5/21/12

sponsor love + giveaway: oh so antsy

 I am so excited to introduce you to another lady who graces my sidebar. Say hello to jewelry designer and blogger Jessica of Oh So Antsy.

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!
connect with jessica: shop // blog // twitter // facebook
happy monday :)
xo, erika

35 comments

  1. love, love, love these little necklaces! I want TX!

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  2. So adorable! I would love an ohio :)

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  3. I love these! I'd love a Missouri one!

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  4. i have always wanted a piece of jewelry that represented my home state of GA!

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  5. I really would adore the England one!! (I know I live in CA but my heart is always somewhere else!) :)
    xo

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  6. LOVE her shop! I would definitely get a little Texas necklace, with the heart right over Austin :)

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  7. The California State necklace for sure! :)

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  8. I would get the New York State necklace! And the heart over Albany is perfect because that's where I live!

    April C.
    acrisafu@nycap.rr.com

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  9. I would get the oregon necklace for sure:)

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  10. I love her state necklaces! I'd LOVE a California one!

    http://www.shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  11. so cute I would love Vancouver island!!

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  12. State necklaces are the cutest! I'd get one for Utah :)

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  13. Well of course I'd want the California one w the heart in SoCal!! Fun giveaway!

    I'm also having a giveaway on my blog as well!

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  14. I'm a native Michigander turned Minnesotan for the past 12 years. My heart is still in Ann Arbor, though, and I'd LOVE a Michigan pendant with a heart there! :-) (Kudos to you for including the U.P. in your Michigan pendant, too!)
    tiff(dot)r(dot)brand(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. The Georgia necklace for sure!

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  16. cute shop! i'd get the michigan necklace!!

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  17. I would get the Massachusetts necklace.
    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  18. My heart is in Michigan. Currently in Utah for the summer, though Utah is not that bad.

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  19. her necklaces are so precious! If I win, I would love either a PA necklace or one in the shape of India :)

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  20. SOOOOO flippin cute!! I would definitely get the North Carolina necklace if I won. *fingers crossed* :)

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  21. I would love the adorable Tiny Haiti Necklace!!

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  22. Haha I wish there was a Taiwan necklace! I'd get the California one .^^

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  23. I would love the Florida state one...my heart will always be in Miami!!! Oye chicos!

    I didn't see a Nevada one, but since I was born and raised in Sin City, I guess I kinda am attached to it too...

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  24. I sure would love a tiny little New Hampshire...or maybe a Georgia!
    -Brittany
    smith.d.brittany@gmail.com

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  25. i would do a custom country necklace for austria :)

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  26. I would get the tiny Minnesota for sure!! :)

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  27. I would do a custom country necklace for Germany!

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  28. I'd get New York State

    Tony C
    acrisafulli83@yahoo.com

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