Nicole, from SweetTeaShoppe, is a fabulous jewelry maker. These stamped pieces are SO HOT right now and every time I see one I want it! Gimme, gimme, gimme! Anyway, here’s a little more about her…
How did you get started?
Two things took place in tandem last fall: our family began pursuing an international adoption, and I launched a line of handstamped jewelry at sweetTea.
The Hubby and I had long spoken of someday adopting a child in need of a family, and late 2009 we arrived at the agreement that ‘someday’ was now. The cost of documents, legal fees, travel, and so forth was staggering, so i chose to get serious about my etsy shop.
Through sweetTea, I get to hammer and burnish to my heart’s content, my customers receive silvery pieces of custom goodness in the mail, and this bit of added income helps cover our adoption expenses. A fantastic set-up the whole way around.
How did you learn your craft?
Four words: trial and error and error and error.
Stamping metal is a tricky thing. At the beginning my hammer and I were rarely on speaking terms, but with bunches of steady practice and a healthy dose of vexed muttering, I got the hang of it.
What is your favorite thing about your craft?
Pretty much I love the whole process: the dreaming up new designs; the feel of silver, cold and smooth; the quiet patter of steel shot in a drum; the wire wrapping and packaging.
It completely brightens my life when a customer drops me a note to say how much his or her sister or best friend or spouse adored their custom gift. But mostly? I’ve met brilliant people through this shop. Nothing tops the fresh joy of customers and fellow artisans who turn into friends.
Do you have any favorite items you make?
I’m crazy in love with the ‘expecting’ necklaces; the curved shape of the sterling teardrops makes me think of a belly cradling all this hope. Also? I’m near-giddy about the hammered silver wings of the ‘DREAM BIG’ pieces.
What do you do during your free time?
I relish well-crafted novels (I’m partial to Tolkien and Elizabeth Kostova). I stitch up little-people things and sometimes bake and love playing backyard soccer with my brood till the mosquitoes swarm. I kiss my kids for the sheer pleasure of watching them wipe it off. I’m a fair-weather runner and sometimes-blogger (http://60piggies.blogspot.com).
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