Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Creme to give up her clay...?

I'm in a Tug-Of-War,
over what direction my business should go.
CLAY              vs              STAMPING
Every single day I think about the future of Creme de la Gems.   I think about the time it takes to
mold and shape a focal character, to get it just right, and I think about the hours I devote
on my clay designs (and I'm not talking about my simple clay charms as shown above...I'm talking about my focal characters, such as Princesses 'n such).
"Is it worth it?"
And then there is this new found art of stamping.  Can I just tell you it is
a MILLION times easier?!  So why is this decision so difficult for me?
When I could sell a sterling silver stamped necklace for $35 vs. a clay necklace for $35.
One takes approx. 30 minutes to make and the other sometimes 3 hours.

One thing about me is that I dislike saying "no."  It is a horrible, horrible flaw that I struggle with.
My wonderful Pastor, "Pastor Fred," recently spoke on:
"Let your yea's be yea, and your neigh's be neigh."
Okay Pastor, I will really, really, really try to keep your words of wisdom on my
front burner.  Because I need to.  I really need to.

So I go back and forth.
Partly because I hate to say no, but even more is that I LOVE my customers!
My customers are the BEST!  They wait sometimes THREE months to receive a clay
necklace from me.  That's ONE clay necklace!  They should drop me, right?
They love Creme Clay Jewels.  And I love making them happy.
Oh, wait...see?  See what I'm doing again?  I'm thinking of my Clay Customers
and Not the future of Creme de la Gems.
"I'm a people please-er *sigh* "
So that is what has been on my mind for quite a nutshell.

It is time to think about the future.  And think about what is best for me & for my family
And I'm choosing stamping.
I said it.  I need to keep my word.
I pray that the stamping will keep my creative needs met.

Will "Creme" give up her Clay entirely?
Not sure.  
I can't say.  
But maybe not?
Time to get on my knees...again...

Is there any hope for me Pastor Fred?


Shawna Del Real said...

OH NO! Don't give it up entirely..maybe try simplifying the line. I was in a tug o war about sticking with my hair accessories biz or just going all out with the jewelry and decided to do a little of both. I have been able to please ALL of my customers this way.
I agree, pray about it and let God show you what to do. Whatever you do it should just feel naturally good and right.

Anonymous said...

Follow your heart..because your heart will lead you to what you love!!:)

Tracy @ Crème de la Gems said...

I know that is exactly what you did :) I love you, and am so grateful to call you my friend.

Spirit Pony Designs said...

This is something I have struggled with as well.

I agree with Kathy, follow your heart. I'm sure whatever you decide, your work will be fabulous. :)


Ollie Girl! Custom Boutique said...

I just adore your work and was recently pondering your pretty creations paired with some of my Ollie Girl! Creations. Your stamped pieces are just GORGEOUS! I think you need to follow where the Lord leads you. You only have so many years that your kids are home with you... that time to invest in them. If God leads you and you follow, you will be in His will.
Lots of time, love and care invested into those beautiful creations of yours.. I so appreciate, relate and understand your position. Keep seeking the Lord in all you do, and He will surely direct you! Hugz, <3 Angela

Tracy @ Crème de la Gems said...

Thank you Jamie and Angela :)
I will follow my heart...

SR said...

Your clay pieces are such divine pieces of art! I love your stamped pieces too, but have never seen anything more beautiful than your clay work.. I hope that you keep doing it- they truly are so unique and wonderful. Just raise your prices to make it worth it.

bichongal said...

Tracy, your Clay Art is so very special. Why don't you consider doing your Clay Art four times a year?i.e. January, April, July and October. You could take orders in advance for those months. That way your customers, who LOVE your Clay Art, would still be able to get it. They'd just need to plan ahead.