It all started in my living room at my coffee table: pliers, hammers and wire everywhere.

But it wasn't long until I started soldering and it was time to make a move. That was almost 10 years ago and since then I’ve gone from the coffee table to my garage and now into a shed turned fully renovated studio. These are a few things I’ve learned are essential (at least for me!) when it comes to running my handmade jewelry business:


I couldn't do without my pegboard. It's where I store and organize all of my tools, materials, and supplies and has been an absolute game-changer for keeping my studio tidy and clutter-free. The added space allows me to work on more pieces at one time and also start and stop when I need to (which happens a lot having a two energetic toddlers running around). With my pegboard, I can easily access everything I need and quickly find what I'm looking for, which helps me stay focused and productive.

Sit-to-stand desk

Another essential item for me is my sit-to-stand desk. I’m always sitting when I’m making jewelry, so when I switch to doing administrative tasks I try to stand as much as possible. My sit-to-stand desk allows me to switch between sitting and standing, which I love for the health benefits but also helps me maintain my energy levels and stay alert throughout the day (that and the coffee. So much coffee).

Fume extractor

This is a must have for me because I want to make sure that I’m protecting my health while I’m working (you’re welcome, Future Laurel!). I love my fume extractor from HAKKO, it is super easy use to remove harmful fumes and chemicals from the air. The vent doesn’t impact my flame when soldering and I don’t have to worry about keeping windows open when it’s cold outside.


As a mama trying to balance running a small business and raising two little girls, sometimes I need just a few minutes to wrap up an order or write an email before I jump back into playing mermaids. That's why I keep a few toys in my studio for them to play with for short periods of time. It's a win-win situation - they're happy and occupied, and I can get on with my work without (as many) distractions.

Also required in my studio: endless hours of true crime podcasts, trashy reality tv and way too much fizzy water. Share your work must haves in the comments!


  • Elveda said:

    This is awesome God bless you and your babies.

    May 25, 2023

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