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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!
Saturday
Apr042015

Shows are Beginning!

This month of April marks the beginning of a very busy show season for Every Day a Promise! We have our first juried show in two weeks, on the weekend of April 18-19. We have another show in May, one in June, August, September, October, November, and December. This will be our busiest year yet, and we are very excited!

 

Having so many shows requires having an adequate inventory of jewelry items ready and available, so that there is a good selection of styles, colors, and accessories for our buyers. In looking over our existing inventory, we are upgrading our selections to include new accessories and broaden our range of styles. It is an ever-increasing pressure to be constantly creative, and as we endeavor to come up with items that are both stylish and versatile, we continue to upgrade our skills so that the resulting pieces are very durable and will be relevant styles for years to come!

 

We look forward to updating this blog with our new creations! After all, the shows are beginning!

Wednesday
Mar112015

Wedding Jewelry

Spring is a very popular season for weddings, and I am always honored when my jewelry is worn by a bride or a bridal party on this very special day which shall be revisited in photos and videos for years to come.

Wedding jewelry comes in all types and prices. Often the bride gifts a piece of jewelry to the bridal party so that they all match. While manufactured jewelry from a department or big box store is always an option, it adds a great deal of specialness to the event to have custom made accessories that are done in the wedding colors and fitted to each bridesmaid and to the bride. The earrings on the left are in a style that is quite popular for weddings. This pair is crafted from Swarovski Crystal cubes, Czech glass squaredelles, and Swarovski Crystal bicones. The color that pops here is emerald green, but these can be custom made in the colors of your wedding, and even specialized if you have a rainbow event where bridesmaids each wear a different color! The style can be exactly the same, but the colors be distinctly coordinated with what each girl is wearing.

One piece of coordinated jewelry can be enough in the wedding. The bride doesn't have to match the attendants, the choices are endless! A simple crystal necklace may be all that the bride needs, or it can be more elaborate. The necklace you see here was very, very special to thebride. This necklace  was created from a ring that her grandmother wore all the time. 

 

To create this unusual piece, we cut the ring portion away, being very careful to keep the integrity of the crown. We filed the edges and smoothed away any rough spots. The back of the crown was then coated with 14k gold leaf.  We turned the crown so that, instead of seeing it horizontally as you would in a ring, it became a vertical pendant. A single pearl was suspended at the bottom, and because the original ring was gold, we suspended it from a simple gold chain. The bridesmaids all wore sweet crystal necklaces that suggested this style, but were red, in the color of the wedding.

 

This woven crystal bracelet is special because, not only is it a lovely style, but also this was woven, bead by bead, with a needle and fireline in my studio. Swarovski crystals come in many, many colors. This bracelet is obviously created using clear crystals. It will go with any bridal gown. Matching ones for bridesmaids look amazing and they are just the right size to be understated and classy.

I love making wedding jewelry, most likely because I also love crystals and "shiny things" (bling!). If you are planning a wedding please take a few minutes to consider these options. It is not as costly as you might think, and you and your wedding party will have something special to wear for years to come!

Tuesday
Mar102015

Getaway!

As Spring approaches quickly, new styles are on the bench here! My most favorite one currently is my seed bead woven bracelet which I recently entered in the Cabin Fever Challenge, which featured creations by members of the Jewelry on Etsy Team (JETs). The idea in  this contest was to create a piece of jewelry which made people think of getting away to wherever they would love to go, in order to take our minds off of what has been a fairly unrelenting winter season. 

My Cabin Fever piece, as I debated what to do, I felt had to reflect my most favorite vacation spot, which is the beautiful state of Hawaii. The moment you arrive there, you are greeted with a beautiful lei of Hawaiian flowers. Tropical flowers are incredibly gorgeous, and my favorite is the plumeria, which comes in many different colors. The color we saw most often on our trip was a deep pink flower with a lighter golden center. I started thinking about how to recreate the idea of plumeria in a bracelet.

Since my strongest point is weaving seed bead jewelry, I decided my entry would consist of woven flowers that suggest the plumeria, and a band of the deep aquas and blues of the Pacific Ocean, which is the most amazing color I have ever seen. The centers of the flowers are golden Swarovski crystals, giving just a hint of bling. I researched the plumeria to be certain I had enough petals on each one, and that the colors were close to correct, and then wove them, adding the spiral band after the 3 focal pieces were completed.

This was a really enjoyable challenge, and I totally am pleased that I was brave enough to submit an entry. Time for a getaway!

 

 A little touch of Hawaii here!