I come from a creative background, my mother and grandmother made their own clothes and never had housekeepers. I grew up through the Depression years so I knew the value of money, what little we had, hard work and making do. When I married the love of my life, he was also from a similar background. His father died at the age of 42 and his mother never remarried. When I met her she was working a split shift as an operator at the telephone company.
My husband worked nights as a copy boy at the Los Angeles Examiner and went to UCLA daytime where we met. We didn’t have much extra money during the first few years of married life, but managed somehow. Love does conquer all. However, I did want to look pretty when we went out and at my job in a record shop. I couldn’t afford expensive accessories, like jewelry, but I thought I could make my own, and I did. I still have some of those little gems. I can’t part with them. But over the years I collected more supplies and made more items, mostly necklaces. I gave many of them away, and still do. They are one-of-a-kind gifts.
After my husband’s untimely death from a heart attack at the age of 46 I had to survive on my own. I had no work related skills, but I had imagination. After many years of odd jobs I found a place as an assistant to the International electronic appliance salesman. I stayed there until the company was sold and I retired.
It wasn’t until I reached retirement age and had time to experiment that I rediscovered my jewelry making skills and decided to see if I could earn a little money with what I knew. I researched the various sites where I could offer my creations and discovered ETSY. This appeared to be the best place with many viewers and with the help of my two daughters, I opened my shop on ETSY in 2007. My youngest daughter, JP, is an artist and designed my logo, which ETSY has recently removed. (I have to fix that.) My older daughter, Circe, takes the photos of my jewelry and advises me on business matters. She is a computer expert and keeps me up to date on the latest online news.
I converted my second bedroom into a studio which allows me to keep my supplies in an orderly manner. Prior to that conversion I was working on my dining room table. I had to move everything off when I had company, so this is much better. I shop at a variety of places for my supplies, but my three favorite shops are Fire Mountain in Oregon, and Michaels and JoAnn’s craft shops which are nearby. I look for different types of beads in bright colors and shapes. I want my jewelry to be distinctive and unusual. My creations are one-of-a-kind, each one is different and all are colorful, except for the black and the white ones. I think about who might be interested in my creations. I picture my buyer as a working lady who needs something unusual and different, every day she gets ready to leave the house for her job. Or, perhaps needs a gift that no one else can give. My thoughts as I’m working on a piece are directed toward the lady who will choose a necklace, bracelet, or earrings to wear that day. My hope is that her co-workers will comment on it, and ask where she found it. “Bingo”, a new customer.
Whenever I ship out an item I include my business card so that I might get a new customer or repeat business. I do not charge for US shipping and I ship each necklace in an organza pouch for protection or gift giving.
My hope is that you will find just what you are looking for in my shop. I offer new items at least monthly. My prices are reasonable and vary according to the cost of the materials and the amount of time and effort that went into the creation. I do ship Internationally, but cannot list a cost as each country has a different amount listed by the US Postal Service. I do not charge more than that. No handling charge, ever. I ship US items within 1-2 days in a padded envelope.
I’d love to hear from you. Let me know what you think of my shop and me.