Designing jewelry gives me a sense of accomplishment and happiness. Dare I say Pride? (I know, Pride is a sin...sorry God.) When I tackle a new skill and overcome my fear of new things I do feel proud of myself.
Every time I make a sale, I tell my hubby and ask "Aren't you proud of me?" And he always says yes. It's not the sale in terms of someone paying me for an item that makes me so happy (though it doesn't hurt). It really is the knowledge that someone thought my work was worthy enough of their hard earned dollars. It still kind of boggles my mind. People are paying to wear my designs!
I had an appointment with a local store that sells my work last Thursday and was absolutely thrilled with some feedback they gave. The buyer said that my work sold better than the name brand designer work they had. *blush* She also said that people came in to the store and knew my name and always had nice things to say. That blows my mind...because I know it wasn't my mom! lol
And just recently I had a customer e-mail with such a sweet message that it brought tears to my eyes.
I just opened up my order, and i had to write you to let you know how *thrilled* i am with my goodies! please believe me when i say that i can finally stop my incessant jewelry hunt! these are the perfect things, and i just took off my necklace, earrings, and bracelet to try these lovely things on! i don't think i'm going to take them off!
There was more but I'm already going to get emotional again. It seriously makes my heart swell in my chest to know that someone out there appreciates the work I did for them. Each and every piece I create is made for someone special and that is part of the beauty of handmade.
Remember, when you are a customer, that feedback can make a person's day, week, or even year. Feedback reminds us why we design and follow our passion. It makes all the effort worth it.