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Midas is HERE!

So here’s the release of the Midas line. I’ve been dreaming of working with gold since I started making jewelry and I feel like that dream is finally coming to fruition. This line has been in the works since I released In Bloom last September. It’s been a long journey, and this release isn’t going to go how I had planned, but that’s life, right? Here’s the story:

My intention was to release Midas¬†March 15, with 4 beautiful new collections. Here it is, more than a month later, and I have 3 incomplete collections to release. Some of you may know that I was in a wreck the end of December and suffered injuries to my right hand (my dominate hand) and couldn’t work for 6 weeks. Fortunately, with the help of physical therapy, I’m at least to a point where I can work again, so I’m releasing what I have. And once a week, for the next month, I’ll be releasing the rest of the line. Please be on the lookout for the 4 mini releases happening over the next month. I’ll be posting and scheduling those soon! The first will be the remainder of the Lotus Collection. It’s missing some post earrings, small rings, and bracelets. Next will be the Sprouts Collection, and it’s missing the large statement necklaces, cuffs and simple bracelets. Third will be more from the Pods collection. Since these are all One Of A Kind pieces anyway, this will sort of be an ongoing thing, but I’ll have a good batch to release the third week. And finally, the entire Bloom collection will be released the 4th week. So stay tuned!

So, without further ado, I give you Midas; whimsical with a dash of edge, inspired by nature, formed from sterling silver and 18k gold, accented with a variety of stones.

Enjoy! I know I have while making these! 

Stan Against Evil

I had the honor of having one of my rings featured this past fall (November 2017) on the IFC show “Stan Against Evil”. Stan Against Evil is classified as a horror comedy. It’s cheesy graphics poke fun at the 80s horror films and is more funny than it is horror, to me. John C McGinley and Janet Varney co-star in this hilarious show.

Season 2 Episode 5 “The Eyes of Evie Barret” is based around the main female character purchasing a cursed ring and then things going awry from there in the episode. The cursed ring is my pearl wire wrapped ring in gold filled metal.

You can get your own cursed ring Here.

2018 and beyond!

I just realized it’s been a very long time since I wrote a blog post… it’s so easy to get wrapped up in life and forget about small tasks like this. Of course I’m going to say I’m going to do better about the frequency of these posts, and I genuinely want to, but my mind takes me 20 different directions all day, so if I’m being honest… let’s hope that I remember to put it on my calendar.

Okay, so… down to business.

Since the last post I released a new line last Fall (epic fail not blogging about it…) called In Bloom. It’s full of whimsical, but slightly edgy, nature inspired pieces. It’s beautiful and gained me my first award – 3rd place at the Summit Art Fest.

The holiday/show season was insane as usual, but I survived another year working it alone with some temporary help here and there.

I’m planning on releasing a new line sometime this Spring. I was originally hoping for early spring, but an injury to my hand may have delayed that release date. We shall see, and when the date is determined, I’ll be sure to post about it. If you follow me on social media (instagram, twitter, Facebook) you’ve seen the posts of my sketches for it. It’s called Midas, and will be closely related to the In Bloom in the respect that it’s nature inspired, too, but this new line will have accents of 18k yellow gold in the pieces.

I also have 2 more lines in the works. One you’ve seen posts from, I just don’t have it organized into a proper line, but it will be called Formed and will have all of the electroformed pieces in it.

The other is a simple, minimalist inspired line called Hammered that will feature hammered textures on the surfaces.

To make room for all of these new lines, I’m announcing that I will be retiring the Prong & Raw line. Once on hand inventory is sold out, there will not be more made. ***Stockists – I will work with you on phasing this line out and replacing the work with suitable pieces.

I attended the Mock Jury that the ST Louis Art Fair puts on, and got some good feedback on my application presentation. I’ll be working on remodeling my booth a little bit to bring it up to par with the “big” artists. Keep an eye out on social media for those photos!

*If you’ve made it this far, congrats!*
Despite my passion for what I do – I’m not all work and no play…

Current things happening in my life: I just turned 30 last month, wooooo! My toddler loves to “help” me, and has her own set of pliers and beads. And, we just survived a bathroom remodel in our cute little house. (It was truly an eye opening experience!)

Until next time, y’all!

Just Keep Throwing Darts at the Dart Board…

The other day while I was mindlessly perusing Facebook, killing time, as most of us do from time to time, I stumbled upon a video that really resonated with me. It was Will Ferrell’s Commencement Speech as USC 2017. I’ve added the video to this post for your viewing pleasure. Now, if you’re like me, you’re not a huge Will Ferrell fan, and that’s okay, you don’t have to be to agree with his message during this speech.

