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Nov 6, 2013

by Katie Lime

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi! I’m Katie Lime, the designer and maker behind Moira K. Lime.  I live in Chicago, Illinois, where I spend most of my days and some nights working in my home studio. My three pups and my boyfriend keep me company while I create.

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Moira K. Lime Jewelry is a balanced combination of one-of-a-kind work and small-production pieces that are rooted in concept, vision and originality. My work is inspired by the natural world, and I collect plant and flower specimens to sketch and study. I enjoy finding shapes and patterns in nature, and emulating, altering, simplifying and repeating them to create original works of wearable art.

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It’s the most fulfilling feeling in the world knowing that what I make makes people happy, whether it be a pair of everyday studs that completes the perfect outfit, a custom necklace that means something special to the wearer, or an engagement ring or wedding band that will embody a couple’s love and commitment to one another for the rest of their lives.

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Each piece of jewelry is crafted with my own two hands from start to finish, and I pride myself on the quality of my craftsmanship. I’m a true one-woman show. On top of designing and making all the jewelry, I take care of the shipping, bookkeeping, office tasks, product photography, social media updates, and more. Sometimes it gets a little crazy around my studio, but I wouldn’t give up being my own boss for anything.

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I joined Etsy back in 2007, and it has been a wonderful platform for me. In addition to the many wonderful customers and fellow creatives who inspire and propel me forward, I’ve met a small group of jewelers here that I keep in touch with to share tips and tricks, and advice on customer service matters and business questions. I know I would be good friends with these folks if we lived in the same city, but I probably would not have met them had it not been for Etsy.

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I’m very passionate about animals, especially dogs (as you can probably tell if you follow me on my blog or on Instagram), so I’ve set up my business to donate $1.00 from every piece of jewelry I sell to a few local animal shelters and rescue groups here in Chicago, including PAWS ChicagoOne Tail at a Time and Chicago Pit Stop Rescue. I often personally match what my business donates each month.

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Running my own creative business has definitely made me a more responsible, thoughtful and happy person. I’ve had to step out of my comfort zone many times, and push myself to be a better small business owner. It’s amazing to think that more than 800 people around the world could be wearing one of my creations at this very moment. When I purchase something handmade on the site, it becomes a special piece of mine that I cherish. Knowing that someone else took the time to create something lovely that speaks to me is wonderful, and I hope others feel the same way about my jewelry.

All photographs by Moira K. Lime.

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