|Beads! Feldspar, Aquamarine, Jasper and Lapis Lazuli.|
Although "on hiatus" is not really accurate ... the business, as a business, is closed.
I started making jewelry as a hobby, and like so many, my hopes expanded to selling the best pieces online and at craft fairs. More than anything I wanted to *share* what I had created. But making quality jewelry is expensive, and the best way to make sure I had enough money to buy supplies was to see if I could sell some of my pieces and turn enough of a profit to make more jewelry. I was encouraged by supportive family members to try a business.
|One of the sets I made with sterling|
silver, Swarovski crystal, pearl,
blue chalcedony, and jasper.
I am not up to the stress of dealing with all the paperwork, shipping, craft shows, and such, alone, as well as dealing with all the aspects of supply / design / create. So I need to dramatically pare down the inventory and obligations into something I can manage on my own. I still hope to create jewelry for friends, gifts, and maybe a bit of custom work. But it won't be a business anymore - instead, it is going back to being a hobby.
|A mug with the store|
logo - Lunar Blue Designs.
Many people have had to do this, of course. Still, I'm very sad about it. Seeing part of your past come to a close, something that was a creative endeavor close to your heart, is tough. But I'm trying to be as positive as I can. I will still be making jewelry when I can find a bit of time to do so. And years of working in a business has really 'upped my game.' My pieces are professionally made and of the highest quality. I am proud of my work.
It has also opened some doors to combine my hobbies of quilling and jewelry into gemstone and paper creations. I hope to explore more "quilled jewelry" designs and possibilities as time goes on.
And if you are a beaded gemstone jeweler too, you might make out with quite a deal! After I get through the inventory I'll be posting a number of large lots for sale on Ebay. So if you are looking for beads at basement prices, it will be something really worth checking out!
Well, back to the piles o stuff! They ain't gonna sort themselves ... to bad about that :)
Image Credits: All my pix of all my stuffs