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Life & Work with Gina Stayshich

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gina Stayshich.

Hi Gina, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I have been crafting and creating for as long as I can remember.

I credit my grandma and aunt for teaching me the skills and confidence to embrace my creative side. I love to turn old things into new, trash into treasures, and I have a soft spot for anything kitschy and retro.

I ‘opened for business on Etsy in 2015, and Handmade on Amazon at launch. I have since expanded onto other platforms and in-person events.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has definitely not been an easy road.

The most significant thing I have come to realize is that it is okay to stay true to myself and my craft. I am definitely happiest when I make things I like as opposed to what I think people want.

It makes me giddy to know someone enjoys and appreciates the same things I do.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I started out repurposing costume jewelry and have evolved into home goods and currently 3D printed items.

I reuse materials whenever possible, including packaging materials, jewelry findings, etc. Even the printing filament I work with is plant-based and earth-friendly. I like to be known as a responsible maker.

We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I am an avid gardener and plant collector. I am a Master Gardener associated with Wilson county. I consider myself a steward of the land, and an advocate for sustainable practices.

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