I am so excited I can barely contain my excitement!
And by that I mean I am so exhausted I can barely keep my eyes open.
I mean, excitement, exhaustion it's all pretty much the same, right?
In my case it is. The cause of my excitement and the cause of my exhaustion are one and the same. Today Greg and I officially opened our online jewelry shop, Hey June
But alas, I couldn't find that perfect little ruby anywhere. I checked birthstones but blech! Have you guys seen what has happened to birth stones lately? Let's just say Walmart has really had its way with birthstones the last decade. Ain't no one making a birthstone necklace these days that looks pretty and dainty and feminine.
So I decided fine fine fine. I'll do it. I'll make these necklaces for the world. My best friend since college has had a successful jewelry shop for years so she set me straight- told me where to find some much needed supplies and gave me all the advice one needs when one decides to start making necklaces with rubies in them. IT'S A WEIRD WORLD.
And that's how we arrived here. With these necklaces in my home. Made by me with some help from Greg. And when I say some help from Greg I mean he untangled twelve necklaces for about six hours tonight with the patience of a kind and tender nun. Thanks Greg! And word to the wise: DO NOT TANGLE NECKLACES.
I love celebrating my birthday and all, but I kind of started thinking that we should be celebrating so much more in life than just the month we were born. August is the month that Greg first kissed me. May is the month I got my first teaching job. March is the month I got married. In September I started this blog. October is the month that Maverick joined our family. November is the month my dad passed away, and then four years later on the exact same day, it was the day I found out I was pregnant with my first baby. I really ought to be celebrating or remembering all of these significant times in my life, not just my birth month.
Hey June's goal is to take a special period of time in your life and hang it around your neck for you to hold close to your heart. It's not just a necklace, it's a story.
When I'm feeling all romantical I wear August's stone (peridot)
to remember the month that Greg first planted his salty lips on mine.
But I didn't want to make no cheap jewelry. I can't help it, I like my jewelry the way I like my women- beautiful and feminine, yes, but also strong and durable. I have been blessed in my life to know the most amazingly beautiful and strong women, and these necklaces are a tribute to those women. All our pieces are made to last- they are made with 14 karat gold filled chain, 14 karat gold filled wiring, 14 karat gold filled clasps and real swarovski crystals. Gold filled jewelry means that your necklace will not turn color on you or turn your skin colors. IT WILL STAY GOLD. Because what's the point of spending money on a necklace if you can't wear it anymore after a few weeks? A main goal of these necklaces is that they are simple enough, pretty enough, versatile enough, strong enough and durable enough to be an every day, staple piece of jewelry.
Greg and I do the wiring on our necklaces ourselves which means that each piece is unique and has its own personality and character. June does the wiring on some of the necklaces too and those ones are real unique. Chalk full of personality. (I kid. I kid.)
Go check out the shop. It would be an honor to help you remember significant times in your life with our jewelry. AND because it's opening week and because you are my faithful, awesome blog readers I am giving you all 20% off necklaces for the first week. Just enter BLOG20 at check out. AND if you order $50+ worth of jewelry you get free shipping. Use code FREESHIP. And that shipping deal, dearies, is good forever!
Oh, and follow us on instagram (@heyjuneshop) for all the behind the scenes action, giveaways, discounts, and the first scoop on new items coming out. There may or may not be a giveaway coming up soon. Just saying.
It is definitely way too late for me to still be working on this post, and I am for sure middle-of-the-night-emotional but I just want to thank all of you guys for reading, commenting, supporting and being a part of my life through this blog. It feels very vulnerable to embark on a pursuit like this. I feel so grateful to even have the opportunity to start a little business... It is breathtakingly terrifying, and I never in a million years would have attempted it if I didn't have such awesome online friends through this blog. Your support means the world to my little growing family, and thanks for giving me the confidence and love to do something like this.
September stone- the month I started this blog.
Thank you thank you thank you.