Instagram has been awesome for making connections to artists, designers, and other craftspeople who inspire, and today I have the chance to highlight someone whose work I’ve been admiring for months.  Holly Allen, the Witt ‘n Whimsy jewelry entrepreneur, has stopped over to SixUntilMe today to talk about her work, her connection to the patient community, and to announce a very generous giveaway.  See below for details!

Kerri:  Thanks for taking the time to chat with me today, Holly! Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Holly:  Growing up, I was always creative . I graduated college with a BFA in graphic design and moved to California to kick start my career. After 10 years in California, I met my Marine husband and started the “three year tour track,” moving every three years and eventually having three amazing kids.

We currently enjoy living in coastal N.J. with its beaches and hikes, but most of our family memories tend to return to our adventures of living in Japan and Hawaii.

Kerri:  You create beautiful medical jewelry – what is your connection to the patient community?

Holly:  A good friend actually asked me to make her a special cuff with her medical info on it. I liked the idea at the time of making jewelry not just pretty, but with a purpose. I continued to stamp medical cuffs as well as inspirational pieces through my jewelry-making years. Some of my medical cuff customers are the sweetest, most appreciative people.

Kerri:  What made you want to open your shop, Witt ‘n Whimsy?

Holly:  When we moved to the island of Okinawa in Japan, it became increasingly difficult to continue designing books. I needed a creative outlet, so I began wire-wrapping sea glass and old pottery shards that the kids and I found washed up on shore. Sea glass led to beading and from there, to soldering metal. I needed a place to sell my creations so I decided Etsy would become my store front.

Kerri:  What is your favorite piece of jewelry that you’ve ever made?

Holly:  Right now I am going through a “silversmithing” phase. I get so much joy out of purchasing gems and stones as well as cutting, shaping and soldering metal. It is so much fun to use a torch!

Kerri:  We connected through Instagram – can you tell me a little bit about why Instagram is your platform of choice for sharing your work?

Holly:  I have only been on Instagram for a few years, but absolutely love it! It is a wonderful way to connect with other creative people, as well as others that appreciate creativity. It’s like a mini-blog site for me to post a quick photo and share a bit of my day.

Holly has been kind enough to partner with me for a giveaway!  We’re giving away one of her custom stamped bracelet cuffs!  Details to enter are below, and you can leave a comment over on her Instagram account to enter.  (Sorry – open to Instagrammers only this round, but I’ve got some ideas for a blog-centric giveaway in the future!)

To enter:

  1. Follow @wittnwhimsyjewelry and @sixuntilme .
  2. Leave a comment over at Witt n’ Whimsy’s Instagram post to enter.
  3. The WINNER will be selected at the end of the day Saturday, August 11. (US entries only)

We’re looking forward to seeing who wins!  To find out more about Holly and her work, you can check out her Facebook page, her Instagram account, and most importantly, her Etsy store, where her gorgeous work is available for purchase.  Huge thanks to Holly for sharing her talents with the diabetes community and beyond.