Hi, I’m Anna Vasquez. I make jewelry by hand, and Nested Yellow is my daydream come true. I live in Seattle, Washington, with my boyfriend and our big dog, Laberlion.
I’m actually formally trained as an architect, but I’ve always loved working with my hands. I began making jewelry years ago when I noticed how hard it was to find something simple, thoughtfully detailed, and packaged with care. I believe my entrepreneurial drive was influenced by my Honduran grandmother. As a kid, I watched her sell paletas (popsicles) from her home. According to my father, she was a renaissance woman who did many creative things to make a living while raising seven children herself.
Even though I have created many pieces over the years, I pretty much wear the same pieces every day because it’s comforting to me. Looking down at a ring I made inspires me to create more comfort jewelry for others. I start by sketching out my ideas and placing them on the wall in front of me to absorb, or I just begin working with the metal right away. Sometimes my ideas work, and other times they go into a wooden bowl on my desk, which I sift through when I’ve had time to come up with a solution.
I love a good challenge, so I get excited when I receive an inquiry for a special custom piece. One day, I received a request to create a wedding set (above) that combined two of my designs. The challenging part was that I had to create a setting using a natural stone mined in the US. Searching for the right stone led me to Herkimer Diamonds, which are mined in New York. I instantly fell in love with their unique characteristics and natural beauty. As a result of our collaboration and effort, my customer loves her rings. In fact, I think they’re getting married in April!
Making custom pieces is a great opportunity for me to expand my vision for the business. The feedback is also invaluable and personable. You develop a friendship with someone who seeks your talents to create something special and sentimental. As a result of creating custom orders, I have become deeply connected to the process of making, packaging, and sending my work to the customer receiving it.
Etsy has a special place in my heart – it has expanded my sense of community beyond the neighborhood I live in, and afforded me to vicariously travel through the packages I send to places I dream of visiting one day. Etsy provides me with the opportunity to find something unique that is made or found with care and passion. The making and purchasing experience as a conscious consumer on Etsy is both liberating and meaningful.
When you run your own creative business, life is balanced with a healthy mix of deadlines, happy moments, and the flexibility to fit in a day hiking with your dog. Through this experience I have gained an invaluable perspective of a wholesome lifestyle filled with happiness, unpredictability, and fulfillment. If you think it, do it – why not? Your daydreams are inspirational, truthful and beautiful. And they are yours, so why not make the effort to try something new and see where it takes you? I am very happy that I have gone from daydreaming to making my daydreams a reality.