Business: Razao Azul
Describe yourself in three words: Funny, kind, over-the-top (Does that count as one word or three?)
My weaknesses are chocolate, shoes, and almost anything blue. I’m a southern girl at heart, living in the great white north. I’m engaged to be married and will be a step-mom soon as well. My friends might tell you I’m a little OCD but I’ve always believed that anything worth doing is worth doing to the best of my ability.
What do you do?I make beaded jewelry. It started out as something small. I bought a kit at the Target and then another and then another. A friend of mine said something about wanting a necklace for her mom, but she couldn’t find one as long as her mother wanted. I told her I could make one for her and an idea was born. I got hooked immediately.
Why do you love it?? Oh gosh… it’s hard to explain. There are so many pretty beads out there and it’s like they talk to me. Okay, now I sound like a lunatic, but it’s true. I see them and I can picture something wonderful to make from them in my head. When I really get in the zone, everything just flows and its relaxing to me. And then there’s the thrill of seeing someone wear something you created!
Where do you get your inspiration? From the beads, as crazy as it sounds.
Who has been one of your biggest influences? ? Here’s where I say the cheesy response and choose my mom. I don’t always make things she would want to wear, but she’s the voice in my head pushing me to be as creative as I can be. She’s the voice asking me if I did the best I could.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things could you not live without? Beads (I’d have a lot to post on Etsy when I get rescued), books, and sunscreen (I am one seriously pale person).
Where do you see yourself in ten years? Living with my man in Belize. And yes, that’s a serious answer. I want to be selling enough to be able to afford to quit my regular job and live in paradise. I have no grand plans for world domination of the jewelry business, but I’d love to have a steady business that allows me to continue being creative.
Anything else you just *have* to say? Well, now that I’m all on the spot, no. But I reserve the right to add something later. You know you always come up with something great to say 10 minutes after the fact.