Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Jenny Hoffman is a woman divided, by passions, by interests, by a desire to do it all. Artist, mother, Arbonne saleswomen and health nut. While not hanging out with her adorable little girl and husband, she's networking and running her business. In her downtime, she creates cutie little pieces of jewelry and upcycled spice tins. I personally wonder, when does she sleep? ;)
Read on for more about this amazing multi-tasker!
Q~How did you get started?
A~My good friend Jen (newmoonpie.etsy.com) taught me the basics of jewelry-making, from how to use a bead board for designing to how to attach bead tips. I craved a creative outlet, and I wanted something productive to keep my hands busy while I watched t.v. to unwind. (Kind of oxymoronic, I know!)
Q~Why do you continue?
A~I keep finding pendants that just cry out to me to be made into a unique necklace.
Q~What is a great(or greatest) success story?
A~I also like to take those old metal spice tins and upcycle them into something useful. I made a couple of these and put them up in my Etsy shop. A woman in Ohio, who was opening her own brick-and-mortar store, contacted me and wanted to buy a dozen of them! I really had to scramble to find that many spice tins, but I was so proud of the results.
Q~What is one of your greatest failures?
A~I have the hardest time with knots. Consequently, I have wasted lots of jewelry wire because I've put a kink in it somewhere conspicuous trying to tie a knot. Sometimes, I have to re-string the entire necklace, but I want to get it right. Because if your knot isn't done well, the necklace could fall apart on my customer!
Q~Where do you get your inspiration?
A~My inspiration comes from my goth and punk rock roots, as well as motherhood, books, songs, friends, and family. Influences include The Cure, Mary Englebreit, Ani Difranco, Ansel Adams, Monet, Eric Carle, Naomi Wolf, The X Files, Ska, Yoga Asanas, Led Zeppelin, Twin Peaks, mother nature, Anthropologie, and Mother Nature.
Q~Where is your favorite place to sell? Or Favorite show?
A~My favorite place to sell is Etsy, because their fees are very reasonable, and because I feel good about the caliber of work represented there.
Q~What is one thing you love about your business?
A~I love it when I get positive feedback from my buyers. It feels good to know that my mind created something that is out there making someone else happy.
Q~What is one thing you loathe?
A~There is one thing I don't like about Etsy, and that is the shear volume of artists on the site. It's practically impossible for someone to stumble upon your shop by accident. So you really have to drive traffic to your shop yourself.
Q~Where are you based?
A~I am based in Odenton, Maryland, in the center of the Annapolis, DC, and Baltimore triangle.
Q~Where would you live if you could live anywhere?
A~I live exactly where I want to be. I'm originally from Texas, but these are my people here.
Q~What would you be doing if not this?
A~I also have a growing business with Arbonne International (JennyHoffman.myArbonne.com), so I spend the majority of my time networking. My art is taking a back seat for now, but someday I will be able to retire off my Arbonne riches and let the creativity flow!
Q~What is your favorite quote?
A~"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anaïs Nin
What a talented fish! Happy Birthday to Jenny~ a Piscean celebrating her birthday this week!