As you may have seen from my Facebook messages, newsletters and blog posts, Made by Sami is closing today.
I’ve benefited so much through creating and running Made by Sami; I have been able to make jewellery and sell that jewellery to customers, which was a little dream of mine. The idea that people would pay money for things that I make- and would enjoy wearing them too- made me grin like a loon, and I’m so grateful to all my customers for their support. I have also been part of people’s weddings, and took my jewellery to sell at a festival too- these are things that I never would have experienced if I hadn’t set up Made by Sami. And there are the (slightly more boring) things too… learning to run a Facebook page, send email newsletters, write a blog, run an Etsy and Folksy shop, and market my jewellery online. These are skills that I wouldn’t have learnt. Oh, and there’s the dreaded tax return and account-keeping too!
My confidence has also improved because of Made by Sami; going into shops and persuading them to sell my jewellery, trying my hand at market-selling at craft fairs and events, raising money for charities, setting up a craft group and events, and running my own workshops to pass on my skills. These things, completely out of my comfort zone, have stretched me so far, and allowed me to achieve things I don’t think I could have without a reason.
In the end, despite learning so much and achieving (in my eyes, anyway) so much, it is time for Made by Sami to come to an end. I may pick up the workshops again when it feels right, and I will continue to make jewellery for myself, friends and family (try and stop me!). But the accounts, tax returns, marketing and general running of a business… that’s not for me right now, and unfortunately isn’t as fun as it used to be. With life getting in the way, I don’t have the time, energy or love to put into Made by Sami, and would hate for it to carry on with only half of my heart in it.
Thankyou to all my customers, supporters, friends and family. Thanks for being there for me, helping me and buying my stuff! You will never know how much each and every sale, word of advice and encouragement meant to me, and I will always be grateful.