Ruthie sells colorful and jewelry in her shop. My favorite is her Brick Weave Bracelet in Blue Diamonds which is in my favorite blue.
1. What is your shop name ?
Rose Works Jewelry
2. Can you introduce a little bit about yourself and what you make ?
My name is Ruthie. I'm a newly-wed with severe health problems so I work from home. I split my day between doing work for others (ie, my "real" job), and working on building my business :) I create jewelry in a variety of styles. I love to bead weave, but that's very time consuming and I also enjoy making simpler, more traditional pieces. I'm always looking to expand my knowledge in jewelry creation and to learn new things!
3. What is your shop URL ?
4. When did you start selling handmade ?
May of this year.
5. How did you start selling handmade ?
I've had friends telling me for years that I should sell the jewelry that I made for fun! I'd been seriously thinking about it for awhile but wasn't quite sure where to start. Last spring a friend introduced me to Etsy and the rest, as they say, is history!
6. Why do you like crafting ?
I find it very relaxing! I also love that it allows me to stay productive even when I'm house-bound by my health problems. Plus- there's nothing like the thrill of seeing someone wearing an item you created!
7. What is your favorite product in your shop ?
Oh - that's so hard to decide! I have two that I really love right now. My Heroes, Godsend, bracelet was a journey of learning for me. It looks simple, but it took me awhile to figure out how to translate the symbol into a workable and weave-able design! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15500587 I also really love my Rosita's Coffee House Necklace - because I love coffee! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16028460
8. Do you sell offline ? If yes, where ?
Yes and no. I don't have any place where I consistently sell off-line at the moment, but I had a lot of fun doing farmers markets this summer, I have a jewelry party at my Mom's coming up, and I plan on doing a Christmas bazaar or two :) Plus there's always word of mouth!
9. Do you buy handmade ? What are your favorite stores ?
I do! When I can afford it :P I love http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5589742, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=72942, and http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5843010 :)
10. Any interesting things about your shop you would like to share?
Um, um, um, I'm always expanding my shop inventory - so check back frequently!