Elohi Update: Switching to Custom
After thinking long and hard, I have decided to change the direction of Elohi Designs. If you noticed, the website has a key change: there is no more online shop! That doesn't mean you are unable to order from me. Quite the contrary! I am available via the following channels:
- Custom Orders: If you have an idea in mind or a particular style of jewelry you would like, all you would need to do is contact me here and I will work with you to create your piece. To give you inspiration, I have provided a gallery page for your perusal.
- Order Existing Pieces: If you just have to have a piece already created, either from the gallery or from one of the shows, simply contact me here and I will work with you to get the item to you!
- Craft Shows/Street Fairs: I will also continue to be at craft shows and street fairs if you would like to see my work in person. You can see the schedule here.
This was a hard decision for me but a necessary one. As most of you know, I am a pharmacist by day. Lately, the job has became more mentally taxing and stressful due to all the changes and increased work expectations. There were days when I barely got myself home before collapsing on the couch, much to the ire of my kitty. There's nothing like waking up on the couch fully clothed at 1 am and not comprehending how you got to said couch in the first place, then realizing you need to be up in 5 hours to do the day all over again. I'm sure I'm not the only one this has happened to! At the same time, I was losing my drive to create anything (including jewelry, drawings, photography, etc) due to the sheer amount of work and upkeep on the backend that was left after the day was done, and that was IF I was awake to function. To be honest, it was overwhelming, and I just shut down. It was like my brain was saying "Enough!" I lost my mojo and was doing all I can to get by day by day.
It was terrible times ya'll. For me, life without art is unfathomable, and that's exactly where I found myself. I knew that I needed a change, something that will allow me to better take care of myself and focus on what's important to me so I can bring my best to you. During the course of my unintentional hiatus, I read numerous books, some of which gave me the swift kick in the rear needed to really change my mindset and go after what I want. After doing a bit of soul searching, I came to the realization that I love to let the creative flow take over, whether its for custom work or for myself. Forcing myself to create just to upkeep a store because that is what is expected of jewelry artists is what burnt me out.
So for the time being, I will not have a online shop. Thank you for continuing to support me through it all!