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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!
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?!!

Saturday
Apr112015

Starting a Blog

Sort of like an on-line journal, a blog is a place to record observations, collect your thoughts, keep a record of life events, and share (should you wish to) all this with your friends, family, or anyone you choose to. Maybe you have considered starting one, but you don't know where or how to begin.

 

There are free websites, such as Wordpress, that host blogs at no cost. The great thing about this particular site is that they have templates to choose from that will allow you to customize your blog with a look you feel represents you and the theme(s) you are going to write about. The layout can be custom, and there are ways for you to upload photos and import them into your entries.

 

Having a blog does not mean that you have to committ to writing on it every day. I have been known, right here, to write a few days in a row, or several times in a month, and then skip a month or two entirely. I do pay for this space, as well as the domain name, so it would be much more cost-effective if I made full use of this space. As my business is growing, that is becoming more and more important, and so I shall be maintaining a more constant presence on here. However, how often you write on a blog is entirely up to you, and no one will track you down if you feel uninspired for a day or week or month.

 

To unlock your "inner blogger", choose to write about something you love, or somewhere you love to go. Maybe about your children's antics that day, your favorite family member, or your experiences shopping on line. There are blogs about the great books people have read, blogs containing a complete record of someone's journey through a difficult problem, be it health or otherwise, and blogs about cooking fabulous dishes! Some people write about past experiences, chronicle their vacations and travels, write things about their faith, their hopes, their dreams. There is a caution in all of this however. Once you save something on the internet, it is on the internet. You may be able to erase it from your blog, but that does not erase it from anywhere it may have gone to after you posted it, so please do not post anything on a blog that, later on, you are going to wish you hadn't, for whatever reason. Examples would be addresses, full names/ages of children, family schedules (Don't want stalkers or thieves!), job-related observations naming the company, co-workers etc (Don't want a lawsuit!), that sort of thing. 

 

My blog is something I really enjoy doing. I love to write, and this gives me an opportunity to just sit and let my mind play a bit. It is a spring board for ideas and goals for my jewelry business, and also a place to maybe offer up something that may help someone else in some small way. If you have never had one but would like to try it, just go to Wordpress and get started. Have fun!

Friday
Apr102015

Memory Wire!

if you love to wear cuffs, then you may find that memory wire is a wonderful option for creating one. You will need the memory wire, the beads you want to put in place on it, wire cutters, and a pair of pliers to bend the ends of the wire when all the beads are on it! Memory wire is easily available in any craft store, such as Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or JoAnn Fabrics, as are tons of awesome beads to pick from. The biggest advantage of memory wire is that you don't have to mess with any clasps, which can often be a challenge to work with one hand. Memory wire also retains its shape and so is always in the perfect configuration and looks great!

 

Choose color combinations carefully. Cuff bracelets with great colors are wonderful statement pieces. As you 

can see in the bracelet pictured here, the beads are in two differend sizes/shapes. These glass pearls have a wonderful loveliness about them which stands out because all the colors compliment each other so well. The two shapes are arranged in a consistent pattern which adds interest to the piece. This cuff will encircle an average sized wrist about 4 times. Because of the memory wire, no clasp is necessary. I love this bracelet, and actually made this same one, in various combinations of shape/size, several times, as they sell quite well! This conbination is perfect for all seasons.

You can make a bracelet using all the same beads or stones to make a block color. This bracelet is totally

made of all-natural agate. Each stone is an individual shape, but they are all somewhere around the same size. The color is stunning and a great neutral, and so this bracelet could be worn with just about anything! It is quite a large cuff, and could encircle a smaller wrist 5-6 times! 

Memory wire is a great thing. I love it because it is easy to work with and the creative combinations you can come up with are endless. Standing in the bead aisle my brain could explode just by imagining these beads with those beads, and maybe lets throw in some crystals and... you get the picture!

Making your own jewelry may seem a daunting task, but there are simple things, like memory wire, that can make you look like a pro!