This video resonated with me on so many different points, and it really made me think about what I do, I just felt like it was worth sharing and worth the discussion…..

He talks about how people think they’ll get out of college and immediately get their dream job. Wrong. It takes time, you have to fight and claw your way to your dream, it’s not going to be handed to you on a platter. Even if you’re Will Ferrell, and he talks about his humble beginnings. And the one line that stuck with me most he then says, ” I was just trying to throw as many darts at the dart board as I could, hoping one would stick.”

This has been my approach to my business in a nut shell. It seems like as a society we’re quick to share our success on social media. We share out triumphs, we make it seem like our lives are flawless and perfect. And don’t get me wrong, life is wonderful, but there are moments that aren’t perfect. There are disappointments, there are missed goals, and there are even heart breaks. And that’s okay. That’s all apart of life, but we’re not transparent about those moments as much and it can leave people feeling less than deserving. So in the spirit of transparency, I’ll share my most recent and biggest disappointment. To give you some background information, I’ve been working my tail off to get into some national level art shows, like the Saint Louis Art Fair and the Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City. It’s been a dream of mine since I started my business 4 years ago. I didn’t have the things I needed quite right for the Saint Louis Art Fair application deadline, so I was not terribly surprised when they declined to invite me. I kept moving forward, got my ducks in a row and turned in my application exactly how I intended for it to be in time for the Plaza Art Fair application. And last Thursday, I got their response e-mail to my application. My heart was racing when I saw the e-mail in my inbox. I was positive this was my invitation to be an artist in their festival, so you can imagine my disappoint when I read the words “we regret to inform you that you have not been selected to be an artist in this years festival”. No explanation, and not even selected as a wait list artist… it was definitely a a disappointing moment. So much so, I stopped working for the rest of the evening and allowed myself a small pity party. I couple years ago, I would have felt guilt for my pity party, but I’ve learned it’s okay to grieve disappointments, so long as you don’t live there and let yourself wallow. My agreement with myself is that I would get the rest of that evening to be sad, and then the next day it was back to throwing darts at the dartboard.

I didn’t even get to finish my pity party that evening before things started to turn around. I had a sale, which is not uncommon, but this sale was out of the usual. I had a gentleman purchase 4 of the exact same ring, informed me that their intentions we to use this ring as a prop on a TV show, asked that I fill out a release contract for them to use it on the show and then gave me information about the show. Well, that’s pretty exciting, something I made is going to be used as a prop for a TV show! And several years ago when I started watching the TV show “Vikings” I was also following a Celtic jewelry artist that made all the jewelry used on that show and I remember thinking ” how cool would that be to design and make all the jewelry used for a TV show?!” Maybe this is that chance.. maybe it’ll just be a one time thing, but it’s still neat in my book.

Then another thing happened that turned my night around more. I received an e-mail from an Art Gallery in Saint Louis asking me to join them in being an artist with a running display in their gallery. This was a first for me. Usually I scout and approach galleries, so it was quite a pleasant surprise to be the one scouted and approached. I’m happy to say I’ve accepted that offer and will be setting up my display in the Knox Gallery of Fine Art this Sunday.

Although, things didn’t pan out exactly how I wanted, things can still go well. And it’s because I choose to continue to keep throwing darts at the dart board. It’s either that or let the fear and disappointment take over and quit.

Back to Will Ferrell’s speech, the next thing that stuck with me was when he talked about fear, specifically the fear of chasing your dreams.
“And yes I was afraid, you’re never not afraid, I’m still afraid. But my fear of failure never approached in magnitude my fear of “what if”. What if I never tried at all?”

I can’t image not doing what I do. I can’t image not chasing this dream. It’s been exciting and wonderful, along with stressful and sometimes disappointing. But you’ll never get to the exciting and wonderful parts if you don’t fight through the disappointing parts.

I guess the points I was trying to make with this post were these two things –

1. If you’re chasing your dreams, don’t beat yourself up looking at what everyone else is doing and thinking they have it all together and everything goes right for them all of the time. That’s not true, we just don’t usually get to see the disappointments.

2. If you’re chasing your dreams, it’s not going to happen overnight. It takes work, resilience, and perseverance. You have to be really good at dusting yourself off and as Will Ferrell said, “just keep throwing darts at the dart board”, one is bound to stick eventually.

The Winding Road Less Traveled

Hi y’all! I’m Elle Hinnah, shop founder, designer, maker, and all other titles that go with being a one woman handmade business. I get asked pretty often how I ended up in my career. It is an unusual one, so it’s only fitting that my path here be unusual as well, full of unexpected turns. We’ll call it the winding road less traveled.

