Monday, July 27, 2009

Let's Begin an Adventure!

Welcome to my first ever blog, which is in response to my first ever online store.

First I suppose it would be fitting to explain myself, and my Business. I named my business ReLoved (or ReLoved Designs) for a number of reasons.

Firstly and most importantly I liked the way it sounded.

Secondly I liked the word because it spoke to a passion of mine which is finding the unwanted, discarded, and otherwise destined for disposal, and turning it into something fantastic, something to Love, all over again. I spend ridiculous amounts of time in thrift stores, and at garage sales, and digging through the boxes that people have set aside to get rid of. I acquire a barrage of random and seemingly useless junk and I find clever ways to breath new life into it! I believe that everything deserves a second chance to shine.

Thirdly, as my brother-in-law pointed out, the name Re-Loved Designs has the exact same initials as my name: Rebecca-Lynn Douglas.
It seemed to me that I had found a perfect match! I am certainly very fond of the name, and absolutely thrilled with the logo design my sister whipped up.

And so I have begun to operate an online business, and have been pleasantly shocked and utterly pleased with the results! It has been 20 days exactly since I 'opened' my store and already I have made 5 sales, and better yet made wonderful connections with other artists and business owners across the state, the country, and even the world! So let's hear it for the World Wide Web! It's the stuff of legend I tell you!

My 'work' as one might call it is hard to pin down to any one category. I like too many things to stick to one genre. I suppose it's the truth to say that jewelry is my forte when it comes to what I make. It's simple, it's fun, and it is irrefutably loved by women (and some men) the world over. While I love all that sparkles I do try to keep my pieces original. My greatest fear about my creations is that someone will look at it and think "Oh, how unoriginal can you get?"
Ouch... that would kill me. So if you think that... please just don't tell me. I'd rather live in blissful ignorance thinking I am having an original thought.

But honestly, when all the dice are thrown, I hope what I make people happy, and that the things that I love other people will love, and that they all will be ReLoved.