Time for another Etsy Spotlight! What better start to the week than to show off some gorgeous handmade goodies!?
Jodi is also offering an exclusive discount for ShopHappens readers, you can use code shophappens10 at checkout for an extra 10% off your purchase!
As always, click any photo to view more information or to purchase! Take a guess at which one is my favorite 🙂
How long have you been selling on Etsy? How did you become interested in creating your own handmade products?
Creative Life Designs is actually my 2nd Etsy shop. I opened my first shop – Photography By Jodi – last November and I only offered my photography. I then created my ‘Write’ fine art print, sold a few of those and realized how cute it would look as a pendant. I researched glass jewelry, made my ‘prototype’ and was hooked on my photography as jewelry! My early jewelry started to outsell my photos and I made the decision to shift the focus to where the sales were. I slowly transferred my favorite prints into my new shop last April and have been Creative Life Designs ever since.
What inspires you to create?
Without a doubt, my hobbies/passions and family! I love creating pieces that reflect my love of writing, yoga, all things goddess and family. I love the thought of someone finding my shop who shares these passions and then getting to wear this passion for all to see. I also just love my keepsake line of metal that can be personalized for a new baby boy or girl. They make a great gift for a new parent!
What are some of your favorite colors/patterns/design aesthetics? How do you incorporate them into your work?
I am very earthy. With the exception of my Baby Keepsakes (pink and blue) no matter how hard I try I always end up creating pieces that have browns, silvers, deep blues and other elemental colors. I love working with glass and metal. I’m dabbling with wire-wrapping in hopes of making more gem-centered pendants later on.
What is your workroom like? What conditions lead you to create the best work?
Like a lot of work at home moms (I have 4 kids) my studio is made up of my office (aka the dining room table) and my counter (where I hammer and glue). My husband is currently converting our sunroom into an official workspace for me. I’m so excited to shortly have all my supplies, printers, scanner and paperwork in one spot. I have no choice but to do my best work with my 3 and 1 year old at my feet. I’d never get anything created otherwise. Ha!
What is your favorite product so far?
It is absolutely my ‘Write’ print! I took this photograph one afternoon after I’d found the typewriter at a flea market for $6. I had no idea it would be loved by so many people! I now offer it as a print, pendant and pin so that you can have it any way you’d like. (http://www.etsy.com/listing/72886029/glass-pendant-write) I’ve had customers order the print and then come back and order it as jewelry. This is just fantastic to me.
What makes your Etsy store different from others?
It reflects my hobbies and passions in a quirky way. And it turns out people like quirky!
Thank you again Jodi! As a writer by trade, I absolutely LOVE the “Write” print – I see why so many people love it! And readers, don’t forget to use code shophappens10 for an extra discount on your purchase!