For as long as I can remember, I have always loved making jewelry. From beads using strips of magazines and fimo clay, to safety pin bracelets, to seed bead flowers, I have dabbled with different mediums since childhood. After really getting into making jewelry the past few years and buying way too many pearls, I found myself in a rut. I just wasn’t inspired.
On day I was looking around on Etsy, when I stumbled upon chainmaille jewelry. I was instantly drawn to the elegant look of the Byzantine weave and knew I had to learn how to make it. After watching a how-to video on YouTube many many times, I finally had it down, and I was hooked! I started making necklaces and bracelets, and then moved onto the Mobius weave. By then I knew I had found my jewelry calling. I continued to constantly browse around Etsy, dreaming of the day when I would have my own shop.But first I had to come up with a name, something that truly captured the essence of my jewelry, a name that brought to mind something that was unique, elegant, and fun. One day at brunch with some friends we started talking about what I could call my shop, and after throwing out a few ideas I finally had my lightbulb moment and Linkouture was born. With a name in hand, it was time to make that Etsy dream a reality.
In November 2011 I opened my shop. With only five pieces to list and an upcoming 5-month trip around South America, I did not expect much yet. What was important was that I accomplished this goal I had set for myself.
Since returning from my trip in June 2012, I have been working to grow my shop, listing a few new items each week, experimenting with new styles, and taking classes to learn more about selling on Etsy. I look forward to seeing my shop continue to grow, and I thank you for taking the time to look at my shop and support my work!
When I am not making jewelry or traveling, you can find me cooking, exploring, reading, learning about Etsy or running tasks for TaskRabbit.