Give a warm welcome to KraftyMax! She has some wonderful pieces to show you and she was kind enough to join in add to the giveaway! So this giveaway is a KraftyMax Original and I promise you, you won't be disappointed! *Looking at Shauni* "I really want this one! *sigh* We just want all the pretty things! But, we guess we'll do what we're supposed to and add it to the giveaway loot! AND she even gave us a yummy recipe! That's always a plus!!!!
Without further blubbering from me and Shauni -- Here is the interview with KraftyMax (she's a whole lotta fun! -- ooooh! A Jewelry Goddess! We need one of those!)
Cats or Dogs? ( Hey what about Birds and lizards? ) I am a HORSE woman mostly, but these days I have to settle for Dogs – love cats too, but it was the cat or the hubby (he’s allergic)…this time I choose hubby!
KraftyMax, your bead work is gorgeous! One of my favorite pieces is the Celtic Knot Suncatcher. Have you seen that piece Shauni? It has to be my all time favorite! Your jewelry is so elegant as well. What is your favorite piece? Do you ever make something and think....OoOOh! That is ALL MINE!!! ? I do, but here is my thought, if I don’t sell it, it WILL be mine! Nothing gives me more pleasure than when I see someone – via photo or in real life – wearing my creations. That is the most AMAZING feeling! Thank you so much for all your support and friendship! ~KM
Please start by telling us a little about yourself and your studio.
~ I started crafting and making jewelry over 30 years ago! My mom started me with things like macrame and braiding, but I was making and giving away friendship bracelets even in Kindergarten. After having worked in Corporate America as a top executive I am now a stay at home mom. I always tell people that I may be a stay at home mom, I just never stays at home! For several years I started trying to turn my passion into a business by doing Craft Shows, In-Home Shows, and Parties. Now, selling as Krafty Max Originals is my full time job and I crafts and beading at a several local independent living homes in my area and hold weekly classes in my home!
~ My creativity. I love doing ALL crafts and creations, but I do not like to duplicate any of my work! I also do so many different types of beading that it keeps my creativity unique and original.
What role does your family play in your art?
~For me, my family comes first, however, they also know that my beading is what keeps me sane, and happy.
Where do you live and what is it like?
~ I was born and raised in a little tiny town in foothills of Northern California, but after 4 years in the Navy I found myself in Jacksonville, Florida. Once I met my husband – about 18 years ago – I was stuck. He was raised here and his family is all here, so here we stay!
Where did you learn your medium?
~ My mother started teaching me to bead as about age 4, however I didn’t really get into it full time until I was about 20. Until then it was presents and just for fun!
Beads! I love beads. I have often been told that I am ‘all over the scope’ when it comes to what my designs are and the type of beading I do….thank you! I simply love to bead and work with beads. I let the beads talk to me. I usually start with a focal point that seems to almost ‘tell’ me what the design should look like and go from there. Many times this means that I have to take apart a design and start over more than once so that it will turn out the way is looks in my head (this is my therapy).
~ My hope is to, of course, make a profit and grow my creations, however, I really love to support other crafter’s. I would love to grow my studio, right along with ARTFIRE!
How did you come to selling online?
~ I was doing about 40+ shows a year and between never seeing my family and the down turn of the economy it became more of a problem than fun. When I first started selling on-line is was a ‘hit or miss’ type of attitude, now, it is a full time job!
How did you come to find a home on ArtFire?
~ I actually started on Etsy before I had heard about ArtFire. But, it soon became apparent that Etsy was costing me more than I could afford. When ArtFire started up I joined right up. I have been a PRO member since 2009. I find it is much more economical for artists and much easier for buyers to navigate.
What is the best piece of advice you can give other artists?
~ Try not to get discouraged. Arts and Crafts are very person. You WILL find the person that likes your items and buys them. The more you can ‘get out there’ in the social media the better. Sponsorships and features will open your studio up to a whole new crowd. Just remember, it is better to do something – Face Book, Twitter, Blog – and do it repeatedly than to just ‘have your name out there with no activity. Choose what you want to do and stick to it!
Why do you think that buying and selling handmade products benefits society?
~ Anything made by another persons hands is worth more than things made from machines. The vision and creativity that goes into making ANYTHING shows love and passion. The benefit is that WE, as a society, don’t loose our individuality or creativity when we buy ANYTHING hand/home made.
Thank you to ArtFire for featuring me! ~KM
Krafty Max Originals
I first discovered her blog and then traveled over to her studio at artfire and kept up with her jewelry line on twitter. When I saw her tweet about turtles I had to go take a look because I love turtles.
I easily purchased the item I wanted and she was quick to respond and let me know it was on the way. We both live in the same state so I got it the next day.
I could tell by the attention she gave to mailing the item that she took a lot of pride in her work. The bracelet came in a box so I could store it when I wasn’t wearing it.
With the bracelet she enclosed instructions on how to take care of my new turtle bracelet.
Included with my purchase she also enclosed a small card and envelope and a post card of other items she creates.
I truly love my new turtle treasure and it looks great on my arm, don’t you agree?
I will shop at Krafy Max again and I have people on my Christmas list that would treasure her things.
Not only does she have a great design sense but her work is really professional. If any of you have beaded then you know a lot of work goes into it.
(In fact I admire anyone who can thread a beading needle ) She uses quality products to produce her original designs and something that showed me that she was very good at what she did was this:
This is the back of the bracelet. You can’t tell it from the front! I’ve seen a lot of people make beaded jewelry and hide the back with a covering. I’ve always wondered if it was to hide mistakes?
I also like the closures she used for this bracelet.
So keep Krafty Max on your list to buy your gifts from and why not go over and tell her hello on her facebook page.
I bought this bracelet and my review is based on my experience of the work that goes into beading and my own honest opinion of her work.