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Featured Seller: Upper Metal Class

Dec 14, 2011

by uppermetalclass

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is T and I’m a Los Angeles native now residing in Portland, Oregon. My fiancé has been a huge supporter of my jewelry, so when the time came to decide on a name for my line, we brainstormed and basically brought it back home. We each grew up in poor neighborhoods that had a great sense of community, with a common goal to better ourselves by striving toward the idea of an upper middle class lifestyle. With that comes strong values, hard work, determination and knowing where you came from. Upper Metal Class symbolizes and embodies all of these things.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I hang out in my pajamas and bum around my house. I usually hover around my fridge looking for good things to eat. I can never get enough of tasty food and drinks and traveling so I love exploring new restaurants, bars and visiting other places in the world.

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
Humble Beginnings: The Root of My Heart. 

Times weren’t easy for my family when I was a child. My mother survived the Vietnam War, lived in a camp and was lucky enough to make her way to the U.S. with me in her stomach, my two brothers (one sick with leukemia) and my uncle to start life over, learning a new language, culture and lifestyle along the way.

I believe my hard work, determination and creativity definitely stems from my mother. When I was little, I remember helping her with small sewing projects she’d take home from her second job as a production sewer in the fashion industry. She didn’t have money to constantly buy new clothes for a growing girl, so she made my clothes by hand. Her love for nature and plants eventually led her to go back in school for landscaping, which turned into a very successful business. When I turned 12 she started taking me along with her team during the summer — not only to keep an eye on me, but also to put me to work digging in the hot sun. Now my mom is retired and travels back to Vietnam every year; she uses her own money to help poor families and orphans. I never saw it back then, but through my mother I learned to reach for my dreams with hard work and determination. I will always remember where I came from.

Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from architecture, construction, math, science and the natural life all around us. I also like strong, sleek lines and curves in buildings; imperfect, but beautiful cracks in sidewalks; cool shapes in objects; and the unbelievable patterns formed by nature.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
My mother has always been the greatest influence in my life. No matter what I wanted to do, she has supported me all the way.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I always enjoyed drawing, painting, sewing and creating as a child, but I don’t feel like it ever crossed my mind to label myself as an artist. It was just something I did, like breathing.

How would you describe your creative process?
For the more creative designs, my process usually involves staying in my pj’s and taking my ideas from thoughts to physical form. There’s really no secret to creating — it’s just taking the time to sit down and try again until something happens.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Salvador Dalí! I first saw his work was when I was in 9th grade; I was blown away and couldn’t believe he was a real person. Dalí was so eccentric, wild and unpredictable. I think it would be pretty awesome to really feel the energy of his studio.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
If I ever  feel hopeless, sad, frustrated or annoyed I know it’s time to step away with my hands up. I usually like to move on to other projects, and when I feel like I’ve let those feelings go I know I can come back with a clear mind to start over again.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I think it’s very important to give back and help others as much as possible, even if it’s just a little bit. I really feel good about contributing to the community and helping non-profit organizations with my jewelry. I don’t really know what will be in my future, but I’m determined to see my work grow and expand. I am definitely thankful and happy for what I have now.

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279 comments

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 7 years ago

    Really enjoyed reading your story :) inspirational! ..and I love your beautifully delicate pieces!

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 7 years ago

    Lovely pieces. I applaud your determination to give back to the community. Congratulations.

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on all of your success, it sounds like you've worked hard and thoroughly deserve it.

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees said 7 years ago

    I love the simplicity of your pieces!!! Beautiful!

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 7 years ago

    if you've never visited the Salvador Dalí museum in st. pete florida you must plan a trip soon. you'll love it! they have one of the biggest collections of his works in the world. congrats on your feature!

  • JewelryBySS

    JewelryBySS said 7 years ago

    Your story is lovely and your jewelry is beautiful! Your mother sounds beautiful too!! Congratulations to you!

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! "There’s really no secret to creating — it’s just taking the time to sit down and try again until something happens." Well said! :)

  • Reneeloveandco

    Reneeloveandco said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your feature and success ! I really like sunset rock stud earrings :)

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek said 7 years ago

    congrats!

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 7 years ago

    Beautiful art. Love your shop. Congrats on the feature!

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 7 years ago

    I love simple and these are gorgeous. Congratulations on being featured.

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 7 years ago

    What an inspiring story and truly lovely pieces you create! Congratulations and much success.

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd said 7 years ago

    congrats!

  • novaofsweden

    novaofsweden said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 7 years ago

    Pretty and simple! Just the way I love it!

  • littlesoup

    littlesoup said 7 years ago

    beautiful!

  • ddfoto

    ddfoto said 7 years ago

    love the contemporary style of your work!

