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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!
Thursday
Feb122015

More Seed Beads!

As I work on expanding the various styles of jewelry I create, I am continually amazed by all the intricate and beautiful things you can do with seed beads. The very first woven bracelet I ever made was done in a flat weave that the instructor called a "sidewinder". I picked it up quite quickly and made tons of bracelets, giving them all away as gifts. I soon found out that, when you vary the size of the beads you are using, and you vary the type of beads as well, things look totally different!

The bracelet on the right was done in a sidewinder (flat) weave. It is delicate and light on the wrist. The Swarovski crystals in the center are 6mm bicones, and the seed beads on either side are size 11. This is the first size I learned to make. Because of the size of the beads used, this piece looks very intricate, and in fact, it is! 

The lower bracelet was made using the exact same weave, but with large 10mm calcite beads in the center, and the side beads are 6mm seed beads. What a size boost, and you can definitely tell this is a chunky bracelet just by looking at the picture!

 

 

The beads in both of these examples, in fact in everything I weave, are put in place with a beading needle threaded with fireline, which is a jewelry-grade version of fishline. It comes in colors, but I usually stick with white, crystal. or black.

 

Maybe you are interested in learning how to weave a bracelet! If you are, you can check out the various videos on YouTube, or you can check at your local bookstore for magazines/books that have instructions in them. Don't think you have to take a special class to do this! Be prepared, however, to become addicted to making these, because there is a world of color available in seed beads and you will never, NEVER run out of fun combinations! You will soon have a "stash" of beads to work with as your abilities and your need for colors expands.

I will continue to share on here some tips and info on jewelry making. Building my business has been my main topic, but it would make me very happy to know that maybe something I share here will help someone to tap into their creative side and begin making their own accessories, and gifts for others.

Next time I stop in here I will talk about my second weaving love, SPIRAL WEAVE!

 

Happy Crafting!

 

 

Thursday
Jan292015

New Ideas Coming in Seed Bead Woven Jewelry!

Things are really moving here at Every Day a Promise! We are already gearing up for some local Spring craft shows, which takes much preparation! We have several unique new styles too! It is important to keep current on what is trending in fashion when you have any sort of accessory-related business, and research has been happening! New ideas are popping around here, and the problem is finding time to MAKE ALL THE THINGS!

We ended a very successful 2014 looking forward like never before to this already exciting  new year! All that is left of 2014 is to get all the paperwork to the income tax man, which we are in the process of organizing. As I look at the receipts and reflect on the past year, I am amazed at the faithfulness of the Lord, Who opened many new doors to us. Now more are opening, and, while it is a bit scary, it is also very exciting. Currently we are getting quite a bit of online traffic in our Etsy shop, which is very exciting!

Our new lines will be featuring intricate pieces crafted from some beautiful seed beads in new and awesome colors, as well as some new styles in strung jewelry and earrings. As always, we will be incorporating Swarovski crystals in many of our designs. Can't help it, I love the bling!

Welcome to this little blog which has, erratically, been tracking our progress since we went into business 4 years ago. Come visit again, we shall keep posting here!

Happy 2015!!!

Monday
Dec082014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Every Day a Promise! We have been buried in preparations for craft shows, and in the shows themselves! We have met many wonderful people, and many pieces of jewelry have left us and gone to new homes to be worn and loved. 2014 has been our best year yet and we are rejoicing in the faithfulness of the Lord as we have worked to build and expand our customer base.

While we have been away from here we have been very busy developing a new line of products for our shop! Soon we will be posting pictures linked to Etsy, and the new items will be available through our Etsy shop, www.everydayapromise.etsy.com!

Stay tuned for great things!