We are just about ready to officially open our storefront, though customers have been coming in already, which we love!
We have a little bit of cleanup to do and we have to install our divider that will divide the work area from the store area…we’re hoping to get that all settled this weekend so we can open next week. Then on to planning our gr and opening! Can’t wait to start talking with customers face-to-face and spending time in the store.
We’re also trying to work on a wood display idea we had…kind of funny in that I found some really great weathered wood in the neighborhood, only to find out it was claimed by someone else already. So I’ve been “scouring the streets” for some wood, and just today I saw my next door neighbor working on their new fence! Ah! Lots of nice, weathered wood for the taking. So that will be a fun little side project as well. We’ll see how my wood-working skills pan out.
More photos to come!
I used to love watching the world go by while riding in a car, when I was little. I used to wonder what each person I saw on the road was up to, where they were going and why, who they loved, what their lives were like. I would also, of course, wonder what my life would be like when I got big and drove around in a car.
I was never one of those people who knew what their calling was from day 1 (how I envied those people!). But I think I knew more then than I realized. I remember being about 10, doing the ride in my mom’s car to or from Mervyn’s or Sears or Gemco, when I suddenly had this vision of myself owning and operating a store. I wasn’t sure what kind of store but it was so real and felt so right and fulfilling that I remember that feeling to this day. I remember blurting out to my mom that someday I want to own a store! We talked a bit about it and went on our merry way.
Fast-forward to today. I didn’t grow up and pursue ‘my dream’ from that day. I fell in love with computers and advertising and web design and electronic commerce. Being in Silicon Valley, I joined the high tech work force after college and worked my way up the ladder. It was fun. It was interesting. I learned a lot. I met my husb and . Whew! I was living a pretty good dream! But I always knew there was something missing. I taught myself jewelry design and took a bunch of classes. This kept my creative side happy for a while.
After the birth of my 2nd cutie, I went through what a lot of new moms go through – how can I contribute to the household but still be a really good mom? What kind of work can I do that will make a difference in the world? How am I going to do anything with so little sleep?
My part-time status at my job was going away, so I decided to dive into the web design business I had started on the side. I loved computers and design so it seemed a perfect match for me. I had gotten trained and certified in web design at San Jose State and I had a few clients so it kept me busy and brought in a little money. Then along came blessing #3! Along with him, my interest in jewelry design was renewed for the sole purpose of wearing some brag jewelry about my three cuties. At the time, there wasn’t much out there that was very cute, so of course I took matters into my own h and s.
An obsession with jewelry, my kids and web design – guess what came next? I launched my h and -stamped jewelry line and website and proceeded to work my patootie off while also committing to being the best mom I could be. That was ten years ago. Yes! We are celebrating our 10th year in business and guess what I recently decided was still missing? You guessed it – my storefront! So stay tuned as we embark on this next exciting chapter and work to bring our local customers someplace to go for a quick, personal and unique gift! I couldn’t be more excited!
I’m just loving our new line of h and stamped gifts we are calling Subtle Devotion. The charms are h and crafted here in our California studio one at a time! We blend the lustre of fine silver and the comforting warmth of copper to create two-toned charms that just glow and shine. The “subtle” part of them is that you can personalize the back of any of these charms. So the fronts are just plain pretty, and you can wear them with anything. The backs of the charms can be h and stamped with what is meaningful to you, and only you will know what it says! The entire line is on sale right now, so take a look and grab a personalized necklace while you can.
Valentine’s Day is a great time to tell anyone in your life how special they are. Your spouse, your mother or father, even your kids! Kids love Valentine’s Day because they are reminded they are loved and thought about by someone else. Who doesn’t love that?
A h and written note on a heart charm would be a sweet reminder to anyone that they are appreciated.
Our h and stamped locket with a special message inside is a good option, as are any of our designs in our Valentines Collection. Check them out and see if there is something right for your special someone!