Handmade Seller Interview: Whiskey Darling

The Handmade Feature today is an interview with the owner of the Whiskey Darling store on Etsy which sells unique statement resin jewellery in burlesque and steampunk styles:

How did you get started in your handmade business? I pretty much started making my resin jewelry strictly out of the need for giant statement pieces for myself that I couldn’t find anywhere. I lovingly refer to this need as the Mrs. Roper syndrome:) But seriously, I’ve found that the best way to cultivate your signature style is to create the things that you might not be able to find pre-made.

What first made you want to become an artist/craftsperson? I’ve always loved the idea of having something one of a kind that no one else has. One of my favorite movies growing up was Pretty In Pink. I just loved how Molly Ringwald’s character turned an old dress into something new for her…only, I also kind of liked the way the cute vintage dress looked like to begin with also… I guess I just liked that she didn’t go to the “richie” mall to get a dress.

How long have you been creating art/crafts and how long have you been selling online? I’ve been making crafts ever since I can remember. I think my first items were probably dresses for my barbies. I’ve been selling online off and on since 2008.

How many different places do you sell from? I used to sell at a few boutiques around Colorado and one in New Orleans, but now I’m focusing strictly on online sales. Right now it’s just my etsy site (http://www.etsy.com/shop/whiskeydarling) But I also have a blog that has- drumroll, please- 5 followers…one of them is my husband. Oh well. My blog: whiskeydarling.blogspot.com

If you had to recommend one movie, which perhaps isn’t so well known, which one would it be? I just saw the documentary “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.” It was fantastic!

Have any pets? I have my darling cat Maeby (named after the Arrested Development character). She is half Maine Coon and half domestic short hair…but I suspect that she is also part monkey…

How did you come up with your shop name? Actually, Whiskey Darling is my burlesque name. I used to sell under Shady Lady, but there were a few other businesses with that name as well, so I decided to streamline things and just work under my burlesque alter-ego.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s installment!