Another fun joy of summer is playing with the light up bow and arrow.
One of the best things in summer is playing with bubbles. We love playing with our little bubble machine.
Say hello to Bob and Betty Bones and their little skeleton family. They have become celebrities around here. I was blessed to be able to sit down with Dawn, one half of the dynamic duo responsible for The Bones Family.
Michelle Bradshaw: What inspired you to use your skeletons to make scenes in your front yard for Halloween? How did it all start?
Dawn: Several years ago, I saw a segment on the Baxter Family Skeletons on a morning news show. I thought that sounded like a fun idea the neighborhood kids might get a kick out of. Living on a military base can be pretty uneventful at times. This year I decided to go for it and planned on starting 13 days out from Halloween. But when it snowed at the beginning of October (18 days out from Halloween), I scrapped that idea and got started early. The weather had given me the perfect opportunity to set up a beach scene. I put Betty and Bob out there in the snow with beach chairs and an umbrella. When the snow stuck around for a second day, we got out the canoe! It kind of just took off from there. I never would have thought they would become as popular around here as they did!
Michelle Bradshaw: So glad you introduced us to the Bones family. It has truly been a highlight of my day to see what they are going to next. How long does it take you to set up a scene each evening?
Dawn: My husband and I reset the skeleton scene every night around 10:00 PM. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to take down the previous night’s setup and set up the new scene. A lot of it also depends on the weather we are expecting. Strong winds mean we need to spend more time anchoring everything down. Or if it looks like it’s going to rain or snow we might end up changing our plan for that night completely.
Michelle Bradshaw: Wow! That's some dedication to your art. I can definitely understand about the weather after living here for over a year. I haven't been in Great Falls long. Do you use Bob and Betty to decorate every year?
Dawn: This is the also our first year in Great Falls and our first year setting up skeletons in the yard. I’ve done something similar in my elementary classroom though. I have a plastic yard flamingo named Frank that has been my classroom pet for a few years. He only changes his clothes and moves around the classroom though! He's a little easier to work with than four life-size skeletons!
Michelle Bradshaw: I can imagine Frank is definitely easier to work with. You will have to send us a picture of Frank. Lol. Do you use Google or Pinterest for your ideas for a scene or do they just come to you naturally?
Dawn: I’ve seen some pretty crazy things on Pinterest! But I don’t think I’m quite to that level yet. What has been funny and unexpected, are the number of people who texted me, emailed me or posted ideas to use on my Facebook page as well. One day I got the same picture from 11 different people! I usually just think about what I do with my family, and what would be funny or would relate to other families nearby. But most importantly, it's usually what I have on hand to work with.
Michelle Bradshaw: I know I'm guilty of posting ideas on your Facebook. Ha ha. Every time I see skeletons I think of you now. How far in advance do you plan?
Dawn: In the beginning, I had planned for 13 days leading up to Halloween, but when it snowed in early October and I got started early, I had to come up with a few extra ideas for what the skeletons would do each day. I also had a few backup ideas just in case the weather took a turn. I think I have around 15 or so ideas that I didn’t use this year and will just have to save for next year. ;-)
Michelle Bradshaw: I can't wait to see them! Do you have any funny stories from people visiting Bob and Betty?
Dawn: Our home is now referred to as the skeleton house. It’s the easiest directions I’ve ever had to give to someone. I’ve seen people take selfies in our yard, lay down on the ground with them, pose with them and all together stop traffic just to grab a picture of them. We have had more vehicle and foot traffic go past our house than I have ever seen on a single street since moving here. We’ve also scared our fair share of neighborhood dogs out for walks. People may not know our name, but they know us as the skeleton family.
Thank you so much Dawn for taking the time to stop by my website and for introducing us to The Bones Family. I truly can't wait to see what shenanigans they get into next Halloween!
Please enjoy the slide show below of The Bones Family. (I have permission from Dawn to share them.)
Do you like jewelry? I would like to introduce you to "Bonnie Rogers of Faithful Cross Jewelry". Here is the interview we had with her as well as pictures of her beautiful creations.
Candie and Michelle: Tell us about yourself and your business.
Bonnie Rogers: When I was unemployed in 2008, I found these beautiful wire-wrapped crosses on the internet and decided to learn how to make them. Once I learned and mastered the technique, I created a full line of jewelry that didn't just include the crosses themselves, but also key chains, Angel Crosses, Bookmarks, and various other beaded jewelry.
