Saturday, January 19, 2008

Featuring Julia Belle Vintage!

From time to time, like to feature fellow Etsians, but to make things more interesting we wanted to get to know the person behind the avatar. Meet Amy of Julia Belle Vintage.

How long have you been designing jewelry?
I've been making and selling jewelry for about three years, but have only been selling on Etsy since August of 2007. I've had so much fun!

What was your first craft?
I've been making things for as long as I can remember, but when I was very young (probably as young as 3 and 4) my favorite thing was sewing/cross-stitch/embroidery. My mom actually used to have Creative Circle parties, and I used to love making all those kits!

Who first taught you to make jewelry?
I completely taught myself to make jewelry. I found that I didn't like having to buy all the mass-market jewelry everybody else was wearing. I love jewelry that's been made from items that used to be used for something else. I love jewelry that tells a story.

What is the first piece of jewelry you remember having?
Hahaha ... this is funny. The first piece of jewelry I remember having is a necklace with a Grumpy Bear charm on it (from the Care Bears). I got it under my pillow when I lost my first tooth!

What was/is your favorite piece of jewelry?
My favorite piece of jewelry is a late 1800s tiny silver book locket with a floral design. I wear it every other day or so.

Where do you find inspiration?
I'm a bibliophile at heart, so most of my inspiration comes from books. I also have a great love of antique photos and use them whenever I can. I have a whole wall in my home dedicated to antique photos of people I don't even know.
What music do you listen to while creating?
I'm an acoustic guitar girl (I've played for about 4 or 5 years) so I like listening to anything with acoustic guitar, new or old. My favorite song of all time is “Blackbird.”

Where does the name “myhools” come from? How is it related to your Etsy shop name, Julia Belle Vintage?
You know, I really wish I could change that username! I was a buyer long before I was a seller, as is the case with many Etsians. I have a daughter named Julia Belle, and we call her Jules. Jules somehow turned to hools, and that has been her nickname for quite a while now. My hools is really my daughter.

Is Julia Belle Vintage your main job? If not, what do you do in "real" life?
No, Julia Belle Vintage is just a side job right now. I work full time as an authors' liaison at a publishing company. We publish plays and musicals.

Finish the following: "In a parallel universe, I would be _____ instead of designing jewelry."

Hmmm.... In a parallel universe, I would be a writer living in England, surrounded by books and hot drinks and my kitties.

Your favorite crafting tool?
Oh, definitely my pliers. I'm lost without them!

Your favorite and least favorite materials for creating?
Old, tarnished brass is great. And obviously, I love using ephemera. I don't prefer to use plastic beads unless they are a really great vintage design.

What's your hope for the future of Julia Belle Vintage?
I really hope that I can continue making interesting pieces of jewelry that tell a story (without letting my day job kill me at the same time!). I love knowing that I have pieces all over the US and out of the country as we speak. It just adds to the story of each piece!
Thank you Amy for your time and photos!
And you can visit Julia Belle Vintage here.


LoveMeKnot Creations said...

great interview, blog, and post!!!

stonetotem said...

Awesome interview - what a great idea, and so well done!

Anonymous said...

love your blog, great interview questions and info!

Kathy Maximo said...

This is a wonderful feature...Thanks for visiting my blog and website...

Dharma Designs said...

I love Myhools and her work!!!

PamperingBeki said...

What interesting and beautiful jewelry!

Lori Anderson Designs said...

YUMMY stuff!

High Desert Diva said...

nice interview
and explanation of myhools !

Bejeweled said...

Wonderful interview! Love your blog!

Sadie Lou said...

Great read! Well done.