It's amazing what can happen in a year. I literally put down a plan last January to make my business my priority and I'm astounded at where it is today. I had 5 stores that carried necklaces and cuffs, been in one magazine, two big shows I planned on attending and one part-time creative friend that helped me make jewelry and listened to all my ideas. Today, I have 14 stores, a HUGE thing (haha, sorry) coming up in a month, have been in several magazines several times, will be at the Country Living Fair, Southern Makers in the Spring and plan on countless trunk shows and heirloom workshops in my studio!! Not to mention, I have employees!
Meet Ashlee. She went from creative friend that would come over to drink wine and play with hardware to full time MAKER. She loves to search for vintage hardware, bits and baubles with me and she has skills like a ninja with a couple of pliers in her hands! We still get together to drink wine and make jewelry. I don't think I could live without those nights of solving the world's problems!
Meet Laura. I feel like Laura and I have grown up together except she's 10 years younger than me. Our husbands are first cousins and we both married into the family. She has a really big, giving heart and has always been there when I wanted to learn something new or take a new leap, but needed a little push. She's now my Business Development Coordinator. I think she may have bit off more than she had planned, though. I know she's going to be exactly what I needed because I can remember the moment God told me she was supposed to be here for me. It was an easy decision. I'm thankful for her friendship and her creative, organized brain!
Meet Amy. I met Amy in December. I was at a little show and she was set up right next to me. It was in the middle of December, a frantic time in retail, and I walked over to chat with her. We figured out that we had connections through her nephew and her sister. They are both friends with my children. I asked if she knew anyone that worked with tweaking websites and playing around with Squarespace. She raised her eyebrows and I knew that moment I had found just what I needed to take the stress of making sure the world could actually SEE Lucy's Lockets and BUY Lucy's Lockets, not just hear about them on Instagram!
I feel incredibly blessed that my idea has turned into something real and that I have been given amazing, beautiful people to help me grow into the future. We have lots of fun things planned for the rest of 2015 and I can't wait to continue sharing them here and all over the inter webs!