how do you do? {Nicole of Lillyella}


Ooh, am I tickled to present today's guest! Nicole, of Lillyella, has granted us some of her precious time to give us a little glimpse of life behind the scenes. Not familiar with Nicole yet? Check out her beautiful shop, Lillyella, on etsy, and her fantastic blog. You'll keep coming back for more. I know I do!

Hi Nicole! Thanks so much for joining us today. Please tell us a little bit about how you got started: Did you have any formal training? What made you start your craft? Can you remember the first piece of jewelry you made?
I've been making jewelry for as long as I can remember, from the time I was old enough to walk myself to the local craft store. Over the years I've been more or less into it depending on my life, finding new interests and crafts to keep me busy, but jewelry was the one thing I always stuck with. I was never a girly-girl per say, hardly wore makeup or did my hair or dressed up as a child and through high school, and never wore much jewelry either. So I find it odd that it was my passion. I am quite different now, as far as wearing it goes, though I'm still a bit of a tom boy :)
After spending 10 years in my chosen career as a graphic designer, I finally decided to make the plunge and work for myself. After discovering Etsy right around the same time, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to indulge in my passion and make a little extra money to support myself. Much to my surprise, my sales took off and selling my jewelry on Etsy became my full time job just a few months later.
Dressed Up Pearl Earrings
What material or equipment would you be lost without?
brass and pliers!

Night owl or early bird? At what time of the day (or night) are you most creative?
These days, both! I'd say I'm a true night owl at heart, I've never been one for sleeping and I really hate mornings, but I still usually get up around 7am and go to bed well past midnight. Though one of my main goals right now is to change that schedule and *try* to get more sleep! I'm not sure my creativity correlates to my schedule, but I can say Im most productive late at night when the world is sleeping. Probably because there are less distractions!

I'm a bit of a foodie and I love to cook. Care to share a recipe?
me, too! hmm... I have so many favorites. I recently posted this one of my blog but it is so perfect for this time of year and I think it's one of the most impressive things I've made to date (I usually stick with E-A-S-Y!), so I have to share these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles.

What's your favorite season of the year and what do you love about it?
I love fall! I'm not a fan of the heat, so hot, humid, summers in Cleveland really make me ornery. And I mean ornery. A cool, crisp 60° really suits my fancy. I also love fall fashion! Boots, scarves, jackets, sweaters etc. Plus my birthday is in the fall and my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving! I really look forward to Christmas, too. I always make my gifts and it's so much fun, I get so excited to hand them out I can hardly contain myself.

Do you enjoy reading? What literary character do you most identify with?
Not at all! Oddly enough. I just can't do it, even if I want to. I try on occasion, but always fail. I get through a paragraph and then realize I have no idea what i just read past the first sentence. I think my mind wanders too fast, I can't focus long enough.

Do you buy handmade? If so, what are the top three items on your wish list right now?
Of course! As often as I can, or my bank account allows. Wow, top three wish list - that is hard!

Well, I've wanted these canary earrings by Joanna Rutter since day one of finding Etsy.
I also love everything from Treehouse 28. My favorite piece is this ruffled top.

Last, I'll have to say a set of prints from Sharon Montrose, though it would be so hard to choose less than 10! Some favorites are:
goat

porcupine
baby deer
silkie chicken
NEW Windchimes Necklace

I'd love to hear a little about you as a child. When you were younger, who/what did you dream of being?
I have to say I was pretty much exactly the same as I am now! I always loved art, creating, especially making jewelry. Out of all the crafts I dabbled in, jewelry stuck with me through the years. I knew I would have a career in the arts and had wanted to be a graphic designer since the time I was old enough to really know what a career was. I went on to spend 10 years doing that. Though i will tell you, there was a time when it seemed too simple to me, my career choice. Like I wasn't exploring other interests that maybe I was destined for. So, two other career paths I considered were archaeology and genetic engineering! Quite a stretch, huh? I'm happy with the path I chose, though I still feel I would have been successful and loved the others as well, they still interest me greatly.

What do you love to do when your not working on your business?
I barely know what it's like to not work on my business these days, but I do *have* to do something different occasionally just for my sanity. I love to take photos, particularly of fungi (kinda weird, I know). I also have many other crafts I dabble in such as ceramics, wood working, sewing, etc, and I love finding new projects or trying something different. I really enjoy baking, though I don't do it as often as I would like because I don't want to eat all the stuff I make! Well, I really want to, but shouldn't, is more like it. My new found obsession is canning! Jams, jellies, sauces, syrups… I'm even considering a possible second shop. And if we go outside of my crafting world, I love to go shooting - no animals, I promise! Just paper targets and clay pigeons :)

Starling Plume Bracelet

I've noticed that many creative-types love learning new skills. Is there a new craft would you love to learn?
I really want to learn more about working with metal, in many different ways. I'd like to utilize it for jewelry making but would also love to learn to blacksmithing and welding so I could make really cool giant sculptures, gates etc.

