I'd like to welcome our Wednesday Featured Artist Deborah Lee of BOis and BOiscreations.
Deborah has a giveaway item for one person this week. Item description: Nations in Need phone charm. Nations in Need is created with genuine, 925 sterling silver. Letters are stamped with block letter stamps. A meaningful short message can be stamped on the sterling silver tag. To win the giveaway, go to BOiscreations or BOis and find your favorite item, then come back here and leave a comment saying what it is.

Tell us about yourself!
My name is Deborah Lee and my shop names are BOiS (personalized jewellery), BOiScreation (one of a kind jewellery.)

-How did you get your start on Etsy?
A friend of mine introduced me to Etsy. She thought it would be a great venue for me to showcase my work, and she was right. I need to take care of a beautiful and intelligent two-year-old girl. She’s turning three in March. As she grows, I’ll have more time on my hand; however, it won’t be long because my husband and I are planning to have a second one later in the year. So, for the next few more years, Etsy will be my main stage where I practice, experience, and unveil outcomes of my slowly ongoing jewellery profession.

-How did you choose your shop name?
There are two characters in the Bible who saw the things which weren’t there and created those exactly as they were to be created. They were goldsmiths who created holy articles in the Tabernacle. How can a human being follow another human being’s oral descriptions (well, they may have drawn little sketches together while explaining the concepts) about some objects they have never seen and make them to reality? Is it possible that the outcome products match the descriptions perfectly, without any margin of errors? As humanly possible, it would make sense if it was Moses who had created those holy articles because Moses was the one who received the vision from God about the Tabernacle and how it was to be constructed. But he didn’t create the articles by himself. Bezalel, Oholiab and other skilled people did. Obviously, it is evident that they were led by the Holy Spirit in their makings. I want to be a smith who is lead by the same Spirit as Bezalel and Oholiab. My shop name, BOiS, stands for Bezalel and Oholiab in Spirit.

-What does a typical day look like for you?
Usually my two year old girl wakes up first and patiently waits for me to start the day. We eat, mingle, laugh, get frustrated, make peace with each other, mingle again, do chores around the house, get lazy, and et cetera. :) My studio time usually begins at night, except for urgent orders. It always feels like I’m short on time to explore new ideas, experiment different things and create as much as I want, however, I learn to accept the things around me because life is not just about art. (Well, I used to believe art was everything. Laugh~ )

-If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?
In the earthly context, I want to go somewhere warm with waters. Of course I need to bring my family. My husband and I went to Philippines on our honeymoon and the ocean was just beautiful and warm. It’d be delightfully if three of us have a chance enjoy a time like that.

-What is your favorite Bible verse?
Isaiah 35 is my life-long word from God.
I recently had a worship time at my home with my friends and each one of us asked God for His words for 2011. Mine is Psalm 43, especially, from verses 3 to 4, “Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy, I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.” I expect to grow in God and see His light and truth in all areas of my life because He is the main spring of my exceeding joy. Also, I’m waiting for God to open a door so that I can learn a musical instrument to worship Him. It’d be a going beyond the boundaries of my old self. 2011 will be an exciting year in Jesus!

-What is your favorite Etsy feature?
I love almost everything about Etsy because it never stops developing features and details to accommodate the needs of users.

-URLs to where else we can find you on the internet (Facebook fan page, Twitter, your own dot.com, your blog, etc)
I have a facebook page. Please visit and hit the LIKE button there! :)
I have another Etsy shop which is dedicated to One of A Kind pieces. Please pay a visit if you are interested. www.BOiScreation.etsy.com
I have other websites as well, but I don’t want to swamp you with too much! All of you, have a Happy 2011~!

Thank you Deborah for sharing your story with us! To all you CAST members/readers don't forget to enter to win this lovely prize! 

...Aaaaaand congratulations to luvncrafts for winning last week's giveaway (a blanket) from Vicki Dorrell of Blessedstitch! Someone will contact you soon about your prize Luvn.

by Elisabeth Walsh of Aronawalsh

Comments (7)

On March 2, 2011 at 7:30 AM , myeuropeantouch said...

Good to meet you, I like your goals...(smile)

On March 2, 2011 at 11:33 AM , sammysgrammy said...

Enjoyed "meeting" Deborah and learning a little about her life. Especially enjoyed how thoughtfully she chose the name for her shop.

On March 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM , Tricia said...

Very nice to 'meet' Deborah! I, too, love how you came up with your shop name..that is awesome!
Hard to choose a favorite from either of your shops, but here goes one of mine:


On March 2, 2011 at 1:29 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

Glad to meet you Deborah!

From Boiscreations

From Bois


On March 2, 2011 at 11:44 PM , BOiS said...

Hi, everyone! This is Deborah. Glad to meet you all! :)

(I'm so new at this blog thing. Not sure if I'm doing everything right.)

On March 3, 2011 at 8:38 AM , Butler Pottery said...

I enjoyed reading about you and your concept on the building of the Tabernacle.

Apparently you did the blog right as your comment is posted.

On March 3, 2011 at 10:56 AM , Sue Runyon said...

So nice to meet you Deborah. Wonderful items!