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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Shop & Support Moms - Kristen Davis - jewelry!

5 Elements Design is owned by the very talented Kristen Davis in Kennebunk, Maine. She seems so down to earth, and I'm very much in awe of her beautiful work. 

These would make amazing gifts! Please help me in this next part of our Shop & Support Moms series, with shopping her Etsy shop this holiday season. 

What better thing is there than to support not only a mom, but a mom who is following her dreams of putting her energy into creating beautiful works of art?!

Kristen is graciously offering a 15% off coupon on her Etsy page, coupon code is MommyStories. Enjoy, mommas!

 All photos from Kristen Davis

5 Elements Design – Jewelry Inspired by Fire, Earth, Air, Water and Spirit

How did you start your business? 
I started my own business about 22 months ago, after I started teaching myself how to make jewelry. This came after a huge life decision to ‘retire’ from the working in the field of social work (after 12 years). Several people asked me if I would be selling my jewelry, so my Etsy shop was born!

Why did you want your own business? 
I wanted something creative and flexible, that was very different from my past work experiences. Plus I’m a self-starter and love being my own boss!

When did you start your business? January of 2012

What does the name of your business mean? 
The name of my business pays homage to how I work with elements to create one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.

I am a lover of nature and the sea and my jewelry (I hope!) reflects the respect I have for nature’s beauty. 

How did you come up with the title? 
Lots of visioning, vision boards, written lists and chatting with friends. It took me several months to get the name right.

What does your shop specialize in? 
5 Elements Design specializes in handmade beachstone and seaglass jewelry. I usually focus on sterling silver + stones or seaglass. All the stones and glass are found on local beaches by me.

What is your favorite item to make? 
That changes all the time! I love making new designs and getting inspired by new work – it’s one of my favorite things! Right now, I love to make hand forged sterling and beach stone bangles! They make a great jingle sound and have such amazing energy.

How do you get inspiration and ideas for items to make? 

Inspiration comes to me frequently….I am always drawing, making lists and thinking of new ideas. I take most of my cues from spending time outside. The beach is always inspiring… I also take a weekly metalsmithing class where I am learning new techniques. I also get great guidance in this class from an amazing teacher. 

How long does it take you to make items? 
It depends on the specific piece of jewelry. I hand drill all of the stones and seaglass I work with, so one piece of jewelry can take 2-4 hours depending on many different factors. 

When do you make your items mostly what time of day? 
Usually in the morning….sometimes late at night. 

What do you do while creating something - tv on? 
Always music…these days favorite Pandora stations include Pink, Calm Meditation, The Lumineers, Iron and Wine. I have eclectic music tastes. 

How many orders so far? 
 I’m up over a hundred sales. Some of my work is at Becoming Jewelry in Lower Village thru Prelude and I’m starting up wholesale orders in the Spring. 

Why do you think people should buy homemade items? 

I think that buying local and handmade is extremely important to keeping small communities thriving and growing. I think handmade items have more soul, more love and take more time to create (and to me, that means they have more value) 

What are your favorite homemade sellers to buy from? 
My Etsy favorites list is so long! I am a part of Etsy Maine Team and love and support many of their shops.

How does your business allow you to be a great mother? 

Being engaged creatively is therapeutic for me. Giving myself that gift as a maker and creator leads me to be the best mom I can be.

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