I'm Linda B. from the Chicagoland suburbs.
-What is your shop name and what does it mean to you?
My shop name is http://www.lindab142.artfire.com/
When I signed up for Etsy (same name), I didn't know that would be the name of the shop, but the 1+4+2 = 7, the days of the week that G-d created. So, the number acknowledges G-d and Creation.
- What websites do you sell on how did you decide on which ones?
I sell my handbeaded jewelry creations at http://lindab142.etsy.com/ , http://lindab142.artfire.com/ http://linorstore.com/ (my Website).And you can find me also at http://onlineshoppingmall.ning.com/profile/Linda and http://yourhandmade.ning.com/profile/LindaBlatchford63
- How long have you been crafting?
I've been crafting for about 15 years, but focusing on jewelry and stamping for the past 4.
-Tell me any interesting things about you that you would like to share.
I have a tremor in my hands and head that makes me shake. It's sometimes challenging to finish off a piece off jewelry. But, I love a good challenge.
-What do you sell in your shop?
In my shops, I sell one-of-a-kind handbeaded gemstone and glass jewelry. I've been using sterling silver earwires lately, either fishhooks, which I love, and leverback, which my friend really likes. I have a ton of stamping supplies too, but there's not enough time in the day.
- Tell us about your crafting space.
My crafting spaces are all over our house, I create jewelry in the dining room, paper items and do photography at my drafting table in the bedroom, candle supplies are in the garage and my computer is in the office bedroom.
-Do you belong to any guilds, teams or other indie craft organizations?
I'm in the Jewelry Guild, Self Representing Artist Jewelry Designer, the EtsyBead Team, the EtsyTwitter Team, the EtsyChai team, and I've just been accepted into the Etsy Bloggers Team.
-What is your favorite item in your shop right now?
Right now, my favorite item is my Luck of the Irish Malachite sterling silver earrings http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21196390.
-Why is it your favorite?
I love malachite and green represents healing and the heart chakra. My husband gave me a piece of malachite years ago, and it's a feel good stone.
-Where do you find inspiration?
I'm inspired by gemstone and glass bead colors, different shapes and healing characteristics.
-How did you get started with your craft?
Years ago, I went to a women's group study and we listened to a rabbi talk about Esther and women in the Bible, and made bracelets. Since then, I've been addicted.
- Where have you learned to do what you do?
I'm self-taught and I subscribe to BeadStyle Magazine to create variations of some items that impress me. I enjoy doing custom work, based on the color of a piece of clothing or having the client show me an piece of jewelry to making a matching bracelet or pair of earrings.
- What is your favorite part of your craft?
The favorite part of my craft is creating and having people buy my creations and wear my originals.
- What is your least favorite part?
It's tough to take pictures, and promote because it takes a lot of time. I work full time, you see, and I'd rather be creating!
-What advice do you have for other independent crafters just starting out?
Advice: take excellent pictures of your items, no matter how many times you have to re-shoot them. I'm still learning and got a tripod from my cousin, who's an excellent photographer. Post in the forums and get to know people. Join teams, participate and be kind to other sellers. Chat Rooms are fun, but one can spend too much time in them, so use them wisely.
-What makes your shop unique?
There are so many jewelry designers online, what makes my shop unique is that my creations are from my heart and soul and G-d given talent. I combine gemstones and glass to make my items more affordable. I love working with gemstone or glass pendants and creating around them.
-Where else can we find you on the web?
My blog is http://linorstorecom.blogspot.com/
Twitter me at http://twitter.com/lindab142