coast near the Canadian border but now live in Manchester NH with my hubby and collie.
My etsy shop - Bonny Jewelry - can be found at http://bonnyjewelry.etsy.com and contains an assortment of affordable beaded jewelry pieces. If you would like more information, I also have a blog which can be found at http://bonnyjewelry.blogspot.com
My favorite color combinations contain blues in monochromatic tones. I love the way they play off each other, especially if I add in greens and a neutral to really make them "pop". Blue is very calming to me and I love working with the various shades.
The first thing I ever made by hand was an embroidered kitten picture that my aunt gave me (besides the grammar school projects of course!). One Christmas I received from her a sewing basket filled with threads and goodies and a stamped picture of a kitten to embroider. She taught me needlework and I still love doing it to this day. People should buy handmade just to know that alot of thought and care went into every single creation - regardless of the art - and that the item is special and unique for that very reason.
My jewelry is inspired by lots of different things - color combinations that
I like, my flower garden, the beach - I'm always trying new ideas. I also love to experiment with different techniques and tend to create according to the mood I'm in. My "workroom" is my kitchen counter. When I am working on new items, it is absolutely covered with boxes filled with different beads and my bead board. I also love to listen to music when I'm making new designs - humming along to a favorite tune and doing something that you love really makes the time fly!
Not sure if this is a bit of wisdom on selling your craft but ... many of
my items are also sold at craft shows. I've found that it's a great way to test the market to see if your items are liked, helps with pricing, and gets your name out
there for others to find you online. I highly recommend trying some just to
get feedback and to see if there is a market for your items!
Current projects include my new anklet line (all sterling silver on marine
quality jewelry wire - you can wear these in the shower and they won't
unravel or fray!). Other things I love to do include playing in my flower beds,cross stitching and other needlework, and reading. My books of choice really depend upon my mood - whether I want to read something "serious" or just relax and enjoy a bubblegum book (nothing substantial - just something to chew). I must admit though, I am looking forward to receiving my copy of the last Harry Potter book!
In ten years I'd like to be ... living in a little coastal town in Maine selling my jewelry to local shops and online via my own website. And I'd love to be a foster home for the Collie Rescue League of New England (website = http://www.crlne.org/)