by Joy Maloney of JoyfulHandKnits

Introducing: Alesha Conklin
(aka aleshakay AND a GIVEAWAY!)

Please take a moment to visit Alesha's shop and give her some love!

Alesha is hosting a GIVEAWAY!

Wire wrapped 8mm violet Swarovski crystals, along with glass and copper beads dangle from hand forged copper ear wires.

To be entered to win this lovely pair of earrings, please visit her shop and then come back and comment on this blog posting, with your favorite item from her shop. The winner will be announced in next Wednesday's CAST Team blog posting.


I guess I am many things to different people, but most importantly, I am a daughter of the King! I was raised in a Christian home by two wonderful parents, and I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour at the age of 5. I have been married to Doug for almost 22 years, and we are the (adoptive) parents to a great little boy named Isaac, who has multiple special needs. So, these days, my main title is that of stay-at-home mommy to my son. In my spare moments I love to sing, keep up with my friends and family on Facebook, and make jewelry.

How did you get your start on Etsy?

I had put together a few pieces of jewelry for myself and my mom, simply because we couldn’t find what we were looking for in the stores. A few friends saw the pieces, and suggested I put some on Etsy. I did lots of research, poured over tons of Etsy sites, deliberated for days about a name, and finally opened Alesha Kay’s Shop on Etsy.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day technically starts at midnight. I usually stay up quite late to keep an eye on my son who tends to be a “night owl”. I head to bed shortly before my hubby gets up to head to work. Then I sleep in, usually until around 9 a.m. My first goal each morning is to get a cup of coffee (a subject about which I am very passionate!), then I check my site, convos and emails from my shop to see if I need to follow up on anything right away. I have my Bible study, and then check in on Facebook and my personal email accounts. I also try to blog at least once a week.

The majority of my day is spent caring for my son. I take care of all of his daily physical needs, from brushing his teeth to changing his clothes, trying to keep up with his laundry and bedding. I keep him occupied with videos, toys, music and personal interaction. We have a good time together, and enjoy seeing Daddy when he comes home during the day to check on us. My usual activities would also include feeding and administering meds to Isaac, too; but as I have been having back problems this past year, my husband has taken over those responsibilities for now.

I do not make jewelry on a regular basis through the week, although I do sometimes take photos on weekdays. Most Saturdays, though, you can find me hard at work all day, while my husband is here to care for Isaac. I work on one project after another from the time I get up until it is time to go to bed. It makes for a grueling Saturday, but I am usually so pleased at the end of the day when I look over all that I accomplished.

If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?

I’d love to be on a deserted island (resort, of course!), with all my family.

What is your favorite Bible verse?

My favorite verses vary…I can never pick just one. It’s usually a verse that the Lord is using to deal with me about an area of my life. Right now, I am meditating on Isaiah 33:5-6:

“The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness. And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.”

What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?

These earrings were something new I tried, and I really love them! I think they are so cool. I mean, how incredible is a 12 mm Swarovski crystal?!!

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

Here is my Facebook site:

My personal blog:

My devotional blog:

Thank you so much for this opportunity. I am really grateful for this chance to greet the other CAST members. I look forward to getting to know more of you through the blog. J

And the winner of the Apronsbyjeek Giveaway is (............drum roll please............): Emily Cavazos!! Congratulations Emily! Please coordinate with Apronsbyjeek to collect your prize.

Comments (17)

On July 14, 2010 at 3:39 AM , JoyfulHandKnits said...

So nice to "meet" you Alesha! Enjoy your day in the limelight! ♥

Joy from

On July 14, 2010 at 8:08 AM , Our Family said...

Nice to meet you Alesha!

You have beautiful work!

In Him,

On July 14, 2010 at 8:51 AM , ZudaGay said...

Very nice to meet you Alesha, and learn something about your life. Wow! you are a busy mommy!! Your work is lovely and I think my favorite piece is your Still Waters Necklace....beautiful!!

On July 14, 2010 at 9:12 AM , Christie Cottage said...

Beautiful errings. Unqiue and that sets them apart!


On July 14, 2010 at 10:58 AM , pfd said...

Hi Alesha,
So nice to know more about you. You have a great shop and wonderful items. My personal favorite is:

I love copper and those are beautiful.

Joy - you did a great job on the post and beautifully featured Alesha's items.

On July 14, 2010 at 11:47 AM , MYSAVIOR said...

Hello Alesha - I am looking forward to reading your blog.

I love this necklace in your shop.


On July 14, 2010 at 3:35 PM , Jewels by Trish- Handmade Jewelry- Artisan: Trish said...

Nice to meet you Alesha! Your jewelry is beautiful!! Your devotion to your son and family speaks through your words!

On July 14, 2010 at 8:25 PM , KippysSoMature said...

Alesha - your work and designs are just beautiful! It is wonderful to get to know you and your loving family :O) very thankful to know you~!

On July 14, 2010 at 8:27 PM , KippysSoMature said...

oh! and my favorite are your "Summer Tomatoes Earrings" they are lovely, and a beautiful name!

On July 15, 2010 at 12:10 AM , IM GIRL said...

Nice to meet you and going now to peek at your blog! Be sure and stop by mine as well, I am offering a giveaway and 2 more through the end of July!

On July 15, 2010 at 12:11 AM , IM GIRL said...

oops, forgot to leave my link:

On July 18, 2010 at 6:10 AM , Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

Lovely to "meet" you Alesha!!!

I really love the Black Pearl Necklace - it is so pretty and has great contrasts in texture and shape.

:) Deb/dspdavey.

On July 18, 2010 at 7:34 AM , chocolatedogstudio said...

very nice to meet you!
Here are my favorite earrings!

On July 18, 2010 at 1:37 PM , Beantree Designs said...

wonderful post, I love "meeting" the members. My favorite is these:
I like the design elements you use in you jewelry.

On July 18, 2010 at 2:28 PM , Sheryl at Hand Painted Petals said...

So nice to meet you, Alesha, and learn more about you. God bless you for being such a good mom to Isaac.

Your jewelry is quite nice, and I ummmm 'narrowed' my faves down to about 7 :) hehehee

Best wishes for much success and continued blessings.

On July 18, 2010 at 4:57 PM , Mimi said...

Very busy mom! Lovely shop and lovely jewelry!
This earrings very beautiful! Wire wrapped 8mm violet Swarovski crystals earrings.
Well done!

On July 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM , Alesha said...

thank you all, so much, for the kind words and ALL the "hearts" for my little shop! I am so delighted to meet so many fellow Christians here. :)

this blog has been a real encouragement to me. I am so thankful for the members who put so much time and love and effort into it. thank you for your hard work here.

blessings to you all,