Originals by Lynnette

Bridal Headpiece - Feather Crystal and Vintage Baubles
Originals by Lynnette offers an ecclectic mix of mostly one of a kind bridal and special occasion jewels and accessories, specializing in revitalizing and incorporating nostalgic charm into jewelry for this generation.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Lynette.
I've been crafting since I can remember. I've always hoarded scraps of paper from school projects, old bits and pieces collected throughout the years. All through my younger years, I created most of my playthings; dolls out of clothespins, a dollhouse out of a cardboard box, pillows out of satin scraps from a seamstress neighbor...

I got my first inspiration for my hairpins from another etsy colleague. I was simply selling a pair of sparkling vintage earrings. She asked if they were hair pins, and the rest was, as they say, history.

Of course, as with any online forum, original ideas are soon copied, so I began to explore additional ways to embellish hair accessories while still incorporating vintage elegance. Half the challenge of maintaining my shop is keeping it fresh.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Gothic Poppy
That's a tough one... I like doing too many things so much that it's difficult to select just one. That being said, I guess I could cull it down to this: I love to create, I love to craft. I love the giddy feeling of waking in the middle of the night with a startlingly clear picture of my next project in my head.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
My biggest challenge is balancing my family with my business. Because I love to craft almost everything I can, it's difficult sometimes to maintain focus on one type of thing (not to mention paying attention during dinner when I'm mulling over a new design). I've hopped around from folksey crafts to sewing; from beading to home design. Each time I learn something new, I have that much more information at my fingertips for inspiration. I find myself working in bursts of energy. One week, it's all about creating something new, the next week I have to focus on my family, and then the never-ending task of keeping my home and craft suppies organized. To that, add shipping supplies and an ample space for packaging orders, and I find myself inundated with glorious, and sometimes frustrating mountains of clutter.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I absolutely love the opulent glamour of these earrings

And this reclaimed smoky crystal pendant assemblage ranks a close second

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher. I used to force my brothers to play school with me ad nauseum.

"Real Life" thrust me into a teaching position of sorts, I trained computer skills and technology for about 8 years with a recruiting firm. Now I teach every day, with my preschool children. Whether it's crafts, manners, or basic home care, I feel like I never quite relinquish the role of instructor.

Vintage Key and Dainty Pink Rose and Jet Black Crystal Pendant
What other shops or artists out there do you love?
There are so many fabulous artists that I found via etsy. I am inspired daily by the unique vision and skill available in this venue.

One of my favorite shops is Jsandquist - I did a room redesign project with another etsy member, and purchased two of her paintings. They are absolutely fabulous and well worth the investment.

I've also recently discovered this pottery shop and am in love: redhotpottery

For fabulous photography, I love the dreamy quality of this shop: irenesuchocki
[See the SCS interview with Irene Suchocki here - Ed]

And don't get me started on vintage... I'm a self-proclaimed vintage love and regularly browse the fabulous items availble on etsy.

What does your future hold? 
Every day holds such promise of beauty and creativity, everything around me holds a promise of newness and a breath of inspiration.

I see years ahead of creating new thing, of honing my craft and hopefully for sharing my love of creating with my children. Each year, I look at the ornaments that hang on our Christmas tree, and I see the progression of our family's art. I look around the house and enjoy the end product of some sometimes absolutely harrowing project endeavors.

My future is a work of art, every day being added to: a little drop of glue here, a huge dallop of love there, inspiration everywhere, and the never-ending warmth of my children's smiles. I see the world in their eyes, and learn about living and creating by simply watching them.