As many of you already know, I'm always searching for great shops from Etsy to feature in my blog! Tonight I found a wonderful shop and I have fallen in love with her work! I wish Christmas was everyday!
I would like to introduce you all to Caroline, who is the sole creator behind CHenry. Caroline hails from New York City and has studied her craft in India, Indonesia and most recently, NYC. The above pictured ring is breathtaking It is one of Caroline's favorite and is a custom order piece. It is an 18kt gold, rose cut pink sapphire. Stunning I think!
Caroline's inspiration is drawn from many different elements in her life. She has always had a love of metals and color is also a key factor in her work. Years ago, she envisioned herself as a painter and sculptor and she now has turned her craft into a different version of that.
She is motivated by simple things like a beautiful flower or more complex things like an amazing building that I might see here in the city. Having traveled extensively during her life, some of her deepest inspirations have come from those experiences. Those experiences are something that never leave.
As an artisan, one of Caroline's biggest challenges is not to be destracted by hard times, either financially or emotionally in these difficult times. She claims that it has been more difficult these days to keep everything flowing well. However the love she has for her work keeps her going and she says " and there has to be a full blown disaster to keep me from that !!!!LOL"
Like many of us, marketing is the chore we would all rather forget about! Caroline admits that she fall short on the marketing skills !!! She is a busy lady - a Grandmother and jewelry designer! Caroline confessed that she couldn't even turn a computer on two years ago so she is just now learning how to navigate the internet. She has traveled the world a few times and will now learn her way around the world online!
Caroline has just celebrated her one year anniversary on Etsy and I found her in the forums - her very first time being there! Aren't we all lucky to have found her! Caroline wanted to add "I am really glad that I discovered Etsy and the community that surrounds it. It has opened up a whole new world for me. I have had a lot of fun this past year and without a doubt have learned an amazing amount of new things."
And we Thank You Caroline for bringing your wonderful creativity to us! I hope you all enjoy her work as much as I do! My fiance and I love her shop so much that we are discussing wedding bands with Caroline!