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.