M a r o l s h a. . . rolls off the tongue and carries with it a sound of exquisite beauty. Very fitting store name for this week's featured seller, Maddy. Read on to learn a few tidbits about this full time jewelry designer, and drool over the yummy recipe she shares. Oh! and of course the details of this week's
g i v e a w a y!
Where do you currently live and who do you live with?
We currently live in Toronto, Canada. We were previously living in Singapore - that's where we met and fall in love :P We are currently engaged... and plan to get married sometime this year :) Its just the two of us in our condo apartment. We hope to adopt a pet.. i love cats, whereas my husband loves dogs.
When did your creative ways come to life?
I have always loved jewelry. I would go to the stores, or on line to search for that piece of jewelry to match my outfits. My shoes, bags had to match and come together. So, jewelry to me was the final component to complete that look ! When we moved to Toronto, I had some time in my hands, so I decided to take up a hobby. I haven't looked back since and enjoying every moment creating and coming up with new designs.
Is there any specific event/thing/person that inspired your creativeness?
It was mostly having that treasured time. I used to work as a secretary and used to clock in long hours, that I would hardly have any time to relax, let alone take up a hobby. After moving to Canada, I had some time, and that gave me the opportunity to learn a new hobby and it has been the most rewarding and satisfying decision I have made.
What motivated you to sell your goodies on Etsy?
It was by chance. I happened to visit a jewelry site while surfing on the web and discovered a jewelry designer had a link to her etsy shop as well. I was so amazed and fascinated by the numerous talented artisans on etsy. I was overwhelmed by it initially.
Where do you create your jewelry?
At the moment, I share a small desk area that has been converted to a work space to create my jewelry. We live in a condo with limited space... Sometimes, I would be working on 4 to 5 design pieces at the same time... and it can be challenging to have a flow of things when I have an idea in mind. Most of the time, I have to scribble them in a note book and go back to it another day to finish it.
Sense of Humor
If you could be famous for doing something you don’t currently do, what would it be? I would love to be on Dancing with the Stars! I just admire the dance movements and the partnership/teamwork bet ween two people. Each type of dance requires skills ranging from upbeat to gracefulness, and at the same time to always be in time with your partner! I think it's lots of fun, hard work, and great for weight loss too!!
Is there one thing you are Superfabulous at or think is Amazing, and can share with my readers?
There is a simple and nutritious dish that I have been making quite regularly now. It's broccoli and pine nuts!
- heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in pan or wok
- add a cup of pine-nuts
- you may add more if you have more broccoli or if you love pine nuts like we do.
- stir fry pine-nuts till they turn golden brown... watch for the heat as they do get brown/burnt easily
- remove and set aside - with the same oil, stir fry the broccoli
- return the pine-nuts to the pan/wok, a pinch of salt and black pepper to taste
- remove and viola! A simple, low fat, and yummy vegetable dish!
List 3 things you hope to accomplish/see/do in your lifetime.
Do as much traveling as possible. I would love to see the world. It really opens up your horizons and perspectives of other cultures... Its so fascinating. Skydive - I am afraid of heights.. but wish to do it one day for the experience and to overcome my fear!
G I V E A W A Y!
Maddy is generously offering one lucky reader $15 in credit to her store, so that the winner may choose a prize that best fits their taste! (No change will be issued if less then $15 is redeemed.) Additionally, with any purchase from her shop, recieve 50% off an additional item of equal or lesser value. Just enter code: SkylarkDawn in the notes to seller upon checkout.
Here's how to enter:
Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite piece of Marolsha jewelry. You must include your first name along with your email address or Etsy username with each entry. (So we have a way to contact you in the event you win!)
For additional entries, you can do the following and post ea. individually in the comments to let me know:
* Twitter about this feature
* Follow/Subscribe to my blog
* Blog about this feature and post a link with your entry
Contest closes just before MIDNIGHT CST Tuesday, June 23rd and the winner will be randomly drawn and announced on Wednesday June 24th. Thank-you so much for playing and Good Luck!