I invite you once again in a Daydreaming Escape rendez-vous...This time with Bethany...A wonderful artist and designer of OOAK jewellery! Enjoy!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your work. How did it all start?
My name is Bethany, and I live in Bangor, Maine with my loving husband Matthew. We just build a new house in time for me to get serious about fully pursuing selling the jewelry I make on Etsy! I’m glad these two events coincided, because I hardly had the room for this venture when we lived in our cute little one bedroom apartment! I, like many others, had dreams of starting a creative business, but I didn’t really know what creative direction to go in. I loved fashion, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, but one night, it came to me…jewelry! I love jewelry, so much so that I never used to go out of the house unless I had on at least a pair of earrings. My jewelry was always carefully chosen to match my outfits, and jewelry always topped my wish lists when people asked what I would like for a gift! There is something captivating about jewelry; it can be so many things, it can be meaningful or whimsical, bold or delicate, everyday simple or once in a lifetime spectacular. It sparkles, shines, shimmers, and melts the hearts of women all around the globe.
So, after it hit me that one night when I could barely sleep thinking about all the possibilities of having my very own jewelry business, I started out on my own to try and make some jewelry. I even created an Etsy account and listed some items, but I was so busy at the time that I really didn’t give my Etsy shop the attention it deserved. All the while, my friends and family encouraged me to take a little more time to develop my skills and continue with my business plan. Finally, after lots of procrastination, when I had more time on my hands, I went for it! I started learning different techniques, investigating how to make my Etsy shop a success, renewing my items regularly, and filling my shop to the brim! Now, as I continue to create and find new ways to promote my jewelry, SweetSincerity continues to grow.
Who or what inspires you?
I think I am most inspired not by ideas that I come up all by myself, but by the ideas that the materials I find foster in me. Just the way certain beads look together, with their unique shapes and colors, is the starting point of most of my designs. I’m also inspired by people and the distinctive color palates that define them. Most people have a color palate comfort zone when it comes to dressing, and without thinking about it, we come identify them by it. Sometimes, these unique color combinations inspire me to create a piece with someone’s personality in mind. Among the many other things that inspire me and often send me into a creative frenzy are things that are intensely feminine or glamorous, new jewelry making techniques, and practically anything shiny.
What do you love most of what you do?
I really do love every part of the process: getting lost and inspired in a seemingly unending sea of stones, beads, and gems while shopping for new materials; creating a new piece from a pile of beads, watching it take shape into something surprising and breathtaking; taking and editing photos of a piece to make it look its absolute best; and describing the piece in vivid detail and colorful language for its listing.
The thing I like most of all though, is sending out a finished piece in a beautifully wrapped box with a handwritten thank you note. It feels like I’m sending a friend a special present every time, and I can breath a sigh of relief and a feel a sense of accomplishment at a job well done.
You can find out more about Sweet Sincery in those following link:
Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetSincerity
Why "Daydreaming Escape..."?
The answer is so simple...Life in general is filled with ups and downs, good and bad, sad and happy moments, situations and circumstances...Because of all that...Don't we ALL need an escape...a DAYDREAM ESCAPE?!! I create this Blog for all of us who need to escape in a dream once in a while...I want this to be about beautiful softness, romance and relaxation. Of course...a little bit of humour too!!! Enjoy!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
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