Thursday, May 17, 2012

Featured Craft Artist: Mary Bradshaw of Eona Adornments

This week I would like you to meet Mary Bradshaw  from  Eona Adornments, which means "Everything Old is New Again"
She is a self-proclaimed rummager.   Who frequents yard & estate sales, and friends' grandmothers' jewelry boxes, looking for vintage jewelry. She use the components to fashion new pieces from old. Mary likes to give old components a new lease on life, so that you can enjoy a trendy new piece of fashion. 
Also, Mary has been gracious enough to offer one of her beautiful creations as a free giveaway to a lucky winner. So read on and find out what you could win, and how you can play!

1.What would you like us to know about you?
 I'm a mature, single unencumbered female who loves animals and the outdoors. My best day is one spent in the garden or with my horses.

2.When did you discover Etsy?
I discovered Etsy several years ago and lurked for quite some time.

3.What prompted you to open an Etsy Shop?
 My friend Leeanna urged me to try Etsy. She said I should share the jewelry that i make with others.

4.What do you sell?
I sell mainly jewelry that I hand craft from old jewelry components. I also sell vintage pieces and retro anything.

5.How did you come up with your shop name?
 EONA is an acronym for Everything Old is New Again. I try to use at least some old components in everything I make.

6.How would you describe your shop? Ecclectic

7.What inspires / motivates you?
 Inspiration comes from everywhere. I may see a picture or a vintage (old) piece of jewelry and I'll get an idea of what to make next.

8.How has Etsy changed your life? 
 Etsy has become a daily routine.

9.Where else can we find you? Do you have a website or blog outside of Etsy?
Being fairly new, I don't have a website or blog yet, although they're both a work in progress.

10.Is there anything else you would like to share?
My mother used to say: "Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without". 'Eona' and I value what has come before and would like to see it live on.

11. When you get a new idea, how long does it take you to execute and list it?
 Depends. Ideas come quickly, implementing them and taking them to fruition takes longer. I'm an Aires! We love to start things....finishing them is another matter!

12. How much time do you spend on your shop take each week?
 At least a couple of hours every morning.

Tips you might give other thinking of opening an online shop: 
13. How do you promote your shop?
Teams, Facebook, word of mouth

14. How important is social media for your shop?
Social Media is a big factor, and it needs to become more important to my shop. 

 One of my readers lucky reader will win! Will it be you? Come by and play the Keychain Giveaway Game!