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Recapping The Vision of Studio Earth

November 22, 2010

Extending Gratitude to Everyone Supporting Our Continued Efforts to Manifest The Dream of Studio Earth

Our Mission Statement:

Studio Thirty Three is bridging the world of art and social needs, with a triple bottom line that supports the arts, social services, small business, emerging artists and the community.

How?

  • Supporting the local economy with a creative enterprise that sells finely handcrafted jewelry that is uniquely paired with nonprofit organizations. A generous 30% of retail profit will be given to the charity once the product line is produced, marketed and sold.

Who Wins?

  • EVERYBODY, ultimately
  • Jobs will  be created
  • Nonprofit agencies will establish a revenue stream from funds sourced from sales
  • Emerging artists from HCC Professional Crafts Curriculums will have access to well paid internships
  • Local economy will be further supported by an already art-driven economy

In phase one we are creating an affordable line of unique handcrafted jewelry that supports local nonprofits, some of which include:

  • HCC Foundation (scholarships for students in art related curriculums)
  • Haywood County Arts Council
  • Haywood Animal Welfare Association
  • Haywood Habitat for Humanity
  • Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains
  • REACH of Haywood County
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • North Carolina Creative Autistic Living and Learning
  • Big Brother Big Sister of Western North Carolina
  • Manna Food Bank  (supporting Haywood County)
  • Neighbor to Family
  • Veterans  Organizations

See Who Loves Studio Thirty Three

Studio 33 has a dynamic plan to bridge the world of art and social needs.

Vote to be a part of the community that will make this happen!

Watch this four minute slide show for an overview of the project.  http://www.studio33jewelry.com/studioearth/project.html

In phase two and three we begin seeing the bigger picture. It is the motivating force. The establishment of a Studio Earth Production Center, right here in Haywood County is the long range plan that holds great promise through the potential in it. Haywood County has all the right ingredients to see through to this end. Studio Thirty Three will continue its transparency of this business model and work towards realizing this goal.

  • More and more will win as this business model grows to embrace all fine art and craft mediums:
  • These jobs will be offered as well paid internships to graduating students of HCC Professional Crafts Curriculums.
  • Non-profits nation-wide will benefit from the annual revenue stream that is generated by the sales of the product line
  • Local economy will be further supported by being the hub of this enterprise.
  • Satellite outlets can pop up in any town USA.

Help and support from the very community it supports is critical.

This one-time vote on line is so easy. Please vote today.

You can text also;:
  • Text to 244326, with Studio33 as message (no space), SEND
  • Reply with your name, SEND.
  • Reply with a brief reason why you like Studio 33.
  • You will get a response, thanking you for the vote. If you don’t, chances are the text vote didn’t go through and you’ll need to try again.

Please support this vision of creatively funding nonprofits in the community.
Thank you!
Diannah Beauregard
Studio Thirty Three
822 Balsam RIdge Rd.
Waynesbille, NC  28786
828-452-4264

studio33jewelry.com
http://gooddreams.org/
https://studio33diannah.wordpress.com/

Studio Thirty Three cannot do this alone! We are not just thinking outside the box, we are creating a new dimensional form – realizing the paradigm laid before us and we are hoping everyone will soon realize what it is we are doing. It’s a beautiful thing!

Open the box and step outside for a refreshing look at how to move through a crippled economy. Try it. Go ahead. Try something new!

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Melodie Beattie – motivational author

 

 

 

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The Studio Earth Initiative in Review

November 15, 2010

In this post I’ll write about how Studio Earth was first conceptualized, contemplated, then planned and put into action. A lot of time has spanned from the inception, so this writing will be as much for me as it is for all of those interested in the Studio Earth Initiative. I  openly invite anyone to comment or ask questions if they come up. The doors of communication are open and Studio Thirty Three is the threshold of this endeavor.

