Little Eli is Dead. Long Live Eli Makes Things.
Committing to a 30 Day Maker Challenge
I basically woke up one morning in 2018 and decided that I'm not doing jewelry anymore. After launching an Etsy shop in 2013, and becoming an LLC in 2016, one January morning in 2018, I decided that I didn't feel like it anymore.
It's crazy, but also reassuring, how things change.
I'm writing this to address the questions that I assume are coming. And to address the feeling I'm having. And any possible confusion, on your part or on mine.
2017 Planning & Brainstorming
Every day during June 2017, I challenged myself to make a new, one of a kind, piece of jewelry. I shared my process on my instagram, but I also wanted to track how I was feeling during it all, so below is a quick recap of the day's work and my thoughts. All designs will be available in the shop after the challenge. Posts are updated with the final product photo.
First, a little bit of backstory
At the beginning of the year, I planned out my first 6 months, and gave myself themes for each month. I decided June would be about "defying norms," and it was all about doing things differently. Thinking about my business in a different way, and seeing what happens. Then in April I decided to pivot and focus 100% on my jewelry, where before I was splitting my time between 2 digital goods (because it's hard to get off the passive income bandwagon).
I decided to double down again on jewelry. It's were my real passion is. It's the reason I quit making home decor. It's what I want to be known for. But in trying to meet some imaginary revenue number, I was focusing on the "easy" digital stuff (even though it's totally NOT easy). I ignored the fun creative stuff.
So, to get back to my roots in a big way, I decided to spend June focusing on making things. Making new things. Making a lot of new things.
Meet the Story Collection
It's almost 2 months into the new year, and I'm just getting around to writing about my big brainstorming/planning 2017 session.
I have some big plans for this year.
I want to do better, be better, think better.
I want to make changes to how I do business and what I focus on.
I figured talking about my intentions will give you some context.
You may have noticed a transition on my instagram to something more vocal and passionate.
I'm going to keep doing that.
I wanted to live 2017 by 3 words. Something I saw from The Productivityist and wanted to implement. This is a look behind the curtain of how I got to my 2017 words.
what do I want to be in 2017?
I don't write product descriptions.
I write product stories. I write to create an emotional connection between you, and the design. I write to give this little piece of concrete and copper, a special place in your heart.
This time I wrote my stories a little bit differently. This time I wrote a short story, with each necklace being a piece of that story. Each represents a small vignette. A small piece of a good day. A small piece to remind you to enjoy the little things.
Read their stories in order below.