I am very excited to share my Featured Entrepreneur today. Although, it doesn’t take a lot to get me excited! Each month I try to help a small business by telling you all about them. We all should be helping our small business friends!
I have recently met a very nice and talent lady. Her name is Christina and she makes the most precious totems and jewelry. Her items are very inspirational and unique. Each one is different and has a special vibe and connection with her. These are not mass produced but handmade with love, spirituality and care. I guess you could say that each piece has its own special story.
Something handmade is so much more meaningful
“About me: I’m eclectic to the core. Some have said I have the attention span of a mosquito…but it’s only because my interests span so many things! I have a 22 year old daughter that I love more than my life. I love to read, and my garden is my sanctuary. I especially love Morning Glories and am always looking for new types. My favorite is the Moonflower . I love nature, grass between my toes and the gentle bump of a pelted bumble against my nose. When I was younger, I used to get in trouble for writing stories in class. After that, I didn’t write for years , until just recently (last year) and started a book I’ve been thinking about for a long time. For the last 20 years, I’ve designed jewelry. In the last few years I’ve become an advocate for people with Panic/Anxiety Disorders, as I have them myself and understand how it feels. I love my four cats who love to “help” me design jewelry. I will be volunteering at our local animal shelter soon. My main animal Totem is Otter. All wrapped up, I’m a howling, banshee heathen with bare feet, jingling bells on my ankles and a quill behind my ear.
Where am I from: I originally hail from Tampa, Florida. Once, when I was 13, I visited family coal mining town. I was moved to take some of the red clay home with me…it said “you will live on red dirt one day”. I have that dirt even now, and currently reside in the mountains of western NC…where there is red clay everywhere to dig my toes in.
My family: My parents moved to NC 17 years before I did, then, my brother followed. Eventually, I came to live here too. All in the same itty bitty town. My daughter has moved back to Florida, but young ones must have wings to fly their path.
My hobbies: Reading, gardening, searching for abandoned old houses, looking at pics of them online, and create short back stories for them.
My passion: I have several. Being an advocate for people who have Panic/Anxiety Disorders is one. This pushed my second passion, writing, back into existence after many years of having put down the pen. Then, designing jewelry.
My business: That’s a hard one….I originally began designing jewelry 20 years ago. I believe every creation has its own story, its pieces just waiting to be put together and told. I usually never make more than one of a design. One day, I found some adorable little animal beads. Though much more simple to put together as jewelry, they meant something to me…I believe in Totems, and I sell them as such. They are much loved by children however, and though it is the bulk of my sales (to children) I am researching how to get them noticed more along the lines of what I intended. My writing, esp my book, I don’t quite consider a “business” yet…even if it does get published, I still see it as more of a passion.
“Being creative is not a hobby, it is a way of life.”
To order from Christina, visit her Facebook page here.
You can also find her on Instagram!