Thursday, May 30, 2013
|Special Thanks to Essem Design for doing this feature for me. I first found out about this company at the Tucson Tattoo Expo and fell in love with a certain necklace that I still intend to get. The products are all custom made and put together with quality and love. Please visit the Essem Design Facebook Page to learn more about this awesome company and where and how to order. https://www.facebook.com/glitterpunkcouture?ref=ts&fref=ts|
My first question is, how long have you been in the jewelry business?
About 5 years
2. What prompted you to start Essem Design?
Well, I started out making gifts for friends for their birthdays, baby showers, etc, when someone suggested I sell them on Etsy. I have also been a freelance graphic designer for a long time, so I picked the name Essem (phonetics for my initials, SM) so that it could encompass my graphic design, my jewelry design, or anything else I create!
3. How long has the company been around?
It has been around for about 5 years, when I started designing jewelry. Even though I have been creative almost my whole life, that is when I really felt the need to start branding myself as an entity.
4. What inspires choices for what you make?
Oh man, I find inspiration in so many places… sometimes the jewelry materials speak to me; the pendants, the charms, the crystals all begging me to be put together, LOL. I also love getting inspiration from pop culture, tattoos, music, and even crazy things like Legos and Ouija boards.
5. What is your most popular selling item?
One of my most popular items to date is my “Love is a Battlefield” resin heart necklace. It has a real bullet inside resin with red glitter. Other than that, it is definitely custom acrylic necklaces. People love seeing their own ideas and words come to life in a necklace!
Basically, tell me the story of how Essem Design came to be.
Well, when I was making gifts for friends, I was making a lot of decoupaged frames and wall hangings. They were so fun and whimsical to make. Then I decided to experiment with pouring resin, and boy did I quickly get addicted to that! The possibilities with resin are endless and it was a medium that not too many people were working with on Etsy at the time. So I was loving making things people hadn’t seen in resin yet… like razorblades and bullets. After a few years, I had perfected the art of resin to the point where I am now writing a DIY resin book with my best friend. Always looking to evolve, my most recent venture in jewelry is designing laser cut acrylic pieces, which is also really fun!
What can we expect Essem Design in 2013 ?
2013 so far has been a year of expansion beyond Etsy. I now have my own online shop on my website with the help of Big Cartel and have also expanded onto Amazon.com. I am always coming out with new, fresh designs which are posted on my Facebook page weekly. Also, my DIY resin book called Dropping the Resin Bombshell will be out on shelves late this year!
Tell me a little about yourself.
I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts from UofA and am currently a work at home Mom just trying to live the dream. I have 2 kids and 2 Pit Bulls that keep me very busy when I’m not working on Essem! I feel very blessed to be doing something that I love while being able to be there for them. I have had great jobs as a Medical Assistant and as a store manager for Charlotte Russe, but nothing compares to being there to pick up my son from Kindergarten and hearing about his day!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Just want to say Hi and fill you all in on what I have been doing. My love for beauty and makeup will always be part of my life and I am still promoting for Makeup Fairyz but I've been involved in something a little different lately, Chola Pinup Street Team. For those of you who are familiar with either of these organizations, Chola Pinup is an organization that helps the under priviledged and underserved communty of Aztlan along with its surrounding communities. Chola Pinup Street Team help push events, photoshoots, etc for Chola Pinup. I am very honored to be part of something so worthwhile, I am still doing my features and all that but I'm giving this a little more attention right now because it's something I really believe in and I want to see it grow. Thank you all and please check out http://cholapinupla.tumblr.com/ for more info and how to apply.
