I never intended on making jewelry design a business. I was quite content with teaching art classes by day and making my own jewelry at night. That all ended when my school corporation was forced to trim their budget.....and unemployment fell into my lap.
In the beginning I was very content just being a SAHM.
My hands became busy with housework instead of artwork and I found myself
walking on the side of craziness. And no family wants to come home to a crazed
out momasita! So my hubby encouraged me to take my twisting, bending, beading
hobby and turn it into a business.
It started out on FB. I made a site
where I published my artwork. I remember when I got 25 fans and was soooo
excited (even though they were all family and friends whom I 'asked' to join)!
Soon I started posting pics of my jewelry creations. And then.....it grew. I saw
100 fans... And then 200... I began taking orders from friends who then shared
my creations with their friends. In two years I gained over 600 fans and made my
little hobby a full dose small business with an accountant and
I now send my youngest to daycare two days a week and
occassionaly score a 'grandma visit' one day so that I can work on orders. I
have to admit that sending my little guy to daycare was NOT my idea, believe it
or not. I completely thought I could handle my orders during nap time. It was my
hubby that suggested it and every Tuesday and Friday I feel such gratitude for
his suggestion. It's my 'work time'...and from 9-430 I bust my bum to get as
much done as possible so that I can put on my mommy hat for the rest of the
So there you have it. Unemployment led to this endeavor. And
everyday I'm thankful for it. Someday the phone may ring with a possibility to
teach young minds again, but in the meantime I'm planning to love every minute
of this journey.