Candie and Michelle: I have looked at them all and they are gorgeous. How did you come up with the name “Faithful Cross”?
Bonnie Rogers: I wanted to glorify God with the crosses I was making and be a faithful servant of the Lord. Faithful Cross, to me, is the what my business is all about. My motto is Glorifying God, One Cross Necklace at a Time.
Candie and Michelle: Love it. :) Have you always liked making jewelry and been naturally talented and creative?
Bonnie Rogers: I have always been crafty. When my daughters were young, we always hand crafted Christmas presents, ornaments, made jewelry and pins for people in our family. I was a Girl Scout Troop Leader for years and I always tried to inspire the girls to be creative. I always came up with interesting craft items for them to make and share with others.
Candie and Michelle: I love making handmade things with my kiddo too. I was also in the girl scouts when I was younger. :) I loved it when my troop leader would do creative things with us. How long have you been making jewelry?
Bonnie Rogers: I have been making jewelry since my girls were little but I didn't actually make jewelry to sell until 2008 when I created Faithful Cross. I remember taking a beginners jewelry class at Hobby Lobby years ago. I only took one class to learn the basics of beading and jewelry making. I then added the wire-wrapped cross as a pendant or charm to create some unique pieces.
Candie and Michelle: Hobby Lobby definitely offers some great classes to take. We are so glad you did so that we could have this amazing jewelry line. How long does it usually take you to make a piece of Jewelry?
Bonnie Rogers: It all depends on what I'm making. If I make a beaded necklace, bracelet or earrings, it can take 30 minutes to one hour depending on the size of the item and how much work is involved. If I'm making a wire wrapped cross, about 10 minutes, but then I have to dip it in a protective coating and let it dry. Once it's dry, I have to add the cord, wings or lapel pin and put it in a plastic zip lock bag with a card that tells the meaning of the cross.
Candie and Michelle: :) What is the most difficult part about making jewelry?
Bonnie Rogers: Letting my jewelry go once it's sold. I find that I get extremely attached to each piece that I make and it's hard for me to let them go to someone else. This is my passion and I'm hoping that other people enjoy my jewelry as much as I do.
Candie and Michelle: I can understand that. I call the book I wrote my second child. Lol. What is your favorite piece of jewelry that you ever made?
Bonnie Rogers: I love my Angel Cross Necklaces with wings. I think the wings added to the cross says it all about our faith in Christ and his birth.
Candie and Michelle: I do love the wings on your necklaces. How do our readers get in touch with you if they are interested in buying your jewelry?
Bonnie Rogers: There are several different ways to get in touch with me. I'm on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faithfulcross where I give away free cross necklaces each week. I also have a website at www.Faithfulcross.com. My email is Faithfulcross@gmail.com and I'm on Pinterest, Etsy, Twitter and Ebay.
I also have great wholesale prices for people that would like to sell my jewelry themselves. I have several people that sell them at craft shows, their own brick and mortar stores and on Facebook. My jewelry can be a great business for someone else too! You can find the link to my wholesale prices here: http://www.faithfulcross.com/wholesaleprices.html.
Thank you so much Bonnie for taking the time to sit down with us. We look forward to having you back again.
-Candie & Michelle
Do you like painting and art? Say hello to Kimberly McGuiness. Here is the interview we had with her. Make sure you check out the pictures of her amazing work too.
Candie and Michelle: Tell us a little about yourself.
Kimberly McGuiness: I'm a risk-taker at heart and thrive when challenged. I'm an activist for deaf and hard of hearing citizens and believe in making a difference in the world and in people lives. I'm a carefree spirit which becomes easily bored when the lack of adventure is not present and I always stand tall and proud for what I believe, even if I'm the only one standing.
I'm 1 of 13 recipients in The United States who received the Presidential Citizenship Medal in August 2010. The 2nd highest honor/medal bestowed to a United States Citizen by the President. My fellow peers and I made history as the 13 of us became the first group of everyday citizens to receive such an honor from 6,000 nominations. In the past, this medal was usually reserved for those who were already famous.
My goals are helping to improve the quality of life for others, financial freedom, and giving back to communities, through my art and creative imagination.
