Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Creating Success around the World - Mrs Monkei Jewellery

Welcome to

Creating Success around the World
The worldwide blog hop tour, that introduces you to creative people from all corners of the globe.

Creating my way to Sucess

Every Wednesday our hosts on each continent will introduce you to someone new whose creativity is inspiring!
Here's how you can take this worldwide tour with us:
You can follow all the hosts to support them and keep up to date with the fabulous posts they will share every week.  Then if you are inspired to join, just link up your own blog to make some new international friends.
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And of course we'd love if you added our button to your site to help spread the word!
Today I would like to introduce you to Erin of Mrs Monkei Jewellery who is in
Victoria in Australia

Hello folks! My name is Erin and I'm the gal behind Mrs Monkei Jewellery.

I live in Victoria, have been married for nearly 2 years to the sweetest man ever and we have a black cat named George who keeps us amused. I've been beading for 5 years now with definitely no end in sight! I love chatting with like-minded people so please drop by my blog or facebook page and say hi.
I'm thrilled to be here to share my story with you - thanks Jill!

·What do you create? I make beaded jewellery, bookmarks, keyrings and hair accessories. I started off with glass beads and now utilise a lot of gemstones and swarovski crystals as well, and have just started playing with my new collection of Peruvian handpainted ceramic beads. It's a bit of a tribute to my lovely mother in law, who hails from Peru, and I'm loving the gorgeous beads!

·Why do you create?·Do you sell your creations? If so, how? Where? And is it profitable? I come from a very craft orientated family, my Mum earnt her living from crafts when I was very young so it was only a matter of time till I started something! What I do is totally different to what her products were and I'm fully self taught, so it's been a lot of fun.

I started my shop at madeit - about 6 months ago, and sales have definitely been sporadic there but becoming known is never a fast process. I was approached however through my presence on madeit to have my work stocked in a new handmade store in Bendigo, View Point Handmade Gallery, and that has so far been successful. I'm just one of a vast group of creaters featured there, and it's been an honour to be a part of it as it grows.
Their blog can be found at

·What mistakes have you made or lessons you have learned? When I first started online selling, my photos were TERRIBLE. I've done a bit of research and a lot of practicing and I still wouldn't call them great. It's a work in progress!
I use my blog (which is still in it's infancy) as a sort of a journal where I go over my mistakes and learn from them as well as sharing my successes. I have found that people appreciate the honest and good humoured approach!

·What, to you is success? Have you achieved it yet, or are you on your way towards success? I feel as though my little hobby is slowly growing and it's so exciting. Every sale is like Christmas. The fact that someone likes something I created enough to buy it? Amazing! To me, every step up in the journey is success. Ideally, I'd like to grow this up so that when I am at home with children in the coming years, I will be able to focus on it even more.

·So what's next? I've got a couple of markets coming up in November, and will hopefully be able to do one every so often if all goes well. I'd also love to look at being stocked elsewhere, but otherwise I'm enjoying plodding along and seeing where it all goes!

Thanks again Jill, this has been fun! x

Thanks Erin for some great answers and beautiful photos!
I do recommend a visit to Erin's blog and shop! She has some gorgeous pieces!

Now that you've seen some of the talent here in Australasia, here are your hosts for the other continents:

Make sure you visit them all to see the inspiration and creative people
every corner of the world has to offer:
Europe - Yaga @ The Shiny Bubble
The Americas - Suzy @ Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom
Asia - Janelle @ Of Pinks and Fairy Tales

And don't forget to add your own link below!  It's all about meeting new friends worldwide!


  1. I love that first photo with the small bee. So adorable. I love those earrings with the small bird too. I've been to Erin's blog a few minutes ago and she has some beautiful work. Kind of inspired me to make jewelry again.

    thanks for featuring her Jill!

  2. Ooh, lovely pieces! Thanks for the feature post :-)


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