Hello there and welcome back to The Sunshine Studio for this week's featured artist interview. I hope the sun is shining where you are! And if not? Maybe this will brighten your day...
Meet Amy of The Peach Tree. Her shop is filled with classic, gemstone jewelry. With her simplistic designs, she strives to "show off each stone's truly unique beauty."
Read on to learn a bit more about her, find out where her pieces get their creative names, and how her shop came about!
What inspires you?
For my jewelry, nature inspires me most. The detailed simplicity of each stone astounds me and I try to bring that to light in each piece that I create.
Where do you call home? Are you from there originally?
WI born and raised. I moved to New York City in 2001 and have called it my home ever since!
Name something unique to where you live.
Oh to put Brooklyn into one sentence! There's too many things to count. I live in a historic waterfront district which is known for being called the first "suburb" of Manhattan. I guess that's just chipping the iceberg but I'll leave it there!
Share an interesting fact about yourself.
I've never been out of the United States. And I desperately want to change that :)
If you had to describe yourself in a word, what would that word be?
What made you decide to open up shop?
I met an Etsy shop owner in an airport a few years back and listening to her talk about the community and handmade life, I couldn't resist!
How did you come up with your shop name? Any special significance?
Ah, I wish I had a better answer, but my boyfriend named it :) As well as every piece in my shop!
Name your favorite thing about selling handmade.
Quality control. I make EVERYTHING that gets sent out and I love knowing that these things that I've created are being worn all over the world!
Do you have a day job or sell on Etsy full-time?
1/2 and 1/2 I'd say. My boyfriend and I run our own pet sitting business :)
Give us a little glimpse into what a typical day in your life looks like.
Wake. Etsy. Feed Cats. Tea. Etsy. Visit Cats. Etsy. Tea. Etsy. Sleep. And meals and recreation in there somewhere as well.
Share with us a favorite Etsy purchase or shop.
Ooo, that's difficult but it would have to be the number of cases that I've custom ordered from GetReadySetGO.
Here's the latest one!
List a few of your most favorite pastimes.
Walks along the Hudson, Row Boats in Central Park, anything outdoors really!
Read any good books lately?
Lots! I'm reading Suttree from Cormac McCarthy right now. Before that was Hemingway's short stories which I highly enjoyed.
What is your most prized possession?
My readiness for laughter :)
What are three of your favorite foods?
Cakes, Cookies, and Pie!
What would you like to learn to do?
Knit and/or Crochet.. I tried to teach myself.. I'm not a very good teacher!
What are you listening to right now?
WBGO Newark Jazz
Name one place you must visit in your lifetime and why.
Paris. I think every woman want to visit Paris once in their life, yes?
Anything else you'd like to share?
I'd love to share a few of my very favorite Etsy shops that I think everyone should RUN to and buy them out!
And SO many more but anyone can search my favorites for a more in depth look :)
Amy, thank you so much for stopping by to share with us. It was a pleasure getting to know you better.
To keep up with her and her work, follow her on twitter, become a fan on facebook, and visit her blog. Don't forget to give her shop a heart too -- she often has awesome sales!
Time for a Giveaway!
Amy is so generously awarding the winner with the charming Northern Exposure Earrings pictured there to the right!
To enter, just leave a comment on this post with your favorite piece from Amy's shop. Don't forget to include your name and email address or Etsy username!
For extra entries you can:
Tweet this giveaway: 2 additional entries
Follow my blog and/or Amy's blog: 5 additional entries
Blog about this interview/contest: 7 additional entries
Purchase from The Peach Tree: 10 additional entries
(Please include this info, if applicable, with your comment for additional entries. You do not need to leave separate comments for additional entries. Important: Don't forget to include your name and contact info!)
Contest ends Sunday, December 20th at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be chosen by traditional drawing and will be announced the following day.