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Hi, I’m Trish from Jewels by Trish where I make handcrafted jewelry, but I haven’t always been a jewelry designer.
Upon graduating from high school, I had vision of being a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), making lots of money, driving a fancy car...yada, yada, yada.
I did work as an accountant, yet when I had my first child, my world turned upside down. I looked at my beautiful baby girl and knew that I personally couldn’t keep working 8am-5pm day after day. And tax season hours…how about thirty minute lunches, working until 5:30, and for four hours on Saturdays from January to April? Thanks, but no thanks. I now have two kids, so those hours would really stink.
When I started Jewels by Trish, I started for very simple, maybe even selfish reasons. I wanted to make jewelry for myself. Plain and simple.
But then friends and family began asking what I was doing, a little hobby began to flourish. I have always been one of those people that is always doing something, never sitting still. For example, if I was watching television, then I was also cross-stitching. So, it was very natural that this little hobby would grow and grow for me.
I can pin point the exact moment this became a business.
I was sitting on the floor, gazing at my bead collections, trying to decide what I wanted to design next...and I had the strangest feeling of deja-vu. I kept dismissing the feeling, as this was my first venture in designing jewelry. Yet, I just couldn't shake the feeling.
I kept gazing and thinking and allowing the sense of deja-vu to wash over me. And it finally came to me! My Nonnie (my grandmother) had a black armoire with glass doors. Inside, she had vials and vials of tiny glass jars with beads, and sequins, and ribbons.
My Nonnie crafted beautiful Christmas ornaments year round. Once she completed her project, she would quickly begin another. She didn’t sell them, but she was always crafting with her hands.
And I wanted to be just like her. And I wanted to be home more with my kids.
And I wanted to see the sparkle in my customer’s eyes when they bought a beautiful bracelet or commissioned me to design a custom necklace from their own grandmother’s beads.
I’ll never forget the very first customer that entrusted me with her grandmother’s crystals. (You can read that story here.) When I brought her the finished necklace, she nearly cried in happiness. And I nearly cried, too. It was the most amazing feeling knowing that I was able to touch her life and bring back floods of happy memories.
That is my “great big why” for creating jewelry.
It makes me happy and makes me remember my wonderful Nonnie. But, more importantly, it creates happiness in others, and makes women feel special and beautiful. It’s a winning deal for you and me.
As my thank you gift to you for reading my story, I’d love to offer you 25% off a future purchase at Jewels by Trish. Use code appreciate during checkout to redeem that offer.
I believe every woman is special, uniquely beautiful, and deserving of all things amazing. I feel blessed to be able to do something I truly love that not only brings me happiness, but also brings beauty to others.