Staying Creative: Ellison James February 2, 2015 | Hi Friends! Happy Monday! Whew, can you believe that it’s already February?! I’m excited about how crazy busy and fun this month is going to be, so I was excited to get started! Today I want you to meet Preston, the owner and designer of Ellison James, a local jewelry line hand-made right here in Charlotte. I discovered her gorgeous line via Instagram and fell in love with her beautiful work. I asked her to share a little more about herself and how the line came about and here’s what she had to say: I was born and raised in Charlotte, went to boarding school at Virginia Episcopal School and from there attended Appalachian State University. I have always been interested in the arts and the design aspect of things, I make craft home decor, refurbish old furniture, as well as painting and charcoal. I simply love to create anything with my hands…creating is my therapy. “About two years ago I started to become interested in jewelry. I already made simple things like leather headbands for shows and concerts, but I really found my passion when I decided to make a pair of Carolina Panthers earrings to wear tailgating. I had several people come up and ask me where I purchased my shimmery accessories, to which I replied “I made them!” The rest is history. I was encouraged to sell my designs, and thanks to my amazing friends and SEC graduates, my sports collection escalated quickly! I was always amazed at how finding the style or jewelry that I liked in the appropriate team colors was always so difficult, so my main mission for Ellison James was to design custom quality pieces for girls like myself, interested in football and fashion! The name of my company comes from family. My mothers maiden name is Ellison and I never met my grandmother, my fathers father’s name is James and I never met him either. I loved the two names combined and as a tribute to them I thought it appropriate to carry on the southern family names. As to where I see my company going, my goal for this year is to be featured in at least 3-5 boutiques and for my website to really take shape and function as an online platform for my custom designs. There is still so much to be done, but I adore this process and I have found a passion in creating things that I love & hopefully others love as well!” Preston was sweet enough to send me these gorgeous earrings and bracelets. You all know that I am a sucker for a great pair of gold earrings and these certainly did not disappoint! My ears are actually exceptionally small (my husband makes fun of me all of the time!) and are therefore pierced a little funky. I have a hard time wearing gold hoops because they end up facing outward instead of hanging correctly. Since these are suspended from a separate earring piece, they hang perfectly in my ears and make me love them even more! I have seriously been living in them lately and have found them very easy to dress up or down! If you’ve been to a Hornets game lately you’ll notice that they Honeybees are all wearing custom Ellison James earrings and they look fab! I am totally getting Preston to make me some purple and gold hoops in time for the Fall and LSU games! Don’t you guys love her stuff? I hope that you enjoyed meeting sweet Preston and getting to know her brand a little better. Check her out of Instagram and say Hi!