When I started my jewelry making journey, I had a small desk that I had refurbished a while back set up in the corner of our bedroom. Our bedroom is on the second floor and looks out over our back garden. There is a very large, very old Burr Oak Tree next to the window.
While working on jewelry and gazing out the window from time to time, I told Greg I felt like I was up in a treehouse. And that’s how Judy’s Treehouse came to be.
It’s been a journey not only in learning to make jewelry, refining my skills, and finding my own unique style but with the process of obtaining the tools, space and knowledge needed to build it into my very own small business. I’m still learning and growing and loving every aspect of it. It’s challenging but so very rewarding. Every new creation, every customer, every kind word. All of the support from my family and especially my husband who has made it possible for me to start this venture and continuing to help it, and me, grow. And, most of all for the blessings bestowed upon me by God and this life He has granted me.
I’ve moved from that little corner spot in our bedroom and landed in this studio. I’ve moved furniture around, a lot, and finally found a set up that allows my creativity to flow. Yes, I really do need and use all of this space. I’ve borrowed furniture from other rooms in the house to build this space. My worktable is comprised of two old wardrobes and bookshelves supporting two large sheets of plywood. Inexpensive and so perfect. I can hammer and saw and sand on it and not worry about ruining an expensive piece of furniture. I even write on it as ideas pop into my head or to jot down a necklace length that works perfect for this or that type of style.
Photographing items listings on https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouse was another big challenge. But, I think I’ve finally figured it out. This little corner in my creative space, a few very inexpensive lights I found on Amazon, along with a white back drop, room to spread things out, and my mannequin models (Wilma and Betty) seems to work well. My photographs have improved greatly from my first few listings. Not perfect but definitely improved.
I’ve expanded my tool box, my bead stash, and supplies. The items I make are each stored individually in plastic bags, categorized and stored in large plastic lidded containers. This keeps them from becoming damaged or exposed to elements that can cause them to become tarnished or dirty.
Slowly but surely Judy’s Treehouse is evolving into one of my best loved hangouts. Sometimes a bit cluttered when I’m in creative mode but definitely a well loved space that allows creativity to flourish.