Today Etsy seller interview will be dedicated to an inspiring story of courage and creativity with Tiffany from Expressive Beauty.
Tell us a little about yourself
A bit about me...well for starters I am a disabled stay at home mom with an Associates degree in Pyschology. I was diagnosed a few years ago with post traumatic stress disorder which stems from the abuse I went through as a child and young adult. As if this wasn't bad enough, I also developed a condition called fibromyalgia a year ago. For those of you who don't know what fibromyalgia is, it's a very painful condition that affects the nerves and muscles. I have dedicated my life to using my experiences to help others cope with what has or is happening to them. After being diagnosed with these disorders I began looking for a way to have purpose in my life again. Christmas of 2010 my husband and I bought my daughter her own jewelry making kit. My sister then made herself a pair of earrings. It was at that moment I knew what I could do. I began making jewelry to sell to women in order to make them feel better about themselves. I believe that every woman should feel beautiful no matter what is going on in their lives. Jewelry has a special way of doing that. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning and growing as a jewelry designer and look forward to learning so much more. If anyone has any questions about my life or my jewelry please feel free to contact me on Etsy or on Facebook
Tell us a ltlle about your Etsy shop
A bit about my etsy shop, jewelry, and work process...I provide handmade bridal and everyday jewelry designed from a variety of materials. I especially love working with pearls and crystals. They are so beautiful and really bring out the beauty in any jewelry piece. I have a large selection from colorful focal pieces to elegant bridal pieces. I also do custom work for anyone who is looking for something special that you can't find anywhere else. I provide free shipping on all orders over $10 to make my jewelry just that much more affordable.
Tell us about your work process
As far as my work process goes, well it's kind of all over the place, lol. I design when I'm not busy with my husband and three beautiful children. My thought process varies from finding inspiration in other pieces to creating something unique from inspiration around me. I use the best quality materials that I can afford to provide my customers with jewelry that will last a lifetime.
Your latest project?
My recent project...at the moment I am working on creating a new bridal line. I am using elegant pearls, crystals, and findings to design pieces that will bring out the beauty in the bride and her bridal party. To go along with my new bridal line I have also recruited a model for my jewelry. There are lots of exciting new changes in the works. I can't wait to reveal them all.
What would you be If not an artist?
this is an easy one :). I'd be a child psychologist so that I could council children of abuse and those with mental disabilities. I'd teach these children how to look past the things that have happened to them in order to be a stronger person. I would show them that sometimes bad things happen in order to give us a better perspective on life. I would use my experiences to teach them that we don't have to let these bad things overcome who we are but that we can use them to teach others how not to allow these things to happen to them.