We’ve had so much fun visiting maker’s studios in prep for our Unglued: Craft Fest that we wanted to continue the fun each month this year beyond the Fest!
So this month meet Katie of Brick House Creations out of Sioux Falls, SD! We met Katie through our shop in Sioux Falls and got to do a live visit on Facebook last week in her home studio. Check out the video fun HERE and read on below for our email interview as well.
Tell us a bit about yourself :
I am a South Dakota girl born and raised. I am a momma to a wild 5 year old who keeps me on my toes! We are rummage buddies, love finding things to repurpose for displays or vintage jewelry to take apart.
Describe your handmade business:
Brick House Creations is a collection of handcrafted items, specializing in one of a kind mixed media jewelry.Hand drilled and hand stamped pieces complete most of each look containing inspirational messages and quotes.
What is one of your most favorite items you have made?
My very first pieces were from a gal who lost her grandmother. She asked for jewelry pieces to be made from grandmas costumer jewelry. I took it all apart and used bits a pieces to make new jewelry items for each one of her relatives!
What are your most essential tools?
Pliers, pliers, and more pliers! Metal design stamps, enamel markers.
How has your business evolved over the years since the beginning?
Social media has been a huge source at launching my business. I originally started selling by bringing in a shoe box to my coworkers to currently selling in about 35 different retail outlets, Etsy, and making full time from home.
What is a word that best describes you?
What advice would you have given yourself 5 years ago?
Create more vs. custom orders. For a long time I would fill up all of my time with custom pieces and could never just make which is what keeps me creatively inspired. I found that making from raw creativity was my true passion and work better at my own pace without restrictions and deadlines.
Any super random tidbit about you??
I am terrified of packaged biscuit tubes/rolls. I can never bring myself to open one – you never know when it’s going to explode!
Website/etsy to share: www.brickhousecreations.etsy.com
Thank you so much Katie for letting us invade your home for a tour (click above!) and live video and sharing these thoughts, too!! Don’t miss her fantastic work in both Fargo & Sioux Falls Unglued’s, too!