All it took was a quick lesson to get her started, and DeKalb resident Jamie Stumbaugh was off and running creating jewelry. She took a few minutes from her beading to talk with reporter Debbie Behrends about her work.
Behrends: How long have you been making jewelry? And how did you get started?
Stumbaugh: I just started about a year ago. My mom taught me the basics, and I just went from there.
Behrends: Do you sell your creations locally?
Stumbaugh: I have set up booths at various markets and things like the Wonderful World of Christmas, and I plan to do that again. I also sell online. I have an Etsy account and a Storenvy site. I also have a Facebook page under the name I use for my jewelry, Frostfire Designs. I have an eBay account, but I haven't started selling there, yet. There's just so much on eBay already.
Behrends: Do you have another job or is making jewelry your full-time work?
Stumbaugh: I'm looking for a job, but in the meantime, I'm making jewelry and doing my best to keep websites updated with what I have available.
Behrends: Beading seems like tedious work. What do you like about it?
Stumbaugh: I like making people happy. If someone comes to me with an idea, or they see something they would like in another color, I will do my best to accommodate them. I do take custom orders and I try really hard to please my customers. I love it when I can feel their excitement.
Behrends: Do you do any other crafty things?
Stumbaugh: I just started making beaded bookmarks. I know e-books are popular, but people still like paper books. I have some ideas for making wooden trinket boxes. I have some stained glass supplies that were given to me and I would like to take a class to learn more about it. And, my sister is a massage therapist, so she asked me about creating some apothecary aromatherapy diffuser necklaces, and that looks interesting.
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