Monday, December 26, 2011

A New Old Direction

With the dawn of a new year fast approaching, I'm making a resolution to get back to my roots, so to speak.

Since my last post, in which I told you of my prospective wholesale venture, I've been a little worried over figuring out cost of materials, profit margins, retail value, etc.

That, coupled with a busy work schedule, led to a mini creative block.

But since I've had a few days off spent with family and a good chat with a friend, I've come to realize that I can't give up my passion, whatever the price.

I needed to remember the reason why I titled my business The French Circus in the first place.

It was because I wanted my jewelry to be fun, to have a sense of whimsy

and not take itself so seriously.

And here I was taking my business a little too seriously for my own good.

So I've come to the conclusion that I will follow my heart's desire...

and hope that others will love what I do too,

whether on Etsy, or the wholesale / retail market.

And once I came to this decision,

a new old direction, if you will,

my creativity started to flow again

and I daresay I even had FUN!

So I'll leave you with the rest of this blog post telling its own story in pictures.

Pretty fun, wouldn't you say?

Thank you for stopping by and I wish all of you a very Happy New Year and that you always follow your heart's desire. x o Robyn

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Happy Holidays!

With the holidays just around the corner, I'm sure we are all even busier than usual this week. I have been feeling a bit like my favourite little headless statue these days...

Leopold (as I like to call him) belonged to my grandmother and I recall one evening years ago when my whole family was at her house for dinner, my aunt accidentally knocked him over and off came his head and a hand! I still thought he was as charming as ever, and this little mishap made him all the more endearing to me. I'm so glad it was I who got to 'inherit' him and he is a very treasured possession, and now he is practically famous since I use him often in my photo shoots.

The reason I am feeling so much like him these days, on top of the usual holiday buzz, is that I have recently been working with a jewelry representative whom I met at the Vintage Arts Market a few weeks ago. Jamie wants to rep my designs for the wholesale market! This is a very exciting opportunity for me, but means developing a slightly different line since the numbers all work a whole lot differently for wholesale - lol!

I will be working dilligently at sourcing new materials, and have committed to producing 40 pieces as a start - many of which I'm sure I'll be featuring on the blog over the coming weeks!

If you've noticed that my Etsy shoppe looks a little bare these days, it's because Jamie has already gotten some of my jewelry into Shelby's Garden in San Carlos, California! These are just a couple of new pieces I listed on-line today. Thank goodness for a week off from my 'day job' after Christmas to really get busy in the studio!

Thank you for sharing in my good news! Here's wishing all of you a very Happy Holiday! Until next time... x o