My entire life I’ve been passionate about creating things. When I was very young, people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I would cheerfully reply ” an artist!”. Throughout my life, I was guided away from this dream, with good intentions, to something more “practical”; business. I have a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Human Resources. In 2013 with the anticipation that I wanted to be a mother and be home with any children that I may have, I decided to quit my corporate job in an HR department to pursue being an entrepreneur. My ideas were unclear, and I adopted a “figure it out as a go” mentality about this new pursuit. I knew I wanted to do something creative, and I grew up sewing (I started when I was only 4 years old), so I decided to try my hand at making baby quilts. While this was a fun endeavor, it was unsuccessful, as everyone and their mother in the Midwest either quilt themselves, or knows someone that quilts. So, with that flop, I was left to start over and refocus. What did I want to do? I wanted to do something where I could be truly artistic. I wanted to do something I was passionate about. I wanted to do something that entwined a lot of my interests… so I set my sights on designing and creating jewelry.

Fast forward nearly 4 years from quitting my corporate job and I’m a single mom to a bouncy toddler daughter and I’m running a full time handcrafted jewelry business by myself. To say life is busy is an understatement, but I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.

Jewelry has been a special thing in my life. I have so many pieces passed down from family members that have a story, and because of that, a special place in my heart. I wanted to be able to create the same things for other people, something that will be heirloom quality. It’s a part of so many families’ stories. Maybe is starts with a gift while people are dating, then it’s an engagement ring, or wedding bands, anniversary gifts, special occasions like a graduation and they’re passed down from generation to generation. I love to hear from customers that I’ve created a piece that developed a story just like that. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised at this, after all, this one of a kind jewelry I make is crafted here in the “Heartland”, so where else would it have a place other than in people’s hearts?

Holiday Order Deadlines!

The holidays are fast approaching! Here is the order deadline information to make sure you get your item on time.
These are the dates the order has to be submitted to me by to ensure your item will be to you by Christmas.

***In stock inventory Deadlines (items listed on the website as they are)***These deadlines are NOT for custom orders, those deadlines are listed further down.***

International First Class & International Priority – November 30
International Priority Express – December 7
Domestic First Class Mail – December 19
Domestic Priority Mail – December 20
Priority Mail Express – December 22
Local Pickup – December 23

*** Custom Order Deadlines (items that are altered or completely customized need to follow these deadlines)

International First Class & International Priority – November 27
International Priority Express – December 4
Domestic First Class Mail – December 16
Domestic Priority Mail – December 17
Priority Mail Express – December 19
Local Pickup – December 20

Please feel free to let me know if there are any questions concerning these deadlines!

Holiday Events

Hey y’all!

It’s that time of year when I’m super busy with holiday orders and events! I thought I’d share my schedule with you guys in case you’re in the Mid-Missouri area and wanted to stop by to say Hi.

Saturday – November 26 – Glasgow, MO – Sip n’ Shop during Ol’ Time Christmas 2pm-8pm (not sure of exact location, but we’ll be downtown somewhere, and it’s a small town, you can’t get too lost!)

Saturday – December 3 – Sedalia, MO – State Fair Community College Holiday Craft Show – Multipurpose Center
This is a show I’ve done every year since starting my business. It’s got a LOT handmade sellers and a huge variety of things.

Sunday – December 4 – Glasgow, MO – Rose Ridge Jewelry & That’s Crafty Crochet Open House – My Home
This is another event I’ve done every holiday season. I open my home up to customers to come shop, enjoy treats and pick up custom orders if you’ve placed one. This year we’re doing a new twist and including my bestie’s business – That’s Crafty Crochet! We’ll have lots of pretty crocheted items and jewelry, so please stop by. We send out the address through Facebook Invite, so shoot myself, or Becky a message and we’ll get that info to you!

Compared to past years, this is a lot less busy craft show schedule, but I’m happy to be participating in the events that I am and I hope to see y’all there.

Now, I’ve gotta get back to work!

Pretty new photos!

So, remember when I talked about having professional photos taken of some of my pieces? I got those back a couple weeks ago and they’re to die for. I love them! They’re exactly what I had in mind and hopefully (fingers crossed) my ticket to getting into the “big league” art shows. That’s the dream and the goal, so we’ll see. In the meantime, I’ll just keep hustling!

Anyway, I wanted to share these amazing images and do a shameless plug for the photographer that did the amazing work – Travis Carroll.
Here’s his website: http://www.carrolltravis.com/about-1/

So instead of filling of this blog post with words, I’m just going to share some of the gorgeous images created by Travis and I’ll let y’all ogle those. Enjoy!

