1. How did you come up with the Name of your Shop?
Well, that was not hard. I have tried to find a phrase, which will combine the beauty of the flowers. The Latin word for a flower is flora, so I said to myself: Why not use something traditional, something that is here longer than we are (i.e. flowers=flora) and point them as something beautiful that is here for us.
I make botanical jewelry with real plants, flowers and herbs, seal them on wood base and cover them with clear, hard and non toxic resin. I pick up flowers whenever I go, than pressed them between books for several weeks to make them completely dry. I capture the nature and women can bring the nature with them whenever they go. I am also trying to be as natural as can be. Using natural materials, even by choosing the right resin. This is a special story. I’ve spent so many hours surfing and reading about all sorts of resin. And after reading and reading I was very surprised when found out that traditional resins show some potential hazards to health and environment. But one day I came across of the new resin that has been completely different from the traditional ones. I have tried to collect all the information about its toxicity and each article, review or research that I have read sounded, promising. I have studied the ingredients of this new resin; have even written to its designer and manufacturer just to make sure that it is not harmful to the environment or me. And it is not.
3. What is your favorite item at the store and why?
Well, I like this one the most:
This grass is so beautiful and very unique. I like the earth tone of the pendant and the green color of cotton chain.
4. What inspires create your products?
I must mention first that I rarely wear jewelry. But walking through woods, in the fields, observing the colors of the nature get me most of the inspirations. I already get the ideas of my new items when I pick up the flowers. But here is my catch! During the weeks, when the particular flower or plant is drying, I discover so many ways to design them on wood! And that makes me sometimes very impatient and confused. But when I am a lack of the inspiration, then I open my album, where I keep my dried flowers and plants, and just look at them for a while and the inspiration always returns. It is funny to say but I usually get most of the ideas in the morning just during the wakening.
5. Where can we find you?
You can find my jewelry on Etsian market, where you can buy it online: www.etsy.com/shop/FloraBeauty?ref=si_shop
Or follow me on Pinterest: pinterest.com/mirjamles/
or Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Unique-Jewelry-with-real-pressed-flowers-and-plan…
6. Do you have any coupons or discounts for us? ( optional) if no, I will not have this in the post
Currently, I still have a spring Sale in my shop with 20% off for all of my jewelry. But I am willing to keep the sale for your readers. Just use code BLOG20 when my spring sale expires.
7. What advice can you give for other sellers out there for their shop?
Well, I have learned alot from running an Etsy shop. First of all, I have learned to be PATIENT when my sales are down. And this is the first and best advice for the other sellers who sells on net. I that time, you can do many different things, that you are not able when you are fully busy with your shop. If you have a will, take this time to create more and more, if your mood drops, make some work around the house, clean the flat, go out, spend more time with your friends.
And yes, do and sell the things that you LIKE to do. I am sure that if you are creating the things that you like, than you will never close your online shop. If you create because that makes you happy, than the money doesn’t matter.
Some Fun facts about you.
9. Describe us one positive event in your life in your life that you felt was a miracle to you or that you knew the Universe was there watching over you.
10. What is your favorite Vacation spot and why?
Yes, I do have a favorite vacation spot. After the birth of my child, I spend all the summer vacation with my family at a very quite small town, at the Croatian Adriatic Sea. The village has only 180 habitants, one small grocery store, church and local house. The view is gorgeous, on high croatian mountains just near the sea side. People there live very peaceful life and this is the reason that I like to spend summer holidays there.11. Anything else you like to share with us about you?Love the nature, love the flowers, love the Life!