  • RhinoandRoo

    RhinoandRoo said 7 years ago

    Absolutely love your jewelry!! And thank you for sharing your amazing and inspirational story!

  • NorthWoodworks

    NorthWoodworks said 7 years ago

    Your items are beautiful and your story inspirational.

  • prunellasoap

    prunellasoap said 7 years ago

    Ahhhh! T! I am so excited for you, congrats!!

  • mamif

    mamif said 7 years ago

    nice metals!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    Neat! Congrats!

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your feature!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 7 years ago

    I second your visit to the Dali museum! you simply must go! Your story is an inspiration, kudos to you and your family for your hard work and determination, and for giving back, I wish you all the best.

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 7 years ago

    Wow! I love your designs! So beautiful! A really great article. Congrats!!

  • uniquefabricgifts

    uniquefabricgifts said 7 years ago

    Very inspirational story and beautiful work. Wish you the best! Congratulations!!

  • LoveOwlEyes

    LoveOwlEyes said 7 years ago

    I love the sleekness of your shop! Very beautiful items!

  • BroccoliHouse

    BroccoliHouse said 7 years ago

    congrats! I love your design

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 7 years ago

    Super Article!!!! Beautiful Jewelry!

  • TheresaAnnVintage

    TheresaAnnVintage said 7 years ago

    Love the shop name, great story! Keep up the good work

  • OrangeCreamsicle

    OrangeCreamsicle said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on the Featured Seller! Super proud of all the accomplishments! Love your artistic jewelry and wonderful spirit. I love my necklace too!

  • annyschoo

    annyschoo said 7 years ago

    LOVE! VERY SIMPLE AND NICE!

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 7 years ago

    Woow!! Amazing!

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth said 7 years ago

    Inspiring story and such a great life's message ! All the best to you in your business endeavors !

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 7 years ago

    Very nice jewelry T. I appreciate your minimalistic forms. I hope this feature does you well.

  • BrokenBirdFashion

    BrokenBirdFashion said 7 years ago

    I love your design !

  • FIApdx

    FIApdx said 7 years ago

    Congrats, T! You rock. Great to see another Portland artists on Featured Seller. Keep up the amazing work. And hope to see you @ the next Crafty Wonderland ;]

  • ChristinaThomasArt

    ChristinaThomasArt said 7 years ago

    I LOVE you work!!!

  • btaylorquilts

    btaylorquilts said 7 years ago

    What a great article, very moving and I can relate....especially to hovering around the fridge looking for things to eat :) Your story hits home and I love your work and your determination. Good luck and great work :)

  • seaworthysend

    seaworthysend said 7 years ago

    Congratulations!! Yay Portland! Your work and your story are beautiful!

  • LizzyLizano

    LizzyLizano said 7 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL WORK!

  • Laughingdogstudio

    Laughingdogstudio said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed this interview and looking at your wonderful pieces of jewelry.

  • prettylittlethieves

    prettylittlethieves said 7 years ago

    this is so exciting T! congratulations! you and your work are awesome!

  • Popups

    Popups said 7 years ago

    amazing. love your store

  • mikiheather

    mikiheather said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous things!

  • shoptsarevna

    shoptsarevna said 7 years ago

    Beautiful Jewelry!! Congrats

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 7 years ago

    I love the simplicity of everything!

  • kararane

    kararane said 7 years ago

    elegant~gorgeous work T... & agree creating is Breathing*!

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 7 years ago

    Your story is as beautiful as your jewelry! Congratulations fellow Pdxer!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Great story! Congrats on your success!

  • JewelMeShop

    JewelMeShop said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! You must be a very strong , thoughtful and hard working person who can inspire all of us... Thanks for sharing your story!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! Pretty work!

  • CassiasGarden

    CassiasGarden said 7 years ago

    I sure hope this does not sound trite, but I really mean it; your story REALLY inspired me and helped to strengthen me today! That your mom crossed the ocean, pregnant, with a son with leukemia and another one, just brought tears to my eyes. I am hoping your brother survived..... Thank you so much for sharing your story!

  • JanePhillips

    JanePhillips said 7 years ago

    I read your story without dropping a word. Your soul is beautiful :)

  • PrincesaAnastasia

    PrincesaAnastasia said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! Lovely shop!

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 7 years ago

    Interesting jewelry! ~Krista

  • YouniquesRings

    YouniquesRings said 7 years ago

    Very beautiful!! ♥

  • inthesky

    inthesky said 7 years ago

    Your work and your love for your momma are beautiful :) Congrats on being featured! I will definitely be buying from you soon...so excited to have found you!

  • jinny888

    jinny888 said 7 years ago

    your work Beautiful!

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 7 years ago

    Beautiful jewellery and I absolutely love your shop name/background story! Congratulations on the feature!

