It is our pleasure to introduce Heather Speer of Busy Beez and Chickadeez as this week's Featured Artist. Heather crafts elegant, vintage-inspired jewelry and wedding-related items at her home in Washington.

Free resin cabochon ring with purchase for first 10 CAST customers.  The flower and color will be randomly selected.  Please leave note under “notes to seller” that you read the CAST blog, so I can be sure to include your gift with purchase. :)
Cabochon Rings by BusyBeezChickadeez
Cabochon Rings

Introduction to you:
I am a wife and stay at home mommy of two little girls.  We live in beautiful Bonney Lake, WA.  We have two cats and one wiener dog who are very much part of our family.  I have always loved to create since I can remember.  I attended college and received my degree in Business Administration and never knew how the two would come together.  I am blown away that I’m able to have an outlet to create every day, and that it has been an income to support our family and allow me to stay home with my girls. I’ve leaned a lot on the education I received in business administration in running my shop.  It is just so neat to see how God worked those together!
Vintage Rose Garden Girls Necklace by BusyBeezChickadeez

How did you get your start on Etsy?
My first born daughter was born with a hemangioma on her forehead, which we affectionately call her Angel Kiss.  We would receive comments and questions from strangers and I just wanted to protect her from that so I started making her lots of accessories, hats, headbands, etc. I had people ask me where I had gotten those items and my husband suggested that I make a few and try to sell them. I started selling at local boutique shops and then after about 7 months decided to give Etsy a try and it has been amazing!  My product has evolved to mostly jewelry, which I love to create!  On a side note, now my daughter loves her angel kiss and is sad that it is fading.  She has asked why other people don’t have them and when she creates self-portraits, she always includes her angel kiss! J 

Champagne Velvet Ringbearers Pillow Wedding by BusyBeezChickadeez

How did you choose your shop name?
After my girls, they are my “busy bees” and “chickadees” J

What does a typical day look like for you?
Wake up early, check my convos, get my girls up and my oldest ready for school, drop her off at school, and then I have a two hour window where my youngest naps and I can get a lot accomplished. And just continuing working on jewelry here and there as I have spare moments.  I’ve learned it has helped to block out time where every other day I do all my shipping and packaging and then the off days, create!
Pink Butterfly Pendant Necklace Girls by BusyBeesChickadees

If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?
That is a tough one!  There are so many countries I want to visit!  I probably would say I would like to have tea in a quaint shop in a little English coastal town.

What is your favorite Bible verse?

John 15:4-5 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” That is my life verse! 
Anne of Green Gables Locket Necklace by BusyBeezChickadeez

What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?
That is also a tough question! Each item I create has a personal story behind it, so it’s hard to choose one item.  But I would say my lockets are probably my favorites. Many customers share what the piece means to them and that is truly special to hear their stories. It is humbling to make something that can bring a bit of encouragement or a reminder of a special relationship or occasion.  

Comments (3)

On June 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM , Anonymous said...

We are so proud of you and all that you have accomplished in your life. Life has not been easy for you and your family but you have always bounced back and found a way to create something positive when confronted with a negative. Take care and God bless. Dad

On June 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM , NellywithWings said...

Lovely feature about a successful shop. I loved the angel kiss bit. Precious.

On June 17, 2013 at 1:51 PM , Handiworkin' Girls said...

Such a pleasure to have browsed your shop for this post. Thanks for sharing your story with us all, Heather!