Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday Feature & #Giveaway: Pine Branch Designs

A few years back, I shared our Christmas tree and its new handmade ornaments that we had purchased from some of our favorite Etsy sellers. Each year, we try to add at least one new ornament to our collection. That year, we added quite a few, and they were all handmade.



Pine Branch Designs was among them, and owner Cindy created one of our most favorite ornaments ever (and one that we always receive compliments on each year)! You can see that full Christmas blog post here, but this is the lovely ornament full of fun personality!



That blog post was from way back in 2011! Since then, Cindy has really branched out (no pun intended, but it is cute) with her handmade goods, now offering even more than just wood designs and magnetic jewelry. She's also added essential oil accessories!!! I was pretty excited about this, because I have just recently started dabbling with more essential oils lately. I've always been intrigued by them, but I'm learning more!

Let's meet the seller and get to know Cindy and her small business a little bit more. 



Cindy's introduction:
After more than 20 years in the classroom, I still love working with children every day! My students (most with moderate to significant disabilities) motivate me to embrace life's little treasures. In this quest, I have cultivated my creative side and defined my personal goals as an artisan and entrepreneur! I am growing an online business and am very active in our local Outdoor Market as well as area Art Shows, where handmade & homegrown supports old friends and forges new relationships!

How did your Etsy shop get its name?
The signature bible verse for my Etsy Shop is JOHN 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." This combined with the fact that female pine cones carry the seeds and the nuts that are the fruit of the pine tree are what  inspired the name for my small business.

Please tell about one of your favorite custom orders you've ever worked on.
One of the favorite custom orders I have ever worked on just happened recently! A bride-to-be contacted me and asked me to design a rustic mini-log for her fiancee with the following message: "I log you 4-ever." She said that once while texting each other, auto-correct changed "I love you" to "I log you" and it stuck. What a fun story!




Tell us about how you got started in the magnetic jewelry and essential oil accessories fields.
About 6 years ago, I started making high power magnetic jewelry for my mother who has rheumatoid arthritis. After seeing the relief it gave her, my husband and I both started using magnetic therapy for various health issues. My husband had tendinitis in his elbow for several years due to heavy lifting at work. He required cortisone shots to temporarily ease the pain. After wearing a double strand bracelet for three weeks, his tendinitis in his elbow was completely gone. Now, he also wears a high power magnetic necklace for an old whiplash injury to keep the pain away. I use a triple strand bracelet to address and ward off pain in my lower back when I know I will be standing or sitting for long periods of time.

A friend introduced me to Essential Oils a few months ago. I immediately purchased a diffuser for my home. I enjoy my diffuser SO much, I started designing various diffuser pieces that are mobile so I can take my oils with me. On Etsy and at Regional Arts and Crafts Shows, I sell diffuser bracelets, necklaces, pendants, keychains, pursepulls, earrings, car charms and pendants (I know, I'm obsessed!). 




What inspires you?
My professional inspiration comes from the overwhelming response I get from customers regarding my jewelry. They are intrigued by the concept of using magnetic energy to address health issues! 
Additionally, they swoon over the beauty and strength of each piece. Who wouldn't be inspired to keep going?

My personal inspiration comes in small, simple things - a quiet walk, an exciting "teachable moment" in my classroom, a phrase from God's word!


Advice from Cindy for someone just starting out on Etsy:
Reach Out!!! Etsy is a marketplace where networking, collaborating, and offering support to other artisans is paramount success!

I love making Etsy Treasuries, sharing other shops on Pinterest, and utilizing social media!

Connect with Cindy:
newsletter  |  facebook  |  pinterest  |  etsy


Good news for readers...

Cindy has a coupon code to share with us! Use code FREESHIP20 and receive FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING on any order over $20! Expires 9/15/15.


She has also generously offered to sponsor a giveaway here at 2justByou Blog! One lucky winner will receive choice of magnetic therapy jewelry item (either an anklet or bracelet, both shown above).

