It’s hard to start this post…I mean I haven’t blogged in forever and a day so how do I start it? Like I’ve been blogging consistently? Do I need to reintroduce myself? Do I just act like everything is the same?

The truth is, I don’t know where to start because this is a post unlike any I’ve written in my 14 years of having this business. It’s so weird to even come up with text to write what I’m about to say. So instead of just dragging this on, I’ll say what I came to say – it is time for this season of Amy Cornwell Designs to end. Most of the people who know Amy Cornwell know her as the jewelry lady. It’s just the way it is and I’m so grateful for the time that I’ve been your “jewelry lady”. I just simply feel like it’s time to move on. There are many reasons for this, but I want to let you in on a few.

I have felt in the last year or so that I’ve wanted to focus in a different direction. My passions have changed, we’ll say. I grow more and more excited every day with sharing natural living and less excited at the creation side of jewelry design. You can see that in the lack of new products that I’ve been putting out. It’s really hard to know where to go when your passions change…when one grows and one seems to die out. If you’d like to join me in following my new passion (I’m in this for the rest of my life, I believe in it so much) – either in using the products or building a successful business in sharing natural products, please email me. I’d love to chat with you more about it!

Another reason is simply that as my new passion grows financially, the jewelry business has been slowing down, almost to a halt. This is my fault, because I haven’t been doing the things I need to do to properly grow a business.

The last reason that I’ll talk about today is simply (or not so simply) a huge life change getting ready to happen for our family. It is a GOOD thing, don’t hear anything else in that. It is not something I’ve decided to talk about right now publicly as I’m learning how things will be going, but I know that I can’t do all the things. Those of you who have been around here for a while know that I am my only employee. I don’t have someone that can take the reigns on the jewelry side. Something has to give so that other things can flourish.

So what does this all mean for Amy as a jewelry designer? Consider this my two weeks notice (I can’t even believe I’m saying this!!). I’m sorry to be abrupt, I’ve been feeling this coming for quite a while but now feels like the time that I HAVE to make the announcement and decision. My shop will be open through the 31st of July. You’ll see today that most items have very limited quantities. I am keeping sales of the Teeny Stamped Band completely open for the next two weeks (no inventory limits) because that’s the item I sell the most of. The other items will be only the amount that I currently have in stock, which isn’t much.

Please hear me – I am so grateful to have been part of your lives for the last 14 years. I’ve learned more about some of you then you care to share publicly – lives lost, babies lost, pets lost…as well as celebrations of life and marriage and faith. I will be forever grateful that this business has allowed me to work from home and be with my children for the last 7 years since I quit my full time job. This business has allowed me to work inside my house, which can be a tricky road to navigate but one that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

There could be a time where I’ll open up for a flash sale or a seasonal opening, and I’m willing to entertain the idea of wholesale orders for retail shops. If you’d like to keep up with any potential sales and such, you can subscribe here. This is not my normal email list, this is a new one now that I’ve made this announcement. Plus I plan to still love on my natural living family with my diffuser jewelry. Thank you again for all that you’ve done for my business and family since 2003. I am forever grateful.

I’ll be taking over my @amycornwell instagram soon, so feel free to follow what’s going on with our family there if that interests you. I hope to share a lot more about our decision in the weeks to come. Blessings to you all. Much love.

packages-impactSoon, these packages will be under your trees. I wanted you to know today that your purchase impacts more than just my family. They impact the family of Amber, who helped me cut bands in November to prep for a sale. They impact the single mom at the post office. They impact members of my church’s food pantry. It’s more than just me.

I live in a small town – the kind of small town where there’s just 1800 people. We have a small country post office with two employees. The other day the lady at the post office told me that one of the town’s business owners who shipped a lot moved to another town. Now there’s just two of us that own businesses in our town that ship packages. She told me how much she needed my packages because otherwise they’d be hurting, insinuating that she’d lose her job if my packages weren’t there. She’s a single mom to two boys and knowing that every time I bring packages to the little post office, I’m impacting her family keeps me going. YOU are impacting the lives of this single mom and her boys…simply by purchasing something on my website.

