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Apr 15, 2011

by andrea0503

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us about yourself.
Hi! My name is Andrea Simic and I’m the person behind MIRTAjewelry. I have been living in Zagreb, Croatia for the past 5 years, since I started going to college. I’m 23 years old, still a student, but I’m hoping to close that chapter of my life soon. My boyfriend and I are currently renting a charming apartment in a really old building close to the city centre which we fell in love with because of the over-3-meters high ceiling. It has a really vintage romantic feel to it!

Apart from creating, what do you do?
I’m in my final year of architecture studies, so I spend most of my time on college. Besides that, I love taking long walks, especially during hot summer nights, going the cinema to watch bad Hollywood movies, or staying at home and relaxing on the couch. Since we moved into the apartment, I’ve been cooking for all my friends, searching for and trying out new recipes. Whenever I get a few days off, I rush to my hometown of Knin, and spend the entire day with my beautiful bearded collie. I even named my shop after her!

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What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
“Keep Me With the Animals.” I honestly believe animals understand me more than humans do, and my friends tend to say I even love them more than humans! When I return home on a bad day, I walk through the park close to my building and stare at the dogs for a while. It’s instant happiness!

Where does your inspiration come from?
Many people told me you can tell by the look of my jewelry that I’m interested in architecture, but apart from that, I really love following all sorts of design blogs. I think that other objects inspire me the most — sometimes it can be a chair, and other times a simple pretty vase.

What does handmade mean to you?
In my case, handmade is hearing my mother say, “You made this?!”. In other cases, I think handmade is everything you do with your hands, as well as the joy that goes into it. When I make a piece of jewelry, I look at it for at least a few seconds, not to search for mistakes, but because I really enjoy holding something I’ve made. Once you lose the joy in making handmade things, they become plain mass production.

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Who has been most influential in your craft?
My mother, definitely. While I was really young, she used to sew amazing outfits for me — she even made my prom dress. She was actually the one to convince me to start selling on Etsy. I am too critical about everything I do so I don’t know if would’ve gone through with it on my own.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I know this is already a cliché here, but I really never thought of myself as an artist, but I can’t even remember when I started making. I have been making stuff all my life and I even thought of going to the Fine Arts Academy for a while. Nowadays I’m more into design.

How would you describe your creative process?
I love to look at all the stuff surrounding me every day: people, buildings, animals, and everything. I always carry a small blue sketchbook with me, so I can always write or draw what comes to my mind. I also love the things that I make spontaneously, things that cross my mind during the process of making. For instance, sometimes I start making earrings and end up with an amazing ring.

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If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
I would love to see the creative process of Alberto Campo Baeza. He is an amazing Spanish architect, but I believe he is an even greater artist.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I’ll never let go of my prom dress, which I mentioned before. My mother really put a lot of effort into it and it has great sentimental value to me. Besides that, I love our old family photos and paintings hanging around the house and a vintage white gold ring my mother also gave me.

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How do you get out of your creative ruts?
That’s a hard one! I try to do stuff that relaxes me. Every time I get really anxious about something, I stop creating. Being happy helps me get new designs out of my head, and makes me more organized. My boyfriend has been helpful by going to the post office — he even packed a few orders recently, so I didn’t freak out!

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I have no idea! The only thing I know for sure is that I would really appreciate having my own studio. My life has really been pretty unpredictable, and I do tend to change my mind a lot. But from where I stand now, I would like to do all the things I’m doing at the moment, but in a different place. London, perhaps?

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336 comments

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Great article and beautiful work!

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured Andrea! I agree that other objects can really inspire the creative thought process. You just never know where your next idea is going to come from! Good luck in your endeavor. Gary

  • inaflashopalinlay

    inaflashopalinlay said 6 years ago

    Great feature Amanda. I Love the simplicity of your jewelry, nice metal work. Congratulations on the feature.

  • 7sistersstudio

    7sistersstudio said 6 years ago

    I love love love your amazing creations. What beautiful jewelry, so unique! Congrats!

  • lovecalifornia

    lovecalifornia said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Have fun with it!

  • LucillesAttic

    LucillesAttic said 6 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful jewelry! Congrats on the feature!!

  • guavaguava

    guavaguava said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article, and lovely designs! I love the simplicity of the lines!

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work! My mom and grandmother inspired me a lot too, creating going on everywhere around me as a kid. I remember my grandmother making patterns from newspaper. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • gemboxjewelry

    gemboxjewelry said 6 years ago

    congrats on being featured, I've admired your jewelry for a while now.

  • spiritfruits

    spiritfruits said 6 years ago

    congratulations on the feature! i agree with the "many people." architectural influence is reflected beautifully in your work. :)

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Andrea! What a wonderful article and a well deserved feature... love your work!!!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    Simple, beautiful and elegant items... and an adorable dog! :-)

  • studiokmo

    studiokmo said 6 years ago

    gorgeous shop, congrats!

  • elmstreetmarket

    elmstreetmarket said 6 years ago

    I absolutely love the architectural lines of her jewelry - understated yet impactful - and then I read that she's an architecture student! Why, of course :) Congratulations on the feature, Andrea. Your work is very impressive!

  • angelmadeecospa

    angelmadeecospa said 6 years ago

    Wow. I never seen anything like your work. It's amazing. And your photos are beautiful!

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 6 years ago

    I love your rings!!! Congratulations, well deserved! ;)

  • angryhairjewelry

    angryhairjewelry said 6 years ago

    your work, your style---beautiful!