I have the discipline for achievement, the passion to take on the world and make a difference, the willingness to tackle a new challenge, the optimism for positive affirmation, self -esteem and confidence.
Candie and Michelle: Congrats on your award! We feel proud to know you. Did you go to school for art?
Kimberly McGuiness: No, I’m in the group of self-taught artists and my inspiration can come from anywhere at any time. I often experiment with my own inventive processes, while often creating pieces using whatever happens to inspire me at the time, transcending a notion into a unique piece of work.
Candie and Michelle: You are really talented. Have you always liked art and been naturally talented and creative? How long have you been doing it?
Kimberly McGuiness: I have always been a creative spirit my whole life but my true love has been for my art since I was in elementary school. My artwork received a Certificate of Achievement from the Florida Winter Park Arts Festival in 1976-1977. I went through the grades exploring art and developing my creativity through my high school graduation.
My life took a different turn when I was blessed with my daughter Julia in 1988. She is a ray of sunshine surrounded by an infectious loving spirit who is living with deaf autism. After her birth my art was on hold for many years until 2008 when I started back with my journaling which then lead me to where I am today with my work.
Candie and Michelle: You are truly an inspiring person. :) What things inspire you to make a certain piece of art?
Kimberly McGuiness: My creations are contemplative moments in my mind, where vision and energy masterfully undergo a metamorphosis. Patterns and textures from nature and cultures around the world and my own imagination are my greatest influences. Fine lined pens, paper tiles, art canvases, wood, paint, recycled materials and the computer are among my favorite tools in giving my creations life.
Candie and Michelle: :) What was the most challenging piece of art you have ever made?
Kimberly McGuiness: A 23x48 mixed media piece on underlayment, inspired by Van Gogh. It has been my biggest piece thus far. It is a country scene with about 30 layers of paint in the background before building the final top layers. I call it ‘Country Stars’. The piece took about 3 weeks to complete and this is also my favorite piece. I have it above my fire place.
Candie and Michelle: Wow! That sounds amazing! I hope to see it one day. Tell us about being part of the Rome Community Heart Project.
Kimberly McGuiness: This is the second year in a row my design has been chosen for the project. For me it is a great honor to be able to contribute to a great cause for awareness about health in a fun way. The project has a great group of local artists who put their own unique talent of work on hearts made of foam and covered in a thin layer of concrete. The concrete helps them to stand the elements of weather during the month of February when they will be on display around the community helping to raise awareness for heart health. Its fun and I enjoy the project and being selected as part of the group and not to mention the exposure for my work, every little bit helps.
Candie and Michelle: Great job on being chosen! Can't wait to see the hearts around Rome. What advice do you have for other aspiring artists?
Kimberly McGuiness: Be open to learning and sharing new things. Connect with others artists and don’t be afraid to ask questions we really are here to help each other. Get your hands dirty in it, sling the paint, enjoy the process and have Fun!
That is great advice! Thank you so much Kimberly for taking the time to sit down with us!
-Candie and Michelle
Make sure you check out pictures of Kimberly's work below. You can find Kimberly at the following links:
Do you need something monogrammed? I'd like to introduce you to Tori Cochran of "Yours Truly". Here is our interview with her. Thank you Tori.
Candie and Michelle: Tell us about your business.
Tori Cochran: In January I started a vinyl monogramming business after getting a vinyl cutting machine for Christmas. I can make all kinds of things with it but I mainly do car decals and tshirts.
Candie and Michelle: You are very talented so glad you started making things. How did you come up with the name “Yours Truly”?
Tori Cochran: One of the first things I made after Christmas was a monogrammed cake carrier. I was so proud that I had learned to use my machine that I posted a picture of the cake carrier on Facebook with the caption "made by yours truly." A friend commented that I should start selling monogrammed items and name my business Yours Truly so I just went with it thinking I wouldn't sell much. I never imagined my business would turn out like it has!
Candie and Michelle: What an amazing story! I love the name you chose. Did you go to school for art or fashion?
Tori Cochran: No, I graduated in August with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. I haven't taken an actual art class since eighth grade!
Candie and Michelle: Congrats on getting your bachelors. Thank you so much for what you do. Have you always been naturally talented and creative?
