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Fear of Failure & The Creative Process

The creative process as a jewelry designer can be pretty tricky to navigate. It will fill you with doubt and hesitation. ⠀ ⠀

When I was designing my latest collection, Siren’s Song (see pic) I had to learn some new skills in order to be able to create the pieces I had sketched out. (For those of you who are new here, all my jewelry is handmade) The process of learning how to hand-engrave and carve out metal patterns was a long one, it took me about a year to get really comfortable with it.  Day 1 was so scary and Day 0, the day immediately before Day 1 was even scarier. Why? Because I knew there was a long journey ahead of me and I didn’t know if it would pay off. There was a chance that I was putting all this time, money and energy into something that could fall flat on its face. ⠀ ⠀

As a creative person, I’ve found it’s important to choose courage over doing nothing. At the end of the day, I want to be able to tell myself that I was a bad @ss mermaid who followed her dreams in the face of self doubt. That fear of failure wouldn’t stop me from doing what I love and developing my craft because when it really comes down to it, I can’t imagine doing anything else.⠀~ Jen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Value in Buying Handmade

Lately I’ve been choosing to spend my money on items that have more meaning and better quality over “fast fashion”.  I’m choosing to spend more on handmade instead of mass produced.  I’m choosing to support artists instead of corporations.  Sometimes I feel like we get so caught up in having things “now” that we forget how good it can be to slow things down.  “Slow fashion” instead of “fast fashion” has provided me time to see the bigger picture of what I’m buying.  It’s allowed me to find brands who’s values align with my own.  It also allows me to find unique pieces for my home or body that not everyone else has.  I like that.  I’m a unique person and why shouldn’t I showcase that?

Value in Buying Handmade

 

I’ve found that jewelry is about bringing love and light into your life and into what you wear, and that’s something that can’t just be manufactured by a machine.  Jewelry is something so personal and close to our hearts.  It’s something we choose to wear, not something we have to wear.  There in lies the difference.  It’s a choice and what we choose effects not only us but every single dollar we spend gives us a voice.  When we choose to buy handmade and “slow fashion”, our dollar says, “I care about handmade, the artist, and the way this item was produced.”

Value in Buying Handmade

Mermaid Scale Ring – handmade in Sterling silver

When I buy handmade I also love that pieces can be customized for me.  I do this for my customers as well, since not everyone wears the same size, likes the same colors etc.  Many handmade artisans can customize their pieces.  Why is that?  It’s because most of the time, the items aren’t made yet.  The item you are ordering is going to be made just for you!  How awesome is that?!  You become part of the handmade process by working with the artist and customizing something to your liking.

Value in Buying Handmade

Slowing down and taking the time to understand the handmade process allows us to see where an item is coming from, how it’s being made and who’s making it.  I often find myself getting lost in the corporate umbrella of companies.  Often times when we go to the store, most items and brands are produced and owned by only a few large companies.  It’s an illusion of choice.  When I buy handmade it’s simpler.  I can talk to an actual person about why they made an item, why that item means so much to them and how it was created.  It’s an entirely different buying experience.

Value in Buying Handmade

Mermaid Hoop Earrings – handmade using 14k gold over Sterling silver

I find this to be especially true of items that touch my skin.  This is one of the reasons I’ve always gravitated towards handmade jewelry instead of mass-produced jewelry even before I started my line, Nautical Wheeler Jewelry.  An item is much more intimate when it touches you.  I also find that the closer an item is to my skin the more meaning it tends to carry.  Jewelry is one of those things that often holds a lot of meaning for us.  I think this is because it’s so often given as a gift during birthdays, holidays or other special occasions. The meaning in a piece of jewelry goes deeper then just its outer appearance, making that much more special.

Value in Buying Handmade

There is so much value in buying handmade but it’s only when we slow down are we able to see that value.  Choosing “slow fashion” over “fast fashion” not only allows us to see where our items are produced but involves us in the handmade process.  Each and every one of us is so unique, shouldn’t the items we purchase reflect that?

Value in Buying Handmade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What does Handmade mean?

I wanted to take a minute to talk about what handmade means to me. I realize a lot of people have no idea what goes into making a piece of Nautical Wheeler jewelry but behind the scenes it’s all real people aka me! There’s no machines of mass production, no large corporations and no big flashy signs. It’s just me, hard at work, surrounded by various seashells and greenery. ⠀


Every piece has its own story and came out of its own spark of inspiration. I don’t design pieces because I think I can sell a lot of them, I design a piece of jewelry because I fell in love with it before I ever made it. When I come up with a jewelry design there’s an inherent need to create it, like an itch that must be scratched. ⠀


When I say handmade, I mean really handmade. From beginning to end, from scrap metal to a beautifully formed ring, I make everything by hand and send it off into the world to be loved and cherished by one of you! I put so much love into every piece, that’s part of the handmade process. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t make it. I only want to spend my time making pieces that bring me happiness and I believe all that love and happiness will be passed on to you, my customer. Hopefully in turn, you feel how important you are, to be part of the handmade journey every time you wear your Nautical Wheeler piece!!

