1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your shops.
Nice to virtually meet you! I’m Paige from Chicago, and I make jewelry. I’ve had a weird string of jobs that led me to this point (I used to be on the radio, and then I worked for an office supply company) but now I make a living running my two Etsy shops, Little White Chapel and Oh Nostalgia.
2. How and why did you start Little White Chapel? What made you decide to open your second shop Oh Nostalgia?
I’ve always loved weddings, and after I had so much fun planning my own, I wanted to stay involved in the scene somehow. I also saw a lot of the same old jewelry marketed to brides, so I wanted to make something a little different. As for opening up a second shop, I knew that if I wanted to quit my day job then I needed to expand my business. Developing an everyday line seemed like the natural thing to do next. I actually started selling Oh Nostalgia pieces at craft shows first—just to make sure it didn’t tank—and then opened the Etsy shop a few months later.
3. Aside from the projects you're working on for your shops, what other projects do you like to spend time on?
Decorating! It’s been a hobby of mine for most of my life. In fact, when I was a kid I would make my sister play “interior designer” with me. She never got to be the designer.
4. If you had a free day with nothing planned and time on your own, what would you do?
It would probably be a lot of sitting around. Reading while enjoying a cup of tea, catching up on episodes of Teen Mom 2 (don’t judge), and napping on the couch come to mind. Then I might go antiquing just to get out of the house for a bit.
5. What are your hopes for your creative endeavors in the future?
Well, I just went back to school to get an interior design degree, so the ultimate goal is to do some combination of jewelry-making and decorating. I’d like to keep working for myself, too.
I'm not going to lie, I'm loving those turquoise pearl earrings (I just have a thing for that color in case you hadn't figured it out)! They're pretty much perfect! Oh, and don't forget to say hi to Paige elsewhere on the web!