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Feature Seller – Fat Dog Beads

15 Jan

I am a married mom and grandmom (with #3 overdue about a week, and #4 due in June)…a copywriter by profession who opened my own itty bitty ad agency when I was laid off about 2 years ago. Am also the daughter of an artist – but my art talent is ehhhh….

Am passionate about: my family, my dogs (currently 3 – a 14 year old basset hound, a 4 month old basset hound and a 6 year old cocker spaniel), my Phillies and all shapes, sizes and colors of beads.

What is your favorite craft to make and why? 

Wire-wrapping jewelry. It allows me to mix and match colors, textures and shapes of different beads and metals. Although I have a strong preference for silver and copper. Right now, I have about 3,000 beads – and I keep buying more! My goal is to find new ways to use them in different kinds of organic jewelry.

Who got you involved in crafts?

I took one wire wrapping class at Bead Fest Philly – an absolutely huge jewelry making event held each year. Thousands upon thousands of people come to take classes and shop the hundreds of vendor booths. I was amazed that I could actually walk away with a bracelet I would want to wear after one class!

Do you have an Etsy shop? If so, what is the name?

My shop is called Fat Dog Beads which was named in honor of my pudgy pups…and because almost everything I make involves beads in one way or another

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would really like to master the art of making my own lampwork beads. I am just getting into soldering…(though have a loooooooog way to go)…and could see me popping my creations into my own little kiln. I do not see myself working at this full time – ever. Because I always want it to be fun and exciting – not a job

What advise would you give to other crafters?

Take as many classes as you can afford. Look constantly at others’ work – not to copy it – but to figure out how it was made…and then put your own spin on it. Don’t undersell your talents or your hard work. Help all those who ask for it – and hope that others will help you too.

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Feature Shop – Letters by Landmark

29 Dec

Feature Shop – Letters by Landmark

Jamie and Stacy are high school friends that began Letters by Landmark, LLC the summer of 2008. They photograph actual letters from local landmarks to create names or words, which are framed and matted as a keepsake.

What is your favorite craft to make and why?

Our favorite orders are the custom ones that truly mean something to the customer. It creates such a unique and personal item that is a great conversation piece.

Who got you involved in crafts?

It’s always been a hobby of ours. We just decided to make a business out of it!

Do you have an Etsy shop? If so, what is the name?

Yes – lettersbylandmark

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Continuing to grow our business but maybe have some helpers.

How long have you been at I AM WHAT I AM?

Since it opened April 2011

What advise would you give to other crafters?

Listen and respect feedback but continue to do you what you know and enjoy.

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