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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Shop of the Week: Pillar of Salt

In keeping with our team goal of supporting all Etsy sellers I am introducing my first interview of a non team member.   This is Sara owner of Pillar of Salt.
Sara told me she grew up on a farm in west-central MN.  She met her husband of 13 years at Judson University, where she majored in Visual Communications (graphic design).  They have 3 children , 4 goats, 3 cats, 2 dogs and chickens.  They currently live on the farm where she was raised.  Along with the animals they have a large organic vegetable where they grow heirloom produce for themselves and the farm animals.   

Although she does not have much time for hobbies she enjoys reading historical fiction and her favorite author is Francine Rivers.  She loves arts and crafts and has tried many medias over the years.  She hopes to eventually get back into digital scrapbooking.  Sara claims that creating is in her blood. 

Opalite Ring

In discussing her business she talked about discovering wire wrapping about 3 years ago.  She was in awe of the art and worked hard to develop her technique and personal style.   A couple of years ago she was encouraged by friends to try Etsy to sell her rings.  She overcame her fear of rejection and failure, which had kept her from pursuing a career in art, because as she said "the wire wrapping just clicked with me and gave me the confidence to push past that fear...".  Losing the fear she says "I've seen God open doors for this business that I would never have dreamed of".  She now has her jewelry in 6 shops and through The Artisan Group she has gifted stylist of 2 network shows.  She hopes to one day see her designs on the screen.  Shown in the picture with one of the stars of the film "Selma", Keith Stanfield, is the ring that was included in the swag bags for the 2015 Golden Globes.
Rose Quart Pendant

Amazonite Pendant
Sara says she love the business because there are always new challenges to tackle.  Whether it be new wire wrapping techniques, improving her photos or working on the shops SEO there is always something to do or learn.  She also loves discovering new stones or beads to work with and say the variety is endless!
Fossilized Coral
Advice seems most often to com in favorite quotes and Sara's is by Madelaine L'Engle.  "Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it".   Sara finds this to be absolutely true. When she feels her creative juices running low and doesn't feel like making anything, she just begins.  Soon ideas will be building on ideas with not enough time to create them all.

One of the things Sara has a passion for is helping the poorest of the poor.  A portion of each of her sales goes to "The God's Child Project" which educates, feeds, clothes, and rescues children from human trafficking and abusive situations.   They also aid families by building humble but clean homes in Guatemala.  They have clinics and more programs than I can list. You can click on the link to find out more about their important work if you are interested.

Social media links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PillarOfSaltStudio
Twitter: www.twitter.com/PillarSaltJewel
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/lotterino/jewelry-pillar-of-salt-studio/
Tumblr: www.pillarofsaltstudio.tumblr.com/
Wanelo: wanelo.com/pillarofsaltstudio

Article by Gail Entwistle of;    Digital Expressions and Artful Papers, Beaded Splendor & Entwistle Studio 

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