Meet Elana Levine of Ann Arbor, MI. Elana is the creative gal behind Little Sister Designs, sterling silver and gemstone jewelry created for all occasions. Elana grew up in Ohio, and came to Ann Arbor to attend U of M and then never left! Most days of the week she works as a kindergarten teacher at Haisley Elementary School on Ann Arbor's west side, where she mingles with some of her favorite people who are under the age of 10.
Little Sister Designs started on accident after Elana received jewelry-making tools as a gift from a friend. Although she used to rely on her sister to make her jewelry, she discovered her own artistic abilities, unique from her sister's, which was perhaps an even bigger gift. She hopes that her pieces brings her customers just as much joy!How long have you been creating art work?
For about 9 years I think!
What makes your art work unique or distinctive?
I really take my time in choosing quality gemstones, down to matching the stones for earring sets and looking for even drill holes. I'm pretty particular in what I buy, and I hope that translates into a beautiful product.What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
TV Talk Show host!
What inspired you to start creating your art work & how did you turn it into a business?
It stared on accident, really. A girlfriend had given me the jewelry-making tools as I thought had been a random birthday gift, and after making the obligatory thank you gift for her, it turned into something more! Sidelining that, my sister has always been the family artist, and was making her own jewelry, and it was fun to create something of my own, separate and different from her work. What do you love most about the creative process?
I like that I can make things that I like, but also that appeals to others. I generally just sit down and start working, and hope for the best! It's not scientific, or necessarily pre-planned, but the end result is (what I think!) often beautiful and satisfying!
What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
Teaching my kindergartners, reading (especially poolside in the summer), Crossfit and running, movies and t.v., cooking (eating!) and going out to eat, and spending time with loved ones.Quotes you love or live by:
I still have two baby teeth lol!!!You can find lots of Elana's gorgeous jewelry at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting info about Elana all this week!
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