This is the first in our new "My D.C." Q&A series, where we ask D.C.-area residents about the local things that make D.C. their home.
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Etsy darling Rachel Pfeffer's father is a jeweler, as are two uncles and two cousins. She didn't want to become a jeweler herself.
"I grew up with it, but always rejected it as a career until after college," Pfeffer told The Huffington Post. (She's a 2008 Brandeis University grad, and moved to D.C. about two years ago with her then-fiance.)
As she made clear in her 2011 YouTube video "Jewelry All Day" -- sample lyric: "I like to make jewelry all day, I like to make jewelry all day" -- she's now fully committed.
Pfeffer, who's also become well-known for her Instagram throw-pillows, makes sparkly, whimsical jewelry that pays homage to city living -- see, for example, her bicycle series, featuring earrings, necklaces and tie pins. Her "Where The Wild Things Are" pieces have a more literary bent.
"I really just make pieces that I would want to wear!" she told HuffPost. "Sometime they are tame, sometimes they are totally wacky. Sometimes I feel like my designs are all over the place, but after taking a step back, I can see that there is always some sort of design theme that connects them all together."
Here's some more about the local aspects of the no-longer-reluctant jeweler's life in the District of Columbia ...
The Huffington Post: Where do you live?
Rachel Pfeffer: Right smack between Mount Pleasant, Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan.
HuffPost: What's your commute like?
RP: I wake up, roll out of bed, make the long journey to the living room and start soldering.
HuffPost: What's your favorite local spot to take out-of-town visitors?
RP: I love taking visitors shopping/eating/drinking around U Street. We start at Ginger Root at 16th & U (a great store that does tailoring and sells local goods, including mine!), and then down 14th.
HuffPost: What's your position on D.C. statehood?
RP: I support it.
HuffPost: What's your favorite local neighborhood?
HuffPost: What's your favorite local restaurant?
HuffPost: Should D.C. lift its height restrictions on buildings?
RP: On the one hand, the lack of super tall skyscrapers makes D.C. feel more small-town and quaint, while on the other hand, I do love a ridiculously tall building. I'd be happy either way.
HuffPost: What do people in D.C. complain about too much?
RP: Since I work by myself, I mostly listen to my own complaints. One being the lack of a parking lot by FedEx or the post office. Or more importantly, my lack of a car. But that's not D.C.'s fault. But other than that, I'd say people complain about the summertime heat a lot.
HuffPost: What local issue should D.C.-area residents pay more attention to?
RP: My favorite (and closest) post office in Adams Morgan almost closed, but stayed open due to protesting citizens, which is amazing. I don't know what I would do without that post office, so I guess I would say that residents should continue to make a fuss when they threaten to close more.