Etsy Seller : Amanda1986

Tell us a bit about yourself
Well my name is Amanda Kivisaari and I am 22 years old born in raised in Michigan. I recently graduated from college in Texas with a degree in biomedical science and got wait listed for medical school. I got married a few months after graduation and my husband and I moved to California for his new job.

What are your interests?
Ah....I love to make things, obviously haha I love to read and I love school and miss it terribly. I'm in the process of re-applying to medical school so hopefully I will get in this time around! My passion is helping people which is why I love my current part time job as a tutor in reading for 8th graders.
How did you find out about Etsy?
Through a wedding website while I was looking for things for my own wedding. I bought my save the dates on etsy and my wedding programs....bridesmaids gift, wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses all on ETSY!!
Please describe your creative process
For me it starts with materials...the materials I work with inspire me to arrange them in such a way that may be a little outside the box...especially for the wedding world haha....My own wedding was vintage inspired so that is where I start...I try to buy things that remind me of the past or are actually vintage pieces and incorporate them into modern style wedding designs. I also get a lot of inspiration from the brides I work with from their style and wedding colors and that is usually where I get the bulk of my creativity.
How do you promote your work?
Through showcases on etsy and constantly renewing my items so they stay in the mix. I have tried myspace and craigslist to no success though:(

Could you please tell us about 5 etsy stores that you most like?
Of course ILoveYoYo, because of the affordable and beautiful creations that are made there that fit perfectly in my vintage style wedding bouquets and boutonnieres.
I love the etsy shop Damosel because the beautiful vintage millinery feathers that I have used for almost every bride one way or another. I can't find anything like them anywhere else!
Another favorite would have to be the etsy shop Silkfabric. The owner is so gracious with working with me and my bride's budgets and has absolutely beautiful fabrics and lots of options for colors.
A place that I absolutely find a necessity is the shop Plethora, where I purchase gift boxes from which are are pretty, affordable and perfect size to send my boutonnieres and brooches to customers in.
When I need to get beautiful pieces for a bride on a budget the etsy shop, Beadsupplies, is perfect!

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