  • babiesandbabes

    babiesandbabes said 7 years ago

    I love you work!, funny I was watching your shop only yesterday!, well done!

  • Hashibags

    Hashibags said 7 years ago

    AWESOME WORK!!!

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 7 years ago

    oh, very good pick, etsy! :) what a great article! - congrats, T! i was actually across from you and your mom (and boyfriend?) at Crafty Wonderland last weekend, so fun... :) your work is fabulous.

  • corazondulce

    corazondulce said 7 years ago

    I love your work and your story!!

  • SkySaddle

    SkySaddle said 7 years ago

    Enjoy the simple designs!

  • DanielleArden

    DanielleArden said 7 years ago

    gorgeous!

  • Tidepools

    Tidepools said 7 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry and a inspiring story. Thank you for sharing.

  • amberike

    amberike said 7 years ago

    you are beautiful and so is your work! Congrats~!

  • sincerelyYOU

    sincerelyYOU said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on the beautiful feature. Amazing story & shop! Your earrings are so lovely....

  • ccdoodle

    ccdoodle said 7 years ago

    congratulations! I really enjoyed reading your feature. Your jewelry is simple & beautiful! :)

  • Ainurcrochet

    Ainurcrochet said 7 years ago

    Awesome jewelry.. Congrats..♥♥♥

  • fantasygarden

    fantasygarden said 7 years ago

    Beautiful jewelery

  • PaintTheTownHawaii

    PaintTheTownHawaii said 7 years ago

    Great jewelry.

  • GardenDaisiesStudio

    GardenDaisiesStudio said 7 years ago

    T, your story is beautiful, inspirational and so down to earth. I definitely enjoyed the read in between the crazy shipping of last minute Christmas orders. Congratulations on the feature and best wishes!

  • knottysarena

    knottysarena said 7 years ago

    love your jewelry. and your inspirations.

  • TheKnottedPearl

    TheKnottedPearl said 7 years ago

    WOW! Beutiful Jewelry! I love your story! Congrats!

  • JeJeweled

    JeJeweled said 7 years ago

    Lovely items and lovely story.

  • MyLovingTree

    MyLovingTree said 7 years ago

    Love your story and sharing, your hard work and determination has paid off. Congratulations!

  • alexibon

    alexibon said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work! I can relate to the inspiration you get from your Mom. Congratulations!

  • LauraBoyea

    LauraBoyea said 7 years ago

    Love your jewelry. Wish you all the best!

  • DittyDrops

    DittyDrops said 7 years ago

    Congrats!

  • ChasingRomeo

    ChasingRomeo said 7 years ago

    Always loved your shop and such a wonderful story behind it too. Big congrats on your feature!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts said 7 years ago

    What a great spirit! Congrats!!!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 7 years ago

    soo cute.. congrats

  • wildfireatheart

    wildfireatheart said 7 years ago

    :) love it!!

  • owlgypsy

    owlgypsy said 7 years ago

    I loved this article! Gorgeous pieces, Very inspirational.

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 7 years ago

    I've always thought the name of your shop was cool, great to read the back story on it!! Love the modern vibe of your jewelry. Congrats on your feature and continued success!!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 7 years ago

    Your work is so elegant and pretty, congrats on getting featured! Your jewelry brings much beauty to simple geometric patters and shapes.

  • lunaessence

    lunaessence said 7 years ago

    Love the name Upper Metal Class , now don't let it get beaten down to much by the hammer

  • myAvonlea

    myAvonlea said 7 years ago

    Love Love Love Love Love

  • peshka

    peshka said 7 years ago

    Love your work!! Congrats!

  • lamixx

    lamixx said 7 years ago

    Congrats!! Great work, love!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 7 years ago

    great stuff. love the minimalism and the daintiness.

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 7 years ago

    Great work and loved the article!

  • studiokgraphicdesign

    studiokgraphicdesign said 7 years ago

    Awesome! I love your description of the creative process...

  • HandiworkinGirls

    HandiworkinGirls said 7 years ago

    Congratulations, T! Your pieces are incredibly lovely. The sheen of the metallic, especially, reminds me of mother of pearl - they look like they would play with light. Love reading the "behind the scenes" of the Etsy (and crafting!) world.

  • Dombot

    Dombot said 7 years ago

    Great story, and GREAT tattoo!!

  • taylorcuster

    taylorcuster said 7 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry!! Great article!

  • ScissorwizardDesigns

    ScissorwizardDesigns said 7 years ago

    Your story is truly inspirational. Your jewelry....simply stunning. Congratulations!

  • CindyTurnerDesigns

    CindyTurnerDesigns said 7 years ago

    Congratulations. Nice, simple designs, and a very inspiration story.

