Well I finally broke down and decided to start a blog. Since I have joined the ETSY community (THE best place to find hand crafted items from all over the world) everyone says one of the best ways to promote your business is with a blog. So here I am.
The whole jewelry thing began in August of 2006, when I bought a beading kit and a book on how to make jewelry for my almost thirteen year old daughter. While she made a couple of things with it, it turned out to not really be her thing (although they just did a macrame jewelry project in art class and she has approached me about making her own line of jewelry and putting it in my shop. We will see how that goes. Talk about irony lol!) So I was bored one nite (I bore easily) and picked up her beading kit and as the saying goes, that was all she wrote. Obviously, I don't actually bead a lot. I am more drawn to the wire wrapping, metal working, and lapidary aspects. I am pretty much totally self taught but am looking to expand my horizons. (Like I said, I bore easily.) So I have joined my local lapidary and gem society where I will be able to learn how to take the raw form of the stones and turn them into finished cabochons and gemstones. I will also be able to learn how to metal smith and do various other techniques using wire, metal and stones. I will be doing another post soon (as soon as I take some pics to go with it) on the metal weaving class that I just took and also of the first cabochon I learned to make last week.
Any way the gist of the story is that the fourteen dollar beading kit I bought my daughter has totally transformed my life and given me the gift of self expression. Hopefully in the future it will turn into the gift of self employment and become a full time business for me.