My wholesale store is now open! I'm accepting account requests from studios and will be verifying studio affiliation before approving requests, so please make sure the email address you put down is one that I can reach you at. If you run into any difficulty or notice something doesn't seem to be working on my site, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other exciting news, The Point article that Tiffany Diamond interviewed me for is now up!
Sometimes I'm awe struck that fortune landed me being born in the United States. There are many other decent countries that I could have made my way into this earth on, but there are a lot of really crappy ones that I won in the life lotto by not being stuck in too. The things that I consider problems are laughable compared to the problems of others and I am grateful to have such trivial complaints. In my effort to stay grounded and to use my position in life to make a difference in the lives of others, I have decided to donate some of my business profits to charities. I'm sharing this not for praise, but to encourage others to do the same. I would also like you know that when you purchase my jewelry, some of that money will be used to help others.
Tonight I chose to donate to The Shoe That Grows. It is a non profit that created adjustable shoes that expand with children's feet as they grow and distributes them to one of four impoverished countries. Check out their story and consider a donation if you have some extra funds that you want to use to help others!
My double daith spiral is made of 18ka 18gauge yellow gold wire with an Australian opal in the center.
I have so much to share! APP went really well! I worked my ass off, got to hang out with a bunch of industry friends who I only get to see this one time of the year and made new connections too. Some booth things went as planned, some not so much and it will all help in making things better for next year. I am by no means new to working the expo floor at APP, but this was my first year having my own booth (that I shared with Rhea Designs), launching myself as a designer and company. I got a lot of positive feedback about my designs, especially my daith heart hoops.
I'm thrilled to share that I won one of two categories in the jewelry design contest with my double daith spiral for technical innovation! I was so floored I didn't know what to say when they announced it at the banquet, but I am so grateful, humbled and excited beyond words to have my work recognized like that! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for my piece and made this the best APP yet!
Next project is to build a wholesale store for my site and register studios so they can purchase year round and not have to wait until next APP!
Version 2.0 of my folding fan earrings are progressing! I have one side done and am working on the other. Some of the issues in my original have been worked out, but these sometime skip the track and don't unfold properly every time. It features cherry blossoms on a branch. I designed the entire thing in CAD.
In other news, the semester is almost over. I am in full on frantic end of class mode, trying to get as much done before I loose access to the vast amount of tools and equipment. I'm taking the summer off, but will be taking a week long wax carving class taught by Kate Wolf that I'm very much looking forward to. Lots of progress was made this semester in many aspects and I look forward to the same in the fall!
After getting out of class Thursday evening, I committed to my somewhat spur of the moment trip and packed the car for a three day trip to Tucson for the gem and mineral shows! I woke up super early on Friday, drove all day, arrived in Tucson that evening, got a cheap and old motel room (cheap and old = lots of cool character + a little sketchiness), shopped all day Saturday, hit the road back home Saturday evening sleeping at rest stops as I went and arrived home Sunday evening. It was intense! I managed to find nearly everything on my shopping list and have a ton of new materials to work with! I think I might be most excited about a piece of Sumatra amber that I picked up, which is by far the bluest amber I have ever seen! The meteorite slices are pretty darn cool too tho. Impossible to see everything in it's true glory with the sun hitting all the iridescents right, but this is the bulk of my finds!
I have been agonizing over building a website for a few weeks now. I knew I needed to create one and when I finally gathered my will and attention to make one, I was overwhelmed by the different sites that offered "easy to use" templates and builders. I had an idea of the features I wanted, but had difficulty with several builders getting the look and function I sought before I settled on building with Weebly. I'm thrilled to have found a program that is intuitive and doesn't have much of a learning curve. With a busy semester starting in school, I'm glad to have a site fleshed out so I can return my attention to school work and getting everything lined up to sell in Vegas later this year.