Elizabeth Jacob from Ohio is many things. She’s a mom, wife, runner, reader, eco-friendly, wine drinker, latte lover…to name a few. She’s super busy with her three children and two Etsy shops, Yellow Finch Designs and The Vintage Letter. She recently discovered blogging and fell head-over-heels in love! She enjoys writing, creating, photography and spending time with her amazing family and rescue dog.
How did you get started in your chosen craft and what do you enjoy most about it?
Iâ€™ve always had an interest in the arts. From a very young age I can remember taking art classes at our local art museum and working with tons of different mediums. In high school I started making simple beaded necklaces and bracelets. It really wasnâ€™t until after college that I branched out and took an interest in making jewelry. I continued to bead away and visit the local bead shop on a weekly basis. After my first child, my husband looked at me one night and said if youâ€™re going to continue to spend as much money as you do on beads perhaps you should take it to the next levelâ€¦.and that was it! My husband has been very supportive on this jewelry journey. As for my â€œvintage findsâ€ I have always enjoyed things from the past. As an English Major I love to think about the history and story behind each unique piece. I also like to think Iâ€™m rescuing these great finds and finding a new home for them where they will be admired and loved.
How do you make your craft of Etsy store eco-friendly?
When creating jewelry I love to use vintage and thrifted finds in my creations. Iâ€™m always on the look out, and Iâ€™m always taking apart old pieces to make new pieces waiting to be worn. I also make sure my boxes and any wrapping is made from recycled materials, and in order to cut back on paper, I donâ€™t include invoices. As for The Vintage Letterâ€¦.finds from the past are most certainly eco-friendly. Letâ€™s keep those old things out and about and out of the trash!
In one word, describe your creative process.
How has crafting impacted your life?
I wouldnâ€™t be who I am if I didnâ€™t craft and create. In fact, I think I would be a bit lost! Everything I do in life revolves around creating…whether itâ€™s hanging out with the kids and making something, decorating the house, writing on my blog, cooking or making jewelry.
In my beautiful studio that my hubbie made for me! Well, I like to call it my studio. Itâ€™s actually a corner in the basement, right next to the washer and dryer, another spot where I spend way too much time.
I am currently working on some big chunky necklaces made with chain and vintage beads and pins. I also started making rosette hair clips from scrap material. I hope to have more of those in my etsy shop soon.
What is the most eco-friendly purchase you have made?
I try to make every purchase eco-friendly from the toys I buy to the cleaning products I use (or make). The MOST eco-friendly purchase has been our compost bin. I canâ€™t believe I used to throw out so many scraps that are so good for our garden. I use the compost for our vegetable garden and for my flowers, and while I certainly donâ€™t have a green thumb, this simple step has produced some great plants! With Easter around the corner Iâ€™m looking forward to searching for some eco-friendly toys from team mates also!
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