Here’s an interview with Lee from Color Me Conscious. In her bio, she says: I have always wanted a business that would make a difference—and even though it won't change the whole world—if we work together, Color Me Conscious just may brighten a tiny corner of it...
Please read the interview to see just how she is making a difference, and how you can help. I think it’s such a wonderful thing to do.
Lee is also giving back to YOU by including a giveaway with this interview. How cool is that? She has generously donated this beautiful Arm Candy Sapphire Swarovski Crystal Bracelet (pictured above). Just comment on the interview, and name one other item from her shop that you also like...The winner will be randomly chosen next Monday, Jan. 25.
What’s behind the name Color Me Conscious (you can explain the whole concept here)?
CMC is where I sell my OOAK (one-of-a-kind) handcrafted jewelry—and a portion of the sale price from each piece goes directly to charity! Every other month I debut a new collection centered around a new theme color. (January/February’s collection is RED.) The color of the month corresponds to the awareness color of a specific cause and charity—it’s that simple. (The RED collection supports heart disease awareness and prevention, and The American Heart Association.) The "conscious" in Color Me Conscious, is short for "socially conscious." Every other month…a brand new cause, a new feature color, another unique opportunity for buyers to make a difference AND “color” someone happy!
What got you started in your business?
I've been making jewelry for family and friends for many years—I mean since I was a teenager! After hearing, "You should try to sell some of your work.” and “You make really cool stuff" again and again, I decided to take the plunge and launched CMC in November of 2009.
The Corsage Cuff—Otherhood LLC. Limited Edition Bracelet
What did you do before this?
What I did (and still do, lol) is teach. I've been teaching a middle school French in South Jersey for the last 6 years.
What inspires your designs?
Color, color, and more COLOR. I love anything vintage, and the idea of using something old to make something new, gives me goosebumps everytime.
Falling Leaves Big Button Band II
What are 3 words that describe your work?
Eclectic, feminine, unique
Do you have a favorite piece from your shop?
It changes all the time. As of today, I’m in love with my “Elderberry Wine On A Cloudy Day” Bracelet. It’s a “Corsage Cuff”, (my copyrighted design), and can be made in any color palate in a custom order. The color combination in this one is just delicious.
Paprika Pearl Double Strand Choker
What’s your most productive time of day?
Night. It seems like all the really really good ideas start rolling in around 10:00pm…Which is a little tough since I have to be up by 5:30 the next morning to go to work.
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
Big and booming hopefully. I'd love to "quit my day job"—that's what I'm working on. Hey, it could happen, no???
The Corsage Cuff (Elderberry Wine On A Cloudy Day Bracelet II)
9. What’s one thing you can’t live without?
My family most definitely. (Close second: A scarf of some sort. I have tons from all over the world, and I wear one almost everyday ---even in the summer! lol)
10. Anything else you would like us all to know?
Only a thank you for supporting CMC...you are the reason I'm here --- and it sure is a fun place to be. ;-)
Sweet Talk Necklace
e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee also tweets about all sorts of things like sales, giveaways and new collections too! Follow her at: http://twitter.com/colormejewelry
to stay in the know!