Tuesday, June 12, 2012

JT Sky Designs- Review and Giveaway!

About Jodie with JT Skye Designs:

Jodie is the amazing creator of all of the fabulous jewelry at JT Skye Designs. She has been with her significant other (Josh) for almost 5 years. They were High School sweethearts and met in their Yearbook class. Jodie is the Mom to two amazingly adorable Furry babies that she treats like her own children. She has a Rabbit (Walter Bishop) and a Corgi (Gimli). Walter was rescued from a shelter in her old college town, and Gimli she fell in love with the moment she saw him on a breeders page. She is also a very proud Auntie to two of the most beautiful girls on the planet- Heather and Kristen.

Jodie started her crafting Christmas of 2010 when Josh's Mother got her a stamping kit as a gift. She was of course elated, and fell completely in love with the craft. She had ironically purchased a stamped necklace as a gift that same Christmas, so already had quite an interest in stamped jewelry. As she created more she started adding beads and wire and really experimenting with different looks. She decided to put her first 3 fully finished necklaces into an Auction to raise money for the Post- Graduate program she was in at the time. They each went for $30 or more. At the same time she was getting some pretty amazing feedback from her friends and family on her Facebook page. Jodie and her sister Tammy ended up opening JT Sky Designs as a creative outlet for themselves, a business, and- as it ended up- an incredibly fun project for them to get closer, and share the ups and downs of their business as partners and as family.

Jodie and Tammy share the same father, but have different mothers. Their father has not played much of an active role in their lives, but through their business they have been able to make up for a lot of lost time, and grow to really know each other. Jodie had met Tammy a few times when she was much younger (2 or 3) but has no memories of the meetings. When Jodie was in College she received a Friend request and a message from Tammy, and from their they began to build a sister relationship that had up until that point been lost in time. Jodie and Tammy have been able to visit each other several times, and Jodie has been welcomed with open arms and hearts into Tammy’s family. She loves that she now has an opportunity to be Auntie Jodie. They have now had a close relationship for three years, and have truly enjoyed their business venture together!

Jodie wanted to make sure that in their business they offered custom jewelery that anyone could wear. She was never into the overly girly jewelry so has really loved making her unique and geeky jewelry. She wanted to offer something that no-one else was making. She loves making bracelets, but when she is not in a stamping kind of mood she thoroughly enjoys making earrings and beaded necklaces that are asymmetrical and bright. She loves watching TV or Movies, and hearing a quote to add to a bracelet, or a necklace. She loves the creative part of what she does.

Jodie finds inspiration everywhere... whether it be Disney quotes, or Harry Potter quotes. She has found inspirations in tattoos- for example Jodie has a tattoo of a dandelion with the seeds flying on her back. She translated that to Dandelion seeds in a glass vial with a disc that reads “Make A Wish”). She finds inspiration anywhere and everywhere she can. She has found herself inspired in both good and bad times (for example her cancer themed items come from negative experiences, but as we all know those items can still have a very positive effect on an individual). Jodie is also very much a kid at heart so she loves all things Disney. There is never a shortage of Disney inspired jewelry in the JT Sky Designs shop! She is also a super nerd, and finds herself pulling quotes from things like Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Fight Club, Classic Rock, and Spiderman (to name just a few). She also gets wonderful ideas from customers, fans, friends, and family. They have helped her come up with some of her favorite pieces. Jodie welcomes any quote ideas! If you have an idea for a stellar piece message her!

Jodie’s favorite parts of owning her own business is working alongside her sister, and getting to interact with so many people, and receive feedback on her creations. She loves knowing that her creations are all over the world. She loves that her hobby and her outlet is allowing her a little extra money to purchase from other WAHM's. She has also gotten to know a lot of amazing WAHM's through her business, and in turn made a lot of great friends.

A few other Facts about Jodie:

Jodie is 21
She works as an Admin Assistant at Toronto Police Services
She is and avid used book buyer
She is an Etsy Enthusiast
She is addicted to scarves
She is a perfectionist
She loves winter

Some of Tammy's creations:

What I thought:

I reviewed two fabulous necklaces. I love both of them and have only taken them off in order to change one out for the other since I got this package in! Jodie made each of these pieces really feel like they were made just for me. Each of them has a little bit of my personality in them. I have known Jodie for a while through a WAHM group we are both members of, so she took what she knew I liked and created something that was more me than even I could have known. Not only is her work very high quality, but what I got to review are pieces that reflect who I am- Not just a pretty accent to a good outfit.

Jodie can create anything you could imagine. She makes amazing family necklaces, and has also created some pieces for my baby bird. I recommend her, and feel assured that anyone who orders from her will be very happy with what they receive.

I also received these goodies as a Christmas gift last year:

Up For Giveaway:
Jodie is giving away one 6" custom cuff!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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