Saturday, April 18, 2009

Mom Behind the Shop: Jewelry By Janzia

This week's Mom Behind the Shop is Jewelry By Janzia, aka Jeanette. Jeanette is sponsoring a giveaway of a very pretty PURPLE AMETHYST SHIMMER BRACELET. We decided to interview her to find out more about this giving mom in our Artfire Cafemom Team. So here is a bit about this talented mom!

Who are you:

I am a jewelry designer, wife, former mental health social worker and a stay at home mom to two wonderful children. I grew up in WV but have lived in Charlotte, NC for the past 7 years. I miss the mountains and countryside of WV but am happy to call Charlotte home now. It has a beauty of it's own and is a great place to raise a family.

What kinds of items do you sell:

I sell handcrafted jewelry including bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. I work mostly with semi-precious stones and crystal but like working with a wide array of materials. I've recently started to experiment with some paper materials and resin but am still perfecting the technique. I will also be attending a wirework class soon and look forward to learning ways to improve in that area too.

What made you get into your craft:

I first became interested in making jewelry when I commented on liking a pair of my neighbors earrings and she told me that her daughter had made them. I was amazed by the idea that you could make your own earrings and a little seed was planted. The next time I went to my local library I checked out every book I could on jewelry making. I read everything I could on the subject but wasn't really spurred to action until I went to a jewelry party (not the handcrafted kind but a company sponsored one). I loved everything I saw but after reading so much about it I kept thinking to myself I could make that. I figured by this point it was time to stop thinking about it and start doing something. I went home and scoured all my books once again and then made my first piece which I gave to my mom for her birthday. After that there was no stopping me.

Not one to ever do things halfway I went on a shopping spree and started making more than I could ever give away. I first got the thought to sell my jewelry when my neighbor asked if I had anything to sell because she was looking for a gift for her niece. I sold my first piece that day and at the urging of my family and friends decided to create Jewelry by Janzia and here I am.

Tips for online businesses:

There's so many, I don't know where to begin. I think first and foremost you need to learn how to take great pictures, which is something I'm still working on. Really read your camera manual and learn what each of the settings are for. Learn about lighting, build yourself a light box, shoot different angles and in different lighting. Remember that customers online can't touch or see your items close up so try and get the best pics you can. After you've got that down then promote, promote, promote!

Tips for moms :

Take time out for yourself and don't feel guilty for it. Sometimes I think guilt is my middle name and I just have to remind myself that I deserve to have my needs met sometimes too.

What is your favorite place to visit:

I'm a kid at a heart so I'd have to say Disney World. I've been there a ton of times but still enjoy it every time. It's especially great now that I have kids, watching their faces just brings joy to my heart. I'll never forget when my little girl had her luncheon with the princessess, the look on her face was worth every penny!

Your comfort food:

It's a toss up between homemade macaroni and cheese or a nice hot bowl of homemade soup. I love soup and could eat it about every day and do most days but there's something about macaroni and cheese that just soothes the soul.

If you were able to do anything in the world, what would it be and why:

Right now I would have to say that I would love to be able to take a get away weekend with some of my best girlfriends. There's nothing like being able to kick back with the people that love and know you best, having a few drinks, a few laughs, good conversation, and, of course, good gossip.

A few more items from Jewelry By Janzia's Store
(Clicking the picture takes you to that item in the store)

Denim Blues - Sodalite & Crystal Hoop Earrings

Joy, Respect & Harmony

Crystal Cube Bracelet


Jazzy Jemz said...

Did not know you were a MH SW in a past life! So was I! Still licensed too, but need to renew and do the CEUs. What grad school did you go to? I worked with dual dx adult clients. Mainly opiate addicts w/ severe MH disorders. Wow, didn't realize we had that shared commonality Jeanette!