I truly admire the wonderful ladies that create beautiful jewellery, write the tutorials and run businesses selling their patterns on the internet. They absolutely amaze me.
Sometime ago I was worrying about retirement and how I would maintain my lifestyle.
I then discovered jewellery making and a little voice in my head said
"THIS is how you can retire and earn those extra dollars to live"
So off I set, learning everything I could in bead-weaving. Get out of my way, man on a mission !!
I wanted to retire all set up to earn an income through beading and didn't have time to 'waste'.
That was my attitude leading up to the end of 2010. Not pleasant to be around during that time.
As 2011 approached I realised I couldn't afford to stop work AND my being at home, alone, beading 24/7 would not be healthy for me. I needed some interaction with others in life.
I now work 2 days a week in a job I have done for over 30 years. The money I earn pays my bills and stops me worrying about finances. I relaxed.
I realised that whilst I am driven to make money from jewellery making I set myself up for disappointment. Many a time I have made something I love, costed it fairly, displayed it to its best advantage and put it out there to sell. With earning money driving me - and when it doesn't sell - I get very disillusioned and very disheartened. I have come close, a number of times, to giving away the jewellery making, especially in the early days.
Also a successful designer once told me not to be a beader as quote "gone are the days when we had shoe boxes of money under the bed. The Chinese have cheapened jewellery making and we cannot compete" unquote. I sat with that feedback for a few days and decided
"that is his belief it is NOT going to be mine".
I make jewellery for the sheer pleasure of being creative. I love what I do, it brings me so much joy.
How many people can say that about their lives??
I am fortunate enough to have this attitude as I sit and bead. I do make effort to sell my work and I am thrilled there are women who love my designs. The funny thing is jewellery making doesn't 'cost' me anything. The amount of sales I make more than covers the outlay so it pays for itself.
How fortunate I am having a passion I love, look forward to doing each day and have the luxury of not worrying about money.
So my admiration for you ladies earning a living from jewellery is huge -
more power to all of you !!