Why It’s Important to Have a Responsive Website Design

Last year I thought just having a mobile configuration for my website was great, but now I understand why it’s important to have a Responsive Website Design. Nearly half of all web traffic is done on a mobile device, that’s huge!

People search and browse on mobile devices for information, products, and of course hang out on social media where a lot of businesses advertise. Think about your own browsing habits…..

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The number of people using mobile devices such as iPhones or Tablets has increased so it’s important to make your website easy to view.

The number of people using a mobile device increases every year,  so having a website that automatically adjusts to the device it is viewed on is really important.

How many times have you gone to a website on your iPhone and it was so small that you just clicked out of it and continued to search for something you could actually see?

A Perfect Example of Why a Responsive Website is Necessary

Mom is sitting in the bus loop waiting to pick her kids up from school and is using her cell phone to search for items on her gift list, or maybe she is planning a vacation, party, etc.  She may not be purchasing anything yet, but if she finds what she wants she may go back later to make the purchase on her desktop computer.

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Many people browse on mobile devices and return to their desktop computer to complete the purchase. Having a responsive website will display on all devices correctly.

As a small business struggling for every sale, I want to be sure that my website is found in her search, along with the big guys, and that my website is easy for her to see.

In case you don’t know

Google will give preference in search to those websites that are mobile-friendly, effective 4/21/2015. The only reason I know this is because I received a newsletter from my web hosting company with information about this important announcement and offering solutions to those of us with Shopsite shopping cart software.

LexiConn: Google Wants Your Ecommerce Site to be Responsive

Not sure if your website has mobile friendliness? Then you can check your website pages with this Mobile Friendly Test on Google

Shopsite Users

Shopsite has several different templates that are responsive so I picked one and made the switch. I WAS NERVOUS, I sat there with my finger on the “publish” button for quite some time, fearful that my years of work would be destroyed if I changed anything.

Then I took the plunge, it was now or never! Fortunately LexiConn, my web hosting company, is great to work with and very helpful, so within a couple of days I had all the kinks worked out.

It’s nerve-wracking to make a switch like this, but it is for the best. According to Internet Retailer Less Than 10% of Small Businesses Have a Mobile App or other way to reach consumers via mobile devices.

I say don’t think about it too much, just get it done! What do you say? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

Enter to Win – I Have Beads Everywhere Giveaway

Everyone loves Contests and Giveaways and winning FREE Stuff! Enter to win the I Have Beads Everywhere Giveaway to celebrate 1900 sales in my Etsy Shop. Let’s see how many of you out there have BEADS EVERYWHERE!

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Beads Everywhere Giveaway Item – Keychain with beads shown and $25.00 Off Purchase coupon code in Bead Lovers Korner Etsy Shop.

The winner will receive this really cool Heart Keychain (shown above) which includes three European Beads (two black and one black with pink flower) that can be removed so you can add your own Pandora style beads. I am also including a $25.00 off coupon code to my Bead Lovers Korner Etsy Shop.

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I have beads everywhere, even in my car hanging from the rearview mirror!

Giveaway Contest Rules

  1. Take a photo of a unique place that you have decorated with beads. I am talking cars, purse, interesting places at home or work, etc.
  2. Post your photo on either Facebook or Instagram
  3. Facebook: Follow Bead Lovers Korner Facebook Page, post your photo to the page with your comments and use the hashtags #ihavebeadseverywhere #giveaway
  4. Instagram: Follow Bead Lovers Korner on Instagram, post your photo with comments and tag @beadloverskorner using the hashtags #ihavebeadseverywhere #giveaway
  5. Limited to the United States only
  6. Contest Giveaway ends at midnight on April 6, 2015. That’s 3 weeks to spread the word, take your photo and post your entry.
  7. Only one entry per person
  8. Winner will be announced during that first week in April on both Facebook and Instagram. Winner will have one week to claim prize. If prize isn’t claimed I will select another winner.

Let’s have some fun!

I have given three weeks for this giveaway contest so that everyone has time to participate. Snap a photo with your smartphone or upload a photo from your computer.

Beads Are Everywhere!

Photos below show a couple of examples of how I have BEADS EVERYWHERE! I just can’t go anywhere without having them around, can you?

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I have beads everywhere, even on my car keys!

I even have beads on an incense bottle! We all love beads so show me your best photo of how you have BEADS EVERYWHERE!

Beads on Incense Bottle
I have beads everywhere, they are great decoration on an incense bottle!

Hematite Jewelry Handmade Gifts for Members of the Press

I signed up to send Hematite Jewelry as my handmade jewelry gifts for members of the Press who attend GBK’s Celebrity Gift Lounge honoring the MTV Movie Awards Nominees and Presenters. This great opportunity is one of the benefits of being a member of The Artisan Group!

