I am blessed to have a lot of creative friends! Not just writers; there are jewelry designers, artists and entrepreneurs. Every Friday for the next two months I am going to be showcasing who they are and what they do.
Today is Fabulous Friends Friday and I’d like to introduce Sandi Tunison, She and her husband Mark are the creative energies behind SirenSticks and Mermaid Glass Creatives Jewelry.
Galen: Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started?
Sandi: I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, my husband Mark in Oregon. We have been married for 5 years, together for 7 years. I am a preschool teacher by profession, and a mother of 4 amazing daughters, three my own and one by marriage to Mark. Creating things has always been my passion from the time I was very small. I started making jewelry and beading things from about the age of 7 and I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit! If I thought I could sell it, I would. My first clients were in grade school, where I sold my beaded jewelry for a dollar to my friends. In high school I made beaded hair combs and sold those to help pay for my prom along with making corsages and boutonnieres for my friends and their dates.
Galen: How did the hand-carved hair sticks come about?
Sandi: The whole idea for our SirenSticks Hand-Carved Hairsticks came from my need to neatly put up and handle my (at the time) very long hair. I found a hairstick maker that I liked, but they were a far distance from where I lived and I didn't always see things that I wanted. So, I took a chance at designing my own and loved the results, as have some of our friends who also asked for us to create some for them.
Our unique spirals, crisscrosses, and double-spiraling in every SirenStick ensures a solid and secure hold in all types of hair from very fine and straight, to thick and curly.
Galen: How long have you been in business with your husband?
Sandi: We have been in business since 2006. Together, Mark and I are a great team in our business efforts, as we are best friends in our marriage, as well. We share ideas and just flow with our work together creatively.
The name and logo for SirenSticks came from my love of mermaids and the fact that all the images I have ever seen of mermaids, were with long luxurious hair, and with that, the name was born.
Galen: What inspires you to create?
Sandi: My inspirations to create come from many things. I love playing with colors, textures and I love to observe life! I'm a people and nature watcher. I also observe what seems to pique others interests. I use what I see in my minds eye, colors of the seasons, different periods in history, different cultures, and even a person's moods, and turn that into the inspirations for what I create. There is a limitless horizon for our designs and the world is a beautiful palette for creating with.
Thank you Sandi for stopping by!
You can see more of Sandi & Mark’s creations at their Etsy shop.
You can also find them on Facebook.