Anchor & Daisy
Tell us about your business.One of my greatest joys in life is transforming a found or discarded object into something beautiful. My most recent endeavor allows me to do just this. Anchor & Daisy is a nature inspired, rustic yet modern jewelry line created from fallen branches or pruned trees that I find here in Alabama. I saw the limbs into various thicknesses and then begin adding layers of color. Each coat of paint is sanded to expose bits of the underlying wood while the edges are simply stained to enhance the grain. The final pieces are coated with high gloss water-based resin for a professional, glass like finish. My summer collection includes chunky adjustable wood rings, rustic pendants strung on soft deerskin lace and cuff bracelets made from scraps of lightweight, distressed leather and vintage blue jeans that I find at my favorite local thrift stores. All of my jewelry is truly one-of-a-kind and is made strictly from salvaged wood. I strive to be as eco-friendly as possible.
What makes your business stand out?I consider myself to be a creator of things. Not just of two bright eyed little girls but of other works of art - stuff I make from side of the road scores or dumpster dives. A found object that would otherwise be thrown away that can be transformed. I have been making art for as long as I can remember but never really knew what direction to go with it. My inspiration comes from vintage, peeling barn wood. Wood that is coated in layers of paint and is rich in history. I stumbled across the idea of Anchor & Daisy one day when I decided to see what a coat of resin would do to a piece of wood like this. My studio is in the top of a little red barn on my husband's organic farm. Most of the time, when I’m not home chasing babies, you can find me here, buried in piles of salvaged wood. Covered in sawdust and paint.
What's the best business advice you've received?Don't get discouraged. Keep creating. Struggling, stumbling, failing. Stick with it and one day you will surprise yourself when you come across that one thing that sets you apart from the rest. That one thing that you are really good at and that you love to do. It's an awesome feeling.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
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JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
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