Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tuesday's Featured Artisan: Danielle Murphy

Wrap it Up Size 4.5

Danielle Murphy is the creative force behind beadesandbags.etsy.com and she also sells jewelry kits she makes up herself along with tutorials, and her extra supplies, at her two shops donteatbeads.etsy.com and donteatbeads.artfire.com.

I have gotten over 30 of her wondeful wire-wrapped rings and also admire her other jewelry designs. She is my blog's first featured artistan, though I hope to continue this artisan feature every Tuesday from now on.

I sent Danielle a short list of questions regarding her life and her craft and here are her answers and also photos of and links to her fabulous creations.

a ring suited for stripes SIZE 7.5

Where were you born and when?

I was born in boston mass march 8th of 1975 .. a pisces, it was fate that i became a crafter ... pisces are known for there creative talents

When did you first start creating/crafting?

I remember being a little kid (6ish) and when all other kids had there lemonaid stands I was attaching paper plates together, coloring them, decorating them and selling them door to door as mail holders

What inspired you to create your first piece of jewelry?

My first real job was working at a jewelry store ... There were always broken pieces of stuff laying around, i quickly learned how to put items together to create even better things ... First thing i remember officially creating was a belly chain ...

Futuristic Fun SIZE 7

List all of the types of crafts you enjoy?

* jewelry making, especially ring making
* scrapbooking
* sewing

How long does it typically take to complete one [wire-wrapped] ring?

If i already have the design it only takes about 6 or so minutes

Where are your favorite places to get [jewelry/beading] supplies?

I love etsy for the unique items .. I miss my bead stores back in [MA] ... bead creative, bead cachet, and definately the one in wilmington ...

What is your favorite piece of jewelry you have ever made?

my most memorable is a simple necklace that i made for my moms friend before she passed .. it was just a simple seed bead necklace

Red Crystal and pearld Necklace

If you could tell fellow crafters 1 thing what would it be?
that any dream is possible .. keep dreaming and move towards your dreams

Danielle's ultimate goal for her business is to have a successful (or successful chain of) "beading cafe's", where jewelry makers and other crafters can come to enjoy companionship, creative inspiration, and conversation - along with yummy goodies to eat and drink!

Sea glass inspired ring SIZE 5.5

Best of luck Danielle!!



Happy creating! ^0^
-Stephanie

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