Friday, July 15, 2011

Featured Seller - String Me Along

Our newest Featured Seller is Carol of String Me Along from Halifax, NS.

Jewellery design was a serendipitous accident.
Carol says:
I have a very scattered background. I graduated from university with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Anthropology. Truly, not the most useful degree. It led to a variety of yawn-worthy office jobs, that did their part in helping me break free of the student loan debt. Once those were done, I took a look at life a little more thoughtfully, realized that the jobs I had been working made me truly miserable, and were just not worth it in the grand scheme of things.
So, I decided to return to a job that I loved while I was in University, which was at a local bookstore. I am now a manager there, and my days are much happier.
At the same time I also returned to jewellery making on a more permanent basis. My foray into jewellery making also began in university. It started with a quest for a necklace that I saw in a movie that I loved. I could not find a version available for sale anywhere, so one day as I passed a bead store, I spied some beads that looked like those on the necklace. I went in, bought a package, asked for some quick instructions and - BAM - I was hooked. I made several versions of that necklace for myself, and then started making them for friends. Finally, I booked a table at an annual December craft market near my university. I needed to broaden my scope a bit for the market so learned how to make some earrings, and bracelets, and the rest is history.

Of getting started on etsy: 
When I left the office world behind, I decided that being creative and crafty was what I most loved. I decided to make it a permanent addition to my life and founded String Me Along jewellery as a result.
I learned about etsy from a crafter at a Toronto craft show. I set up shop here in January 2007. I loved the idea of having a global audience. In 2008, we moved from Toronto to Atlantic Canada which meant access to fewer craft show opportunities. At that point, I needed a way to get my work out there, and it has therefore become a much more important venue for me.

Carol's favorite thing about crafting

Basically, I just love creating. Some days when I feel blue or frazzled or bored with life, just sitting down in my studio and pulling out vials of beads, and clipping bits of wire has a truly uplifting effect. It also means that I can on occasion spend gobs of money on beautiful beads and supplies, and just call them a tax write-off when my husband raises an eyebrow at me. LOL

What influences her creative process?
I love to both travel and read. I get great inspiration from travelling. From the cobbled streets of Paris to the secluded beaches of Atlantic Canada, there is usually something that is visually stimulating.
Reading is also great for breaking me out of a rut. A quick tour through some Austen classics and I am filled with wonderfully romantic images that find their way into my pieces.

And a special offer for you.
I am happy to offer a 20% discount on all items in my shop. Simply use coupon code TCET20 at checkout.


PrairiePeasant said...

I'm glad to hear you have found a happy balance, and your time is filled with doing things you love! Your work is so beautiful, and I love the vintage feel to it.

Tawny said...

I love how you followed your bliss and gave up those things that were making you miserable. Yours is a true inspiration story.

Keep making beautiful jewellery :D