Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I'm in Beadstyle Magazine!!!!!!

Exciting News!

Ok, this is where I need to reveal a little more about myself. After I left my job as a commercial interior designer to be a SAHM, I got a little creatively frustrated. I started making jewelry as a hobby. I would go to the bead store on the weekend as my escape while hubby stayed home with our daughter. My jewelry business grew with baby steps, finally I really wanted to get serious and sell directly to retail stores. I literally hit the pavement with samples in hand. Slowly I was able to gain accounts. But the retail market is finicky and I would gain an account and I would lose one due to a store closing or they just wanted to try new vendors. Some of my best accounts only carried my jewelry for a year and yet they sold huge volumes! I had an offer from someone who wanted to represent me nationally. They were starting out in the sellers representative business and I think they wanted to base their business on me. My gut instinct told me this wasn't a good deal, they were not concerned about my production issues(just me) either. Later I found out they failed miserably and possibly ruined the reputations of their sellers. I was getting to a point where I loved designing the jewelry, just not making the quantities of a single design to meet the orders. I also love so many other artistic mediums and I was actually losing interest in beads. I slowly scaled back my business. It was hard to leave the house for a while, everyone I saw wanted to see my new designs. I turned my attention to wet clay. I have worked with it for years just always as a hobby. I sold a few pieces occasionally but it was only to extremely persistent buyers. I kept jewelry on the back burner for a while still dabbling now and then. I continued to subscribe to bead and jewelry magazines. Lately, I noticed that Beadstyle magazine was looking for submissions. I entered one and I didn't make it in but they published it on their web site. Undaunted I tried again. This time I made it as a finalist! I will be published in the July 09 issue of Beadstyle magazine.


    it is hard to decide when there are so many mediums to grab our attention..
    just keep doing something.. your creations are great... & congrats on the magazine issue hope you'll post more about it when it comes out..
    toooooo fun for you..!!

    mona & the girls....

  2. Very cool! I agree with the above comment. Don't fold! Keep going!

  3. Congrats- your work is just great- hope you post it when it comes out!