What does it take to create a stunning piece of jewelry? Unique materials, quality craftsmanship, and an eye for color. These concepts can be found in the earrings, necklaces and bracelets at Joanniel Creations. This is not your grandmother’s jewelry, yet the same sense of timelessness permeates every piece.
Inspirational Beading: How did you first become interested in jewelry design?
Joannie: Well, I started making jewellery after I lost an earring, but my designs were ordinary at best. I think it was discovering the new world of Etsy that inspired me to create better designs. Originally, I was just trying to recreate a pair of earrings I had lost but now I strive to create beautiful jewellery that others will be proud to wear. Being on Etsy is fun because you get to see all the beautiful things that other artisans create. It inspires to me to better myself and my designs.
Inspirational Beading: Do you have a favorite material to work with?
Joannie: I absolutely love gemstones but I don't have nearly as much as I would like to. I'm still in the developing stages of my business and I'm slowly trying to accumulate a variety of gems to create with. I love Swarovski crystals too, basically I love anything sparkly.
Inspirational Beading: What is your most exciting inspiration of late?
Joannie: Painted jewellery. I love being able to hand paint some charms to incorporate into my designs. It adds a personal touch and it makes me feel more creative rather than just putting metal parts together. I even love working with acrylic cabochons. They're so versatile. Now I want to put them everywhere!
Inspirational Beading: Many of your designs feature bold colors. What’s your favorite combination?
Joannie: I do like to use contrasting colors a lot. Like red and blue or pink and turquoise. It stands out and I love that! I'd have to say that pink and turquoise is my favorite combo of the moment. However, I'm starting to get into paler tones like white and light pink or white and pale yellow. I just ordered some white colored metal charms to make earrings with. I can't wait to see how they turn out. But I don't think I'll be stepping away from bold colors too much. I just like colors that pop.
Inspirational Beading: Who do you hope to inspire with your work?
Joannie: Moms who have forgotten to pamper themselves and left feeling beautiful on the back burner. Slowly, they can get back into the habit of taking care of themselves a little more. Maybe that can all start with a piece of jewellery that will make them feel more feminine and beautiful.
More About Joannie:
As a tired and busy mom of one it's hard to set time aside for making jewellery. I can't imagine having two or three kids when I'm this busy with just one. I'm doing this interview with a baby on my lap and Iron Man animation cartoons on a loop. But making jewellery is my 'Me' time so I make time for it. Working on my jewellery is relaxing and soothing for me. I love sitting at my work desk, which is really just a corner of the bedroom, but it's my little space just for me where I can play with all my beads.
Being a stay at home mom and having your own business is a balancing act. You can't devote all your time to one and not the other, yet you can't split your time 50/50 either. If I decide to spend my day making jewellery, then the whole place is a mess. If I spend the day cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, and so on then I don't have time to make jewellery. Then there's my son who always comes first. If he's sick or needs special attention then nothing else gets done. But that's part of the deal!
I would love to have a shop with 300+ items for sale at all times. I'd definitely be bringing in more money, but that just isn't possible at this time. I do what I can when I can, and figure that taking care of myself and my son are the two most important things I can do for my family.
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