In 2009, I used to spend my days on the steps of an old stone building. I knew there was something I should be doing with my life… but couldn’t put my finger on it.
The stone building was covered in vines. In the fall of ’09, those vines started growing long beans. Or what I thought were beans at the time. Around the beginning of December (my birthday and my personal New Year) those little beans burst open and large puffs were flying all around. It was truly magical. All I wanted to do was share it with my six year old daughter.
I wrapped all the puffs I could in my scarf and ran to the car. When I picked her up from school that day, I revealed my findings. Her eyes lit up. “Those are the biggest wishes I’ve ever seen” she said. “yeah, yeah they are”… and the brightest light bulb came on!
Now these “wishes” were about the size of your hand. So I started thinking of ways to preserve them. To display them. To give them. Receive them. Just enjoy them.
The Three Wishes Jar was born.
I started putting all kinds of things in jars. You can visit my design gallery to see some of them.
In 2010, I opened a store called Whisper and Hush on etsy. I sold my magical little bottles there. Though I had plenty of success. I still needed a little more income if I was going to do this for a living. In addition to Whisper and Hush, I opened a supply store called Relic Embellishments. I sold mostly vintage pieces. One item I sold was an old, glass perfume pendant. It was the prettiest thing I had ever seen. Once it sold, I immediately regretted it. In and attempt to recreate it, I found some corked glass vials and started making mini versions of my Wish Bottles. These seeds had to be much smaller, so I started putting dandelion seeds in them. Each seed was perfectly placed by me with tweezers. Luckily, I love tedious work like this.
In the time that I had my dandelion stuffed vials available on etsy, I sold one. Just one. So…. at Christmas that year, I decided to turn those little bottles into pendants and make necklaces… Christmas presents. They were a huge success among the recipients. Over and over I heard “you should sell these”. I thought about it. I did some planning. I shut down my other stores. I gave that little necklace a name. I called it As You Wish… because, who doesn’t love The Princess Bride. And on Jan. 1st, 2011 I opened Early Bright (a play on my name… Dawn).
In March of that same year, I had to quit my day job as an Office Manager because I just had too many orders to fill.
At that time, I was the only person selling such a necklace on etsy. Fast forward two years and there are countless listings for similar items. There are bloggers posting DIYs of my necklace. It has been pinned over 1,000 times on pinterest. And I can’t even begin to count how many I have sold at this point.
I am happy that the As You Wish Necklace has done so well. I’m happy that this Christmas (two years after it’s creation) it was my best selling item! I’m happy that it has been shipped to nearly every country in the world and that people see the magic I saw as I created it!
Thanks to everyone for a great two years. Today, the As You Wish necklace is just $15.00! This sale ends at midnight so scoop one up if you haven’t already!