This shop was the very first block in the building of my review/giveaway blog. One of my friends posted on her blog that her sister-in-law had an Etsy shop and she was hosting a giveaway for her. Then someone commented that they found the giveaway through a site called By Handmade Giveaways. I couldn't believe all the amazing shops I found by following this new blog! I found myself writing reviews from all the shops I bought from on my family blog and then realized how much fun I was having showing people these shops. Thank you Grakilee for starting it all (thank you Christina for hosting the giveaway)!
Grakilee is full of amazing personalized jewelry and with Mother's Day right around the corner this is the perfect shop for you to go buy something for the Mother or Grandmother in your life. This is also a perfect gift to give to someone that has lost a child or someone they love.
How did you start making jewelry? I have been making jewelry for maybe 6 years. I started making the photo jewelry because I wanted a piece of photo jewelry after I started having kids. I realized that everywhere I looked was way over priced for my budget. I thought there has to be a way to make personalized jewelry and offer it at a lower price. That's when I started investigating the materials I would need to start making the photo jewelry. I was encouraged by family and friends to start selling my jewelry. I work full time as a teacher and do often wish I had more time to work with of the jewelry making materials I have collected over the years. I also love rocks and beads. I make regular jewelry also. I love to make things for gifts and often get special requests for beaded pieces. I like to work with wire and leather also.
What type of things have can you do for memorial pieces? I have done several memorial pieces. People will typically pick a piece from my shop and that is what I will make. I have added little photocopy footprints for lost little ones. I really enjoy don't different things so I like when people tell me what they are looking for and I create something especially for them. I know how much this jewelry means to people who have lost loved ones. I have often thought what a cherished gift it would be for someone who has lost someone to replace traditional flowers or in addition to flowers.
What is your favorite item in your shop? My favorite in the shop would be the leather band /scrabble tile bracelet. I love leather and this piece is a one of a kind piece. I also like the polymer clay pendants. I made those from start to finish. No two are alike. They are fun to make!
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