Interview with Monika from Tobisias Lil Thing

Hi everyone, my name is Michelle and I’m from the Etsy shop Atman Art Studio. I’m a member of an active and vibrant Etsy team called Rainbow Artists. Members of the team are from all over the world and sell all sorts of items.

I’d like to know more about the places where they live in because they all sound very exotic to me! I’d like to know more about the places that they work in, and why they make the things that they do. And most of all I’d like to get to know the people behind the shops 🙂

I’ve been be interviewing a number of teamies in recent months. Today’s interview is with Monika who sells jewellery and cards from her shop Tobisias Lil Thing.

Where do you live and how long have you lived there? 

I live in Blyth, a port town in Northumberland, in the UK for almost 12 years now.

Blyth dunes by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

Can you describe the landscape of the place where you live? 

The landscape is a mix of flat land with some not big hills plus nice beach with dunes. There are also fields and some historic places not to far from town.

Tall ship coming into Blyth port by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

What do you like most about where you live? 

I like the whole Northumberland simply because of people who live here are friendly and helpful. I like Blyth because is not big place and became my home.

Blyth Dunes by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

It does look like a beautiful place to explore in your pictures 🙂 

What do you like most about maintaining your etsy shop?

I like to have my shop on Etsy cause giving me chance to do lots of things without keeping eye on it all the time like in normal shops, plus every sale is making me smile.

Work space by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

Where do you make the hand made items that you sell? 

All my pieces – jewellery and cards – I’m making in living room, which is in total mess when I’m starting crafting 🙂

Work space by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

Haha! I think many crafters have experience the living room spread when making 🙂 

When I’m making jewellery I like to sit in the armchair. It is great for relaxing, thinking, designing and stringing beads 🙂

What do you like most about making jewellery?

Compliments from strangers on the street and 5 stars reviews from customers 😉

Earrings by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

What is the most difficult part of making jewellery? 

I think simply to be happy with final product, cause sometimes is really hard to have piece done exactly as you dreamed of.

Work space by Monika from TobisiasLilThing

Could you share one item from your hand made shop that you are most proud of making? 

Against the review received I’m the most proud of my yellow floral earrings, totally my own design (never saw similar piece).  I made them using simple beading. I used ribbon and seed beads, cause giving me this delicate kind of look in final product. I made three other pairs of earrings from the same design later, but used sari silk not ribbon (2 sold – both with 5 star review).

Earrings by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

They are indeed beautifully made. Very delicate. I can image that when you wear them they would have a nice movement to them… 

It says in your etsy profile that you love to try new techniques. Could you tell me about a new technique that you’ve tried recently? 

I recently tried the spot light card making technique and wrote a blog post about it here: Kittens and new cardmaking technique.

Card made by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

I also tried wire wrapping and wire weaving in jewellery making – to learn all these properly I started new project and new blog here: CopperTobi.blogspot.co.uk.

Wire wrapping by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

Thanks for sharing your wire wrapping pieces. Looking good! I’ve done lots of this in the past – it’s fun isn’t it? 

You seem to be a prolific maker. Could you give us a peak at any other things that you’ve been making recently? 

I’ve been making making cards. I’m working on my second Xmas card this year:

Xmas card by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

I  made a birthday card for my son’s class friend for her birthday and it was printed in paper crafting magazine!

Press for Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

Wow congratulations on being included in the magazine! 

Quite a few of your jewellery items include copper. What do you like about working with it?

To be honest I like its colour plus this that is nickel free, which is important for me because I’m nickel allergic Copper wire is very plastic material to use. Copper is soft, so wires are easy to deal with when shaping. If you know what I mean?

Earrings by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

Yes, I know from my experience with wire wrapping, smithing and shaping metal that copper is a lovely soft and malleable material to work with 🙂

Thank you so much for sharing these insights into your crafting and home town Monika!  

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5 thoughts on “Interview with Monika from Tobisias Lil Thing

    1. What an awesome interview Michelle. Monika your art work is amazing! I love your jewelry . Love, love, love the yellow floral earrings with the bead dangles. They are so sweet. Your copper jewelry is amazing too. So detailed and beautiful. Congratulations on being published in a magazine. That is a really cute Christmas card. The open space where you live is wonderful! It is so interesting to see where others live. Thanks for sharing your life with us.
      Michelle thanks for this wonderful interview with Monika! 🙂 ❤

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  1. What an interesting interview Michelle 🙂 your shop is lovely Monica! and I especially love the yellow floral earrings also ❤ thanks for sharing with us!

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