My shop name is Elisa Shere Jewelry and I am a silversmith. I work with recycled metals - such as sterling silver, vintage beads and gemstones and most recently I've combined my two loves - ceramics and metals. My jewelry is made entirely from scratch (by me) using raw materials, which means I have a lot of control over the creative process, which I love.
Right now I get a lot of inspiration from the 23 acre farm I am lucky to live on in northern Baltimore County. I take lots of walks with my pups, where I see tons of flowers blooming, pebbles, and rustic/distressed surfaces on barns, and other out-buildings. These inspirations are featured heavily in my work.
In terms of best bargains for making my work or just in general, Etsy can be a great place to find cheap vintage beads, and other creative materials. Also, Goodwill and Craigslist.com are great for everyday stuff. And there's always Ikea :)
If I could have anything to eat or drink tonight, it would be a glass of wine, but I'll have to wait 3 months for that since I'm expecting.
Check out more of my work on my website at: www.elisasherejewelry.etsy.com or locally at Red Tree in Hampden and The Muse in Frederick.