Welp, folks. Here it is! I know, I know. One item in the shop and two photos on the home page? Not exactly setting the world on fire, but c'mon. I did it! There's a site! I have a dot com after my name! Woohoo!
It's been something I've always wanted to try. To have a creative space to share and to get to know all of you guys. I hope you'll enjoy this journey as much as I intend to. So here are a few ice-breakers to get to know each other a little better.
How did you come up with your name? I get this one a lot. Honestly? It was a spur of the moment thing. I was filling out the Etsy shop form thinking I could just get some information started and settle on a name later. Wouldn't you know it, the shop name is the first question you have to fill out! So I panicked a little, thought about my life, and started typing. NeonLoveStory. My mom has always lived by the quote, Do all things with great love. At the end of the day isn't that what it's all about? Love? The name that I may have picked willy-nilly has slowly worked it's way into my every move. I want to make things that bring happiness and brightness and light and love into people's lives. I want to give back and share love with anyone who needs a little more in their life. So, really, this is the story of all the things I love.
What made you start making jewelry? My first love has always been retail. Working in corporate retail for the last few years, you tend to get a little jaded with trying to buy tons of the exact same product for the cheapest price possible. I've always had a deep affinity for anything sparkly or unique and I just wasn't satisfied anymore with the options I saw in stores. It also hit me that if I was going to spend $20 on a piece of fun costume jewelry, I wanted it to mean something. I wanted to support someone who was working hard and just wanted to reach their dreams and support their family. So I started making jewelry and setting up at craft shows and meeting new people and I found my love of retail again. The best part is knowing that every month, when I send in my donation to A21, that I'm also a part of something bigger than myself.
Do you have a store? Not exactly. While I do not currently have a cute store front on Main St, in small town, USA, that is the ultimate goal. However, all of my creations are made out of our spare bedroom upstairs, and my door is always open to anyone who wants to come over, hang out and shop. :)