Tell us a little about yourself, shop or selling venues.
My name is Kristin Magnus and I currently live in Sparta, WI. I have recently relocated here from a small island community in Maine. So, my inspirations for making nautical jewelry comes from my creativity and love for blue and green hues! I enjoy making pieces of jewelry while sitting at home with my dog Linekin! I started selling on Etsy in June of 2011 and have not ventured from there, but would love to!
|Kristin on New Years Eve 1920 Gala with Jim|
What are some things that bring you joy or inspire you?
I am truly inspired by the ocean! Whether I am sitting in a chair by the beach, looking at old photographs of my family in Maine, or relaxing with my love Jim, I am always inspired by the objects around me!
|Jim-My Love-Canoeing the Kickapoo River in Wisconsin|
Do you work outside the home, or are you self employed?
For the past six years, I have taught Kindergarten and PreK in Maine. I am looking forward to teaching in another state. During the summers, I did a lot of work on Maine cottages and the caretaking of them. I have met many clients, some only accessible by boat and the natural landscape and cottage designs inspired a lot of my work!
|Hendricks Head Lighthouse -Inspiration for Work -Southport Island|
How long have you been creating, and why did you begin?
Over the past 15 years, I have experimented with many types of art. I enjoy painting, crafts, scrapbooking, and metalwork. I recently started making jewelry because I enjoy wearing earrings everyday!
What are some of your favorites (websites, materials, foods, books, other people’s work, etc.)
My favorite materials are crystal and glass. I also love silver and nautical items. I enjoy eating sushi and Thai with my love Jim and when I am not eating, I’m usually surfing the web, enjoying others’ work. I love looking at nautical-inspired designs including fabric, pottery, and wood creations! There are so many talented artists on Etsy, that I find myself looking for hours J
|My Best Doggie Friend -Named after Linekin Bay, Maine|
Where do you live, and do you hope to live elsewhere?
I currently live in Wisconsin, but spent the last 12 years in Maine. I love to travel and have always dreamed of teaching overseas, so maybe one day I will get that opportunity. One of the most beautiful places that I would love to visit or even live is Thailand!
What are some of your short term and long term goals overall.
Overall, I would like to continue to make jewelry and other items including sewn pieces. In the long term, I hope that others can enjoy my work as much as I enjoy making it!
What is your most treasured possession, and why?
My most treasured possession is a beautiful white gold and sapphire ring that my sweetheart purchased for me in the Bahamas. I look at the deep blue and think of our amazing times walking in the white sand and sailing through the ocean! And of course, it’s my birthstone, so that makes it very special!
Do you have a religious or spiritual background?
I would not consider myself religious, but definitely spiritual. I believe that things happen for a reason … when one door closes, another door opens. I see that in life, there is some higher power, but what that is, I’m unsure. I wake up thankful and hope to get the most out of life; spending time with the ones I truly love!
Thank you Kristin for sharing! Visit her shop on Etsy at www.inspiredbyoceans.etsy.com
Her beautiful jewelry is so reasonably priced, and I’m sure you’ll love browsing her vast selection!