Thursday, January 13, 2011

Friday Spotlight: Lavoro Designs

Welcome to our next Friday Spotlight! Every other week, we feature a new interview from one of our TeamBPAL members.

This week, we interviewed Shelly of Lavoro Designs. Let's go!

Tell us a little about the items in your shop. What do you make?
I make jewelry that is simple, timeless and easy. Pieces that you can wear to work and in daily life. I like my items to be affordable so people can express their individuality thru their accessories without breaking the bank. I could never find the type of jewelry I like to wear so I started making it. I like unique pieces that are affordable. I also love working with stainless steel and brass.

What is your creative process?
I start with the materials, most often. I am drawn to a certain bead or material and then once I have it, I decide what it will become.

Which Etsy Teams do you belong to?

Birch Grove Necklace

When you are not creating things, what do you do?
I’m a childfree by choice housewife and stay at home pet mom to 2 dogs and a cat. I love horror movies (the grosser, the better!) and things like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Lately, I’m obsessed with learning about nutrition and following a clean eating/vegan diet. I also have a few home based businesses that I am a rep for – Watkins, Willow House and Avon.

Tell us two random, interesting things about you.
I can’t drive a car, ride a bike or swim but I did take flying lessons.
I’ve been vegetarian since July 2003 and a vegan since August 2010.

What has been your proudest moment since opening your Etsy shop?
Getting referrals from customers. That is the highest compliment. I still excited when I get an order from a stranger.

Baccaro - Blue and Gold Bracelet

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
Make sure you focus on listing new items every day if you can and maintain your own original style.

What handmade possession do you cherish?
Anything that was made by a personal friend. I have a friend that knits and multiple friends that are jewelry designers. Those items make me smile whenever I use them because I know they were made with love especially for me.

If you could have any item on Etsy regardless of price, what would it be?
I love skulls and I am so drawn to this belt buckle. I wish I could afford it!

What other skill or talent do you wish you could possess, if you had not taken this creative path?
I always wished I could play the piano. I have less than zero musical talent! I also wish I could have an animal rescue sanctuary to save unwanted dogs and cats and/or a farm where I could show people how amazing farm animals are and where the animals could live their days in peace without fear of being eaten. I’d love for people to see how cows, pigs, chickens and fish have personalities and aren’t different from the animals we call ‘pets’.

Where else can we find you on the web?
Lavoro Designs Facebook
Personal Blog:
Personal Facebook:

That's all for this time! See you in two weeks. :)

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