Hello Ladies today I have one whammy of a post for you.
First of all, if you have visited my blog over the last 2 days you will have noticed a new button in my side bar, under 'Sponsors'. This is my first blog sponsor (yay!), and I am very happy and proud to be working with the wonderfully talented Alex Keller!
Plus she has been nice enough to offer one of you lucky readers a $25 voucher to spend at her store.
First though she answered a few of my questions so you ladies could get to know her a bit better.
What's your name and where do you come from?
Alexandra Keller, but I go by Alex originally from Cleveland, Ohio, now living in Tucson, ArizonaVintage Glamour $39
Tell us a bit about the real you?I'm an artist who can be a little obsessive compulsive - I tend to collect lots of things and then I have to clean everything out. This year is a cleaning year!
Little Bits $18
How long have you been making your designs?I've made jewelry on and off for years, but opened my Etsy shop March 2009
Crystal Clear $35
What are your favourite materials to work with? And where do you source your materials?I love all sorts of beads and charms, but I'm always looking for more chain! I go to thrift stores, church shops, and resale shops. Sometimes I get donations, which is great! I don't usually go to garage sales or estate sales, because I have a 5 year old son & that's torture for him. On occasion, I'll go to a salvage yard.
Chained One $20
Of all your items which is your favourite?My 'crystal clear' bracelets - recycled watch bands with vintage chandelier crystals. I wear mine almost every day
Where do you get your inspiration from?Fashion magazines, places I shop, jewellry I see other people wearing
Did this start as a hobby or do you have any formal training?Previously a hobby, when I opened my etsy shop in 2009, I started a business. I don't have formal jewelry training, but I did attend an art school for several years. While I had enough courses for a degree in fine art, I didn't have the right ones, so I ended up with a degree in business and marketing. (I was double majoring)
Do you have any favourite Etsy shops you buy from?Shops I've gone back to more than once are
Mudpuppy - I have a baby head planter, a miner's skull (the gold tooth is great!) and I have a couple of little dogs he used to have. Next up are those hanging airplant pods!
Solsticehome - I have a lovely picnic basket, and recently won a gift certificate, so I'm expecting some vintage lab glassware!
Then there's Boylerpf for fabulous vintage jewellry
And Prance and Swagger for vintage clothes
I love new clothes from Lamixx, and I heart Norwegian wood. And I'm going back here very soon Urban Revisions. Plus you have to see the gorgeous dresses from Kate Towers (I have 2 little party dresses - wish I had known about her sooner)
What can I say? I'm addicted to etsy!
What is your favourite style for this summer?
I'm loving the boho peasant look - gauzy, embroidered blouses and floral skirts. It gets super hot in arizona, so it's perfect!
Whats your dream/plans for the rest of 2011?
To make it a fun, happy & safe year for my family (and survive summer break with the son!)
What's your favourite flower?Not really sure - not a real flower type of girl..... I had white roses at my wedding.
Onto the giveaway bit!
The winner will be chosen at random and will receive a $25 gift voucher to spend on anything in Alex Keller's store.