Sunday, October 21, 2007

Creative Gifts from Salt Lake City

Becki Rasmussen of Entyqua (Becki’s Designs) located in Salt Lake City, Utah offers unique jewelry, hand-painted jewelry boxes, greeting cards, and various paper crafts.

Entyqua is the name of the main charactor in a story Becki wrote in High School. She uses the name for alot of things!

She started making jewelry 5 years ago, when she first decided to be a stay at home mom looking for something to do, she purchased an earring kit, and started turning them out studiously over a period of several weeks. This spurred her to explore jewelry-making further and after visiting a bead shop she was completely smitten. She expanded her collection to include bracelets and necklaces as well, and then ended up on Etsy to sell her wares.

Becki spends at least 20 hours a week working on her business, and although she’s self-taught plans to take some silversmithing classes next year, and will also take up sewing again.

Becki’s favorite materials are wood and gemstones, and she also loves the look of pearls and uses both genuine freshwater pearls and faux pearls in her one of a kind jewelry. She becomes very attached to her creations, saying a little goodbye to each as it sells; to her each one is like a child that grows up and leaves the nest.

Becki says that her jewelry seems to sell best in-person but the cards and jewely boxes sell best on Etsy. In the past she has had her work in a local store, and the most expensive piece she has sold was for $50.00.

Her husband has been very supportive of her doing this work, and so has her extended family, many of whom also have Etsy shops themselves.

In preparation for the holidays she is going to offer Holiday tags, holiday cards, clothing, hair accessories, original art work. She is going to open up another Etsy shop to separate her hobbies. Keep an eye out for Becki’s line of clothing coming soon.

Becki enjoys creating custom orders, ships internationally, and accepts PayPal, checks, and money orders.

Check out all her gift items this holiday season at: http://entyqua.etsy.com/

Blog: http://beckisdesigns.blogspot.com/ My space: http://www.myspace.com/beckisdesigns

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