When you head out the door, what do you take with you? Name five things in your handbag. And what sort of bag do you carry?
1. chapstick
2. chapstick
3. eye drops
4. cell phone
5. camera

I'm *slightly* obsessed with chapstick (I only have a mental breakdown if I don't have it with me. Like I said, slightly) and I try to take a camera everywhere. I'm also obsessed with pouches, and that is what I usually carry. Cute, compact and the smaller the better! Clutches, wristlest, coin purses, no big bags for me. My favorites are all from Etsy, of course, byDrikaB, Made by Hank, Get Ready Set Go and John Met Betty.
Ice Capped Acorn Earrings


I know you're in the process of building a new studio. What will it be like?
Big and over engineered! Like everything my husband is involved in. His motto is, "If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing", which I guess is better than underdoing! I originally was going to use the second story for my jewelry studio but have since decided with the amount of time I put into my business, it would be easier for me to stay in the house, so the upstairs will now be for storage while the downstairs will be the workshop where we keep all our wood working tools, glass tools, kilns, pottery wheels etc. I'm very excited to finally have a proper space for using all those things! So many ideas and so many possibilities :)
One section of the building is also going to be a 2 story rock climbing wall, which is another favorite activity of mine.


Thanks so much for letting us get to know you a little better, Nicole! It was such fun reading more about the beautiful women behind Lillyella.

And now, for a special treat! Nicole has generously offered one lucky winner any item in her etsy shop (excluding one-of-a-kind pieces)! Interested (of course you are!)? Just leave a note in the comments below and indicate your favorite piece from Nicole's shop. Be sure to leave your name and email address or etsy username as well.

Good luck! The concert begins today and will end at 11:59 pm est on Monday, 17 November.


have a lovely day, Amy

joannaonthelake  – (November 12, 2009 at 8:57 AM)  

What a wonderful interview! I always enjoy learning about the artist behind the jewelry. How fun! I adore all the jewelry at Nicole's shop and my very favorite piece is the lovely Reflecting Pool Necklace. It is just gorgeous and I would wear this all the time with so many different types of outfits. Just beautiful....Thanks so much for the chance to enter.
joannaonthelake@gmail.com

Mer  – (November 12, 2009 at 9:17 AM)  

I love the bow necklaces...both brass and silver! thanks for the opportunity!

karaannisjewelry  – (November 12, 2009 at 10:07 AM)  

Lovely interview! Thanks for sharing! It's fun to get to know the person behind handmade items!

My favorite from lillyella's shop is the Springtime Sparrow Necklace.
Kara
kara.annis(at)gmail.com

Ashley  – (November 12, 2009 at 11:45 AM)  

I love Nicole's Blossom Cluster necklace in brass! The acorn earrings are also completely adorable!! Thanks for featuring Nicole... her story is so inspiring to artists who are nervous about making the leap from their "day job" to their passion :)
Ashley
etsy id:gatorgrad68
ashleycnewman(at)gmail

Anonymous –   – (November 12, 2009 at 11:57 AM)  

Great interview! I have so many Lillyella favorites, I cannot choose just one. I probably wear Nicole's pretty dayflower earrings the most. I have red, pink, coral, and blue. Thanks for the giveaway.

Kristin
sundstromk@saic.com

EvaForeva  – (November 12, 2009 at 12:41 PM)  

Oh man, it was so hard to choose between Vintage Bloom Necklace and Waterlily Landing Necklace but I am going with the first one. All of Nicole's work is super pretty and I am totally in love with her blog!

Julie  – (November 12, 2009 at 12:59 PM)  

Wow Nicole's work is simply beautiful! My favorite is her Blossom Cluster necklace silver. What a great interview and giveaway!
Julie
gardenjewels@rochester.rr.com

Nicole  – (November 12, 2009 at 1:32 PM)  

I love Nicole's work! And she's such a great person, too. I had featured her on my blog not too long ago, and I had great fun doing it!

My favorite pieces are always changing in her shop. Lately, I've been eyeing her new Classic Twist Pearl Choker. So lovely!

Linda, Greg and Drew  – (November 12, 2009 at 1:45 PM)  

love the raspberry seafoam toggle bracelet! what a cute shop this is...I made it a favorite!

