Thursday, September 25, 2008
There are lots of beautiful shops on Etsy that catch your eye as you browse for specific items. But finding a beautiful "soul" inside that shop makes shopping there an even more delightful experience. Dragonfly Creations is one of those stores with one of those beautiful souls inside. I've had the opportunity to visit with Cara Connor, proprietor of Dragonfly Creations and this is what she told me about herself and her charming, elegant store.
"My store reflects simple elegance, with a funky charm, that tells a story. I am inspired by my environment and people around me. I am very visual and tactile and I'm always looking for new ways to create and put together jewelry. I am inspired by beautiful quotes and sayings."
"One of my favorites is," "I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow." Maya Angelou
Cara has been creating jewelry since she was five years old and giving it away as presents, but never thought about selling it until a good friend introduced her to Etsy in August of 2008.
Her goal is to one day have her own jewelry line selling in a boutique, making custom jewelry for brides, bridal parties, anniversary presents and to be featured in a magazine such as Lucky. Cara wants to learn how to solder so she can make her own rings and charms. She says "I have many ideas and designs, I just don't have an outlet for them at this moment." Cara handpicks all the items that she uses in her shop and researches current trends to find what her customers will like. Then she adds a "Cara" twist to it, to make the item as individual as each of her customers. She takes time putting each of her pieces of jewelry together and does so with love and care. The goal of Cara and her shop Dragonfly Creations is to make every piece of jewelry something that you would love to wear and Cara tries to imagine how you will feel when you receive it.
The care doesn't stop once the piece is made. When you order an item from Dragonfly Creations, the item is shipped the very next day, in a beautiful brocade button close bag for safe keeping and in a bubble cushioned envelope. Order more than one item and the 2nd item is shipped free. Cara's favorite materials to use are wire, chain, turquoise, fresh water pearls, gemstones, Czech glass and crystals.
You can check out her Etsy store at http://caraconner.etsy.com/. If you have any questions or would like to contact Cara, she welcomes your custom orders or comments and you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Creativity like this doesn't come everyday but it does come from the soul. The soul of this shop is a woman who lives and loves for others. Not only is she spending time creating beautiful jewelry for us, she is a special education teacher who teaches full time and is going to school to get her Masters degree in special education. Her heart is for children who have been overlooked and often left behind. She carries this kind of passion in all she does and will take Dragonfly Creations as far as she wants it to go. Good Luck Cara!
Take a few minutes and look at the heart and soul of Cara Connor and Dragonfly Creations. You will be inspired!