Time for q & a time... read through to the end, there's a good treat at the bottom :)
As an antsy, fast-talking and impatient person, I feel like I resonate with the name "oh so antsy." Why did you pick it?
You pretty much pegged my reasons for choosing the name OhSoAntsy. When I was thinking of a name that was memorable but also was a reflection of me this name popped into my head. I can be very antsy and impatient at times and I am a very fast-talker, haha. I always have to be doing something and my hands are rarely at rest. Even when I sit down to relax you can find me knitting, or filing my nails, making a list, sorting papers, the list goes on. That being said OhSoAntsy fits quite well.
You hammer and create the metal state shapes yourself.... when did you learn how to do this? And how long does it take? I know nothing about metal working, so I think this is all pretty fascinating.
About 2 years ago I look a silver jewelry basics class to learn how to make simple jewelry for myself. At the time I had no clue I would soon be using that knowledge to begin my online business. Isn't it great to discover where our choices lead us? Everything I made it class was hammered because I just loved the look and texture of it so much. When I began creating pieces to sell I continued the habit of giving everything a hammered finish. The actual hammering doesn't take too long, perhaps less than 5 minutes for each piece. What takes a bit longer is that I typically do my hammering outside since I live in a quadruplex and I like to be respectful.
Outside of creating lovely jewelry and blogging, what does your life look like?
I work full time as an administrative assistant at a University. I ride my bike to work most days since I live 2 miles away. I like to play trivia occasionally despite my lack of oddball knowledge. I like to be outside-camping, hiking, exploring. I like to take pictures of lots of things-mainly people. I love to knit. I sew on occasion. I really like craft beer and am part of a homebrewers club. I am on a constant search for the best fries. I love cooking and shopping at the farmer's market. But as much as I love going out and trying new things I am equally happy to spend a quite night inside with one of my many crafts watching a movie.
What did 5 year old you want to be when you grew up?
When I was 5 I would say I wanted to be a camp director. My started started a summer camp when I was born for inner city kids to be able to experience nature for perhaps the first time in their lives. Even at a young age I found so much wonder in the experiences had by me and everyone involved. It was so cool to see the transformations the experience of summer camp had on the kids lives. The impact it had on my life was truly priceless and I always felt like suck a lucky kid. I've always been a daddy's girl so of course I wanted to be just like my dad. Camp Director.
And, of course, now what do you think you want to be when you grow up?
Still following in the steps of my father, and turns out also my mother, I want to be run my own business. There has always been this sense of independence in our family and I've just always thought why should I work for someone else when I could work for myself? I just never really knew how I could get that to happen. When I opened my shop I still wasn't sure. One year after that opening I finally had a moment of, "this could be it". I've got some big changes coming up and I hope along with that I am able to take my business to the next level and turn it into my day job. And who knows maybe I can still be a camp director one of these days.
Thanks for sharing Jessica!
She has graciously offered one of her sterling silver state or country necklaces for one of you guys... and you know the drill on how to win it!
happy monday :)