Besides creating and designing, what else do you like to do?
I guess I am a true girly girl at heart, as my favorite thing to do is go shopping!! I love spending time with my dogs, and going out and having a good time. I also love cleaning my house, it's a funny quirk about me, but I am a complete neat freak. I also love to travel, and have 2 large trips planned for next year.
What first made you want to become an artist?
I don't know that I ever 'became' one, as I believe I have always been one. I have always loved creating things and admiring them, even as a young child. However, due to a hectic schedule and the regular happenings of life, I spent several years not being able to express my creativity the way I needed to. As soon as life really began to fall into place for me, I began creating again. I began to make such wonderful things that I truly loved and were an expression of myself and my creativity. It wasn't long before I saw that my designs were making others happy as well. That's when I decided to open my Etsy shop, Cupcake Princess Jewelry.
Please describe a bit about your creative inspirations.
I'd have to say my biggest inspiration is anything 'cute'. Sometimes I still feel like a child at heart, looking at toys and miniatures and thinking of unique ways to wear them as jewelry, or make into a piece that I can display in my home. I have always gone crazy for Japanese street fashion. I love how you will see just these completely over the top outfits and accessories. I believe that it's not just fashion, but an art as well. Another of my creative inspirations (as well as one of my personal obsessions) is Marie Antoinette. I am completely fascinated with her and the life she led.
What advise can you give to inspiring artist?
The best advice I can give is to stay true to yourself and continue to create with your own unique style in mind. Don't give up and don't get discouraged. There is a lot of competition out there, and it is easy to be let down when things don't go as expected. I always like to create meaningful experiences and I think it will make you stand out and more likely to be remembered.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In ten years I would love to own my own boutique where I sell my jewelry alongside trendy designer clothing. It has always been my dream to own my own store.
Kelly will be giving away this beautiful "ice cream earrings" to a lucky subscribers of my blog.