I have the pleasure of introducing you to Shannon Chomanczuk from Emily and Eden. Shannon is a local artist and is making some beautiful jewelry in her little corner of The Hudson Valley.

Mother's Necklace: The Emily And Eden Interview | Knot By Gran'ma Blog
Mother’s Necklace by Emily and Eden

Jess: What is your business?

Shannon: Emily and Eden at emilyandeden.com

Jess: What do you do?

Shannon: I design and make jewelry from recycled sterling silver, gemstones, and Swarovski crystals.
Each piece is handmade to order by me in my home studio in Hudson Valley, NY.

Jess: How did you start?

Shannon: I got started making jewelry in 2002 after attending a handmade jewelry party at a friend’s house. I have always loved making art and was looking for something to do in the evenings after my day job. I bought some tools and beads and have been designing ever since.

Jess: Where do I want to be in 3 years?

Shannon: My daughters will be 9 and 6 so I am guessing I will pretty busy in 3 years. I own a salon where I work 3 days a week doing nails so that keeps me pretty busy when I am not home with my girls. I am working on building the wholesale end of my business so in 3 years I would love to have my work in stores across the country.

If I had to give myself advice on business, what would it be?

Shannon: Relax, you are right where you should be. Building a business takes time.

Jess: What is your favorite dessert, dance move, guilty pleasure, and celebrity crush?

Shannon: Dessert, ice cream. I used to work at Baskin and Robbins so I am obsessed with ice cream. Mint chocolate chip ice cream with hot fudge is my favorite. But, I will never turn down ice cream, lol.

Dance move, anything as long as no one is watching. I am not a graceful dancer but I love to play Dance Party on Wii with my daughters.

Guilty pleasure, Reading jewelry design and crafty business books. I love the movies Center Stage, The Hunger Games and the TV shows 12 Monkeys, and Project Runway.

Celebrity crush will always and forever be Kevin Bacon.

Jess: What is your favorite achievement?

Shannon: My family. We are married 15 years this July and have 2 beautiful daughters, Emily and Eden. They are my whole world.

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Shannon and her daughters…

Jess: Random picture of yourself?

Shannon: I love this picture because it is me with my daughters.

Jess: Do you like long walks on the beach?

Shannon: Yes but I don’t live near the beach

Jewelry inspired sketch: The Emily And Eden Interview | Knot By Gran'ma Blog
Sketch inspired by this Emily and Eden interview… not a fan of that pen I used.

I started out trying to sketch a jewelry designer monster, but I ended up with more of a jewelry loving monster. Kind of… anyway. I didn’t use my normal ball point pen, because I love to write with this particular pen. I will not be using it again for pictures. I don’t have the skills to make it do what I’d like. I’m okay with that.

Here are the places you can find Emily and Eden:

Website: http://www.emilyandeden.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/emily_and_eden

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2 thoughts on “The Emily And Eden Interview

  • April 27, 2015 at 7:14 pm
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    Omg I love the jewelry monster. She is so awesome! Thanks for sharing our interview I had fun answering your questions.
    Shannon

  • April 27, 2015 at 10:27 pm
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    I love Shannon’s jewelry! “Building a business takes time.” Amen, sister.

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