What does your favorite piece of jewelry have to say about you? Not quite sure? Well Ashley of Adam Rabbit has a thing or two to share about creating jewelry that makes a statement, and says exactly what you want it to. An artist creating handmade pieces, she infuses each of her accessories with passion, style, personality, and beauty – what’s more amazing than that? Our current obsession? Her Gold & Raw Quartz Chunk Earrings.
What inspired you to start Adam Rabbit?
My love for handmade started when I was a kid. I would make anything I knew how and try to sell it on the corner and door to door including makeshift “perfume” and soap. I started Adam Rabbit because I was not finding the jewelry I was looking for. I wanted jewelry that was natural, different and made a statement.
You mention that when you started all you had was $40 in your pocket. What did you use that $40 on to kick-start Adam Rabbit?
I will never forget that day. I reached down into my purse, shaped like a fox head, and found two twenties. I don’t really know why, but I said to myself ‘I’m going to start a jewelry business today’ I told my at the time boyfriend and he responded with something along the lines of, “Good luck with that, ” as he rolled his eyes. I used my initial “funds” for purchasing a few pieces of quartz, amethyst, citrine, and peacock ore, along with some jewelry findings. I spent $12 on an alphabet stamp kit to stamp ‘Adam Rabbit’ on small earring cards I made out of cardstock. This $12 purchase later turned out to be one of my best investments and to this day, has shaped my style of branding.
What drew you to your specific jewelry style?
I was really intrigued by the uniqueness of raw crystals and minerals. I strive to create jewelry that can be subtle or make a statement, depending on the look you want.
What do you think is the essential everyday accessory?
For me, it is definitely rings. They can easily transform a look and are fun to mix and match.
What advice do you have for twenty-somethings starting their own businesses?
Surround yourself with people that support and encourage you. I wasted a lot of time trying to convince people to see my vision. Having people around you who genuinely care makes creativity come more natural and taking risks easier.
What has been your favorite part of running the business?
I love the freedom and the sense of having endless possibilities.
What have you found to be the biggest challenge being a twenty-something business woman?
Having confidence when it comes to my business is something that I am still working on. It took me months to tell people about my shop on Etsy and I still get a little nervous when I am handing out my business card. Fortunately my friends and family are my biggest cheerleaders and have pushed me to become more confident, even when it is difficult.
In addition to running Adam Rabbit you are also a teacher. How do you like teaching?
I love teaching special education, especially in a low-income area. I feel really fortunate that I am not trying to leave my day job, I am working on growing in both areas, teaching and Adam Rabbit. I have always valued education and pushing myself to accomplish as much as I can. Lately I have been thinking about starting another Masters in counseling.
What made you want to pursue your Master’s?
I have always loved learning and trying to accomplish as much as I can. It is important to work on both Adam Rabbit and my education.
If you could let other twenty-somethings in on a secret what would it be?
Listen to your instincts and don’t say yes, unless it is a big HELL YEAH! Saying yes to every opportunity that comes your way can leave you feeling overwhelmed and not working towards your goal. When I first started out I wanted to try and find as many consignment opportunities and craft festivals that I could. In my mind I thought the more exposure the better. One day it clicked that 1. I don’t want to do this and 2. It isn’t even helping. I went back to my original plan of establishing my Etsy shop and not saying yes to absolutely everything.
What word defines being a twenty-something?
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