I’m making and selling jewelry (again)! Jennifer Garry Designs is slowly but surely filling up with lots of super simple, hand-stamped pieces that whisper positive, empowering, sometimes sassy messages in your ear (or from your chest) to remind you of what’s really important.
I’ve loved making jewelry since I started dabbling in it before Ellie was born. There’s something about it that I find so calming. I’ve opened two different Etsy shops and made jewelry for a few weddings and sold pieces to people all over the world—but each time, I lost momentum and let the whole thing slip away.
I think part of my problem was that I had no real focus. I was making a lot of one-off pieces that were pretty but couldn’t really be replicated (whether it was because I was using reclaimed supplies or didn’t have a reliable place to get them from). I was more or less walking into Michaels, finding beads I thought were pretty, and making whatever came to mind once I got a chance to sit down and play with them. While fun, that’s a hobby—not a sustainable business model.
This time around, everything is different. The idea to do hand-stamped pieces came to me months ago and I let it swirl around in my brain a little before I decided to act on it and order myself a metal stamping kit. Then, after ruining a bunch of metal blanks trying to figure out how in the hell anyone does this, I finally started to get the hang of it.
Making jewelry that talks makes sense for me. Like, a lot of sense. First, there’s the fact that I talk a lot. And my daughters talk a lot. It’s kind of our thing. But even more than that, words are my thing. As a writer and book lover, you kind of have to adore words and the power they have. Combine that with phrases that ooze inspiration and positivity and I found something I can get really excited about.
A large part of this blog is centered around me trying to put a positive (albeit humorous) twist on things that could easily drag us down. This little jewelry line really reflects that and will give you a physical reminder to get out of your own head and remember what’s important.
I hope you love it as much as I do!
I added six new styles to the shop last night and will continue adding more. I’m also hoping to add some bracelets to the party before long and who knows where I’ll take it from there!
Each of the pieces are available at a special introductory rate of $20 through Mother’s Day (this Sunday!), but will be going up in price next week. Grab ’em while they’re cheap! 😉
Let me know which pieces are your favorites and if there are any words or phrases you’d like to see added!