Artists ~ Jane Carlson ~ Narragansett

Name: Jane Carlson
Shop Name: J & J Illuminations
Website: www.etsy.com/shop/jjilluminations


1. Tell us about your work.
I am a nautical crafter.. I design and craft shell-framed mirrors along with wreaths which can be used as wall decor, centerpieces or to just add a little beachy flavor to any home.


2. How did you come to be a crafter?
I have always loved crafting and designing with sea shells as a hobby. It wasn't until this past year, when I had to take a medical leave from my job, that I really became involved with my crafts. My family and friends were very influential in convincing me to open a shop on Etsy. It's a wonderful feeling when I finish one of my creations and post it on the website and the viewers favor and like these items. I have sold my crafts all over the country from Hawaii, to California, Texas, Florida, etc. and have received many 5 star reviews. I offer outstanding customer service, great pricing and super fast shipping. I am always adding new items to my shop.

3. Where do you draw your inspirations?
All of my inspirations have come from walking along our coastal areas and visiting our many beaches and lighthouses. Over the years, I have collected quite an assortment of shells which I have used in many of my creations.


4. What is your favorite item to create?
I enjoy doing custom orders for something special, whether it be for a gift, a certain occasion or to add decor to a specific room.

5. What is your best seller?
I do very well with my shell framed mirrors and the wreaths with candles.


6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I am a native Rhode Islander and have spent my entire life living along the shorelines.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I love the state of Rhode Island and our many beautiful coastal areas. There's nothing like the peace and tranquility you get sitting on the beaches or on one of the cliffs overlooking the ocean. I love our breath taking sunsets and star filled nights.

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