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Every Day is a Promise!

Jewelry Hand-Crafted With You in Mind. That is what Every Day a Promise is all about. Creating lovely jewelry items that will be a delight to wear is my passion! Each piece is carefully made with great consideration given to style and wear. Why purchase commercial jewelry in the mall that everyone else is wearing when you can have something unique and hand-crafted? Make a statement with your style choices! Everything you see on my site is purchasable through my Etsy shop. I also do custom orders for weddings and other special occasions, and you can contact me here or on Etsy to make arrangements!

I am writing this blog in the hopes that it may, in some small way, help someone who is launching a small business, either on a local level or on the internet. While these observations are things that I have found to be true for me, I hold no degrees in marketing or business management. For professional support or legal advice I would urge anyone to seek out someone in your local area who has expertise and can advise you as to the correct approach you should take. This blog is merely my own observations based on my own limited business experience. I am loving every minute of it! I wish you great success in your future endeavors!
Wednesday
May272015

Try Something New!

Our newest endeavor this Spring was to take part in a local annual Renaissance Fair, held right here in our little village. It was held on a beautiful, sunny weekend in May, and was quite well attended.

 

The vendors were arrayed in costumes to add to the Renaissance atmosphere. These vendors were set up right next to us. They sold all different types of things. Next to them were people who did sketches of individuals as they posed to have their picture drawn by the artists. They looked like they were having a lot of fun!

 

We also had people across from us who had sculptures made from various shells. They were quite large and interesting! Visitors to the May Faire Renaissance Fair were able to buy refreshments, avail themselves of various entertainment presentations including singers, dancers, demonstrations and the like, and browse all the vendor tents. So many different things were being sold that I could make a huge list! There was no admission cost to them!

 

This experience was an idyllic trip into the past in a gorgeous setting with perfect weather and wonderful participants. We met many people who just stopped in because they were driving by and saw the vendor tents and the people in costumes. In my little town, it was a wonderful boost to the local economy as well!

 

If your business needs to move up to the next level, try something new!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
May262015

Seed Beads

I am amazed at the things that can be created with using seed beads. These tiny treasures come in different sizes and shapes, and can be employed in a variety of ways.

In this photo, seed beads have been used to frame the lovely Swarovski crystal bicones in a flat (or sidewinder) weave. Contrasting colors make the crystals in the center "pop"! The gold color of the glass seed beads gives a rich look to the earrings, and add a dimension to them that is unique and interesting.

 

 

In this piece, two different sizes of seed beads in contrasting colors are employed to create a necklace that has an interesting texture and dimension. Because of the spiral weave encorporated here, the larger seed beads in a warm honey color catch the eye, and the iris rose smaller beads with silver accents cast an interesting contrast. Also, the smaller the beads, and the more beads that are used, the more intricate the piece appears to be.

Seed beads can be used in various sizes to separate larger beads in a design, thus setting them apart from each other and also accenting their colors. When they are used by themselves, all the same size, they create an intricate, delicate effect.

 

Any beading magazine will feature many designs and patterns that feature or incorporate seed beads into them, as they come in a vast array of colors and can be used in so many creative ways. I love to weave beads together using a needle and fireline. Time fails me to add all the pictures of the array of items I have made from these tiny pretties in the last few years! In my shop, www.everydayapromise.etsy.com, I have several seed bead creations.

 

Good things come in tiny sizes! Seed beads!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday
Apr122015

Wear a Scarf... Necklace!

I love to wear scarves. In fact, I wear them year-round, for lots of different occasions, and with lots of different wardrobe choices. The wonderful thing about scarves is that they come in all colors, and in all different types of material. Unending, or infinity, scarves are quite popular now, and I have several of them as well. Recently I got an idea that put an entirely new take on those, and made my infinity scarf into a ...necklace!

 

I am a bead weaver. I love taking seed beads, which are very small, and weaving them, one bead at a time, into jewelry items that are intricate, interesting, and fun to wear. Most recently I began thinking how lovely an infinity scarf would look with beads woven on to it.

This beautiful pink scarf was lovely all by itself, but it gained an entirely new look with the seed beads woven onto it. I chose beads with colors that would not only compliment the soft pink of the scarf, but would set it off as well. This infinity scarf is now a scarf necklace. The beads are anchored in place, making them stable and secure so that they don't shift around. The scarf can go around a neck once or twice, with the beads on the top, on the bottom, or the two layers overlapping with the beads on the top.

This next scarf is a bit longer and can actually go (snugly) around a neck about 3 

times. The white beads that are the focal point of this piece stand out wonderfully against the soft purple material that the scarf is made from. Each scarf necklace has a center piece with an accent piece on either side. All the beaded accents are needle woven, one bead at a time, right here in my studio. While it is very time consuming to do this, as you can see, the results are lovely!

 

This picture makes the importance of scarf material very obvious. For certain, the more gorgeous the material, and the more striking the beadwork, the more amazing looking the scarf necklace is when it is finished, and the more stunning the statement it will make. The scarf on the left is made from some stunning fabric, and the beads are very special Czech glass that I special ordered. The deep emerald color against the rich gold are a perfect contrast to the flocked scarf.

While I have many scarves in my drawer, the ones that get the most attention are those with the woven beadwork that makes each of them unique. At craft shows. my mannequin pulls down quite a following as she models one or another of these. The three that are pictured in this blog are currently the only ones I still have available in my Etsy shop. I need to make more!

 

Do you wear a scarf? How about a scarf... necklace?!!