This week our etsy seller feature comes from Krystal Ring Kreations by Kristin. Kristin is located in Southern Manitoba, Canada and is such a thoughtful person and dedicated mom. I love meeting the people behind the creations! Make sure you check out her Etsy shop and her lovely Chainmaille jewelry!
What do you create? Chainmaille Jewelry, Knitted & Crochet items, and Soap but Chainmaille is my focus, knitting is more of a past time and Soap making is something new I am trying out!
Why did you choose your medium? I started with beads since my Mom had taken up making beaded jewelry as a hobby that she eventually started selling, I liked it but didn’t really enjoy it like my Mom did, I found it frustrating and I could never create something really beautiful! One day my Mom bought a beading magazine and in it was instructions for Box Chain, I had never seen anything like it, I pondered over it for a month or so and finally I decided to give it a shot and I was hooked! I wanted to learn more, so I started digging on the Internet and found out it was called Chainmaille and there were many more patterns out there just waiting for me to try them! I have been in love ever since, it relaxes me and helps to clear my mind!
Where do you create? I used to do most of my work by the kitchen nook but that proved to be uncomfortable and a pain to move when I wanted to use the nook for eating, so I recently made two Lap Desks, one for my daughter and one for myself. This way if I want to work sitting on the living room couch or even in bed for a few minutes before falling asleep I can, it is portable that way! My daughter can sit beside me and color or play/learn on the computer while I work!
What is the most time consuming part of your craft/art? I guess you could say that the Art of Chainmaille is just plain time consuming but I find working with small rings to be very tedious, I love the out come but when you work for hours on end on the same bracelet it can seem endless! I have a bracelet that I made using 22 ga 1/8” rings it was originally meant to be a necklace but I ran out of gusto and made a very pretty bracelet instead! That is probably why I have way more bracelets for sale than necklaces, they just take more time and I can be a tad impatient cause I usually have a new idea brewing and want to try it out! I want to sell more of my knitted items but I find that I can’t charge enough to pay for my time, maybe I just knit slow but I look at what some charge for knitted items and I just don’t know how they can do it for so cheap!
What are your goals (personal and/or business)? My goals are to make enough so that I can continue to stay home with my Daughter and maybe have some extra play money, she just turned 2 and my Husband is a truck driver so he’s not home as much as I would like, so I stay home to give my girl a center or base, if I worked out of the house I would have to put her into daycare and then she wouldn’t see much of either of us and someone else would be raising my baby! I am planning to homeschool her as well and will need the extra income!
What do you do when you are not creating? Lately it feels like I spend all my time promoting my shop and listing new items, but other than that I spend time with my babe and Husband when he is home! I try to read a little every day both for myself and to my girl and I try to take care of the house but I despise housework so I have to try very hard to get anything done!