  • leslieholz

    leslieholz said 7 years ago

    So refreshing to see someone who made it without being handed the world on a silver platter. People like you are rare and I applaud your success. Wishing you continued creativity as you move on to whatever life has in store for you!!

  • GenuineElegance

    GenuineElegance said 7 years ago

    Great story, love your simple and elegant pieces.

  • giftworldz

    giftworldz said 7 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! So clean and flawless. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • TheOffbeatBear

    TheOffbeatBear said 7 years ago

    That is such a beautiful story, your mother is truly an inspiration and sounds like such an amazing woman. I think those of us who have strong women in our lives are truly blessed, and you seem to share a lot of the same strong values she had!

  • byKEONA

    byKEONA said 7 years ago

    Congrats T! How wonderful to be raised by such a strong woman! I absolutely love your shop name. I love that you do a lot of giving back, info I got from your website. I didn't know about the mining of gold, I will be doing some research about the topic now.

  • BeachHouseLiving

    BeachHouseLiving said 7 years ago

    Congratulations. Thank you for sharing your story. Your mother sounds like an amazing person.

  • invitemedesigns

    invitemedesigns said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work and an inspiring story! Congratulations!

  • MrsFroitz

    MrsFroitz said 7 years ago

    Witty shop name, love it!

  • loveshappyhour

    loveshappyhour said 7 years ago

    Loved your interview and LOVE your items! Your company name is so clever!! I love it!! Keep up the good work!!

  • GlitterOrnaments

    GlitterOrnaments said 7 years ago

    Love your shop name! :)

  • ginnyhuber

    ginnyhuber said 7 years ago

    Like your shop name, am impressed and moved by your family's story; great feature; all the best.

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 7 years ago

    fabulous! loved reading your interview and your work is excellent :) congrats!

  • casamoda

    casamoda said 7 years ago

    love your shop and your minimalist style. great story. congrats!!!

  • leatherExpressions

    leatherExpressions said 7 years ago

    I love your story, your creations are beautiful.

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 7 years ago

    I love what you wrote about your mom! That's lovely!

  • vicro

    vicro said 7 years ago

    Fantastic! Nice feature story!!!

  • craftluxuries

    craftluxuries said 7 years ago

    That is really inspiring! congratulations!

  • chinamommy

    chinamommy said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story!! Congratulations on being featured, your heart really shines through :)

  • Ahkriti

    Ahkriti said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! Beautiful creations!

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 7 years ago

    many congrats on being featured artist. I have admired your work for quite some time now. Best wishes for many more success :-)

  • ValentinArte

    ValentinArte said 7 years ago

    Wow ...so Lovely to read about behind the great designs you make ....Such a inspirational and wonderful journey....Your Mother sounds fantastic and lovely to hear the family closeness....congratulations on being you....lovely article

  • omzahara

    omzahara said 7 years ago

    unique pieces, such simplicity they seem to envoke much joy.

  • YellEureKa

    YellEureKa said 7 years ago

    You have a great attitude. Congratulations on being featured! Our souls are invisible but i believe that what we create with our hands lets others see a bit of our soul ,,,no? :) And through your art work i can see a part of your soul...how amazing is that!!!

  • marlenevergara

    marlenevergara said 7 years ago

    Your work is beautiful, and your story is inspiring...Congratulations!

  • harmonyinlight

    harmonyinlight said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on your labors of love. What I like most about your work, is though it is complex, it has the simplicity to be real and stay true to the actual designs of the way you see your work in shapes. Again, Congrats.

  • HigherHopeDesigns

    HigherHopeDesigns said 7 years ago

    Great Story!!! Very genuine and sentimental

  • christieg

    christieg said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your story. Best of luck!

  • sadiedesignsca

    sadiedesignsca said 7 years ago

    I adore your work and loved reading a little more about you! Keep making beautiful things!

  • Rosecitysoapsupply

    Rosecitysoapsupply said 7 years ago

    Wow!

  • oldwhalingcompany

    oldwhalingcompany said 7 years ago

    Great story! You're jewelry is lovely!

  • chelsea3349

    chelsea3349 said 7 years ago

    love your work! congratulations lovely lady. all the best & happiness for you & your lovely business. :)

  • oldtimethreads

    oldtimethreads said 7 years ago

    Love your story!

  • RedBarnGarden

    RedBarnGarden said 7 years ago

    beautiful designs - nice work!

  • nonna597

    nonna597 said 7 years ago

    I knew you were special when I saw the first necklace you made for me! Congratulations on this well deserved recognition. You make us want to be better.

  • BigBadBuddha

    BigBadBuddha said 7 years ago

    Nice work congrats

  • Ifoundmyshoe

    Ifoundmyshoe said 7 years ago

    "There’s really no secret to creating — it’s just taking the time to sit down and try again until something happens." That is so true.For artists, or anyone for that matter, that should be a famous quote to live by!

