Welcome to the last day of Sisterhood week! I must say that I have even learned some extra information about these gals by reading their questions! Remarkable & Talented and everyday people like you and me! If you missed any of this week, you can catch up and meet Faith, Alana, Tamara and Stephanie by clicking their names! Also, a reminder that you can enter the giveaway up until Sunday to win a collection of amazing gifts!
Please welcome Courtney, the talent and creative owner/designer of Courtney Marie Jewelry!
1. When you were a late teen, early 20's Red Raider, what was your original career ambition? Major?
I majored in Public Relations and minored in Marketing but at the time did not have a passion for anything specific. I thought that would come with age and experience.
2. What did you expect when you joined a sorority? Did you envision that these women would still be apart of your life today?
I went through rush at the encouragement of my stepmom. I had no idea what to expect and didn’t even know the Greek alphabet! I was pleasantly surprised to find a house with down to earth girls that I felt comfortable with. With the friendships I made, I knew that I would keep these connections in some form or another through our lives.
3. When did you meet your husband? Tell us about your family/children.
I met my husband in college when I was out with some friends… A wonderful chance meeting! We have 2 beautiful children, ages 4 (boy) and 2 (girl). To say they keep us on our toes is an understatement!
4. When did you decide on your craft? Was there a milestone in life that opened the doors to this or has it been apart of you?
YEARS ago, I would string seed beads on fishing line. It wasn’t until I was in my first “real” job out of college that I was speaking to a coworker about wanting to learn to make jewelry and I still clearly remember her response “I make jewelry all the time”. In my head, I was like “WHAT?! You can do that?” Started taking metal-smithing classes after that and never looked back.
5. What was the hardest part about starting your business? If you were to go back, what do you wish you had done differently to start out?
We jumped in full force and opened a brick and mortar store to sell our creations (at the time, my husband did wood working and metal working). I think I wasn’t as ready as I thought I was and a year after we opened, we closed and began traveling to art shows. If I had to do over again, I would have skipped the store and gone straight to traveling the country.
6. What kinds of things inspire you? Is it a song, a picture or a late night dream?
Inspirations is all over. I wish I knew how it worked. .. It seems when someone wants me to come up with something I run into a block, but when I least expect it an idea hits me from out of nowhere. I have found my creative side working different since I’ve had kids. Most of my pieces now have some sort of message or personalization. I think it comes from me wanting to have something on at all times that represents my kiddos/family.
7. What is the best reaction you have ever had to your products with customers?
I’ve been truly fortunate to have great feedback from my customers. I think the thing I love most are the e-mails letting me know what the piece means to them, and of course when they choose to use me again for another project.
8. How has 'sisterhood' had an impact on your success?
Not only do I have the support and friendships from those I’ve met in the sorority, but the networking and ability to reach so many because of the bonds of sisterhood have been amazing.
9. When you aren't being creative and crafty, what is a typical day like for you?
When I’m not working on my craft, my day belongs to my kids. Cooking, reading, playing, coloring…cleaning!
10. Aside from your day to day life, and your business, is there anything else you are passionate about that you want to raise awareness about?
I wish I could say there was, but for now my focus is what I’ve been writing about. This year I do plan on donating items to fundraising auctions so my work can help others.
11. You are very creative and talented in your own craft, but is there something you wish you knew how to do, that you just don't right now?
There are SO many things I wish I could do! Painting comes to mind. I would love to sew. Just create in general!
I have been lucky enough to own some beautiful pieces by Courtney Marie Jewlery! Check out this beautiful bracelet and custom charm!! She is offering this to the giveaway winner!! You’ll get to personalize the circle! Get going!
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