October 22, 2017

Featured Maker: Larisa Barth at Joy in the Morning

At first glance we saw a nice logo, great packaging and of course, beautiful pieces from Larisa at Joy in the Morning. With every Featured Maker comes a story though, of how they came to be and sometimes their journey. This one truly touched us. We are inspired every day by our customers. It's pretty amazing to us how strong and creative you all are in your own ways. Let's meet Larisa:

Joy in the Morning Designs started almost five years ago when my daughter Kamari Morning was born. She is our "rainbow" baby, a child born after a loss.

Our first son Asher Finn was stillborn at 40 weeks on 10/09/11. I really wanted a memorial necklace after Asher died and the only one we found was the $500 piece that the funeral home offered to make. It was beautiful, but I knew that young families like ours, who have just paid for a funeral for their child, could never afford that.

I founded Held Your Whole Life, Inc at Christmas 2011, a non-profit that created personalized hand stamped jewelry for grieving moms and dads. Sadly, we grew very quickly since one in four mama's know the pain of miscarriage or stillbirth. In six years time we had made and shipped close to 10,000 free memorial gifts worldwide! 

I have always been a creative person. I made my own wedding dress 11 years ago and love beading, painting and photography. But HYWL challenged me to learn about metal and the art of hand stamping. Making jewelry for other families like ours helped me navigate the messy road of grief and healing. I started creating my own designs for friends and family as a way to make a little income while I volunteered over 40 hours a week for Held's mission.

Joy in the Morning comes from the verse in Psalm 30, "though the sorrow may last through the night, JOY comes in the morning". We read this verse at our son's funeral, and clung to it for hope and healing. We now have two rainbows, Kamari and Judah, who challenge me every day to live in color and take daring adventures.

In 2016, my husband Jim and I started pursing minimalism and a simpler life for our family. We sold our "American Dream" house and over half of our possessions to get out of debt and focus more on time with our kiddos. During this year, I realized that I needed to let go of HYWL as it had served it's purpose for my life. Our board found an amazing mom in Montana to take it over and she is continuing our mission with such grace and love. 

This has given me the freedom to pursue my personal jewelry business more and help contribute to our family's income as a stay at home mom. I am able to take little adventures with my kids and also pay for things like lessons and sports and organic fabric to make them sustainable clothing. 

My inspiration comes from nature; the woods, rivers and mountains that we are blessed to call home. We have lived in the mountains of Glacier National Park Montana, just outside the entrance to Yellowstone, Wyoming, and now at the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in Sheridan, Wyoming.

I love metal stamping because each letter or design is individually impressed. There is an organic uniqueness to every design I create.

A lot of my design stamps are Beaducation because they fit well with my brand. The ones I love and grab the most are the Fat Lined Heart, Small Evergreen Tree, and Heart Arrow.

We thank Larisa for sharing her story with us. Visit Joy in the Morning Designs to see more of Larisa's work.

Larisa Barth
Joy in the Morning Designs

October 15, 2017

Featured Maker: Darby Hanevich at A Sacred Stitch

We immediately loved her cute succulent earrings and necklace. Then we saw her to-go paper coffee cup earrings and well, we just had to share. Let's meet Darby:

I have been making metal stamped jewelry for almost two years. I am a crafter at the core. I started out crocheting and wanted a pair of earrings that looked like balls of yarn. I experimented with resin for the first time and loved it!

From there I started to experiment with metal stamping. All I had was a package of circle blanks and one stamp. But my close friends all wanted a necklace. It grew from there, when they asked if I could stamp other shapes and designs for them!

I wanted to be able to make custom pieces for more than just my close friends, so I decided to open an Etsy shop.

My favorite piece I have made is a miscarriage memorial necklace. It was for a mother who had lost two babies. We worked together to make the perfect piece that she can wear and keep them close to her heart.

I love making jewelry and metal stamping because each piece is so unique. I love that my customers trust me to make a piece of jewelry that they will wear around that means something to them, whether a memory so tender or a funny statement only known to two best friends.

I have many favorite stamp designs that I love. My most recent favorite is the succulent collection. They are so trendy and cute. I want to put them on everything. My all-time favorite is the to-go paper coffee cup. I am a coffee enthusiast and wouldn’t make it a day without it. 

I have recently purchased the jewelry saw and have started to make cutout earrings. I wear the coffee ones almost every day. Every time I wear them I have people ask where I got them. I love being able to share my information with them so they can also wear the cutest earrings!! I am a little biased though!

