MINNEOTA - When she's not busy studying for classes or working, Ann Przymus of Minneota tries to find time to venture upstairs to sort through odds and ends to put together a necklace or bracelet or into her kitchen to put a new twist on an old wine bottle.
It was about five years ago when Przymus was helping her friend Carol Herman with the Painted Vine and Herman figured Przymus would have a knack for creating jewelry.
"One time she bought a bracelet and said 'you should make these and sell them at the store,'" Przymus said. "It's kind of gone from there. I didn't know I was 'crafty.' I really enjoy it and it helps. It's a lot of fun."
Photo by Cindy Votruba
Ann Przymus poses with several of the decorative items and jewelry she has made, including the T-shirt that she is wearing. She said she likes to put a vintage flair on her creations. Przymus likes to do some of her work in the kitchen and has an entire room dedicated to her jewelry-making.
Przymus started with just three little tools to make her jewelry. Now she's up to 20 pieces of equipment, plus she has an entire room devoted to the craft.
"I have a whole room upstairs that is all jewelry," she said. The room is filled with beads, chains, tools and other little trinkets to be made into jewelry.
Przymus tends to be attracted to the older look in jewelry, scouring thrift and antique stores for different pieces to make into a new piece of jewelry.
"I tend to be drawn to the old vintage kind of thing," Przymus said. "I look online for different ideas. I like mixing the silver and the gold."
For her jewelry, Przymus mainly made bracelets and necklaces until people noticed something was missing.
"A lot of people said 'don't you make earrings?'" Przymus said. "I said, 'yeah, I'll start making earrings.'"
When putting together jewelry from rescued pieces, "that's where you do a lot of guessing," Przymus said. Some of it works, some of it doesn't, she added.
"You think it looks nice and it doesn't," she said.
People tend to take a "different spin" on upcycling materials into something else, Przymus said. She likes to use birds in some of her pieces, which she applies to decorative items, pillows and T-shirts. She'll see a photo she likes online and incorporate into an artwork. It's only been a few months since she started putting her own touch on pillows and T-shirts.
She also takes bottles and applies fabric to them by using Mod Podge.
"My family saves their wine bottles, I get some from C.J.'s or the thrift store," Przymus said. "You can get some cool-looking bottles at the thrift store."
"It's good to use old things and get them back in circulation again," Przymus added.
Besides her online Etsy shop, Przymus has displayed her merchandise at Blue Green, Main Street Stylists and Italy Ava in Marshall and The Cellar Door in Dawson.
"It's relaxing, it's something to do other than work," Przymus said of making jewelry and other crafts. Besides her job, Przymus is going to Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Pipestone for nursing.