Since winning SBS I've had a crazy few days....the congratulatory messages and support from friends, customers and the wonderful SBS family have been amazing and my win has given me a real boost.
I'm Sharon and I live on the Isle of Man with my partner, Neil, my 2 boys, Dale (21) and Jamie (16) and our 2 dogs, Scamp and Jarvis.
I started making jewellery around 15 years ago after searching for, but failing to find, the perfect accessories for a wedding outfit. I bought some beads and findings and I was hooked!
In March 2012 I set up Tiny Treasures Keepsakes after realising there was a gap in the market for good quality, personalised silver jewellery. My main skill is metal stamping and it involves stamping each letter punch, one by one, against the silver in order to leave an impression. I hand stamp names, words, dates etc to create personalised, unique jewellery.
I started to teach myself various aspects of silversmithing (such as soldering and saw piercing) so that I could offer a larger range of items which could be customised to the customer's specifications. I've added cufflinks and handcut silver pendants/charms to my range.
In June 2015 a local shop, Mostly Manx, started to stock some of my designs (Isle of Man and TT Races themed jewellery) and in the couple of months since they've proven very popular and I'm regularly replenishing the items which they sell. I'm hoping to secure some more local stockists before the end of 2015.
Never, ever give up! It's hard work running a small business on your own and you can often feel like you're trying to wade through mud but perseverance and belief in yourself will bring you success! If you get knocked down, pick yourself up back up and give it another go :)