COLORADO SPRINGS – A young entrepreneur from the Colorado Springs community turned her jewelry making hobby into a small business. A recent health diagnosis does not prevent him from developing his business either.
Her name is Mattison Leva and she is 11 years old. She started making jewelry in January when she had more free time at home through distance learning. She has since become a businesswoman and now her jewelry is sold in local stores.
Her business is called Made by Matti, and at least a few times a week she makes earrings and necklaces. The jewelry is nickel and allergen free.
Matti has sold around 250 pieces of jewelry to date. Much of her sales come from the ten local craft fairs she has attended.
“Usually when people come and buy all of my earrings or a necklace and sometimes they talk badly to them. And that’s usually how I meet a lot of people,” Matti said. “Meeting new people is my favorite part.”
At a craft fair, she also met Jeremy Nosbush. He is a co-owner of MatchBox Candle Co. in Monument.
“She really came over and told me how she can create all of her own jewelry, and how she bends all these threads and chooses all of her own designs,” said Nosbush, who now has three displays of Matti’s jewelry in her shop. . “I just thought it was really cool that she was a young entrepreneur making these items.”
Nosbush says he has an exclusive Colorado collection in the store, which includes hiking-related jewelry and other jewelry with animals or flowers.
“I really think it was cool that she made the jewelry herself and put all these components in to create a final product,” Nosbush said.
His business growth kept him going, but even more inspiration came from a recent diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.
“Usually every time I do that (make jewelry). Usually I sometimes forget about it when I’m having a lot of fun,” Matti said.
Her diagnosis also inspired her new collection called “It’s cool to be nice”. The collection is a chance to stand up for others with the disease, but also to remind people that you can do whatever you want.
“It’s to remind people to be kind to themselves and to others. I hope they will always remember it when they wear these necklaces,” Matti said.
Nobush also invited Matti to lead a workshop on jewelry making. It was for the birthday of another girl her age.
Matti’s jewelry costs between $ 7 and $ 14. She also sells her jewelry to the FestiviTea Company and the Revolution Dance Academy, the dance studio where she dances.
Click here to visit Matti’s FaceBook page.