Monday, May 20, 2013
One thing I really don’t like is when I get to thru half the day and my face is shiny. I have been wearing makeup since I was a teenager so I have learned a few tips over the years when it comes to skin and makeup. One thing that I used to do for oil control during the day is put baby powder over my foundation. It kept my makeup looking fresh and shine free. I eventually went back to using a compact. I recommend using Rimmel products, if any of you is experiencing oily skin or makeup not staying on during the day. In my opinion, Rimmel is the best brand on the market today. Another tip I have for you is for all day wear when it comes to lipstick, apply chapstick to your lips before applying your lipstick. It gives that extra protection while keeping your lipstick on your lips.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
|I want to thank Sweet Treats Jewelry for doing this feature for me. I have been following their giveaways on Facebook and I totally love the jewelry, its all custom and handmade. Please check out the Sweet Treat Facebook page to skim thru some awesome and cute jewelry and maybe make a purchase. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Treats-Jewelry/168134771866?fref=ts|
I have been making jewelry on & off since 1997.
I started Sweet Treats Jewelry after I purchased a pair of heels that had candy all over them and I wanted something to match, Not finding anything anywhere I decided to dabble in making cupcakes and lollipops... The sweet treats biz has grown from there, I officially opened sweet treats in 2007.
Pretty much anything inspires me, Most of the time its because I want something to coordinate with an outfit and if I love it I'm sure you're going to love it, so I make more. And other times it's just because I am playing with all my findings & charms and then something happens and then randomly a masterpiece is born that's my favorite!
To be honest I don't really have the most popular item , I would say my most popular anything would be custom so it really depends on what my customers are wanting at the time and then that becomes the most popular because everybody else might see it and want one for themselves.
What you can expect in 2013 is, whatever is inspiring to me at the moment and what speaks to me through inspiration!
I am a mom of three, And a grandma of two...I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my family! I also adore cooking and decorating~
Monday, May 13, 2013
Good Afternoon, Hope all you moms had a wonderful Mother's Day. I just wanted to come on here and post what I have been doing lately and all the products I have been trying. First, I wanted to boast on a new page I'm collaborating with Lucy Fairyz of Makeup Fairyz, it's called Fairyzland. This page is for models, aspiring models, photographers, etc. to come and promote on, so if your looking for work email myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or lucy fairyz at email@example.com and we'll post your bio and some pics on Fairyzland. https://www.facebook.com/Fairyzland . As for products I have been using, Dermologica skin moisturizer is one. This product is awesome if your looking for smooth silky skin that doesn't leave you feeling oily and dry. I have been using it for about 2 months now and believe me when I say I can feel the difference in my skin, one plus is that I don't break out nearly as much as I did before. Try it and tell me what you think or if you already use it, please feel free to post your views on it. http://www.dermorganic.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=12. The One Beauty Lounge just opened up in San Antonio Texas and the products are fantastic. I was sent some eyeshadows and lip gloss and fell head over heels for these products. I was amazed at just how vibrant and smooth the colors were. The lipgloss stays on all day and leaves your lips soft and moistened all day long. Please go on their Facebook page and tell them I sent you. https://www.facebook.com/TheOneBeautyBar?fref=ts. Hard Candy is a very popular brand that I was excited to try and review. I have always loved their liquid eyeliners because it stays on all day and the outrageous colors in stock are just cool. My all time favorite is of course Asphalt which is black. I was also sent Turquoise, which I loved just because the color was different and it basically went with whatever I was wearing at the time. Sometimes different is good. Hard Candy also has a lip stain, I usually don't wear lipstains just because they don't stay on, when I put this on it went on smooth and lasted all day so I was happy with this product. The best part about Hard Candy is that they are available at Wal-Mart for a very affordable price. If you haven't tried out their product line, I recommend that you do .http://www.hardcandy.com/ orhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Hard-Candy/129088146300?ref=ts&fref=ts. Well I think that's about it for now. I'll keep you all posted on any new products I try. Have a great Day.
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Friday, May 10, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
|I want to say a special thank you to Prinsess Cosmetics for doing this feature for me. When this company came onto the scene something grabbed my attention, that blue green lipstick. Anyone who can make a blue green lipstick is O.K. in my book. This company has a very bright future along with a fantastic owner. Please check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PrinsessMakeup?fref=ts|
Friday, May 3, 2013
This week was a challenging one because I had never heard of Malefica Makeup before. I was looking at images on google and was amazed at some of the looks people had created. I did not have the time to go all out and do this extravagent look but I did do something Goth style so this is what I chose. Hope its acceptable.