Friday, March 19, 2010

EAOC's Friday Spotlight

Meet EAOC Artist:  Robyn

Afternoon Tea Necklace


Tell us about yourself.  
My name is Robyn. I am a wife and mother to 2 kids. We live in Greensboro, NC, but we are from Baltimore, MD. We have a sweet pit bull terrier named Bella.  My business is Sydney Austin Designs.  Sydney Austin are the middle names of my kids. I love all forms of art and learning about other cultures.  I love shoes. I love to laugh. I love Reeses peanut butter cups! I wish I knew how to play tennis.  I wish I knew how to sew.

What are you currently doing besides your creative craft?
 
I am a member of the Junior League of Greensboro, Las Amigas, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I also work part time for Wake Forest University.

What is the address for your Etsy shop? 

What do you offer in your Etsy shop? 
Hip handcrafted jewelry: earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings

Where do you create? 
In a corner, on a little black table.

Where do you find your inspiration? 
Reading lots of magazines, nature, and watching old movies.

How did you get started in your line of business? 
My brother taught me how to make earrings years ago and we sold them, but we stopped (can't remember why). Years later, I took a jewelry making class in Baltimore, MD and I was hooked. 

How do you promote your business? 
Word of mouth, wearing my designs, Twitter, Facebook, blogging, and vending at various events.

What is one of your most important lessons you've learned since starting your business? 
Keep good accurate records. When tax time comes, it will be a piece of cake. (I'm still learning this lesson)

What advice would you give someone just starting out? 
Three P's: Patience, Perseverance, and Professionalism

What are some of your favorite online shops on and off Etsy? 
There are too many etsy shops to name!  So much talent all in one place!  However, I get a lot of lampwork beads from MelissaBeads. Off Etsy, I love shopbop.com.

What are your other sites (i.e. Blogger, Wordpress, Facebook, Twitter)?
 

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