  • LeslieGallery

    LeslieGallery said 6 years ago

    really original. very stylish. congrats on the feature.

  • thepixie

    thepixie said 6 years ago

    congrats on the feature! I am absolutely enamored with your pieces :) they have a rough, unpolished kind of beauty - perfect meeting of hard and soft

  • ZhongFuJewelryDesign

    ZhongFuJewelryDesign said 6 years ago

    Great style - I always admire people who can narrow down their sense of style - because I can't!

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 6 years ago

    Hopefully soon you'll be able to live somewhere that you can have your beloved dog with you .... and maybe lots more animals! "Keep Me With the Animals." is awesome! Great interview, Congruatulations on the Feature!

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 6 years ago

    love your work!!!!

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo said 6 years ago

    You are amazing....you seem like a very sensitive deep creative soul. Stunning shop...Congrats to you!

  • CarlasFunkyArt

    CarlasFunkyArt said 6 years ago

    Very unique jewelry! Love it! Congratulations!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

    Very nice! I really love the style of your photos and the cohesive look that they give your shop. Way to go!

  • BooPatch

    BooPatch said 6 years ago

    When I read .... In my case, handmade is hearing my mother say, "You made this?!". I can totally hear my mom's voice too :-) Except she follows it with (I think you'll love this...) "Clever Dog!! Congrats, beautiful work....

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 6 years ago

    Good luck to you!

  • dadaki

    dadaki said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your success!

  • TashinaFalene

    TashinaFalene said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous jewelry! Congrats on the feature and I wish you future success!!

  • noodlenthread

    noodlenthread said 6 years ago

    i love her jewelry!!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 6 years ago

    I love the simplicity and beauty of your pieces! Congratulations!

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 6 years ago

    I want your dog... its so cute!!

  • gaelka

    gaelka said 6 years ago

    She is my new idol.

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!!

  • sincerelyYOU

    sincerelyYOU said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous... absolutely & simply gorgeous! •• congratulations! ••

  • girlygirlbead

    girlygirlbead said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work! I love the simple, elegant, artchitectural shapes. And I LOVE the dark, oxidized metal against the stones, especially in the herkimer diamond ring. Very cool!

  • MidwestAlchemy

    MidwestAlchemy said 6 years ago

    Stunning work!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    So beautiful!!! Your work is stunning! Congrats on the FS!!!

  • puttering

    puttering said 6 years ago

    Such striking work. Wonderful feature!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    gorgeous

  • LolaAndCash

    LolaAndCash said 6 years ago

    Yay, you're one of my favourite jewelers on Etsy ! Love your work and your photo's are AMAZING ! Well done and congrats on being featured !!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and your work is just gorgeous !!! Congrats !!!

  • mariaHandmade

    mariaHandmade said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, Andrea! I still admire your creatings - so feminine, so clear... Thank you. Thank you.

  • 5erg

    5erg said 6 years ago

    This is very pretty work! I love this style, especially the ones where it's a transparent stone and black metal pins, these are so beautiful :) http://www.etsy.com/listing/70351207/xx-herkimer-diamond-oxidized-sterling?ref=storque

  • SkateBetty

    SkateBetty said 6 years ago

    Very honest interview. I really enjoyed reading this.

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 6 years ago

    Really nice work. Great article.

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 6 years ago

    I love your description of handmade - ultimately for me, my mom is my most valued skeptic, and while she doesn't appreciate much of my art, I know I've made a hit when she likes something. :o) Congratulations!

  • nanofactory

    nanofactory said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Andrea! <3 :D I love your shop!

  • elektradesign

    elektradesign said 6 years ago

    ÄŒestitam! :) Congrats girl! Your jewelry is so nice and simple but very memorable :) <3

  • BornUgly

    BornUgly said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous rings!

  • vintageatitsbest

    vintageatitsbest said 6 years ago

    Love your view on your designs. They feel very personal. Great work and good luck hopefully in London!

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 6 years ago

    just love the simplicity of your designs, they really stand out in my eyes!!!!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    Love your Eye ring! I can definitely see the influence of architecture in your design! Best of luck to you!

  • DreamsandJewelry

    DreamsandJewelry said 6 years ago

    Congratz Andrea!

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    I love this! Your work is so elegant, and the photos are stunning! Congratulations on being featured here, MIRTAjewelry.

  • dkshattuck

    dkshattuck said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story.

  • IneptArt

    IneptArt said 6 years ago

    I think that I NEED that diamond ring.

  • elinart

    elinart said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Well done :)

  • anakim

    anakim said 6 years ago

    So much talent! bravo!

  • blissfulbathandbody

    blissfulbathandbody said 6 years ago

    Simple yet elegent....love, love, love it!

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 6 years ago

    Just stunning!! :)

  • kimslittlemonsters

    kimslittlemonsters said 6 years ago

    Really nice! I love the graphic look of these items. It's a very unique style you have, lovely to see!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Very Pretty! Congrats on the feature! ;)

  • mayaruhi

    mayaruhi said 6 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous stuff! Breathtaking -!!

  • LovelyWire

    LovelyWire said 6 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! They're really one of a kind and unique to the maker's personality.