Tori Cochran: No. Sometimes I have really good ideas but my artistic abilities don't go far past stick figures so I've never been able to follow through with them. I'm so thankful all of my work is done on the computer so I'm able to do so much more.
Candie and Michelle: How long have you been monogramming?
Tori Cochran: I immediately started using my machine on Christmas Day last year (2014), so almost 10 months.
Candie and Michelle: Happy almost 1 year anniversary for your business! :) What is the most difficult part about monogramming?
Tori Cochran: I personally think that weeding is the most difficult part. After the machine cuts the design that I want, I have to remove all of the vinyl that isn't part of the design. It's not really that difficult it is just typically the most time consuming part of the process.
Candie and Michelle: What things inspire you to make a certain item?
Tori Cochran: I like to look on Etsy for ideas or to buy designs. Most of the time I find a design and then change it up a little to make it my own. I also like to use Pinterest for inspiration or even shirts or decals that I see around town. Of course holidays and special occasions get me excited for new designs because it's just another reason to wear a different monogram.
Candie and Michelle: I love Etsy and Pinterest too. I, myself, have found inspiration in both places. What is your favorite thing you have monogrammed so far?
Tori Cochran: My favorite thing I have made would probably have to be my graduation cap. I was able to make it everything I wanted it to be and I was able to help some of my classmates out with theirs.
Candie and Michelle: I saw it. It was pretty. :) Besides monogramming, do you have any other talents?
Tori Cochran: I wouldn't say I'm an excellent baker or cook, but I love to do it. I can't currently think of anything else that I'm just really good at.
Candie and Michelle: :) Is it hard finding family time and running your business?
Tori Cochran: Not really. My business is just for fun and to make a little bit of extra money. I try not to put business before anything else but I still try to have reasonable turn around times.
Candie and Michelle: :) Is it hard going to school and running your business?
Tori Cochran: I don't think there is really such thing as free time in nursing school, but I only monogrammed in my free time even if that was late at night. School was definitely my priority.
Candie and Michelle: Good job on finishing school and starting your business. What advice would you give someone who is nervous about starting their own monogramming company?
Tori Cochran: Only start your own business if it's what you love to do. I have promised myself that I will sell my machine or at least stop selling items if it becomes more stressful than it is fun. Monogramming is my hobby and I don't want it to become a job.
Candie and Michelle: Good advice. Explain how you price your items.
Tori Cochran: I try to take into account how much the vinyl to make the item will cost, how much work it will take to make, and how quickly it needs to be done.
Candie and Michelle: How do our readers get in touch with you if they are interested in getting something monogrammed?
Tori Cochran: You can like my Facebook page, Yours Truly, for my latest designs or to send me a message to order!
Thank you so much Tori for taking the time to sit down with us. We look forward to having you back again. :)
-Candie & Michelle
We met Mandy Byers of Tycayria Jewels at the Cave Spring, Ga Pig Out. We loved her jewelry so much that we asked her to drop by our website. Here is the interview we had with her as well as some pictures of her beautiful creations. Thank you Mandy! :)
Candie and Michelle: Tell us about yourself and your business.
Mandy Byers: I started my business about 11 years ago after I had lost my job. A friend wore a hematite bracelet and I loved the way it looked. So stingy as I am, I went out and bought the material to make it, instead of paying for a bracelet....lol. Well, the rest is history. I just love the way the hematite looks and feels and with all the different beads out there, I can make endless designs.
Candie and Michelle: We are so glad you started your business. We love all you have to offer. How did you come up with the name “Tycayria Jewels”?
Mandy Byers: My son was writing a story (something like Lord of the Rings). In his story there was a town named Tycayria. I loved that name and that is where the name come from.
Candie and Michelle: How sweet. :) Have you always liked making jewelry and been naturally talented and creative?
Mandy Byers: No, was never a jewelry person at all. Never wore any till I came in contact with the hematite. Like I said, just fell in love with the way it felt and the looks. I think though that I have always been an artsy or creative person. I always like to make things, rather than to spend money on buying. I used to paint a lot. Also crochet and knitted jackets and sold them. The crocheting is also part of my business now. Making purses out of crochet Soda-tabs.
Candie and Michelle: You are very talented. How long have you been making jewelry?
Mandy Byers: I have been making jewelry for 11 years now.
Candie and Michelle: What is the most difficult part about making jewelry?
