Hi there! for those who don't know me, my name is Michelle and I am the founder of my little business Indra Jewellery.
I have never written a blog before, to be honest, I wasn't sure if what I had to say was interesting enough, but, as Indra has grown, I have grown and all of a sudden I have a busload of information to share!
I have had many different jobs through my lifetime, I have been a veterinary nurse and even a mechanic! (where I even danced with Mr Motivator on GMTV in my boiler suit!) I have worked predominantly within the motortrade for most of my life. I was at my last job for 11 years, soon after finding out I was pregnant, I had a falling out with my employer who eventually settled out of court (this sadly seems to be quite a common occurance), but, this allowed me to spend the first year with my baby... after all the heartache I experienced there, it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me although I didn't realise it at the time.
After the first year of being with my daughter I realised I wanted some independance, and I like to think that I have always had a creative side to my nature and so I went on a silver clay course.... that was it! I was well and truely hooked! I made a few pieces and to my amazement managed to sell them! I soon picked up other methods of jewellery making, beading, macrame, wirework and whatever else I could teach myself... I was in love and Indra was born. I have since utilised my interest in crystals and healing stones and have been lucky enough to source some fascinating and unusual items of which I have used in my pieces of jewellery.
I have to say though, I thought about giving up a few times, my very first craft fair I sold only one pair of earrings... and that was to my very supportive mum who insisted she buy something! I took a step back, the table looked great ( I spent ages getting it just right) but I was at the wrong venue and targeting the wrong age group. I did some homework and located other craft fair venues, which I attended... my second craft fair took £40 and my third over £100! they have since gone from strength to strength and I have met some fab people along the way.
Anyway, I guess what I am trying to say is, when one door shuts, another opens and whatever happens, don't give up on your dreams.
Thanks for listening