Artistic Competition

I’m all for a healthy competition. A race of sorts to get the adrenaline pumping.
I love feeling my heart beating in my chest and my lungs gasping for air.
I love that feeling of accomplishment.
The overall exhaustion of doing my best.

This is why I run on the treadmill.

When it comes to business, I’m in competition with no one.

Not even my fellow jewellery maker friends.

They aren’t my competition – not even if we have similar design styles, and some of us do.

These people are my peers.

I don’t need to be better than them. I don’t need to beat them at a race. There isn’t a race to begin with.

I run my own race. I set my own goals and my business goals have absolutely nothing to do with those around me. The goals I set for myself and for my business are for me, and me alone. They are set so that I can challenge myself, and to see if I can beat last months’ numbers, or hell, even last years’ numbers.

My goals aren’t there so that I may compete with my peers. After all, what I may set for myself, may be too lofty or not big enough for another. And you know what? That’s quite alright.

I have been in this industry for long enough to know what works and what doesn’t. And treating everyone around me like my competition, certainly doesn’t. Comparing myself to another artisan doesn’t. 1) they could have more experience than I. 2) they could have less experience than I. 3) they could be marketing to a completely different market than I.

There are so many other reasons as well.

In my many years in this industry, I have learned one key thing. One thing that keeps my business going.

There is MORE THAN ENOUGH to go around.

Always. Always. Always. 

That’s why I can go to a small show (30 vendors) and about half are jewellery artisans, and do very well.

That’s why I can have so many amazing relationships with other jewellery artisans and we don’t go home and plot the others’ demise. (Or at least I don’t! HAHA!)

The reason so many artisans fail, is because they see everyone around them as competition instead of incredible allies. And that’s EXACTLY what another artisan is, and should be to you; an ally. Someone who “gets” what you’re doing and why. Someone who may have a bit more experience than you do, who can offer a quick tip here and there.

The problem is, no one is really sharing their information. They guard it and themselves as they would their prey from other predators. It’s really quite sad.

If we spent more time building each other up, instead of blocking ourselves off, we’d all have extremely successful businesses and lives, and in the end, we’d all be much happier people.



Spring Clearance Sale

Woot! Two posts in one day, I’m on a freakin’ roll!

Ha ha, just kidding – just so happens that I’m having a HUGE Sale over on Facebook AND in my Etsy shop and figured that you guys should be in the know too!

Everything is on sale! If you need supplies because you’re crafty like me, I have tons! Or if you just need something pretty and shiny, I can supply that as well.

There is a great selection of individual beads and small lots up for grabs. A lot of Czech Glass and a lot (a lot, a lot) of gorgeous Gemstones. I also have a great selection of my Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry Line. Necklaces, bracelets & earrings. OH and some fab beaded bookmarks too!

Here’s a Sneak Peek of what’s available:


Can I also ask a teeny, tiny favor? If you wouldn’t mind sharing this post or even the album from Facebook or my Etsy shop, I would greatly appreciate it!

Thanks so much for your continued support!

You guys ROCK!


Thankful Tuesday #1

I’ve decided to start a new series here on Krysta Marie Designs ~ Thankful Tuesdays. 

Of course, we should be thankful on days other than Tuesday, BUT, lets take it one day it at a time shall we, especially if being thankful and grateful are relatively new to you. Once you begin, you’ll find it difficult to not be thankful. Being thankful for everything around you, whether it’s your family & friends, your things or experiences (both good and bad), opens you up for even more to be thankful for.

There is always, always something to be thankful for.

So let me start.

On this Tuesday, March 25, 2014 I am thankful for:

1. My over-sized hooded sweatshirt. It’s warm and comfy and my favorite thing to wear when it’s chilly in the house.

2. Coffee.

3. My messy desk, because it’s filled with possibility and orders waiting to be filled. The fact that it’s messy means that I can again earn my keep this week.

4. Scented Candles – I received this gorgeous smelling Tahitian Vanilla one for Christmas – my entire space is filled with this glorious scent which is calming and helping to create the perfect atmosphere for the day.

5. YouTube – endless hours of all my favorite music. I get lost in music when I’m working and YouTube never lets me down.

6. My Children and their beautiful smiling faces that set my day off on just the right note. They never fail to make my mornings wonderful.

There are countless other things that I am thankful for, but 6 is a good number for today. It’s enough.

I hope you all have a wonderful day and if you’ve got a second, leave me a note with what you’re Thankful For.

Have a great day lovelies!


Change is in the air.

I love this time of year. 

The snow is starting to melt; the brutally cold days are coming to an end. And you can finally, finally get that faint whiff of Spring in the air. It truly is my favorite. Things are changing. The seasons, the clothing, and of course ourselves.

I’ve been pondering over the last few weeks about the direction I’d like to take Krysta Marie Designs. I love my business. I love having the ability to work from home (no overhead and working in my jammies!) and I love that I can making a sustainable living that supports myself, my children and my occasional frivolous shopping trips.

I’ve been feeling overwhelmed as of late. As if I’m putting more on my plate than I can chew. That I’m being pulled into too many directions and the only thing that’s keeping me in one piece is my heart – which is so full and fueled by passion. I can feel it though, the epic crash and burn is upon me. And whether that means that I completely shut down from being so overwhelmed and stressed out, or the business fails completely because I’m being pulled in a million different ways, I’m not sure.

That’s the purpose of this blog post. Although difficult, I’ve made a decision and I’m finally ready to share it with you all.

First and Foremost – I am NOT giving up the business. I’m not caving under the pressure and the continuous scrutiny of those around me who don’t get us “artsy types”. I’m actually refocusing the business. I’m letting go of certain parts of it, so that I can make my focus on one or two areas, instead of 10.

After a lot of thought I have decided to make my Chainmaille Collection the main focus. I couldn’t have anticipated how quickly it took off. I’ve been designing and creating chainmaille for the better part of almost 8 years. And I have offered it through Krysta Marie Designs for about the last 3. The Chainmaille is my best work. It’s my best seller. And I’ll be honest, it’s the bread and butter of my business. I have decided that in order for me to continually be successful and to thrive in a niche that is so saturated with jewelry artisans, that I need to pour all of my attention and focus into it. 

Now, with that being said – I will still be offering beaded pieces – BUT – they won’t be designed, created or produced in the quantity that they were. I will also happily take custom orders for beaded pieces. Instead, I will be finding ways to work beads into my maille. Again, that will be my main focus.

I’ve also decided to sell off my current Supplies Stock from the Etsy shop. For the time being, selling supplies needs to take a back seat while I rebrand and rework everything. All of the supplies currently listed have gone through a significant price reduction. Everything is either at Wholesale or below Wholesale Pricing. I’m also open to offers if you’re looking at purchasing in bulk.

I appreciate your continued support and I hope you’ll all join me on this new, exciting adventure! I’m so thrilled and feeling a significant weight being lifted off my shoulders. 

It’s time for change and change is good.

I love you all and thanks for sticking it out with me!