  • BrisTieDyes

    BrisTieDyes said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed your article... and your beautiful creativeness! Your work is so nice! I was inspired by you because I am also a student...I'll be entering college this fall. I am "dyeing" to go to World Youth Day in Spain this summer, and then I will switch my goal to "dyeing" to go to college this fall. I also love when I wear one of my tiedye items, and people say, "You Made that?!?!?!" It's just the best compliment I can get! Good luck! Congratulations! And I hope you get your studio someday! God's blessings~ Briar

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 6 years ago

    what a handsome pup! very cool shop! congrats my dear~

  • SerantoniDesigns

    SerantoniDesigns said 6 years ago

    Minimalistic Beauty. Congrats! Mary Serantoni SERANTONI Designs

  • shopthinkingofU

    shopthinkingofU said 6 years ago

    i love it! ^_^

  • LittleCityLoveTeam

    LittleCityLoveTeam said 6 years ago

    Glad to see you featured! I've had you favourited for awhile and enjoy seeing your things pop up every time you make something new. I really enjoy your photographs and your style of settings. If I ever get into making a piece with a setting, I'll probably be taking a page from your book, beautiful!

  • VidGirlsandDolls

    VidGirlsandDolls said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. Beautiful work!

  • ZavalickDesigns

    ZavalickDesigns said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature - what beautiful photos!

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 6 years ago

    congrats on the feature! Beautiful work, beautiful modern photography of your product-- that's the way to do it, for sure!

  • looneydaisy

    looneydaisy said 6 years ago

    Congrats!

  • StudioDevinat

    StudioDevinat said 6 years ago

    Really beautiful work!

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Beautiful answers

  • WellCriated

    WellCriated said 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful interview to go along with such beautiful work!!

  • lab83

    lab83 said 6 years ago

    Your work is really beautiful! Congrats on the feature :)

  • galit

    galit said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! good luck with your last year in collage

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 6 years ago

    Congrats on FS baby, you deserve it! Love your pooch.xo

  • FreyaJoyy

    FreyaJoyy said 6 years ago

    lovely interview! simple and unpretentious! really great!!

  • withlovemandy

    withlovemandy said 6 years ago

    So excited to see you here!!!

  • MiniatureRhino

    MiniatureRhino said 6 years ago

    Hi Andrea! SO nice to see this post about you + your work. I've been crushin on it ever since I first saw it. Such unique designs... Hopefully I will own a piece one day!

  • MiniatureRhino

    MiniatureRhino said 6 years ago

    Hi Andrea! SO nice to see this post about you + your work. I've been crushin on it ever since I first saw it. Such unique designs... Hopefully I will own a piece one day!

  • JdeSignSbyJay

    JdeSignSbyJay said 6 years ago

    Lovely jewelry. I especially love the "Three . herkimer diamonds oxidized sterling silver ring". Congratulations on being the Featured Seller :]

  • amarillosky

    amarillosky said 6 years ago

    Love your shop - pics are fantastic ..and your pup is soo adorable!

  • JenSanCandles

    JenSanCandles said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! I really enjoyed reading it. I wish you much future success.

  • FreyaJoyy

    FreyaJoyy said 6 years ago

    Very creative jewellery!!

  • alatvian

    alatvian said 6 years ago

    congrats on being featured! lovely interview!

  • tripperdungan

    tripperdungan said 6 years ago

    what a unique style. I love the idea of the black metal.

  • miraclemittens

    miraclemittens said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work. Adorable dog : ) Congratulations!

  • lepetitruban

    lepetitruban said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, very simple and unique designs :D

  • cjbcollectibles

    cjbcollectibles said 6 years ago

    Simple and elegant. My wife would love it. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • TanjaDesign

    TanjaDesign said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, andrea! Great to have somebody from Croatia as a Featured seller!

  • stellasavestheday

    stellasavestheday said 6 years ago

    Love your work AND your pup, Andrea! My dog is my best cheerleader!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 6 years ago

    Really amazing designs!!! You're so talented! Congrats on a fabulous, interesting interview!!!!

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling said 6 years ago

    beautiful work!

  • mysticheartstudios

    mysticheartstudios said 6 years ago

    Love your style and designs. Uniqueness at its best! Congratulations on being a "Featured Artist"...what an honor! ~Teri

  • vonCharlie

    vonCharlie said 6 years ago

    wonderful .... I might just have to get one of your peaces.

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 6 years ago

    visited croatia for the first time last year and loved it - lucky you to call it home! your designs have such a presence, stunning! congrats on the feature!

  • Kteis

    Kteis said 6 years ago

    Congrats, Andrea :)

  • JiruMess

    JiruMess said 6 years ago

    I love love love your designs! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    love this shop. :)

  • GrinderGraphics

    GrinderGraphics said 6 years ago

    Love it! Congrats on the feature. :)

  • zelmarose

    zelmarose said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Lovely dog! Congrats on the feature.

  • ConceptsInClay

    ConceptsInClay said 6 years ago

    This is really unique - I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it! Thanks so much for sharing your insights!

  • MPsen

    MPsen said 6 years ago

    Everything is so beautiful. I will have hard time deciding. Congratulations

  • lottalosten

    lottalosten said 6 years ago

    Oh I love you shop and your story is great! Such amacing pictures to go with your words. Lovely really.

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 6 years ago

    Your pieces are so simple and beautiful. Congrats on being the featured seller!

  • DawnCorrespondence

    DawnCorrespondence said 6 years ago

    adorable jewelry! congrats!

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 6 years ago

    love so much your work, congrats!!!!!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Was nice to read your story, your pieces certainly do have an architectural feeling to them. Very structured and I think that helps in creating striking jewellery.

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 6 years ago

    I have been seeing lot of your jewelry on FP. Great work.. Congratulations!

  • jpgphotography

    jpgphotography said 6 years ago

    Your jewelry is photographed beautifully. *Personal Favorite: The Pyramid Illusion Necklace.

