Now that you’ve met my little family, it’s time to meet what I do all day! (Besides looking at gifs of Joss Whedon‘s works…and puppies.)
My first store was Lyssa’s Stuff. I began making things with polymer clay when I was little, but of course, being a kid, never took it seriously. My pride at that time was my beautiful 3 story dollhouse. It had a porch, and doors with hinges, and I did everything I could to make it awesome. It was unfinished so I painted it to look like my house at the time; white with blue shutters. My dad helped me install carpeting and laminate and even wire it for electricity!
I made all sorts of little foods and accessories for my dollhouse. My mother taught me to sew doll’s clothes (and now I’ve graduated with a BFA in costume design for theatre! Thanks Mom!) and I populated my house with turkeys, salmons, eggs, fruits and veggies. But, being a kid, I eventually stopped making things and moved on. I guess I’m a boomerang, because here I am again!
I got back in to making things with polymer clay when I hit my junior year of college. I couldn’t apply for financial aid for my summer class because I was only taking 4 credit hours and they wanted at least 9 before I could get money. When I saw that the textbook alone was $200 and an ECU exclusive that couldn’t be found used, I realized I had to start making a little something on the side besides my summer job to fund it.
Lyssa’s Stuff was born as a place for jewelry for girls, gamers, geeks, and guys!
The best thing about opening my Etsy (besides paying bills!) is the fun I have with my customers. I love how much interaction I have with them, and have made some really good friends!
Long post, but there’s the story! Next post will be about the genesis of my other store, Towee!
- Hadar’s Clay Brilliant Bronze (melissadawnmakes.wordpress.com)