Inspired by the relationships people have with each other, Stephanie creates timeless hand-stamped jewelry that is unique, fun and beautiful. She spends 12 hours a day on the facets of her business and still manages to spend time with her family.
You can find Say Anything Jewelry on Etsy and Sayanythingjewelry.com
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
A little bit about myself… I am a mother of a 3 year old daredevil little boy and a 4 year old girl who recently told me that she knows everything. I am married to a wonderful man who cooks, cleans, and supports my business with all his heart and extra time. I love to have fun and enjoy entertaining! I have a degree in Hospitality Management and a minor in Economics. I have always worked in the restaurant business and love the fun atmosphere and even the hours as I am a night owl.
How did you learn/get started with your craft?
I was browsing the internet and came across some hand stamped jewelry on ETSY and fell in L.O.V.E. I knew I had to have one for me, one for my mom, mother-in-law and everyone else! I wanted to find out how they were made, so I researched it and then went to a few local bead stores to find out the basics of jewelry making. I got a few lessons and started slowly making a few pieces at a time for myself, family and friends.
When did SayAnythingJewelry launch?
I officially started Say Anything… Jewelry by Stephanie Wilde on ETSY in July of 2009. It was slow going at first but it picked up for the holidays and kept up. ETSY Handpicked one of my designs to be on the front page for their Mother’s Day feature and it snowballed from there. That one hour I was featured was key in my success. My local sales started through word of mouth and those first few clients really helped me build my business. I launched my own personal site www.sayanythingjewelry.com in the fall of 2009 with the help of a friend who designed the site for me.
What inspires your creations?
I am inspired to create by the relationships that people have with each other. I love the Locket that a Father gives to his Daughter on her wedding day, or the Granddaughter that gives her Grandma a necklace with all the Grandkids’ names on it, or the supportive friend that has a necklace made for someone that has suffered the loss of a loved one.
How much time are you able to dedicate to your jewelry?
I currently spend about 12 hours a day doing something with my business, whether it is answering emails in the morning and evening or “hammering” out some jewelry in the afternoon. It seems that my day begins and ends with it. Of course there is Pre-school and dance class and other “mom” duties sprinkled throughout the day. My kids love to go see our friends at the Post Office and enjoy helping me with little things… most of the time. I try to work hard, so when I want to have a day to have fun going along on my daughters’ Pre-school field trips or to grill out with friends and family, I can.
Are they any other arts/crafts you want to try?
I have a million ideas for new designs that I want to do, but not enough time to make them happen. I want to expand more into cuff bracelets and soldering as well as doing some metal clay and wire work, just to name a few. I always say “maybe when it slows down…”
What are some of your short or long term goals with your jewelry shop?
My goals have really changed since I started. I thought I’d sell a few things online and a lot more locally. It has actually been the opposite. I have had a good amount of success on etsy but wish to expand my brand in the local market. I have daily/monthly sales goals that I try to make sure that I meet.
Do you feel like your craft is a hobby, a business or both?
My craft was started by my love of doing something beautiful, yet I always knew that it was a business. I love sitting and pounding out the jewelry, it is so peaceful and therapeutic for me. Not so much for my hubby though as it is VERY loud! I always think of the business side first and foremost. I love to do the jewelry, but I have to make sure that it will be the right thing financially for my family. I am always thinking of marketing, forecasting business and maintaining a superior level of customer service.
Where can we find your jewelry at?
I currently have my Etsy site and www.sayanythingjewelry.com and have recently started doing a few local craft and trade show events. I also have a few designs at Dulce Press in Cape Cod MA.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I have the opportunity to live the American dream, do what I love, and control my own destiny. For that, I am so grateful! I have the support of so many friends and family and I couldn’t do it without each and every one of them. After I win the lottery (any day now) I will still make jewelry. It just might be in my own workshop instead of on my kitchen counter!