Tuesday, June 15

Truly Inspiring Tuesdays-barefootbeadshawaii

I am starting interviews with artists and crafts people this month.  Each month I will feature a new crafter on Tuesday.  To kick it off, I am doing a sample post using myself.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I love to create and work with my hands.  One of the best feelings in the world is holding something you have just created and seeing the uniqueness and beauty that you were solely responsible for.  I also love food and being outdoors.

What was the first thing you can remember making?

I think my first creation may have been a "rose/flower water" in my backyard when I was a little girl.  I would build troll gardens and make myself really dirty flower petal water to drink and smell while I worked.

What are your greatest artistic/creative influences?

I get a lot of ideas from nature and being outside.  The colors of the ocean and the mountains are incredible and always look great together, I try to integrate them into my designs to create effortless color pairings.

Do you have any advice for etsy sellers/crafters?

Take great pictures, post often, and keep at it.  You won't be a top seller day one, and you only get better by practicing.  The most important thing besides your product is pictures!

What is your favorite item to create?

I love making earrings.  They are quick and I love to wear them.  Who doesn't love a new pair of earrings?  The possibilities are endless.

What do you do when you aren't creating?

I am an assistant pastry cook at a luxury hotel and I love hiking, swimming, surfing, pilates, and the beach.

Describe a typical day of crafting/your creative process.

Wake up, eat breakfast, and then park myself on the floor in front of all my supplies.  Then I usually start by pairing beads or fabric together and picturing something I want to make.  Usually I end up planning a few projects and then diving in.  Then I'll take a break for an avocado maki or a smoothie, and then go right back to it.  Sometimes on my days off, I'll craft from morning to night.  It can get a little wild in my tiny apartment.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Chocolate mousse...

What are some of your favorite etsy shops/designers right now?

There are way too many to choose from.  But I love http://www.killtaupe.etsy.com/ , http://www.mauromos.etsy.com/ , http://www.naturalresources.etsy.com/, and http://www.corrabelle.etsy.com/ .  I have new favorites everyday, but these are some great shops with awesome prices, unique items, and things that keep me checking back in their shops.

Favorite place to grab a bite?

Right now, Whole Foods Pizza, Aloha Sushi Avocado Maki, and Pyramids all vegetarian plate.  So good!

Describe your studio/work station.

Non-existent.  My floor, tv table, or my lap.  It gets pretty crowded, but you gotta make do!

Where can we find your work?
At the Hickam Craft Fair in November

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