  • sandragrafik

    sandragrafik said 6 years ago

    So delicate, so avant garde! beautiful work and pictures! Congrats on you feature!!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work, glad to have seen your store, inspiring!

  • trulyenchanted

    trulyenchanted said 6 years ago

    so, so beautiful! Your work is so striking and refreshing. Best of luck with your lovely shop!

  • genctug

    genctug said 6 years ago

    simple and beautiful :)

  • Akamatra

    Akamatra said 6 years ago

    I love your work! Best of luck!

  • HeavenlyNaturalSoap

    HeavenlyNaturalSoap said 6 years ago

    dainty and lovely work! I just love that it seems that the trend lately has been big masquline jewelry so this is quite refreshing!

  • annieWHERE

    annieWHERE said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature, Andrea! I love the clean, simple and elegant look of your jewelry (and how nicely it is presented in your shop)! And your thoughts and connection to animals really resonate with me :) Cestitke i sretno! Annemarie

  • Beadit1

    Beadit1 said 6 years ago

    Love your rings! Very unique pieces of art. Congrats on feature.

  • HeavenlyNaturals
  • lucietales

    lucietales said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! I'm a fan of your work, it's been great reading a little bit more about you, and the pictures are awesome! Bravo!!!

  • FebystanDesigns

    FebystanDesigns said 6 years ago

    Lovely work! Congrats on the feature!

  • Engls

    Engls said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Beautiful work!

  • WriteTheGoodWrite

    WriteTheGoodWrite said 6 years ago

    Your designs are striking - very original! I also love the photography of your jewelry. :)

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

    love your elegant & modern designs, thank you! xo

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 6 years ago

    congrats! so awesome :)

  • martora

    martora said 6 years ago

    Your jewelry are amazing!=)

  • TammiCreationsArt

    TammiCreationsArt said 6 years ago

    Extraordinary jewelry!!! God has blessed you with a wonderful gift!! :)

  • NostalgiaAtHighTea

    NostalgiaAtHighTea said 6 years ago

    truly unique, its evident in your work how much you love what you create :)

  • sukran

    sukran said 6 years ago

    I always liked your simply beautiful designs.Congrats for the feature....

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 6 years ago

    Very cool shop! Adore it. :-) xxxx EL Vintage

  • EllaBands

    EllaBands said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous. I love the 'thorns' ring. :)

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry said 6 years ago

    Congrats!

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 6 years ago

    Wow- incredible work and a fascinating and insightful interview. I love your approach to creativity. Congratulations !

  • BreatheCouture

    BreatheCouture said 6 years ago

    Fabulous feature! Love Andrea's designs :)

  • GVEGA

    GVEGA said 6 years ago

    Really caught my eye...twice now, well done beautiful works

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    Your work really has the architectural, clean line feeling. I love it! All the best with the future and congratulations.

  • SunshineSparrow

    SunshineSparrow said 6 years ago

    i love the though provoking photos, both of you and of your products. kudos on the feature.

  • CoocooCollageChick

    CoocooCollageChick said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured Andrea!

  • LAccentNou

    LAccentNou said 6 years ago

    I just love your minimalist graphic designs! Congrats on the feature!

  • willowstreetworkshop

    willowstreetworkshop said 6 years ago

    Lovely work!

  • redstarINK

    redstarINK said 6 years ago

    I love the simple beauty of your jewelry.

  • SimplyCutebyKarin

    SimplyCutebyKarin said 6 years ago

    Your jewelry is beautiful, your dog is adorable, and I love your deeply felt connection with animals.

  • MOAS

    MOAS said 6 years ago

    I enjoy your minimalist designs, very clean finish and beautiful! Good luck with school, it'll be done soon :)

  • missusfrenchie

    missusfrenchie said 6 years ago

    I LOVE your work! The three Herkimer diamond ring has been on my birthday wish list for awhile now:) Congratulations on the feature!

  • AllThingsPretty

    AllThingsPretty said 6 years ago

    Something so pure about your designs. Beautiful.

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 6 years ago

    i am so inspired by your designs + work. congratulations to you, i'm thrilled to see you featured here. and the photos in your interview are absolutely stunning!

  • munieca

    munieca said 6 years ago

    Love so much your designs!!

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk said 6 years ago

    Lovely work! I really enjoyed seeing your dog. Congratulations!

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your shop with all of us. We love to see and hear how others are inspired. It sounds like you have a lovely life and your art is wonderful. Best of luck to you.

  • handmaderomance

    handmaderomance said 6 years ago

    congratulations. beautiful work and i love that you are such an animal person : )

  • xAlstroemeriAx

    xAlstroemeriAx said 6 years ago

    You are an artist...to put it simply. :)

  • Elizabits

    Elizabits said 6 years ago

    Very interesting article!

  • bijouxdanslachambre

    bijouxdanslachambre said 6 years ago

    It's so rare to see an aesthetic as unique and defined as yours, with such precise attention to detail. Admiring your work has been a pleasure. All the best!

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 6 years ago

    A beautiful story. I wish you all the best. Congrats.

  • MarbellaJewelry

    MarbellaJewelry said 6 years ago

    unique and elegant!

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, clean, refreshing designs! Lovely feature. Lots of continued success!!

  • irenkakudlicki

    irenkakudlicki said 6 years ago

    Simply beautiful work!

  • shupg

    shupg said 6 years ago

    amazing! I love your comment about animals..., totally get what you mean.

