So, if you haven’t noticed, I’m a real person with real loves. I know that my blog seems a bit distant, because I’ve made it a point to have all of my posts revolve around love, but I will state on the record that every idea and opinion stated here are all my own. So there is a bit of me in my posts. My blog isn’t so much as a lifestyle blog or anything. It’s just a place where I can express a few things about love that either trouble me, intrigue me, or that I have something to say to or about. And although this post is going to be composed with the same thought process, I’m going to go a bit lifestyle on you all.
I make jewelry. That link that says “shop” does in fact lead to my online shop presence. I started making hemp jewelry in 2011 to fund pocket money for my Eurotrip I took in 2012. I was basically selling to friends and family before I started putting stuff up on my site. Even still, I was still only selling to friends and family, more word of mouth than anything. I recently discovered Storenvy.com, which made my life so much more simpler when it came to organizing and managing my shop, and of course, I started making a lot more stuff (even if I still only sell to family, friends, and friends of friends).
Despite me rising a good $700 for my Eurotrip, when I came back home I just kept with the hobby. Jewelry making is an excellent hobby. Like always when it comes to creating things, it happens to be very therapeutic. I came home from my trip to tragic news, my father passing away the following day that I got home from his cancer. Making jewelry acted as an outlet of sorts. It’s very solitary and monotonous, but also very creative in the colors of string and beads you use. Macrame knotting is also very therapeutic and I think that’s because it’s as close to weaving as you can get with jewelry, and to me, weaving is like therapy. But yeah, jewelry making went from something to make a profit from, to an act that I genuinely really enjoy doing.
It’s gotten so bad that I’ve resorted to periodically banning myself from either purchasing more supplies online and/or going to Michaels to purchase supplies (although I do break this whenever Michaels has a really good sale on their strung beads). I can’t possibly imagine how much money I’ve spent just purchasing supplies and materials. I do hope though that all of the money that I’ve got back from all of my purchases made up for it all. I mean, the first round of selling before my trip made me about $700, which is pretty good and I’m sure I haven’t spent that much on supplies. I also had close to $900 the second round (me coming back from Europe), which I actually spent on clothes and food and metrocards. I suppose this is all simple pocket money and that I will eventually need to get a job if I ever want to move out of my mother’s home.
Here are just some examples of what I’ve made. I’ve made tons more and they are all located at my Storenvy shop: the trash shop.