minneapolis.  So good things have definitely happened along the way.  I am truly blessed in so many ways.  On August 1, I really took the plunge and launched my own "". opened for business . . . 

Patricia wanted me to mention that she is having a CELEBRATION SALE at her new website right now. Everything is 25% off.  Prices are reflected on site. 


Thank you for the lovely interview Patricia.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Anna Kay Creations on Zibbet!

Anna Kay Creations is having a storewide sale! 25% off all jewelry now through 8/16. Shop:

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Call for Handmade Artisans!

I am looking for handmade artisans that would like to be featured or interviewed at my blog (AnnaKayCreations). I have open slots for August and September. Interested? please email me directly at annakaycreations(@)yahoo(dot)com or go here for details.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

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