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It has been an absolute “bear” of a week so I am happy to be back bloggin’.

If I had a #1 recommendation to make to anyone who is considering making jewelry for a living  (or any craft) it would be to plan your projects and then spend according to your plan. I love creative work and therefore deeply appreciate the creativity of others. So when I see another item “that I just love”, my first impulse is to buy it. But consider that when you are first starting out, you might not know yet what your style is or will become. Speaking from experience my tastes, skills, and style changed tremendously over the first few years of being in business. Many of the supplies initially purchased no longer fit my evolving style. Also consider repeatability of your products. If a customer loves a necklace you created, can you remake it for another customer? … possibly not if you didn’t purchase enough materials to repeat the design. If you plan to relist the same item multiple times you may be able to save on material costs. So back to the word “plan”… it doesn’t have to be for a lifetime… make a plan for a year, or for a shorter time frame initially, three months, until you get some experience and know your tastes better. That’s the beauty of creating… it is an adventure that evolves over time… you decide the techniques, colors, and textures… and experience the wondrous gift of expressing your passion! 

Have fun creating!… Feel free to comment with your own suggestions.

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I am striving to journal and post more on my blog. Today it is about making new jewelry designs…. this business has one season after another with different customer needs and tastes to be satisfied. It is an ever-changing marketplace and a challenge to keep up with the latest techniques and yet keep to your own style. My focus has been on Valentine’s Day (see links below) since shortly after Christmas and wedding season is already in full swing. One of my next goals is to become more proficient at hand-knotting pearl strands since those are very popular for weddings. Speed can be important when you are working a more than full-time job, running a brick-n-mortar store and an Etsy shop, selling a shows, etc. Quality is most important to me but being more efficient would be a big plus.

Bless this Garden Bracelet – a sweet blend of acrylic flowers, pearls, and natural brass findings.

Bella Wedding Necklace – my own version of Aro’s wedding gift to Bella. Made with an authentic Strass 30mm Swarovski crystal prism.

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