Monday, January 9, 2012
Interview With Beth of Wired Vintage
1.)Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a 48-year old wife, mother of four and grandmother of 2 (soon to be three). I have a severe chronic pain history which developed as the result of a car accident in 1998. This accident turned out to be life changing. In 1998, I worked as a medical transcriptionist and taught piano lessons privately. As a result of chronic back and neck pain, I was forced to change careers. I had enjoyed making jewelry with my girls for several years and decided to list a few things. Etsy has worked out very well for me! I love the flexibility that allows me to work as much or as little as I want! In addition, I am currently an herbalist student at The School of Natural Healing. I am a Nutritional Herbalist currently and am working towards my Master Herbalist degree. I was able to overcome devastating withdrawal symptoms and control chronic pain symptoms with God's miraculous gift of the "herb of the field". I had such marvelous results that I spend much time studying herbs.
Vintage Button Earrings
2.)What is one of your favorite homeschool memories thus far?
I am currently in my 5th year of homeschooling. It has been an absolute joy. I l ove the flexibility of homeschooling. My oldest three kids (27, 24, 22 years) graduated from the public schools. Although my girls did well in the public schools, I did not feel that my boys reached their full potential in that environment. I would say that my favorite memory is actually seeing the progress in learning--especially in the area of math. Very rewarding to look back and see how far we have come!
Antique Button Bracelet
3.) What advise to would you give to other homeschool families who are also trying to run a home business?
Include your children if possible! My kids were older at the time, so this really wasn't possible for me, but I do have the memories of working together at the kitchen table with my kids on jewelry. The boys even did hemp necklaces at one time! My girls also have Etsy businesses: Jessica, a music major, has a jewelry business (newvintage.etsy.com) and Alexa, a fashion designer, has her fashion sketches currently listed on Etsy (whatheloves.etsy.com). In addition, my husband has an Etsy shop as well (rroyvision.etsy.com).
Marcasite and Chalcedony Vintage Necklace
4.) Where do you find inspiration for your pieces?
I find inspiration for my jewelry all around, but I do believe it is important to just use others' work for inspiration only. I believe that duplicating someone's work exactly is totally unethical!
Antique Paris Button Earings
5.) Do you have specific goals for your business or for your homeschooling? Would you share some of those with us?
My youngest son is a senior this year, so this is my last year of homeschooling. I have enjoyed it very much. I really do not have a lot of specific goals at this time, as I am just trying to get through school. Long-term goals include the possibility of taking some of my jewelry to market, etc. I currently also have my jewelry in a boutique.