Friday, October 22, 2010

Member Interview

Hello Teamies!!

Please tell us a bit about yourself –

My name is Monica and my family and I have just relocated to Virginia. I grew up in NC so I feel very close to home here tucked into the Appalachian mountains. My Etsy shop is called Moon Over Maize and is where I sell my handmade jewelry. My business began when my youngest child was a little babe and I would work when she went to sleep at night and the moon was high above. Her middle name is Maize and my husband came up with Moon Over Maize.

How did you learn about Etsy Project Embrace?

Kim of slinkymalinkicat contacted me at the time the team was being set up. I had known a bit about Laura through treasuries and I knew this would be a team I'd be proud to be a part of.

What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment?

I think my favorite item right now is this bracelet...
It took me a great deal of time and patience and I was quite pleased with how it came out.

Labradorite and Blue Chalcedony Bracelet - Blue Lagoon

What is your favorite possession, and why do you cherish it?

I tend to hold onto quite a few possessions. Two that really mean a lot are my wedding dress that my Mom made me and an anvil that my Pop gave to me. He's a metalsmith as was his Dad and he gave me his Dad's anvil last year. If you're curious about the work he does you can see some photos here....

What do you collect?

I used to collect all things artichokes! Now I just collect stones for jewelry.

Aquamarine and Sterling Silver Earrings

Where would you like to be and what do you hope to be doing ten years from now?

Ten years from now I hope I'm doing very much what I am doing now. Homeschooling my children, taking care of household duties, dancing with my husband and, of course, making jewelry.

Tourmalinated Quartz Necklace

Here are a few items from my shop and I've also attached a photo of myself, my workspace as we were building it and our new pup. :)

Citrine and Sterling Silver Earrings

Thank you so much Monica, it's so nice to meet you!!


  1. Monica, very interesting work and story! How do you homeschool and work? I may be contacting you for advice! Thanks for letting us into your studio and life! -Anne

  2. What a fabulous interview! Thank you, Monica, for giving us a peek into the world of moonovermaize. I've been a huge fan of your work since I first joined Etsy and am so happy to learn more about you.

    And thank you, Erica!
    xoxo Mollie

  3. Monica!! So nice to see your smiling face! I just love getting to know everyone on our team better.
    And, your Pop's metal work is WONDERFUL! Suz

  4. Thanks Monica for sharing a little bit about yourself. Your puppy is adorable! Hope you have gotten settled in and are feeling cozy!

  5. Great interview! I love reading it, thank you for sharing :)

    ps. please give your adorable puppy a hug from me :)

  6. Thanks for the interview :) It's nice getting to know fellow members more.

  7. Monica! Love reading a bit about you. And I love your work.

  8. Thanks for sharing, Monica! I, too, have been a fan of yours since I joined Etsy!! Your shop is fabulous and the interview is wonderful. Thank you Erica! Oh yeah, that puppy is SOOOOO cute! Nice to see your smiling face, Monica! I'm off to check out your Dad's shop!!! xo Cait

  9. Monica ~ your work is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your story with us! :)

  10. Wow! I have been admiring your jewelry for years and it's so wondrous to read about where some of your creativeness happens and comes from....your Dad! What a talented man, I have always thought your jewelry had a bit of the "architectural sensibitilies" about it and now I know why! Love LOVE your little puppy and the story about your Shop name! Wishing you the Absolute BESTEST in your new home!!

    Erica....AWESOME-ness on the Interview....Thank You!!

  11. Monica, I have long admired your work, and so I completely enjoyed this interview and getting to 'peek' into your life and creative process a bit! Keep making that beautiful jewelry.. oh, and Puppy is adorable! : D

    Great interview, Erica!
    xoxo Peggy

  12. Oh how great to see you here Monica ! I have been thinking about you since your move and am so glad to have caught up a bit, with this wonderful interview..I have always loved your work; looks like that cute puppy fits right in.. xo

    And lovely interview, Erica!

  13. It is so nice to meet you Monica. Since I am relatively new to ETSY, I am just getting to know the artists. Love your work ~ thanks for sharing you with us...
    Stevie j

  14. Wonderful interview!! Monica is such a sweet and talented artist!!

  15. Oh yes, one of my favorite Etsians! Love your work, Monica, and have admired it since I found you shortly after I arrived on Etsy. Thanks for sharing here, and oh my goodness, that puppy is so pensive and precious!

  16. It is really nice to meet you Monica. Your shop has been already in my favorites!
    Love your work ~ thanks for sharing you with us...:)

  17. It's really good to know you a little better. I love your beautiful jewellery! Thanks for sharing Monica!

  18. Thank you so much for all the lovely comments! I was offline for several days and missed it being published. What a lovely surprise to come back to. :)