Tuesday, April 20, 2010

What Am I Getting Into?

I decided to try my hand at making jewelry and let me tell you, it's been VERY addictive.

Here's the story.

Years ago, when I was still in high school, I worked at a craft store that really sparked my creative juices. I got into almost every type of craft thinkable! :) Well one of those crafts was jewelry making and I soon discovered that it is not a hobby you can truly master unless you plan on getting some kind of income from it. The reason for this is that it is EXTREMELY expensive. I will not mention just how expensive the tools can be nor how pricey the beads are! Just take a look at your nearest craft store and you will see exactly what I mean. Anyway, I was a stubborn youth and decided I was going to try it either way. I think I made two bracelets and gave up. Haha! My interest level died down quickly when I realized that you can only so many with just a few bead choices.

Well the other day, I was working in my craft room when I discovered the remnants of the hobby in a box. I bought a little bead sorter and proceeded to sort out the beads. Much to my delight, I realized that I could attempt to make some more jewelry and see if my interest in it had changed. Boy was it! I haven't been able to stop making jewelry and I even went back to Hobby Lobby this weekend (they were having some wicked sales) to purchase MORE beads and wire in the hopes that I can possibly create a business from it.

I don't have pictures of all the jewelry I've made but here are a few things that I have.

I think the easiest piece of jewelry to make is a bracelet like this one. It just requires a few tools, some wire, beads, a clasp, a couple of crimps and Ta-Da! A cute and simple bracelet!

I have also LOVED learning how to make these little bird's nest necklaces. I am a self-taught learner when it comes to these so who knows if I am making them correctly. All I know is that I am really enjoying the results and apparently others are too!

I decided to post them to my Etsy shop and see what happens so last night I took a few pictures and uploaded them to my computer.

Well wasn't I shocked to get an email this afternoon from a buyer requesting I make one for her! Woohoo! I was beyond thrilled! :) I hope this is a sign for future business!

Wouldn't these make the cutest Mother's Day presents? My original plan was to attempt to make them for my mom and Nick's mom as gifts. I then wondered if other moms might enjoy them as well! I have started custom designing them according to how many kids are in each family. For example, my mom has 2 kids so her nest would have 2 eggs. Now obviously there are going to be limitations to how many eggs I can put in a nest but for the most part, I think my plan should work great! :)

SO...if you are interested, of course you can check out my Etsy shop or send me an email! It's never too late to shop! :D I still have a lot of work to do on my shop's home page but soon I will get it looking nice!

Oh and mom, if you are reading this, act surprised when you open your Mother's Day gift! Haha!

1 comment:

  1. These are really cute!

    I sent the first part of your swap the other day before I left Maine... I will ship the other parts as soon as I recover and get everything together... hopefully sooner rather then later!


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