We had the good fortune of connecting with Carolyn LeJeune and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carolyn, why did you pursue a creative career?
I have always been drawn to artistic outlets my entire life. When I find a creative way to express my emotions, the world seems to align magically. All my tension, stress or worries just melt away when I am working on my jewelry. I love to see an image I have imagined in my mind come to life through my creations.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I design one of a kind pieces of jewelry. I mainly focus on earrings and bracelets now. I am moving more to mixed textures such a glass beads, raw brass, colorful textile beads. I am teaching myself the art of solder to begin designing rings. I look at where my designs were just from last fall to now, and I love the transformation. My creations are becoming more bold and expressive. It has sparked more joy and excitement in my customers. This in turn brings much happiness to my soul. Currently, I am still working my business on a part-time basis. It does get difficult at times when you work a full time job and juggle your creative career on the sidelines. It definitely teaches you to have better organization and time management skills. I want people to recognize my pieces not only by a brand tag, but what it represents to me as an artist. The “Luna”, half moon, part of my business name is a sign of fertility, related to life and death and ebb and flow, a never ending regrowth. This relates to my jewelry which has many different styles to fit your every vibe.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
There are a couple of family owned little places in Mont Belvieu that are hidden gems. The first would be Lercy’s, a home cooking place. It serves yummy comfort foods like your Mom used to make such as chicken fried steak and bread pudding. The decor is also so adorable. Next, would be Rozzie B’s, a specialty burger place. Dinner plans would include the new Floyd’s Seafood restaurant. The Oysters Rockefeller, crab bisque and crab cakes are to die for. Last, we would visit The Whiskey Bar for delicious cocktails and some awesome live entertainment.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Shout-out goes to my husband Richard and my daughter Sierra. They are my greatest fans and biggest supporters. They know that starting a small business takes time and lots of work. They are always helping with social media post and behind the scenes work. They are my errand runners to the post office shipping packages or getting supplies. They are my film crew for live feeds or trunk shows. They take care of things around our house while I am hard at work creating new pieces every week. They are my strength, heart and soul behind my business. I am blessed for sure.