*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live in Land O Lakes, Florida. A more rural area outside of Tampa. I love living here surrounded by nature, the fresh air, beautiful birds, the lakes, even the occasional alligator sunning by the ponds... I love Art in all it's forms, Gardening, Music- especially Smooth Jazz, Cooking/ Baking, Sewing/ Embroidery, taking care of my home. I'm married to my best friend and I have a lovely daughter who is married and works for a video game production company.
*How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?
I began my business as a way to keep a promise to myself that someday I would be true to a dream that I let slip away many years ago. I had always regretted not pursuing Art as a career. But now I can say that it is never too late to be true to your yourself and your dreams. GardenVibe is derived from my love of Gardening, and the inspiration that can be derived from nature and the lessons it teaches.
*What types of items do you have? Do you have something new you will be adding?
I currently have jewelry listed. I hope to also include other accessories in the future. I would also like to try my hand at polymer.
*What do you like about being a seller?
I love meeting my fellow artists. If I sold nothing, it wouldn't matter to me. Because I just love sharing my creations with others and being among people who totally 'get' me and appreciate what I create. I love the affirmation. That's enough for me.
*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
My addiction is beads.... heaven help me when I enter a craft store....I could be there for hours with the beads and findings. uh, I guess I should say, heaven help my husband.....
*Do you have a blog?
Yes. www.gardenvibe.blogspot.com. I like to talk there about the things that inspire me and my art. And I like to showcase my work and the work of other artists. I have even started a post series on my blog to showcase the wonderful work of our male artists. And I use my blog to promote indie artists and sellers.
*What motivates or inspires you to create?
*What is your favorite on-line shop?
Collectively speaking, it would have to be Etsy. So many artists, so much creativity! And I also love the vintage shops as well....even though I sometimes see items like I used to own, being called vintage...yikes!!
*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
I love my Winging It, lariat style necklace.... The dragonfly resting on the stone... that's me.... winging it at times, but rock solid underneath the surface! I often feel that way in this economic climate!! That's pretty much what we all need to be these days. I believe we'll make it through the tough times together.