Can you sum yourself up in 3 sentences? Give it a go!
I grew playing Lego and loving stories such as ‘The Dark Crystal’, so it’s no wonder that I eventually trained as a modelmaker! My varied interests include Tai Chi, Reiki, learning Japanese (gradually) and Live Roleplay. I’m an open-minded mum who constantly strives to develop her awareness of this creative adventure we call Life.
Tell us about what you sell on Etsy:
Inspired by my love of costumes and the genre called Steampunk, I design and create one off pieces of jewellery and accessories with a vintage, Victorianesque feel. I source my materials mostly from local charity shops or from suppliers of remnant and vintage materials and so the design of each piece is largely dependant on whatever bits and bobs I have sitting in front of me. I might look at part of an old necklace and envision it as decoration for a pair of fingerless gloves, for example. Etsy is the place where I first learned the word ‘upcycling’!
What is your favorite thing about creating/collecting?
Since I left modelmaking, became a Montessori Teacher and then became a stay-at-home mum, owning an Etsy shop has renewed my creative outlet. I love being my own boss! (I also run a little Reiki practice.) It isn’t easy and I’m still dreaming of the day when I’m earning a solid part-time income, but I can allow myself to follow my inner guidance which ultimately, makes me very happy. I’ve come to realise that feeling good is a very important and noteworthy goal and that you don’t wait for things to make you feel good. Happiness is handmade. Heartmade, even.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Although it often seems to pop out of thin air, I’m sure I have 38 years of appreciating beautiful, fantastic design that I unconsciously draw on. My early favourites were the work of Arthur Rackham and Brian Froud. Since then, I’ve absorbed so much in the way of illustration and design. I’ve recently done a lot of browsing in relation to Steampunk, which is a genre I really only learned about in the past year or so, though having a grounding in fantasy and sci-fi books, films and games meant I ‘got it’ pretty much straight away. It felt good!
Do you have any selling tips or tricks for other Etsy sellers?
I still consider myself such a beginner at this but two things seem to hold me in good stead: maintaining a positive attitude, such as being grateful. I’ve learned to say ‘Thankyou’ before ‘Please’ (Books by Louise Hay and Rhonda Byrne support my positive attitude, especially in tough times). Aside from that, having the courage to explore this strange new online world! Regular social networking is important, as long as you are being your own, honest self. I’m not just selling jewellery, I’m inviting people to see the creatrix behind the creations. Hello! It’s very nice to meet you!
Do you have a coupon code for us?
I do indeed. Type in MEGANSBLOG at checkout to receive 15% off!
Where else can we find you?
My blog: thenavigatrixatetsy.blogspot.co.uk