{Get to Know} Lillja Designs' Jessica Lillie

Domestica is really proud of our local artists - we started the shop by searching Iowa artists first - and Jessica Lillie is one of the most talented local jewelry makers we know. A few years ago, Jessica inherited some jewelry making supplies, and, without ever having tried it before, discovered she loved it and was really good at it.  Each piece is designed and handmade from beginning to end - nothing is pre-assembled. One piece takes Jessica about 4 hours to produce and we're so happy she puts in all that work - she makes some gorgeous one-of-a-kind jewelry.
handmade jewelry, etsy jewelryJessica's about to embark on another creative endeavor that may take her attention away from metals and gems, but we know she'll be back at it in the wee hours - hammering and setting and designing.  Stop in and see how delicately intricate her work is.  We think you'll find a piece or two to give to yourself or someone else you really love.

Hi, what's your name?  Jessica Lillie
Where do you live?  Earlham, Iowa
Who do you live with - meaning family/pets?  My husband Jeff, and so we will be a three person family with a newborn baby
What do you love to do in your free time?  Make Jewelry, of course :)  That is the only time I have to work on jewelry is during my free time.  I also enjoy going to the gym to workout, reading, cooking, baking, and canning from my garden.
What are your three favorite items to make?  Any custom order for a special person or occasion that involves creating necklaces, rings, and bracelets.  It is so much fun and an honor to be a part of someone's wedding or to have created the gift they give to the female in their life for an anniversary or birthday or birth of a child.  It still amazes me that I get the wonderful opportunity to create the very item that marks a milestone in someone's life.
If you could create anything for Lillja Designs, what would you make? I would love to get into casting to make engagement / wedding rings for brides.  The Vera Wang of wedding jewelry!
What is one thing most people don't know about Lillja Designs?  That I am an artist that creates and sells all my own pieces of jewelry. I hear a lot "You make all of this?"  I don't purchase and resell any finished piece of jewelry.  A piece can take up to 4 hours to create from hand designing, hand cutting out the design, soldering it together, sanding, and polishing the final piece.

handmade jewelry, etsy jewelry
And, just for fun… 
Buildings or Trees?  Buildings if they are old and intricately designed.  If they are modern day buildings, then I would go with Trees
Dresses or Jeans? Jeans
Shop Online or Offline? of any kind works for me
Thursday Night or Saturday Night? Saturday Night...I don't have to go to work the next day!
Paintings or Prints?  Prints
Chocolate or Strawberry?  Double, Triple Chocolate
Mac or PC? PC
Facebook or Twitter?  Facebook....I'm a quitter when it comes to twitter
Kids or Pets?  Kids...pets life span are too short
Candy or Cupcakes? Cupcakes...chocolate...cupcakes
Heels or Flats?  Flats...I am short anyway why not be comfortable
Night Owl or Early Bird? Early Bird.  From coffee to breakfast food I just prefer the morning and there seems to be more hours in a day the earlier I get up.
Coffee or Tea?  Coffee with flavored creamer