I've been craft-obsessed my whole life, experimenting with everything from jewelry and metalsmithing to fiber arts, writing and cooking.
My top inspirations are:
*My grandma (who taught me all about crochet and Chilean cooking)
*Colors and shapes
My beau is also an artist specializing in Dichroic Glass fusing and ceramics. He has had his own sterling silver jewelry business since 1986 and together we've gone on buying trips to Bali, Thailand and Tucson (not to mention other places--travel is a passion of ours). Visit his page here: http://venusianartglass.etsy.com
Between the two of us we've amassed quite a large collection of surplus jewelry making supplies. I'm listing those here: http://malenamaggi.etsy.com
We currently have our own artisan chocolate shop in Berkeley where we hand-make sweets fresh on site. For that, visit http://thexocolatebar.com
For my own jewelry and other crafts, visit http://Malenajewels.etsy.com
Most of the fruits and herbs are homegrown by us or our Berkeley & San Rafael neighbors. The rest are organic from the San Rafael farmer's market. We use Clover Organic cream and Madhava Organic Agave Nectar. The nuts are from Whole Foods or Berkeley Bowl, products of CA. Our couverture is manufactured in Burlingame.
Early on I was scooped by SFoodie and then, by some miracle, Inc. Magazine! I'm not sure the story will make it to print, but being interviewed by my favorite entrepreneurial magazine was gratifying in itself.