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Blog Feature: Kolibri Boutique

Tell us a bit about you and what led you to selling jewelry.

I am a work at home mom that loves being crafty. I have been married for almost   and have 2 children: a 4 year old girl and an almost 2 year old boy. My favorite thing to do is create! I started crafting in high school by making scrapbooks, sewing or repurposing clothes, and painting. About a year ago I took to jewelry making after reading through a scrapbooking magazine. I thought it was a craft that could not only be for me but I could share it with family. After a few months of creating jewelry, I decided that I would share it with everyone else and open an Etsy shop. Not long after that I got the chance to set up a booth at a local farmer’s market.  I try to continuously improve my craft and I am always looking for new techniques to learn.

How would you describe Kolibri Boutique’s jewelry?
I like to think the jewelry that I make is whimsical, unique and eclectic because I do a little bit of everything. I try not to make things you’d see just anywhere. There just isn’tany fun in wearing the same thing everyone else does.

Spring 2011

Spring 2011

Tell us about your beautiful Etsy shop.
I opened my shop so that I could share a hobby that I love with everyone. Some of my favorite materials to use are semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, fresh waterpearls, wood, and copper, stainless, or brass wires. I offer free shipping on all orders no matter the size. I like to keep my pricing budget friendly and occasionally I run some pretty awesome sales!

What is your favorite piece of jewelry that you’ve created? What made it so special?

It’s hard to pin down one item that I love that I have created. I love them all. If I have to choose one I’d say that I love the Turquoise pendant that I designed for my Aunt. This necklace was one of my first custom orders.

tear drop necklace

tear drop necklace

tear drop necklace

tear drop necklace

Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration a lot in music. I love listening to Indie Folk singers/bands. Some of the music I listen to the most while creating is Ray Lamontagne, Ben Harper, or Wakey Wakey. I also find inspiration in the past. Growing up my Mom and Dad would tell me I was born 30 years too late. I have grown up loving the 50-60’s eras and still do love them.
The name is so unique. Is there a story behind this pretty name?
Unfortunately there is no exciting or inspiring story to go with the name, although it did end up being whimsical and unique. Both my husband and I picked out the name for my shop. I made a small list of my favorite things: butterflies, hummingbirds, different flowers, etc. After finding out the Greek, and French spelling of each thing I had listed we went with “Kolibri”, which in French means “hummingbird.”

Visit her fabulous Etsy shop!: www.galeamanda.etsy.com

“Like” her beautiful jewelry on Facebook!: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kolibri-Boutique/102358423143455

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Blog Feature: McPeek Smith Photography

A few weeks ago I featured my sister, a great photographer, in a blog post. People are still talking about her great photos! Today I am featuring another photographer: my wedding photographer. We’ve kept in touch ever since that special wedding day in May 2008.

Nearly 3 years ago I sat down in a cozy and sweet-smelling coffee shop with Stacy, fantabulous photographer of Molto Bella Photography.  Her creativity and enthusiasm was whole-heartedly welcomed as we discussed the ins and outs of the wedding day (e.g. what time we would we do photos for the bridal party, what kind of shots I was looking forward to having framed, etc). She calmed my worries about the day’s details and shared her great ideas.  We kept in touch after that meeting, both looking forward to May 24th. Months later, during the wedding and reception, Stacy was personable yet professional. Her camera clicked and flashed, capturing many precious moments. The photos were exactly what I was looking for – not only the traditional family photos, but also the shots that caught those special moments of the day: the excitement in the flower girl’s eyes, my grandmother’s smile as she watched me put on my wedding jewelry, mother’s tears during the ceremony, hearty laughter on the dance floor, and many many other priceless moments. Please take some time and read the following. Enjoy! 🙂

A few words from Stacy:

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have one single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me” ~Erma Bombeck

“I think that quote sums it all up really…. I am blessed beyond means when it comes to this …. and I thank him each and everyday for it.

“Behind the camera I see life unfold in a way that is pure, raw and real. I have seen life from start to …. saying goodbye. I have been touched by each and every person I have bumped into along the way. Losing my dad in 2005 I fell on my knees and behind the lense… and with my camera and my praying knees my faith grew deeper each and every day. I miss my dad every day…. but because of his passing I have a faith that is unbreakable…. I have seen life begin, and life end…. and have documented it all along the way…. this ride is amazing…. and I wouldn’t change a thing. Sometimes in life folks don’t understand why God does what he does…. but behind the lens …. I have an appreciation for it all.”

{Website} www.moltobellaphotography.com/website


 

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