Movers Makers Hustlers Shakers

Hi guys! I wanted to jump on here and spill my heart out before things get completely crazy next week and time becomes even more sparse than it already is.

Through social media, I see SO many friends, acquaintances, and people that I’ve never met prepping their small businesses for all the Christmas shopping that’s about to take place and I had to give a shout out and tell you how much I admire all of their hard work. The majority of these small business owners I follow are also mamas and I wonder every single day how they make it look so easy! I know better though - they are busting their booties and killing it because they’re passionate about what they do, and because, let’s face it - we kinda like the crazy and most of us have bills to pay. ;)

As a small business owner myself, I know there is SO much more to running a business than just making the actual product - the behind the scenes for artisans can be absolutely NUTS and more often than not, it’s a one person show. It.is.hard. When people find out that I work a lot in the local coffee shop (its become my home away from home), the response is always the same. “Oh?! How do you make your jewelry there??” I don’t. The jewelry making is only part of what I do. What I do involves soooo much more than that! Those that have a little business like mine are probably nodding their heads, right? There is so much that goes into it all year long, but especially during the holidays when demand is higher. You want to prep and plan as best as you can, but it’s really a guessing game and you’re often left scrambling to try to keep up. It’s nonstop trial and error. Committed small business owners get knocked down, then get back up. They feel defeated, yet they keep chugging along. They get stuck, but they somehow find a way to power through. It can seem like it would just be easier to throw in the towel sometimes, but the feeling is temporary and tomorrow is always a fresh start. I remind myself of this often.

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I ask that you look around you this holiday season and make a list of the small business owners you know that work tirelessly on their craft year round - how can you support them this year? Maybe it’s a purchase? Maybe it’s sharing their social media pages to your friends and family? Maybe it’s visiting them at a show/pop-up/craft fair? Maybe it’s just a like or comment on the products they post? As it becomes increasingly difficult to be seen on social media, every little bit helps and I guarantee we all appreciate it!

I am beyond grateful to all of you that support my small business as I go into my 8th holiday season! Not only do I help support my family by doing what I do, but this business is how my family is able to give back in the capacity that we do. You’re part of a bigger picture and I can’t express how much we appreciate all the things you do to support this! A special shout out to the other businesses in the community that collaborate with chip+chisel - StarCycle Felida, StarCycle Vancouver, Barre3 Camas, Sass Beauty - you guys have been so good to me and my gratitude runs deep.

A huge thank you in advance for considering shopping small with chip+chisel this holiday season - you allow me to be home with my babies yet still maintain (most of) my sanity with this creative outlet of mine. ;)

xo
lindsy

For more ideas on shopping small, here’s an article I read if you’re interested: https://www.tabithaemma.com/7-ways-to-support-small-business-this-year-and-why-you-should/

Thank You For The Inspiration!

“Lindsy, I have been meaning to write to you since Christmas. My husband ordered me a necklace for Christmas from my boys, Landon & Colton. I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me. I was diagnosed with AML on January 1st. I have been wearing my necklace every day to remind me why I’m so positive. Thank you again for the amazing necklace!”  
~ Lesley                                                                                                          

We love hearing the stories and meanings behind the pieces we create for our customers and feel so blessed to be able to do something we are so passionate about and that others love and appreciate as well! As a new mama to twins, it’s been a real challenge to find a work/life balance and I can’t tell you how much it means when that work is validated by your positive comments and testimonials.

A huge thank you to our customers around the world…we LOVE being your source for personalized, handstamped jewelry and are continually inspired to create each individual piece with love and the utmost attention to detail. After I personally handstamp each piece, it passes through two more sets of hands for a little extra TLC before I give the final seal of approval for it to be sent on its way to you.  We are confident that every detail has been taken care of and your purchase is something we’d be proud to wear ourselves!

We’d love to hear more of your stories, the meanings behind the pieces or any general feedback you’d like to share, so please feel free to comment below or send us an email if you’d prefer. We hope to feature more testimonials on our website in the future!