For good this time!
Here are a few of the components that I will be letting go of forever.
I just add the last of my stash of these pieces to my etsy shop. As I clean out the studio and if I find other pieces I'll add them as well. I'll keep these components in my shop and marked at a 20% discount till Monday
I cant even express how difficult this is for me. I'm sure your probably saying " than why are you doing it".........
I read a quote on another blog that said........
"the moment you think of giving up, think of the reason you held on so long".
Well I have thought about the reason I held on so long and that reason is why I'm letting go.
So please be sure to checkout our shop.
I hope you have enjoyed these pieces as much as we enjoyed creating them.
I decided I would list the new necklaces in my etsy shop. I really haven't had much luck selling jewelry there, I guess everyone is use to just seeing and buying our components.
I know I've been saying this for the last year or so but I'm trying to ween myself away from the components and just make and sell jewelry.I must say this has been really hard for me since the components have been our bread and butter for the last 11 years. So its difficult to let that part of our business go but ........... It really is time to let the components go.
Its so hard to produce in a production style manner when your company consists of two people, and there's so much to do and just not enough time in the day. I would one day like to have health insurance and a retirement fund. To have some sort of financial security.I want to enjoy life and not let it pass me by. With the constant worry of all this something gets lost.
I feel as though somewhere along the road I have lost my creative spirit and I want to find that again.
So please don't forget us as we close the door on one part of our business but open other doors.
Things are going to change for Zoa Art........ But Tony and I are going to be much happier people because of it.
For the last several months Tony and I have been working with Rees and his family to help him with his dream of creating his own jewelry line. I would like you all to meet Rees.
This is his story...............
Ress's mother Dana and I began emailing back and forth sometime in July.They initially where interested in our number 12 charm that we made and wanted to buy them at wholesale. Dana began to tell me Ress's story and his vision and had also mentioned this drawing he had created and we began to talk about getting a stamp made to use with the PMC. She found a great company who made the stamps. Dana sent the stamps to me and i began designing Rees's vision.
Now we have been going back and forth with emails for just about a month when Dana tells me that Rees would really like to meet me before he had to start back to school and would it be okay if they made a road trip to South Carolina for a meeting. I'm so excited and naturally agree but in the back of my mind I'm thinking this probably wont happen........... I mean they are in Arkansas!
Well they did make it. On a Saturday morning Dana text me to say they made it to Atlanta Friday evening and would be in Greenville,SC to see me at about 3pm.
They pulled up in front of my house right at 3pm, Rees his mom,dad and older sister.
I had several designs for Rees that I had made with PMC. We talk about business and the look that he wanted and I got the go ahead from the boss ( Rees) to have Tony start casting the pieces.
Rees and his family spent about 2 hours with me. They spent the night in a hotel in downtown Greenville,had a great dinner then got up and drove home the next day! Now that's dedication to your child and to his dream.
Here are the designs we came up with.......
Dog tag in Shibuichi.
Pendent in Shibuichi polished to silver.
Pendent in Shibuichi.
And small round earring components cast in Shibuichi and polished to silver.
Each piece has Rees's signature on the back.
Here is what Rees has created..........
This is Rees's vision........... His Company.........
A Happy Life.
If you'd like to participate in Rees's vision and order one or more of these beautiful pieces you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 870-931-7092. You can also check out Rees's blog to follow him on his journey.
I cant express how excited I am to be a part of this journy with you Rees. Thank You!
Back to jewelry creating.
Several years ago I was creating leather and silver jewelry for a local gallery and they always sold so well.So I want to get back to my roots so to speak and I've started with these........
This is my newest piece, The pendent is recycled wood that I painted to resemble some of my paintings.
This is more like my older pieces.I hand make all the chain and the toggle, the leather is a soft rich brown.
I've also been working on rings.This is one of my favorite designs.
I think I'll be adding these to my Bonanza shop.........hummmmm not sure just yet but I'll let you know where to find them for purchase. In the meantime if your interested in purchasing any of them just shoot me an email.
So tomorrow I'll be sharing a very special story with you. Make sure to check back for that.
Maybe not since its been soooooo long since Tony has made them. Yes I said Tony! My man's quite handy with a sewing machine. He use to make these for a boutique in downtown Seattle, but its been a long while. I squeezed this one out of him........
Very Tony, right?
I'll have this incredible jacket listed in our etsy shop .
Sooooo I decided to sweeten the giveaway pot with a summer sale! everything in our etsy shop has been marked down an extra 10%! And remember every time you place an order your name gets tossed into the hat for this fantastic giveaway!
This sale and giveaway offer will last until June 30th. I'll announce the winner here on our blog July 1st.
Cristi Baxter Clothier of 2 if by sea! check out Cristi's blog here, she is so talented with not only her jewelry designs but also here mixed media art work! Hey Cristi, send me your info and I'll get your goodies in the mail.
Thanks to all of you who made a comment and let me know what was happin in your worlds.I love to get feed back and to also be able to connect with everyone. Now that Tony and I are not doing the shows I feel like we have lost a great connection with our customers,friends and followers.We miss you all.......
Okay so I promise to be more attentive on my blog and to come visit those of you with blogs. This is a big promise for me to make and I'll need you to hold me to it. So when I'm getting slack please someone send me a reminder of this conversation..........
On another note......Check out Tony's blog he just posted a great video.
Thanks everyone and I will be back soon!
Fun little components for earrings or dangley little charms........When you place an order in our etsy shop your name will be added in to a drawing to win this sweet little set of components.You'll have through the month of June to shop and every order you place enters your name. I'll draw the winning name on July 1st.
And here is the second drawing........
Everyone that leaves a comment on this post will get their name entered to win this set of shibuichi charms!
Let me know whats going on with you,just say hello,give me feed back on the picture frames or whatever.
Just leave a comment and you could win this beautiful set.
Thanks and I look forward to reading your comments!
oops i almost forgot.......you'll have till this Sunday to leave a comment.I'll announce the winner on Monday.