giveaway with pure impressions
Thursday, 8 August 2013
i would like to introduce you to laura from pure impressions. she creates the most charming, handmade personalized jewelry. her shop is filled with gorgeous items; rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and even key chains. august marks her shop's first year anniversary. for the occasion, she is giving one lucky xfallenmoon reader a custom mantra cuff (see below for details).
tell us a little about yourself
i’m a mom of 2 lovely kiddos, with another full-time job on top of pure impressions. when i'm not holed up in my corner of the basement (others call this an office space), you can usually find me in an airport traveling for work, or curled up with a cup of tea and my newest book. that's when i'm not chasing peanut butter and jelly monsters, listening to the latest pre-teen drama, or playing taxi for my two kids. they are my world and they remind me every day how precious life is.
i've always been a DIY’er. mostly because i don’t have the patience to wait for things to be done or arrive when i want them. i also cringe at the outlandish prices of things i tend to want. *shakes fist* i've redone just about every piece of furniture in my home...some of them twice.
tell us about pure impressions
i started creating jewelry a few years back. i was searching for the perfect necklace to go with an outfit for work. i wanted a bronze chain with a yellow rose. simple, right? not so much. just about everything i found was exactly the opposite of what i was looking for, and everything that came close had a price range that definitely didn't match the quality. so i did what any DIYer would do; i made my own. my thoughts were: "if i can repaint my kitchen cabinets, refinish all of my furniture, install my own tile and epoxy my basement floors, why can't i make my own jewelry?" and so it began. i haven't looked back since.
out of all the items you’ve created, which is your favorite? why?
this is a hard choice! today i would say it’s one of my personalized arrow name bracelets (shown below). it’s one of the first items really made just about from scratch. i cut the aluminum out of sheet metal, shaped it, filed it down, darkened the aluminum and stamp the names on them. what started off as a hunk of metal turned into a lovely bracelet. tomorrow my answer could be different…
what do you love about what you do?
i love creating just about anything. it puts me into a whole different world and lets me just be. just like the bracelet above, here’s a huge sense of satisfaction when you take something so plain and turn it into something that makes people feel beautiful. i’ve sold jewelry to beautiful women all across the world. knowing that someone in germany and zimbabwe are wearing my pieces makes me smile.
how do you stay inspired?
there never seems to a lack of inspiration, i hope that’s always the case. i get a lot of custom requests from friends and customers. custom orders are definitely my favorite. i’m taking someone else’s ideas and turning them to reality for them.
what are some of your future goals for your shop?
as scary as it is to say, i’d love for this to be my only job someday. what started off as a hobby has turned into so much more in the last year. i feel so very blessed to have come so far and accomplished as much as i have.
giveaway / sweepstakes
laura from pure impressions is offering one lucky xfallenmoon reader a custom mantra cuff (see picture below). the winner can chose a personal mantra to be stamped on the cuff: it can be a name, initials, a date, or something more personalized. enter below for your chance to win!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
giveaway terms & conditions
this giveaway is open to residents of the usa and canada. the winner will be chosen at random and will be announced publicly as well as notified via email. if the winner chosen does not have a valid email address and a way to contact is not left in a comment or a registered entry, then another winner will be chosen. if the giveaway host does not complete the giveaway, xfallenmoon is not liable to replace any offer promised and is released of any responsibility thereof.