Mixing Business with Children

Dear Orchidians, From comments I’ve seen along the way, I know there
are a number of you who are successfully running home-based businesses
while raising children. I’d like to hear how you do it!

I’m currently writing an article for Lapidary Journal on the joys and
challenges of combining creating jewelry with raising children, and
I’d like to give some real-world examples of people who are doing it.
As a part-time writer and full-time mother of a 1 1/2 year old, I know
it can be done – and I know that it never seems to work quite as you
envisioned it when the baby was just a twinkle in your eye! I’d like
to share your advice on overcoming the challenges and the stories of
why it’s all worthwhile with LJ’s readers (and learn a thing or two

Would any of you be willing to take the time to give me a telephone
interview? Just drop me an e-mail letting me know you’re willing to
volunteer, and we’ll set up a time. My e-mail is SuWade@ici.net.

Once again, thank you to everyone on Orchid. You’ve been incredibly
generous in sharing your knowledge, and I deeply appreciate it!


Suzanne Wade
Phone 508-339-7366
Fax: 520-563-8255

Suzanne, Hello, I’ve just recently opened a store here in Guthrie, but
I did have my shop at home for over 16 years. My husband of 7 years is
now in the business and my son is also following the jewelry side of
the family. Rob sold the farm and we opened the store for a
fulfillment of a dream. Between the 2 of us we have 9 children, some
his some mine and some other marriages. Only 2 are left at home now.
Anyway if I can help with in I’d be glad


Wow, do you ever have a lot of experience with balancing kids and
work at home! I’d love to hear about your experiences. Would you be
available for a telephone interview on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon?
Perhaps around 3 p.m.?
I look forward to hearing from you.


Suzanne Wade
Phone/Fax 508-339-7366
Dr. E. Aspler
Ganoksin Jewelry Co.,Ltd
Webmaster Ganoksin Online

Hi Suzanne, Another gal you might talk to is Kathy Palochak
(kpalck@trib.com). She’s a regular contributor on Orchid. She lives in
Wyoming, out in the country, about 25 miles from the nearest town if I
remember right. She & her husband run a ranch & when she isn’t doing
the homemaker thing she home schools their youngsters & still has
time for jewelry design & mfg.

I’ve never met her personally, but have corresponded via e-mail. She
seems like one super lady.

Dave Arens

Suzanne, Sorry about the delay in responding, as luck would have it, I
have been sick for the last week and am just now getting to my e-mail.
If you still want to talk feel free to give me a call, I’ll be glad to

Ms. Charolette’s Gold & Gem Specialties LLC
Rob & Charolette Purviance
115 N. 2nd Street
Guthrie, OK. 73044-3135
(405)-260-0638 (main office)
(405)- 260-0634 (fax)