It’s been a little while since our last giveaway and I’m so happy to finally have one with Junghwa. I can’t stop wearing her necklaces since I got them and I know you guys would love her jewelry too. Let’s meet founder, designer and all around amazing lady, Amy Stewart of Junghwa.

When did you start selling on Etsy and Why Etsy? 

I opened my etsy shop January 2010. I have been designing for most of my life and always knew that someday I would be doing something in that arena for a living. I just didn’t know when. My sister (Myra Callan of Twigs & Honey) had been pushing me to do something for sometime and I finally went for it. It was really nerve wracking to put my personal designs out there for the public to see but they took to it well and so here I am. 

Is this a full time gig for you? Yes, I do this full-time. What I love the most about being self-employed is the schedule. I am generally very busy all the time but I can usually make time to take off a day when needed. Also, there is no clock to punch which is good for people who tend to run late like me. The drawback is that I don’t have a schedule so those days that I start late I usually end up working until 2 or 3am.

If I could only buy one thing from your shop right now, which would you recommend? 
My favorite piece is my initial tags necklace! I made one for myself and have been wearing it everyday for months. I made one for my sister and mom and we all wear them together. My favorite statement piece is my gold spike necklace. I also wear that constantly. I know you asked for only one but that’s too hard.

What was first piece you ever made/sold? 

The first piece I ever sold was a set of satin cord bracelets with charms. I thought they were so sweet and cute.

What are your plans for the future? 

My future plans are to expand my business to include a clothing line. I’ve been sewing for a long time now so it only seems natural to go in that direction.

Do you have a workspace? 
My main workspace is my home office. It has a masculine feel but with some girly touches. I would love something an ultra luxe space but with having a 2 year old running around I have to keep everything up high.
(pictures would be very appreciated) I will have to get some photos to you. I don’t have any right at the moment.

Where else can we find your goodies? (website, FB, stores etc) 

My Etsy shop is currently the main place that you can buy all my items. I have a website that is under construction. It will be relaunching in a few months and I will have online shopping available there as well. I have retailers around the world that carry my pieces. A few current favs of mine are Haven Style House in Chagrin Falls, OH and ByEmilyB in New London, New Hampshire. I also post lots of sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram.

Love women starting their own businesses. Any advice for those thinking about starting their own business? 

My best advice is set high standards for yourself and your brand. I see so many people out there who skip all the hard work and just copy the work of designers. I feel that those people may start off strong but quickly fizzle out. You have to do the work if you want to be around for the long run. And do what you enjoy and are good at. If you don’t enjoy it, it’ll just be another job and not a career. 
For fun: some fill in the blanks
I can’t get through the day without …… giving my son a million kisses. I know that someday he’ll be embarrassed by mommy so I’m trying to get them all in while I can. Oh and Instagram. I’m always on it.
I’m currently reading……. its terrible but I don’t read a lot of books. The last one I read was Twilight… I think. I would love to get back into reading but I get easily distracted by work and family, so I end up reading the same page over and over.
My favorite song is …….. Black by Pearl Jam. Its always been and always will be my favorite song.
I’m lusting after …… the Celine trapeze bags. They are just gorgeous! I told my husband that I will be treating myself to one of those when my website relaunches.
My dream vacation would be …… a month long trip to Italy. After I learn some Italian. 

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  1. Diana

    May 27, 2013 at 6:36 am Reply

    Love her shop. I do not have instagram, but would love if my other entry would win!

  2. Melissa

    May 27, 2013 at 2:38 am Reply

    Wow, gorgeous pieces. Too bad I don't have instagram, but I entered the first entry. You should enter the giveaway on my page! x


  3. Cindy Brickley

    May 26, 2013 at 1:45 pm Reply

    I just love the jewelry and so many to choose from. I don't have Istagram so I couldn't go past FB, but I follow on bloglovin and GFC. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Jane Odartey

    May 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm Reply

    Beautiful work, Amy, and I really appreciate the advice for those starting out.
    Wishing you much success!

  5. MissT1806

    May 22, 2013 at 11:24 pm Reply

    Don't think I can wait for the giveaway. Gonna have to cop me some earrings! nice to support some fellow Etsy small business owners.

  6. Natisha C

    May 22, 2013 at 11:46 am Reply

    Really nice. Even if I don't win I will be visiting her shop to make a purchase. Thanks for sharing

  7. Alex Holmes

    May 22, 2013 at 3:29 am Reply

    Even if I don't win I know I will buy! Love her jewellery 🙂

  8. Ana Fleischmann

    May 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm Reply

    I LOVE her shop. Everything is so pretty!


    May 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Beautiful jewellery I had no idea she was the owner, that blue stone necklace has been in my Etsy favourites forever! Love it all

    I know this was just for the interview, but the questions seem like fun! So here are my answers.

    I can't get through the day without :
    Speaking to my mum and sister. I'm currently away for my studies and I love listening to both mum and sister and hearing how their days have gone. Funny, when I lived at home I could't wait to hear less of them, now I really miss hearing them!

    I'm currently reading :
    Black Skin, White Mask by by Frantz Fanon- It's a fantastic read. His writings speak to all who continue the struggle for political and cultural liberation in our troubled times. Colourism and it's roots in Colonization.

    My favorite song is :
    Dream A Little Dream Of Me by Ella Fitzgerald + Louis Armstrong.

    I'm lusting after :
    JUNGHWA's Initial Tag Necklace. mmm

    My dream vacation would be :
    A 7 week trip to Namibia

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