Janet is the creator of Honey from the Bee!1. What do you sell in your shop?
I sell unique and one of a kind Artisan jewelry inspired by my love of nature and travel. I use materials that range from semi-precious stones to fine silver to found objects and vintage materials. Jewelry that's sometimes full of color, sometimes tells a story or touches a memory, but that's always beautifully handmade with quality materials and techniques.
The broad range of handmade goods at various price levels that allow me to shop and buy special home and personal accessory items that tell my story and my family's and which supports artists around the world.
I wish they would do away with the renewing and charging you every time you post a new item. I think the pay structure should be a % of what is sold.
uh... a glorious creative mess... I have a bad habit of not putting away all the materials used in a new piece before starting a new project. It happens because while working on one thing I think of another idea and I don't want to stop the creative process, because that's the most fun! I'm working on making it a glorious creative calm environment though. This means not only putting away all materials and tools after finishing a project, but also editing my stash and creative storage solutions. It's hard to let go of stuff you love though.
Hike, knit, sketch, cook, watch movies and television...
6. What accomplishments are you the most proud of?
Personally, I'm proud that in the past couple of years my cooking has gotten to a level where I impress folks.. including my husband. The best part is that I'm relaxed about it and like to try new recipes all the time. We rarely eat something that isn't made from scratch and I feel we're healthier for it.
As far as my business I'm proud that my blog in the past year has grown and become a wonderful place for me to share not only my work, but my personal travels and interests and to connect with other bloggers and readers who share my interests. I have grown a lot from these interactions and found some amazing creative and wonderful people that would not have been possible without it.
I'm loving creating statement necklaces with the focus it requires and the stories or memories I can share. I've found a rhythm where I can fill in with smaller items like earrings and bracelets when I need to just create for the sake of creating something pretty.
7. What are some of your goals for the next year?
Definitely start fresh with a clean studio and method of working so that I'm not always apologizing for the state of it.
I'd like to continue to grow my blog follower base and of course sell more of my artisan jewelry online. I've now had a couple of direct sales overseas which is exciting.
Honey From the Bee: Nature inspired jewelry