My featured Folksy seller this month is Martina of Personalised Treasures. My favourite items in her shop are the personalised sterling silver name necklaces and name bracelets hand stamped with names, date, initials or personal messages. Elegant and personal at the same time!
I will let the lovely Martina tell you more about herself and her work:
1.Tell us a bit about yourself:
My name is Martina and I love making things! I have had a go at all sort of crafts but I think jewellery making is my favourite. I'm a full time mum to a 2 year old little girl so my creative time is limited at the moment.
2.What do you reach for first thing in the morning?
Most mornings it is my laptop! I try to at least check my emails before my daughter wakes up at around 8am.
3.What’s better plain or milk chocolate?
I prefer milk chocolate but I'm more of a biscuit/ cake girl!
4.How did you discover that you have creative tendencies?
I think it was thanks to my mum, who is also quite creative (not so much now) but she taught me all the basic crafts when I was a little girl. Also seeing her making things made me want to do it too.
5.Where do you find your inspiration?
I was inspired by my new baby girl (congratulations!) when I created personalised jewellery as I wanted to wear something personalised with her name on. So I think she is the biggest inspiration. I also love showing her what I made, although she usually just ignores me...
6.Do you have any role models/inspirations in the area of Design? If so, who and why?
I find my fellow Folksy makers a real inspiration. Most of them are just ordinary, creative people, quite often self-taught who are very talented and make gorgeous things in order to make some extra pennies doing what makes them happy. That's my goal too... I love looking at their work!
7.How did you come up with the ideas for the products in your Folksy shop?
As I mentioned above it was when I had my little daughter, I started to make jewellery with her photos on and her name engraved. I then made some for my family and friends and it went from there...
8.What are your future plans for your work?
I would like to grow bigger and make more personalised jewellery but I can't until next year when my daughter goes to the nursery. In the meantime, I'm slowly adding new and original products, personalised copper guitar picks at the moments.
9.What’s your favourite thing in the world and why?
Apart from my family (of course!) I think it is Dogs! I love them and I think they make a real difference to your quality of life. Unfortunately, I don't have one at the moment.
10.Can you share some of your favourite Folksy shops with us?
I love The Cotton Potter - very simple but original and beautiful fabric flower wraps. Also Storeyshop- beautiful hand cut greeting cards. Last but not least Sarah Norwood animal theme handmade gifts. (Good choices - check you their shops!)
Thank you to Martina for sharing a little bit of herself with us. Please take a look at her lovely Folksy shop - perfect place for Christmas presents (yes, it's only four months away!).
If you would like your shop featured on my blog you can contact me at my Folksy shop and I will get back to you as soon as I can.