I remember when I first had the idea to establish Studio Thirty Three which was destined to become a retail business with a creative twist to selling. It was in the winter (Feb of 2006) that I launched a business supporting my vision of a better world that began in my own community. It began at 33 Pigeon St. in downtown Waynesville,  enough off the beaten path for a working jewelry design studio and gallery which served as the incubator for a business plan that was awarded the Small Business Start-up grant of $10,000. Selling retail was not the primary focus as I have carved a niche in designing and creating unique handcrafted, custom jewelry for any occasion; especially engagement rings and wedding sets. This and the scheduled shows  constitute the majority of business. Studio Thirty Three is also in the process of expanding into a wholesale market which prompted our move to a new location.

What happened in the 4 years at 33 Pigeon St. was a blessing, but also a compromise. I stayed very busy, often working very late just to make sure the work was done, especially around Christmas. One year, it was in 2008 I worked 460 hours for the month. That’s crazy. I promised I would never do that again. It was a great season no doubt, especially in the midst of an economic challenge, but at what price was I willing to continue to work with my main objective just simmering on the back burner. The following year I began to devise a strategy that would allow me to  create the Studio Earth Signature Series – a line of affordable jewelry that will assist many non profit organizations with  a sustainable source of revenue. I already had some of the pieces in production and everywhere I turned, I seemed to be doing something for a charitable organization. This new production line has so much potential!

The passion to enlist this  was fueled with the support of the organizations as well as the colleagues and confidants with whom the vision was shared. In December of 2009 I would spend the last Christmas working into the wee hours. I began to actively develop the Studio Earth body of work. It is now a year later and I am ready to hire the assistant I need to get this work done.

In February of 2010, the Pepsi Refresh project came about, In April, a grant proposal was submitted and accepted, and in May I began the quest for Pepsi funding. That is also how this blog began. Keeping people informed is important and blogs are a great way to acomplish that.

Our first month in Pepsi, we moved into the top 100 where the projects who make it that far automatically are rolled over into the next months competition. After 6 months of toggling on the border of winning and not winning, it was time to move on and leave Pepsi behind. Not all was lost however. Partnerships were forged, friendships gained and alliances created out of the Pepsi fizz and for these very things I am extremely grateful. I also experienced the connectivity of my local community and how much support poured into the Studio Earth Initiative. Just on that note alone, it is cause to continue.

November begins a busy season for Studio 33. Christmas is coming, custom orders are being taken and much work has gone into getting the new location set up to provide ample working space for two assistants. The new location also has a comfortable sitting area and gallery space which offers a unique experience to those coming to visit. Appointments here are very necessary. Currently we have a studio tour going on through next weekend, November 19 through the 21, from 11:00 AM to 7 PM.  All are invited to attend, but please RSVP email or phone. diannah.studio33@gmail.com  or 828-452-4264.

Meanwhile, there is still much work to do. Studio Thirty Three has been nominated for another grant; is actively involved in the Good Dreams Group; (our Facebook presence); a website; http://www.gooddreams.org/ and a soon to be published blog. We are inviting all of you who dream and dare to act on your dreams, to join us. This is a great group of dedicated people that has been one of the more obvious reasons Studio Thirty Three stayed so long in the Pepsi Challenge. This month you can still support the November active Good Dreams Projects in Pepsi, as your votes for them are most welcomed.

I have shared our mission statement with you and again extend an open invitation to all to join in and be inspired. It is because of this group that Studio Thirty Three has another chance for a different grant that could ultimately be worth $50K! Here are the details:

Studio Thirty Three nominated for a $25,000 small business grant from Intuit!

Go to this link:  http://bit.ly/Studio33WNC to vote and leave a comment to increase the chances of Studio 33 winning.

If the previous link fails: http://lovealocalbusiness.intuit.com/pages/fan?b_id=22836&cid=ad120x60&format=html

You may also do the following:

  1. Text # 244-326 with Studio33 (no spaces) in message box.
  2. Send.
  3. Reply to response #1 with your name.
  4. Send.
  5. Reply to response #2 with the reason you like Studio33.
  6. Send.

You will get a reply thanking you for the vote.

Please share this – it only takes a minute. Each vote is like a lottery ticket and the more votes earned the greater the chances. The comments are also an integral part of the voting, so please tell Intuit what you love about Studio Thrity Three. This Intuit grant is geared for businesses looking to expand.

Thank you so much for your support!

Diannah Beauregard

Studio Thirty Three
Waynesville, NC
828-452-4264