Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Featuring: DestinationDesign

Featuring: DestinationDesign!

Q:Lets start off my getting to know you:
Hi! My name is Ann, 19, and a proud mommy of a beautiful one year old daughter. I currently reside in TX, but I'm a Cali girl through and through. I wish to attend college to get that education I want and need. But until then, I craft, and oh, how I love to craft!

Q:When did you first decide you wanted to make jewelry?
I remember sitting on my butt, wondering how I want to help my parents out on taking care of my four month old daughter (at the time). They are so supportive, mentally and financially. I appreciate it, but I would rather contribute, even if it's just a penny. Although I do have money, it's not enough. So as I did the usual on Facebook, I saw an ad from Etsy, asking if I love handmade. Of course I love handmade! I clicked and I was hooked onto Etsy. Realizing what I can do after searching for a good two hours, I brought out some polymer clay that was hidden in my closet, and started to make miniature cakes. From then on, I learned and improved on making jewelry. Also, I'm doing what I love! Being crafty while getting some extra cash.

Q:Favorite artists?
Currently, Muse is on my hot list (although I'm still iffy on their current album). Some of my other favorite artists include Kate Voegele, OneRepublic, Super Junior, and Metallica. No matter what song they come out with, I love, or like it.

Q:Where do you get your inspiration from?:
As my store states, all items are Japanese inspired. The culture in Japan is quite attractive, in my opinion. Their style of lolita/kawaii/hime just lures me and makes me wish that I'm still a teenager without a kid. That way, I could dress up like them everyday! My grandmother lived in Japan in her teenager years (she's Taiwanese/Chinese), and that influence what's happening in my shop. Because of expertise of Japan, she has the Japanese channel bundle from our cable provider, which I watch to keep up with their style. I also research online, and through magazines. With these media put together, I become inspire and just make the ideas that goes through my mind.

Q:Any tips for beginners?
To beginners, be patient! Sales do not come that quickly! It takes time, hard work, and lots of high spirits. You have to commit, make improvements, and never give up! Also, I would like to say that tagging your items is the key to sales. USE ALL 14 TAGS. I swear, they make everything easy and puts you in searches more.