  • aMUSEyourself

    aMUSEyourself said 7 years ago

    I, too, have always been a huge fan of Dali! Love it - great, inspirational story. Wishing you continued success!!

  • cartelle

    cartelle said 7 years ago

    Best answer ever for "when did you realize you were an artist".....like breathing...perfect wording. Congrats girlie!

  • SkateBetty

    SkateBetty said 7 years ago

    Cool shop. Cool name. Cool stuff.

  • LiuRokSilver

    LiuRokSilver said 7 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! Congratulations!

  • joonijewelry

    joonijewelry said 7 years ago

    What a touching story..... I adore your vision and value. Congrats!!

  • bellabijoutoo

    bellabijoutoo said 7 years ago

    Congrats on being the featured seller!

  • trulyenchanted

    trulyenchanted said 7 years ago

    Inspiring and beautiful...thank you!

  • CraftyStaci

    CraftyStaci said 7 years ago

    Oh my goodness - didn't I just see you at Crafty Wonderland? Your jewelry is beautiful!

  • redenjewelry

    redenjewelry said 7 years ago

    Beautiful! Congrats on being featured!

  • glusk

    glusk said 7 years ago

    Your work is beautiful and so is your story. This is the first time I find myself emotional after reading a featured seller article. It reminds me of all the hard work and sacrifices my parents made when they immigrated to Australia to give my sister and I a better life.

  • EmeraldCut

    EmeraldCut said 7 years ago

    I stumbled upon your shop a few months ago, and love your minimalist pieces. SO glad to see you're a Featured Seller! Very cool about helping non-profits, as well. :)

  • ChrissyGemmillJewels

    ChrissyGemmillJewels said 7 years ago

    Your Mom sounds amazing, she is so brave and she must be so proud of you too! I really enjoyed reading your story.

  • AvolieGlass

    AvolieGlass said 7 years ago

    Really inspiring article - thanks for sharing your story!!

  • RemixdClothing

    RemixdClothing said 7 years ago

    Very touching story and your work is beautiful. Congrats!

  • CopperheadCreations

    CopperheadCreations said 7 years ago

    This is such an inspiring story. I love your creative process, the things that inspire you, and your jewelry. :) Congratulations!

  • craftedbykerstin

    craftedbykerstin said 7 years ago

    Inspiring! Love the pj days...err....weeks!

  • Sachi215

    Sachi215 said 7 years ago

    I L.O.V.E. your jewelry & you are such an inspiration!

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story + lovely shop! Congrats :)

  • angryhairjewelry

    angryhairjewelry said 7 years ago

    Love your story. Your mother must be proud. Beautiful shop too!

  • Kittyberger

    Kittyberger said 7 years ago

    "T" you brought us to tears !!! Great Bio loved every word and all the photos. We love you send our love to your mom,fiancee and our two best friends. We are so PROUD of YOU !!! oxoxoxooxoxoxxoox

  • Suppliesjungle

    Suppliesjungle said 7 years ago

    perfect job :)

  • Kittyberger

    Kittyberger said 7 years ago

    Woooooo Hoooooooo !!!!!

  • curiouscreaturesshop

    curiouscreaturesshop said 7 years ago

    congrats,. it's a lovely story and beautiful work you do :)

  • AZALEAstudio

    AZALEAstudio said 7 years ago

    Your story is very inspiring! I came to the US as achild when my family came here from Mexico so I completely relate. Thanks! Love your work.

  • LonelyCoyote

    LonelyCoyote said 7 years ago

    What a great inspiring story!! Our mother also is our greatest influence on us, thank you for your sharing your story :) Love your shop too!!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your feature!

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 7 years ago

    Your story is inspiring. Love your beautiful work :D

  • ALJoyeria

    ALJoyeria said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on the Featured Seller! Your story is inspiring. I totally agree that "it’s just taking the time to sit down and try again until something happens".

  • SimpleeSilver

    SimpleeSilver said 7 years ago

    Enjoyed reading your interview...and, your shop name is "right on"! Awesome jewelry! I too, love to spend the day in my pajamas occassionally:)

  • eDUKAAN

    eDUKAAN said 7 years ago

    great work and great article!

  • NymphDesigns

    NymphDesigns said 7 years ago

    Your Mother's story is so inspiring, as is yours! I wish you so much success and happiness in the future! :)

  • NymphDesigns

    NymphDesigns said 7 years ago

    Also, absolutely love the shop name :D

  • TresChicNmodern

    TresChicNmodern said 7 years ago

    YOU HAVE BEAUTIFULLLLLLLLLL JEWELRY!!! CONGRATS 4 MAKING IT!

