Sarah-Jane at Simply by SJ
I have been making my own jewellery for around 14 years for myself as well as family and friends. I love being creative. I am very passionate about what I do and I always love to come up with new designs. In fact my whole reason for starting to make my own jewellery was that I wanted a necklace that matched the colours in an outfit I was wearing to a party.
Everyone always told me that I should sell my creations but I was happy to keep my jewellery making as a hobby as I could not devote enough time to it. About four years ago I found I had more free time and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to turn my hobby into a career. I have been running my business ever since.
I like to try my hand at any type of jewellery making. In 2015 I discovered metal hand stamping. I am now truly addicted. I love the versatility of this medium and how you can be as creative as you want with it. I love nothing more than to sit down with my stamps and create lots of beautiful items.
One of my favourite pieces to make are coordinates necklaces. What I love about these is that each one is different. For the wearer it is something that only they know the meaning of so it can be a great conversational piece. I am hoping to expand my range of coordinates pieces with some new and interesting designs.
My favourite Beaducation stamp has to be the Art Deco Fan. I love art deco and it is one of my favourite times in history as well as Art and Architecture. As soon as I saw the stamp I knew I had to have it. It is honestly one of the best stamps I have bought. It is so versatile and easy to stamp that I look forward in using it in many more of my designs.
I also love the Beaducation Swallow Stamps, Latte Stamp and Sugar Skull Stamps just to name a few. I have a lot more on my wish list.
It can be a struggle sometimes running your own business. It’s challenging to find the time and also creativeness for new pieces but I do try and set myself some time each week to sit down and come up with new ideas. If I find that I am struggling creatively I like to get out of the house and go for a walk or go for a coffee, as a change of environment is usually all I need to kick my creativity back in.
I have recently moved to the other end of the country and I am in the process of designing a new range of pieces inspired by the new area I live in, so I will be getting out as much as possible to soak up the culture of my new surroundings.
My goals for my business for the future are to learn silversmithing so I can start to make and sell my own Sterling Silver rings, pendants and bangles as it has always been a dream of mine to learn and now I feel with what I have achieved with my business that I can make this dream a reality.
We thank Sarah-Jane Chadwick at Simply by SJ for sharing her story with us. Please follow her on social and consider shopping at her Etsy store next time you need a gift for a friend, colleague, family member or yourself!
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