Please welcome Staci Tubbs. I am really grateful that she agreed to do this interview. If you are reading my Jewelry Tuesday blog for the first time and would like to be added to my list of jewelry designers. Send me a comment.
What inspired you to start creating jewelry? God. I prayed for many months after Jakob was diagnosed on a way to bring about awareness to how common childhood cancer was becoming and a way to raise money for childhood cancer research. I woke up one morning after having a dream/vision. Knew what to call the company, how to make everything, where to buy the products. God had the big picture laid out.
How long have you been making money selling your jewelry designs? Were suppose to make money? I missed that part can someone tell me where to find it!
Is jewelry designing your only business? Yes
Do you ever get in a slump in your creativity? Oh yes when I am overwhelmed with life
What do you do to get out of it? The satisfaction that one more person is aware of childhood cancer and how our children are suffering from the many side effects of chemo. It is sad when anyone is diagnosed with cancer. But most have already had a chance to live life, make mistakes, learn and have fun. Our children are being diagnosed before they have even had a chance to live life, and yet they are being forced if you will to grow up. Jakob acts so much older then 10 just because of everything he has been through. It isn’t just the children that are effected it is the families as well. Most families are two income families. When your child is diagnosed someone has to quit his or her job. The treatments are intense and enormous and long. So that really puts another impact on the family. It is a struggle everyday to fight for your child’s life and then fight to keep your head above water, pay the bills, keep life as normal as possible, keep your family together, deal with the siblings emotions….. the list goes on and on. It either makes or breaks you and unfortunately the statistics are high for divorce when you have a terminally ill child. So everyone is affected. You lose most of your friends due to everything the family has to deal with. It isn’t easy on anyone involved.
How do you sell your designs? Word of mouth, friends/family, my website
Do you have a blog/website? Yes/No Yes
What is the name of your blog/website? http://www.beadsofhope.com
Where do you advertise other than your website and blog? Nowhere yet.
What are your future plans? I pray one day everyone will know about childhood cancer and they will have learned it from Beads of Hope. I hope to expand our marketing and brand recognition. I would like to see it in boutiques and retail stores around the world. I hope to one day when Beads of Hope can fully fund a foundation to provide families with terminally/chronically ill children a place to turn for respite help. It is harder then heck to make meals, keep the house clean, do laundry, go grocery shopping, run errands all the things that we take for granite. They become impossible when you have a terminally/chronically ill child.
What advice would you give other jewelry designers? Don’t every give up. It takes time and patients. See out help. Get a mentor, I wish I had!! There are plenty of millionaires that went bankrupt before they made it. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Then jump in and enjoy the ride.
The contest to win Staci’s Bead of Hope’s bracelet will end Wednesday at 7:30pm Pacific Time. Next week’s designer will be Audrey Buskirk.