So this one time I was looking for ‘bee’ jewelry (cuz bees are my thing…check out my header) and I randomly discovered this amazing, amazing Etsy shop, Dirdy Birdy. I contacted the seller, Leah, and asked her some questions. If I thought her jewelry was amazing, it’s nothing compared to her! She is one talented lady, and I’m so excited that she is sponsoring this giveaway!
HBL: How did you learn your craft?
DB: I’ve been making things as long as I can remember. When I was a little kid, I carried around a giant bucket of crayons with me wherever I went, and to this day my younger sister still hates the smell of crayons I became serious about art and craft in high school, and went on to study painting and printmaking in college. Jewelry was always something I did on the side, because it allowed me to calm down from a day of intense painting. I soon learned that I could combine my love for thrifting & antiquing, crafting, and creating special things by putting more time into jewelry making. There’s been a lot of trial and error involved, but it’s been a blast!
|Orange Flower Collage Pendant|
HBL: What is your favorite thing about your craft?
DB: The best thing about jewelry is that unlike a painting or a sculpture, it’s worn and moves with you throughout the day. Jewelry gets out there; people see it and want to talk about it. Though I must say, my absolute favorite part about my craft is the initial hunt; I spend hours and hours at antique stores, thrift stores, rummage sales, etc., digging for pieces to use my jewelry, and that is always something I’ve absolutely loved doing.
|Original Peacock Painting by Leah|
HBL: What are other crafty areas you are interested in?
DB: As I mentioned before, I’m also a painter and printmaker, but besides that I love getting my hands messy with clay, and I also do a little sewing and photography. I’m also very big on furniture upcycling—besides making my jewelry and art, I have an awesome job upcycling amazing pieces of vintage furniture. I like working with a variety of mediums because if forces me to approach whatever ideas I have moving around in my brain differently. It’s easy to get comfortable with one thing, so I have to trick myself; I’ll paint for three days straight and on the fourth day go back to jewelry with a fresh perspective and lots of excitement.
HBL: Tell me a little about your family…married? kids?
DB: I’m very newly married! My husband and I are high school sweethearts, and even after all the years spent together I still think he’s the funniest person I know. We have to insane cats that we could spend hours watching (they do a lot of really hilarious stuff), and I’m currently trying to convince my husband that we need a dog, preferably a boston terrier.
|These Flowers Keep On Bloomin’|
HBL: How do you balance work and family?
DB: Balancing work and family can be tricky because my work doesn’t feel like work, so I really do have to remind myself to shut off the computer, put my materials away, and focus on non-work things. Sometimes my husband gets a little persnickety and has to remind me that my work day has ended, but I try to get all my work done when he’s at work so we can operate on a similar schedule.
|Peacock Blue Peony Pendant|
HBL: What is a typical day of work like for you?
DB: I roll out of bed around 7:30, and before I even make it to the coffee maker I’m making lists in my head of what I need to accomplish for the day. I check my emails and Etsy pretty quickly and then start photographing the items I made the previous afternoon; morning always has the best lighting for jewelry photos. Then I get to work on listing new items online, which goes quick some days and so so so slow other days. Depending on which day of the week it is, I either begin making new pieces of jewelry in my studio or I head into work and play with furniture, paint & upholstery and my other Etsy site Fabulous Pieces.