This week, I have such a fun Shop Small Saturday Showcase feature for you! Jonnie, the delightfully quirky girl behind Grey Theory Mill is sharing a bit about her work and life. Actually, when I say a bit, I mean a lot! I love how much thought and detail she gave in her interview, which reflects the same amount of attention she gives to each handmade creation. Also, when I say quirky, I mean it! Check out a couple of the funniest maker photos that I've ever featured below. :)
Seriously, I am in love with just about everything in her store. The jewelry is an awesome mix of geometric designs, fun colors, and sweetness, plus her notebooks are just as pretty! Seriously, when I first saw her booth at Patchwork, I could not decide on just one design. Well, luckily the winner of the giveaway won't have to make the same decision because she is giving away $45 to one lucky reader! And for all of my readers, she is giving a promo to save 15% off at her store.
Stay tuned for that at the end of the interview, but first check out some amazingly creative handmade gems and hear more from Jonnie herself!
Tell me a little bit about yourself!
My name is Jonnie and I’m a doer-maker-creative-learning-reading-watcher sort of person (or whatever that means). My favorite pastimes include reading, tea-drinking, learning, listening, dancing, being, creating, sharing, cooking, baking, daydreaming, dreaming, pretending, writing, photo-taking, walking, exploring, shopping for supplies, hanging out with my other half/friends/family, and many other present progressives.
I’ve always been rather creative and have always enjoyed an established relationship between my mind and hands. As a very young child (so young this is my mother’s memory), my first masterpiece was a portrait of my mother’s face on the bathroom floor. I had gotten rid of the throw rug and collected every last bit of her makeup and went to town on my linoleum canvas. When she woke up, I was just finishing her piece and I excitedly squealed, “Look momma! It’s you!” She was bummed all her brand new make-up was now diminished, but she said it was really well done. I was also really good at drawing on the walls. So, with that said, I would say I’ve never been too nervous to try out new mediums. If an idea comes to me (whatever it may be) I just figure out how to do it until it can be done. If it can’t, I chalk it up as a learning experience and move on.
I did drama in high school, dabbled in garage bands, and wrote quite a bit. “Art” was something I did on my own time (which was usually collages for my school binder). It wasn’t until my sophomore year of colleg--as an English major--that it struck me I needed to major in art. So I left that college, went back home, completed all the undergrad art courses needed to transfer to a new school and then decided to change my major to Human Development. I started Grey Theory Mill sometime in between and would say that in starting a business, I created my own classroom where I have learned about myself, art, design, online marketing, etc. It wasn’t a clear cut training program, just a conglomeration of personal experience and existing.
Where did the name of your store come from?