I’ve come to a conlusion

So in all the educational tools I have either paid for or learned for free, they talk about collections. “You need to come out with new collections every season” “You need to have a cohesive collection” etc… And it just didn’t feel authentic to me.

“I am an item designer” there I said it. I actually don’t know why I was really fighting it. There are successful item designers out there like Chan Luu and Shy Siren. So I am not sure why I felt like less of a jewelry designer because all of my pieces didn’t fit together the way a collection should. Well that’s because I make items and not collections. I am finally ok with that. It is what it is, and I am who I am.

I am part of Flourish and Thrive‘s Laying the Foundation course. It’s super educational and it has helped me a lot. I took it last year and didn’t know what I was doing.  I am pretty sure I deleted all the pictures of the collection I tried to create last year to submit for review. So you won’t be seeing that “collection” anytime soon. When you sign up and pay for a class through them, you get lifetime access to it, so I am going through it again now. And it’s even more eye awaking than last year.

While I have a signature style as you can see by some of the pictures below, what I don’t have is a collection by industry standards.

 

Yes, I know I need to work on my pictures, it’s the bane of my existence…

They all have the same stones, Amazonite, but I just think it’s missing something as far as a collection goes. And again, I am ok with that. When you go to my website True Happiness Designs because you like what you see, my pieces can all be mixed and matched. And that just feels more true to who I am and what I want my brand to be. And that is to love yourself and be yourself always. Be comfortable in your own skin, because not being that doesn’t make anyone happy. And true happiness is what life is all about.

Be True to Yourself, Always

I know it’s been a while since I have posted anything. Don’t really have an excuse, just life in general. The kids are out of school and my husband has been working from home a lot. It kills my motivation and my productivity, I need to get over it if I am going to move my business forward, but so far it hasn’t worked.

Anyway, I did a Farmer’s Market this past Sat that was very successful, I am looking forward to doing it again in Sept. (hoping to give everyone that bought something from me, time to anticipate seeing me again…) But I was pretty busy the 2 weeks leading up to the market making some new things. I started out in my jewelry business basically making one of a kind things and not really keeping track of anything. Not the best business model, explains why I have been doing this for at least five years and have only grown a tiny bit. I revamped my website with pieces that I can produce many of, if and when people buy them. But I made some new necklaces and a few bracelets to show at the market. These are the first two I made

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I made this one first. It’s Amazonite and Moonstone. I have had the Moonstone beads forever and was never quite sure what to do w/ them. I love this necklace, except it’s just a bit too short for me. It hit at a spot on me that is usually where I wear my necklines (especially in the summer time with t-shirts) It looked awkward on my neck. So I thought I would make another one.

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I made it a bit longer and changed up the stones a little. Well I love this one even more than the other one. But I wasn’t sure if they would sell. I’ve got people who like my work and follow me, but I tend to create things that I love and would wear. Which is a double-edged sword…I either struggle with wanting to keep everything I make ( not making any money that way!) or I tend to question my taste, fashion sense and overall brand if a piece doesn’t sell. And then I try to make things that I think are trendy or other color themes, or styles that other people would like. Sometimes the pieces come out ok and they do sell, but for the most part, they don’t feel sincere to who I am or what my brand is about and I always come back to making things that I would wear everyday.

But these two necklaces I was okay with if they didn’t sell. I thought I would keep them both for myself and swap them around depending on what I was wearing that day. I have to admit, secretly I was almost hoping at least one of them didn’t sell. I like them that much! I do plan on making another one for myself now that they did sell, and wearing them all the time. But I still struggle with my self-worth when it comes to my work, I  have lots of conversations with myself about my brand and my products every time I make something new or have an event coming up. I believe in what I do wholeheartedly. And I am someone who also believes that I am worth it, I have never struggled with self-esteem. My parents always made sure I knew I was important to them. But I am also not the one in the crowd with enough confidence to sell myself to anyone. I was and am that person who does not like to draw attention to herself, I liked to fly under the radar, so to speak.

