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Sunshine Post :: Son of a Sailor

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hello, dear readers. Inherent in the mission statement of The Bright Side Project is the unspoken belief that to “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” is an absolutely essential component in creating a happy and healthy lifestyle. Every now and then, we will ask our contributors to answer a few short questions on the ideas of happiness, creativity and sunshine. We hope these rays of light help inspire you to find the sunshine in your day, today and everyday.

Today we are honored to introduce you to William and Jessica from Son of a Sailor.

Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

We’re Son of a Sailor, a husband and wife creative team that makes jewelry and print design. Our business was born out of a shared love of creating things—on our first occasion hanging out with one another, the day naturally turned into a craft day, and we’ve been making things together ever since.

We’ve now been in business for just over a year, and are proud to have created a collection of jewelry, two editions of prints and cards, and a limited edition mini-collection of necklaces. We have a new full collection on the horizon, and endless ideas that we want to try to make happen somehow!

Our jewelry is crafted out of a true collaboration of both of our aesthetic ideas. We really have fun adding color and shape to raw materials, and hope that others have fun wearing the end result.
We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

We didn’t expect to see ourselves running a jewelry business as a career. This business that we created really blossomed from an idea that it might be fun to make some jewelry and sell it on Etsy, and maybe make a little bit of extra money on the side. After a sudden surge in attention only three months after we began, it became clear that we could run with this idea, and make it our full-time business. We’ve been stunned, ever since, to watch the business grow faster than we had ever imagines. We’re just trying to keep up!
When we decided to do what we loved, it just seemed to work! Because we do what we love, it begets the “loving what we do” part! For that, we are so happy, and work as hard as we can to sustain it.

Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I am constantly finding inspiration and beauty in William. He is full of light, goodness and creativity, which inspires me daily. Finding the person that fills your soul with sunshine is one of the best things that can happen to you. I also really love color, and as I look around the world, both natural and man-made, I love to see the way colors play off of one another.

On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

Nerd alert: I rearrange and organize a room. I get a kick out of having a place for everything and everything in its place—it restores a sense of balance and harmony for me. Seriously, the Container Store is one of my all time favorite places.

At this very moment, what are you most grateful for?

Loved ones. My friends and family bolster me up and infuse so much happiness in my life every day. To me, that’s worth more than a whole lot of other things.

Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Son of a Sailor!

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