Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Feature Shop: The Adorned Abode

I love the variety of talents among our members. The Adorned Abode's Kelly makes gorgeous jewelry boxes and recipe boxes! I'm pleased to introduce her to you today. -Cori of Peace, Baby! Batiks

What is your name?
Kelly Brannan

Where are you located?
Georgia (about half an hour South of Atlanta)

Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a Paralegal-turned-SAHM to my two sweet children, Millie (almost four years old), and Andy (two years). I've been married to my best friend, Matt, for six years. We also have a Boston Terrier, Bullet, who is our constant companion, and puts up with pretty much everything from the kids as long as they keep sharing their food with him. :)

Blue Paisley Trinket Jewelry Box

What type of merchandise will shoppers find in your shop?
Recipe boxes and divider cards, trinket and jewelry boxes, decoupaged lightswitch plates, and hopefully some new items in the near future. Basically, decor items for your home or child's room.

How/why did you get started?
I love doing crafty things and was looking for a way to (a) make some extra money for our household, and (b) have something for "myself," if that makes sense. I love staying home with my kids, but I needed a creative outlet as well, and this just fit the bill.

Owls on Blue Double Lightswitch Plate Set

How long have you been crafting? How did you get into decoupage?
Hmmm...I've always enjoyed doing crafty things, especially crafty tutorials I'd find online, but didn't consider myself a necessarily crafty person. Then last fall, we were redoing our daughter's room into a "big girl" room, and I decided to make a lot of her decor. Once I decoupaged her lightswitch plate, I was hooked, and it went from there.

What is your favorite thing to make?
I love making my mini dressers (jewelry boxes) the most, probably because I enjoy being able to put many different patterns on one item. I also love doing my recipe boxes.

Retro Floral and Red Polka Dot Handmade Wooden Recipe Card Address File Box

What inspires you to create?
Pretty paper and plain boxes - I just can't wait to get my hands on them and see how they'll turn out as a finished product! Just walking into a scrapbooking store and seeing all the paper ... I could spend ages in there picking out patterns and dreaming of what I'll do with them. :)

What is one thing you need to have with you while you craft?
Music isn't a "need" to have thing, but a "like" to have. Same with coffee! :)

Retro Floral and Red Polka Dot Custom Formica Recipe Address Divider Cards

How do you balance mothering and running a small business?
I try to do most of my creating at night after they go to bed; of course, this isn't always possible. When I'm having a busy period in the shop, or several custom orders, I often have to work during the day. I just try to take little breaks to take them out to play or to the park, or read them a few books, just little breaks to focus on them before I get back to work. And then, even when I'm working, there are inevitably lots of forced little breaks to get a drink or snack for them, clean up a mess, etc. It is a balancing act, maybe more of a juggling one. :)

What is your favorite thing to browse Etsy for?
Children's items (clothes, room decor, etc...) is my number one fave browsing item, but honestly, I love to "window" shop on there and will find myself looking through people's favorites and finding all kinds of wonderful things I wouldn't have thought to look for.

When you're not crafting, what are you doing?
Hanging out with my family, trying to keep up with the housework, reading, doing crossword puzzles, watching a show, swimming if the season's right and I have the chance; most of the time, playing with the kiddos.

Woodland Creature Spring Time Custom Jewelry Trinket Box Chest Mini Dresser

Where can we find you?
Etsy shop:

What is your favorite shop (not yours) on Etsy currently?
Oh, this is a tough one, as I have so many favorites! I would say my sister's shop: We often craft together, and she makes gorgeous picture frames, bow holders, and name letters (coming soon). I also love: Such gorgeous art prints! And I also love:; love her pillows! And I love: All of her items are amazing and so whimsical. I could go on for days about my favorite Etsy shops, so I'll stop at 4. :)

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