Hi all, I've been surprised at how little response I've had to my request for stories about how Orchid makes a difference in your businesses.
Hi Suzanne, I’m kind of surprised myself I hadn’t responded to this
question. I can think of all kinds of little ways that participation
in the Orchid community has benefited me. Certainly more ways than I
can remember. I wasn’t able to come up with anything earth-shattering
or anecdotally amusing. But it bothered me a little that I wasn’t
able to come up with something, considering how near-and-dear Orchid
is to me.
Finally it occurred to me! It’s not the mechanical or tangible
result that makes Orchid so valuable to me… it’s the people! For
once in my life I feel “connected” with people of like minds and
spirits. For years I toiled in relative isolation… a raft adrift in
a sea of people who don’t understand or care about these things we
do. The friendships and acquaintances I’ve made through the Orchid
community have given my life an added richness that cannot be
I have benefited tangibly and technically through Orchid and the
resulting relationships. It was a little tweak here, feedback on a
tool purchase there… a referral to a vendor when I’m looking for
something unusual. Even visiting with a fellow Orchid member when I’m
on a trip (which is always a treat). No individual occurrence stands
head-and-shoulders above the others, but in their entirety, I have
been well blessed.
The people out there who are closer to the beginner end of the
spectrum are incredibly fortunate to have such a community and set of
resources at their disposal. I wish I had access to such a valuable
asset when I was starting out! Who knows…maybe someday we’ll have
the Jewelry Making Channel on cable TV!
All the best,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)