The joys of starting your own business! The feeling is indescribable! I can remember as a little girl playing pretend I would be the owner of whatever business I was imaging. A little girl with big dreams! Now at twenty-two I still have big dreams! Some are turning into reality, others are waiting to be reality! The adventure is exciting! I have many ideas swimming around in my brain. This is just one of them! I have held a fascination with beads ever since I was a little girl. I would spend hours making jewelry for my family, friends and I, or pretending the beads were food when I played with my Barbie dolls and dollhouse. I remember many times I would line up beads pretending it was a garden and each color would represent a vegetable or fruit, sometimes even meat! Yep, those were fun times! I like thinking of those memories!
I do not know exactly when I started having a fascination with beads. One of my earliest memories is one Christmas one of my sisters bought me a Lisa Frank bead kit! I was thrilled! Another time I remember a neighbor bought me this big bead set for my birthday, I spent many hours playing with those.
Somewhere between the ages of fourteen-sixteen I began to spend a lot of time making jewelry out of beads. It became a hobby I played around with off and on. Ever since the age of sixteen or seventeen the hobby of beading became something I was passionate about and enjoyed tremendously. I can spend hours a day making jewelry and that is no exaggeration!
I was sixteen or seventeen when the idea came about to start selling my jewelry online. At first I liked the idea, and then I wasn’t sure I liked the idea or even if I could do it, but I knew I could do it at the same time! I played around with the idea for a little while but didn’t do anything about it. In 2004 or 2005 the idea starting coming to mind again. Somewhere between 2006-2008 I began working on a website for my jewelry. I admit I didn’t put a lot of effort into advertising and getting my website up and running like I could have, so within a short amount of time I took the website down and began feeble attempts at getting my jewelry out there.
In 2007 I created some catalogs, nothing fancy, and after a few weeks, maybe months I decided I didn’t like the way they looked and didn’t keep up with promoting so I let it go for a while.
My plans of a website for my jewelry to sell it was still in my mind, but instead of doing anything about it, I basically just tossed around different ideas and strategies to promote my jewelry, and read some online, all the while continuing to design jewelry as a hobby whenever I got the urge to bead!
Within the past few months I have taken on a different interest in jewelry design, making jewelry from toys, and other odds and ends that at first glance you wouldn’t necessarily think to make jewelry out of.
I love browsing stores, magazines and the internet trying to find new ideas or inspirations for my own ideas. Jewelry making is a lot of fun! Not only is it fun, it is relaxing and it is a thrill to design something and see the finished project! I love how it feels seeing a new idea take shape!
I don’t know everything there is to know about jewelry making, I don’t claim too! All I claim to know is how much fun it is coming up with new ideas and seeing people smile in excitement over a design you’ve made!
For years I have made jewelry to give to family and friends, sold some jewelry to family, and even to people who are not family. I have had custom color requests and design requests! Many people have even asked where they can find certain pieces of jewelry, thanks to my sisters and girls in my Sunday School class who wear some of the jewelry I have made! With people telling me I should sell my jewelry and others wanting to know where to find my jewelry, I decided it was about time to do something about that…create an online business! I am in the process of setting up my website to sell jewelry and other craft projects but, in the meantime I am starting this blog to give an idea what to expect on the website, and give you some information about myself. I am excited to introduce to you Mardi Robyn!!
I look forward to hearing from you!!
~*~ Mardi Robyn ~*~
~*~I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Philippians 4:13~*~