  • Anhoki

    Anhoki said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story and amazing work. :~)

  • LynneC

    LynneC said 6 years ago

    lovely....

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    Your shop is really beautiful and I love your work space by the window. I have my work space right by my window and I love it. I can sit there and create all day.

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    Your work is so lovely, elegant, I love it!

  • NinasShop

    NinasShop said 6 years ago

    so nice.

  • spoolandsparrowshop

    spoolandsparrowshop said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Andrea! I have a pair of your twig earrings and they are definitely my favorites. A gorgeous Croatian beach would be my perfect destination about now.

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 6 years ago

    So excited that you got to be a featured seller! I stumbled upon your shop a while ago and instantly fell in love... LOVE! :) Continue your hard work and beautiful artistry. Simply beautiful!

  • gemgoddessbytamara

    gemgoddessbytamara said 6 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry. Good luck with school and never give up on your dreams..

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 6 years ago

    your work is so stunning .. love the feel of it and happy that you were featured !!

  • KnofsK9Designs

    KnofsK9Designs said 6 years ago

    I love what you said about what handmade means to you. that's a great way to put it

  • maldonadojoyas

    maldonadojoyas said 6 years ago

    Congrats!!!

  • raspberrybutterflies

    raspberrybutterflies said 6 years ago

    beautiful work

  • SugarStripes

    SugarStripes said 6 years ago

    Absolutely stunning work! Congrats!

  • ittybittybag

    ittybittybag said 6 years ago

    Congratulations. Take a peak at my blog, our stories are so similar. My mom made my Prom dress too. To this day, my most treasured item. Best to you. Jen

  • StringUnion

    StringUnion said 6 years ago

    fascinating!!! Thank you for sharing!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 6 years ago

    Great Article!!! Beautiful Creations!!!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 6 years ago

    Great Article!!! Beautiful Creations!!!

  • marisolfair

    marisolfair said 6 years ago

    I have come across your work before, it really stands out. Original, beautiful, engaging and architectural! So happy for you to be featured and well deserved...congratulations and best to you.

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Great article and work!

  • wearthou

    wearthou said 6 years ago

    Love your work!!! Very elegant and unique jewelry! Congratulations on being featured and for sharing a bit about yourself! I especially love your 'weights' necklace - too cool beyond words!!

  • AmazingMiniatures

    AmazingMiniatures said 6 years ago

    Love your designs.. its very minimalist... but super cool!

  • ARabbitNamedMolecule

    ARabbitNamedMolecule said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature. Your work is beautiful. Wishing you the best!

  • Chiikake

    Chiikake said 6 years ago

    Beautiful works, congrat! Simple and elegant :D

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 6 years ago

    beautiful. simple and understated........... keep doing what you do ! x

  • GenJewel

    GenJewel said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature !

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 6 years ago

    great feature!!! lovely items....

  • Littlepicture

    Littlepicture said 6 years ago

    These are just stunning ! I love the illusion pyramid most.. ! And may I say what beautiful photography display !!!

  • ErieStreet

    ErieStreet said 6 years ago

    čestitam

  • searchnrescue2

    searchnrescue2 said 6 years ago

    congratulations on being featured, lovely interview ~ your work is beautiful~

  • barbarakeisman

    barbarakeisman said 6 years ago

    I love the simplicity of your designs.

  • WoodenNickelsJewelry

    WoodenNickelsJewelry said 6 years ago

    Is the dog for sale? Phenomenal work and congrats to you!

  • TheVintageCocktail

    TheVintageCocktail said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the great article. I love the bones of your work.... rushing to make your shop 'my favorite'!

  • artdi

    artdi said 6 years ago

    So simple, elegant and lovely!

  • KimDulaney

    KimDulaney said 6 years ago

    Happy you made the front page! Love your work. Very elegant, but modern. xo Kim

  • Willow4u

    Willow4u said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Sooo easy on the eyes!

  • theminabucket

    theminabucket said 6 years ago

    your pieces are so unique and interesting, love that. wishing you lots of success!

  • Sweethoots

    Sweethoots said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats!

  • DearRaymer

    DearRaymer said 6 years ago

    great article. I love the simplicity of your pieces, and I'm also a big fan of oxidized sterling :)

  • artistudios

    artistudios said 6 years ago

    Divan i originalan nakit! Sjajne fotografije!

  • christinetillman

    christinetillman said 6 years ago

    Been a fan of your work for a while. Loved the interview.

  • funkeyfinds

    funkeyfinds said 6 years ago

    very beautiful pieces...I have seen her things often lately, happy to read about her!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    I love this article. Nice compliments for the artist's mother just in time for Mother's Day. Love the items.

  • FishesMakeWishes

    FishesMakeWishes said 6 years ago

    lovely feature for a very talented artist! congratulations Andrea!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful works.

  • anek

    anek said 6 years ago

    Dear Andrea, you know that I love your work :) ...and I am so glad and proud that someone from Croatia got featured!! Yipii! Wishing you all the best!

  • supplierofdreams

    supplierofdreams said 6 years ago

    Your work and your style is gorgeous! Congratulations!

  • isheshop

    isheshop said 6 years ago

    oh my gosh she is amazing the last photo is a work of art

  • littlejarofhearts

    littlejarofhearts said 6 years ago

    I've been a fan for a while now! Its awesome to hear you're still in school and so successful. Congrats on the feature! And best wishes!

  • didoLe

    didoLe said 6 years ago

    curo divna si, cestitam, pozdrav!