Giveaway is open to US residents and ends on August 29th at 11:59 pm, EST. To enter, use the Rafflecopter entry form below.


GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!








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26 comments :

Miss Val's Creations said...

Great feature! I am intrigued by the diffusing jewelry and have lava stone beads lying around which has me wanting to make myself something. How wonderful that the magnetic therapy has been an inspiration for Cindy through the benefits her husband has received.

Kayley said...

This is my favorite: https://www.etsy.com/listing/224876048/green-jade-with-black-copper-accents. I think the color combination is interesting.

Denysia Yu said...

I'm seriously loving their Hematite & Antiqued Copper Magnetic Therapy Triple Strand Wellness Holistic bracelet!

Denysia Yu said...

I'm seriously loving their Hematite & Antiqued Copper Magnetic Therapy Triple Strand Wellness Holistic bracelet!

Dale said...

I love this necklace: https://www.etsy.com/listing/227354731/rustic-chunky-choker-brown-stone?ref=shop_home_active_15 !

Elephant's Child said...

Beautiful work.
The lucky winner will be soooooo happy.

Cindy said...

Thanks to each of you for taking the time to visit my shop! I appreciate the support and encouraging comments!
Cindy

Ashley Kolpak said...

I like the Bracelet Pure Copper & Black Hematite Magnetic Therapy Super High Power Wellness

trillina palemi said...

https://www.etsy.com/listing/156986118/magnetic-bracelet-therapy-alternative?ref=pr_shop

Lynda H said...

These are all so lovely! Impossible to pick a favorite, but I do like the Fluted Sphere necklace: http://rchreviews.blogspot.com/2015/08/weight-lossready-for-support.html

Natalia Khon said...

Snowman gift tugs are my favorite!

Katie Crafts said...

The solid copper & hematite bracelet is lovely!! https://www.etsy.com/listing/233560319/solid-copper-black-hematite-magnetic?ref=shop_home_active_24

Kristin Aquariann said...

Neat jewelry! My favorite is https://www.etsy.com/listing/217153498/fossil-coral-nugget-butterfly-magnetic?ref=shop_home_active_24

Memories for Life said...

What a beautiful shop! I love these earrings:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/119920271/hematite-earrings-pure-copper?ref=shop_home_active_1

Jessica Walker said...

I like the garnet nugget necklace, but any of the bracelets are pretty too. https://www.etsy.com/listing/210236722/garnet-nugget-pendant-magnetic-therapy?ref=shop_home_active_6&ga_search_query=bracelet

Natalie B. said...

I love hematite and this shop has may lovely options. One of my top favorites is their Anklet Magnetic Therapy Black with Blue Crystals. Thank-you!

Lee Mckoen said...

I really Love the Chunky Choker necklace!

Kathy E. said...

Fluorite and Magnetic Bracelet therapy Unisex Hematite High Strength Magnetic Bracelet is one of my favorites! Lots of beautiful pieces here!

CosmeticCrazy said...

I love the "Magnetic BRACELET Therapeutic Solid Copper & Black Black Hematite".

(Rosie A)

It's Me De said...

I like the Hematite & Antique'd Copper Magnetic Therapy Triple Strand Wellness Holistic bracelet!

deannankeller@yahoo.com

Adriana Saucedo said...

I really like the Magnetic Therapy Bracelet Czech Turquoise with Bronze Accents Custom Sized Pain

Cindy bROCKWAY said...

Whoop! Whoop! Won't be long and we will,have a winner! Excited to see who it is!

Synaptrix777 said...

My favorite is the Turquoise Copper and Magnetic Diffuser Bracelet!
ALONA Y.

Hob Jen said...

I like the Solid Copper & Black Hematite Energizing Magnetic Therapy Bracelet/Anklet from Pine Branch Designs.

Jay said...

I love the cedar soap planks! I could really use one!

commonsenseandstilettos@yahoo.com
Jasmine P

Drew Watts said...

Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway dear. I also had been to a party at local convention center last year and they have given similar party favors for their guests, which was great.