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2010: My Jewelry Sabbatical

In December, I thought really long and hard about what direction to take my jewelry business for the future. Last January, I was very pregnant with DD#2 (now 10 months old) & decided to start this blog and embark on “100 Days of Creativity”.

Last year was a very critical year for me. I had taken a break from designing jewelry (let alone selling it) in 2007 in order to relocate to another province, buy a house & have DD#1. I had put together an Etsy Shop in April 2008, but never really did anything with it.  I was longing for a life less complicated & was concerned my love for jewelry making was adding to the consumerism mindset I was trying to shed.

Luckily after joining an Etsy Street Team and networking with others in the handmade community, I realized that my passion was truly a gift not to be ignored. I was more than satisfied with sales & interest in my business again, particularly since I was doing this all on-line while taking care of two little girls.

As December Holidays arrived, & I had time to reflect on the year, I felt strongly that now was the time to take a risk and grow my skill set. I love gemstone beads but I really want more for myself, particularly in the customizable jewelry market. There are techniques I have been longing to have the time to try out for many years.

Profits from jewelry sales in 2009 was just waiting to be spent. I decided that the best use of this money was to buy equipment & supplies and embark on one year of skill building. To me it sounded very much like a sabbatical (noun: any extended period of leave from one’s customary work, esp. for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc. (per dictionary.com)). So, the 2010 Jewelry Sabbatical was born.

I have spent the month of January buying supplies, & cleaning up my workspace. Some of the techniques I wish to try & hopefully be successful at are: engraving via engravograph (pantograph engraver), jewelry making with resin, copper etching and patinas, wood engraving/burning, metal stamping…so far I have been playing with the engraver and am impressed with the results.

I’ve given myself a timeline month by month to which I will loosely follow in order to keep myself focused and on track, but the journey is bound to change esp. with a creative journeys! Rigidity just doesn’t work in order to have the inspiration flow…

I look forward to sharing my journey on the blog. I still will be taking custom requests and selling my jewelry, I just won’t be heavily promoting it or branding it for now. In the long run, these dreams and goals I have will help expand & streamline my business in the direction I have always wanted to take it. And much more importantly, help grow my creativity which is a pinnacle part of me, as an individual.

Stay tuned!

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  1. February 5, 2010 at 4:49 am

    there’s nothing more exciting than a new adventure! I, like you, have made a decision to take a new direction and sell my jewellery pieces, I have set up a website, linked it to my blog, changed my blog to match the site and am trying to get to grips with “promoting” (any tips?)….it’s a bit scary but I reckon if you’re always gonna think about it you’ll NEVER do it….so just do it! ;o)

    I’m looking forward to seeing your creations in your new mediums!

  2. February 5, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you for reading my post & commenting! I am so excited! And congratz on starting your own jewelry business! Promote & network as much as you can…I find blogging the best way of promotion as I have such a story to tell…my creativity is my freedom…! It’s not just about making stuff and making money as I am sure is the same for you. Feel free to contact me any time for a chat or brainstorm!

  3. February 10, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    That’s very exciting Leilani – can’t wait to see what you learn and what you do with your new skills!

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