1. Who is wiseoldowl?
I'm neither as old or as wise as I would have you think. I'm a new mommy to the most incredible baby boy. I live in Raleigh, North Carolina with my husband and our three crazy puppy dogs.
2. What kind of crafting/art do you do? How long have you been doing it?
I really love it all. If it requires creativity or ingenuity I'm in. No matter if it's actually labor or requires an inane amount of detail - I am proud of my creativity, and hope to help others find what makes them artistic as well. I've been into painting, drawing and crocheting since I was very young - my grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 6 or 7. I've been making jewelry with beads since I was about 16, so almost 9 years. (Good for you, those who can do the math.)
3. Where do you pull your inspiration from?
Everything. From animals, buildings, nature in general, friends, a well accessorized individual. I definitely always have my eyes open. One thing that can be said about me is that I pay constant attention to detail. Do you have a new haircut? I'll be the first to notice.
4. What is your favorite medium?
Right now I really love chain and brass charms. I really like any arts or crafts supplies and could wander around AC Moore for hours.
5. Is Etsy/your art your full time job, or just an on the side project?
It is definitely an on the side project. While I would love for it to bring in enough money to at least support my coffee addiction - I enjoy just being a part of such a fine group of people.
6. How did you find Etsy?
I have no clue, actually. I can't remember for the life of me.
7. How did you become ADDICTED to Etsy CHAT?
Etsy chatters are hilarious, intelligent and inspired people. It's so nice to talk to people with whom I have something in common. (HA! Just kidding.)
8. What is your favorite piece that you have done?
I really can't pick just one! I certainly have pieces that I've made for my shop that I've loved and turned around and made one for myself, that's the great thing about making accessories - and why I originally got started with it, when I didn't have something to match an outfit, voila! I made something!
9. What is your favorite Etsy shop (other than yours)?
Oh, I couldn't say. Check out my favorites, there are some incredibly talented people on Etsy!
10. Tips for other Artists?
Do what you enjoy! Everyday find time to invest in yourself and practice your craft.
11. Tell me a secret about yourself.
I have a scar on my left side from when I was little. I was climbing a tree in a dress, and when I fell a branch pierced me. I'll never forget that walk from the tree to my house, sobbing and holding my dress up, all bunched around my waist. Classy, I know.
12. Any parting words of wisdom? Questions? Comments?
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. -Dr Seuss