Well these two necklaces were the first two pieces I sold on Sat! Which makes me happy that 1) people are getting me and my brand and 2) my fashion sense is somewhat restored til the next new piece. I am doing something right, and hopefully soon many more people will get to see that. Always stay true to yourself!

So I think at least one of them will go on the website this week. I am now on the hunt for more Amazonite and Moonstone.

Thanks for listening. Hope you enjoyed this post? If I am lucky, you won’t have to wait another month or so for the next one. 😉

 

 

Making jewelry

So I mentioned that I finally got around to making some new stuff. And taking pictures of it. So here are a few.

This is my favorite I think.

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I hand formed the silver swirl pendant and then wire wrapped 6mm Amazonite round beads and attached it to a hand fused fine silver circle.

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Not exactly the same, but you could certainly wear these Amazonite earrings w/ the above necklace for a less matchy matchy style.

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The triangle earrings are man made sea glass in a gorgeous turquoise color. The long dangly ones are real sea glass and they are 10mm give or take. All ear wires are hand made by me using sterling silver.

The bracelet and necklace are hand stamped by me. There’s a new stamping tool that I am lusting after. But that’s a post for another day.

You can find these pieces along w/ all my other new ones on my Facebook page ( because I still have to add them to m website.) http://www.Facebook.com/TrueHappinessDesigns

Have a great day!

Saturday

So up here in Massachusetts, we are getting  a snow storm right now, and supposedly all day! What to do, what to do… After I get motivated to shovel the backyard, while my husband is snow blowing the driveway. I think today is the perfect day to make some jewelry (if my kids can find something to keep them entertained for awhile…) I have about 4 different things going on right now, and they are all over my jewelry area. Someday I am going to take a picture of my totally unorganized desk and show it to you all. But for now, I will live in my embarrassment all on my own!

I am working on a few valentine’s day necklaces. But trying to make them into necklaces that can also be worn all year long. I don’t believe in jewelry that can only be worn on certain occasions. Wedding jewelry may be a bit different, but for the most part I want to wear jewelry whenever I feel like it…work, shopping, girls night out or date night! I also want people who buy my jewelry to be able to wear it with any outfit they choose. So the goal is make red/pink pieces but not all lovely dovey heart ish pieces…Stay tuned!!

Spring 2015

So I am making a conscious effort to commit more time to this blog. I want to get better at this whole thing. I was just reading some other people’s blogs (way better blogs than mine…) and I came across one that talked about Spring trends for 2015 from Vogue. 2 of the trends make me happy. Tan suede jackets are coming back. This makes me smile with glee. I don’t consider myself trendy at all! And I am only somewhat stylish. I know what I like and what looks somewhat good on me. But a lot of trends/styles I either don’t like at all…ie florals, no matter what year they come back I do not like flowers on clothes. Or if I like it, sometimes I don’t really know how to incorporate it into my everyday life.  My suburban stay at home mom, wearing to many hats, constantly running around life…But I follow trends and styles as I love all things shopping and fashion related.

I digress, I have this tan suede belted trench ( I really wish I knew where it was in my attic, so I could take a picture for you…I’ll be headed upstairs was soon as I am done) I got it years ago and have worn it a few times and it’s sooo comfortable. But it’s not super warm so I need to wait til the spring. But I have put it away for the last couple of years because it was looking dated. WELL, now I am bringing it back!!! I can’t wait for it to warm up about 20-30 degrees…

My second happy dance trend this spring is layered necklaces! This is True Happiness Designs dream come true. I have always worn multiple necklaces. I love love love long necklaces and I sort of thought they looked lonely without a shorter necklace to hang w/.  Almost every single one of True Happiness Designs necklaces can be layered together for any type of look you fancy that day! It also means I will be making MANY necklaces in the coming weeks!!!! Here are a few I think would work together. Stay tuned for many more!041 032 005 018 040 036 032 015 004