Sydney  – (November 12, 2009 at 1:47 PM)  

I just adore Nicole & her work. I'd pick the Forget Me Knot Bracelet w/ Teal Pearls.

Ave  – (November 12, 2009 at 1:49 PM)  

I love her Pretty Posy Earrings in Amethyst and Silver. madeincanarias(at)yahoo(dot)es

DonidoDesigns  – (November 12, 2009 at 1:49 PM)  

very, very dificult to choose, but i the Blossom Cluster Necklace would have to be my favorite; so very sweet and pretty. I also love the different flower earrings! really lovely stuff!

donidodesigns@gmail.com

va  – (November 12, 2009 at 1:52 PM)  

I really like the brass bow tie necklace - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33535263

I love her shop and her art nouveau necklace is beautiful as well as many other items .

Thank you ! :)
tumblemumbo(at)gmail(dot)com

Ashley  – (November 12, 2009 at 2:05 PM)  

Wow, everything she has is beautiful!
What a great interview!

I love the Filigree Fleur Brass Ring. I adore rings, and this one is just goregoues!

ashley_c_014 at hotmail dot com

Wehaf  – (November 12, 2009 at 2:26 PM)  

I adore the gingko and pearls necklace; I think gingko leaves are absolutely stunning, and I can't figure out why more jewelers don't make gingko-inspired pieces.

Also, I am so jealous of your new studio; I hope you love it!

urchiken at gmail dot com

Lily  – (November 12, 2009 at 2:34 PM)  

i love the Vintage Bloom Necklace!
Lmhoot@flash.net

AlisonWonderland  – (November 12, 2009 at 3:23 PM)  

I really like the Springtime Sparrow Necklace in Silver-I'd get it with the peridot beads. I also love the brass bow necklace.

gemini5757.etsy.com
gemini5757 at hotmail dot com

~ Cee ~  – (November 12, 2009 at 3:26 PM)  

It was very difficult to decide. I think the blossom cluster necklace in silver, however, is the most beautiful item. I love all the delicate 'branch' bracelets and the art deco inspired pieces. They look like they belong in vintage photographs. So gorgeous! ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

kiddo  – (November 12, 2009 at 3:46 PM)  

I love the Filegre Fleur Brass ring. I also love it in silver.

kiddo47.etsy.com
kiddomsg at gmail dot com

The Fancy Lady  – (November 12, 2009 at 3:53 PM)  

forget me knot bracelet is by far my favorite i love it!
thefancyladycupcakes@yahoo.com
tabbycat13.etsy.com

Jennifer  – (November 12, 2009 at 3:53 PM)  

I have to say I had a hard time choosing a favorite. I almost went for the Nouveau Lily and Pearls Necklace, but scrolling back through again and again I would be overcome with a soft sigh and peaceful feeling every time I went past the beaded bracelets. So I have choses..the Spring Morning Bracelet!

cspmom at gmail dot com

Hope  – (November 12, 2009 at 4:17 PM)  

Wow, so many pretty things! My favorite is the spring morning necklace!
onepilgrim86@yahoo.com

Wanda  – (November 12, 2009 at 4:47 PM)  

My favourite piece is:
Waterlily Landing II Necklace at http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32597500

Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.

wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

AM  – (November 12, 2009 at 7:00 PM)  

The secret life of bees earrings and leaf bracelet are gorgeous!

(email in blogger profile)

Lilly  – (November 12, 2009 at 7:35 PM)  

I love the Brass Bow Tie Necklace. It is so adorable!
Thanks.

Eliane T.
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

Rebekah –   – (November 12, 2009 at 7:50 PM)  

I love the Autumn Rose Earrings!

Thanks!

RNGANDCO@YAHOO.COM

Jennifer  – (November 12, 2009 at 8:03 PM)  

I love the Blossom Cluster necklace! I love the brass, but I tend to wear more silver, so it's a toss up between the two. I have always liked the posy earrings as well. So feminine and beautiful!

Jennifer  – (November 12, 2009 at 8:04 PM)  

Oops! I forgot my info!

Jennifer
SewAThingOfBeauty

Amber  – (November 12, 2009 at 8:17 PM)  

My favorite from Nicole's shop is the Starling Plume Bracelet!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Ladytink_534  – (November 12, 2009 at 10:31 PM)  

My favorite item is the Leaf Garland Bracelet
Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

Clare  – (November 12, 2009 at 11:04 PM)  

My fave from Nicole's shop is the Blossom Cluster Necklace in silver.

