Shannon is a fellow etsyBEADer and JET Etsy Street Team member. Here is a bit of information about her shop and it's products.
Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).
I’m Shannon and I’m from Memphis. I go to graduate school to become a licensed counselor, and am enjoying a self employed lifestyle. I’m a member of both etsyBEAD and JET [Jewelry on Etsy Team].
What is your etsy shop address and name?
My shop name is Cassowary Jewelry and the address is http://cassowaryjewelry.etsy.com/
Do you have a blog (and what is its address)?
My business blog is at http://buttonmakersball.blogspot.com/It showcases my soap reviews, business fun and the latest news.
What is your favorite color combination?
Uh…I have no idea.
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
I have been attempting to sew since I was a child, but I have never been able to learn. I used to make mini magazines when I was a kid, though.
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
I just like looking at beads and seeing what they want to become. Some beads lend themselves more to certain designs than others.
Does the atmosphere affect your creativity?
Where do you create, in a workroom/ studio or in a park?
I create on my bed. It’s really relaxing.
What are your favorite materials?
I love all sorts of gemstones, lampwork glass and now, I’m interested in the possibilities of plastic. I’ve loved gemstones since I was a kid and collected rocks from the crafts market every year. I like materials that are cold to the touch and easy to make into a colorful design.
What is your favorite thing to do with your creativity?
Make earrings. I’m upset.
Why should people buy handmade?
When you buy something that someone has made themselves, you give capital to micro a business. These small one person businesses can get a person through college, give extra money to a woman wanting to stay home with a child, or help people save money for the future.
Any tips of wisdom on selling handmade stuff?
Promote, promote, promote.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I volunteer with a children’s group.
Read any good books lately?
My list is way way too long!
Any other links or information you want to share?
My website is http://www.cassowarybuttons.com/
In ten years I'd like to be ... a counselor with a bustling jewelry side business.