Yesterday I wrote about my friend, Staci~ did you click on the video and give it a watch/listen? Well, go back and look at her lovely necklace.
My journey into jewelry making was accidental. For a couple of years, I did a boutique in my barn~ The Funky Barn. It’s on hiatus for now, but has been a lot of fun and hard work. Our last big fall event, I had not heard from our main vendor and was beginning to panic. Jewelry was one of our biggest sellers.
A couple of nights before the event, I began hurriedly making jewelry out of everything I could find. I had never made a lick of jewelry and didn’t know what I was doing.
I thought I’d hop online and see what my friends, Staci and Laura thought, since they were always wearing cute jewelry. I hurriedly took a few pics on my laptop and emailed them.
Here is the feedback I received from Staci, via instant messaging…stay with the whole thing~ it’s worth it!
Staci: the jewelry… i don’t love it. i wouldn’t buy these pieces, but because i’m not a big jewelry person, i’m pretty picky…. the pink one maybe, with the right outfit. the other one, no. not diggin’ the buttons.
Staci: not for my money
i am not huge on jewelry
me: look at this
hold on a sec
me: did you get it yet? (the third picture)
Staci: i’m not liking the chains
me: ahhh. for any of them?
Staci: yeah, cuz they look similar
in each design
me: there’s 3 different ones
this last one isn’t bad
what kind of pricing?
Staci: maybe it’s her generic pink top!!
that’s busting the groove
me: that’s ME, you moron!!! 🙂
you’re so funny
well it’s GREAT with the first one
the pink is cute
but it’s like the pieces are not blowing me away
sorry, i’m maybe the wrong person to ask
i needed honest opinions
Staci: ok, you made them didn’t you
now i’m in big trouble
me: i’m bummed you don’t like the 1st one
Staci: the pink one is one i liked
better than the buttons
is that the one you mean?
watch, laura will love it
me: she said, “oooh vibey”
Staci: a million people will love it
me: i knew she was a better friend than you!!!
ok, i’m not gonna back pedal
me: no, don’t even feel bad
no, there’s no getting around it
you said it
i asked for it!!!
Staci: but i will be honest and say the pink one and the last one are cool for me
me: still don’t like the chain?
the pink one is sterling silver
the last one is more like a gunmetal
Staci: yeah i just looked again
Staci: i think the gunmetal would work with a more chunky look
i’ll take it into consideration 🙂
Staci: please say it’s you
i called your pink top generic
me: i’m laughing my head off
Staci: i’ll never forgive myself
me: that’s where it got dirty!!!
i was like, hey! wait a minute
Staci: lord have mercy
i am laughing so hard
by myself in an airport
me: glad i could make your day
me: maybe with something other than the generic pink top it would be kinda cute?
Staci: and you have every right
me: but i’m going to tease you for a while
me: this has just been a priceless conversation
Staci: oh dude
you have so got some teasing material now
Staci: you know i love you dearly right?
me: you just hate my jewelry making skills or lack thereof!!!
Staci: i’m toast
you can’t tell nate
me: no, i don’t need to think i’m all that, just because i’m trying out jewelry these last couple of days
Staci: he’ll never ever let me hear the end
me: i needed a little back to earthness.
wayyyyy back to earthness 🙂
me: i’m soooo telling nate
you need to keep at it
you will sell those bad boys
and i will be so wrong
me: when i make my 1st million, i’m gonna be laughing all the way to the bank, baby 🙂
Staci: not wrong like i don’t like them but wrong in that i have no taste
you make that million!!!
me: you totally have taste
i always like your necklaces
Staci: laura has like a million cool necklaces
i’ve been to her apt
so go with her
all the way
me: she said “Yowzah!”
more what i was hoping for 🙂
but she also said
me: “VERY unique”
which can be a nice way of saying not so great
me: but i don’t think she knew it was me either
Staci: see at least i spelled it out
much to my chagrin
me: see? that’s a good thing 🙂
Staci: ok, i am going to board a place
with my tail between my legs
me: a rock and a hard plane
oh come on, giggle all the way home
Staci: ok, between blushing in shame
i will giggle
love you too
She ended up calling me right away and we laughed until we cried. Oh man…the moment that got me was the generic pink top. I usually have to wear my generic pink top at least once when she visits.
So, it turns out the necklaces pictured and the other dozen or so that I made were a big hit. No, I have not made my first million yet or anything close to it (ha!!!), but have a steady trickle of orders.
You can bet that Staci was the first one to know when they all sold…especially the one I’ve lovingly titled, “Not Diggin’ the Buttons!” It happens to be my biggest seller. Mwuahahaha
I have gotten better at the whole thing too~ just to let Staci off the hook a little…