Anonymous –   – (November 12, 2009 at 11:04 PM)  

Beautiful giveaway my fingers are crossed I love te vintage bloom earrings they are gorgeous. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.Marian

mtzeenla@yahoo.com

Abigail  – (November 13, 2009 at 12:02 AM)  

so much to choose from!! I really like her Spring Morning Bracelet...gorgeous! Thanks for the chance :)

peters.ab0124(at)gmail.com

ABCDErica  – (November 13, 2009 at 12:44 AM)  

I do adore the simple elegance of the lily of the valley necklace. That and that is as well the flower of the month I was born, May.

sisavate@hotmail.com

Roxana  – (November 13, 2009 at 2:09 AM)  

Thank you for featuring one of my very favorite and inspiring artist on the planet!
There are so many wonder filled items I have lusted for in her shop. One of them is the Starling Plume bracelet displayed in this post. I just love it!
Roxana
IlluminatedPerfume@etsy.com

Aljna  – (November 13, 2009 at 4:21 AM)  

I like this interview...
My favorite item is "Blossom Cluster Necklace in Silver"

a.spigno@hotmail.it

jasmine  – (November 13, 2009 at 7:14 AM)  

so much choice! i think my fave would be the spring morning necklace.
jasmine
tristiculus[at]hotmail.com

Diana  – (November 13, 2009 at 7:57 AM)  

Those necklaces are gorgeous. My favorite is the
Moroccan Moon Necklace, makes me dream with the eyes wide open.
dikatzen at yahoo dot fr

The Snob  – (November 13, 2009 at 8:21 AM)  

you are amazing! great work! i love the blossom cluster necklace in silver so much!!! swapper13 at hotmail

ehaire  – (November 13, 2009 at 11:26 AM)  

I love many of her pieces, but my favorite has to be the silver blossom cluster necklace.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Erika
erika.haire@verizon.net

Jessica Anne  – (November 13, 2009 at 11:53 AM)  

I love the Silver Leaf Garland Bracelet! So pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jessica Anne

My e-mail: silverstars219@hotmail.com
My etsy shop: TheMissingThread

Eternal*Voyageur @ Venusian*Glow  – (November 13, 2009 at 11:57 AM)  

I love the Pretty Posy Earrings in Amethyst and Silver !

the_eternal_voyageur at rediffmail dot com

Janelle  – (November 13, 2009 at 12:02 PM)  

I've been wanting the Starling Plume Bracelet for a while...fingers crossed, for once, I AM GOING TO WIN A LILLYELLA GIVEAWAY!!! :-D (I hope.)

jando_27 at hotmail dot com

KristaR –   – (November 13, 2009 at 1:26 PM)  

I love the silver blossom cluster necklace.

Krista R
crabapple3@gmail.com

janetfaye  – (November 13, 2009 at 2:10 PM)  

I like Forget Me Knot Bracelet.

Janet
janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Melody  – (November 13, 2009 at 2:40 PM)  

I like Moroccan Moon Earrings.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

daer0n  – (November 13, 2009 at 3:47 PM)  

Her jewelry is amazing! it's so hard to choose a favorite item since i love everything, but one of my favorite pieces is the Garden Flutter Necklace :)

Nury77 at live dot ca

Fairlightday  – (November 13, 2009 at 3:52 PM)  

Love Nicole's work and I'm usually wearing something of her's every single day. Right now my favorite thing in her shop is the Reflecting Pool necklace.
Great interview!

Fairlight
Fairlightday@hotmail.com

pippirose  – (November 13, 2009 at 4:22 PM)  

I've never had so much trouble choosing one item--they are all so gorgeous! (Santa's going to get SOME list from me this year!)
But if I had to choose just one, it would be the Nouveau Pearl Earrings.
:o)
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

lin3arossa  – (November 13, 2009 at 5:45 PM)  

I like the reflecting pool necklace.
ghainskom at yahoo dot com

janil  – (November 13, 2009 at 6:07 PM)  

I love
Vintage Bloom Necklace... gorgeous!

cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

Carapace  – (November 13, 2009 at 8:50 PM)  

Wow, that's an amazing giveaway! My favorite thing right now is the Nouveau Lily and Pearls Necklace-- but it was a really hard call!

I'm sure there will be even more cool stuff as soon as that studio gets built. Lucky Lilyella, lucky everyone!:D

carapacenator(at)gmail.com

Kasie  – (November 14, 2009 at 12:35 AM)  

I love the Garden Branch Bracelet!

