Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Meet DesignsbyKari

1. What is your craft of choice, and how long have you been doing that?

My passion is jewelry. From vintage plastic, or Lucite, to genuine gemstones I have tried it all and love it. All together I’ve been making jewelry for about 20 years. I’ve dappled in all sorts of crafts…I tend to think, “I can do that”. Sometimes it works out; sometimes I destash my goods and leave it to the pros. I always come back to jewelry.

2. How did you get started?

Growing up Mom had a spot in a consignment shop, she made cross stitched pillows and jar lids and such. A few years after the shop closed down we were driving by and it was a bead shop, we looked at each other and said, “lets have a look”. That was it for both of us, since that day we’ve both had our hand in beads of one kind or another. I was 10!

3. What is your inspiration?

I love color! I love to express feeling and emotion through color. You could be wearing the simplest of black dresses, but a bright red necklace, or stunning orange floral ring and it speaks a little to who you are. I’m fond of shiny things that sparkle, hence the new line of gemstone goodies in my shop.

4. How long have you been on Etsy?

I officially celebrated my 1 year Anniversary on Etsy back on January 25th.

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would love to say that I see my self having quit my day job and focusing solely on my shop, but my realistic nature won’t allow me to go that far.

So, Balanced! I see that I’ll be able to find a happy balance between family, career and passion. The right mix to allow me to o what I love.

6. What is the most challenging thing about having an online business?

Being seen. The online business community is constantly growing. Every day someone else with an idea and the courage to put it out there for us to see is jumping in the pool. I’m fortunate to have friends with blogs to help put me out there!

7. What is the most rewarding thing about having an online business?

The feedback. I have had some amazing buyers leave me feedback that warms my heart. One woman said she felt like Cinderella wearing a ring I made and another said she hasn’t taken her ring off since she received it. I can imagine the smiles on the faces and that makes every struggle worth it.

8. How does your internet business fit into your life? Is it your job or do you have another job as well?

It fits; right now it’s a bit cramped though. I am lucky to have a job that’s flexible and I can be online listing or promoting when it’s slow. At home, my hubby is amazingly supportive; he will do bath time with the kids or take care of dishes so I can pack orders. He’s in the U.S.Navy and deploys for anywhere from 6 months to 11 months at a time. During that time it’s much more of a juggling act.

9. When you are not crafting, how do you spend your time?

Playing with my kids, ages 3 and 10, gardening and enjoying my friends.

10. Are there any links you’d like to share?

Steel blue topaz ring
Tangerine Chrysanthemum ring
Peruvian Opal Hoops

I'd like to tell you that I own many of Kari's designs and they are all amazing! She takes a lot of pride in both the quality of her work and the presentation of it!

Now... see the ring in the top of this post?? Kari is offering that as a giveaway item to one lucky reader! You will receive 1 entry for telling me your favorite item at, 1 entry for following Kari on twitter, 1 entry for following this blog, and 3 entries for purchasing from Kari. Please leave a message for each qualification!

A winner will be picked by a random number generator on Wednesday, April 21. Please make sure there is a way for me to contact you when you win!


ardee said...

Well, I've already purchased 2 of my favorites from Kari(one being a pair of earrings that I haven't taken off since I got them)but this ring is right up there in the list!!

ardee said...

By the way, ardee is aka kraftedkeepsakes288!! :o)

TheHappySoul said...

Oh my gosh! How can I possibly pick just one favorite from Kari's shop?? I love all the gemstone jewelry, and own two rings & 3 sets of gemstone earrings from Kari (among about 5 other jewelry items from her! LOL). All of her work is gorgeous, but if I HAVE to pick just one... Can I say the one in the blog post is my favorite? :) My favorite from her shop is this one:

TheHappySoul said...

I've been following this blog for a loooonnnggg time :)

TheHappySoul said...

I've also been following Kari on twitter for a loooonnnngggg time. LOL Now I'm off to find something in her shop to buy. I gotta win this ring! :P

TheHappySoul said...

Just bought this from Kari's shop! Woot! 3 more entries for me! LOL

Unique Scrap Designs said...

I am following your blog! I love the photo of the sunshine coming through the tree! Very beautiful! :)

Crystal Zacharias said...

These are cute, but I don't have pierced ears:

Crystal Zacharias said...

I'm following...don't twitter, so can't do that :(

Dovetail said...

I love that Kari gave us so much insight to her as a person. Know I not only feel as though I have "seen" her, but I also feel like I know her. Thank you Robyn and Kari for sharing.

Krishenka said...

Very difficult to just pick one they are all fabulous, so going for these but your ring is simply beautiful.

Great giveaway and you have a new follower.

Sunset Soaps said...

I love so many things in Kari's shop. But I especially adore these tulip in bloom earrings.

Sunset Soaps said...

I'm also following your blog Robyn!

Sunset Soaps said...

and Kari on twitter

giggles'N' rainbows said...

I own a few things from Kari that I just love. Currently in her shop I have more than one favorite, so I'll just pick this one:

giggles'N' rainbows said...

I am following Kari on twitter

giggles'N' rainbows said...

I already follow this blog!

giggles'N' rainbows said...

giggle_rainbow on:

kimnettie said...

I love kari's shop - this is my favorite and I am saving my pennies to buy it!

Robynsart said...

The winner was chosen by a random number generator at 8am 4/21/10. The winner of kari's amazing ring is Theresa at

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