CZ: Tell us a little about yourself!
IHD: I live in Seattle with my hubby and our two boston terriers named Ruby Sue and PJ. Here in the emerald city I enjoy long days slicing, burning and beating up metal from my home studio. Creating special pieces for special people all over the world. Thank you Etsy! Our household is 100% vegetarian and always buzzing with music ❥
CZ: What type of items do you sell?
IHD: Rings, necklaces and earrings. Oh and the cufflinks and resin work are new. I have two other brands that I want to start up before I leave this planet!
CZ: What is the inspiration behind your shop and what keeps you motivated?
IHD: I'm mostly inspired by music and all things spooky. I design for myself and with friends or musicians in mind. It's very important to me that my jewelry is well loved and durable. I'm not as concerned with volume as I am with building a connection. Each sutured heart necklace has a story of heartbreak or recovery. And the mustaches and brothel tokens are fun!
CZ: What is the greatest compliment you have received about your work?
IHD: Etsy's blog featuring me in the top of '09! And twice ::) (You can check it out here: Spotlight)
CZ: You’ve been featured on Etsy’s front page over 30 times (WOW!) – which spotlighted piece is your favorite and why?
IHD: I was most proud of them featuring my sutured heart. It's my signature piece and have been making it for like five years now. In general Etsy featuring me has been huge for my confidence. It's a silly thing to be hung up on but my lack of confidence holds me back. So I'm working on that!
CZ: When did you first realize that you weren’t “like the other kids”?IHD: High school it started to sink in. For my 16th birthday I asked my mom for tarot cards and aromatherapy. I didn't get the tarot cards but an encyclopedia of aromatherapy along with lemongrass and lavender oil! It hasn't been until the last five years until I've embraced my inner weirdness. Ever since then things have gotten more awesome!
CZ: What’s a typical day in the life of this Dark Sider like?
IHD: I'm presently a one lady operation, so my days are super long. Filled with corresponding about and making unique jewelry. Wrapping and packing orders. Building a community web on the internet. I also take all of my product shots as well as run the marketing department. Few... good thing I have amazing family. Support is nice.
When I'm not "working" I enjoying taking my two crazy sidekicks to the park and going to shows with my husband.
CZ: Zombies or Vampires?IHD: Eeek! Vampires ::)
CZ: Which horror character do you identify with most?
IHD: Liz from Hellboy
CZ: Which elusive creepy creature do you believe is more likely to be real: El Chupacabra or Sasquatch?
IHD: I'm gonna have to go with Mr. Sasquatch since he's a local celebrity ::)
CZ: What scares you?IHD: Being lame.
CZ: When my undead masses take over will you be with us or against us?
IHD: Hell yes!
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