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
Aug122017

Continuing the Crazy

We are well into the re-configuration of the roof on our house. My entire business is piled in a corner of the living room. I have a show next weekend. It's crazy here.

Thankfully, when we had to pull everything away from the upstairs walls to allow for the inside work to be done, I thought about that and piled everything that I need to set up my jewelry at a craft fair in one area, in proximity to the door out. Next weekend, I just need to grab it all and bring it down, I won't need to hunt for anything. That was a masterpiece of planning, I can tell you! I am so happy that I thought to do that, because right now the chaos upstairs has made it to defcon 5!

Down in the living room are all the bins containing the beads, and all the findings, that I need to create new strung or woven pieces, as well as all my tools. I haven't had time to go near them in a bit, I have been so busy watching our baby granddaughter, running errands, and taking care of other things. Also in the corner, in boxes neatly organized and each piece protected by a zipped sleeve to keep it fresh and new. I need to get them out, take inventory of what I have already made, and see what things I need to make more of to fill out my table for the show. That will begin today.

The next "free" day I have isn't until 2 days before the show. There will be a full-court press to get things made and packed up so that I can set them up quickly on Saturday in the early morning, at the show venue. My dear husband is very patient with the mess that happens in our living room as I prepare for a show. This time it will be even crazier, since EVERYTHING jewelry is in the living room! However, in spite of the craziness, we are excited about the new roof project, our house will be much nicer when it is done and we can then begin renovations on the inside (since the new roof design adds 2 whole feet on both the front and the back of the house on the inside!).

What challenges face you in your home-based business? How do you deal with them? Attitude makes a big difference. You can take inconveniences to heart and let them hold you back or you can adjust and decide that, no matter what, you are going to fly high and be a champion. That's where I am going to be!

Friday
Jul072017

Upheaval

What do you do when your studio, where all your equipment and supplies for creating, storing, displaying, and shipping your jewelry is housed, is totally in upheaval? I am currently dealing with this very real issue. Again.

Last summer it became imperative that we replace our roof. We have a raised ranch-style house. When my husband embarked on this project, he had to really think it through in stages, because not only did he replace the roof, but he also changed the actual roof line from a gambled roof to a more modern straight roof, adding windows to our upstairs. The major living areas in our home are at ground level, or downstairs, unlike most raised ranches. For several reasons, our upstairs is currently home to my jewelry studio, storage of our daughter's apartment furniture, my music studio, our exercise area/equipment, and our daughter's clothing business, which she sells on line and in local in-home parties. Pretty crowded up there to say the least!

Last summer, everything got randomly piled in the middle of the room to allow my husband to get to the walls, which had to be removed and replaced to accomodate the new roof line. He only did the back of the house. It took what seemed to be forever for him to get it done, because he was working by himself, section by section, inside then outside. After around 8 weeks he was done to the point that he could go to, because this year he has to do the exact same thing to the front of the house, and then can re-side the entire house. My guy is an ambitious man and I so admire his dedication to getting these projects finished!

After he was done upstairs last Fall, we went through everything up there that had been moved to the center of the room and sorted it all out. We donated/tossed a bunch of stuff, which was greatly needed. We took everything our son owned and delivered it to him at the new house he had just gotten, which freed up a lot of space, and re-organized what was left into, once again, useable areas for my jewelry studio, music studio, exercise area, and our daughter's racks of clothing for the business. It was wonderful to settle it down enough to use it again. And now it begins anew.

It is easier in many ways this time. So far. My husband has started this year's project, the roof on the front of the house. We went upstairs and re-arranged it. Again. There was less to move because we knew it was coming. We managed to allow access to my jewelry shipping supplies and displays, the racks of clothing for the business, an exercise area, and my piano. My husband has removed the inside front walls all the way across the front of the house. And he cleaned up the mess because he's a keeper! My jewelry supplies, and my finished inventory, are spending the Summer in the living room, in bins and boxes. That corner of the living room is looking a mite cluttered, to say the least, but I can work on a lap board and make things, and have access to the things I have listed on Etsy so I can ship purchases.

When this front roof is done, there will be a window in the room that was not there before, which will add much appreciated natural light. The room, with the total re-model, will be a bit larger, an added 2 feet. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean fewer things will be in the room, but we will have it settled again, jewelry ALL upstairs, areas set up for polymer press, jewelry tumbler, packaging/shipping, music and exercise areas, and, of course, accessable racks of clothing that come and go as in-home parties are held.

How does one deal with upheaval of their home business? There is already so much to consider when running a business out of your house that you seriously want to be a success without having to reconsider all aspects being in flux, straightened out, and then in flux again. I have found that the best way to deal with it is to take it in stride, make adjustments that will work, and keep a GREAT attitude. Attitude is the key here. It's not about my husband wanting to cause chaos in our businesses, it's about desperately needing the roof done, and him being stuck to do it. He is trying to do it with the least craziness possible, has already streamlined it based on last year's experience doing the back of the house, and is totally NOT looking forward to opening up the front. He just wants it over with and I totally understand that and love him so much for his yeoman efforts to make it as organized and quick as possible.

When I get tired of looking at the jewelry stored in the living room I throw a sheet over it. When I want to make something, I get out TV trays and put the bins on them and use a lap board. This project will lead to much better conditions upstairs so I am looking forward to that. And praying for my sweet honey as he embarks on doing a roof in the warm Summer when we are most likely to avoid rain and extremes.

Upheaval is the door to new, good things! And the roof won't leak!

Friday
Jun232017

Bingeing

Am I the only one, or do other people do their business paperwork while running the Netflix in the background? I am currently wading through whatever seasons of Bones are available to me, and watching it as I make jewelry, list items, type this blog, you name it!

Actually it's not a bad thing, I guess, that is, as long as you don't make mistakes on the important business and personal business you are working on while you have one eye on the TV! Today Bones is getting a rest. I am currently typing to CSI Miami, which is on a cable channel. It's a rainy day and I recently had a wrist injection on my dominant wrist, so I have plenty of time to sit, type, weave, all low impact things while the joint calms down from the invading needle. Yuck! I detest injections, but I do so love the results. Meanwhile, my LEAST favorite thing is paperwork, so things like this at least get me doing some...

I have these beads next to me. It's almost July, and they were gifted to me by my very thoughtful daughter-in-law (daughter, please!) for Christmas, so that I would make something for myself! I rarely do that, although I know that wearing my own creations gets some of the styles out where people can see them. These beads are such a lovely color combination, and they will make a perfect recovery project from my injection while I continue my binge watching of whatever I pick. Why is it that the older shows are always my favorites?!!! (My other biggie is Home Improvement.)

If you have the type of self discipline issue I do, finding it difficult to push yourself into keeping that paperwork up to date, maybe you can get yourself motivated by using my little excuse to binge watch something you love... After all, as long as you can still get everything in order, and done correctly, it's all about getting yourself to want to sit down and do the work! This is how I get myself to do it, shallow as it may seem!

Back to listing jewelry, and then I'm going to weave myself something awesome with that amazing Christmas gift! Getting a bunch of Etsy shop duties done, and on to creating, with CSI Miami!