AirFriend is a small shop in L.A. where magic happens with air plants. You can find all kinds of gold dipped crystal air plant, air plant holder, air planter, air plant terrarium, boho decor, office desk accessories, air plant gift for best friend, long distance boyfriend gift, long distance friendship gift, birthday gift, wedding favor, bridesmaid gift, engagement favor and much more!
This moss covered quartz crystal miniature fairy garden looks so adorable with a live air plant! The whimsical look of this air plant crystal garden makes this a cute desk accessory, rustic shelf decoration, or a woodland gift for that nature lover!
Growing air plant is fun and easy! You don’t need a green thumb to keep your plant healthy and beautiful. Air plants do not need any soil. They thrive on some filtered sunlight, good air circulation, and a couple misting a week. They make wonderful indoor houseplants and add a vibrant touch of green to your fairy garden, mini garden, or forest themed home decor collection.
Air plant is also known for its amazing ability to remove toxic agents in air. This rustic decor can double as a natural air purifier while adding a touch of green to your space. Quartz crystals have long been associated with balance, inspiration, positive energy, and healing.
Tell us about yourself
Hi ! I’m Virginie, 33 year old from France. I’m the owner/maker of Eileen Jewelry. I’m a pretty normal girl who loves simple and natural things. I’m happy to be able to work for myself and do what I love to do everyday, and I hope that my jewelry reflects that 🙂
Where are you from ?
I was raised and lived in Paris until my 28 year old when I left my job and apartment to travel for a year. I always was a big city lover but my trip changed everything. And when I came back from that freedom and exploring, all that I’ve wanted was to keep nature as close to me as possible. I now live outside of Paris surrounded by a beautiful little forest inhabited by shy and cute wildlife.
How did you start creating your artwork, and how long have you been doing it ?
I started making my own jewelry 3 years ago when I broke a beautiful necklace bought on Etsy. I couldn’t find it for sale anymore and the shop owner never replied to me when I’ve asked her if she had a repair service. I was bumped because that was my all time favorite necklace. So I’ve told myself that if people can do it, why not me ? So I’ve looked online how to fix it and that was it. I was hooked. I started making and wearing my own necklaces and got compliments from friends and coworkers that finally convinced me to open a shop. And here I am. Turns out bad customer service can sometimes be a blessing 😉
Where do you get your inspiration from ?
Sometimes ideas comes out of nowhere, while walking in nature or before I fall asleep, then I have to send myself a note with my phone so the ideas are not lost forever after a good night sleep 😀 Some other time, by playing with my supplies, browsing suppliers shops or looking up for crystal rarities.
What do you love most about your craft/business ?
Freedom! Falling asleep every night relaxed and happy instead of being stressed and exhausted by a day at work. Waking up naturally every morning and not by an awful alarm clock. Getting ready knowing that I can take my time. And then working on orders placed by people that loves what I’m doing and not because they just want the next trendy thing.
If I want the afternoon free to do something else or just to do nothing and enjoy some lazyness, I can just finish up the orders in the morning, go to the post office and then have time for whatever I feel like doing for the rest of the day.
I love the way things are working right now. I feel like « I’ve made it », but I also feel free. I have enough orders to keep me busy, but not too much so I don’t have time for myself anymore. Which wouldn’t be the point of doing this, I’m not looking for being rich, or making 200 necklaces or rings a day. I want my jewelry to be special and made in small quantities. I want to be able to take the time I need for each piece, so they can be as I would like to received them if they were meant for me. If I’m not happy with something I’ve made, I never hesitate and start again from scratch. No matter the time spent and materials used, I wouldn’t ship something that doesn’t make me happy or that is meant to break after a few days because it was made in a hurry. I’m my own boss and that gives a lot of freedom 😀
Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing ?
Traveling, walking or being lazy in nature, taking photos of the beautiful spring light, gardening and learning to make new things. I also love to collect old books and have some kind of fetish for first editions. Being outdoor is what I love the most. In summer, I can spend every day outside and I never ever get bored, not doing anything special, just enjoying the elements 🙂
Is there anything else you would like to share ?
