|Rhonda with Coob|
What drew you to Etsy?
Finding Etsy was like coming home for me. I love handmade, of course....and when I saw how vintage was taking off, that was wonderful!
The community here is just so creative, and positive, and eco conscious.
I'd absolutely love it if you could tell everyone about Coob. (Your avi buddy)
Oh Cooby. He's a character. When my husband moved here from France, he brought Coob with him. At first we really didn't click, because he couldn't understand me! Coob didn't speak English. "Come here boy!", "Cooby get out of there!", and "Coob, dinner!" were all met with the same puzzled, blank stare. He must have thought I was stupid ("look at thees seely woman, she does not speak a zee francais"). He learned fast though, and it didn't take long for him to become part of the family.
Now if somebody is speaking French to him, it's because he's in trouble. LOL!
You are the Queen of the Treasuries (in my humble opinion)...How do you find inspiration for your wonderful collections?
For me, making a treasury is a similar process to making my jewelry. Sometimes I'm inspired by a special item, a color, a season, mood, song, story, or poem....lately I find I am drawn more and more to Emily Dickinson, that quintessential peculiar woman. I'm right there with you Emily, getting stranger by the day!
You create gorgeous vintage-inspired jewelry...do you ever go 'treasure hunting' for other vintage things?
Yes but I'm more of an online shopper!
What are the top three songs on your Playlist right now?
Sixties! Blind Faith~ Can't Find my way Home, Jefferson Airplane~ Somebody to Love, and Jimi Hendrix~ Machine Gun.
Animal, vegetable, mineral.
Giraffe, artichoke, quartz. Ametrine, tourmaline, garnet, aquamarine, kyanite, labradorite.... wait a minute, what was the question?
If you could spend a day with a picnic lunch, your favorite book, and a beautiful place--what would be in the lunch basket, what book would you bring, and where would you go?
A simple lunch, some brie and fruit; the Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss ( just started it); in Sequoia National Park. I love exploring the high Sierra, and sequoia forests are my most favorite places of all. Nothing else comes close to that feeling of sheer joy, peace, and contentment. My husband and I go out camping every chance we get. You can see his beautiful nature photography on my flickr page
Any advice or encouragement for fellow artists or Etsyians?
Find what inspires you, hold on tight, and then follow your dreams. Remember to stay positive.
Instant Karma's gonna get you!