Today we’d like to introduce you to Cristina Green.
Hi Cristina, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Ever since I was young, I’ve been drawn to art. After I had my daughter, I wanted to find something I could pour my creativity into, but also have the ability to do so at home while raising her. That’s when I discovered my passion for jewelry making.
I started with a small stamp set of letters and would sit in my driveway, stamping bracelets and necklace charms on the concrete while Kenna napped. I loved it. But my newfound passion wasn’t met without doubts from others. I remember comments from people saying “You rarely wear jewelry, so why would you make it?” and “Well I’m glad you found something to keep you busy, but you’ll never make a living doing that.” The people who I thought would support me most, didn’t. It broke me. 8 months later, I gave up my love of jewelry making.
A few years later, I met Ashley, my soon to be wife, who pushed me to try again. She loved and supported my dreams, no matter how lofty they might’ve been. I also wanted to show my daughter that you can be successful if you work hard and believe in yourself. So I tried again. I pushed myself harder than I ever had, and I’m so grateful I did.
I approached my bosses Erica and Dustin with an idea to start a Market Days at Cactus Land Brewing Co. to not only allow me to promote my small business, but to support other small businesses as well. They loved the idea and allowed me to create an event that focuses on supporting small businesses in our area. Being able to talk to customers and explain my creative process and inspiration behind my pieces has been a blessing to my business. My family and friends have come and supported me at every one of my craft shows. Having people in your corner who celebrate your passion is honestly one of the best feelings in the world. I couldn’t have done this without them.
I try to create items that are unique. I love using mixed metals and media to create jewelry pieces that you don’t necessarily see every day. I love the idea of making custom pieces. Growing up, I couldn’t find anything that was personalized with the correct spelling of my name. I love being able to fully customize items for my customers. I’ve heard so many amazing stories from customers who have purchased from me. Stories that will stick with me forever. Knowing I created something they will cherish forever keeps me inspired.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The hardest thing for me was self doubt. Would people actually like what I made? Would they wear it? Just because I liked something didn’t mean other people would. I was my own worst critic. Surrounding myself with people who truly supported me and pushed me made all the difference.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I make hand stamped jewelry and accessories, as well as lightweight earrings. I love being able to create one of a kind pieces for my customers. I personally hand stamp my items letter by letter, number by number, so they are fully customizable. I try to use a variety of metals and materials. I especially love mixed metals as well as mixing metals with leather or wood. I want to create pieces that are as unique as my customers.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I love Crime Junkie and Office Ladies.
The book Untamed by Glennon Doyle was very personal to me.
I often draw inspiration for my pieces from poems and song lyrics. A poem called The Dash by Linda Ellis inspired one of my favorite pieces I’ve made.
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- Website: www.downhomedesign.co
- Instagram: @downhomedesignco
- Facebook: @downhomedesigncompany