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.
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!
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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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