  • EnglishShop

    EnglishShop said 7 years ago

    Amazing Xx

  • ElisabethSpace

    ElisabethSpace said 7 years ago

    Simple beauty: you, your story, your jewelry. Managing to balance strong sales with a cohesive vision is no easy feat. Congratulations on being the featured seller.

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 7 years ago

    Great interview and shop. Congrats!

  • CathyMcMurray

    CathyMcMurray said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your interview, and your collection is beautiful. It's also always great to see another Portland artist spotlighted ; )

  • TouchTheMoon

    TouchTheMoon said 7 years ago

    "There’s really no secret to creating — it’s just taking the time to sit down and try again until something happens." That was really good.

  • sarahmulderart

    sarahmulderart said 7 years ago

    This was a great article/Bio to read, thank you- I adore the jewelry, thanks for sharing!

  • tribenouveau

    tribenouveau said 7 years ago

    Great work and inspiring article! Looking forward to seeing more from you, Congrats :)

  • joykruse

    joykruse said 7 years ago

    Beautiful interview....beautiful work. Love it.

  • Craftelina

    Craftelina said 7 years ago

    T, Thanks for the interview. Your work is beautiful.

  • majikafk

    majikafk said 7 years ago

    Thanks for your honesty at heart. Seems you are very connected to the "Flower of Life". Congratulations! c: P.S. Love your story.

  • regollc

    regollc said 7 years ago

    So glad I read this. Your shop name rocks! Your story felt true and real. I bet you are just as beautiful as your mom inside and out. And your jewelry is cute as hell. Nice work!

  • AnnealedHeart

    AnnealedHeart said 7 years ago

    Great interview- your mom sounds like a lovely soul. Your work is beautiful- congrats and best of luck!

  • BeadoRama123

    BeadoRama123 said 7 years ago

    Love your work. Very delicate.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work I love how simple your pieces are, lovely!

  • anewseed1990

    anewseed1990 said 7 years ago

    You inspired me with your words! Congrats on being Featured! Lovely jewelry!

  • WeAreCreatures

    WeAreCreatures said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work inside and out! Great energy.

  • lovediana

    lovediana said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story, you are one lucky gal. Both you & your mother sound like very dedicated and hard working ladies. Loved your story and keep up the awesome work!!

  • theyellowroses

    theyellowroses said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of success! Your work is beautiful! Best of luck! Carol

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 7 years ago

    So inspiring!!!! I love your work!! So beautiful and simple. Congrats on being featured!!!

  • arector10

    arector10 said 7 years ago

    Truly inspiring!!! I really enjoy your pieces! I just starting coming out of my shell and posted a small collection on my etsy shop. People like you keep me motivated :) Thanks

  • nonesuchgarden

    nonesuchgarden said 7 years ago

    Inspiring story and beautiful work!

  • solarisdesigns

    solarisdesigns said 7 years ago

    Fantastic story and your jewelry is beautiful! Congrats!

  • FreshlySkweezed

    FreshlySkweezed said 7 years ago

    Your jewelry is as lovely as YOU! Congrats on being featured! All the best.

  • nicilaskin

    nicilaskin said 7 years ago

    Awesome story behind your creativity. I love your work and i have to agree i would have answered Salvator Dali too. I love his work and i have lots of books at home about him.

  • RubisArtAndMore

    RubisArtAndMore said 7 years ago

    So lovely! Your jewelry creations are gorgeous... so modern and beautiful! Congrats on your interview, enjoyed reading and seeing your creations!

  • thelittlereddoor

    thelittlereddoor said 7 years ago

    wonderful interview!

  • KKicons

    KKicons said 7 years ago

    I really look forward to seeing more of your pieces. Very inspiring story. I think my new goal in life is to be a featured artist on Etsy like you!

  • MoonSunWorld

    MoonSunWorld said 7 years ago

    very nice! many blessings

  • TabletopMade

    TabletopMade said 7 years ago

    So GREAT!!!!! We love you work! Congrats!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 7 years ago

    Your pictures of your items are beautiful.

  • birdandbranchjewels

    birdandbranchjewels said 7 years ago

    This is one of the most heartfelt and inspiring stories I've read in a long time. Congrats on your beautiful work!

  • SonAndHeirVintage

    SonAndHeirVintage said 7 years ago

    Loved reading this. So inspirational. Congrats on your feature!

  • bluebuttonbird

    bluebuttonbird said 7 years ago

    What an inspiring story! I go on the Etsy blog in the morning on my days off as inspiration, before I start my art projects for the day, and your story just gave me inspirational motivation for a week! Wishing a fellow LA native the best in Portland! Keep up the beautiful jewelry-making.

