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THE WASH, crafty chicks come clean

Tonight I will be modeling jewelry by Emily, of emmy-ray, for the Wedding Hive's Indie wedding fashion show. Her quirky and feminine style is not only represented in her jewelry, but also in her wedding floral arrangements.

Emily Jungden Walters
MAIN CRAFT: jewelry designer and wedding florist
ESTY ID: emmyray
TWITTER: emmyray
FACEBOOK: emmyray
LOCATION: Kansas City, MO

I first met Emily at Bon Bon Atelier's first summer craft show, Ric Rac Roundup. I was so impressed by Emily's booth. Her fixtures and her outfit were all color coordinated with her products! Here were are doing a craft show outdoors in the July heat and she looked cute as a button. She inspired me to always present myself the way I present my products.

Emily pretty much dabbles into anything creative because she is inspired by almost everything around her. She's held work in a few different jobs, including metalsmithing assistant and instructor, and as an elementary art teacher. She also also dabbles in interior design, video editing, painting, embroidering and decorating her home with her husband and three dogs.

Emily has always maintained a business on the side called emmy-ray, where she does her jewelry design.

"In college I studied and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Missouri State University, Springfield with a double emphasis in Printmaking and Metalsmithing. I am a lover of fashion, so jewelry and accessory design naturally goes hand in hand with this. After graduating I started working for a local silversmith, but it was then that I decided to start my own business on the side."

Emily has been doing emmy-ray since 2005.

"After I graduated from college I heard about the Etsy movement and thought, hey that's something I could do! Also in Springfield there is a great community of artists and crafters so it really got me motivated to start creating my work to sell."

She's been so successful that emmy-ray has become a full-time endeavor since 2009. She sells her jewelry on Etsy and locally at Bon Bon Atelier.

Emily recently added on wedding floral design to the emmy-ray business.

In September I went to Betsy's, of Bon Bon Atelier, wedding and I was eyeing the beautiful floral arrangements. A few days later I found out that Emily was the amazing creator behind them! I had no idea it was Emily's work.

Emily is also a member of the Kansas City Wedding Hive, a collective of local artists and designers interested in creating indie and alternative wedding experiences for their clients. She started out with PR and social networking and moved into event planning. Emily will be showing both her jewelry and flowers in the Indie Wedding fashion show.

Contributor to Kansas City's QUIRK {THE MAGAZINE} is Emily's recent addition to her resume.

She's focusing on small business spotlights and DIY crafters.

The jewelry and floral business has been seasonal for Emily so that makes it easier for her to balance things. For the holidays she's making lots of jewelry and wedding flowers in the spring and summer months.

"It's hard sometimes to strike a balance between work and personal time. When you run your own business from home, it's really easy to let it bleed into every aspect of your life. I often have to make a conscious effort not to do work 24/7, and to take time out to spend with my husband, family, and friends.

Fortunately I have also made a lot of great friends through my business. It's an easy way to meet lots of like minded people you can share a common bond with. I am lucky to be surrounded by creative and encouraging family and friends.

People that buy and appreciate my work are such a big part of why I do what I do."

Marketing yourself isn't always an easy thing to do when you're running your own business, but it is very important to Emily.

"The biggest challenge is putting yourself out there. When starting a small business, let alone one where you are designing, making, and selling a product, it's an incredibly personal venture. It's tough to put your ideas out there and get shot down, but this is the best way to figure out what works. Networking is a daunting task, and one that I was fearful of at first, but it's been such a great experience, and I've made some great friends through my business. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. You'll find that more times than not you'll get an overwhelmingly positive response."

Reader Comments (4)

emily seems so cool! now i'm really peeved that i can't attend the show tonite. break a stiletto!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterteresa

Teresa, I wasn't wearing any stilettos in the fashion show :O

I did have un modeling Emily's jewelry and flowers!

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeanee

Thanks so much Jeanee for the lovely article. So much to live up to, but I love it!

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteremmy-ray

lol - i know! i meant "break a leg" but in a more catwalk-appropriate way. ;)

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterteresa

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