Striking a Balance Between Love and Talent : The Story of an Etsy Mom

 You may have seen etsy artist and Mom Shannon Iko Chomanczuk on the cover of Bead Trends Magazine this month!  This Local Etsy Artist caught our attention with her beautiful artisan handcrafted pieces inspired by the elements. Her love for all things beautiful was overcome by her desire to be a Mom. Find out how her biggest inspiration almost cut her creative streak off at the second trimester.

Shannon Chomanczuk out of Newburgh, NY had been happily married for 8 blissful years when she became pregnant with a baby girl.  But it was a very difficult pregnancy. It was draining, exhausting, and extremely stressful. She was tired and sick all the time and could not make jewelry or even read a book. It wasn't easy to sit back and relax for Shannon, who started creating art when she was just a girl - the oldest of 3.

 When I was little I would make Barbie dolls dresses from socks and glitter paints. In High School I discovered a passion for oil pastels and in College I fell in love with photography and graphic design.

Shannon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marist College in 1998 with a Bachelor’s in Communications and a Minor in Photography.

I worked for many years in Banking and when I lost my job in 2001 I felt it was time to start fresh. I went to Nail School and opened my own salon.I felt lost without art in my life and doing nails gave me back a small part of the creativity I was longing for.

But, the salon only made her want more. So, Shannon started making jewelry.


After attending a handmade jewelry party, I remember thinking "I can do this - better." Having the salon made it easy to display my pieces for sale and I love it when my clients wear pieces I made years and years ago. Handcrafted pieces are all original and one of a kind


But, the pregnancy was getting in the way. Nothing mattered more than having a healthy happy baby, so the choice although hard was never a question for her. Frustrated she packed up all her beading supplies and put them in the garage.

 My beautiful daughter was born healthy, kicking and screaming 2 weeks early in June 2009. I was stuck in the house most of that summer nursing my colic baby, it was during that time I found jewelry and beading blogs. I slowly began to bring the beads back out of the garage. 

Emily Grace

I named my etsy shop For My Sweet Daughter because after my daughter’s birth I became even more filled with inspiration and a desire to share my jewelry with others. Each piece I make is inspired and I love when a piece speaks to someone, to see their face light up is a blessing. I create because for me it is an expression of my feelings and to bring these feelings of love, light and inspiration to other women is truly a blessing and a gift.

 shannon headshot                                                         Shannon Iko Chomanczuk

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Shannon's Salon: A Polished Image

357 Windsor Highway Suite 700

New Windsor, NY 12553


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Check out Shannon's Line on Display in Sugar Loaf at Bliss Co-Op