Saturday, November 1, 2014

Saturday Artisan: W(e)il'd Hair & Accessories!

Meet Jodi, our Saturday Artisan. Browsing her shop, W(e)il'd Hair & Accessories!, is like coming in to a candy shop. :-)

I love her creations, so bright and cheerful. She is so good in putting colors together. Each creation is eye candy. 


  

Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?

Hello!  I'm Jodi, the designer behind W(e)il'd Hair & Accessories!  I'm a north Florida native, have been married to my husband for 6 years and am mom to a five-year-old girl and two-year-old boy.  I've been making jewelry for almost a year and a half.  I'm a DIY junkie and on more than one occasion have thought to myself "I can do that".  My creative spark is ignited when the projects that I've challenged myself to make come to fruition.


W(e)il'd Hair & Accessories specializes in fun and colorful chunky jewelry for children and adults. Chunky beaded necklaces and bracelets are great statement pieces. They can be designed to complement any outfit or theme. So versatile, they can be worn on holidays, for photo shoots, for playing dress up, or as an every day accessory.




What is the story behind your shop name?  

In 2012, I was invited to join a hair bow swap group, and got hooked on making hand-sewn yo yo flower hair clips and fabric-covered button ponytail holders.  When an opportunity came up to participate in a holiday craft fair, my new “business” needed a name.  W(e)il'd Hair originated as a play on my last name, Weil.


I really enjoyed making hair clips, except for the necessity of the hot glue gun.  I'm a bit of a perfectionist and found the glue gun frustrating. I constantly anticipated burned fingertips and big globs of glue everywhere.  However, I still had the desire to create and knew I needed to find something else to fuel my passion.  Enter chunky necklaces!  In 2013, with the shift in focus from hair to jewelry, W(e)il'd Hair became W(e)il'd Hair & Accessories. 



Which part of creation process that you enjoy the most?

I'm truly passionate about the design process - arranging and rearranging beads until they are each in the perfect place - I step back and say to myself "Yes, that's IT!"  


How do you balance your personal and work life?

No two days are alike.  I have two young children, a kindergartener and a preschooler, who attend two different schools and have two different drop off and pick up times!  Driving to school and picking up, lunchtime, naptime, household tasks - work time gets fit in among all these things!  It's definitely hard to balance and I'm still trying to figure out the most efficient way to get it all done.



Any advice for others running their on-line shop?

Be sure to take beautiful pictures and describe your items as though YOU are the one who is looking to buy them.  When you're posting tags, use 2-3 word phrases and think about how you would search for your product as though you were the consumer.  Don't be discouraged if you get your shop loaded up with your awesome items and don't get views right away.  It takes a lot of time and effort to market your products, but it's well worth it when you start seeing sales!



What does handmade mean to you?

Handmade means I'm sourcing all my supplies, coming up with unique and original designs, assembling my products, photographing, editing, marketing and listing them all on my own.  Handmade is often one of a kind. 



If you could invent a machine, what would it be?   

Robot housecleaner and chef



Find Jodi at many different social media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WeildHair
Instagram: http://instagram.com/weildhairandaccessories
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/WeildHair/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WeildHair
Website: http://weildhair.weebly.com/



Would you like to be featured as a Saturday Artisan and sponsor a giveaway?Here is how to apply.

15 comments:

  1. Great photos! They show the products at their best.

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  2. I'm in the Jacksonville area, too, so it is interesting to meet another handmade artist. Cute necklaces!

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  3. The necklaces are beautiful and my diva would love some!

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  4. I have a few of Jodi's creations and get compliments every time I wear them! My teal and black is my fave combo :)

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  5. FUN blog read. And I love the FUN creations from Jodi. Thank you for sharing her with us, Nat!

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  6. I agree... great photos!... and they do look like candy! :) And put me on the list for one of those robot housecleaners... I'll trade scarves for one. :)

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  7. I think you have a good sense of style.

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  8. I had a hard time deciding which one I liked the best...but I picked this one because it's my favorite color combo:https://www.etsy.com/listing/204640564/mint-and-silver-chunky-necklace-with?ref=shop_home_active_3

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  9. Jodi, what is *your* favorite color combination? :)

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  10. Fun combinations! What part of north Florida do you live? I went to college in St. Augustine.

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  11. Thanks everyone! My favorite color combo lately is mint and gold! Kristin, I live in Jacksonville :)

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  12. These are really fun. I think I'd also love to have a housecleaning robot!

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