Friday, May 1, 2009

Etsy Artisan Interview - Devine Designs Jewelry

I had a great time, going over to Cindy’s shop and looking around for photographs. Her mix of metals and gemstones are so lovely. When I was there, I learned she has a second shop with jewelry supplies. Well, you know I couldn’t help but to link on over there. I also found out that she is partial to turtles, like me. Back in February, she wrote about my Turtle Treasure Necklace. Gosh, Cindy, I didn’t know you did that! Her blog is full of surprises, and everyone needs to check it out. But first, read a little bit about the artist behind the jewelry:

  • What's the name of your Etsy shop?

My shop is Devine Designs Jewelry

[and her second shop is Your Jewelry Supply Shop ]

  • What types of prodcucts do you sell?
handmade artisan eclectic jewelry

  • What is your favorite item in your shop today?
coil wrapped wire bangle

  • How did you find out about Etsy? Where you a buyer before a seller?
I don't remember how I found Etsy; I was a buyer first.

  • Are you involved with any of the Etsy teams?

Etsybloggers ,

FEST (Florida Etsy street team),

SEUS (Southeast US) ,


  • Are there additional venues where you sell your work?
Ebay is an "experiment" right now, will probably only give it 3 months (too costly), but then I might try Artfire or 1000 markets.

  • Over the years, what materials and mediums have you worked with? What's your favorite?
My fav. to work with is metals. I love to shape it! Hammer, texture, coil: I'm trying to make all my own links, connectors, clasps right now. I have done other techniques of wire work, for example; Viking knit, wire crochet, and herringbone weave. I took a PMC workshop this year, it was kinda difficult, and expensive, so not for me right now. I did blog about it; and this post which has photos of my PMC "work" that I made.

  • Are selling your products a full-time job, or do you have an additional occupation, outside the home?
I am a CVT (certified veterinary technician) by trade, but have been out of work for 5 months now; previously working p/t and p/t to jewelry business.

  • Everyone knows images are important when selling on the internet. What’s your procedure for taking photos of your products? Do you have any tips on taking better photographs?
Photography! Oh no, it took me a long while to learn how to take good photos and I still struggle with it sometimes. First I had to locate my camera's manual, read it and find out how to use it. Then I searched blogs for tips, read the forums, took many, many photos, bought a light box (but I don't use it that often anymore.) I found that I like to take outside photos much more. Tips: make friends with your camera!
  • Do you have an online photo storage site, where we can see more about you and your surroundings?

  • We are also looking for good marketing advice. What’s the best tip or trick you can share with us?
Stay connected with others; social networking, participate in groups, chats, forums, design challenges; take good photos; try listing something new everyday; and don't give up!

  • Where can people find out more about you - do you have a blog, website, instant messaging account?
my blog is a good place:

OK, it’s the storybeader’s turn. My favorite is "Wooded Wonderland" - what a great name!


Splendid Little Stars said...

beautiful jewelry!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

She does beautiful work!
Another great interview :)

Jenjen © GottaLoveMom said...

gorgeous pieces

Waterrose said...

What a great interview and beautiful creations!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

She does beautiful work!

BeadedTail said...

Those bracelets are beautiful and of course the kitty is too!

Becky said...

Beautiful jewelry - great interview! :D

Patti said...

Great interview and very classy jewelry. Of course, I love the kitty!

cindy said...

Thank you Deb, for interviewing me. It was a pleasure!

SolSisters said...

There is an answer over on my blog to your question about moving to your own domain. Thanks for stopping by!

Woodie said...

I can attest that Cindy's jewelry is not only beautiful, but unique as well because I have added a few of her pieces to my ever-expanding jewelry collection! Please check out her site and see some of the one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork she has created. I'm so glad you interviewed her! :-)

Vanessa said...

Great interview!

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