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Featured Seller: onegarnetgirl

Dec 14, 2009

by onegarnetgirl

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Madelynn Cassin and I wanted to be an opera singer when I was younger. Luckily for anyone within earshot I found jewelry making to be my passion instead. I live in Western Massachusetts with my Husband, our 3 kids and our overfed pug Clementine. I love small towns and big cities equally and I collect old tools. I also have cat-like reflexes and can fly. Actually, I can’t, but when I was 8 I tied tree branches to my arms and jumped off of our roof. I don’t take myself too seriously, and try to live a happy, lighthearted life with the people I love. I don’t like being told no. This is why working for myself is ideal.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I like to argue. I like to shop online. I like hiking in the woods with my kids. This is my favorite time of year and I’m lucky enough to have them to watch and explore the winter with. I’m a Gemini and alternately like to do everything and nothing. At the same time.

What first made you want to become an artist?

I grew up in a seriously small town in New Hampshire. My playground was the woods and lakes and because there were so few kids my age, I spent a ton of time in the woods, or making something out of what I had found there. My father was a jack-of-all-trades, and my mother has the most keen eye for decorating and beauty of anyone I know. In the first 10 years of my life they had me knitting, sewing, making dolls, tying knots, taking a painting class and drawing, weaving baskets, making terrariums, wreaths, playing instruments, going to inventor’s camp, singing and dancing. The need to create was inherent, but also lovingly fostered by my parents. The Gilsum Rock Swap happens every year in Gilsum, NH, and my father and I would go every year to trade and buy minerals and crystals. We also collected the garnet chips that washed up on the beach in my hometown. There was a time when I had jars and jars of garnets on my windowsill.

From the time I was very young, when I was bored or later down in the dumps… I realized if I started making something, everything would be right as rain.

Please describe your creative process how, when, materials, etc.

Color makes me deliriously happy. There is nothing more exciting then coming up with a new combination that evokes some sort of memory. I use only natural high quality gemstones, and work with argentium, sterling and fine silver as well as palladium silver, gold and palladium white gold. Generally I work about 65 hours a week, some days work starts at 7:30am, some days at 5:30pm. I love working with wax, taking a lump of nothingness and making it into something I’m happy with.

Most nights I end up carving and setting stones in my sleep, but I’m working on that.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

My children. I know, I know- try not to gag.

Name your top five books, movies, songs/musical groups, and web sites besides Etsy.

heifer.org

facebook

craigslist.org

google analytics

regretsy

Some of my favorite songs would have to be:

When I Die – The Waifs

Every Time You say Goodbye – Alison Krauss and Union Station

Veronica- by Elvis Costello

Crazy on You – Heart

Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

Geek Love- Katherine Dunn

Stone Butch Blues- Leslie Feinberg

Spell of The Yukon & Other Verses- Robert W. Service

The Odessa File- Frederick Forsyth

Anything by David Sedaris

Movies:

Since I haven’t seen anything with more than a G rating in the past 5 years, I’m not one to speak of good movies- although I did just see Gran Torino and it was Fan-tastic!

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

Keep positive. Make original work that you would love to buy yourself. Analyze your shop every month- what works, what doesn’t? Be respectful of your buyers.

Read as much as you can in the forums, use them as a resource. There are so many helpful sellers there. Talk to other sellers in chat. And again,keep positive!

What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?

I love the new rearrange your shop feature.

I’d like to have a template that allows me to duplicate a listing without having to re-enter all the information again.

It would be great to be able to list one item in a couple different sections in my shop so buyers can browse more thoroughly and easily. (ie: an item can be in my Rings section AND my Gold section).

Automatic sale cancellation after 72 hours with no payment.

Also, it would be great to be able to add notes in the ‘notes to seller’ section after the sale has occurred. (ie: if a buyer forgot to put a ring size in at the time of sale, I can add it later).

Finally how cool would it be to be able to archive your convos, to de-clutter your convo section, but have a record available when needed?

How do you promote your work?

I use twitter, facebook, craigslist, flickr and other sites to show my work and list them for sale. I have a lot of word of mouth and am part of a great team THE JETS who all promote each other’s work and team happenings.

In ten years I’d like to be…

Able to take off a couple weeks every few months and really connect with my family. I’d like to travel a LOT inside the US and overseas. I’d like to be hiking every week with my husband. And I’d like to still feel passionately about my work. I’d like to be expanding my wholesale opportunities and continue to take phenomenal classes to better myself. I’d like to join a choir and get involved in community theater and get back into playing guitar again. Hey, I told you I was a Gemini!

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9 comments

  • 1shoesandjewlry1

    1shoesandjewlry1 said 6 years ago

    Hi onegarnetgirl, (Madelynn) First of all, I admired all of your work. Your jewelry has a lot of unique-ness. I love that! I have been to some of my local jewelry shops and can't find a mold for a re-set of my wedding ring. I have a 3 stone past, present, future. The center is 3/4. (not sure what the two sides measure. Then I have a band with 5 diamonds. It is yellow gold, but I want it to be white gold. I want it to look like it is a vintage piece. How does the whole cost, shipping, payment, design happen? Thank-you, Tammy

  • Suikerbollie

    Suikerbollie said 5 years ago

    hi! I'm from Belgium and I don't now how to figure out my ring size. Here in Belgium it's different. I now that the diameter from the ring on the inside is 16.8mm and if you measure around my finger it's 53mm but I don't know what size that is in the US. Sorry for bothering Sarah

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 5 years ago

    Good article! I don't like being told "no" either and have a lot of fun working on my own and stretching myself.

  • nicolesilberfeld

    nicolesilberfeld said 5 years ago

    Great profile! It's so nice to know who you're buying from. I am going to buy a piece--I'm just having such a hard time deciding on the first one--they are all so gorgeous!!!!

  • jLorleeDesignbyteS

    jLorleeDesignbyteS said 5 years ago

    I loved reading this! Hmmm....I'm a Gemini too...I dabble in a lot of things all at the same time. My mom used to call me Tinkerbell. Guess I'm living up to the tinkering part. Great job on your life's work and acheivements! Kids included:-) Best wishes, Tawnya

  • horsley77

    horsley77 said 5 years ago

    i enjoyed reading this as well. I now live in a small community on a lake, so I hope my daughter will be as whimsical, and creative as you were, being away from the big city! So happy you are designing and making my ring with your TWO HANDS:) excited to see it :):)

  • kathyjoo

    kathyjoo said 5 years ago

    I am happily awaiting a ring from you, yay! I too am a Gemini, I love the statement "I'm a Gemini and alternately like to do everything and nothing. At the same time." Well that pretty much sums me up as well. I am interested in everything. I love the outdoors and have made everything you can think of from sticks and what not when I was a kid. I collect, rocks, shells, seaglass and most all things I find that are shiny. I have a fondness for acorns and owls. I have a home on an Island on Lake Superior which feeds my soul. The beauty and simplicity of your jewelry just speaks to me... :)

  • kathyjoo

    kathyjoo said 5 years ago

    just added a picture, was suppose to be for above comment. oh well. :)

  • lightbugs1

    lightbugs1 said 5 years ago

    Your jewelry is so clean and lighthearted, same as your profile :)))

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