I aspire to create items that others will love. I especially like trying to make very large earrings that aren't heavy.
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In December of 2009, I was trying to decide what to get for one of my dear friends for her birthday. She is a fabulous person; an artist, singer, and almost always THE best dressed person in the room. Nothing seemed fitting. Finally, I decided I would make her something. Knowing she is a fellow capricorn, I made her some jewelry with hematite. Hematite is a stone associated with the zodiac sign of Capricorn and also declared to have the ability to alleviate depression. My friend has no issue with depression (that I am aware of) but we lived in Minnesota and it was the dead of winter, so I figured it was still suitable.
After I gave it to her, I kept thinking I could have done a better job. I could've made it better quality. I could've made it a different style. I could've made it more fitting for her. So...I started making more jewelry. I thought back to all the jewelry I attempted to make when I was younger. I tried to recreate some of those items. I tried my hand at new ideas. I found some awesome tutorials online. I haven't found a specific style that I adhere to and honestly, I like doing new things all the time. I've branched out from jewelry and worked on some other crafts as well.
People started to think of me as "crafty" and "creative" and they would give me materials to use for future projects. I am flattered at such compliments and always enjoy receiving jewelry (broken or discarded) and other supplies to store for my next idea. All of a sudden, I had a lot of items made. I decided I would try my hand at selling them. I called my company "Layla's Lovelies" and had an online store. At the request of some of my friends and family, I held a few parties where people could see my wares in person. I sold items at craft fairs. Then my 6 year relationship came to an end.
I didn't know what to do with myself. My life had just drastically changed course. I quit my job and I moved across the country to stay with family in Vermont while I sorted out my options. I went through a refreshing, transitional period where I established that creating items was a part of who I am; something I wish to continue. I ended up back in Minnesota and decided to rebrand and expand to include not only jewelry but any crafts I make and also any writings. Maybe I'll finally put my English degree to use. ;)