Vaiva –   – (November 14, 2009 at 7:21 AM)  

Waterlily Landing Necklace in Silver is incredibly adorable! And the earring too :) Mm...

almost.angel at gmail dot com

bmolavi  – (November 14, 2009 at 3:17 PM)  

Love the Garden Flutter Necklace!

edmontonjb  – (November 14, 2009 at 3:37 PM)  

My favorite is the garden flutter necklace
Jonnie
dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

Mizz Snape  – (November 15, 2009 at 1:51 AM)  

Wow, the collection are so well made. I spent tens of minutes going through each one! My favorite wouild be this:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33764674

Beautiful in its simplicity :D

Steffi
darkntwisty at hellokitty dot com

kwil  – (November 15, 2009 at 5:48 AM)  

I'm torn between the branches and the feathers! But I'm going to stick to the Garden Branch Bracelet! Lovely!

Anonymous –   – (November 15, 2009 at 8:31 AM)  

I love the vintage bloom necklace in silver!

Sarah
untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

Salad for Breakfast  – (November 15, 2009 at 12:57 PM)  

the Blossom Cluster Necklace in Silver is my fave!

saladforbreakfast AT gmail DOT com

Anne J  – (November 15, 2009 at 2:56 PM)  

There are lots of lovely pieces, but I'd go with the gold rush earrings, because I like the brass and peach colors.

brrolfes  – (November 15, 2009 at 3:38 PM)  

I love the Lily of the Valley necklace in silver. Stunning pieces!

bison61  – (November 15, 2009 at 5:42 PM)  

I like the Springtime Sparrow Necklace in Brass

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

EfrafaFuInle  – (November 15, 2009 at 7:06 PM)  

I really like the vintage bloom necklace in white :)
efrafafuinle@gmail.com

Roxy  – (November 15, 2009 at 7:27 PM)  

this was tough so I chose two!

i love the Blossom Cluster Necklace in Silver and the Brass Bow Tie Necklace

hockiemack at hotmail.com

Whimsical Creations  – (November 15, 2009 at 9:41 PM)  

Love the Forget Me Knot Bracelet and the Waterlily Landing Necklace in Silver.


melanieadey at hotmail dot com

roberta  – (November 15, 2009 at 9:46 PM)  

Hi. I love the crystal acorn earrings. So clever! So beautiful! Thank you.

Kara  – (November 15, 2009 at 10:27 PM)  

I love a lot of Nicole's stuff, but I'm especially drawn to the Ice Capped Acorn Earrings this time of year!

kara.rotella@gmail.com
k9kreationsbykara.etsy.com

Anna  – (November 15, 2009 at 10:31 PM)  

Tough choice! But I like the Infinite Garden Necklace best :)

goddard.anna(at)gmail(dot)com

wzgirl  – (November 16, 2009 at 11:48 AM)  

Lovely blog & generous giveaway! Thanks! Love Nicole's shop & here is my fave for today - the bow tie necklace - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=33535263 xoxoxo

zachsgran  – (November 16, 2009 at 1:41 PM)  

I like the blossom cluster necklace
zachsgran1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Melissa  – (November 16, 2009 at 2:03 PM)  

Great interview, She is one of my favorite shops on etys! what beautiful jewelry :)

I would particularly love to have the Starling Plume Bracelet:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32344236

Thanks for the chance to win.

MelissaLN@verizon.net

soccermom1  – (November 16, 2009 at 10:26 PM)  

I like the pretty posey earrings
rjs682(at)yahoo(dot)com

abby  – (November 17, 2009 at 7:00 AM)  

In love with Blossom Cluster Necklace in Silver. It is just beautiful!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34316064

Nikki
reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Selene  – (November 17, 2009 at 7:05 AM)  

Waterlily Landing Necklace is my favourite. It is so pretty and I love waterlilies. This is a great giveaway! Thanks!

Selene
shiki6210 at gmail dot com

Tylerpants  – (November 17, 2009 at 9:52 PM)  

My fave is the Infinite Garden necklace. A beautiful, classic piece that would match everything!

Lisa
tylerpants(at)gmail.com

trixx  – (November 17, 2009 at 11:23 PM)  

A rockclimbing wall, how neat! Lot of pretties, but my favorite is the the Classic Twist Pearl choker. I love pearls and wear them every day, and this one is so unique!

Leah(etsyname: littlemissbee)

pish  – (November 17, 2009 at 11:41 PM)  

Hm, it's hard to pick my very favourite! I love the Maple and Brown Sugar earrings (and now I want oatmeal, ha!) and also adore her Silver Garden Branch and Starling Plume Bracelets.
Thanks for the chance to win!
♥ Melanie (pishnook on Etsy)
melaniesands[at]yahoo[dot]ca

Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous  – (November 23, 2009 at 11:09 AM)  

I would so love to win anything of Nicole's! Her etsy shop is just brimming with lovelies! I think my fav would be her Waterlily Landing II Necklace. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!
Linda
craftaholic@rocketmail (dot) com

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