Mandy Byers: Most difficult is probably making the disciples crosses. You have to bend 4 nails just perfectly together and wrap wire around them to form a perfect cross. Many blisters have come and gone from making crosses.lol
Candie and Michelle: You make it look effortless. They are beautiful. What is your favorite piece of jewelry that you ever made?
Mandy Byers: All my pieces are my favorite. They are all like my little 'babies' that I send out in the world, to make other people happy. There is not a feeling like seeing the enjoyment on someone's face, when they put one of my necklaces on and say they love it. I have many customers that come back year after year building up their collection. Some of them have become great friends over the years. (see facebook - Terri del Cano Williams)
Candie and Michelle: :) How do our readers get in touch with you if they are interested in buying your jewelry?
Mandy Byers: The best way to contact me is through my email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much Mandy for taking the time to sit down with us. We look forward to having you back again. :)
-Candie & Michelle
I would like to present "The Elegant Erin of Mrs. E Cakery" and her tasty treats.
Candie and Michelle: I've always loved pictures of Australia. What's it like living there?
Erin: Australia is a great place to live in, it’s so multicultural I can try different types of food! Weather is also pretty good, although we always joke here how Melbourne can have four seasons in a day (from hot sunny day suddenly turned into cold and rainy in the afternoon).
Candie and Michelle: We can relate. Sounds like Georgia. Lol. Where did you get your skill for baking and creating such beautiful and delicious cakes and pastries?
Erin: The talent runs in the family from my grandpa from mum’s side. Watching tutorials on youtube and other bakers’ blogs also helps develop my baking skills. These days you can literally search anything on google!
Candie and Michelle: YouTube is definitely a helpful source of information. We've learned a few things on there too. Have you always liked baking?
Erin: Yes and no. I loved watching mum baking cakes when I was little. I helped her stir the batter and couldn’t wait to lick the leftovers haha. That’s how it all started. Then in high school, I made some chocolate brownies they were a hit. It was selling so well to a point where I was so tired of baking I didn’t want to see brownies for a while! That’s why I try to make variations and keep it interesting, not stuck in any particular cake style.
Candie and Michelle: That's understandable. Besides baking beautiful cakes and pastries do you have any other talents?
Erin: Art and music. I love sketching with pencils, painting, and photography. I also play piano and guitar.
Candie and Michelle: Wow, you are really talented! We wouldn't mind seeing some of your other work. :) What inspires you to create certain cakes or pastries?
Erin: If it is not a special request, I got inspiration from anywhere: nature, beautiful prints, interior and fashion magazines, designers, and especially other bakers.
Candie and Michelle: What was your favorite cake to make?
Erin: The first cake I ever made, which is a giggle and hoot (Australian TV character) cake for my daughter’s first birthday. I had never done cake decorating before so it was really a great experience. I was very happy with the result considering it was the first time I made figurines from gum paste, and I can never forget her happy look to see her favorite TV character.
Candie and Michelle: I bet her face was precious. :) What was your favorite confectionery/dessert to make?
Erin: The Japanese wagashi. It is a traditional Japanese confectionery that is usually made of sticky rice and beans. I tried them the first time when traveling to Japan in 2012, it was so different than Western pastries/confectioneries, lighter, so delicate yet so beautiful. I could not find them in Australia so I tried making them myself.
Candie and Michelle: That sounds delicious. I would love to try one. What was the hardest cake to make?
Erin: A cake with buttercream flower arrangements on top. It does require lots of practice and high-technical skills to create the flowers, find the color composition, and arrange them on the cake. I have yet mastered these skills, but have made it my learning goal this year.
Candie and Michelle: I'm sure with a little more practice you will get it. :) What was the hardest confectionery/dessert to make?
Erin: It would be the same as my favorite one, the Japanese wagashi. I had to make the ingredients from scratch because I can’t find them anywhere in Australia! I had to cook the white beans, process them several times until it became white paste, then mix them with special other ingredients so it can be shaped.
Candie and Michelle: That must have been really rewarding. What was the strangest request for a cake you have ever made?
Erin: None yet, but I would love to receive one actually!!
Candie and Michelle: Whenever you do I hope you share the picture. LoL. Do you have any advice for any aspiring bakers?
