Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
1. What is the name of your shop and where do you look for inspiration?
My shop is named DesertDabbler. It’s a perfect name for me — I dabble in lots of things, and I live in the Arizona desert.
Nature is the biggest inspiration for me. I love natural stones and wildlife, especially wolves. Most of the items in my shop reflect nature in some way. Pinterest is my second go-to place for inspiration. The jewelry artists there are amazing.
2. How has your shop evolved over time?
When I first opened I had only necklaces and bracelets that I had strung. Over time I took classes and branched out into other types of jewelry. Now I have riveted leather bracelets, bead embroidery brooches and necklaces, leather wraps, and more. Whatever catches my eye and looks like it would be fun to make and wear.
3. What do you love most about your work?
I love to make beautiful things and learn new skills. I take classes and have a taught a few, too. In the winter I participate in monthly Boutiques where I get to meet and talk to people about jewelry, rocks, and stones. And of course, sell some items, too!
4. What motivating music do you listen to? Share your playlist that gets and keeps you going!
I like all kinds of music, but I tend to listen to audio books when I work. I love a good story! But for CIJ I plan to play Trans-Siberian Orchestra, especially their “Wizards in Winter”. My fave! And Mannheim Steamroller has some great Christmas music, too. They will put me in the mood.
5. What book are you reading right now and where is your favorite place to read?
I love mysteries! Right now I’m reading Ann Cleeves latest book in the Shetland series, “Cold Earth”. I usually read in my bedroom where it’s cool and quiet.
6. What are your social media sites?