Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spotlight On Handmade Michigan: CATE'S EMPORIUM

Nestled in a cute shop on Etsy, Cate's Emporium features beautiful Victorian inspired jewelry. The owner, Catherine got into beading after an auto accident several years ago. While she tried painting while be bedridden, that proved to be not so easy and unsuccessful. So then she decided to take up beading instead, as she has always enjoyed that off and on since she was a teen. Catherine says, "At least with beading, I could play 52 pick-up instead of cleaning up spilled paint!" Ain't that the truth :)

Soon after she began creating she was giving her creations away as gifts to family and friends, and from there, it was on to Etsy! So where does she get her creativity from?
"I think being creative is passed on from our genes, and therefore a beautiful gift from our Creator. Most of my brothers and sisters are very creative one way or another. When one has the creative gene, it can be honed and greater skills can be developed. As you can see from my jewelry designs, I really love the beautiful things found in nature and most of my inspiration comes from that," says Catherine.
Catherine many times, get's her design ideas when she can't sleep, "A design idea will pop into my head and I'll just go with it," says Catherine. Other times, she'll be thinking about a design for a few days and then she'll put it together.

What's cool about Cate's Emporium is if you really like something in her shop, she offers lay-a-way! Now how cool is that. You can contact her to find out more about that fabulous service.

Aside from creating and looking for great supplies for jewelry designs, Catherine enjoy spending time with her husband and family. She has four growing grandchildren and five grown children.

You can find Cate's Emporium on Etsy and by clicking on the following links:

She also hopes that come mid May, she will be able to set up a booth in the Rustic Belt Market in Ferndale, with the many other fabulous MI Etsy shop owners. 

Next week on Spotlight On Handmade Michigan, will be featuring AnnMariesPottery. We're always looking to add to our roster, so if you own a handmade MI business please contact me at: adriane[at]kaliahdesigns[dot]com for your chance to be featured.

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