My name is Suzie Horne and I am the Owner, Creative Director, CEO and everything in-between for my small Handmade Accessories business: Curlicue NZ. I thought I’d start off by introducing myself – and tell you the story of why I started Curlicue NZ.
I made this video clip a little while ago explaining why I do what I do ~ the reasons behind starting my small handmade business. You can watch my WHY video here.
Some of the reasons I started a home business was so that I could be here for my daughter in a full-time mum capacity, be a ‘Home Executive’, use my creativity skills and do something I love all at the same time…
But the main reason is YOU.
I want to help you, and other busy women, to feel confident and beautiful by wearing gorgeous jewellery – whilst also being conscious of the environment – that’s not too big a task, is it?
Hmmm. How to tell you my story without being too longwinded about it! 🤔 I know – bullet points!! 😂
As I said above, one of the reasons I created Curlicue NZ was the ability to have the freedom to work my own hours, look after my daughter – and also look after myself. Living with chronic pain (and a few other medical problems) I’ve had to learn to put myself first more and take care of myself when needed.
After all, if you don’t look after yourself and have good health – you’ll not be much good at looking after others – whether they’re family or customers! If this wasn’t enough, you can find out other info about me here.
I care about the environment and feel strongly that we should each do what we can to help battle #climatechange and the current #climatecrisis due to #globalwarming. I have transferred this ethos to my business life too and have tried to incorporate our consideration of our natural environment into everything I do.
Mostly using 100% recycled Sterling (or Argentium) Silver in my designs, I also try to incorporate the 3 R’s (Reduce, Re-use, Recycle) within my business and am always looking for ways to improve.
I think I’ve been doing reasonably well – however, I do have plastic within my current packaging! 😱
My reasoning: I really wanted to have a box where you could see the contents (inside the box), which has led to a PVC cover with cardboard base. This box is still fully recyclable in most places. The PVC lid is made from food-grade plastic “1”, which is the most easily recyclable. (The boxes are made for chocolates!) You can read more about my packaging here.
In the future I would like to have a box that has the window created from plants – that is fully biodegradable in the long term. However I also want my boxes to last, and for you to be able to keep your precious handmade jewellery inside, and safe from scratches…. So, a bit of a conundrum. Currently I can’t afford to have this created, but hope that such items do become more practical in the near future.
That’s it! A bit about me, my background and the story behind Curlicue NZ. Over the next few months I will talk about other topics including:
I’d love to hear what you think?