  • LittleLambsEatIvy43

    LittleLambsEatIvy43 said 6 years ago

    awe.. hurray to another talented woman from croatia.. what a beautiful country.. and your work is stunning truly... thank you for sharing your preciously graceful creations. good luck

  • Jessicabstract

    Jessicabstract said 6 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry :) Love all the black.

  • petra252

    petra252 said 6 years ago

    Nakit predivan!!! Intervju bas nadahnjujuci i topao. Grll&ljub Damjan i ostali :)

  • uhlalalebrocantage

    uhlalalebrocantage said 6 years ago

    I am one of you fans!!! I wold like to have the reserved ring, that with three diamonds... Do you do it again? Sorry for my english... Laura

  • Eccolo

    Eccolo said 6 years ago

    Your work is truly beautiful-- and you CAN tell that you love architecture by looking at it. Congrats!

  • jleeweaver

    jleeweaver said 6 years ago

    Love your story. Beautiful work.

  • DesignsStainedGlass

    DesignsStainedGlass said 6 years ago

    Great article. Lovely shop.

  • OggoThings

    OggoThings said 6 years ago

    loved your shop and the simplicity of your design. congrats!

  • beadedblue

    beadedblue said 6 years ago

    ~Congrats on being featured. Great article. Your designs are beautiful! :)

  • marjudesignsforyou

    marjudesignsforyou said 6 years ago

    That was really interesting to read.I hope you will suceed in your life.Good luck!

  • whphotography

    whphotography said 6 years ago

    Such a lovely interview -- your work is incredibly sophisticated and so feminine. I loved Zagreb when I travelled there many years ago; what an inspirational city! All the best to you.... xo, WHP

  • AdeloCreations

    AdeloCreations said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your work!I love Croatia.I love your work.It has great style!Wish you the best!

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured. Your words and jewelry glow with honesty.

  • onebuttonatatime

    onebuttonatatime said 6 years ago

    Beautiful!!!! Best wishes....

  • CatsAroundTheCorner

    CatsAroundTheCorner said 6 years ago

    Lovely work, Andrea. Beautiful, simple and expressive. Mirta is a cutie, too!

  • HisBlessings

    HisBlessings said 6 years ago

    Your thoughts are so simple yet deep, same as your designs. I love that your major runs into your design, the collision of the two is is amazing! What I would give for a couple of weeks of impartation from you! Well deserved feature.

  • Dobergrrl

    Dobergrrl said 6 years ago

    Beautiful pieces! Congrats on being featured! :) Oh, and very cute dog! :)

  • HenrietteWhite

    HenrietteWhite said 6 years ago

    I just love your work! Striking simplicity! That's hard to accomplish and you realy do it well!

  • folkspirit

    folkspirit said 6 years ago

    Neat shop!

  • jazziesandlilies

    jazziesandlilies said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Great Jewelry!

  • keeptheminstitches

    keeptheminstitches said 6 years ago

    Your photography is just amazing! May this bring you many more sales. :)

  • mygrandmotherssofa

    mygrandmotherssofa said 6 years ago

    Beatiful work! congratulations!

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 6 years ago

    You have such amazing pieces - they're so delicate but still have a tougher edge to them. Wonderful interview and congratulations on your success so far! :)

  • joiedevivrejewellery

    joiedevivrejewellery said 6 years ago

    Amazing jewelry!

  • samdesigns2009

    samdesigns2009 said 6 years ago

    Lovely and a wonderful interview.

  • ArtMadeByTammy

    ArtMadeByTammy said 6 years ago

    Fantastic feature and shop!

  • JAShirraPatterns

    JAShirraPatterns said 6 years ago

    Love all of your jewelry. They are so dainty !

  • FayceCards

    FayceCards said 6 years ago

    Very beautiful silhouettes...I love the shapes and geometric lines.

  • Project561

    Project561 said 6 years ago

    love the feature!! congrats!!!

  • anandi

    anandi said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work! I LOVE the photos in the article as well.

  • Tanith

    Tanith said 6 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry, I love the simplicity.

  • kristygreathouse

    kristygreathouse said 6 years ago

    Very unique and beautiful!

  • mylavaliere

    mylavaliere said 6 years ago

    so elegant and simple, beautiful work!

  • WatermelonWishes

    WatermelonWishes said 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • LavishLeather

    LavishLeather said 6 years ago

    I love your answer to what does handmade mean to you... I agree completely! Beautiful jewelry!

  • flippingout

    flippingout said 6 years ago

    Love the minimalist quality to your work.

  • flippingout

    flippingout said 6 years ago

    Love the minimalist quality to your work.

  • tiarasnbows

    tiarasnbows said 6 years ago

    Wonderful work! CONGRATS! :)

  • OrangeSherbet1

    OrangeSherbet1 said 6 years ago

    I love the unique style of your work. It is awesome! Congrats on being featured!

  • belindasaville

    belindasaville said 6 years ago

    Your jewellery is so distinctive! And I think your mum has great taste ;-) Congrats on the feature...I really enjoyed reading your interview :-) Wishing you every success!

  • GypsyCatStudios

    GypsyCatStudios said 6 years ago

    Beautiful intricate work and nice article! I TOTALLY relate with the animals over people understanding. Me too! Good Luck!

  • AlteredElementsJewel

    AlteredElementsJewel said 6 years ago

    Your jewelry has such a delicate, organic feel to it, and I love the clean lines! You can really notice the strong design element in your work. Congratulations, and best of luck to you!

  • ZizouArT

    ZizouArT said 6 years ago

    Bravo Andrea!

