2017, what a weird year. Just some reflections on my personal year and ideas and plans for 2018
I can't believe it but, today is the day. Three years ago today I sat at my computer with a shaky hand before finally getting up the courage to click the "open shop" button on Etsy. Back then, I was going through a lot of changes in my personal life and had many reasons to pour myself into something I loved 100%. I needed something that was mine, where I could essentially reform my identity how I wanted to rather than how other's had been directing me to go. I had been beading (pretty obsessively) for about a year, but had recently dove in to picking up a torch and putting fire to metal. I started in a tiny dorm room at college...basically turned the desk into a jewelers bench and began practicing with minimal tools. Once school was out and I gathered myself enough to get started...I opened my Etsy shop on May 21st, 2014.
My photos were not very good, but I was in that learning curve phase. Everything has evolved since then, really. . . Even though things were a bit rough back then and I had many moments of feeling like giving up, I'm grateful that the struggles I was dealing with prompted me to just (for lack of a better phrase) say "fuck all, I'm going for it" and take the risk of putting myself and my jewelry out there.
These past three years have been a real journey! I knew back then that I wanted to make a go of dedicating to this craft, my artistic vision, but I did not know where it would lead. A lot of evolution has gone on since then and while some things remained the same, many things have changed since three years ago today. Fast forward to now and looking back, the moments that stand out as the highlights aren't just making jewelry but, chatting with each of you and getting messages about how happy a piece made you or a loved one.
You're support these past few years has meant the world and drives me forward! Whether you just found me recently or have been following along for a while, I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU and welcome you to the JC B-day sale.
Now through Tuesday 5/23 you can use the code THREEYEARS at checkout to get 15% off any order!
Thank you so much!
Here are some of my current favorite pieces to checkout!
Aquamarine Polar Alternations Set
GoldSands Moonstone Astra Necklace
Aerial Runes Necklace