From then to now

Today I begin my blogging adventure, again. I have been really lacking in this aspect of my brand building and I am going to try to change it. So I’m going to just do a get to know how I began making jewelry post. So, here goes.

I believe it was 2003 when I really started to dabble in making jewelry. I had made friendship bracelets and the like when I was a kid, but I didn’t actually start creating beaded jewelry until I was about 25. I am now 32, almost 33. I thought it was fun hobby and I made stuff for friends and family sometimes. I opened up an Artfire shop when they were still in beta and was able to present my wares to the world. I made beaded jewelry, scrabble tile jewelry and even started learning to pour resin and make wearable pieces. Let me just say that resin is so much fun! I do not have the proper space to do resin at the moment but I hope to pick it back up one day. When word got out that I made jewelry at my job, my co-workers wanted to place orders for custom work, I was stoked! I made my first sale ever at my most favorite job that I ever had to one of the awesome ladies that I worked with. She’s the one that inspired me to continue and made me feel like what I was making was amazing. If she reads this, I want to publicly thank her, she helped me to continue becoming and working towards all that I do. To this day, when I am creating custom pieces, I think back to that moment and how it made me feel and it keeps me motivated to continue creating. There’s no greater feeling in my honest opinion when someone looks at something that I created and it makes them happy. I kept at it for a few years and most of my small income came from creating custom pieces, which paid for my supplies and I was happy with that!

Fast forward a little bit to 2009 when I had my daughter. That was a busy time and I didn’t have much time (actually almost zero) to create much. Oh but the itch was still there! I was patient, even though to my husband I seemed grumpy at times, that I couldn’t create much jewelry. I still get that way when grown up things pull me away from my creative work. But, I have learned to roll with the punches. I became a stay at home mom at the end of 2010 when I was laid off from my awesome job. It was bitter sweet, I wanted to be a stay at home mom, but I also loved my job. It was a blessing in disguise. So in between doing activities with my daughter and being a domestic engineer, I tried to create and learn new jewelry techniques. It was a very slow process! The older my daughter got, the more she got into and wanted to do, so I took long, painful breaks from jewelry making. But in 2012 I purchased my domain, created my logo and my page layout, photographed my wares and launched my site, with LOTS of help from hubby! He’s so supportive of me with my jewelry making, I love him to the moon and back for all that he has done to help me! So emariedesigns.com was launched in APRIL 2012. Then we decided to move. Out of Texas. To Missouri! 🙂 So I had to stop creating and pack. It was a long 660 mile haul to Missouri.

Now in Missouri, we lived with an aunt and uncle for about 11 months. So grateful they invited us into their home! 🙂 As soon as I could I began creating again, by teaching myself to crochet. I did not have a dedicated work space so I worked from my boxes and bins of supplies. I would crochet scarves and wash cloths and decided to implement my new found skill into jewelry making! Thus, my crochet pendant was born. I also had orders from my aunt’s co-workers from time to time. I hungrily took these orders, eager to sell my creations again. I also started selling beads and jewelry making supplies during this time.

After about 11 months, we moved into a 42 foot bumper pull RV and that is where we live still, all three of us, and our three cats, and our dog. I am currently working at our “kitchen” table and have my supplies (somewhat) tidily tucked under it in (kinda) organized bins. And when it comes time to photograph my jewelry, it’s all done on the same table. Everything has to be put away as soon as I am done due to lack of space, but I still manage to get it done, slowly. Through all of my challenges of lack of space the last 4 years, I still remain determined to create SOMETHING when I can. I was even making jewelry on our bed at one point, I wasn’t going to give up something that I absolutely love to do. Somehow, I have made it work. I recently started creating wirework pendands, wirework rings and wire wrapped stones, I have more stones just waiting to become beautiful pendants! I received lots of orders for my wirewrapped pendants during the holidays, and have received orders for custom wirework rings this past week. There’s an ebb and flow of things that I have come to work with, and around when trying to find time to sit and create. With my daughter in school there’s school functions and parties and the dreaded times when she comes home sick from catching a bug at school. But I still perservere, because making jewelry is what I feel I am meant to do. It’s my therapy, I MUST create something, even if no one ever sees it.

