Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Our Newest Sponsor: Amy Foster Jewelry

Today we welcome to this space our newest sponsor, Amy Foster of Amy Foster Jewelry

I discovered Amy's talent while browsing through Etsy on my iPhone last week, since Liam awoke me for a surprise Midnight feeding.

I absolutely love Amy's work, and I've got my eye on this beautiful gold pendant, although I've got plans for my son's name and birth date to go on it.  --->

My favorite pieces in her shop right now are her silver or gold hand-stamped pieces which can be personalized with your favorite verse from Scripture or the name and birth date of a loved one.

But Amy's shop is far more eclectic.  It's packed with over 400 unique trinkets and treasures, from vintage hair pins and combs to "up-cycled" cocktail rings, mustard seed jewelry, and a variety of fun bracelets, earrings, and necklaces.

Here is my interview with this creative mama of two boys!

1. First, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your family!

My husband and I met in high school and started dating after college. We married in October of 2007 and have two beautiful boys (Evan and Lane). We moved back to our home town of Edmond, Oklahoma three years ago to be closer to our parents (and the boys' grandparents). 

2. Next, tell us how your business came to be! Who inspired you? How did your talents develop?

I have been making jewelry for as long as I can remember... I was about 10 years old when I received my first set of jewelry tools from my parents. My grandmothers would let my sister and I trifle through their jewelry boxes, so a lot of my pieces are upcycled vintage or vintage-inspired. I started selling jewelry in high school and college. In 2004, I participated in my first art show. In the Fall of 2009, while pregnant with my first son, I took my first silver-smithing jewelry class. I have always wanted to learn how to make rings and set stones, and as a result, I have found my true passion. 

3. What difficulties did you have to overcome in order to be at the point where you are today? In other words, what or who helped you to “keep on keeping on”?

Finding a balance between motherhood and making jewelry is my biggest challenge. My husband has always been the backbone of my operations. He is encouraging and helps me beyond measure. My mother-in-law also helps watch the boys when I need help.

4. Lastly, what is most rewarding about your business?

The most rewarding part of my job is being able to stay at home with my two boys. My jewelry has always been a part of who I am and I am thankful that I get to do what I love every day! My customers also help keep me motivated. Reading or hearing all of the positive feedback from my customers is very encouraging. 

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What a great Midnight find!  I'm so glad that Liam woke me for that surprise feeding.  :)

Readers of this blog may enjoy a 20% discount using the coupon code "FAMILYLIFE."  Just type it in at checkout.  Any questions?  Amy's eager to answer them.  Just click here!