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Shop: Sparkle Couture
Owner: Jenny

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1. Who do you think your creations are perfect for?

I think my creations are perfect for anyone who likes to indulge in a little
sparkle. I try to design jewelry that will stand the test of time and the trends.

2. What inspired you to start your own business?

My father, being a jeweler himself, taught me his skill at a young age. As I grew older so did my passion for jewelry, so I made a career out of it. I feel very blessed to say that.

3. Where do you get the ideas for your designs?

I usually get ideas for my designs in the gemstones, themselves. I also find inspiration in art, nature and of course fashion magazines, which I’m addicted too.

4. When you aren’t creating awesome stuff, what are you doing?

When I’m not creating, I’m usually playing with my kids and are new little wiener dog "Gingerella".

5. Why do you think people love/would love your work?

I think people fall in love with my work because, most of my pieces are simple. I try to let the gems shine. My designs are easy to dress up or down.

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Shop: SandySimone Jewelry
Owner: Sandy

1. Who do you think your creations are perfect for?
Anyone who likes simple jewelry that is easy to wear, yet classy and sophisticated.

2. What inspired you to start your own business?

My “hobby” of many years outgrew my space, I wanted to expand the reach of my jewelry making and thought it would be fun to share my new ideas with people.

3. Where do you get the ideas for your designs?
I think inspiration comes from everywhere. A lot of times I will see a gemstone or a piece of silver I am working on and suddenly an idea will pop into my mind. I also love to look at shapes on different textiles, also unique architecture inspires me.

4. When you aren’t creating awesome stuff, what are you doing?

Probably reading, or playing with the kids(dogs).

5. Why do you think people love/would love your work?
It makes a statement that is personal but subtle.

Shop: Stokes Galleries
Owner: Heather

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1. Who do you think your creations are perfect for?
I think my creations are perfect for anyone who loves nature inspired jewelry. Polymer clay is also naturally quite light, so anyone who has a hard time wearing larger jewelry because of weight can often wear polymer clay.

2. What inspired you to start your own business?
I was inspired mostly by my family, and my closest friends. I have made things with polymer clay for years, and I have always gotten a lot of encouragement from those closest to me. It was because of them that I decided to start selling the things I create.

3. Where do you get the ideas for your designs?
My designs just sort of come to me. I am inspired by other artists, and people around me, and things I see just in every day life. I see various elements in nature, and I feel compelled to incorporate them into my work. I get a lot of my ideas for my nature inspired work, while I am gardening with my aunt.

4. When you aren’t creating awesome stuff, what are you doing?
When I am not creating, I am usually online (usually on Etsy), talking to people or doing research for various things. During the spring and summer I spend a lot of time working outside in a vegetable garden, or working on flower beds, with relatives. I spend a lot of time with my family, and a few of my closest friends.

5. Why do you think people love/would love your work?
I think anyone who loves nature, would love my work. I feel like nature inspired jewelry is quite unique. The way I create my leaves is different from that of most polymer clay artists, and I am very picky about which leaves I use for certain designs. I have my own style, which gives my work a certain personality. I also pay attention to the little details of my work, even if it’s just the back of something. I feel it makes the pieces more professional. My jewelry can be elegant and classy, or fun and whimsical, depending on the color choices, and how it is worn, and I think that people like that kind of range in a shop.

Shop: Stubborn Woman
Owner: b.e. Atkins

1. Who do you think your creations are perfect for?

My copper work is designed for people who love Ethnic and Southwestern designs. I do visualize Earth-mother types, too. What a mix; from cowgirls to ‘Save the Earth’ women.

2. What inspired you to start your own business?

In Jewelry? I needed to start getting a return on all the supplies I buy. You can only give so much to friends and family. Everywhere you look in my apartment you find storage for supplies and finished products. I am retired, so I have tons of time to create. It was either start selling or stop creating.

3. Where do you get the ideas for your designs?

Under Ethnic I include Eqypt and Asian influences, as well as Ancient Greek, Mycenae and Pompeii. I have always been interested in archeology and history. My background includes lots of Native American influences. My Grandfather made tooled saddles and trimmed them with silver work that he made. He also taught me about braiding leather and using beads. I have been making things my whole life. I am retired from the Architecture profession, so most of my work has an architectural ‘feel’ to it.

4. When you aren’t creating awesome stuff, what are you doing?

I write historical fiction, dabble in poetry and study history. I am also thinking about the next project. Last month learning to use my digital camera in manual mode became a priority. My personal websites take up far too much time. http://astubbornwoman.com is being converted to a PHP format and http://atkins-history.org, my genealogy site, needs refurbishing.

5. Why do you think people love/would love your work?

I strive to be unique, yet keep the ‘feel’ of the period that is currently inspiring me. Copper feels so good next to your skin and is beautiful. That is probably the main reason people will love my pieces.