Today's featured artisan is Rachel Cunningham, a jewelry designer and crafter from Middle Tennessee. She owns the Etsy shop Isabelle Elizabeth Designs
Thank you for your time, Rachel and telling us about your shop and crafts!
I live in Nolensville, TN with my husband and 2 girls. I love everything about Nolensville. It's a small, family-friendly community just outside of Nashville with lots of things to do, including my favorite...Shopping at the many antique and boutique shops!
I enjoy a variety of crafts (sewing, knitting, refinishing furniture, etc.) and I continually experiment with new projects all the time, thanks to Pinterest! My favorite craft by far is making jewelry. I work with all types of beads, basically anything I find beauty in goes into my jewelry.
Towards the end of 2011, I had a jewelry party at my home. A bunch of my friends attended and we tried on all kinds of gorgeous jewelry. It was such a fun time and I loved the jewelry so much that I looked into becoming a consultant. After doing a little research, I discovered that becoming a consultant was going to cost me nearly $700 and that just wasn’t in the budget for this stay-at-home mom. I started looking at all of the jewelry that I had earned from my party sales and I thought to myself, “How hard could it be?” I went searching for help and I found it on Youtube! I found a ton of tutorial videos and I purchased a few how-to books. From that point on I was hooked!!
In the future, I would love to see my jewelry in local boutiques throughout Middle Tennessee. This past November, I was successful in selling a great deal of my jewelry to a boutique in Brentwood, TN. I’d love to increase the number of shops that sell my jewelry as well as focusing on increasing my traffic and sales to my Etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/IsabelleElizabethDes.
I keep track of all of the bead shows that come through Nashville. My favorite one to hit up is the intergalactic bead show – great selection and you can’t beat the prices! I attend the shows quarterly and try and get what I need at those times. My go to online resources would be www.firemountaingems.com andwww.auntiesbeads.com. Both have great selection and ship quick!
My favorite item in the shop right now is our Blue Lampwork Round earrings (www.etsy.com/listing/127541022/blue-lampwork-round-earrings?). I’m so eager for warm weather and every time I look at these earrings it makes me think of summertime!
Isabelle Elizabeth Designs is on Facebook and Twitter!
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Check out our shop on Etsy -www.etsy.com/shop/IsabelleElizabethDes
Also, we are currently offering 10% off to all new customers with our coupon code – MTC0613!