We had the good fortune of connecting with Carrie Dix and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carrie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always loved arts and crafts of any kind, learning to sew and embroider at a young age. I started making jewelry when my kids were in youth sports and I wanted a way to wear their team colors, but couldn’t find anything in the stores. Pretty soon the other moms were asking where I got the beaded bracelets I was always wearing, and I started making more to share with them. Many years later, after 30 years in corporate America, I turned being downsized out of a job into a chance to make jewelry full time.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I sell team spirit jewelry using a wide variety of materials, including beads, leather, cotton thread, wood, resin and acetate, paracord, and metal charms. I pride myself on being able to match your favorite sports team colors, but you won’t find licensed Atlanta Braves or Green Bay Packers merchandise in my shop. What I offer instead is unique handmade jewelry that you won’t find in any department store, and probably won’t see other fans wearing at the game. In my shop you’ll find navy and red jewelry to wear on Braves game day, or green and gold jewelry to wear while watching the Packers, for example. I want people to know that it’s never too late to start something new, and that working hard doesn’t have to feel like work, if you are doing something you are truly passionate about. It took me more than 50 years to realize this, and I wish I had figured it out much sooner in life!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My friends would be interested in sporting events and outdoor adventures, so depending on the time of year, we might go to a Braves or Falcons game, and get in some hiking or trail running at Sweetwater Creek State Park, Arabia Mountain and Cochran Shoals. And we would definitely hit up a brewery or two. My favorites are Reformation Brewery, Scofflaw Brewing and Variant Brewing.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shortly after I started my business, I stumbled across a group called Flourish, an educational group for sellers of handmade goods. I knew nothing about running a business, and I found just the support and encouragement I needed in Flourish.