The Artisan Group Badge

I just love crystals and stones, so I decided to make pendant necklaces with Hematite Spheres. I ordered all of my jewelry making supplies and when I received the spheres I had to laugh because by themselves they were like little cannon balls!

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Wire wrapping Hematite Spheres to make pendants

It took me several days, but once I added some wire and swirls the little “cannon balls” transformed into beautiful Hematite Jewelry.

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Wire Wrapped Hematite Sphere pendants for members of the press

Hematite stones have beneficial metaphysical and spiritual properties and are a popular stone for crystal healing. When I made my necklace cards I also included a few of these properties on the back (a benefit of making your own jewelry cards, click here to see this FREE tutorial)

These are all packaged in organza bags and on their way to the event. It will be exciting to see who will receive them! These are also available for special order on the website :)

Leave a comment and let me know what do you think?

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Packaged in light purple organza bags with information on the back of necklace card

Angels Guard Thee – Inspiration for Handcrafted Jewerly

This Angels Guard Thee pebble bead by Green Girl Studios made me curious. A Google search for the phrase “Angels Guard Thee” lead to this inspiring music that moved me to tears. What beauty unfolds in the imagination from this melody and verse!! I hope this inspires you to design and create a meaningful piece of jewelry.

I am not sure what caused Green Girl Studios to create this little bead, but I am thankful that it lead me to experience this moving music.

This lullaby (berceuse) comes from the 1888 Opera “Jocelyn” by Benjamin Goddard and is sung by Kenneth McKellar.

Angels Guard Thee

Beneath the quivering leaves, where shelter comes at last,
All sadness sinks to rest, or glides into the past.
Her sweet eyes prismed now in their soft silken bowers,
Oh my love, calm she sleeps beneath the trembling stars.

Awake not yet from thy repose,
A fair dream spirit hovers near thee,
Weaving a web of gold and rose,
Through dreamland’s happy isles to bear thee.
Sleep, love, it is not yet the dawn,
Angels guard thee, sweet love, till morn.

Far from the noisy throng, by song birds lulled to rest,
Where rock the branches high by breezes soft caressed;
Softly the days go on, by sorrow all unharmed,
Thus may life be to thee a sweet existence charmed.

Awake not yet from thy repose,
A fair dream spirit hovers near thee,
Weaving a web of gold and rose,
Through dreamland’s happy isles to bear thee.
Sleep, love, it is not yet the dawn,
Angels guard thee, sweet love, till morn.

Offer Ended – Free Gift with Purchase for Valentine’s Day

Offer Ended – Receive a FREE Gift with your purchase on our website for Valentine’s Day! If you are searching for gift ideas for women, gifts for your wife, gifts for mom or your girlfriend check out this limited time offer (offer ended).

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Buy a Coin Holder and a Coin – get a FREE Silver Chain. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Offer Ended – Get a Free 33″ Silver Plated Stainless Steel Chain with the purchase of both a Coin and a Coin Holder. The Carlo Biagi Coin Collection is a hot new interchangeable fashion accessory that is sweeping the nation! Similar to Nikki Lissoni, Mi Moneda, or Lucet Mundi.

Free Gift with Purchase
Buy any bead or bracelet and receive a FREE bead of our choice. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Offer Ended – Buy any European Charm Bead, Landmark Bead or Bracelet on our website and receive an additional free bead (colors and styles will vary, compatible with Chamilia, Troll, PANDORA).

Buy any other item such as our own hand beaded jewelry, Rosary, Charms or Kidz Beads and receive a free gift of our choice.

  • This offer is only valid with purchases on our website www.beadloverskorner.com.
  • Some items may be special order and have longer delivery times so order early!

Ideas and Inspiration for Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Looking for Ideas and Inspiration for Teacher Appreciation Gifts or other unique gifts for special people? I just received some jewelry making pendants and findings from Green Girl Studios and I was overcome with ideas for uses of this special little pendant. I am sharing my thoughts since they might be just the right inspiration for someone.

Making a key chain, bookmark, necklace or other beaded jewelry with this You Are Special Pendant would be great for any of the following:

  • Special Education Teachers
  • Regular Education Teacher Appreciation Gift
  • Parents of Children with Special Needs
  • Medallion for a Special Needs Child
  • Unique Gift for people who suffer from depression
  • Award Medal for participation in a special function
  • Gifts for Best Friends

These are just a few ideas for the creation of something really meaningful. I raised children with ADHD (see my previous blog post) and met some very dedicated Special Education Teachers that this little pendant would have been perfect for making a unique gift.

Comment below if this gives you any special inspiration! See other Green Girl Studios items in my Etsy Shop!