Black Friday encourages us to become consumer conscious and spend spend spend on super sales... But are those sales SO SUPER? I'm advocating that you support your local small businesses this year and especially your local artisans. BUY HANDMADE this year! If you can only afford to buy 1 or 2 gifts make it something of handmade quality. There are so many ways and places to shop: Online, in stores, at the local mall, craft shows, home shows, etc... Know what you want before you go and stick to a pre-determined budget. Know who you're buying for and don't buy gimmicky risky gifts that will be given away, returned, or even worse...Thrown Out! How disappointing is that? Gone are the days of spending wildly without a social conscience and no set budget. I did it. You did it. It was fun. Those days are over! Face it, Jimmy and Susie have all the electronic goodies they can handle at one time. How about a gift that comes from the heart and is handmade? How about a gift that reminds the recipient that there is more to life than a 3x4 inch screen that you tap and swoosh constantly. Put down the technology and have a real live conversation with the people who really mean something to you. Black Friday is more than just a day for super deals and super sales... It's a day to take a deep breath, relax with your family and friends, and contemplate the coming month of holiday celebrations. A celebration of life, rebirth, and family values.
Greetings and Welcome, to my jewelry journal. I am a jewelry designer and creator. I also work at a local bead shop, teach classes, and do Art & Craft Shows. My specialties include Kumihimo, Bead Stringing, Wire Wrapping, and Wire Crochet. I love to go to Bead Shows and read the latest Bead & Jewelry magazines.