Friday Finds... ChristineSherriffs
Interview # 54
Here is this Friday's interview! Today I have interviewed Christine of ChristineSherriffs on Etsy who makes gorgeous jewelry and signs. I particularly love her Russian beaded bracelets. They are beautiful, chunky and intricate and speak volumes about her talent. Her handpainted signs are wonderful and have a very homely lived in look which I think makes them versatile enough to fit into any home. She has other items in her store too like ornaments etc. You can find some of her work in this interview and they link directly to her store but if you wish to visit the store directly, just click on her shop name or banner :)
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-- Tell me a bit about you! (Name, Age, Location, and give us a random fact whilst you're at it.) Christine Sherriffs Frohloff
54 (almost ~ yeesh)
Hudson, Quebec in Canada
My hands need to be busy
-- What is your business about then? My business on Etsy right now is painting signs. I have received two custom orders. I have been doing jewellery lately and have now added a jewellery line.
-- How did Etsy come into your life? I wanted to get my signs and jewellery out to more people. So looked into Etsy, and I liked that everything has to be homemade.
-- Are you working a day job too? I do work at a day job. Have been there for 30 years and enjoy it (can you tell) I work four days a week for 24 hours a week. The perfect situation for bringing up a family,
-- How long has the artist in you been 'unleashed' for? For 16 years
-- What has been the inspiration behind your business? Actually, a friend, whom I met a few years ago on the Craft Show Market who I consider to be very successful at what he does, he suggested to me that I pick one thing that I enjoy painting and concentrate on that one thing and focus on it, and try and make a business with that one thing. After many months, I decided that I really LOVE painting signs.
-- If you could describe your products in three words, what would you tell me? Meaningful ~ enjoyment ~ happy
-- What would an average working day for you be like from dawn til dusk? Out for a powerwalk at 5:30 a.m., for 40 minutes check in with emails, and Etsy till 7:30 a.m., day job from 9:00 till 3:00. 4:00 to 5:00 check up on emails again, 5:00 to 7:00 sit with hubby and catch up on the day-to-day life things. Paint from 7:00 to 9:00 or make jewellery during this time.
-- What's your favourite material and techniques to work with? Love to cut out the wood and prepare the wood for Custom order signs with customer’s sayings that mean so much to them. Also love working on Russian Rope bracelets.
-- What is your ideal vision for the future for you and your work? *Sigh* Ideally, I would love to be able to give up my day job and actually work on my signs and jewellery all day long.
-- Away from work, what do you like to do for fun or to wind down? Well, since my daughter now lives 900 miles away from me, my fun and winding down time is now dedicated to my signs and jewellery. As I said in the opening, my hands need to be busy!
-- What are you likely to search for on Etsy? Different things that you cannot find in stores
-- Any last words? Do what makes you happy.