To find more of Darby's cute earrings and jewelry pieces, please visit her Etsy store and follow her on social. 

If you would like to be considered as a Featured Maker, please contact Angela@Beaducation.com.

October 10, 2017

Featured Maker: Miranda Semmerling at Rustic Sweet Pickins

One of the reasons we launched our Featured Makers is because week after week, Lora in Customer Service would share some amazing stories from customers she talked to when they called in for help with something. Conversations would start out with something simple like, how do I use this stamp, it's not stamping correctly and evolve into their story of how they started metal stamping and why it's so important to them. We love each unique story that our customers bring and feel so incredibly inspired by the reasons, challenges and outcomes you've all shared with us.

We absolutely love Miranda's story and feel that it may resonate with many of you. Let's meet Miranda:

I've been creating jewelry for many years. It was not until less than a year ago I started this as a business venture. I grew up in a family of artisans of sorts, so being creative and artistic was always a part of me. Creating and working with my hands is in my family DNA.

I've always wanted my own business. I never really knew what that business would look like or how to even begin. If someone would have asked me in 2012 after I received my masters degree where I would be in 5 years, this would not have been my answer. I was not a jewelry designer, I was a woman who received her masters degree in Exercise Science and Psychology. However, I did know I wanted a flexible schedule for one day when I had a family, to be there for my children, and to work from home.

I accepted a job at our local university after graduation and worked that position until our son was born in 2016. I knew it in my heart I wanted to stay home with him and I was blessed to have that opportunity. My family and friends where encouraging me to sell my creations and start my own business. Have you ever been scared to start something new out of pure failure? I just didn't have the confidence to just do it. Many months had past and I finally decided to start small. Exhausting every research avenue I could find. Then I realized I just needed to open my Etsy shop, put myself out there and see what happens. 

Well, nothing happened! Because I stopped, I stopped doing much of anything after I created it. This was not the person who went to college, that person never would have failed. So nevertheless I persisted. I started setting up at the local market in our community on Saturdays and began adding inventory to my Etsy shop. My husband is amazingly supportive of this dream, even on days that I am not. His support is a big part of where I'm at with my business venture today.

Most of this is still new for me and I'm learning as I go. I feel I'm coming into my own as a designer everyday. I want my brand to feel warm, inviting and simplistic. I feel my photography shows just that. I see where I want to be and the goals I have in mind. It's one step at a time. 

Beaducation offers many helpful videos from beginner to advanced, such as soldering jewelry. Eventually I want to start soldering my own creations and see where that takes me. Right now I'm loving making custom hand stamped cuffs, bar necklaces, memory wire wrap bracelets, and custom earrings. 

Metal stamping each of these pieces and making them unique for the customer is extremely rewarding. Offering designs that they may not find elsewhere is immensely important to me. I want the customer to know each of their hand stamped pieces of jewelry are all done by hand and not by a machine. 

So much of my heart and time gets poured into each design. I find when I'm creating each design I'm incorporating the arrow metal design stamp. To me an arrow symbolizes to keep moving forward in courage and in faith. God is weaving this amazing story for me and I'm excited what the future holds.

I truly love working with my hands and making jewelry just feels natural. Most of my inspiration comes from nature, that is where I'm most in my element. If it's a memorial piece I'm custom creating I pray it brings them a sense of peace. When I'm designing each piece I'm thinking about the customer and who's going to be wearing my creation and all the memories and love they will have wearing it. 

First and foremost I'm a wife, mother, then a maker. I would not be where I'm at today if it was not for the support of my family. I keep this in my mind when I'm creating different pieces as they are my entire world. My toddler may run and grab my stamps or take my custom creations and hide them but I wouldn't want to be any other place at this season of my life. I'm blessed by His grace and I truly love where this new journey in life is taking me. 

October 4, 2017

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October 3, 2017

Featured Maker: Ageliki at Fancy Danglets by Ageliki and Ageliki Designs

If you follow us on social, you may already feel like you know Ageliki as she is very engaging in our posts and Facebook Live episodes, often sharing her own tips and more.

We like to follow our customers on social, specifically those who like to share their work and those who have their own businesses. It's always so much fun to see what others create and if we can help support you by expanding your reach, even better.

This first bracelet by Ageliki below, is our absolute favorite. It's such a pretty piece. Let's meet Ageliki:

I have been making jewelry for over twenty years. I take inspiration from the wonderful people in my life and look for beauty in all that surrounds me .

