Thursday, February 17, 2011

Team Spotlight! jewelrybyjakemi!

Today we would like to introduce you to Lisa of jewelrybyjakemi. Check out this cute bracelet that would make anyone feel lucky!

1. Your name, nickname and a little about who you are

My name is Lisa. I am the mother of 3 amazing boys, wife to the love of my life, and I live in a beautiful city on the coast of Massachusetts. I am at a bit of a crossroads in my life as my youngest starts Kindergarten next year. I have to decide between going back to work or trying to scrape together somewhat of a living from writing and jewelry making. Next year, not only does my youngest start Kindergarten, but my middle son starts Middle School and my oldest starts High School! Major transitions for everyone in my family.

I have two Etsy shops. One showcases my handmade jewelry and is a bit of an obsession for me. The other is a vintage shop filled with fun and kitschy salt and pepper shakers.

2. Surprise us with something about you that you think will shock us!

I am a freelance writer. Well, at least I was one until life just got to crazy. I've written for lots of regional magazines and I was also published in the Christian Science Monitor and Parents Magazine. Right now I am contemplating a return to freelancing or possibly pursuing my dream of writing fiction.

3. What is your main craft/art/collectible?

I make jewelry! I love all types of jewelry design but my shop focuses on personalized name bracelets and scrabble tile/glass tile pendants.

4. How did you start with Etsy?

I had done a couple of craft shows and someone at one of those started talking about Etsy.

5. Any secrets to share for success?
I have yet to find the secret to success on Etsy but am working on it. I have been doing pretty well at craft fairs and believe to find a place in the jewelry market you have to develop a niche or specialty.

6. Hobbies or pastime when you are not doing Etsy.

I am an avid reader and was at one time very into hiking. At the moment, most of my time is consumed by my Husband and 3 sons.

7. Where would your dream vacation be? and why

I've been to Hawaii twice and would love to go back. Everything about it is beautiful. However, I also dream of Paris. I'd like to learn French first.

8. What do you hope to contribute and gain from Hearts and Hands

I hope to form friendships with other struggling and successful artisans. I think it is wonderful to have a group of people offering support, guidance, and constructive criticism.

9. Where can we find you?

Your shop address

Blog Address

Facebook address

Twitter address

10. Where do you draw your inspiration from? Your strength?

I am inspired by my surroundings. Sometimes it is the beautiful ocean, the New England Fall foliage, or even an ice storm. My strength comes from my husband who is always supportive and encouraging and my mother who has dealt with so much in life and never complains.

11. Free writing anything you want to say

I love being part of Hearts and Hands United. It is amazing to me that a group of people who have never met each other in the real world, could be so supportive and form true friendships!


RobinsFlight said...

It's always nice to get a glimpse into the life behind the shop! Thanks for the peek!

Jewels by Trish- Handmade Jewelry- Artisan: Trish said...

Lovely feature & even lovelier person!! :)

Aloha Letterpress said...

This is wonderful to learn more about Lisa and her background and busy life!

JeanieBeanHandknits said...

Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself Lisa. I'm so happy to have met you on Etsy!