 

I originally posted this on Instagram but really felt moved to share this on the blog as well to give everyone a deeper look into my line, Nautical Wheeler Jewelry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Friday Deal Starts Now!

Our Black Friday Deal starts now!  Receive 20% OFF your entire order, use code TAKE20.  Includes sale items.  Ends Monday, November 26th at midnight.  Shop now>

 

 

 

Cannot be combined with other offers or promo codes.  Expires at midnight EST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I just wanted to take a minute to say how thankful I am for all my lovely customers who support my handmade jewelry line!!  I’m grateful every minute of every day that you give me the choice to do what I love the most.  THANK YOU!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mother’s Day Sale!

We’re having a Mother’s Day Sale!  You can take 20% off everything (including sale items!).  Use code “ILOVEMOM” at checkout.  Offer expires 5/13/18 at midnight est.  Click picture below to shop >

Mother's Day Sale 2018 - Nautical Wheeler Jewelry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Don’t miss out!

We’re having our biggest sale ever!  All jewelry is $15 or under.  Don’t miss out.  Shop now >

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to take a minute and express my gratitude.  I’m so grateful that I get to run a small handmade jewelry line and do what I love everyday!  It’s a job that’s not always easy and often requires long hours but I truly feel that it’s all worth it.  Even before I started my jewelry line, I had a love for all things handmade.  There’s something extra special about the skill and love a craftsman will put into a handmade item that you can’t find in machine made goods.  I feel very fortunate to be able to create handmade items on a daily basis.  There’s a lot of love that goes into my handmade jewelry and I like to think that a little bit of that love gets sent out with every piece.  Thank you to all of my customers (including retail partnerships!) for helping support a handmade artist!  I couldn’t do it without you and I think about that every day.

 

With love,

Jen

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Nautical Wheeler on Aftcra

Last month I was contacted by Aftcra, a site featuring products handcrafted in the U.S. and also a place that I sell some of my handmade jewelry through.  I was excited that they wanted to interview me about my jewelry line, Nautical Wheeler, and give people a sneak peek at my home office.  The interview went really well, and I felt that it gave me a chance to share my story as well as give some insight to the business side of things.  I love being on Aftcra because it gives you a chance to reach out to sellers who are handcrafting the product but it’s also important to know where the products you purchase are being made.  At Nautical Wheeler Jewelry all the jewelry is handmade in the U.S.A.!  Which I think is why Aftcra and Nautical Wheeler make such a good fit.  Check out the whole interview and more on Aftcra’s Blog!

Nautical Wheeler on Aftcra

Polishing jewelry in my home office. I love to keep things around me that remind me of the beach. That coral statue is a perfect example!

Nautical Wheeler on Aftcra

I keep pendants, rings and other pieces from my collection on display, in case I need to grab something quickly for a photo shoot or just to wear out.

Nautical Wheeler on Aftcra

I’ve said this on many occasions and I think it still holds true. I thought about starting Nautical Wheeler Jewelry for a year before I actually did it. That’s a whole year I could have been doing something instead of just thinking about it!

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Handcrafted Jewelry – New 14k Hand-Plated Gold Pieces

In case you haven’t been following along with us on Facebook or Twitter, I wanted to share the exciting news!  Nautical Wheeler Jewelry is now offering many of our popular pieces in 14k hand-plated gold.  We had received comments that you loved our handcrafted jewelry in Sterling silver but would like to see the same pieces in gold.  We’ve been working as fast as we can to get the new gold pieces up in the jewelry shop.  Take a peek!

Gold Nautilus Ring - Handcrafted Jewelry Peace Sign Ring - Handcrafted Jewelry Gold Peace Sign Ring - Handcrafted Jewelry Nautilus Bracelet - Handcrafted Jewelry Gold Wave Necklace - Handcrafted Jewelry


Gold Wave Bracelet - Handcrafted Jewelry Anchored Love Necklace - Handcrafted Jewelry Mini Wave Necklace - Handcrafted Jewelry Shark Tooth Necklace - Handcrafted Jewelry

Shark Tooth Bracelet - Handcrafted Jewelry

 

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