Twenty years ago I quite smoking. Now what was I going to do? It seemed like my hands always needed to be doing something. Keep in mind, this was pretty much before cell phones and all those apps that mesmerize and steal our time. I thought I'd follow my mother's lead and take up sewing. She was an awesome seamstress. While standing in line at the local Joann Fabric store with an arm load of fabric, notions, and patterns, I started eyeing up some jewelry making magazines. I think that first day, I bought every magazine they had.
Sewing really didn't do it for me. It took me an entire weekend to complete one simple skirt. As it was when my mom tried to teach me to sew as a kid, the thread would break, my fabric would get stuck in the sewing machine feet, and I just couldn't keep the speed of the machine consistent. Not to mention, I couldn't sew a strait line if my life depended on it.
Enter jewelry making. I read and re-read those magazines. I purchased tools, and wire, and beads. I began making jewelry for myself. Spending entire weekends creating three or four sets of jewelry. The sets would include necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. On Monday, I would go into work wearing a new set of jewelry. I painstakingly would pick out clothing to show off that new jewelry. My co-workers would comment on it which drove me to make more jewelry. I would buy more wire and more beads to my husband's chagrin.
Then I discovered wire wrapping. My jewelry creations elevated to an all new level. My co-workers now wanted to start purchasing my jewelry. I sold my jewelry to them, gave them gifts of jewelry on their birthdays and for holidays, and I started to do some home shows for those co-workers.
Enter the local Farmer's Market. The small mid-west town I lived in started a Farmer's Market. For a $10 fee, an investment in a 10x10 tent, and homemade displays, I was a vendor in the Farmer's Market. I would sell on Saturdays and make more jewelry on Sundays. I was hooked, and to say my husband was happy that I was making money with this "hobby" is an understatement. I did this for a couple of years.
Then we left the small mid-west town. It was time for my husband and I to move back West where, we thought, we were happiest. The selling of my jewelry stopped. Other things took priority. Then when I was ready to get back in the market, the selling climate I was used to was not the reality I lived in. Although I continued to make jewelry and sell it to co-workers and friends, I never found a Farmer's Market or Art Show that worked for me.
HERE AND NOW
Fast forward to now. We are back in the mid-west again and I am inspired to create and sell again. Since I'm just getting back in the swing of things and it is Winter here, I will be updating my status and maybe in the Spring, I will see you at a Farmer's Market or Art and Craft Show.
Check back often for more updates and hopefully a blog. I hope to be up and running on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest real soon.
See you soon whether it be in person or online.