Our featured artist: Prairie Flair Design

prairie flair 3 prairie flair pic 2 prairie flair picWhat do you do when you get a gift that you don’t really need? Use it to make jewelry, of course! Well, at least that’s Stephanie Swanson did. Stephanie owns Prairie Flair Design, her company that sells handcrafted silverware jewelry.

I’m excited to tell you a bit about Prairie Flair for two reasons. One, I love the jewelry; and two, Stephanie and I have so much in common! Read on and you’ll see what I mean.

Prairie Flair started back in 2007 when Stephanie’s mom gave her a box of her grandma’s silverware. She was thankful, but she didn’t know what to do with it.

“If it can’t go into the dishwasher, I don’t own it,” Stephanie said.

So, she decided to cut it apart and try making a few necklaces. She liked the product, and she began giving some pieces away as gifts and getting involved in a few craft shows. Since then, as they say, the rest is history.

“And now somehow I’m in Pukwana, SD, getting to do it full time,” she said.

Stephanie makes all sorts of pieces, including necklaces, bracelets and key chains. Recently, some of her most popular items are wedding gifts — forks that say “I do,” and “me too.”

Her jewelry is all made with genuine silver, so everything is high quality. Many of her customers have specific requests, and she is more than happy to custom-make a piece.

“I had a gal that sent me an entire box of her mom’s silverware,” Stephanie said. “She said, ‘I have five sisters; make what you can.’” And so she did!

Along with all the jewelry work, Stephanie now has a wonderful new task: loving and raising a baby girl! In May, she and her husband had their first child, little Rainie Ranae. And she sure is precious!

A few weeks ago, I had Stephanie join me for the third episode of my podcast, The Encourager. I encourage you to check it out, but the main things we discussed had to do with raising a child and working at home. Being a work-at-home mommy is something I am so passionate about, and I’m thrilled to see Stephanie and others see that it’s possible for them, too.

If you’re interested in shopping for some new, super creative jewelry, check out Prairie Flair’s new Etsy site, or her Facebook page. Let me tell you, you’ll love whatever you get!