So the other day I was sent a few of the photos from the photo shoot in California. I thought they turned out great! It’s all very surreal. I have not heard if they were published in any blogs or magazines yet but they are on the site withinthisday.com, as you can see on the photos.
It’s so exciting seeing my jewelry on someone else and especially for this reason! Whether this will get my name out there more or not, I don’t know. Regardless, I was just happy to be a part of this amazing opportunity and I only hope there are more of these to come 🙂
I’m going to start with the very first watch I created. I was so excited about this when I finally figured out how I was going to make them. It took me forever to find all the supplies I needed. My first problem was the leather. Finding the pieces of leather and how I was going to attach the snaps. I even bought tools that I needed for this, only to take them back a few weeks later after I finally found what I was looking for. Pieces of leather with the snaps already attached, as well as adjustable sizing. All I had to do was cut it to the right width.
The cutting was the scary part. Having never cut leather before and not wanting to ruin any pieces that I purchased (they’re not cheap) I was a little nervous about starting them. They were a little wider than what I wanted so I ended up trimming some of each side and then cutting the slits in the middle. It was a little bit of a learning process but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I got the hang of it pretty quickly! That being accomplished I then had to figure out how to attach the watch face because my original plan of using jump rings wasn’t going to work. Then it hit me. Wire wrapping! I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but I was very pleased with the end result. They did take some time to make, but once I figured out what I was doing the process got much easier. I just love seeing the end result, especially when it’s better than you imagined it would be!
These first watches were a huge hit, I can’t even remember how many of them I sold because it was around the holidays and everyone seemed to want one, I was ecstatic! Then I ran out of supplies, the watch faces to be precise. I went to order more and low and behold they were out of stock. This went on for a few weeks until I finally called the company and found out they were no longer carrying the item. With much disappointment I went on a search for new watch faces. I eventually found new ones, two different styles (as you can see in the pictures below) that I thought were really cool, however, the same thing happened.
So after a lot of thought, I have decide to just discontinue them. It may be a good thing because I always stressed about them somehow not working when the customer received them. They always worked for me but when they left my hands I had no control over what happened. I always tested them because the last thing I wanted was to be selling a faulty product and lose credibility with my customers.
It’s tough because when you find something that works and something that sells you want to keep that product. I’m taking this little setback as part of the journey with my business because it taught me something new and pushed me to get more creative. As always, it also gave me plenty of inspiration for new designs.
That being said, the leather and other supplies I used will definitely not be wasted. As you can see, one of my new designs is the leather dream bracelet.
Click the image or the link below to see more details about this product in my Etsy shop. Stay tuned for new items coming soon 🙂