I’ve been learning so much through this little shop feature series! I’ve learned about the creative process, what it takes to run an Etsy shop (from an outsiders perspective!), some of the ups and downs of being a creative, and of course, I’ve learned more about the hearts behind handmade. Let’s just say I’m even more in love with shopping small, shopping local and supporting handmade! I cannot encourage you enough to do the same!
Another thing that I’ve learned about is the deadlines that most creatives face. For example, the Christmas deadline has come and gone, and most of the craft fairs are winding down. HOWEVER, that does not mean that you should not still be ordering from handmade makers! Many of the creators I know are working on listing their items in their Etsy shops or on their websites, and many are excited to make new goals for the New Year. Let’s support handmade in 2016!
With that rant over, I have a special, local (to the Ohio area) creator to feature today! Meet Kristi of Sweettooth Studio!
Hi! My name is Kristi McCandless, maker and owner of Sweettooth Studio. I was born and raised in Butler, Pennsylvania and now live in Columbus with my husband, 2 kids, and our pet rabbit. I pretty much love doing anything artistic and have for as long as I can remember – all the way back to the days of sitting in my grandparents’ attic pretending I was Bob Ross and painting “happy little trees”! In addition to creating for my business, I enjoy using my talents to bless others. I have lead crafts for VBS at my church over the last several years (my favorite role is working with the 4th and 5th graders doing more involved projects.) I also have a lot of fun planning events for the women’s ministry, such as our annual spring tea, which I’ll begin working on as soon as I get through my current whirlwind of shows and Christmas. My daughter is also very artistic and we like to spend our free time doing art workshops and creating together.
For the most part, the work I sell is my jewelry made with sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, hand dyed silk ribbons, and lampwork beads curated from talented bead artists around the world. I started out just making a few pieces for myself back in 2003, with no experience or classes. Friends kept encouraging me to sell my work, but I didn’t seriously consider it until strangers inquired about the jewelry I was wearing. In 2004 I went into business, but didn’t truly put myself out there until a few years ago. I now have work at Pure Roots in Westerville, Glass Axis in Franklinton, and participate in several shows a year around central Ohio and back home in PA. Suzanne and I crossed paths at one of those Ohio shows – the Yellow Springs Street Fair!
I would say that my creative style preference leans toward colorful and whimsical. In my quest for more of each, I’ve recently added some fun upcycled light bulb ornaments to my line up and am having a blast working on them.
My biggest sellers right now are the ribbon wraps, with lampwork and sterling beads on knotted silk ribbons, that can be worn wrapped and tied as a bracelet/anklet or tied on as a necklace. The lariat ribbon necklaces, with the beads at the ends of the ribbons are also very popular.
I do have an Etsy shop, but the listings are pretty sparse because it’s so time consuming to create listings for one of a kind items – I’d much rather spend more time creating actual things! If you see something you like among those few listings, please use the code GLORIOUS2015 to save 15%. https://www.etsy.com/shop/swee
A better selection can be found on my facebook page. I try to make sure I post pictures of everything and keep the sold and available albums updated, but with the holiday season busyness I can’t guarantee that it is still available. If you are interested in anything pictured there, just message me and I’ll let you know if it’s still available or if I can make something similar for you. Mention that you heard about me here and I’ll give you the same 15% discount I’m offering for Etsy!
You can also email me at [email protected]. If you are in the Columbus area and want a chance to earn free jewelry or host a fundraiser for a school group or ministry, I will do private shows. There is no presentation, since I don’t like being a pushy salesperson. I simply set up and what guests see, they get. No orders to place – they can take their purchases home with them. You can read more about the details here. https://www.facebook.com/notes
Thank you so much for sharing, Kristi! I had such a hard time picking pieces to feature because they are all so beautiful and unique! Don’t forgot to take advantage of those 15% off discounts!!!!
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