It is through these various challenges that my family has encountered that I have learned to be patient and to be resilient. We are saving up for a house with land somewhere near here, Miller, MO. And while living on our relatives 65 acres, we are teaching our daughter how to grow our own food, hunt for our food and allowing her to nurture a love for nature’s wonders. This has become and is becoming the best adventure I could have imagined, challenges and all. Life is good 🙂

I hope I have inspired you to keep doing what ever it is that you love to do, no matter what. Keep learning, loving and most of all, living!

EMarie

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American Made Matters

I am proud to announce I will be participating in the first American Made Matters Day in Mount Vernon, MO! Since moving to Missouri I’ve been coming up with a game plan to present my business to the local consumers here in SW Missouri. A dear friend of mine of Bear Paw Creek, has become an ambassador for the American Made Matters movement. She makes movement props, bags and totes for music therapy. She asked me if I would be interested in being a part of this amazing event and I immediately said YES!

I am super excited for this opportunity to be involved in something as big as this! Be sure to stop by and check out all of the awesome vendors and their Made In America goods!

It will be held on November 19, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Missouri at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreational Center (MARC for short) from 10am to 3pm. The address is: 822 W Mt Vernon Blvd, Mt Vernon, MO 65712.American Made Matters Day Mount Vernon, Missouri

To view more about American Made Matters visit their website at www.AmericanMadeMatters.com

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I hope to see you there!

EMarie 🙂

 

 

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I’m happiest when I create things
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I ALWAYS feel happier when I get a chance to sit down and create something; anything. It can be something crocheted or even making a meal from scratch, I love being creative. If there’s a week or so that I haven’t done something creative, I can tell, I just don’t feel like myself. I get slightly irritable and restless. Plus once I’ve begun with a creative idea, it’s hard for me to let it go. I become obsessed with it.

There hasn’t been a day in my life that I haven’t felt the urge to be creative. It began in childhood. I can remember making friendship bracelets as a kid and I was always drawn to the little craft kits in those plastic cases. I also fondly remember going over to an awesome childhood friend’s house and we would hang out in her room and make flip book animations and practice drawing Disney characters. I went to Disney World and saw their animation process and was in awe as a young child! I was into art all through school and especially in high school, where I also joined the flag corps and learned interpretive art through flipping and flinging flags, wooden rifles and metal “sabres” in the air (this was the best part of my high school experience, aside from meeting my hubby of course!).

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About a year and a half ago I began my crocheting adventure. My mom showed me the basic stitch some time before that and I finally sat down with a book and began to learn as much as I could. Free time was limited, having a toddler running around was keeping me busy. 🙂 But I was determined to learn to crochet! I made lot’s of mistakes. My stitches, in the early stages, were WAY to tight. Everything I did came out lopsided or floppy, nothing looked square and nothing would lay flat! But I kept on trying, you won’t truly learn the art if mistakes aren’t made (same goes with anything in life).

In my crafting adventures I’ve learned to crochet, pour resin (I really loved doing this), make scrabble tile pendants with scrap book paper, learned the basics of polymer clay, mastered jewelry making with beads and findings, made wire jewelry, learned to sew a few things (and mend clothes ;)), paint paintings, draw/sketch and I learned to make dream-catchers. I know I’m forgetting something! But I did all of this, ON MY OWN. The internet is a wonderful resource! I feel as if creating is something I HAVE TO DO. If I don’t, I just don’t feel right….

What have you created lately?

<3 EMarie

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Crocheting Madness

Hello Everyone!

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I’ve had a lot going on! New website, more inventory, new beads and I’ve been making new things. 🙂
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I’ve started crocheting again, with a vengeance! I’m making bows. Hairbows, headbands with bows and bow necklaces. And I will also be making Brooches with my bows as well so keep an eye out for those! All of these would make wonderful gifts for Christmas or buy some for yourself to accessorise your holiday outfits! Visit my Facebook page to see the bow goodies I’ve been creating and to see new things I come up with! My crocheted creations are for sale. They are not on my site so you will have to email/message on Facebook to order.
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I’ve really been enjoying crocheting these. They work up fairly quickly and neatly. I also crocheted a moustache and fashioned it into a necklace too!
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These are so much fun! I’ve made the chain long enough to loop over your ears to wear the moustache! Since it is Movember, I had to make these for Prostate cancer awareness month.
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I’ve also been practicing making crocheted flowers, but I’ll save that for another post. Oh, and go check out my Specials page for some cool deals! So that is all till next time! Thanks for reading and go check out my creations on Facebook and my Specials page!