I got started in jewelry making while recovering from being ill. I stopped by a bead shop in my local town. I looked at the endless rows of different findings and jewelry components they carried. It was in that moment, I realized how these things connected and created the everyday jewelry pieces that I was wearing. I decided to buy a few things and create. The way I felt working with my hands and the love for my new self taught endeavor calmed my soul. It was then, my yearning for creating was born.️

After I learned some new skills, I decided I wanted to learn more! I decided to take a part time job at the local jewelry store. The very one that I walked into that day! Call it fate or intuition but it became one of the best decisions I ever made. 

Everyone welcomed me as if we had known one another forever. There, I learned to use color and a variety of designing styles including seed bead, delica bead design and wire work. With the inspiration of my coworkers and our collaboration, we did several craft fairs and shows. We inspired each other and found our individual creative strengths. We supported each other, cheered each other on and grew our individual style and craft. 

A few years later, I went on to create a bridal line which became quite successful but the repetitive designs became mundane and my heart wanted more. So I followed it... I decided to make one of a kind pieces, broaden my skill set and do custom work and design pieces for each individual personality that I was so fortunate to cross paths with!

Today I'm inspired by the nature around me, the beauty that surrounds me every day and watching my daughter grow before me. She inspires me with all the beautiful crafts she creates and it helps me see things in a whole new perspective.

I always try to push myself to learn something new. I find inspiration in the things around me and my designing and creating changes on a daily basis with my craving to try new things! Right now I'm in love with soldering rings, gemstone setting, flame painting and metal design stamping.

Metal stamping has a special place in my heart. Each piece I do, turns out different almost like a fingerprint. It's addictive!! You can make patterns complicated or simple but the end result always amazes me. So many possibilities, they're endless. Design stamps and gemstones have become an obsession!

My favorite design stamps to work with are the Beaducation Originals like the Sacred Heart, Hip Feather stamp and the Heart Arrow. Can't get enough of the endless patterns you can make with these!

Please visit Ageliki at her Etsy store and follow her on social. 

If you would like to be considered as a Featured Maker, please email Angela@Beaducation.com.

September 26, 2017

Featured Maker: Jennifer Lee at Harper Lee Jewelry, LLC

We could watch this video for hours, it's soothing don't you think? Something about repetition and an amazing final product. And this is how you get it done when you work hard and your product is in high demand.


Jennifer Lee is pretty awesome. Not only does she create cool pieces but she is one of those self driven, super motivated boss lady's who works hard and has earned herself a great online reputation. Let's meet Jennifer:

Hello! I am Jennifer...the one woman show behind Harper Lee Jewelry. As the owner/artisan of HLJ, I am a self taught jewelry artist with a degree in visual arts. I have been dedicated to the arts my entire adult life.

When we lost our seven year old Labrador to cancer, I was heartbroken and searching for a way to memorialize him. I browsed the internet and came across some hand stamped jewelry! 

I loved the idea of having something personalized, but couldn't find a piece that spoke to me, so I set out on a mission to learn everything I possibly could about this craft that I had immediately fell in love with! 

I obsessively scoured the internet for information and watched every video I could find! After watching a Beaducation video, I ordered my first stamp set and the rest is history! I will admit, the first few months, my work was not good! My family and friends were the recipients of some, albeit well meaning, really bad jewelry! 

However, with tons of practice and solid ambition I opened my Etsy shop in 2013 and have since filled thousand of orders, many of those being personalized memorials for others who have lost loved ones. 

In 2015, I expanded my business to include HarperLeeJewelry.com as well as offering my work on Handmade at Amazon! I have several wholesale accounts that I work with and my jewelry is carried in several boutiques across the country! 

It is definitely hard work to be an entrepreneur and it's a constant hustle to stay relevant with current trends, but being your own boss and knowing that your successes and failures are a direct reflection of your ambitions and perseverance is the ultimate liberation! 

My favorite pieces to make are those that speak to the wearer, whether celebrating marathon milestones or keepsakes representing strength, growth, and encouragement. 

As a momprenuer, creating pieces for all the hard working mama's out there is always such an honor! I love making hand stamped jewelry because I can customize the text to personalize every buyer's experience and Beaducation's design stamps make it super easy to create your own style! 

My favorite Beaducation design stamps are constantly changing as they launch new products! Currently, I am obsessed with their new lotus, heart arrow, and boho arrow. I want to use them on every piece I make!!

Visit Harper Lee Jewelry on Etsy and follow them on social.

If you would like to be considered as a Featured Maker, please email Angela@Beaducation.com.