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Lots of Makers have multi-craft talents and Kristin is no different. Read on below to see how her journey as a Maker has shaped her business.

Please tell us a bit about yourself and one interesting fact.

Hello. I am the owner of Kristin’s Jewellery Box. I started making my own jewellery because I was addicted to buying a lot for myself. I cannot turn down bling! I taught myself how to make it and then someone suggested I should try selling it. So I started a little Etsy business! I also do local Christmas craft shows every year.

Where did your business idea come from?

I was buying so much jewellery for myself that I thought I might save money if I buy all the components and make it myself. Then I got addicted to buying all the pretty beads! And while wearing my jewellery, someone suggested I try selling it so that is where my Etsy business came from. Every year I try to add something different but still with bling in mind. 2 years ago I started making jewelled bookmarks and recently I got into making jewellery scarves!

How Does your work reflect your personality and overall approach to life?

I love being crafty. Years ago I made dollhouse scenes, I took candle making classes and used to make and sell candles at craft shows, and I absolutely love jewellery so eventually started to make my own. I also knit and have made afghans for everyone in my family.

What would you say has been your biggest learning curve since beginning your business?

To find the time to work on Etsy with a full-time job is very challenging – I’m still trying to balance it out.

Where do you get inspiration for developing new products?

I get inspiration from Etsy itself and Pinterest and seeing what people are wearing.

How long does the average item take for you to create?

Earrings I can make in 5 minutes. A necklace between a half hour to an hour.

Do you have a favourite item in your store?

I love working now with lamp work beads and rose gold.

What is the story behind your business name?

I started out making candles years ago and my business name was Kristin’s Krafts. Then I branched out into making jewellery and I thought I should change the name so I went with something that is both personal (because I have a ton of jewellery myself!) and something that sounds like it has my personal touch to it.

Describe your work-space and your top tools are.

I have very limited workspace right now – it’s just my desk in my bedroom, along with a small table beside it with finished jewellery, a bookcase with dozens of containers of beads and supplies, 3 plastic bins of craft show items, and a large craft table in the basement where I plan my craft show display. I’m currently looking for my own condo with a second bedroom just for crafting!

Do you ever make anything for yourself?

Sometimes when I make a jewellery item, I will decide to make a second one for myself! I try not to keep too many!

What do you hope to accomplish in the next year? No limits! Where would you like your business to go?

I would really like to spend much more time on my Etsy shop. Half of my finished products are not even posted so that is definitely my goal – to get everything on line. Also, to set up special sales for occasions like St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween and so on. I hope to get many more sales this year than the last few years – it’s all in how much time you dedicate to it. As well I’d like to set up a business page on Facebook.

A vacation relaxing on the beach, or exploring the local culture?

As for vacation, my mother and I have made a trip to Europe the last 4 springs – London/Paris, Italy, Amsterdam/Germany/Switzerland, and Ireland/Scotland/England. WE LOVE EUROPE! We go with travel groups of about 30 (usually we are the only 2 Canadians) and the tour guide takes us to the most beautiful places. We have just planned a trip for this spring to Vancouver and an Alaskan Cruise!! We’re very excited.

Make sure you stay in the loop with Kristin on her Etsy Site: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/kristinsjewellerybox

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