Monday, February 22, 2010

Spotlight On: Michele of Tivoli Designs

Today's Spotlight On interview is with fellow Cafemommer, Michele of Tivoli Designs!

1. Tell us a little about yourself.....
I've always been an art lover, in my early teen years i painted and sketched a lot.
Fashion is another passion of mine and my friends considered me to be a trend setter. I'm a mom to a one year old cutie and a wife to the most loving and supporting husband ever.

2. What made you decide to get into the crafting boutique business?
It's funny to say, but looking back, it has been on my mind for as long as i can remember!
I had a small business before and other business opportunities that had a creative aspect and designing involved, but i guess i was looking for an opportunity to do my own thing.
creating my fantasy designs with my own hand, selling them to people who love and appreciate the work that went it to the item...what more can i ask for?!
After i had my baby i became a SAHM, it is amazing to be home with him, but i knew that as soon as he gets a little older i'm going for it all the way. So here i am!

3. What do you sell?
I sell my hand made jewelry. My designs include crystals, antiqued brass, gold filled and more fabulous materials. I love incorporating bead weaving, There will be more of that in my new designs

4. Where do you sell, online and off?
I Currently sell online only
www.tivolidesigns.etsy.com

5. How do you juggle selling your items and your personal life?
That might just be the most challenging thing! I always seem to need to been on the computer (which my toddler hates), i noticed that when i'm home during the day i get destructed with my work, so we go out to do fun stuff, I check the important things on my phone and leave the jewelry making to the evening time.

6. What is your favorite thing to create?
I love the pieces that are challenging to make the first time. after much frustration at times and maybe even starting over, the end result is even sweeter.

7. What are your long term goals for your creations?
I'm looking to sell in local boutiques as well as online and hoping that if thing take off i would be able to add my one of a kind bags to the mix.

8. Any advice for someone just starting out in the creating community?
Learning a craft isn't the hard part but getting the creative juices to flow can slow you down sometimes. I think it's very important to find your own voice and make something you can really be proud of. I got inspired to start making jewelry by an accessory i own and love and everything evolved from there...

Other links:
http://www.facebook.com/tivolidesigns
http://twitter.com/TivoliDesigns

Michele has graciously offered to do a giveaway of a pair of Simply Pacific Opal earrings!

The Giveaway details:
There are 4 ways to enter:
1. Go take a peak in her shop and/or website and come back here and let us know what your favorite item is!
2. Follow this blog and leave a message. If you are already a follower, just leave a message!
3. Follow her blog! Don't forget to come back here and post about it!
4. Heart her shop and come back and let me know. In your comment, please let me know what your Etsy ID is!

Four chances to win, that means you need to leave a comment for each entry! Don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you if you are the winner. The winner will be drawn next Sunday, February 28 in the evening. I will contact Michelle with the winner and you will have 48 hours to get back in touch with her once she contacts you! Of course, I will also post it to the blog too :)

Peace, love and happiness!

48 comments:

Schicki said...

beautiful jewelry!
such a delicate style.

Noa @ Itai said...

Great article and beautiful jewelry

riorita said...

Wonderful article. The items are goregeous, and very well photographed!

neomi said...

So beautiful! Such great items!

baronika said...

Wonderful article and beautiful jewelry

Marina Levy said...

Beautiful jewelery and interesting post

Auburn Not Red said...

I like all the chains of the Gold Filed, Gold Plate and metal Mixed Chain with Swarovski Light Rose Crystal. So pretty! Great for Spring.

Thanks!

Shelli said...

What beautiful designs! My favorite is the Ball In The Hole-Antiqued Brass Bead And Ring necklace. Love the opal earings too, what a soothing color.

Wehaf said...

I adore the Cherry Tree - Fresh Water Pearl Necklace Valentine's Day.

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Margie said...

I like the Simply Caribbean Blue Opal earrings. Hard to make a choice, lots of lovely items!
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Margie said...

new blog follower
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Emily said...

I love the "Ball in the Hole" necklace.
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Marci said...

I love the rings--especially the red one.
Lovely earrings--thank you for the chance to win!
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Angie said...

her interview was very fresh and honest...I like that ;)

My fav. item was the Brass Rings With Amazonite And Wood Bead necklace - Link In Chain. I really like the earthy look of it!

Angie
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jodi233 said...

my favorite item in her shop is Cockies n Cream Vintage beads & Cream Swarovski Crystals
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jodi233 said...

i follow your blog
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jodi233 said...

i hearted her shop (and my fav item)etsy id-jodi9507
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clenna said...

I love the Silver Cloud Earrings- I love gold and these earrings are so free and yet classic.

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clenna said...

I follow your blog

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clenna said...

I tried to find her blog but couldn't so I became a fan of hers on FB - does that count?
Name on FB: Clenna Lyons Emery

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lin3arossa said...

My fave is the Gold Filed Braided Galatic vertical Swarovski Crystal necklace.
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lin3arossa said...

I'm a follower
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lin3arossa said...

I heart tivoli designs (etsyname =ghainskom)
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lin3arossa said...

I follow tivoli's blog
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Cabootique said...

I love Gold Filed, Gold Plate and metal Mixed Chain with Swarovski Light Rose Crystal.

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Apple Hu said...

I love opals and opalite, too :)

My favorite from her store is
Antiqued Brass - Azure Swarovski Crystal Earrings - Black Bird

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simplymerry said...

my fave item is the simply caribbean blue earrings

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simplymerry said...

follow your blog

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simplymerry said...

hearted her shop (simplymerry)

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Roxy said...

i love the Rose Water Opal Swarovski Crystal - Trio Necklace Valentine's Day

Roxy
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Roxy said...

follower

Roxy
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Roxy said...

hearted the shop. username hockiemack

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Jennifer said...

A favorite was hard to choose! I finally went with the lovely Bronze Shell Leaf Earrings.
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Shelby said...

I am a blog follower!

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Shelby said...

I love the Simply Caribbean Blue Opal earrings!

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jerzycat99 said...

I am a blog follower.
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jerzycat99 said...

I follow Michele's blog.
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jerzycat99 said...

My fav item is the bronze shell leaf earrings.
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jerzycat99 said...

I hearted michele's shop on etsy. ID: cloudninedesignz.

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CathyH said...

I love the White Shell Leaf earrings and these giveaway earrings are gorgeous, thanks!
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CathyH said...

I added Michele's shop to my favorites (cathy horner)
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denise said...

I love the sweet caribbean earrings!
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janetfaye said...

I like Cockies n Cream - Vintage beads and Cream Swarovski Crystals Valentine's Day.

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janetfaye said...

I follow this blog - janetfaye

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janetfaye said...

I Heart Tivoli Designs - Janetfaye

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devon said...

I love the Fresh Water Pearl And Antique Brass Bracelet - Cherry Tree!!

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Michelle said...

My favorite... http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36076861

Love the jewelry!

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CraftyShanna said...

I love the dangle aquamarine necklace and the sapphire crystal trio ring! :D