  • blueridgewoodworking

    blueridgewoodworking said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Your work is special....Keep up the good job. What a cute pup.

  • hannahnaomi

    hannahnaomi said 6 years ago

    Beautiful feature! Your work is truly unique and exquisite to look at. By the way, I love Croatia -- I used to vacation in Brela when I was a kid! Congrats!

  • whimsicaljewellery

    whimsicaljewellery said 6 years ago

    congratulations on this great feature! love the delicacy and clean lines of your jewelry.

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek said 6 years ago

    congrats!

  • LaLaShoes

    LaLaShoes said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Andrea! Your jewelry is wonderful, I really appreciate your simple, clear and thoughtful designs.

  • Kayolyna

    Kayolyna said 6 years ago

    beautiful work! congrats!!

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals said 6 years ago

    Beautiful designs. Congratulations and wishing you more success.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work. Very delicate.

  • HandyDuo

    HandyDuo said 6 years ago

    what a young and talented creator!

  • joykruse

    joykruse said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and talented. Nice simple modern designs.

  • DamselofDainty

    DamselofDainty said 6 years ago

    Oh my, I love your work! And the photo's in the article really fit the style of your jewelry.

  • hyacynthe

    hyacynthe said 6 years ago

    very unique pieces!

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 6 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry, I love all the lines! Congrats on your success!

  • Piperbrogan

    Piperbrogan said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature, I really like the look of your jewelry!

  • seaofbees

    seaofbees said 6 years ago

    gorgeous!

  • ephemerascenti

    ephemerascenti said 6 years ago

    love the clean, simple lines of your designs-refined and feminine. congratulations Andrea on your feature! who knows where life and love and obvious talent will lead you!

  • MothHouse

    MothHouse said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature, I love your work (and your dog)!! I have a sheepdog too who I'm pretty sure is plotting the demise of Etsy. She hates when the computer gets more attention than her :)

  • EssenesBoutique

    EssenesBoutique said 6 years ago

    I love the part about your creative process. Caring a sketchbook is a great idea! sometimes things come to me while driving and I have nothing to write it down. Thanks for a great article!

  • scaredycatdesign

    scaredycatdesign said 6 years ago

    Hi Andrea, you have some beautiful contemporary jewelry in your Mirta shop. When I did a View Source on your shop home page, I noted that your keywords were necklace, earrings, ring, and bracelet. When I did a Google search on necklace, I came up with 128,000,000 websites and the top one listed was Tiffany. When I did a search on the number of backlinks for Tiffany, it came up with 38,000,000 backlinks and it shows that Tiffany has a Google PageRank of 6. It will be very difficult to get listed on a external search engine’s first page with that much competition. If you want to draw external web traffic to your Etsy shop, I would suggest changing your Shop Sections from Necklace to Contemporary Necklace, from Earrings to Contemporary Earrings, etc. The top search result for Contemporary Necklace only has 247 backlinks and no Google PageRank. You already have 1,320 backlinks so it will not take long for you to be listed on the external search engine first page for those keywords! Good luck!

  • silkshop

    silkshop said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, Andrea! Your work is gorgeous:)

  • AtomicAttic

    AtomicAttic said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring.

  • VespertineSilver

    VespertineSilver said 6 years ago

    Love your style!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Andrea simplly beautiful and inspiring ! Congrats !

  • NaturalGlam

    NaturalGlam said 6 years ago

    I love the clean lines and openness of your work...very simple but yet detailed. Beautiful!

  • ThePinkMantle

    ThePinkMantle said 6 years ago

    Love your industrial chic style....

  • ThePinkMantle

    ThePinkMantle said 6 years ago

    Love your industrial chic style....

  • josephine7075

    josephine7075 said 6 years ago

    I love the honest simplicity of your designs-So very clean and uncomplicated!

  • Yanettine

    Yanettine said 6 years ago

    Your work is outstanding!

  • earthenology

    earthenology said 6 years ago

    Great work, simple is always better.

  • PinwheelStudio

    PinwheelStudio said 6 years ago

    Wonderful work and an enjoyable article - so true about simplicity and being happy when creating.

  • joyscottglass

    joyscottglass said 6 years ago

    I love the delicate and simplicity of your jewelry. It is amazing how often one starts out with one idea and in the creative process the piece changes.

  • JessicaFZubaly

    JessicaFZubaly said 6 years ago

    love my ring and will def pick out my next present from your page again!

  • wingbysea

    wingbysea said 6 years ago

    Just absolutely stunning work!

  • ElasVintageFinds

    ElasVintageFinds said 6 years ago

    Your work is absolutely beautiful!

  • ElasVintageFinds

    ElasVintageFinds said 6 years ago

    Your work is absolutely beautiful!

  • ZhivanaDesigns

    ZhivanaDesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! I love your work!

  • dabsh01

    dabsh01 said 6 years ago

    Your work is beutiful and I love the simplicity of all the pieces.

  • StainedGlassStudio

    StainedGlassStudio said 6 years ago

    very beautiful jewelry, best wishes to you :-)

  • greenjellohome

    greenjellohome said 6 years ago

    simplicity is great, says alot, i love it

  • ManoyMetal

    ManoyMetal said 6 years ago

    :D i always love reading about fellow artists! <3 Thank you for the glimpse into your creative life! xo. Mano y Metal

  • Handmadebyani

    Handmadebyani said 6 years ago

    Beautiful !!!

