This has been a pretty amazing journey I must say. There has been quite a bit of trial and error, but sometimes even that doesn't matter. Just when you think you have something figured out or organized, the wind blows and everything ends up out the window again.
Working with Haiti has proved to have it's challenges. This is not news to me, I lived there, challenged, every day for five years. Recently I made the decision to purchase less pre-made jewelry and more the beads, leather and pieces of jewelry to be assembled here in the states. I often made purchases that were shipped to me only to find out items had been stolen at customs or some other issue had come up. The companies I work with were always very quick to replace any missing items, but it seemed contrary to why we started. I had to make a change and it has worked out beautifully.
Then there is the metal art. I am very fortunate that I work with so many companies that are willing to let me design and share my crazy ideas with them. My dear friend Miquette takes the brunt of my antics and I love her dearly for it. We have been working on some great Christmas ornaments for the holiday season and have run into some struggles, but have learned a great deal in the process.
Things we learned include having the artisan draw a pattern before making a first piece. We also learned that that doesn't really matter either. Sometimes you just have to laugh and say, Oh well. It's all been fun either way!
There is nothing I would change in this journey and this business of mine. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to display the work of many artisans in various medias. It is a passion that I hope I can share with all of you some day (but that's another blog ;)