  • EggMoneyQuilts

    EggMoneyQuilts said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story and jewelry! You are an inspiration to us all!

  • TaylorArts

    TaylorArts said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring. Way to go. Here's to a great and successful holiday season.

  • feltstories

    feltstories said 7 years ago

    beautiful creations

  • honeyscolors

    honeyscolors said 7 years ago

    Love the name of your shop and your jewelry. Nicely done and congrats!

  • LidiDesign

    LidiDesign said 7 years ago

    Lovely and inspiring story! Congrats on the feature! Wishing you much continued success!

  • CarinaDolci

    CarinaDolci said 7 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL!!! KEEP CREATING!!! GOD BLESS!!!

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on your success. Your story is truly inspirational! Robin

  • gempalace

    gempalace said 7 years ago

    I love a strong woman story!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 7 years ago

    congratulations - fantastic story and pieces.

  • studiOOiduts

    studiOOiduts said 7 years ago

    We are so happy for you. Congratulations!

  • ekohaus

    ekohaus said 7 years ago

    I like your minimalist style :) Beautiful and congratulations !

  • modernrubbishsf

    modernrubbishsf said 7 years ago

    What an incredible story!!

  • VampedUpCouture

    VampedUpCouture said 7 years ago

    Love the store name!

  • myneedlehabit

    myneedlehabit said 7 years ago

    Agree with Vamped, above. GREAT name.

  • DivaHouseStore

    DivaHouseStore said 7 years ago

    Wow beautiful story and I agree there is absolutely no secret in creating its the trials that make you stronger and your item more appreciated.

  • thevillagecrafter

    thevillagecrafter said 7 years ago

    Wow! love the story, your jewelry is so beautiful in its elegant lines. there is so much to inspire us in the portland area. thanks for sharing

  • nancynelsonjewelry

    nancynelsonjewelry said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story and work-Great job!

  • HomeAccentz

    HomeAccentz said 7 years ago

    Very inspirational story. Especially the line about stepping away when feeling hopeless, sad, frustrated or annoyed. While feeling exactly the same way today, I turned to my fabric. It surely helped.

  • kareninnh

    kareninnh said 7 years ago

    Your story is as beautiful as you are! Seas & Greetings from the seacoast of New Hampshire. BTW, love your jewelry.

  • celtichallows

    celtichallows said 7 years ago

    What an excellent name!

  • SkinnyKnits

    SkinnyKnits said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, very inspirational! Wonderful shop, keep up the beautiful work!

  • SkinnyKnits

    SkinnyKnits said 7 years ago

    Congrats! Thank you for sharing your story, very inspirational! Wonderful shop, keep up the beautiful work!

  • iloveyoujewels

    iloveyoujewels said 7 years ago

    So beautiful and moving story. Very nice jewels. Good luck :-)

  • deeta623

    deeta623 said 7 years ago

    a HUGE congratulations on this fantastic feature! you deserve so much success! xo jillian of cornflake dreams

  • goodtymes

    goodtymes said 7 years ago

    what an inspiring and motivating feature! congrats! and i love your jewelry!

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo said 7 years ago

    You seem like a very grounded lovely person! Great shop, great interview. CONGRATS!

  • willowbaus

    willowbaus said 7 years ago

    ohmygoodness! I was your neighbor at Crafty- way to go!!!! gorgeous stuff and well deserved attention;)

  • jessiening

    jessiening said 7 years ago

    great story!

  • BOiScreation

    BOiScreation said 7 years ago

    Loved and enjoyed reading your story! I'm inspired by the spirit your mother has. What an amazing life she has lead and is leading. Bless you and your country.

  • demimondejewelry

    demimondejewelry said 7 years ago

    Hey T! So exciting to see you on the front page of Etsy! Loved your story and of course love your work. Congratulations on the feature! xo

  • demimondejewelry

    demimondejewelry said 7 years ago

    Hey T! So great to see you on the front page of Etsy! Love your story and love your work... of course. Congratulations on the feature! xo

  • demimondejewelry

    demimondejewelry said 7 years ago

    YAY T! Congratulations on the featured seller Interview!

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 7 years ago

    THIS ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY! Huge accomplishment! WOOOHOOOO!!! :-)))) xxx to you! ELVintage

  • discerningchichi

    discerningchichi said 7 years ago

    Inspirational and very moving. Kudos to you and your wonderful mother!

  • hjmart

    hjmart said 7 years ago

    Just beautiful!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 7 years ago

    Loved your story, very inspiring! Congratulations!

  • FeeAParis

    FeeAParis said 7 years ago

    Love your jewelry and your story.

  • PebblesDesign2

    PebblesDesign2 said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! Your story is very inspirational. We really like your work too :) Looking forward to seeing your new pieces.

