Friday, November 2, 2007

Pretty Shiny Sparkly Things!

Our featured artist today is Sparkly Strandz. This shop offers custom made jewelry & crocheted items. When asked a few questions we found some interesting facts behind this fun shop:
How did you come up with your shop name?
One of my favorite movies is an old animated flick called "The Secret of Nimh". The goofy bird in the movie calls the ruby-thingy a "sparkly" and my sister and I growing up have always called pretty shiny things "sparklies". A few years back when I started my business/website, I combined the fact that beads come on strands and my love for all things sparkly to create "Sparkly Strandz"

What do you shop for most on Etsy?
crochet items, beads

What inspires your products/creativity?
anything that will make me relax. I can't say that I'm inspired by nature or shapes or anything in particular--I'm not really the "artsy" type. To me, it's all about just doing something that I love to do and making something that I think people would like to wear or have. I'm an occupational therapist by trade, and my beads and my crochet is my therapy.

What is the first thing you recall crafting?
Christmas tree garland by making the world's longest crochet chain b/c that's all I knew how to do when my grandmother taught me.

Isn't it interesting how many of us "caught" our love for handmade items from our moms & grandmas. Heritage comes in many forms. If you'd like to visit I'm sure you won't be disappointed.


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