It's so nice to find original shops on Etsy. Strings 'N' Tings is a wonderful shop with original paintings, and wonderful canvas earrings!!
*Where are you from?
My name is Nia Rae and I was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, but for the past few years I've been residing in Burlington County, New Jersey. I miss Pennsy a lot but what I do like about New Jersey is that everything is so close together, so I don't have to travel very far to get where I need to go!
*How did you decide on your shop name?
My Shop originally consisted only of hemp jewelry, and I had a hard time picking a name that was not already taken. "StringsNtings" seemed to relate- as my jewelry was made of strings and other "tings" (not THINGS!). My new products focus more on painted canvas jewelry, but I still think the name is cute!
*Why did you start your business?
I have always been creating things, drawing and painting ever since grade school. However, I decided to start my business after leaving a very stressful restaurant job. I began to realize that creating art is the one thing that truly makes me happy and inspires me to make the most of my day, and I had virtually no time to create while working 12 hour days on my feet. I decided to take a few months off from the "real world" to start creating unique jewelry and wearable art that I could share with the world.
*What or who inspires you?
Everyone who has ever succeeded through hard work and perseverance inspires me. My most important inspiration however, would be my mother Shawna (she hates when I call her mother, sorry mom!). She has never let me forget how important it is to be true to who I am, and to never be ashamed or taken advantage of. She has always supported my decisions, and has taught me that even when things don't go the way I want them go- everything happens for a reason.
*What are 5 things you want people to think when they see your product?
I'm hoping that when people see my product, they are thinking about how my product would help define them as a unique, bold individual- who is not afraid to express who they are! Canvas art is normally something that is hung on a wall and admired only by eyes who happen to pass by it. I wanted to create canvas art that walks beyond the boundaries of walls and travels, by turning it into striking jewelry!
*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
Paint. Paint, paint, paint! I just simply can not get enough of it! There are so many different colors, mediums, and viscosities that I just want to buy it all up! My recent paint addiction would have to be meddling with metallic acrylics, they really add an extra pop to my work! I mean, who doesn't like shiny things!?
*What do you do when you’re not being an artist?
I don't think there is ever a time when I'm not "being" an artist. No matter where I am or what I am doing, I'm constantly thinking with an artists mind frame- "That man sitting on the bench reading a book would make a great photograph." or "I LOVE her outfit! She really knows how to put colors together well!" things like that, but a little less generic hah. I'm always thinking about things in an artsy way, it's part of who I am.
*What activities do you enjoy?
My favorite activities would have to be (besides painting), cooking (and eating!), taking photographs, relaxing, and laughing with my friends and family.
*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
I've thoroughly enjoyed making everything in my shop. My jewelry is handcrafted from paintings I have created in happiness, and from beautiful natural stone and glass pendants that inspire me to create pieces that would help all the beautiful women out there shine even more than they already do!
*Are there other places on the net we can find you?
Facebook (Fan Page): http://facebook.com/stringsntings
NOW FOR THE GIVE AWAY!
The winner can choose any pair of Hand Painted Canvas Earrings from Strings 'n' Tings!
Here are the Rules to enter the Give Away.
* For the first entry - Go to: Stings 'N' Tings
Pick your favorite item and come back here with the name and/or link.
THIS GIVE AWAY IS CLOSED!!
The draw will take place on: August 27 @ 10PM Central
This is open to WORLDWIDE!
Good Luck Everyone!!
Audrey's Country Crafts is in no way responsible for the mailing of the prize. After the name is drawn I will contact that person. They have 2 days to respond before another name will be picked! The name and address will be forwarded. Thank-you for entering!!