|As many of you know, we’re ALWAYS adding new makers to our shelves. This past month, I was blessed to meet Angie Sledd thanks to my dear friend J.D Grove who opened up her own handmade shop, Conspire, in Greencastle! Today, I get to introduce you to her, and her fabulous wares!
Tell us about yourself – Who are you, where are you from, and what is your business? What does your business stand for?
My name is Angie Sledd and I am a mom of two beautiful girls. I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and now live in Bloomington, Indiana. After doing a 2 year stint in San Diego, where I learned a great deal about essential oils, I moved back home and started my business Joyously Essential. I came up with the name Joyously Essential from a mashup of my middle name Joy and my passion for essential oils. I have incorporated essential oils into my everyday life. From cleaning my house to diffusing in my kids’ bedrooms at night – essential oils have secured a permanent place in our home. I love them so much that I wanted to be able to wear them and enjoy their many great benefits at all times. I started making essential oil diffuser jewelry for myself, my kids, and my friends and family as a hobby. Once I realized how much people were really using and enjoying my hand crafted jewelry I decided to take it to the next level. I make diffuser bracelets, earrings, necklaces, sun-catcher/wind-chimes, and custom orders.
- Do you have a most favorite handmade item – attach a photo!
My favorite handmade item is a small stain-glass piece my mom made when I was a kid. She placed dried flowers that she pressed herself into the middle pane, and it is just perfect! The mix of metal, glass, and nature is beautiful and I draw great inspiration from her piece.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years with your business or your personal life? What’s your “pie in the sky” dream?
I hope to keep expanding my little business to help others. I truly want to get my jewelry into the hands of people who need the benefits of diffusing essential oils through jewelry. My “pie in the sky” dream is to add other important layers to my business to guide others in health and healing.
- Where do you draw your artistic inspiration from?
I draw my artistic inspiration from many places, but mostly from my mom. My mom is a very creative lady. Growing up she was either taking stain-glass classes, cooking up a gourmet feast, or sewing beautiful creations. I have always wanted to use my hands to create beautiful things just like my mom. She always had these big vintage wooden beads laying around when I was a kid. My mom, sisters, and I would sit around giggling and stringing them just for fun! Every time I make a piece of jewelry I think of stringing those big beads.
- Share 3-5 websites you can’t live without:
http://sarahgerkensmeyer.com – My little sister is an amazing writer. Her dedication to the art of words inspires me everyday to create beautiful things.
http://www.storenvy.com/stores/56761-edgar-s-closet – My good friend Gretchen Love’s amazing business Red Ribbon Designs/Edgar’s Closet which produces and sells creative hand made items. Her stuff is fabulous and she keeps me motivated to keep creating.
https://elanaspantry.com – I love to cook and eat. Elana’s website has so many great recipes that are so good for my girls and I!
http://nomnompaleo.com – Did I mention that I love cooking and food?! I also love my InstantPot and Michelle Tam really knows how to rock a recipe in the InstantPot!
https://www.youngliving.com – I value pure and therapeutic grade essential oils. This website contains a great wealth of essential oil knowledge and amazing ideas on how to use them and incorporate them into your everyday life.
- Share something different or interesting about yourself that your average customer might not know about you:
My maiden name is Gerkensmeyer, which is German and means “pickle-maker”. Must be why I adore pickles!
- If you could live or visit anywhere – where would it be?
I would love to visit Europe. In particular Germany, England, and France to explore their methods of using essential oils. The German method of using essential oils is the aromatic way (diffusing/inhalation), the English Method is topical (skin), and the French Method is Ingesting.
- What’s your absolute most favorite thing to do?
My absolute most favorite thing to do is curl up with my girls and relax. We run like crazy all week long and I crave this down time with them – even if it’s just for a moment or two.