I'm Maxine, the founder and designer/maker of this small business, which I am so passionate about.
I have always wanted to run my own business, and I knew it would be a lot of hard work but when you are passionate about what you do, you are happy to put in all the hours to make your business work.
Going back to my childhood, I was always attracted to glittery and sparkly things, and I remember the local shop to my delight, started selling some costume jewellery, it was in a glass cabinet and the lights shone on the jewellery and I was mesmerised and would save any pocket money I got to treat myself or buy for family gifts.
You should never have regrets, but my one tiny one would be not pursuing what I obviously loved from an early age. I think if I had had the resources available to me then, that we have today, it may have been easier to go ahead with what is today, my dream.
I have mostly worked in Admin, and I must say, have worked for some great companies, but in recent years I was made redundant twice in a row and had a few contract roles. The pandemic saw me lose the contract and that was when I was determined to take the reigns back on my life. I wanted to work for myself, to do what I would love doing and be happy. If I'm honest, it was the push that I needed, obviously it was an awful time for many of us, but for me, a positive has come from a really horrible time.
To say I love pretty things around me would be an understatement. I also love my home to have lovely things and I can be quite creative there too. There really is no place like home, I love to cosy up at home.
Home is also my workplace, I spend many hours in my workshop and even more at my computer, there is such a lot of marketing to do, and keeping my website up to date. Getting yourself known is the hardest part, there are many jewellery businesses out there, so you know it's going to be tough, but if you want it (and I do) you will be successful.
My jewellery collection is made up of pieces that I love (of course) and I think will appeal to a vast majority of people. It is clean, contemporary, modern and classic.
I hope you will take a look at my pieces of Handmade Sterling Silver Jewellery - here is the link - https://www.liveandlovebymaxine.co.uk
If I could give any advice to someone, it would be to follow your dream, don't settle for something else and do what makes you happy. Hard work, determination, perseverance and persistence all come into play, but it should all be worth it.
Have fun and take care