Erin: Keep practicing and always open your mind for inspirations.
Candie and Michelle: Excellent advice. If anybody would be interested in having cakes for an event they are having what would be the best way to get in touch with you?
Erin: At this stage, they can email me at email@example.com
Thank you so much Erin for taking the time to sit down with us. We look forward to having you back again. :)
-Candie & Michelle
I would like to present the very creative Nicole Waln and her beautiful cakes.
Candie and Michelle: Where did you get your skill for baking and creating such beautiful and delicious desserts?
Nicole Waln: From two people- my mother who inspired me to love the kitchen and beautiful things, and my grandmother who decorated cakes.
Candie and Michelle: We are so glad they inspired you. Your cakes are beautiful. Have you always liked baking?
Nicole Waln: Yes! I've been baking since I was old enough to help my mom.
Candie and Michelle: Awww...sweet. :) Besides baking beautiful cakes and cupcakes do you have any other talents?
Nicole Waln: I love to crochet! I only focus on it in the winter- but it is so relaxing for me.
Candie and Michelle: That does sound relaxing. I have tried to learn how to crochet. What inspires you to create certain cakes?
Nicole Waln: I like to take people's ideas and interests and use that to design cakes for them.
Candie and Michelle: You do a great job at it. What was your favorite cake to make?
Nicole Waln: I think there would be a tie! The "Artist" cake was a lot of fun. The inside was 6 layers- all the colors of the rainbow!
The "picnic" grooms cake. It was so fun to make all the little food!
Candie and Michelle: Both of those were beautiful cakes. What was the hardest cake to make?
Nicole Waln: A 3D "My Little Pony". It came out pretty good in the end, but was a learning experience for me!
Candie and Michelle: That was an amazing looking cake. I can understand how difficult it must have been to make. What was the strangest request for a cake you have ever made?
Nicole Waln: A "Butt" cake! My mother is a nurse and had a patient who was having a surgery to correct a problem he'd had for a long time. It said "Congratulations on your butt!" and was shaped like a butt in jeans. 😄
Candie and Michelle: Sounds cute, but I imagine it would be weird to make it. Lol. If anybody would be interested in having cakes or cupcakes for an event they are having what would be the best way to get in touch with you?
Nicole Waln: Nicolewaln@gmail.com
Thank you so much Nicole for taking the time to sit down with us. We look forward to having you back again. :)
-Candie & Michelle
I would like to present the talented Angie Roberson of Humble Creek Crafts.
Candie and Michelle: Tell us about your business.
Angie Roberson: Humble Creek Crafts is about up-cycling / customizing "tossed junk" and personal objects into usable / wearable treasures.
Candie and Michelle: Love it! How did you come up with the name “Humble Creek Crafts”?
Angie Roberson: Growing up in the country I had a creek down below our honey bee hives at our house. My Pop had a small fenced in lot with a shed next to a huge Maple tree I would take my fishing trip finds to. While Pop was fishing I was finding rocks, sand stone, pebbles to take to "my club house" to work on pendants. I had a chisel file, hammer, and a pocket knife. My most fond memories was spent in the run down shed filing away at sandstone making them into arrowhead pendants. Finding a name wasn't hard for me. I had a humble upbringing next to a creek and my business name was born. Humble Creek Crafts. My cousin's partner, Bill Gridley, designed the logo for me that included the Maple (bead) tree as well as the creek below it. Means a lot to me.
Candie and Michelle: I love the history behind the name of your business. Did you go to school for art or fashion?
Angie Roberson: I'm self taught. I watched a ton of YouTube videos, joined a lot of wire wrapping/jewelry making groups on Facebook, and I'm not afraid to ask questions. I've had very good mentors, family and friends such as Tava Bradshaw who owns Georgia Skies Photography (Sister of my Soul), Jeff Carver who owns County Argyle and The Foundary (Brother Extraordinaire), Jamie Anderson who owns Beading On A Budget and Tracey Knaus who owns WARES TRACEY. My best gal Christy Sloat. She's been with me since the start of Humble Creek Crafts. She encouraged me with honest opinions and always has my back. I'm very thankful for them all.
Candie and Michelle: Awesome. We know Tava, but we will have to check out the other people you mentioned. :) Have you always liked making jewelry and been naturally talented and creative?
