I’ve had to make a difficult decision lately, which has broken my heart a little bit…
After nearly 4 years of Made by Sami, I have decided to stop selling my jewellery online.
I’m planning on continuing:
– running workshops in the Bath/ Bristol area
– selling DIY kits, supplies and tool on my Etsy shop
– my blog
All the jewellery that I have made will be on offer at sale prices from now until Christmas (around 50% off the ordinary price). After Christmas, my jewellery will no longer be available to buy online, although I will continue to take commissions for previous customers, friends and family after this point should that special gift be needed!
Making this decision has been very difficult to me; it’s very easy to see this as a defeat, or a failure. However, I am choosing to concentrate on the part of Made by Sami which is most sucessful and most enjoyable to me; this can only be a positive, and will hopefully mean I can dedicate more time and effort to making my workshops even more brilliant!
Is Valentine’s Day the best thing since sliced bread or the worst idea ever?
Since Valentine’s day started being a ‘thing’, I have always asked / text my best friend the question: “Will you be my Valentine?”. She’s now engaged and will be a Mrs this time next year, and I’ve been with The Boy for nearly 5 years, but Bestie always gets the question first. I suppose it’s because I don’t really think Valentine’s day is a nice thing. It makes people sad that they aren’t coupled up when they want to be; it presumes everyone in the world wants to be in a relationship; it sells sickly, foil-coated, tat to confused boys and sets non-romantics up to fail. But I guess it does provide an opportunity to spread a bit of love around.
Me and The Boy don’t celebrate V Day- the anniversary of our first date is 2 days after so it seems more appropriate to celebrate that, as it’s actually something to celebrate. But i’ve noticed the question “Are you two doing anything for Valentine’s day?” creep into conversations over the past few years; is it now a holiday? Is it now compulsory to “do something” for Valentine’s day?
I really don’t want to be miserable about the whole thing, and I don’t look down on people for being romantic on V Day. But it’s not compulsory, and I don’t see why we can’t all celebrate all the people we love most in our lives; whether we love them as a romantic partner, a best friend or a family member.