January 30, 2012

Member Monday! Meet: Amy Nicole

 Hello everyone!  My name is Amy Nicole, and I live and work in Grapevine, Texas.  I live with my husband and 2 daughters, (almost!) 7 and 10 years old.  I am a work at home Mom, which enables me to put my family first and still be able to run my own itsy bitsy business.

Camping in Lake Tahoe August 2011

I am a silversmith, and I make jewelry.

Bleeding Heart Earrings

Sterling silver and labradorite

Sterling Silver and Amethyst

Sterling Silver and Turquoise ring

Sterling Silver and Turquoise Necklace

I love working with metal, forming it to create something wearable and beautiful.  I love adding stones for pops of color!  I love that working with metal is dirty business and requires the use of all sorts of cool tools.

This is what my work shop looks like when it's clean.  I almost didn't recognize this photo since it is not that clean right now!

I have always been creatively inclined and have tried just about every art and craft out there.  I taught myself to crochet at an early age, and I remember making clothes for my dolls!  I began playing with beads at a tender age as well.  I've cross stitched, embroidered, made candles, rubber stamped and scrapbooked, painted,  knitted, you name it, I've probably tried it.

I seem to become obsessed with a new craft, make a jillion things, and then suddenly move onto something else.  Jewelry making seems to keep resurfacing, and since I began smithing, I think I have found my true love.

There are so many avenues to explore in the field of metalsmithing, and I hope that will keep my interest from waning!  I also work with metal clay and enamel on occasion.  I picked up a leather kit last fall, and fell in love with working with leather, and I fully intend to add it into my work somehow.
But, being a one woman show with a demanding family, I never have enough time!

I just joined Etsy Fort Worth this year.  I have been astounded at the world of Handmade since discovering Etsy.  It blew my mind that there was this whole community of really talented people out there making things by hand, and it just wasn't your typical craft show items either!

Being a member of Etsy Fort Worth means getting to know other artisans in my area that are like minded in their approach to living creatively and promoting Handmade.  I am really excited to get to know our members better!  And I hope you are too, because each week I'll be highlighting a new member. 

I can be found everywhere on the web! I always direct everyone to my blog.  There you can find all my links to FaceBook, Flickr, my own online store, my Etsy shop.  It is basically my hub to all things Amy Nicole on the internet!

Etsy Shop

See you next Monday!!!