Personalized Jewelry

Hey friends!  Today I have a special guest post to share from my new friend Melissa Erickson! She is sharing her heart behind her jewelry business + a giveaway for one lucky winner.  Just leave a comment at the end of this post or on Facebook and one winner will be chosen at random on January 27th.

P3 Personalized Jewelry by Melissa Erickson

IMG_2710Personalized necklace giveaway at shelivesfree.com

Special thanks to Melissa for sending me this beautiful piece!

Jewelry making has been a hobby that I have pursued to varying degrees from the time I was a teen. In recent years, I found that my jewelry making (along with other hobbies) was taking a backseat as I focused on my family, two young boys, and the small preschool that I run from my home.  I was in need of a creative outlet, something that would allow me to carve out some time that I could call my very own. I had been thinking about getting back into jewelry making for a while when Ireceived some great advice. I was told that often the hardest part of doing a new thing is taking the first step, and that I should just take one small step to get started. So, I placed a small order with a jewelry supply company and excitedly waited for it to arrive. Once it did, I just started playing with the materials and exploring all of the ideas that had been bouncing around inside my head. It wasn’t long at all before I was sneaking in little bits of time to go “play” with my necklaces and soon my boys realized that when they saw mommy hunched over her work table (aka kitchen counter) she was otherwise occupied for the moment.  I started wearing the personalized necklaces I was making and friends began to notice and comment on them, asking where I had gotten them. Before long, I was making them as gifts for friends and taking requests for friends of friends.  The necklaces I make are personalized with messages of life, love, and faith and now throughout the day words or phrases will pop into my head and I will grab a pad of paper to jot them down to use on a later piece. Nothing brings me greater joy than seeing one of my necklaces being worn, or hearing from a friend or customer what the message on the piece means specifically to them. I’ve recently set up a facebook page and an etsy store which is helping me field requests and orders in a much more organized fashion. Choosing a name for my business was probably one of the more difficult decisions along the way. Ultimately, I went with P3 personalized necklaces. P3 carries meaning as it references Proverbs 3:

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

What started as a hobby seems to be growing into a fun little side business, which is so thrilling and rewarding for me. Formore information or to view my work head on over to the P3facebook page or etsy store at:

https://www.facebook.com/p3personalizedjewelry

https://www.etsy.com/shop/P3personalizedjewlry  

So tell us – which piece is your favorite in Melissa’s shop?  Do you love her personalized jewelry as much as I do?  I love sooo many of Melissa’s pieces because glitter.  Additionally?  sparkle.  Oh and those life-giving words of truth guaranteed to make you smile.  But I finally narrowed down my selection because yellow and sunshine are two of my all time favorites ever.  Boom.

So start thinking about which one you’d choose and make sure you check back next week to see if you won the giveaway!

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

18 Comments

  1. Dawn wrote:

    That is awesome that you have found a place to express your creativity. God opens doors of grand blessing when we walk into our gifts. It is evident He is blessing you. I love these word necklaces, I even bought the material to make one, but it sits in the bag even now.

    I like all of the necklaces, but I think “Even the darkest nights” is the one I was drawn to most.
    Good luck as you create and bless others with your gift!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  2. Carol wrote:

    Oh my these are absolutely beautiful. “love You More” is definitely special to me. I’ve always said that statement to my family for years & especially my 2 grandsons. Now when they see little trinkets that say Love You More, they buy them forme.
    God Bless you abundantly for all of your giving.

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  3. Kerry wrote:

    Congratulations on the business, Melissa! 🙂 I think my top three necklaces are “Perhaps this is the moment for which you were created,” “She believed she could, so she did,” and “The beach is my happy place.”

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  4. I am LOVIN G this!! Hoping to win!!!

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  5. Lisa McGriff wrote:

    I love them all! If I had to pick one right this minute it would be “She stood in the storm, & when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails”. Today is the 1 year anniversary of my daughter (27) having her colon cancer removed so this necklace really speaks to me!

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  6. I love her “life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” necklaces. I’m also partial to the “I hope you dance” one, because I adore that song.

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  7. Becky Weeks wrote:

    I love your jewelry! I am having a hard time picking a favorite. I love the one featured – There is sunshine in her soul.

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  8. Amy wrote:

    I can do all things! 🙂 Beautiful!

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  9. virginia wrote:

    They’re all awesome!

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  10. Shannon S wrote:

    I would so love to win a necklace for my friend, who lost her 21 year old daughter suddenly 5 weeks ago.

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  11. Danielle wrote:

    Oh, to have a motto hung near the place I keep my heart. “It is well” is so fitting (as a reminder) as well as “she needed a hero, so that’s what she became”….oh and “this is the part where you find out who you are”. But, if I needed to pick? {oh, hard choice} I’d go with “It is well”. Because it is, but it doesn’t always feel like it.
    Danielle

    Posted 1.22.15 Reply
  12. Sarah M wrote:

    I love love LOVE the necklace with “She is clothed with strength and dignity”!!! So pretty!

    Posted 1.22.15 Reply
  13. ellen beck wrote:

    I would have a very hard time choosing but there are two I adore. The first one Once I held you in my arms, now I hold you in my heart would have so much meaning … my screen name everywhere is Tan’na Wings (tannawings) Where that comes from is Tan’na was a cat that left pawprints on my heart. He was a siamese that owned me for many years until he passed from old age. He was the inspiration behind doing cat rescue- something I have done now for over 20 years. The wing on the necklace would signify Tan’na getting his wings (like my screen name) and the sentiment would remind me of him daily and to keep doing rescue although some days it isnt the easiest.
    I also love the Light shines best through broken vessels because it would remind me to say humble and thar although flawed I am perfect n God’s eyes no matter how bad the day or how dark the night.
    Thanks for the chance, these are so lovely.
    .

    Posted 1.23.15 Reply
  14. terese dudek wrote:

    I love all of her jewelry! She is extremely talented and I can’t pick a favorite, they’re all so beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 1.23.15 Reply
  15. I love her stuff! SO SPARKLY! My favorite three are the Oceans lyrics necklace, the Because He bends necklace, and the My God is with me necklace!

    Posted 1.23.15 Reply
  16. Rebecca wrote:

    All of these necklaces are beautiful and unique.

    Posted 1.24.15 Reply
  17. Beautiful necklaces Sybil!

    I hope I win one 🙂

    Posted 4.7.15 Reply
  18. I love that this started out as a hobby. I think that is the best way to start a business, with something you love. These are great gifts and really show that personal touch.

    Posted 7.27.15 Reply