Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I'm Featured on Foxy Findings Blog!!!!!!!!!

Yay!!! I had the honor of being interviewed for Foxy Findings Blog!

Natasha Holstine-Rao (Foxy Findings/Art Fire-Social Media Marketing/PR) emailed me in early August about doing a feature on me and my jewelry! I was just ecstatic when I got the request!

Here is part of the interview:

I love finding new designers that have totally different jobs by day and design beautiful jewelry by night or weekend. It’s also interesting to find where many of these designers live. It just proves that you do not need to live in New York, Los Angeles, or Paris to design something wonderful. Here’s an inside look into jewelry designer, Amanda Daniel of Chloe Boutique-Handmade Jewelry from the Bayou.

Name: Amanda Daniel

Occupation: Environmental Scientist by day; Jewelry Artisan/Designer by night (WOW, what a BIG change!:))

Location: West Monroe, Louisiana

Brand Name: Chloe Boutique- Handmade Jewelry From the Bayou

What is your favorite blog?

Funky Finds! I love seeing all of the fabulous handmade items, and I enjoy reading about events! (I was a Funky Find once!)

Who is your favorite designer?

Ann Taylor (Ann Taylor is doing a lot of great things this season!), Calvin Klein

Why did you start designing jewelry?

I started creating jewelry when I couldn’t find accessories that I liked for outfits I had. Or, I’d find pieces of jewelry that seemed to be so cheaply put together with wires sticking out, rings not closed, or that would just fall apart. I thought, “I can do better than this!” The first set of jewelry I created was a black and white necklace with matching earrings to wear with a dress for a Bridal Luncheon for my Sister-in-Law! I had received so many compliments on that set! Next thing I knew, I had people asking for custom pieces! I even had one lady bring me an outfit, and asked me to make something to go with it!

What inspires your designs?

There really isn’t one thing that inspires my designs. I love creating pieces that can be worn casually, yet can add the finishing touches to an elegant evening. I like simple and streamline. I’ve begun to venture out of my comfort zone to create pieces that I wouldn’t normally create. I have enjoyed just “putting” things together, not knowing how they will turn out only to find I get raving compliments! One example is a necklace I made using all of my blue shaded gemstones/pearls. I wanted to put a “random” necklace together where there was no symmetry. I created it in my kitchen with only the natural light coming through the window as we were without electricity right after Hurricane Gustav. The necklace was called “Stormy Seas”.

Where are your items sold?



How would you describe your designs?

“Simple Complexity,” I love putting together pieces that are simple, yet full of color, contrast, and uniqueness. I aim to create gorgeous jewelry for anyone to wear day and night, business attire or for a night out on the town. I use high quality gemstones, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals and Czech glass, quality metals, artisan lampwork glass beads and polymer clay beads, and vintage beads.

To see the entire interview, and photos used, please visit the link below!


Etsy Angels and American Diabetes Association

♥ Join the Etsy Angel's Street Team the entire month of September as we raise money for the American Diabetes Association. Your purchase from any of the shops listed below will help us donate to this wonderful organization that has been helping people for over 60 years.

♥ The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org.

* "For more than 60 years, friends like you and the American Diabetes Association have made great progress in the fight against diabetes. Together, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of the 20.8 million children and adults in the US who suffer from this life-threatening disease. The generosity of our donors is vital as we continue our efforts to search for a cure, help people with diabetes, and invest in the health of future generations."

* "There are 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, or 7.8% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 5.7 million people (or nearly one quarter) are unaware that they have the disease. "

Below are some signs and symptoms of diabetes, if you have one or more of these symptoms please see your Doctor right away.

* Frequent urination
* Excessive thirst
* Extreme hunger
* Unusual weight loss
* Increased fatigue
* Irritability
* Blurry vision

♥ You can prevent Type 2 Diabetes by eating healthy, being active, lowering your BMI and losing weight. For more information on Diabetes and for info on the American Diabetes Association please visit their website. http://www.diabetes.org/

Come and shop with the Etsy Angel's Street Team and help us help the American Diabetes Association!

* quoted material taken from the American Diabetes website*

Angel Shops helping the American Diabetes Association

Sewinggranny-donating 10% of September sales

Sissysoap-donating 10% of September sales

Silkcreekgallery-donating 10% of jewelry sales

Maranda-donating 10% of card sales

Ozarknana-50% of every Etsy Angel's "Wise Owl" + 10% of September sales.

CBLandCompany-20% of sales Charity section and 10% from all other September sales.

BeadedTail-donating 10% of September sales

Craftsbychris-donating 10% of September sales

Wildlifer78-donating 15% of September sales

Scrapbookforever-donating 10% of September sales

cindyjoy-donating 10% of September Sales and 50% of Note Card Sales

MountainEagleCrafter - donating 15% of sales of gray items and 10% of all other sales from my shop for September

MamaJody54 - donating 20% of September sales

MyMiniMocs - donating 10% of September Sales

NovusArt - donating 30% of September Sales

MerkabaJewelry - donating 10% of September Sales

♥ The Etsy Angels are a Self-Representing Team of Artisans that create a variety of unique handmade items including Artisan Jewelry, Lampwork Glass and Polymer Clay Beads, Bath and Body Products, Quilts, Knits and Plush, and Paper Products to name a few.


♥ Our Team was formed after the many hours spent together promoting for Dawn’s Boys; an effort that began in late December 2007 after a Jewelry artist who was on both Etsy and Ebay lost her life in an automobile accident. She left behind two little boys. Several "Angels" came together to help. After spending countless hours promoting donations from more people than we could imagine that wanted to help, many friendships were made. We couldn’t imagine it all ending without creating a Team for Dawn’s Angels. ♥


You can view our complete profile by going to the following link:


You can also visit our Blog for more information about the Team and what we've been up to! Please be patient as this is a work in progress :)


*Search EANGTEAM to see all of our creations!!*

Thanks for visiting!
♥ Wildlifer78 & SewingGranny


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