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I just watched all my wildest dreams come true…

It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post, I’ve been slacking, but to say life has been busy would be an understatement…

**Preface – this blog post is not a typical one for me about jewelry, or even much about my business, even though my business afforded me this opportunity. This blog will encompass something much more personal to me. So, bear with me while I introduce you to a side you probably haven’t met unless you know me well…

I just returned home from spending the weekend in Beverly Hills at the LA Femme Film Festival. My business was invited to be a product sponsor for this (I made jewelry that was included in the gift bags that were given to the celebrities that attended) and in return I received VIP All Access passes to the entire event including the Red Carpet, Awards Ceremony and all the After Party Events. When I started my business three years ago, never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined this is where it would take me. And I have an inkling that this isn’t even the top. Not even close…

For a small town Missouri girl, this event was overwhelming. Not in a bad, anxiety attack inducing way. There were just a lot of feelings and emotions that were evoked within me surrounding this event, so I spent my flight home yesterday sorting those out and I’ll do my best to give them the words they deserve, but words were never my forte.

In short, this experience was amazing, motivating, inspiring, humbling, empowering, and in every essence of the word – awesome. It is by far the best experience I’ve had with my business yet. To be surrounded by such strong, motivated, and independent women that are constantly working towards changing the status quo in regards to “gender norms” was wonderful. To be surrounded by women that know what it is to fight, claw, scratch their way to where they are with their careers, I felt validated and understood. These women told countless stories of how they overcame obstacles in their lives to achieve what they have, and every single word resonated with me. These women know what it is to be told to “do something more practical with your life” by well meaning family and friends. These women know what is it to be judged for working intense hours instead of “focusing on solely being a ‘good wife’ and ‘good mother'”. These women know what it is to not be taken as seriously in a professional setting simply because of the gender they are. The words grateful and thankful can’t even begin to cover the appreciation I have for being able to be a part of this experience. So thank you, if any of you are reading this, to the La Femme Film Festival. Thank you to Leslie LaPage for envisioning this and making it happen even though you were met with resistance to your idea over the years. You never gave up and it continues to grow, reach women, and change lives. Thank you to the writers, film makers, directors, and actors that come and share your experiences. You put your heart and souls out there to touch lives on such an utterly raw and personal level, I’m in awe. And last, but most certainly not least of all, thank you to the women, not just in this industry, but that are entrepreneurs, trail blazers, innovators, or other bad- assery that I’m forgetting to mention. To the ones who share their stories of struggle – thank you, it helps the rest of us know we’re not alone. And to the ones still struggling in silence, know you’re not alone. One day all of the struggles, battles, and fights will be worth it.

Even with this experience, I know my struggles as a woman, an entrepreneur, and a single mother, won’t end. It won’t eliminate people that lack compassion and understanding. It won’t end gender inequality and misogynistic attitudes. We can acknowledge it and address it, or we can continue to ignore it and shove our heads in the sand. With our current situation in society, glaringly brought to light with current politics, I really feel it’s impossible to ignore and deny any longer. All we can do is continue to fight this one battle at a time and increase awareness of the situations women face. We owe it to ourselves and to our daughters and sons to continue it.

I’m a jewelry designer and creator. That doesn’t seem very deep, but if I can help other women feel inspired, motivated, and driven through my experiences, it seems like so much more than just jewelry. I really want to reach and help other women as I was this weekend. I am dedicated to returning that energy back out into the world. Even if I only reach just one person, it will be worth it in the end. It has become evident that this passion within me, will be my mission in life.

-Elle

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Motivation & Career Goals

My second #SmithingSunday went well today! I got the labradorite set I’ve been posting pictures of finished up and the third set for the photography shoot is underway. I’m loving how the labradorite set turned out and I’m excited for the third set. The third set is coral in a bezel setting (Same type of setting as the labraodite, the stone sits in a “cup” type setting), but will have different embellishments around the bezel. The coral stones are smooth, instead of faceted ( when a stones surface has angles cut into it, it’s called a faceted stone – princess cut diamond, is an example of a faceted stone). So, there are some similarities between the sets, but also some vast differences. I’m looking forward to getting some pictures posted of this set!

Speaking of pictures… that’s what these three sets are for. I’m taking the three sets to a professional photographer this Saturday to be photographed. I’m beyond excited for this. I think this will be the thing that helps me gain invitations to the major art festivals, like the Kansas City Plaza Art fair, which was this past weekend.

I attended the Plaza Art Fair just as an art enthusiast and not as a vendor. And it was ah-mazing! It’s so motivating to me to be in that type of environment. I loved it. And supported an artist there by purchasing a ring from her, which will continue to serve as a motivational reminder to keep pushing, hustling and striving to get better, because one day I WILL be a vendor at that art show. It’s gonna happen! And to make this happen… I gotta get back to work now!

I’ll post again next Sunday and let y’all know how the photo shoot went!