Hi! I'm glad you're here!
I'm Michelle and the owner of Shyla Moon. I've been a US military spouse living abroad for the past seven years with my husband and 11 year old daughter, Shyla. We just landed back in Japan for the third time at the end of 2020. But, hey, allow me to introduce myself more if we haven't met before.
The first time I moved to Okinawa (in 2007), I had to leave my dental hygiene career behind, so started a few "hobbies" to stay busy. I taught sewing lessons at the craft shop on base and started making hair flower accessories for my friends. With only 1 place to shop for clothing and accessories on the military base, I was able to fill a need so my friends could have something totally unique to accessorize with.
Then I moved back to America in 2010 where this 'hobby' turned into a small business. My accessories were in small boutiques on consignment and I was learning the ropes of running a small business while doing local market and vendor events, but I was always looking for something bigger. Creating had always been my passion, but what was my purpose?
After I had my daughter in 2013, my twin sister and I started making hand stamped jewelry and a year later, I took the plunge and made being a "Maker" a full-time business, and thus, Shyla Moon was created (and the hair flowers were out and bracelets were IN!). Making one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry that are filled with so much emotion makes my heart bound! And to hear the stories of the receiver and how blessed, happy or hilarious it makes them feel... that's why I do what I do!
So here we are, 10 years later and still making custom designed jewelry for you and supporting our Maker community along the way. I'm a huge advocate for supporting other Makers and am excited to collaborate with other handmade artisans, so please give me a shout! I firmly believe in community over competition. I'm always willing to share business advice or help new Makers out with Instagram or FB or whatever! I remember how things were when I first started out and I want to help others get a fresh start, too.
For my customers, I am always happy to make custom, personalized, hand stamped jewelry pieces for you! And I've got these really special kimono wrap bracelets sourced straight from vintage Japanese kimonos. I can make something heartfelt that will be a treasured gift.
*To get an idea of the past custom pieces I've made, please head to @shylamoonmade on Facebook or Instagram. For Custom Orders, please click on the Design Your Own Jewelry link at the top of the page under the SHOP tab.* For WHOLESALE orders, please click on this link here: Wholesale Inquiries
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