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From Left to Right: First ring I ever made, the original U-Shape Earrings in Austin, TX, The Wrap Bracelet, Smoky Quartz Earrings

For a long time I've been toying with the idea of creating a blog for Minx and Wild, the only problem was that I didn't know how I wanted to use my blog. Would it be casual and something I updated randomly or would I try to hold myself to a schedule and have predetermined themes for each blog?

The one thing I've learned since starting this business is that it's easy to overthink and not do. The only way to make any progress is to just do it (cliché, I know). 

So, for my first ever blog post on Minx and Wild I decided the best place to start is at the beginning. Minx and Wild technically started July 4, 2017, but in reality it started the fall of my sophomore year in high school (the year doesn't matter). 

A friend of mine, her mom, owned a bead store in Richmond, VA (my hometown) and one day she invited me over to teach me how to make my own jewelry. Before that I enviously looked at her beautiful pieces and wished I could do something as cool as that. I bought all of my supplies from that store (my beads, wire, crimp beads, pliers and wire cutters). I went over to her house on a Sunday and she taught me how to plan out my design before stringing it on the wire (I'm a very impatient person, but this really does prevent creative accidents). I fell in love with the meditative process of placing the beads on the string and watching my creation come to life. Two hours passed without me realizing it and I had a gorgeous turquoise beaded necklace with a painted wood charm inlaid with cut glass. I wore this necklace to homecoming.

Throughout high school and college I made necklaces and bracelets as a hobby. Sometimes people would commission me for pieces, but most of the time it was a creative release for me. Even though I went to school for a creative major, I never had the same level of pleasure or relaxation as I would when making jewelry.

Fast forward through life and I let my passion for jewelry fall to the side. It wasn't until 2015 when I decided to take my first ever metalsmith jewelry class at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas. It was an 8 week program that met once a week and reignited my passion for working with my hands and seeing my creation come to life. I ended up moving to Austin in 2017 and dabbled with making some small earrings and wrap bracelets. I sold them through my etsy shop but again, didn't have any real direction on what I wanted to make.

 In 2018, I moved back to Fort Worth, TX and through healing a broken heart (my cat died and I ended a relationship...notice which event came first...that signifies its importance to be honest) I felt drawn to reconnect with that creative outlet again. I had an idea for a really cool earring, long (I like statement pieces) and made with crystals. I had some smoky quartz leftover from an old jewelry supply purchase from Austin and I decided to take a stab at my idea.

It took an hour but the joy I felt when I completed my new pair of earrings was something I hadn't felt in a very long time. I reconnected to a part of myself that I had forgotten. I wore these earrings constantly and decided to make the Raw Quartz Earrings. After that I got commissioned to make the Aqua Aura Quartz Earrings, which is one of my most popular earrings!

Fast forward and I participated in Artsgoggle 2018, I sold my jewelry at Quirk Gallery in Richmond, VA, I had my first wholesale order, I am carried in several stores in Fort Worth, I was a featured in Voyage Dallas, I am teaching a workshop at the 2019 Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love in Marfa, TX, as well as local workshops in Fort Worth and Dallas.

I have so much gratitude for everyone that has supported me on this journey and I really love meeting my customers at the different events I get to sell at. I want a more consistent way of meeting you, so in October of 2019 I am planning on opening a tiny store within my friend's workshop so that I can have weekend hours for those who want to shop in person. This will hopefully open in October, but follow me on social media for the latest information. 

Moving forward I am going to aim for a Friday blogpost with updates on Minx and Wild, new products and any fun events I have coming up! 

xoxo-Joellen