Wait, what's Local Friday? Well, for a while I've been wanting to feature local artists and businesses to show my support of #shoplocal and #shopsmall. And the best way I could think of was featuring them in my blog every week!
So, I've devoted my Friday posts to being "Local Friday!" What's nice is that a lot of my friends that I've made here in St. Louis are artists and pursue side business (and full-time businesses) that can always use some free advertising!
Now, onto Time Lys Jewelry!
I had the pleasure of meeting Alyssa Stephens when my partner and I started a funny side-project called Styxmas almost two years ago. If you don't know what Styxmas is go to Styxmas.com and you'll get all the info you need.
She was (and still is) dating the bassist for this band, and I got to know her through our rehearsals. As time went by I noticed that she started posting about her hand-made jewelry, and I thought it was so beautiful! Then I learned that she was already wracking in the orders! Here's a look at some of her jewelry that she sells on Etsy and Facebook.
Here's a little info about Alyssa, straight from the artist herself:
"I started making jewelry March of 2018 and quickly fell in love. It is my creative outlet. My heart and soul go into every piece that I create. I first made a piece as a gift. The amount of joy it brought to the new owner had me hooked. My heart swelled knowing I could use my artistic talent to bring joy to people in the world.
I steadily and quickly became better and better. Next thing I knew, people were asking how much I was selling my jewelry for! At this time I was in Bulgaria for a couple months and decided that when I got back I would quit my job as a waitress and commit to opening my own jewelry business and follow my passion. I did just that.
For many hours, many days I created pieces of jewelry for my inventory and in December of 2018 I opened my jewelry page on Facebook (Time Lys Jewelry) and my Etsy shop! I love to create WIN/WIN situations so I do random giveaways on my Facebook page. Not only does it give me more exposure as a new business, but my supporters are given the chance to win a piece of my jewelry. This next project I am working on is for a raffle. I will sell 50 raffle tickets for 5$ a ticket for a piece of jewelry, and for every ticket I sell I will pick up a bag of trash from this Earth (Win for whoever wins the piece of jewelry, Win for the Earth by getting cleaned up, and Win for me for spreading my passion and filling myself with joy knowing that I am doing good for the Earth).
Through making jewelry I found another passion, gemstones. I use a lot of gemstones in my jewelry because each one of has their own properties. Some are healers, some protect, some give strength. As I wire wrap each piece, a unique design comes through me to the piece of jewelry I create. Each piece of Time Lys Jewelry is a one-of-a-kind piece using quality products.
I specialize in custom orders to create the piece of jewelry someone has been wanting. All my life I have been drawn to unique jewelry. The thought was always there to actually make my own jewelry, I just didn't have the faith in myself. Luckily, I am surrounded by people who believe in me.
Side note: I was at my moms house about a week ago and she pulled out a piece of wire wrapped jewelry that my great great great grandmother created with jade that has been passed down for generations and I had no idea about it. It was so cool!"
The artist, Alyssa Stephens, floating down the Meramec River in Missouri.
If you want to purchase her jewelry you can shop her Etsy store HERE or on her Facebook Page Time Lys Jewelry. Message Time Lys Jewelry on Facebook or email email@example.com for your custom order.
And THANK YOU for supporting small local business! It's people like you that keep us going, living our best lives, and bringing beauty to the world around us.
With love and sincerity,
Liya, The Sustainable Soprano