One year ago today I timidly and hopefully typed in the pertinent information to begin the formation of Sunny Rising Metal on Etsy.
It felt bold.
It ached with necessity: I love metal and had long wished to work with it.... I took a series of classes which taught me how to file and melt and solder and voila.... the rest has been something I have figured out on my own, stumbling and frustrated, wasting money over hopelessly destroyed pieces I could never really fix.
Onward I crept, buying a proper mini torch instead of using my Bed, Bath & Beyond creme brulee torch, purchasing thicker gauge silver and dedicating countless hours to mistakes and rebirths.
My business has sprouted, my leather and silverwork have grown in tandem as though planted together in the earth, one for each year I have decided to wing it and break the chains of corporate labor.
Their growth has been my saving grace and I have all of you to thank: your support, your comments and your love steer my little boat into calm waters when I come upon storms.
A triple sprout necklace for the ultimate homage to how much we've grown, for surely we've grown together: I have known your joys and sorrows through letters and emails and I have pretty much bared it all here for you to see, and you have cradled my heart.
To win this lovely necklace all you must do is leave a comment in the comment section. I will draw a name at random on the 9th - you have three days to post, one for every sprout.
I am so grateful for you and so excited to say that the Metal Shop is thriving and full of new thoughts, as is the Leather Shop.
Here's to many more years to come!!!