Today's interview is with Carrie Mayer of BlessedBe. Carrie is a new member of our team and we are happy to have her with us!
How did you first hear about etsy?
My cousin started a shop on etsy several years ago, so she told me about it. I shopped etsy before I ever thought about selling on it.
Tell us about a little about yourself and your favorite craft/art!
I am so blessed! I have been married to my best friend for 13 years. We have 2 wonderful sons, age 7 and 4. I live in a small rural community in Northern Kentucky. I am a born again Christian, so my work reflects that. Since I have given my life to Christ, I feel lighter, if that is possible. He has taken on my burdens, so now I have more time to spend praising Him!
My favorite medium, right now, is beadwork. My mom took me to a local bead shop for a class and now I'm hooked! I also love clay and fabric. I love to make little stuffed monsters and felt food. It's rare for me to stick with one thing too long. Like most artistic people, I am always looking for new things to try!
How did you get started as a designer?
Last year, I purchased a glass tile pendant kit from a seller on etsy...I thought it looked like fun! I was taking a bible study class at my church and I was inspired to create jewelry about my faith. Folks at church started to ask for my pieces and, viola, BlessedBe's was born! My Christian jewelry has opened up doors to witness about our Lord and Savior, which is awesome!
What inspires you to create?
Everyday I ask God to lead me where He wants me to go. Being able to use my God-given talents to praise Him is a great thing!
How long have you been a member of Bluegrass etsy street team?
I have only been a member of BEST for several months, but my team members have been so helpful. Everyone is so friendly and willing to give advice. I am especially grateful to Libby for all the work she does for the team.
Any advice you would give to aspiring designers?
Do it because you love it, not to make money. I spend way more on etsy than I make, but that's okay. Also, join a team. Etsy and BEST have truly been a blessing to me.
Thanks Carrie for the interview! To see more of Carrie's Christian inspired jewelry, check out her etsy shop, BlessedBe. Carrie also has a blog if you would like to know more about her!
If you would are a team member and would like to be featured during the month of August, leave a comment below or contact Kim Ries.