I love jewelry. I love having the perfect necklace to finish a special outfit (like this simple, yet elegant turquoise piece), and having an “everyday” necklace that’s anything but “everyday” brings me just as much joy. I don’t change out of my stud earrings often, but when I do I’m almost guaranteed to be wearing these lovelies.
I could go on and on about my recent obsession with jewelry (like this necklace that I just HAD TO HAVE) but there’s really only one thing you need to know…
Here’s my secret.
I’m gonna share it with you.
That’s it! That, my friends, is my secret to always having the perfect accessory for any occasion. Ok, so it’s really no big secret. With nearly 3K facebook fans and a hoppin’ etsy shop she started just 5 years ago, you KNOW she’s doing something right! If you haven’t checked out her stuff, you better get a move on.
I was able to get Maggie to share a little about her business and what it’s like being a WAHM (work at home mom) and wanted to share it with you!
So Maggie, how did Made by Maggie get started?
Back in 2009, I used to do craft nights with some awesome girlfriends. They would scrapbook and knit and I would bring whatever was my project of the week. One night I brought a bunch of jewelry making supplies and they loved my designs! They introduced me to etsy.com and inspired and encouraged me to start a little shop in their vintage and handmade online marketplace. The rest is history! Oh, and my sweet sister Katie gets the credit for the name, Made by Maggie. Totally her idea.
What’s your favorite thing about designing jewelry?
I love being surprised when something out of the ordinary or quirky inspires me. The other day, I thought of a new shape for earrings when I was in the shower swirling hair on the wall, no joke! I know that’s kinda gross, but I felt like Doc when he hit his head on the toilet and invented the Flux Capacitor! (Haha…that’s awesome!)
What’s the best part about being a WAHM?
My morning commute is a flight of stairs with a cup of coffee in my hands! I also have a giant studio/workshop/play space in my home with tons of natural light. Oooooh, I’m so lucky!
What’s the hardest thing about being a WAHM?
My kids are usually home when I’m trying to get work done, so just finding the right balance is a constant struggle. I try not to let mom guilt take over, and the kids play (destroy stuff) in my workspace with me!
Have any tips for keeping jewelry looking its best?
It’s best not to sleep, shower, exercise, or sweat a lot while wearing your jewelry. Store it in a cool, dry place, like an airtight container (i.e. plastic bag, plastic container with lid, etc.) to minimize tarnish/oxidation. A silver polishing cloth is a must have; you can shine things right up!
What are essential pieces every mommy should have?
Long and layered pieces that have subtle shimmer and are versatile. I love pieces that work for casual everyday and to dress up and go out at night! My long or layered coin pearl necklace is perfect for that and it’s probably the reason it has been a top seller for 4 years now!
What’s your current favorite piece?
My new long hammered dangle earrings! They’re my go-to earrings almost everyday!
Thanks for sharing Maggie!!
Friends, here’s where it gets really good. If you’re familiar with Made by Maggie, then you already know that she is SUPER generous not only in her time and talents (Need a custom piece?? Just ask Maggie!) but also in sharing the jewelry love. She recently hosted a giveaway on her FB page for a $100 gift card to her shop and I WON! Lucky for you, I’m feeling generous too…so I’m gonna share my gift card with one lucky Gaining Mommymentum reader so she can pick out a great piece of her own!
Here’s how to enter (each is worth one entry/chance to win):
1. Visit Maggie’s etsy shop and pick out your favorite piece. Post a link in the comments and tell us why it’s your favorite.
2. Follow Made by Maggie on Instagram @madebymaggiejewelry and leave a comment to tell us you are following her.
3. Subscribe to GainingMommymentum.com to have our posts delivered directly to your inbox and leave a comment to tell us you are following the blog via email!
4. Share Gaining Mommymentum’s facebook post announcing the giveaway and leave a comment to let us know you shared it!
Entries must be received by Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 11:59pm cst.
Winner will be announced sometime Sunday, November 16, 2014 on Gaining Mommymentum’s FB page!
Can’t wait for the giveaway? Need a piece of Maggie’s line right this very instant? Or perhaps you have a few jewelry lovers on your shopping list this holiday season. No problem! Today through November 23, 2014 Maggie is offering 20% off all designs when you visit http://www.madebymaggie.com and enter coupon code “shoptime” at checkout. Woohoo! If that’s not a great way to kick off holiday shopping, I don’t know what is! Speaking of the holidays, the last day for holiday orders from Made by Maggie is December 12, 2014!
The clock is ticking…what are you waiting for???