First off, tell me a little bit about yourself.
My name is Lizzie and I live with my husband, Stan, in Colorado. We are originally from Florida, but it’s just too hot! We have two pet bunnies, or rather we are their two pet humans, and one of their favorite things to do is eat the printed out copies of my knitting patterns. My favorite hobbies are jewelry making, knitting, reading, and writing fiction that I refuse to let anyone read. If you visit my etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/Lizziebeeknits383, you will see very clearly that my favorite colors are blue and green. I force myself to use other colors and secretly hope that those get sold first so I can wear my favorites!
How and when did you start making jewelry and your other items?
I am so right-brained that it’s a wonder I don’t tip over when I walk. I grew up painting, drawing, singing, writing, and attempting every creative outlet I could find. My parents were always incredibly supportive of these endeavors, and I decided early on that I was going to be an opera singer! I used to stand regally in my parents’ living room singing Mozart’s Queen of the Night aria and dream of being on stage hitting that ludicrously high F. My jewelry making started a few years ago when one of my best friends made me a pair of earrings that I loved. I took a good look at it and wondered if I could do it. Two hundred pieces of jewelry later, I was asked by a wonderful woman, Jaye Richardson, if I wanted to feature my jewelry in her upcoming shop, Muse’s Corner, in Florida. Suddenly, I went from tentatively featuring a few items on www.etsy.com/shop/Lizziebeeknits383, to having my jewelry in a real store!
When and how did you originally find Etsy?
I found Etsy through friends who bought and sold their own items. I couldn’t believe how many things you could find there! I suppose the name Lizziebeeknits383 is a bit misleading, since there isn’t a single knitting piece on there. But I assure you, I do knit, and excessively, although knitted pieces usually take so long that they end up being gifts for friends or contributions for charitable events, such as Florida’s chapter of the American Diabetes Association. If I could go back, I would probably add something about jewelry to my Etsy name, but I have good intentions of adding knitted pieces to the shop very soon!
What is unique about Etsy and what about the website do you like the most in regards to your shop?
The wonderful thing about Etsy is that you don’t have to jump through hoops to put yourself out there. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to post my very first piece of jewelry, and suddenly I had a shop of my very own. www.etsy.com/shop/Lizziebeeknits383 is just a click away, and I’m so grateful that Etsy gave me that opportunity.
What inspires you the most in regards to your creations?
My husband Stan inspires me the most, because he encourages me to do what I love, even if it isn’t always lucrative. Friends and family also give me endless inspiration. I remember my brother-in-law looking at my wire-wrapped work and asking, “Can you make a treble clef?” I replied, “I don’t know… let’s see!” Now, the treble clef has become the main theme of Lizziebeeknits383. It’s a special symbol to me, since I grew up in a musical family. My mother took me to operas during my childhood, my father and his twin brother played their banjos with Gram Parsons growing up, and my brother is a jazz guitarist in Florida. My husband also grew up in a musical family, playing the violin. All of my creative outlets inspire each other. The more I read, the more I want to write. The more I sing, the more I want music to inspire my jewelry making. I suppose that next I’ll have to find a way to knit musically.
What is your favorite piece you’ve created and why?
That’s a tough question, since I’ve had many favorites for different reasons. For instance, my brother and his wife went on this incredible trip to Southeast Asia and brought me beautiful turquoise beads from Thailand. Whenever I make something with them, I have to keep it because they’re so special to me! But I also have my favorites on www.etsy.com/shop/Lizziebeeknits383, such as Pharaoh’s Treasure Earrings, which combine cobalt blue with gold-plated treble clefs, and my Stork Club Earrings, which combine green turquoise with fun silver-plated designs. I try to make the titles of my pieces as interesting as possible. Pharaoh’s Treasure came from my idea that blue and gold reminded me of Egyptian art. Stork Club came from my father’s comment on one of my pieces; he said it reminded him of the “Stork Club, New York 20s30s, with a martini in someone’s hand.” I replied with “I… don’t know what you just said, but thank you!”
What do you want to accomplish with your online shop?
I would love it if more people saw my work. I won’t pretend that I’m not proud of it! When you’re an adult and you decide to learn a new language, a musical instrument, or a trade, you can watch yourself improve and really feel the delight of, as the Beatles say, getting better all the time. I try to make every piece of jewelry as beautiful and long-lasting as possible. I would love it if a piece of my jewelry became someone’s favorite. They would be wearing something that I created with love.
Do you have any new creations in the works? If so, what can shoppers expect to see from you soon?
Yes! Making jewelry for www.etsy.com/shop/Lizziebeeknits383 is an all-day, everyday activity for me. In fact, I added four pairs of earrings this afternoon.
Where can readers find out about more information regarding your jewelry and other creations and possible special offers (including additional websites, blogs, facebook, etc)?
This is where I am completely at fault, since I don’t blog or have any other websites. But I’m always trying to encourage people to ask for custom orders. If they don’t like the finished product, they don’t have to buy it! I’ll be happy just for the opportunity to see if I can make something that someone else has imagined. In the meantime, my own imagination will help me create what you’ll find on www.etsy.com/shop/Lizziebeeknits383.