I can’t say that my shop on Etsy has been lucrative, but with the demands of my “grown up” job, it’s been the best option for selling my jewelry at this point. After 2 1/2 years I’ve decided to start fresh and revamp my Stranded In The City shop. This is going to include higher quality materials and craftmanship, better quality photographs, more descriptive product details, and best of all, new and improved jewelry.
I’ll still focus on upcycled vintage assemblage style jewelry, but I really want to get back to only making things that speak to me. Meaning, not just making something because I think it might sell. I want my shop to reflect my own personal style.
Have any of you ever set out on such an endeavor? What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them? I’m looking for advice from anyone who’s been down this road before, so feel free to comment!
I signed up for Erin Prais-Hintz’s Challenge of Color and while I can’t reveal my results yet, I wanted to share this photo of my cat, Sprinkles, contemplating which beads should be used. Since she has gotten brave enough to run past the CatScram upstairs in order to access my jewelry studio, Sprinkles has become quite the little helper. She loves to trot upstairs to partake in some of her favorite activities:
Stare and meow at me for no apparent reason
Roll around like a wiggle worm
Bat at any loose beads laying around
Lay directly on jewelry projects in progress
Take a bath
Settle in for a nap
Look up at the tiny dormer windows anytime a dog or other animal outside makes a noise
Dart out of the room suddenly (again no apparent reason)
Rub her scent on any and everything to ensure the studio is marked as her territory