Friday, July 15, 2011

Shinies. I Haz Dem.

Hello blog land.  My name is Molly.  I run a little Etsy shop called OrionOctober.  I make jewelry and accessories of all sorts.  I have a wonderful supportive husband and a terrific little boy ("Orion").  I have run a small eBay business for the last ten years which has taught me the ins and outs of internet business, sometimes the hard way.  I have worked several retail jobs since high school, which has taught me the value of good customer service.  I am returning to college this fall, but my degree is undecided.  The problem is that I never really figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up.  But I always wanted to have my own small business, one where I could have a cat where I work.  Now, I just work at home with my three cats!

Laya will pwn your face.  Don't be disillusioned by her cuddly nature and lack of opposable thumbs.

Seems like my favorite things to play with are Swarovski Crystals (shinies), freshwater pearls, and ribbons:  lots and lots of ribbons in all sorts of obnoxious colors and patterns.  Most of these items took up residence inside my head as a child, thanks mostly to my maternal grandmother who had a habit of giving me pretty things just because I told her I thought they were pretty.  Case in point being a set of incredible vintage Swarovski Crystal jewelry (she called them Aurora Borealis Austrian Crystal), and a rosary made of said crystals.  It seems that a lot of the things I've been creating are inspired by items I had as a child.  And why not?!

I caught the crafting bug as a fairly small child.  My prized possession was always the biggest box of Crayola Crayons I could afford.  I still have a 96 box stored in my desk that's only occasionally used.  The fire was fueled in Girl Scouts -- we did loads of crafts in Scouts, it was great.  I took art classes all through middle and high school.  I am kicking around the idea of minoring in art in college -- it's great fun!

Aside from all that, I enjoy going to car shows, tinkering with photography, playing video games, gardening, and shopping for shoes I usually can't wear anyway!

Water lilies picture I took last September at Fellows Riverside Gardens.  Not bad for an obsolete point and shoot camera!

Well, I suppose that's good for an introduction.  Good to get the "boring" stuff out of the way so we can move onto better things!  Take care until next time!

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