Feature Friday Presents….
I am a wife of two years, musician, piano instructor, and artist. My designs come from necessity – I can never find what I’m looking for when I’m looking for it. I heard of etsy from a friend, and decided to post some of my creations so others can find what they’re looking for when they’re looking for it.
$15.00 USD $3.75 USD
$20.00 USD $4.75 USD
$4.75 USD $15.00 USD
$18.00 USD $4.75 USD
What got you interested in crafting?
I was homeschooled all the way through from first grade and had a lot of free time on my hands. My mom is creative, so she definitely encouraged me to try different mediums. I even took art lessons until sixth or seventh grade, and climbed all the way up to oil painting. I’ve focused on jewelry and cards, though, since middle school. I love wearing jewelry, and it was cheaper to make my own AND it fit me perfectly. (You see, my wrist is only 5” around. What most people buy as a bracelet, I can use as an anklet.) And I love to send encouraging notes to friends and loved ones.
What has been your favorite project to make and why?
I never have a favorite until it is finished. Oftentimes, I don’t like what I’ve anticipated, and really love what I thought wouldn’t work out.
What’s the secret behind your etsy name?
My husband Cherishes me. I love that word. And I love hearts; my engagement ring is a heart. I wanted Cherished Heart Designs, but that didn’t fit into my shop name on etsy. The “s” on Designs made it too long. Cherished Heart Design? I don’t think so. I didn’t like “shop” – the spelling looks unromantic. My husband came up with the fancy spelling. And it fit! So, I have Cherished Heart Shoppe.
If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?
I think I would keep it the same name. It would be very warm and calming. The interior would be designed in a romantic vintage style. Oh, and there would be homemade snacks.
What is the most challenging thing you have made?
My Beaded Cuff Bracelets were the hardest to make. Wrapping the wires around tiny beads, trying to tie the wires in a knot at the beginning and end of the bracelet had my fingertips nearly bleeding.
What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?
I would love to be a stay-at-home wife within a year, creating and selling my designs from home. I have a deep longing to make all of my husband’s and my food from scratch (like even milling my own flour) so we’re eating all the available nutrients rather than preservatives and “enrichments” (chemical nutrients).
What inspires you to be crafty?
1) Necessity – not having enough in the budget for the many baby gifts, birthday gifts, and Christmas presents, and
2) Finding just the right materials, like beads or a certain color ribbon or a cute stamp. If it screams “use me!” then it inspires me.
What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?
For better or for worse – I am a perfectionist. That’s bad for me, because I’ll drive myself nuts trying to make something “perfect.” That’s wonderful for my customer, because their item won’t be “imperfect.”
If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?
A few more sales! Actually, I would also love input from guests that stop by, like if they would rather have card sets than individual cards, how they like my jewelry designs, what were they hoping to find at my shoppe, etc.
What fictitious character are you most like?
I am just like Anne of Green Gables – in every way. My two favorite quotes:
1) If you’re going to call me Anne, just be sure you spell it with an ‘e.’ What difference does it make how it is spelled? It makes a lot of difference! Print out A-N-N and it looks absolutely dreadful, but Anne with an ‘e’ is quite distinguished.”
2) “If you only knew the things I wanted to say and don’t…you’d at least give me some credit.”
If you haven’t checked out her store already go here: CherishedHeartShoppe
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