Today we are featuring a shop you may recognize from a previous post (Hooked!)! Since that post, I have been fortunate enough to be in almost daily contact with Alex, owner of FromLemonsToLemonade. Thankfully, this shop agreed to be the ‘guinea pig’ of the Paste-Up featured shop section, and we are sure you’ll love reading interview!
Without further ado:
1. Give us a little background about yourself
I am a “retired” teacher (I have been teaching middle school Spanish for the past three years) and I recently quit my job to move to Barcelona and spend a year exploring. I am leaving in September and I plan to teach English as a second language and hopefully continue to make and sell jewelry over seas.
2. What do you do apart from designing/crafting?
I think hobbies are a great way for people to gain insight into themselves and to grow as individuals. I try to spend as much time as possible doing the things I love to do. I would say my top three hobbies (besides jewelry) are yoga, traveling and photography. I am a certified yoga instructor but have not started teaching yet. Right now I practice a lot and look forward to sharing the gift of yoga with others. I am also very grateful that I have the opportunity to spend a year in Europe. I always look for unique materials from around the world to use in my designs, so look out for some new stuff on my etsy site in the fall!
3. How long have you been designing?
I started playing around with beads in high school (about 10 years ago). I didn’t know any real techniques; I just loved how calm and tranquil my mind became when I was creating something. Within the last year I started taking classes and learning about the different tools and materials and that opened up a whole new world for me. Making jewelry is very therapeutic for me and has helped me cope with some challenging moments and big transitions in my life. I also love knowing that people are wearing and enjoying what I make.
4. What is your most recent design?
I just bought a book on beading with cabochons, so I am trying that out right now. But my most recent finished piece is a bracelet made from sterling silver wire that turned out to be very pretty and delicate. I included a picture so you can see the design. I am still working out some of the kinks but you will probably see a new and improved version of it on my etsy site soon.
5. How do you prepare yourself to create?
Mostly I have to be moved to create something. Those moments come kind of at random and when they do, I just go with the flow. I am inspired by so many things that I see and experience, so when I get an idea for a piece I can’t wait to sit down and try it out!
6. How much time do you spend in the studio on a day-to-day basis?
It’s hard for me to know exactly because when I am working on something I get lost in it and lose track of time. But I would say anywhere from two to four hours from start to finish.
7. How has your business changed in the last year?
It only just started a few months ago, so it has been a fun journey both personally and artistically. I originally opened my store because a few friends suggested it and I figured it would be a good way to track my progress and share my work with people. But I have sold a few pieces and then people get compliments on it and tell their friends about my shop. It’s super exciting when someone I don’t know buys my jewelry: very validating and rewarding.
8. Is your work available from a source other than Etsy?
Not at the moment, unless you are one of my guinea pigs. Once I move to Spain I am hoping to start selling my jewelry in the markets there. If I make it to that point I will let you know!
9. Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I love to sneeze. Is that weird? I thought everyone did, but when I told my friend she was shocked. I find it to be a wonderful release. I always feel great after a good sneeze. ☺
10. Pirates or ninjas? Why?
Ninjas. I like the mystery of the mask.
Be sure to visit the shop, if you haven’t already, and pick up one of the wonderful pieces available! I can vouch for quality of product and excellent service, so what are you waiting for!?