Archive | October 2008

Winter Holiday Commissions

Thinking about commissioning something special for the Winter Holidays? I’d love to create something unique for you.

Please convo me on Etsy with your request before November 5, 2008. This will allow me to ensure your request will be completed in a timely fashion.

I will also have a gemstone-rich update going live mid-November, full of new shinies for you to wear and gift.

Cheers,
Chris
Sihaya Designs

Who’s that girl?

And now for the obligatory bit about me, the gal behind Sihaya Designs.

Vital stats:
Name: Christina
Age: 25
Location: Baltimore, MD
Loves: tribal-style bellydance, Renaissance and faerie festivals, mythology, things that smell good, fine teas and chocolates, handmade gifts and goods

Hi!

The story behind Sihaya Designs:

When I was about ten years old, my Aunt Linda taught me how to bead. I remember the first time she took me into a bead shop– I think my magpie lust was born right then and there. I remember watching her string beads together, and playing with the ones she was generous enough to let me have. But as most hobbies you have when you’re young, it got pushed to the wayside while I dabbled in other things.

In the Winter of 2006, thirteen years later, I found myself seeking out a way to express myself creatively. I had time on my hands and needed a way to fill it. I found myself in the bead aisle of my local craft store, and decided to give it a whirl. At first, I was making jewelry for myself, and then people started asking me where I got my necklaces. Then they started asking if they could buy my necklaces. So it was in March, 2007 that I set up shop with Etsy to make my jewelry publically available. First, it was glass and string. Then base metal wire. Then fine metals and precious gems. Now, a year and a half later, I’m ready to take the plunge and create jewelry full-time!

I am so blessed to have the opportunity to do what I love full-time. Sihaya Designs is soon to be offering jewelry retail, custom commissions, and also a limited wholesale line. It’s a lot of growth, and I’m loving every minute of it!

Right now, I’m in the middle of preparing for the transition– I’ve been working with Rebecca of STypeCreative to create a website, business cards, and packaging that are uniquely me. I’ve been preparing to work from a home office (working in one’s pajamas– could there be a better life?). I’ve been brushing up on all the accounting know-how. I am ready to get this show on the road! Is it November yet?

Hello, and thanks for visiting Sihaya Designs Jewelry‘s brand spankin’ new blog. I’m Christina, and I love to craft things of beauty. I create artistic jewelry with fine gemstones, funky glass, brass, copper, sterling silver, and gold.

I’ve had this business for over a year now, and I’ve just made the decision to take the plunge full time! Beginning November 2008, I will be self-employed, working on retail orders and scheming up special designs for wholesale as well as continuing commissioned works. I’m getting an official site, new packaging, new business cards, the works! Exciting things are happening at Sihaya Designs.

Until then, feel free to browse what is currently available– here’s a little sample to whet your appetite!

Until next time!

Christina
Sihaya Designs Jewelry