<3 EMarie

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Mother’s Day Special
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Mother’s Day is right around the corner. The day just for Mom’s to celebrate Motherhood. Since becoming a stay at home Mom, I’ve learned a lot about myself and motherhood. There’s a quote I’ve seen here and there, and it says, “Motherhood, the hardest job you’ll ever love.” And this quote rings true to me every day! Motherhood is a complicated relationship, an awesome responsibility and very rewarding. From calming a tantrum, kissing bo-bo’s and playing hide and seek, I’m enjoying Motherhood. Even though some days get tough, I have to remember that it’s all for her!

So in honor of Mother’s Day, we are offering Free Shipping on ALL ORDERS until May 11th. We have a lot of beautiful handmade jewelry that all Mom’s and Grandmother’s will love!

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Happy Shopping!
EMarie
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April Showers Bring May Flowers
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It’s hard to believe we are already half way done with April. Easter festivities are done and now it’s almost Mother’s Day! We’ve had a lot of rain here this month, and we are said to be getting more tonight through the next few days. I do love this time of year when everything rapidly turns green and flowers burst out from everywhere and their fragrant smells being carried in the winds. And then there’s the smell of fresh cut grass and the scent of charcoal burning from bbq grills floating through the air. And I can’t help but listen to the melodious music of the birds sitting high up in the shade of the trees.

Spring Time

Domestic life has been nothing short of adventurous! While Spring was busy developing into it’s wonderful splendour we’ve been working on developing our website. It’s been live 2 days short of a week now and we’re learning new things about e-commerce everyday! My nearly 2 1/2 year old daughter is growing in leaps and bounds. She loves it outside, and with the weather as nice as it is lately, I don’t mind either! Homeschooling has been small projects here and there, as long as I can keep her interested! Hubby is a natural at all things computer related. If he doesn’t know, he’ll figure it out! He’s been amazing with the web development of the site, as well as all the other aspects that go along with having your own site.

That’s what’s been up with us, in a nutshell! I hope you have been enjoying Spring Time as much as we have been!

And if you are looking to get in some early Mother’s Day shopping, stop on in the store, there’s a lot of beautiful handmade jewelry for all the Moms you may know!

<3 EMarie

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Grand Opening Sale!

I’m proud to announce my stand alone site is complete and LIVE! My husband has been working his magic and using his knowledge to create a site for EMarie Designs. He’s done a wonderful job, I must say! I’m running a Grand Opening Sale now through Saturday, everything is 15% off! So stop on by and check it out! And thank you ahead of time for looking!

www.emariedesigns.com

EMarie 🙂

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Big Things

I mean really really big things…

My own website in fact! My awesome hubby is at it again and is developing a stand-alone site for me. Am I ready for this? YES! I think… Ha ha! I still have a lot of work to do before it’s LIVE. Organize, photograph, take inventory, order more inventory, make more inventory, set up a bank account, DBA, Cash flow spreadsheet, and on and on….

Here’s a screen shot to tease you a bit, I’m loving it!

What do you think? 🙂

<3 EMarie

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New happenings

Hello everyone!

I’ve been somewhat busy re-organizing computer files and product photos. I re-listed some Antique Silver Gear Beads in my Artfire shop (http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/EMarie). Next I will be beefing up my product descriptions and listing new items. Then, after all that fun stuff is complete, I can start working on some more handmade goodies for my shop. 🙂 Yay! I have a lot of things bubbling around in my brain these days, I just have to get organized and stay focused.

Till next time my friends!
EMarie

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Sorry it’s been so long! :P

Hello everyone!

It’s been way too long since my last post. I’m sorry for that. The holidays were pretty exciting this year. Dear daughter is learning about Santa Claus, I think my husband and I had more fun with Christmas this year than she did. But then again, maybe not, she was pretty good at tearing open her gifts!

I’ve taken on a new craft, Crochet. I’ve made 2 scarves so far, attempted a coffee cup cozy (not gonna give up), and have made a lop-sided granny square. 🙂 I’m trying to correct it by adding more layers to it, but, BUT….I’m not sure it’s fixable. Hah! Ah well, trials of learning something new. It will make a nice lop-sided trivet I suppose. 🙂

I’m going to come up with some ideas for more blog posts in the coming months, I’ll try not to leave you hanging!

<3 EMarie

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