It is our pleasure to introduce Hirjalda Mobley of Sofisticata as this week’s Featured Artist. Hirjalda creates couture bridal accessories at her home in Florida.
Red bow shoe cips metallic sparkly by Sofisticata
Sparkly Red Bow Shoe Clips
Giveaway: One (1) $25 coupon for Sofisticata. To enter, please comment below with your favorite item from Hirjalda's shop. The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

Introduction to you:

My name is Hirjalda Mobley, I'm 38 years old. I'm married to the most handsome and loving man I could ever been blessed with! God literally told me "he is the one!... it is just a matter of time!!" ;) We have a little furred boy named Samson - he is a loving Shih-Tzu doggie who  keeps me company during the day when I'm working!

I have a double major, one in Theology & Missions, and another one on Foreign Languages. I was teaching French and Spanish at the Public High School, and Art and Spanish at the Christian School; however, I retired from teaching to do what I really like and enjoy ;)

fascinator comb hair clip pin brooch pink red white black by Sofisticata

How did you get your start on Etsy?

I have always done my own accessories and as I started having nieces, did theirs! And my husband and friends really encouraged me to share with others...

What are you doing when you are not creating?
I'm an ordained minister, and also volunteer at our Christian school as an art and Spanish teacher.
American Girl Doll and Me matching headbands Red White by Sofisticata

What does a typical day look like for you?
I usually get up very early with my husband, we have breakfast, I pray for him before he goes to work, and then I turn on my diffuser and add some essential oils so I could relax and think! (Usually about my work day!) Then I start doing my labels, answering my convos, and start with my orders, then take pictures, and package my items, go to the post office, come home and cook dinner ;) and the day is almost gone!

I'm very picky - I do handstitch everything for lasting perfection and I use the best quality materials I can. I travel abroad just to pick my own rhinestone centers directly from the manufacturer, I use the best shoe clips and french findings, and pay extra to get feathers that come from cruelty free farms and are shed naturally.

My grandma and my mom, both very feminine and classy ladies, who both loved shoes and had also handmade many things for us as children are the ones who inspired me!

I love God, and my Sunday School children, I'm so in love with my husband and little shih-tzu "Samson", we enjoy spending time with our families, love to cook, love cheese, ...and I'm a shoe addict ;) It runs in the family! ...also, 30% of the profit goes to my tithes, and to help 15 missionaries around the world, and to translate the Bible into tribal dialects!

I love custom orders! I really want my customers to be satisfied and get what they really want or need! Especially when working with a bride, I try to create exactly what will compliment her shoes and gown!

Royal Blue Cobalt White Feathers Rosette Clip Pin by Sofisticata
Royal Blue & White Feathers Clip

What is your favorite Bible verse?

One of my favorite verses I learned when I became a Christian at 13 yrs old, is Philippians 4:13! "I CAN do ALL things through Christ which strengtheneth me".

Do you have a favorite design or product?
I think all of them are my favorites ;) But my most sold ones are the peacock fan shoe clips and the hydrangeas.
Ivory Tan Hydrangea Shoe Clips by Sofisticata
Hydrangea Shoe Clips
Royal Blue Peacock Shoe Clips by Sofisticata

Where else can we find you on the Internet?
Etsy: ~Stylish Couture Accessories...
Young Living Oils: ~Essential Oils & Aromatherapy


Comments (10)

On October 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM , Mechelle said...

Thanks for sharing this shop. Her accessories are very girly. I like that she is an art teacher.

On October 2, 2013 at 4:53 PM , Anonymous said...

Very nice feature. I loved the bit about God confirming about her husband being "the one", because that happened to me too.

On October 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM , sammysgrammy said...

So nice to get to know Hirjalda a little bit better. Love all the "frou frou".

On October 2, 2013 at 5:28 PM , Anonymous said...

Love her shop and bio!
My favorite are these:

On October 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM , Leslie McNeil said...

very charming!!

On October 2, 2013 at 6:56 PM , bananaorangeapple said...

Such a lovely shop you have
My favourite is the aubergine hair flower because it would look good with my LBD - understated and elegant

On October 2, 2013 at 9:19 PM , AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very nice items for the sophisticated bride!!

On October 5, 2013 at 1:17 AM , sacra vim said...

Congratulations on the feature! Beautiful items!

On October 5, 2013 at 12:47 PM , Luella Newkirk said...

Beautiful - amazing! My favorite:

On October 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM , Lizzi said...

Your items are so pretty! So many to love. I think my favorite would be the hydrangea shoe clip!