Wednesday, June 1, 2011

7 Questions • Lauren of laurenblythedesigns

Lauren is the woman behind the amazing shop laurenblythedesigns — which features some vintage inspired jewelry so exquisite, you'll never want to take it off. The dreamteam caught her between shuttling packages to the post office and picking her son up from preschool, somewhere between the peanut butter and the jelly. 

1. Where do you live?
I live in Englewood, Colorado, which is a suburb of Denver. I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (go Steelers!) but I have been in Colorado since I went to college in Boulder in the 1980s.  Yikes — I feel old! The weather out here is unbeatable! And no, I don’t ski (cause I know you were going to ask …)

2. What are you obsessed with lately?
Cleaning! Seriously, if you had asked me a week ago I would have said finding the perfect peep-toe shoe, but this week it’s cleaning. I am determined to de-clutter my house — which was not that cluttered to begin with, but I am just wanting it to be fresh and open. And it’s amazing what you can collect!

Care to share any photos of you as a child?
This is me from 1973 at my Aunt's house in PA!

3. Coffee or tea, or both? And decaf or regular?
Coffee, Coffee, Coffee! Did you say coffee? Regular please. And it’s my one vice. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke but I love my coffee. I have my cup of Verona in the morning with some hazelnut cream and a cappuccino or a nonfat mocha latte later in the day. Everything is just all right in my world after I’ve had my latte!

4. What is your favorite thing about being on Etsy?
I love how easy it is to set up shop! I had my own website and it’s a lot of work! Etsy makes it easy. It’s all in one place including listing, photos, advertising. And I’ve met some fabulous people along the way, which I never imagined would happen! 

Cassandra -coral rose vintage beaded necklace, laurenblythedesigns
5. And what is your least favorite thing about being on Etsy?
Advertising on Etsy can be challenging! Don’t get me wrong: I love making treasuries, which is a huge form of advertising on Etsy or I would not be captain of a treasury team and on several other teams,  but sometimes you work so hard to make them perfect and they get lost in the shuffle and you feel like, "Gosh, I wish someone would have seen that!"  Also,  I wish it was easier to get seen with jewelry on Etsy. But advertise I must, which means making treasuries and renewing items!

6. What are you afraid of?
Flying! Seriously, I am a wreck before any trips and I will never (sadly) travel to Europe.

7.  Who are you in love with?
My son, my husband and my cat!  Well those are the obvious answers. But I bet you didn’t know I am also in love with Lindsey Buckingham! I am a fan of amazing guitar players and to me he ranks up there with the best! It doesn’t hurt that he’s also good looking. I’ve seen him numerous times with Fleetwood Mac and solo and he’s amazing.  I have also met him! Listening to his music and guitar playing makes me happy. 

I will leave you with a little happy music as I go create some jewelry!


  1. Very cool Lauren!!! Love that you've shared a part of your life with us :-)

  2. What a fun interview! and I love the kid picture... I think I had that same outfit ( I think we are the exact same age is why)

    Thanks for sharing :) BTW your son is adorable!

  3. What fun Lauren and so great to get to know you a little better! Too bad we live so far away, I'd love to sit down and chat with you over a Starbucks latte (love them too)!

  4. oh wow lauren thank you so much for sharing, i so enjoyed learning a little about you and your life:)
    diana from cocoabeans

  5. This was wonderful Lauren. It is sometimes hard to remember that the people we now on Etsy are more then just shop owners! Thanks so much for sharing a slice of your "real" life. Your son is adorable!

  6. I loved getting to know you a little better Lauren! It is so nice to meet the real people behind the designs. :)
    What a great looking family. (Lindsey isn't too shabby either! lol)
    xo Jamie

  7. So happy to know more about our wonderful captain! I love the idea of de-cluttering! Maybe something I will tackle room by room this summer!
    You have a wonderful family, Lauren!

  8. wonderful article Lauren! I'm guessing you and I are both the same age too!

  9. OMG Lauren, your son is adorable!!! Wonderful interview, thanks for sharing that with us. Oh, and if you ladies are going to Starbucks, I'll take an iced caramel latte!

  10. Lauren your family is beautiful! Have you seen the Saturday Night Live skits they do featuring an actor playing Lindsay Buckingham? Sooo funny - they never let him speak really. Lol. I do really love Fleetwood Mac. :) Great interview!


  11. thanks guys! Rhett, I never saw that skit but must find it!! thanks for the nice comments and glad to know I am not the only 40 something right :-) this was fun to do and look forward to hearing other 7 questions too!

  12. Very awesome! Love that picture of you! You're adorable! Great interview - thank you for sharing!