We were looking for a fun craft to keep busy on hot summer days during summer vacation. I have two girls who absolutely love dress up and go all out with makeup, costumes and accessories (I go a little bonkers with the costumery as well).
My eldest daughter, now 11, is into anything steampunk (especially dress up), so she decided to try her hand at making steampunk-inspired charm necklaces after a visit to the craft store. I put the word out on Facebook and her first seven pieces were sold within a few hours. She was very excited and proud of herself and couldn't wait to make and sell some more.
In the past I'd made a few jewelry pieces for Deeds & Petunia, but never delved that deeply into jewelry making. But in watching her work and helping her along, I discovered I too LOVED the creative process of jewelry designing. Pretty soon my 9 year old was hooked as well, and before we knew it we had amassed a collection of jewelry that's designed around our love for imaginative play and favorite dress up - woodland/faerie, steampunk, or fable worthy.
We decided to try starting an Etsy shop called Odd Hazel. The girls would keep making designs as it suited them and I would design alongside, run the shop and sell whatever we dreamed up.
I get to create alongside my daughters which never feels like work. :) Looking forward to see how Odd Hazel grows.