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    Wednesday, March 11, 2009

    Come and Meet Kristin of Kristra Designs!

    I met Kristin of Kristia Designs or kmaylward (her etsy shop name), almost a year ago as an original member of Bittersweeets Daily Challenge. As each of us in the group listed our daily item, we also got to know each other and have formed a close friendship. Through this past year we have seen Kristin get pregnant, have a baby and still have time to create beautiful items for her shop or custom orders.

    Since Kristin is a new mommy, her proudest accomplishment is her baby girl, Penelope. Penelope is a gorgeous baby girl who came into this world in late December. As an artist, Kristin's proudest accomplishment is her bezel set pieces with handmade chain. She just loves their beauty!

    Like many of us Etsy shop owner, Kristin has a day job to go to everyday (or will when maternity leave is over!). Kristin is a licenced clinical social worker and works with teens at an alternative vocational high school plus she has outpatients. It takes a kind, strong woman to deal with teens everyday and Kristin deserves alot of credit for taking on teens with problems and helping them through these tough years.

    Kristin is a woman after my own heart, she has the same favorite colors as I do! She love green because of nature and that is reflected in many of pieces and backgrounds. Plus, she loves purple!! Now as a kid, her favorite color was green and that loves has never faded. If Kristin could be any fruit it would be...an orange, because they are bright and sunny and sweet and tart and also have a nice tough skin to protect the mushy insides.

    As Kristin works in the studio and throws ideas around with her fellow artisans, her creative juices flow from the interactions with others and bouncing ideas back and forth with them. Nature, is Kristin's primary inspirations but she also finds it from architecture and her fellow Etsyians. As a true artist, Kristin can also look and feel her materials and find inspiration from them. Sometimes the materials just tell you what they want to be!

    As a kid, Kristin loved arts and crafts and has always been creative. As an adult, Kristin loves to work with copper and does a great job with it. Ten years from now, Kristin would like to be raising Penelope to be a proud young women who loves to create her own jewelry. With 10 years more artistic experience, Kristin would like to be making more advanced pieces of her jewelry.

    One last fun fact about Kristin: If Kristin won the lottery, she would pay the bills, give some money to her family, set up a college fund, and open up an art studio to reach youth with emotional/social difficulties. The best of both of her worlds!


    Kristin is having a March 15% off sale in her shop: kmaylward so be sure to check out all her beautiful pieces and feel free to buy anything in her shop!

    6 comments:

    Ellen said...

    Great interview! So fun to get to know the Challengettes!

    AFineDistraction said...

    I love reading challengette features! Great interview on a super talented artist!

    Kristin said...

    Thank you Meagan!! This is great!

    Carmen Bowe said...

    Great Interview. Thanks for sharing Kristin's story.

    Carmen
    http://cbdesignstudio.blogspot.com
    www.cbdesignstudio.etsy.com

    LaurieStar said...

    I just came from your Etsy shop - you are one industrious lady! Beautiful work!

    MagicMarkingsArt said...

    Wonderful article on a fellow etsy mom. Penelope, what a great name! Beautiful work Kristin. Best of luck juggling everything.
    Cheers