  • DecadesAgo

    DecadesAgo said 7 years ago

    Very inspirational story. My late husband did some work with Dali. He was a brilliant artist and very eccentric.

  • JewelryByDeezines

    JewelryByDeezines said 7 years ago

    T - what a great life story! Follow your heart and your dreams, stay focused on what you love to do and the outcome will take you where you are suppose to be! Love it. Congrats.

  • beadsofaquarius

    beadsofaquarius said 7 years ago

    I love your story , thank you for sharing this opinion vue of life where strong values, hard work & help community are most important , i'm wishing you best of luck and many succes.

  • Maykela

    Maykela said 7 years ago

    Great work! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story.

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed hearing about your story. Congrats on your feature!

  • lillysshoppe

    lillysshoppe said 7 years ago

    Really nice work!

  • anyssasmom

    anyssasmom said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed your story! I always wondered if I was the only one who creates in her p.j.s..lol

  • LaughRabbitJr

    LaughRabbitJr said 7 years ago

    beautiful feature story - beautiful items - continued success!

  • EastCoastSoap

    EastCoastSoap said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work!! Sometimes simplicity is the most beautiful.

  • naftul

    naftul said 7 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your shop! And your story is such an inspaition

  • baroquedoll

    baroquedoll said 7 years ago

    i totally agree with the quotation of uppermetalclass on etsy home page....keep up the good work !

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 7 years ago

    Your work is so beautiful and delicate!

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 7 years ago

    I love when I see another metalsmith featured....especially one with so much gratitiude in her heart. I bet your mom is super proud of YOU. <3 Elisa

  • aedrieloriginals

    aedrieloriginals said 7 years ago

    Fantastic story and stunning photographs!

  • knotmoxie

    knotmoxie said 7 years ago

    Clever name, lovely pieces, and an inspiration to other artists pursuing and pushing forward to create a bit of themselves... Thanks for sharing!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 7 years ago

    Lovely items, congrats! :0)

  • ChaiWolfmanStudio

    ChaiWolfmanStudio said 7 years ago

    I love what you said about your creative process and your work is beautiful. Thanks for the inspiring interview!

  • Deluxxedoggiecollars

    Deluxxedoggiecollars said 7 years ago

    I love your story it helped me get more inspired today!! and your work is awesome!!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 7 years ago

    love this. so nice to "meet" others that love fire as much as me! :)

  • talentedhumble

    talentedhumble said 7 years ago

    <3 the skull earrings!

  • brendasbijoux

    brendasbijoux said 7 years ago

    I love your story. Your family sounds amazing.

  • Alaroycreature

    Alaroycreature said 7 years ago

    I love her hair and jewelry, just my style

  • lizzyalicouture

    lizzyalicouture said 7 years ago

    Wow, big respect. As a single mom I hope I will be an inspiration to my children the way your mom was to you. Keep creating. Keep inspiring.

  • SarahOfSweden

    SarahOfSweden said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your story. Your pieces are lovely! All the best!

  • SarahOfSweden

    SarahOfSweden said 7 years ago

    Your pieces are lovely! All the best!

  • MyHumbleJumble

    MyHumbleJumble said 7 years ago

    You are truly an inspiration and your work is lovely!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 7 years ago

    Great work! I love the skull earrings! :D

  • 2vcreative

    2vcreative said 7 years ago

    Touching and inspiring story. You're pieces are simple and beautiful.

  • LMcreation

    LMcreation said 7 years ago

    Love the cool simplicity of your pieces. Inspiring to hear stories like this.

  • XestrellaX

    XestrellaX said 7 years ago

    I love you items! congratulations !

  • Mellode

    Mellode said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work! And what a pretty girl!

  • melissaleighe

    melissaleighe said 7 years ago

    very inspirational story, and what gorgeous work! will definitely be stopping by when you open again next week.

  • PoodlePoddles

    PoodlePoddles said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work! :)

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 7 years ago

    I love your little star necklace.

  • MaejeanVINTAGE

    MaejeanVINTAGE said 7 years ago

    I really like yor style of jewelry!

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work and beautiful outlook! I wish you great continued success!

  • jenesler

    Jen Esler said 7 years ago

    Wow your creations are beautiful - tahnks for sharing you story. So inspired, giving someone inspiration is a great way to give back - thanks again :-)

  • summerfang

    Zhou Fang said 7 years ago

    Hi T, this is Summer from C3Events and I love the jewelries you created ! Our Artist Vending is now open, please contact karin@c3events.com for more information ! Or simply jump to our website ! Thank you :D

  • LoveFatimaJewels

    Jeniffer Inocente from LoveFatimaJewels said 6 years ago

    i really love your jewelry, simple but stylish

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