Jewelry Lasts Forever

Isn’t this the best?  I found it in a shop in Green Bay and it makes me smile!  For some women it’s jewelry, for some it’s clothes, for others shoes…we all have our weaknesses – that item we can’t seem to control our impulses about.  Even though we have closets/racks/drawers already filled with this must-have item, we simply cannot pass one by once we fall in love…something we do often!

For me it’s jewelry.  Beads.  Earrings.  Bracelets.  Pins.  New.  Antique.  Costume.  Real.  Any and all of them – I love them all.  I couldn’t wear in a lifetime all the jewelry I want to make for myself.  Fortunately I have a business that allows me to create all the jewelry I dream about and send it out into the world to other jewelry lovers like myself.

Fortunately or unfortunately the men in my life don’t stand the test of time…but I still have my jewelry!

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Today was cool!  I had an assignment for one of my classes to investigate myself on the Internet.  When I google my name, nothing. I guess I don’t exist.  I will blame this on taking my maiden name back after the divorce last year instead of taking it personally.  But when I typed in Sweet Annie’s Jewelry, the #1 Google result out of over 600,000 was my press release for the grant I won from Urban Hope for my business plan.  The second result was this blog.  Yea me!  I don’t know if this will ever happen again that I’m #’s one and two on Google, but it was cool to see…especially after not having any hits I could find for my name.  I don’t know how their whole rating system goes, but I still got a rush from seeing it.  Too bad my website isn’t fully-functioning yet.  Getting to the webdesigners place and getting it finished is a priority for me after the school term ends this coming Friday.

Sweet Annie’s Jewelry exists in the world!  Now I have to find a way to make me personally exist, too…at least on Google.

 

Crystal Kaleidescope

I absolutely love bead shopping.  I love to click around, filling my cart.  I discover a great price on the amethyst shape I love to work with…yea!  There’s a special on the wire I use…double yea!  I see the items multiplying, the discounts piling up. I only need 5 more items to reach the next discount plateau…then I’m at that point…does it get any better than this for a jewelry designer?!

Then comes check out.  Oh-oh, I can’t really afford this large of a bead order.  But just think of all the money I’m saving on quantity discounts!  And I know the sales will be high, so that justifies the cost, right?  Right.  And anyway, I’m doing all this marketing and my website is going up, so my demand will increase, so I’ll need more inventory.  And anyway, all these beads are so INSPIRING! 

With the click of a mouse the order is on it’s way.  A BEAD ORDER IS ON ITS WAY!  I love the anticipation, knowing it’s on its way to me.  I wait impaitiently until the day it arrives at my door.   Now comes the real fun…looking through all the fun stuff I ordered.  Oh, these are even better than I thought they’d be!  I can’t wait to make something with these.  Hmmm, these are smaller than I thought they’d be.  Oh, well, I’ll find something to make with them. 

Gee, I don’t have enough room in my trays…I’ll have to buy a couple more containers.  No problem.  With the shows coming up, and my website going up, and the marketing I’ve been doing the orders will be coming in and it’ll all be worth it…

Fulfillment

A Year Ago Today was a really difficult day for me.  One year ago today, April 18, 2007, my divorce was final.  A divorce I didn’t seek, didn’t want, and am still reeling from.  With all the tears and the trauma involved, it’s hard to find the silver linings, but we try.  It’s gotten to be a thing with me and the kids, looking for silver linings.  For example, none of us like chunky spaghetti sauce, but we made it that way “before” because X liked it that way.  So, one of our first silver linings was smooth spaghetti sauce.  Baby steps. 

And there have been lots more silver linings.  My friends and my family have kept me going and have not given up on me.  God has been ever-present and has made me so aware of these silver linings…one of the biggest has been this jewelry business.  It was my hobby business, the one that I kept small because X thought it might interfere with my being support staff for his business, and it might get too busy for me to take care of the kids the way I always had (alone, basically).  But now I see how God gave me this business that was already trying to grow to help me provide for my children during the upheavals of the past year.  I had not worked outside the home before the divorce, and due to the growth of my “hobby business”, I have been fortunate enough to still be working at home. 

Sometimes the inspiration isn’t there.  Sometimes I feel so sad I don’t want to create.  But at other times the ideas flow and the creativity won’t be quieted without hours at my beading table.  My children are so proud of me and I am learning to be proud of myself again.  I went through the Urban Hope program to learn more about entrepreneurship.  I am finishing up my Bachelor’s Degree that has been unfinished for 23 years.

A Year Ago Today, I thought my life was ending.  Sometimes it still feels that way.  But it hasn’t been the end, it’s just the beginning of something new.  I heard once that when we lose something it just makes room for something else to come into our lives.   I have gained much this year, and there’s still room for more.  I will get up tomorrow morning and continue to try to fill it with more silver linings

Countdown…5…4…3…?

April 15, 2008

I Love You Mom

This bead collage was created out of loose beads lying on my beading table by my son as a surprise for me.  It says “I Love you, Mom”.   Awwwwwwww!!

 

Any day now.  It’s coming soon!  My graphic/web designer is hard at work getting my site ready to go up.  I am so excited!  It’s been a long journey – longer than I initially planned on.  There were so many decisions to be made.  I have spent many sleepless nights agonizing over every detail…wanting to get it just right.  I finally got to the point where I knew I just had to leap and figure it all out on the way down.  Hopefully that leap will lead to Internet opportunities for business growth.

I’ve got all sorts of plans.  Thinking of things to do is the easy part.  Implementing them is hard.

It’s scary, also, because putting my jewelry pieces out there is a risk.  Will people like them?  It is such a personal thing – my “babies” are being put on display and are being judged!  What will the world think?

We will soon find out…I’ll keep you posted!

I’m here, world!

April 5, 2008

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at blogging for a long time, and I have decided to take the plunge before I lose my courage! 

There has been so much happening in my life in the past year-and-a-half that I don’t even know where to start.  But the beginning of my business goes further back than that, truthfully.  Sweet Annie’s Jewelry started on my dining room table as a way to make personalized gifts for my nieces, godchildren and friends.  My nieces names are unusual names, and my daughter’s name is really common, so personalized jewelry was hard to come by.  When I had finished 7 bracelets (all I’d planned to do), I decided to make them for my goddaughters, too.  Then I changed the theme a little and made mothers bracelets for all my sisters-in-law and friends.  It just kept going.  I was hooked.

Before long I was talking to friends of mine who owned a coffee shop telling them about this new passion of mine, and they invited me to bring some pieces in to sell.  Because I was a stay-at-home mom, this seemed like a great way to support my habit, so I brought some stuff in and a business was born.

The most common question I have been asked is about my business name.  Where did it come from?  Check back in for my next post when I explain where Sweet Annie’s came from!

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