A portion of the profits each month is given to my church. I do this because I believe God commands it in the Bible. This portion given to the church helps the ministries of the church, including the food pantry. Our food pantry feeds around 200 families every week and your purchase helps provide food for a family in need. There is hardly a greater gift than that.

It’s not only about me (although we’re grateful that this job helps pay for our needs) and it’s not only about you. Lives are being impacted with every sale and every package sent out. Thank you for giving that gift.

Much love.

I’m so excited to share sweet Laura’s shop with you today. I met Laura when she was part of our May Market and her jewelry was a HIT. I’m so thrilled that she decided to do a giveaway here so I can share what she does with you all. Laura’s shop is called MyTIZO Art Wear and her specialty is working with wire.

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Laura says: I am an only child, loving art my whole life.  Painting, pottery, cooking, drawing, music, I love it all.  I  fell head over heals with the notion to create jewelry, nearing the birth of my 3rd and last child in 2003. I’ve been married 20 years, I have a degree in Home Economics and Family Studies.  I love interior design, fashion, cosmetology, music, culinary arts, poetry and nature.  The Evolution and perfection of myTIZO designs keeps my work fun, and the customers/art shows keep it exciting.

My loyal customer base has helped me spread into boutiques throughout the Midwest, Texas, Arizona and Florida.  myTIZO’s allure in my opinion is the bold fresh style, ease on one’s pocketbook, and the excellent relationships I have with customers.   I think success has come to myTIZO because women like to share themselves through stories and relationships, sometimes in a matter of just 10 minutes in my booth, lifelong connections are made.  It’s amazing.  I have never been attached to the sales of my art wear, but the relationships….yes!

myTIZO has won various awards as well such as 2nd place of 50+ jewelry vendors at the 2011 Amish Acres Arts Fest in Nappannee, IN. In 2011 myTIZO had a small feature on local tv station’s programming in Champaign, IL for best new artist at the Chris Cringle Arts and Crafts show. She’s won honorable mention at Rising Sun Arts Fest, Rising Sun, IN 2013 and was interviewed on a Louisville radio show at the St James Court Art Show.

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Laura sent me my very own cuff to review and it’s so pretty. I love the rustic look of the aged leather because it was an old belt buckle. I just love how she’s repurposing the old to make pretty new things. It feels so great on and makes a nice statement on my wrist. It’s a really great cuff and I definitely recommend Laura’s jewelry!

You can see MyTIZO Art Wear at any of the following:
Instagram // Twitter // Facebook // Website

Laura’s giving away a $25 gift certificate to spend in her shop. Enter via the Rafflecopter App below.

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BOTM-blog3 I’m so excited to share with you this new collection that has been such a fun collaboration with Susan from Belle of the Midwest. She approached me a while back after launching her new blog and asked that we collaborate. What I thought was going to be one item has turned into a whole collection and I couldn’t be more excited to share that with you today on my birthday!

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I hope you guys love the way that the collection can be dressed up or down, layered or worn alone. The beauty of the collection is that every piece matches the other so you can pair them up however you want and every single one is $30 or less.

enewsThis stunning new bracelet is handmade from sterling silver wire right here in the studio. The wire is formed into a circle, soldered, shaped into an oval and hammered – link by link. It’s finished up by some time in the polisher giving it a sweet shine. The perfect everyday bracelet that you won’t want to take off! It’s lightweight yet heavy gauge and sure to get comments every where you go (because I get comments every time I wear the prototype!).

{P.S. The remaining Ready To Ship items are 30% off with code rts30 – only a handful left!}

{P.S.S. We now have TEN different essential oil diffusers in the shop – they’ve been a hit! Not one is more popular than the other really, all of the styles have been doing really well. Which would you choose?)