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Artist Spotlight: It’s By Design

Lois Peterson is the creative force behind It’s By Design, as well as a lovely and talented member of The Handmaidens. She’s been making jewelry since 2001, but she’s also got her hands into lots of other artistic endeavors from mosaic tiling, quilting, and creating the most wonderful and thoughtful gifts for her three children. Ask Lois about the Harry Potter books she made!

What are the products that you’re bringing to The Handmade Market, and what inspired your newest creations?
I will have my shimmers, of course, which are earrings of etched brass and nickel discs accented with crystals. My newest creation are some necklaces inspired with Elaine Ray flowers. I used to think the Elaine Ray ceramic beads would only work for an ‘earthy’ look. Something about these flowers just started my creative juices flowing.

What is your most treasured art, craft, or design tool and why?
I wouldn’t call my round nosed pliers ‘treasured’, but I’m not sure what I’d do without them. I do lots of wire wrapping!

What is your favorite creative soundtrack?
I like to listen to Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Mat Kearney, and Mumford & Sons. But truthfully, I usually have a TV show on while I put things together.

What advice would you give a starting artist / crafter / designer?
Don’t price your items too low just because you think you’re not good enough. Not everyone is crafty, so be confident that what you do IS special to someone and they really don’t mind buying it. Crafty people tend to hang around other crafty people, and we all seem to think we are not as good as the next person.

Which artist(s) are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market?
I’m excited to check out CameraSHY Photography, Linen Laid & Felt, and Two Sisters Designs. I received something from Two Sisters Designs as a Christmas gift and love it, so I can’t wait to see the rest of their stuff.

Spring is such a glorious season in Raleigh. Where is your favorite place to play outside?
I like my own back porch and back yard!

What’s your favorite spring break destination?
It would be anywhere that at least one of my three kids would be. I LOVE to go to their homes, their towns. I love anywhere my husband and I can go and be with our grown up kids!

Bieber or Timberlake?
Timberlake for sure. Sometimes I just have to google JT and SNL for lots of laughs!

Stop by The Handmaidens’ area of The Handmade Market this Saturday, April 23 and see Lois’ beautifully crafted jewelry.

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