I recently opened a new shop on Etsy called « Stones and Moonlight » where I’ve included everything I love : Natural beads, crystals and stones, my love for plants and their powers, beautiful treasures that I find on my everyday adventures and travels, and my passion for photography.
Whether I use antler tips that comes from natural shed or stones that were brought to me from the other side of the planet, they all carry life and adventures. And I feel lucky and happy to be able to use these unique pieces in my jewelry everyday.
Hello! My name is Jensine Sullivan and I own and operate JeSoul Studio. I design bohemian, tribal, and gypsy inspired jewelry. I am a self-represented artist in jewelry design (SRAJD) and published jewelry artist. I opened my shop on Etsy a little over 2-years ago. I spent the majority of my life working in art and design related professions so jewelry design came as no surprise. It’s funny how things happen! I totally love what I do and I am so blessed to have found this wonderful creative niche.
Where are you from?
I live in Cedar Falls, Iowa. It’s a community that is rich in heritage and tradition. The arts are embraced and supported heavily here and the summer months are packed full of art festivals and creative outlets. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
How did you start creating your artwork, and how long have you been doing it?
It amazes me how things just sort of happen. We go through life not knowing that we have a passion just waiting for us. But first, you have to find it, or in this case it found me. About five years ago, I had an idea to make fashion accessories. My first project was to make a pretty scarf. As I worked on my scarf, I got the idea to hand stitch some crystals to it. I went to my local craft store and purchased some crystals. I soon found myself dreaming of unique accessories that I could use them in. I went to a bead shop that I had heard about a few years earlier and when I walked in, my mouth literally dropped to the floor. I thought I died and went to heaven. So I purchased a few more crystals and some agate beads. I remember going home and just sitting there staring at my beads. I was so clueless. I made a few funky brooches and I was so proud. At that moment, I was hooked. I began making necklaces and staying up until wee hours of the night. The jewelry bug had completely consumed me. And that scarf? It was the only one I ever made. Of course, I hold on to it for sentimental reasons.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I don’t think I get it from any particular thing. It just happens. And it seems that it comes from very unexpected places, like home interior magazines or even the artwork in a calendar. I think my emotions and mood plays a big part too. Many times just out of the blue an idea pops in my head. I have to write it down or make a quick sketch or I’ll forget. Also, There are so many amazingly talented artists on Etsy that make jewelry components. That in its self is so inspiring.
What do you love most about your craft/business?
Freedom! Being able to just be myself and be my own boss. My business is a reflection of who I am. Sure, you have to be tough and push yourself. I am definitely my own worst critic. But for me it’s all about personal growth. You have to trust yourself and go with what feels good. That can be hard sometimes but everyday is a new day. When I do have a bad day, it’s always a learning experience. I have also met the most amazing people. Some of which are very dear to me.
Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy so many things, but gardening is definitely at the top of my list. Because I spend so much time in my home studio, getting outside is a priority and it’s good for the soul. In the winter months or when I need to take time out from jewelry design, I will work on design projects around the house. I always seem to have something going on. I’m currently in the process of designing a large textile wall hanging. I also make it a daily rule to get exercise. It really jump starts my creativity and gets my juices going.
My style trend is Handmade Accessories: Felted Scarves, Collars, Shawls, Handbags, Covers, Wall Decor and many more.
Everything that I create, I constitute a pattern and I always count the amount of material since I use only high quality materials. My products are made of wool, natural fabric, natural fiber, water and natural Turkish olive soap and because of these materials; my products easily withstand rain and snow. My products are soft, thin, cloud-like in texture and very long lasting.
Felt is the oldest form of fabric and is becoming popular as people rediscover the versatility and durability of it. Since it may be the oldest fabric known to man, there are many references to felt in ancient writings since it’s not woven and doesn’t require a loom for its production.
The process of felting doesn’t need expensive materials or equipment. Just about anyone can add soapy water to fleece, make a felted mass, control the outcome and then quality felt is achieved through experience and learning. Aside from choosing the best type of fiber for the application, one must consider the layout of fibers for consistent felt, the weight of wool in relation to the area of its distribution to determine shaping, the amount of soap to use and the temperature of water.
It’s hard work, but it’s my passion and one of the things I absolutely love to do, especially when I make them for happy owners!