I have a passion – a compassion driven by both emotion and faith – for making jewelry. Whether I use vintage or contemporary, quiet or “stand out” beads, I enjoy creating beautiful, timeless patterns for women to treasure.
From 2004 to 2009 I sold my Casual Elegance jewelry at juried craft shows and stores in three states. When the economy slowed and the company that my husband, Michael, works for started having multiple lay-offs per year we decided to refocus our attention to making large specialty cookies which we sold at churches, businesses and at juried craft shows. Life changed in 2010 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and at the same time my husband was off on medical leave due to an injured shoulder. Since we were struggling financially we decided it was best not to invest in beads or in baking supplies. We thank the good Lord we are both well now and that the economy has improved.
Easter 2012 my friend, Farrar, liked the bracelet I made for her baptism celebration so much she encouraged me to return to designing jewelry. She helped me start an online business. Although I was focusing my efforts in another direction I believe the Lord redirected my path. The next year www.rejoicejewelry.com was created by talented Kris Cotterman of Exodus Designs.
Our lives have drastically changed since May 10, 2013 when I came home from a Bible study and found my beloved healthy husband, Michael, on the floor unconscious. He had a bilateral stroke and required 11 days of hospitalization. I thank the Lord my husband is with me because many people do not survive this kind of stroke. At this time he is not able to work or drive.
Praise God! Michael is doing so much better! Although his work days are over, Michael enjoys trying new recipes and helping create our Rejoice! Jewelry Designs!
Are you thinking about starting a handmade business? If so, how would you like one book that will help you get started? I recently wrote: “From Passion to Income: How to Turn Your Hobby into a Profitable Small Business.” This book is an easy to read and well-ordered guide that tells you what you need to know to take those first steps in establishing a thriving business.
If you have any questions or would like to have a piece of jewelry custom designed just for you we would be delighted to make a special order. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at 859 444 7265.
Thank you for viewing our website and considering Rejoice! Jewelry for yourself or as a gift.
Michael & Sharon Barnett
To God Be the Glory