Angie Roberson: I guess you could say I've got creativity in my blood. I get it from both sides of my family. Quilters, Musicians, Crocheters, Artists, Cooks, Moonshiners.... yep. Takes a lot of creativity to make and get away with it. If you're wondering, no I don't make it. :)
Candie and Michelle: LOL. How long have you been making jewelry?
Angie Roberson: I've made jewelry since I can remember. I put Humble Creek Crafts as an official business out there in 2011 and have been going at it ever since.
Candie and Michelle: I applaud you for stepping out like that. :) What is the most difficult part about making jewelry?
Angie Roberson: Having people who fail to understand the concept of "Handmade Jewelry". People come up to my table sometimes and comment on "high priced items". What they don't understand is that even though they see the finished product in front of them. Behind the scenes I've had to order and pay for the supplies, spent time on not only ordering the supplies but actually making the jewelry piece something I will be proud of, paid a fee to be at that craft/art show, (thank God for the free ones) so that they can stand there in front of my finished product and tell me it can be made cheaper. It makes me appreciate the people who understand and recognize an Artisan's hard work.
Candie and Michelle: I can imagine that is hard to listen to. What things inspire you to make a certain piece of jewelry?
Angie Roberson: I honestly go with the flow. I let the focus bead/stone/ etc. do the talking. Weather plays a huge part, I love the rain. I'm surrounded by amazing scenery as well. Also, if a customer sends me a personal object to customize it may take a few hours, or it may take a few days of me looking at that piece to figure out what would be best for it. Each piece I do is different.
Candie and Michelle: I can relate a little. When it comes to my writing I let the story lead me. What is your favorite piece of jewelry You ever made?
Angie Roberson: I would have to say the Turquoise/Coral Copper Flower pendant. I went to a farmers market and the Full Spectrum Farms booth had a small copper dish there, I bought it and gave it a new spin. I love it.
Candie and Michelle: That's a very pretty one. I LOVE the owl looking one & the pink colored tree with the moon behind it. Tell us what it is like to be part of a craft show.
Angie Roberson: It's a fun, learning experience, but it can be physically exhausting. Setting up inside is a whole lot easier than an outside show. Unloading, moving your car, walking back to set up your booth, selling your work in 100 degree weather (I'm not kidding), packing all your stuff, breaking down your booth, and drive home to get ready to do it again. Some craft shows only allow certain Artisans to sell so when you are asked or allowed to sell at one of these shows it is truly an honor. I love meeting new people and talking with jewelry making veterans
Candie and Michelle: Truly an experience. Besides making jewelry, do you have any other talents?
Angie Roberson: I can play the dulcimer, I love to cook, I love to hunt and fish, I can quilt, paint, and do Zentangles.
Candie and Michelle: You are a lady of many talents. :) Is it hard finding family time and running your business?
Angie Roberson: Nope. Family comes first. My daughter does Special Olympics and Full Spectrum Farms (She has Autism). My son plays Varsity Football and my husband coaches Football. My mom and I are at each and everything that they do. Family first... always.
Candie and Michelle: :) What advice would you give someone who is nervous about starting their own jewelry company?
Angie Roberson: If you have to step out of your comfort zone to do something that you want to do, do it! Start out slow, buy your basic supplies you will need for whatever area of jewelry making you are interested in. Join those Facebook groups, read what those jewelry veterans are saying in that group, ask questions, watch YouTube, make mistakes, and have fun. When you get to the point where you are able to help others learn, do it.
Candie and Michelle: Great advice. Explain how you price your items.
Angie Roberson: My personal formula is $12 xHours invested in the piece +Materials +50% of the total cost. Keep in mind I hit Goodwill, Salvation Army, Yard Sales, etc. so my prices are affordable and if you send me a personal item to work with that is reducing the price on the material I use and it also allows me to give discounts and still make a profit.
Candie and Michelle: How do our readers get in touch with you if they are interested in buying your jewelry?
Angie Roberson: Feel free to go by Facebook and "Like" my page and "Envy" my shop on Storenvy.
Thank you for allowing me to share a little bit about my craft. Let me know if we can create something together.
Candie and Michelle: You're welcome. We have enjoyed having you. Thank you Angie for taking the time to stop by our site. We definitely will. I know our readers will do the same.
Fridays are for.....
Works of Art