by Joy Maloney of JoyfulHandKnits

Introducing Connie O'Dell Collinsworth

(aka NewHopeBeads and AtHisFeet ) AND a Giveaway!

Please take a moment to visit Connie's two shops and give her some love!

Connie is hosting a Giveaway: A glass tile pendant with scripture verse with a 22 inch silver plated chain. To be entered to win, please comment on this blog posting with your favorite item in one of her shops. The winner will be announced on next Wednesday's Featured Artist post.

I am a full time accountant and part time jewelry artisan. I am Mom to one son and Grandma to my five year old granddaughter, who loves to craft.

My original shop on Etsy is New Hope Beads, where you will find my jewelry designs from chunky funky to sweet petite. Mostly I use gem stones, pearls, glass beads, sterling silver and other metals. My favorite pieces are those made from found objects such as beach glass or recycled leather from old belts. I love to use old jewelry like cuff links or huge earrings and turn them into pendants.

Helping to feed the hungry is my passion and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of my jewelry goes to God’s Outreach Food Pantry, where I also do volunteer work.

I've made jewelry off and on for many years, but just for myself because what I made was rather "crude". About five years ago my desire to design got kicked into full gear when I bought a handmade bracelet overseas. As I studied that bracelet, I thought, "I can do that".

The internet provided so much information with tutorials and supplies that I just wanted to learn more. I made jewelry for about two years and gave a lot away and had my neighbors over like an open house. They actually bought some!!

How did you get your start on Etsy? I learned from the local TV station that I could put listings on their online classifieds, so I tried that. When I was looking at other listings there, I saw some that said "also listed on Etsy".

I had never heard of Etsy before. So, I checked into it and found a whole new world. Etsy really made me grow because I wasn't satisfied with my dark photos or my earlier designs. Then I was using a flat bed scanner to upload my images. I had to learn how to photograph jewelry and edit the pictures. I would see beautiful jewelry in other Etsy shops and wonder how they accomplished what they did. I still do that. I've learned so much about the different gemstones, as my son calls them, "the ite family".

Now, I am making my own ear wires from sterling silver wire. When I first started out, I was afraid to use sterling, but I've graduated. Some little items I love to make are the glass tile pendants with scripture on them. I offer a free chain when two or more are purchased.

Etsy has been such a blessing for me, not that I'm making a killing in sales, but I have more confidence in my craft. Etsy provides a showcase for my jewelry. My jewelry is now being sold in a gift shop in Monticello, KY and I do shows.

My other Etsy shop is At His Feet. I wanted to do something that reflected more of God in my work. I made greeting cards from photos I took in Israel and sold some photos, but out sourcing was not cost effective. I just got a new printer so I can print my own cards and photos and hope to get back into putting those items in that shop. Right now, I just have some destash in that shop just to keep it floating.

What does a typical day look like for you? A typical day for me is working full time, volunteering at a food bank one evening a week, church one week night plus twice on Sunday. The other evenings and Saturday I get to play in my craft room.

If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be? If I could be anywhere in the world for a day, it would be spending the day with my granddaughter and son on the Sea of Galilee.

What is your favorite Bible verse? My favorite Bible verse is I John 1:9 IF we confess our sins, then HE is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, AND (my favorite "and" in the Bible) HE will cleanse us of ALL unrighteousness. It's such a simple formula, so many people think that they have to get cleaned up first!!

What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature? This bracelet reflects the eclectic style I love to design:

URLs to where else we can find you on the internet (Facebook fan page, Twitter, your own, your blog, etc):

Please join me on facebook, where you can become a fan and enjoy a 10% discount on your purchases.!/pages/New-Hope-Beads/217302220569?ref=ts

Also on twitter

And the winner of Casey's giveaway by way of is....... Drum Roll please....... Jessica and Jeremiah! Congratulations! Please work with Casey to redeem your prize!

Comments (19)

On May 26, 2010 at 12:20 AM , Kristina said...

There are so many wonderful pieces, I can't possibly pick just one favorite. How about my top three? :)

On May 26, 2010 at 12:55 AM , Lizzi said...

I can't pick a fav but I did really like the sheet music pendant :-)

On May 26, 2010 at 1:00 AM , Kristina said...

Oops! Here's my e-mail: designsbykristina @ gmail . com (minus the spaces of course)

On May 26, 2010 at 1:36 AM , Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

So lovely to read and find out more about another team member. :)

I love this amber necklace, it's beautiful and there's just something so warm about amber.

debyeo at hotmail dot com

On May 26, 2010 at 4:18 AM , Julie Riisnaes said...

Great to meet you! I like these earrings best because I like the oversized hooks!

On May 26, 2010 at 9:16 AM , Christie Cottage said...

Wonderful feature. I love the hoop earrings!

On May 26, 2010 at 9:18 AM , ZudaGay said...

What a great feature! I enjoyed reading about Connie and looking through her shops! So many lovely things, but I think this is my favorite:

On May 26, 2010 at 9:20 AM , hiddenmanna said...

What a wonderful interview, and such beautiful pieces!

It was difficult to choose a favorite... I really liked the 'God isn't finished with me yet' pendant, and the blue lapiz sterling cross choker, but the colors in this bracelet are amazing:

Thanks, Connie, for letting us get to know you better!


On May 26, 2010 at 9:33 AM , pfd said...

Connie - you and your little one are absolutely charming. I smiled when I clicked on the blog today and saw your shinning faces! I love so much in your shop but chose the lime green earrings as my favorite.

Joy - thank you for this great post introducing Connie!

On May 26, 2010 at 11:32 AM , Sue Runyon said...

Connie, so good to meet you and see your smiling face.

Joy, excellent job on the post! Thanks so much.

On May 26, 2010 at 12:33 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

i love this piece because of where the beach glass comes from - just lovely!

Going to follow you on twitter and on FB.

On May 26, 2010 at 12:57 PM , Rana L. said...

I absolutely love my turquoise and black necklace that Connie craftfully put together for me. I like that fact that it was custom made and each piece is different. She also shipped very quickly and have received numerous compliments! Thanks again Connie, they're all beautiful!

On May 26, 2010 at 3:06 PM , Jan said...

Wow...I didn't think it would be to hard to pick a fav...but it was. I really like the Bible verses pendants. They are a good reminder to keep focused on throughout the day. Thanks so much Connie.
here is my fav pick:

On May 26, 2010 at 3:48 PM , KippysSoMature said...

It is so lovely to get to know you a bit - thank you for all that you have said, and I especially appreciate you reminding us that people cannot get cleaned up first - just come to Him as you are!

I will post my favorites separately :D

On May 26, 2010 at 4:31 PM , cksilver said...

Lovely feature, Connie, and so fun to get to know you! You do beautiful work!

On May 26, 2010 at 9:13 PM , DHElegance said...

So nice to get to know you!!
It was a hard choice, but here's my fave:


On May 26, 2010 at 10:00 PM , Anonymous said...

Wow, my first day on the blog has been so uplifting. I have gained a few hearts, several views and new friends on facebook. The best part though is getting to know each of you a little.

I'm familiar with some of you from when I spent way too much time in the forum chatting with the CAST. I also know your talents from your shops and the treasuries and am most humbled by your comments.

The little one in the picture with me is my granddaughter, Zoie, who loves to craft. Go figure!!

On May 27, 2010 at 7:48 PM , Anonymous said...

I always love these posts & look forward to all of them!
~Steph @HCC

On May 27, 2010 at 7:50 PM , Anonymous said...

I love this -
Because Believe is my mom's word. Reminds me of her. :)