Have you ever wonder what do your crafty things say about you? As soon as we saw Amra Designs’ jewelry collection, we were totally blown away by their one of a kind designs. Everything is so perfect to detail with the right choice of beads, colors, textures, and patterns.
Today, Rachel and Ashley are here to share their story about how they met, how Amra Designs was born and the inspiration behind the amazing bezel bracelets that we love so much. The girls have got lots of surprises ahead for you, with new designs and trends to inspire us, everything from necklaces to bracelets and earrings. Enjoy!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and Amra Designs. How do you get the name?
Amra Designs is myself, Rachel, and one of my best friends, Ashley. Ashley is a full time Interior Designer in Indianapolis and I am a stay at home mom and Etsy shop manager living outside of Chicago. Ashley and I have known each other since middle school back in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Coming up with the name isn’t some great tale of inspiration or deep meaning. It is AM from Ashley Marie and RA from Rachel Ann. We were just playing around with ideas and just went with it!
2. What got you started crafting?
I have always been into art and making things since I was little. By high school most of my classes were art classes. But, I never knew what I could do with it. Ashley has always been creative as well. She was going to be an elementary teacher when one day she said to me, “All I think about is how I’m going to decorate my classroom!” So I asked why not go into interior design? So, she did!
I started scrapbooking before my daughter was born and really got into crafting then. I remember one day watching Rachael Ray while I was at home with my daughter and they were talking about a site called Etsy! I looked into it then but didn’t really think about selling until after my son was born.
3. What was your first creation? Do you have a favorite?
My first jewelry creation was a pair of feather earrings. I wanted a pair but, honestly, didn’t want to pay for them! I knew I could do it myself so I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and a few hours later I had my first pair of earrings!
I have lots of favorites but my all time is probably my “Kyoti” necklace. He died suddenly summer of 2009 and my husband and I took it very hard. Both my husband and I were out of town when he died so my heart aches that I didn’t get to say goodbye to him. So, that is my favorite necklace to wear and make for others.
4. Where do you get your inspiration?
Well, we both love animals, nature, and bohemian styles. Ashley also loves finding inspiration in different eras. Really, just anything that is beautiful and is wonderfully designed. I have quite the eclectic taste. Ashley is really good at finding materials and knowing right away what to do with them, I, on the other hand, need to have a design in my head then gather materials. We balance each other pretty well!
5. How do you find balance between your creative life and your loved ones?
Usually when my husband is off, I’m off. I might spend the morning online answering emails or in my “office” finishing orders but usually by noon or 1 we’re out the door with the kids to enjoy the day. When we’re back for the evening, I check Etsy again and if nothing’s going on, I’m back with the family or playing around on Facebook. Other days, I just do what I have to do in the order it needs to be done (mostly)! Kids need lunch, I feed them. House is a wreck, I finish what I have to and get to cleaning. Sometimes it works out, others, not so much. I just take it day by day!
6. We love your bezel bracelets and we think they are very special. Tell us about the design.
Thank you! I love them because there are endless possibilities. I started with my Woodland Creature bracelet and I fell in love! I love them because they’re really for the person wearing it. They’re not really meant to be flashy and grab attention. The images in them are just big enough that the wearer can see them perfectly and hopefully they bring a smile to that persons face. I want to start doing custom bracelets where the buyer supplies the photos and I make a bracelet out of them.
7. What have you made recently?
The newest thing I have in the Etsy shop is a Lotus Pendant and Howlite Nugget Necklace but I am always working on new ideas and thinking of what to do next
8. Do you have a favorite color?
My favorite color has always been red but really I like every color! I’ll go through phases where I really like certain colors together or like right now, I really like turquoise. But, if you were to look in my closet you would find lots of gray!
More of Amra Designs’ creations:
Luulla store: http://www.luulla.com/store/amradesigns