The Water Runs Sweet in SugarTreeCreek
March 26, 2011 § 6 Comments
As most of my readers by now know, most of my inspiration for creation comes from a deep seeded love of nature and a fascination with collecting unique baubles and trinkets. Little did I know, in beginning my Etsy journey that I would happen upon so many interesting, unique and caring individuals? Often as Etsy sellers we get so caught up in the “Etsy World” of marketing and packaging and selling, that we forget about the vital relationships all around us; the official people who drive our businesses day in and day out.
In Tea Time this month you will meet one of my fellow Etsy Artisan sellers. Like MagpieTree, SugarTreeCreek was created from a huge amount of time, inspiration and love and while MagpieTree currently resides in a fairly urban landscape, SugarTreeCreek can be found inside of a rustic log cabin in Danville, Virginia. It is here that Lauren Moore, the creator of SugarTreeCreek, draws from her lush surroundings to create handmade jewelry designs natural in inspiration and authentic in rich hues and colors.
How it all started. . .
“Just Bead It in Lake Placid, NY was the beginning of my bead addiction. My husband and I had gone to the Adirondack’s to play hooky from the rat race of Christmas and spend some quality time in the snow but the shopping was really the highlight (don’t tell my hubby). Going in that store was exactly like the proverbial candy store! Every color, size, and shape I could imagine; my imagination was going wild. I coveted this wonderful pile of beads . . . they came back with us! I held onto them until just about this time last year. A good shot of spring fever got the creative juices going and after some unsuccessful voyages on eBay, I found Etsy. I began creating my own shop with all my favorite things!!!
Why SugarTreeCreek . . .
“So now it was time to develop a persona, a brand- SugarTreeCreek. It wasn’t hard to tell an attractive story because my husband and I had spent the last few years building a log home in the woods. The Sugartree Creek runs below us down the hill of Oaks and Dogwoods. . it reminds of all the things I love; the changing seasons, the wonderful colors and variety Mother Nature offers. It all came together.
What inspires you. . .
“I have a BFA in fine arts and Associates in Ceramics and have been painting, photographing and crafting since Mom told me my coloring books were especially well done. I love, love, love natural gemstones and semi-precious stones: Agate, Tiger’s Eye, Jade. There is nothing as fun as finding new designs to try, new combinations of color and metal (silver, bronze or copper), unorthodox creations just to try something creative, like the Earvines and Magnetic Wrap Bracelets that are in my Etsy shop.”
Lately, those lovely Swarovski crystals have made themselves welcome in my workroom along with the Turquoise, Jasper, Carnelian and Garnet. Each season inspires new designs. Each holiday brings whimsical possibilities.”
What keeps you going. . .
“The people I have met through Etsy have to be the warmest, most creative, most generous group of people. It’s like having all the answers to your questions at your fingertips. We all worked through so many challenges during the holiday season. What a valuable journey that was.”
“Making Jewelry is a wonderfully rewarding way to employ my creativity, fine art skills and love for crafts into something to share. Come on by SugarTreeCreek anytime and visit. The water’s fine and the designs are even better!”
A portion of all SugarTreeCreek sales goes to help the Appalachian Service Project. Visit SugarTreeCreek for additional details regarding the Appalachian Service Project.