Friday, February 27, 2009
My sweet grandpa (RIP) had given me the oppurtunity to live in his condo for 7 months while he was on an adventure in Thailand. It was my first time moving out of my parents house, and my boyfriend at the time decided we should live together ( Im thinking one of my first mistakes was always letting him make the descisions lol) This guy was very into his "guy time" and before we even moved in together,would say that he knew I woud be "needy" ( nice guy huh ?) So I was worried right from the beginning that I would push him away if I didn't busy myself at all times ( I know I know - but I was young and naive). So one day I went for a walk, and stumbled upon this lovely little bead store, just a tiny little thing full of gorgeous stones and pearls. I picked up some strands, and some basic tools, thinking, " hey this could be a fun hobby!" Well, who would have known that I would have been hooked from that very second. I went from a watch-only jewellery wearer, to a full blown bling addict! I was making more than I could ever keep and would sell pieces to friends and family. Around the same time I discovered Etsy, and decided to take a try at selling online.
Before I knew it, the boyfriend was complaining that I spent all my free time making jewellery ( of course, control freak he was) He didnt consider what I did as a "real" job, and even though I had a full time job, plus the never ending full time job which is selling jewellery on Etsy. So needless to say, I finally dropped the boyfriend, and continued to gain love for Bella-Bijou. Starting my own business really had shown me not to be afraid to do things on your own, and never to let someone tell you they don't think you've got what it takes. The love for the ex died, and the love for what I do intensified. I knew that the right person would come around, and would love the fact that I was trying to make a living doing what I love. I knew that there would one day be a person in my life, that encouraged me to focus on the business, and to teach myself new things.
It's kinda funny, I guess I really am an example of making something good out of a bad situation. I never would have guessed that I would have ended up being a metalsmith, if you had asked me 7-8 years ago. Or that I would have loved shopping for tools rather than clothes. There was a time where I wasnt sure that anyone would understand my passion for my business, until Dan came along. His support, and enthusiasm is what keeps me going some days. His understanding of my rediculously messy bench/kitchen bar, or when I need to hammer during his favorite show, or when the "PING!" sound of metal flying accross the room happens, even further proves to me how lucky I am. How lucky am I, to live in a huge city and manage to stumble into that bead store that day ? Or to even look for a hobby, to stroke the ego of my controling boyfriend - would I have ever started making jewellery ?
Things happen for a reason right ? I believe so.
So there you have it. I did not plan on making jewellery. I never even wore jewellery....I just did it. Sometimes, after all, things just happen!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Now to the good part - what you win! One lucky reader will win my Turquoise Cuddle Necklace!
Just comment on this post, mentioning that you would like to win!!
I called this line of necklaces Cuddle, because the oxidized sterling circle wraps around a 5mm bezel set turquoise, in a never ending embrace :-) The stones in these pendants are always set off to the left, so they sit next to your heart. Pendant is 1 1/4 inch in diameter, hung on sparkly 16 inch sterling chain.
The Cuddle line has been discontinued, so this is the last one! Which means no one else will ever have the same necklace. I hope whomever wins loves this, or gives it to someone who loves it!
On another note, I'm having a sale in my shop to celebrate my web relaunch! Any purchase over $100 will get a free LONE ring in their size! Just leave your size in the notes to seller - until Feb 28Th only!!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
After many tireless nights, swearing and muttering under my breath ( and also sometimes quite loudly lol) I've finally finished my web revamp! I'm so pleased, and and hope you all like it! I wanted something clear, and consise, and chic. Nothing to frou frou here :-) I would LOVE feedback ( be honest I can take it!) and please let me know if there are any broken links etc. Oh and of course - if you have any questions about making one yourself, I don't bit ( well sometimes...) so feel free to ask!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
CRATER - Nose Screw 20gauge
I get so excited when I can launch something new, that Ive never done before! I was even more excited to hear some of Ashley's ideas :-) I have another new product I will be launching soon too - so keep those eyes peeled!!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
STUDLETTES - Chalcedony
DARK AND STORMY
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
In other news, I'm almost done doing the jewellery for a friends wedding, which is on the 28Th of this month (eek!) I'm now also sewing some pearls and crystals on her veil for her as well :-) Ill post pics of everything when its all said and done!
Ciao beautiful people!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Here's a couple new rings I've made, and posted tonight. The first one is not for the faint of heart, and the second is an everyday wear.
(im gonna make this one with one of the bands oxidized for a variation too!!)
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
And of course, buy any two items by tomorrows end and get a free pair of Hollow Hearts!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
TIGER LILY - Earrings
STUDLETTES - Pink Tourmaline
POPPY - Earrings
Thanks again if you got this far reading! As always I love insight on my items, of content of this post. If you have had any difficult or interested retailer/ customer experiences let me hear about it! After all, we can't please everyone, but as long as I go to bed happy with WHO I AM at the end of the night, that's what matters right ??
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Fill these little guys up with love, or give them to a friend or loved one to brighten their day!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I've also been dealing with some crap at my day job, specifically with an idiot manager. He's given my problems since day one ( he's been there 2.5 years now ugh) and he has a serious hate-on for me! He's decided he would like to completely change my schedule, to work weekends and late shifts, when we have a bunch of student employees, who were hired to work these shifts. Needless to say, he is trying to make my life difficult, and is doing a pretty good job right now. However, there is rumors abound that he may get transfered, and Im crossing my fingers ( wish me luck!)
Anyways enough about all that boring stuff. I have more great ideas in my head, that I plan on working on this weekend ( yay) and I also have a sale going on in the shop - Every 2 purchases recieves a free pair of Tiny Sprouts! Feb 4th - Feb 10th !!!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Feedback, as always is loved!!