Today I have a lovely little giveaway for you from jewelry maker Natalya. One lucky reader will get to choose a piece from her etsy shop and have a pretty new necklace to wear this spring.
1. Post a comment about your current source of inspiration—what is currently inspiring you to make things or what is filling you with new energy this spring, etc. (This could be as short as "Tulips!")
2. Make sure you post with a user name, rather than as anonymous, so that I know who you are if you win.
***You have between now and 8 pm Central time on Thursday April 22 to enter.
And in the meantime, here's a bit from Natalya about what inspires her to make jewelry in between studying for graduate classes.
Name: Natalya Lakhtakia
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Website/Blog/store: etsy.com/shop/letmenatalya, Facebook, Twitter
Tell me a little bit about what you make and why you enjoy it?
Creating is such a wonderful outlet for me. I spend all day reading textbooks and doing clinical work, and then I get to sit down and make something that I think is really beautiful. I love laying all the elements out and then going through and piecing everything together. It's both relaxing and fun!
How and when did you become interested in making jewelry?
A few years ago, a friend's girlfriend was creating jewelry, and I bought a couple of pieces from her, and I thought, "Hey! I would love to be able to make my own things!" so I set off to Michael's, bought some supplies, and started experimenting. Of course, what I make now is VERY different than the pieces I made back then!
How would you describe your style?
Kind of a mix! I do a lot of what I label as "vintage chic," but I also do more modern stuff, as well as jewelry that is more classic. I think I make a style of jewelry that anyone can wear. Most of my pieces can be worn with a tee-shirt and jeans, yet also look good with something more dressy.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere! I have color books and I love to walk around different stores at the mall to see what is "in" so that I can make it my own. I also draw a lot of inspiration from the supplies that I buy.
What are you in graduate school for?
I'm in graduate school, getting my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I actually graduate in just a few weeks!