Interview with Katherine Herbig

Owner of Kreations by Katherine, Etsy Shop

Briefly describe yourself.

I live in Loveland, Colorado – about an hour north of Denver in the Front Range – but am originally from the Midwest. I graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1999 with a degree in French and a minor in Art History. I lived in the Chicago area for about three years after graduating before I decided to leave it all behind and move to beautiful Colorado.

How long have you been crafting jewelry, and how did you get your start?

I have always been a creative person. About seven years ago, I began channeling that creativity into crafting jewelry using natural materials (semi-precious stones, handmade glass and sterling silver). Taking inspiration from the materials themselves, I enjoy creating bold, one-of-a-kind designs that enhance the character of the materials and provide the wearer with a unique expression of individual style and spirit.

What do you see happening with your shopping in the near future?

I also enjoy other art forms, such as painting (which I do mostly from meditation) and nature photography (how can you not be inspired by the beautiful Rocky Mountains) and hope to include some of these things in my shop in the future.

Is your shop strictly an online business, or are your products offered in any local stores?

Over the years, I have sold many pieces to friends and family. Starting a shop on Etsy has provided me a way to share my creativity and vision with the world. As people visit my shop, I hope they enjoy my work and find pieces that make them feel good and help them express their individuality.

Check out Kreations by Katherine

denille e.o. designs in the News!

I recently had an interview with Melissa R. Garrett of Root and Sprout about my business, denille e.o. designs. Check it out!

Art teacher and website designer Denille E. Obermeyer decided she just wasn’t busy enough, so she used her degree in Fine Arts to establish denille e.o. designs, an online boutique specializing in handmade wooden pendants and accessories.

Denille combines her love of digital design and painting to create wearable art that is both beautiful and affordable, and she prides herself on crafting high-quality pieces that are unlike anything you might find in a sterile big-box retailer.

Denille transfers her original designs to small wooden pendants (1.25 in. x 1.25 in. x 1 cm), which she then coats with resin to produce a shiny and durable finish. Although her current bestseller is the pendant, Denille also offers bookmarks, paintings, and accessories. Read full article…
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Interview with Kate Jones, Owner of Om Shanti Handcrafts

1. Briefly describe yourself.

“I live in beautiful Longmont, Colorado, directly east of Long’s Peak.
Just moved out here about a year and a half ago from Pennsylvania but I feel like I’ve lived here my whole life. I love the mountains; they…complete me, if that’s not too weird.

I love playing with herbs and oils. I seem to have an instinct for what’ll go well together. I’ll be putting together, say, a tonic cleansing tea with dandelion and nettle leaves, and something way in the back of my head rears up and says, “THERE SHALL BE RASPBERRY AS WELL,” and I’ve reached for the raspberry leaves before the front of my mind has truly processed what’s going on.

And then, it works. The jewelry, on the other hand, I just mess with until it looks right.”

2. Tell me about the products you currently offer and new ideas you may be brainstorming.
“I’d always had chapped lips anyway, and then, well, I moved to the desert. So the lip balms were as much a matter of sheer survival as anything else. Then I got into playing with scents and the rest is history. I could produce a new lip balm flavor every day for probably the next year without repeating or going away from the essential oils I use. But I wouldn’t be able to keep up with them all.

As for baths…I never took baths. Who does? Who’s got the time? Who can fit in the damn tub? …until I was gifted a small jar of bath salts. It was heavenly. I was the happiest woman on the planet. And then there were no more bath salts. So I made some.

I’ve got a new bath salts blend coming out soon — pretty much at the request of a friend, though I think it’s a great idea myself. Mulling Spices — she likes citrus and ‘spicy’ scents, so I went with orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. It’s grand and lovely and should be dry enough to put into jars within the next couple of days.

Speaking of new products, the soaps should be ready to post soon. Yay soap! We love the soap.”

3. What is your best-selling product?
“The lip balms. Apparently I’m not the only one gets chapped.” 🙂

4. How long have you been creating lotions and potions, and how did you get your start?
“For probably three years now. I started with the aforementioned bath salts; then a friend of mine inherited a bunch of essential oils, herbs, and bottles, and started up her own little business. In the spirit of good friendship (and because it all smelled SO GOOD) I bought a bunch of stuff from her. And then had to, y’know, “do” something with it all.

It’s all kind of snowballed from there. Yes snowball is a good word.
So is avalanche.”

5. What materials do you use to create your products?
“All-natural stuff for the herbal end of things. I don’t like fragrance oils — they make me sneeze. So it’s all essentials and absolutes and hydrosols. More expensive, but you get what you may for, right?

Organic when I can manage it, which is more and more often. Local when I can manage it, which is, alas, not very often. I’d kill (well, maim) for a local essential oils wholesaler.

As for the beads, I go to the bead shows down in Denver (and spend far more money than I’d meant to). I also haunt thrift stores and buy old jewelry to pick apart for parts. I do like reusing things, and since I really can’t with the herbal end of things, that really comes out with the beads.”

6. Why would people benefit from buying your products?
“Just about everyone I know could use some down time, a half hour to relax, just stop running around and sorrying about everything. Just about everyone could use a bath. It’s my goal — to help people slow down, take a moment to take care of themselves.

Which isn’t to say that I’m very good at practicing what I preach. I do manage to take a bath…maybe once a month.”

7. Is running your shop a full-time business or part-time hobby?
“As of a little over a week ago (Tuesday, May 20) it’s a full-time business. And I’m having the time of my life with it.”

8. Is your shop strictly an online business, or are your products offered in any local stores?
“They’re currently offered at CocoMichelle, a beauty salon here in Longmont. I’m planning to go around to other local shops as well.

I probably went full-time with my business a little early, but at the time I was working at Walmart and I simply couldn’t stand it any more.
Call it motivation to make my business work! I love it, even the piddly annoying stuff like dealing with taxes and such. I love it.

There’s so much to do when you’re starting a business — between paperwork for town, county, state and federal governments, bank accounts and accepting credut cards, advertising and such, doing shows. I work ten to twelve hour days and I’m certainly not making near as much per hour as I was even working at Wallyworld. But it’s “my” thing and it’s what I want to do, and that makes it all okay.

I find myself proselytizing the entrepreneurship thing — ‘Do it! You can!’ — and people look at me like I’m nuts. But then, I used to look at people who did this the same way.

Yesterday, for example, was about ten hours of uploading photographs to various sites, then adding tags, links and descriptions. Not the most exciting thing I’ve done, but necessary. And still, I kinda enjoyed myself.”

Check out Om Shanti Handcrafts products!

So what’s this Etsy thing all about??

Basically, it’s an online shop full of thousands of other little shops. Artists, designers, and crafters alike are able to create a place to sell their work. In other words, it’s a GIGANTIC craft and art fair. Etsy’s simple vision is to “enable people to make a living making things.”

It’s a beautiful idea really, because it not only allows those of us who have that little desire inside to “create” able to share our work with the world, but also sell those items to people who appreciate our hard work and talent.

Etsy was even in the news recently, as its beginnings and quick success is interesting!

For THE hottest gifts and items, hand-crafted with love by fellow artists, be sure to check out!! (My shop:

Denille E. O. Designs

I am Denille E. O. Designs, and love to create beautiful things!

Currently, I’m passionate about painting/drawing and making my unique porcelain pendants. I also enjoy making rings, beaded head bands, and anything ceramic.

Simply creating beauty that others can appreciate is what gives me the most joy and satisfaction.

I hope to not only become more involved in the design community, but also to support my fellow artists!