  • crystalworld

    crystalworld said 6 years ago

    Lover your designs,So Wonderful:)

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 6 years ago

    I love animals too, I totally agree they do understand us very well :) Gorgeous story! Thanks for sharing :)

  • JanesSundayBest

    JanesSundayBest said 6 years ago

    I agree that your knowledge and love for design and pure simplicity shows in your work. I really like the way you contrasted dark/white so effectively in your Snow . white druzy agate oxidized sterling silver ring.

  • bydaniela

    bydaniela said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • pearldelta

    pearldelta said 6 years ago

    Great

  • pearldelta

    pearldelta said 6 years ago

    Great

  • sabahnur

    sabahnur said 6 years ago

    awesome shop and awesome artist!!:)

  • mygrandmotherssofa

    mygrandmotherssofa said 6 years ago

    congratulations! your work is beautiful!

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature Andrea! Beautiful work!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    Sweet, understated and elegant! Congratulations on the feature..I love your windows! Aloha Connie

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 6 years ago

    oOoooo so modern with a sliver of sas. Great work. I can't wait to see your work when you are 58! Keep alive with your love and Cheers! XCL

  • SecondLifeObjects

    SecondLifeObjects said 6 years ago

    I loved your feature and all you pieces. I am also an architect begining to explore other possibilities to bring my criativity to different artistic forms...and handmade jewelry is a great way to do it! Good luck with your studies and your work here at Etsy!

  • artistiquejewelry

    artistiquejewelry said 6 years ago

    I love how simple, yet sophisticated your designs are. Keep up the amazing work!

  • LOUISPESILAN

    LOUISPESILAN said 6 years ago

    Amazing! Good luck!

  • pathwaywellness

    pathwaywellness said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! What lovely pieces you make! Very simple and elegant

  • HillaryC

    HillaryC said 6 years ago

    So beautiful and delicate! I love the simplicity. Great interview.

  • thepatternedpiemaker

    thepatternedpiemaker said 6 years ago

    beautiful work!

  • LillieRainDesigns

    LillieRainDesigns said 6 years ago

    I love your work..............and your dog! I studied drafting in college so I can appreciate your finding beauty and inspiration in archItecture.

  • SofibellaDesign

    SofibellaDesign said 6 years ago

    I LOVE your article...so simple and inspiring

  • MeShells108

    MeShells108 said 6 years ago

    I just love the article! It just makes me want to keep going and never put my head down. Thank u

  • MsMaddie

    MsMaddie said 6 years ago

    Love this article this inspired me :)

  • PaintedHorse

    PaintedHorse said 6 years ago

    Such a lovely story. Thank you for sharing. Your work is exquisite and your dog is darling! Wishing you continued success...

  • DUSKtillDAWNvintage

    DUSKtillDAWNvintage said 6 years ago

    Beautiful artist.

  • sweetpeaaguy

    sweetpeaaguy said 6 years ago

    I bought a ring from her and it was simply beautiful. There is a touch of romance in the most basic form which she has captured in her work...a true artist in the making. I will not surprise to see her work in upscale boutique in the near future. So glad to have her ring before we can't afford it anymore.

  • dovelyday

    dovelyday said 6 years ago

    Seriously, these articles are so inspiring to newbies on Etsy! Does anyone else ever wish that someday they'll be doing well enough to have an Etsy feature article? I sure do. What a joy and honor to see how other artists work!

  • SilverFound

    SilverFound said 6 years ago

    Success! What we all aspire to achieve. I just visited her shop and it was closed due to the large volume of orders she got from the article!! Thats great. Well done.

  • Marvidrio

    Marvidrio said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Looks like this feature has made you even more successful:) Congrats!

  • RoyalFelt

    RoyalFelt said 6 years ago

    Stunning work!

  • JulienDenoyer

    JulienDenoyer said 6 years ago

    Love the work so much!!! I love this minimalist type of jewelry...so gorgeous and easy to wear! Congratulation on your success!!!

  • MeToYouCrochet

    MeToYouCrochet said 6 years ago

    Love your work ♥

  • charlenesbags

    charlenesbags said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature article. Lovely jewelry.

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! Your work is beautiful, best of luck!!

  • ladyrachelscreation7

    ladyrachelscreation7 said 6 years ago

    Great interview! and I love your work. Congratulations and best of luck in your future endeavors. Christine

  • JadeBonterra

    JadeBonterra said 6 years ago

    Your herkimer diamond pieces are like nothing I've ever seen. Glad to see that your feature brought you lots of international attention (and sales). Best of luck to you.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 6 years ago

    Nice bun, toots!

  • DesignerArt4U

    DesignerArt4U said 6 years ago

    Delightful!!! Thanks.

  • Jaclynscollections

    Jaclynscollections said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! Very exciting!

  • MiaJuliaDesigns

    MiaJuliaDesigns said 6 years ago

    Just getting started on Etsy with jewelry. I had my pieces professionally photographed. Have you talked to other people selling jewelry and do they photograph their own items? Just couldn't get my pieces to look good in the pictures I took. Thanks! Sharon

  • ivanaart

    ivanaart said 6 years ago

    znam da malo kasnim, tek sam sad vidjela intervju :) ali, ipak cestitam puno! nakit ti je prekrasan!!

  • DeviantMe

    Caitríona Meehan said 5 years ago

    I am in lovvvvvvvvveeeeeeee with the diamond ring!!! Its so dinky and simple but beautiful!!!!!!!!

  • maribon

    Marija B from DesignMariBon said 4 years ago

    Very creative. Congratulations!!!

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