Friday, November 11, 2011

Feature Me Friday --- Pine Ridge

Its baaaaaack. Feature Me Fridays is making its return.  Today we get to know Pine Ridge/ Lisa Lodge :)

1. Who is Lisa Lodge?

I am a self taught jewelry designer and Michigander, born and raised. I have always loved beautiful beads, rings, and colorful rocks! I have a wonderful and supportive husband who is my biggest cheerleader.

2. What do you make?
I take pride in creating beautiful handmade artisan jewelry at affordable prices. I am currently selling pieces locally and on Zibbet. Many of my pieces are one of a kind.  Much of my inspiration comes from nature, especially colors like ocean blue and leaf green.  I enjoy making jewelry that is elegant, classic, and can be worn at work or on the town.

3. When and why did you start making jewelry?

I started creating jewelry one year ago, in November of 2010.  It started as a project to create Christmas gifts for relatives, and as a stress reliever.  Once I got going I was hooked.  It gives me a creative outlet after working all week at my day job. I love coming up with ideas and making them a reality.

4. Do you remember the first thing you made? How did it come out?

I made a sterling silver and agate bracelet for my Mom.  Other than the crimps, it came out really well.  I remade the bracelet three times before I was satisfied with the crimps and crimp covers.

5. Was it hard to get started? any obstacles in your way?

It was not hard for me to get started regarding ideas and inspiration.  One obstacle I did have was the overwhelming amount of beads, supplies, and tools available in stores and online.  It was hard to know what was essential and what was "nice to have."  I also did not have a very good place to work. My dream is an organized "craft room" with a really nice work table and plenty of storage space.  I am thankful for all the help and wonderful advice I have received from the crafting community online, especially at Creating the Hive. Having a knowledgeable and helpful support network has been invaluable.

Words of wisdom ---

Don't buy a ton of supplies before you have some experience.  You will end up with way too much of some items and not nearly enough of others.  Buy the best tools you can afford.  Cheap tools have rough edges that will scratch your jewelry.

Shop links

Since Christmas is right around the corner , are you planning any sales? if so, when?

Yes - I am participating in Lori Anderson's 1st annual virtual craft show, which runs from Nov. 26 - Dec. 3rd, 2011. There will be giveaways by all of the participating artisans, and percentage off discounts in many shops.  I am offering 10% off of every item in my shop, and will be giving away a beautiful pair of one of a kind lampwork earrings. All of the information will be available on my blog, including a link to the participating shops.

Thank you so much Lisa:) 

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the feature, Erin!


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