Designer of the Week - BellaTessa*Jewels

This week get to know Erin of BellaTessa*Jewels .

She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband and 3 children, Caleb age 6, Jonah age 4 and Tessa age 2.

See Erin's current eBay auctions: BellaTessa*Jewels

JM: Erin, when did your interest in creating jewelry start?

ERIN: I started last summer, about 8 months ago. I'm a stay at home Mom of 3 young kids and wanted to help bring in some income for us. My sister in law and I were selling things on eBay together until we discovered the "Land of Boutique" last Spring. My sister in law started sewing outfits, and since I can't sew, I decided to try making some jewelry to match her outfits. I fell in love with making jewelry and loved how my daughter looked with it on! She started wearing pieces around town and we gots lost of compliments- I was hooked!

I began creating jewels for girls as well as Moms. I have several brag & photo bracelets and necklaces that allow Moms to wear pretty jewelry and show off their little ones at the same time!

JM:How did you learn?

ERIN:I am basically self taught but have learned many tips from jewelry makers in town, online, and many books! I love going to a book store and surrounding myself with jewelry books for new ideas, techniques and inspiration!

JM: When did you start selling your designs on eBay and do you sell anywhere else besides eBay?

ERIN:I started selling jewelry in July 2006. I also have a shoppe on Blossom Street and I also sell on a few other online Boutique sites. I have also sold to friends and people in town.

JM: Do you remember the first item you sold on eBay?

ERIN: I think the first item I sold was a Mom's name bracelet that sold for about $22.00.

JM: Where did come up with your name?

ERIN: My sister in law's daughter is Bella, and my daughter is Tessa, and we originally sold as *bellatessa*. When we split we both still loved the name, so I just added jewels and became bellatessa*jewels!

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

ERIN: I am a proud member of WisteriaLane ! I did a guest launch with them in January and never left! WisteriaLane is an amazing group of incredibly talented designers who are GREAT friends! It's very tempting to buy everything they create! We have so much fun together and everyone is very supportive and full of unique ideas. I am so honored to be a part of WisteriaLane!

JM: What are your favorite materials to work with?

ERIN: I LOVE pearls! They are in almost everything I make, even if it's just a few of them!

JM: If you could learn some new skills, what would they be?

ERIN: I would love to learn how to sew! I have some design ideas in my head that I wish I could create, hopefully one of these days I will learn!

JM: If you could travel anywhere, where would that be?

ERIN: I love Hawaii, we have been there a few times and would live there if at all possible! I would also love to travel to Italy someday and ride in a gondala!

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides making fabulous jewelry?

ERIN: Besides getting to be a stay at home mom and wife, I love playing! I grew up playing competitive soccer through college, and I still play on a women's team. I also love to play tennis, raquetball, ping pong, card games and board games with friends, pretty much anything that's competitive and I can try to win (I love when I beat my husband in anything!)

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

ERIN: Thanks so much for featuring me, it's an incredible honor!

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| Thursday, March 22, 2007 6:02 PM | flag
Beautiful jewels! Natalie

| Tuesday, March 20, 2007 11:12 AM | flag
Wonderful interview Erin! Timi

Wendy | Tuesday, March 20, 2007 10:52 AM | flag
woo hoo Erin- awesome..we are so in awe of your talent. xoxo wendy

Mary | Tuesday, March 20, 2007 9:33 AM | flag
Congrats Erin!! Your jewelry is very well crafted!! It is a blast working with you in our group WL. :)Mary

| Tuesday, March 20, 2007 9:28 AM | flag
Great article, Erin...I love it! Linda

Laurie | Tuesday, March 20, 2007 8:16 AM | flag
I am Erin's groupmate and friend, and I just wanted to say how proud I am of Erin and her accomplishments! I personally have a piece of her jewelry and it is beautifully crafted!

Darcy | Tuesday, March 20, 2007 7:18 AM | flag
Congrats on the feature Erin! You ROCK girl! :) Darcy

| Tuesday, March 20, 2007 7:15 AM | flag
Awesome Interview Erin. :) We at WL feel blessed to work with you girly--you are soo talented and a delight to work with. :) Rhonda

| Tuesday, March 20, 2007 6:42 AM | flag
Congratulations Erin! Your jewelry is the best! Christine

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