Kelly of Retroeighties Accessories & Jewelry
Shop(s): www.retro80s.etsy.com (Etsy shop) & en.dawanda.com/retro80s (Dawanda shop) & www.bouf.com/retro80s (Bouf shop)
1. What do you make (or specialize in)?
I specialize in handmade retro-inspired hair accessories (braided ribbon barrettes and beaded bobby pins) and jewelry for women and girls. I just started adding earrings to my Etsy shop – there will be more to come for the year 2012.
2. How did you first get started in your craft?
I was always into the arts and crafts since I was a kid and did a lot of different things such as making jewelry, tie-dying T-shirts, drawing, painting, and the list goes on. I took art classes while I was in schools and colleges.
I started making braided ribbon barrettes in 2003 after seeing it on TV show “I love the 80s” on VH1 Classic. It really brought me back great childhood memories - I immediately started making more and more braided ribbon barrettes because I really enjoy making them.
Beaded bobby pins came to me 4 years later when I was searching for bobby pins that are suitable for young professional women to wear to work or to after-work social gatherings such as cocktail parties, etc. To my surprise, there weren’t many options to choose from at that time. So I decided to make my own bobby pins matching my personality, style, and wardrobe. Then I ended up liking them so much that I decided to continue making them for others as well.
3. What inspires you?
My customers. I always get different kinds of requests for hair accessories and I love doing custom orders! Also, the color and design of supplies I work with inspire me to come up with new designs.
4. What is your favorite color combination?
Oh, boy! I love all kinds of colors. As for now, I would say… Navy and Kelly Green, Lime Green and Light Gray, Camel (light tan) and Gold, Hot Pink and Neon Orange, Purple and Turquoise, and the list goes on.
5. What is your most popular handmade item(s) from your online shop(s)?
This year it’s braided ribbon barrettes. Last year and the year before that was beaded bobby pins. It depends on current fashion trends and forecasts.
6. If you had to use three words to describe yourself, what would it be?
Creative, Easygoing, Workaholic. :)
7. What superpower would you most like to have?
I wish I could fly like SuperGirl or transport like Harry Potter or drive a flying car like Marty McFly so I can visit families and friends in different cities, states, and countries and of course, there are craft events I would love to attend as well.
8. What is your favorite thing(s) about being a small business owner?
Flexible hours. :)
9. What are you planning to do with your business in the future?
I plan on adding more wedding items and jewelry pieces to my online shops in near future, and also start participating for upcoming craft shows for the year of 2012. Can’t wait!
10. Do you have any upcoming news to share with the readers about your business such as upcoming events, new items, sales, etc.?
I have been adding new items to my Etsy shop for the Holidays – mostly beaded bobby pins and braided ribbon barrettes. There will be a couple of new product lines coming real soon, which are braided ribbon barrettes with beads on top and mini beaded bobby pins!
Speaking of today's date (November 18th), there is a local jewelry boutique named Ziabird in Wilmington, North Carolina carrying my beaded bobby pins. They are getting more new beaded bobby pins from me this afternoon! Be sure to stop by their shop if you are in town.
11. Where else can we find you online?
Website – http://modishandretro.virb.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/shop.retroeighties
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/modishandretro
Google+ - https://plus.google.com/110042636074595454796/posts
Tumblr – http://modishandretro.tumblr.com/
Behance Network - http://www.behance.net/modishandretro