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.
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.
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
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