Where is your American Spirit?

On this Memorial Day I want to ask everyone to show their American Spirit. I have heard different opinions about how patriotism isn’t as strong as it once was.

My own children were taught to think that the United States of America is a bully, going around the world taking over and getting involved in everyone’s business. They weren’t taught the reason why.

Red, White and Blue Earrings
Red, White and Blue Earrings

What is the American Spirit?

Simply put: to be free

Many people around the world would love to be free of oppressive governments and dictators. Over the past 240 years we have developed a great military with which to defend ourselves and help those who seek freedom.

But freedom comes at a price. Brave men and women have paid that price with their lives.

As we remember and honor those who have fallen and lost their lives serving the USA, please pay particular attention to the importance of not letting that fade from your memory.

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Statue of Liberty Landmark Bead

How do you show your American Spirit?

What are the symbols of the American Spirit of Freedom? There are many, and can be incorporated into any fashion:

  • The colors red, white and blue
  • Stars
  • Display the flag
  • Lady Liberty
  • The Liberty Bell
  • The Eagle

On this Memorial Day I will show my spirit and be somber, in honor of those we lost and in contemplation of the loss of more lives defending our flag and our right to be free people.

Whether you lean to the left, lean to the right or just stand straight, please remember that brave soldiers lost their lives so that you could stand wherever you want.

Make an extra effort to be proud of our country.

Pay respect to the souls of brave men and women who died protecting our flag, our country and our freedom.

Great last minute gift ideas you can buy online

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Order online classes from Craftsy for last minute gifts, or for yourself!

Looking for last minute gift ideas can be so stressful, but did you know you can give the gift of an online craft class? Craftsy has hundreds of online classes that you can purchase and give as gifts for mom or anyone interested in learning a new craft.

These classes are so cool, you can learn at home and at your own pace by taking craft classes on a computer or mobile device. Easy to follow HD video lessons give step by step instructions, materials needed and more.

The best thing of all is that they are there for you forever! You can access them anytime or anywhere if you need to freshen your memory on a certain technique.

Not clear on one of the lessons? No problem, you can leave a question for the instructor and receive personalized instructions.

Check out some of the classes below:

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Jewelry & Paper Crafts

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Cake Decorating & Cooking

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Simply stunning jewelry making ideas for prom, weddings, gifts and more!

Instant Jewelry makingSimply stunning jewelry making ideas that are really easy, and great for wearing to the prom, weddings, give as gifts and more. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads has an exclusive line of settings designed specifically for Swarovski crystals and jewelry making is so easy!

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All you have to do is pick a setting, pick a stone, and just add glue. It’s that simple to make stunning earrings, bracelets and necklaces that sparkle!

The prices are really affordable, and there is a large variety to choose from with over 1,500 stones and almost 550 different settings. Quick and easy!

Take a look at the FREE project provided below for ideas in jewelry design.

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!

I have beads everywhere, do you?

Not long ago I was driving in my car and realized that I have beads everywhere, and wondered if you do too?

If you are anything like me you are mesmerized by their shape, sparkle, color, texture, etc. Therefore I have them everywhere!

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

How many places have beads everywhere?

Let’s have some fun! Snap a photo with your camera, smartphone or upload a photo from your computer, and let’s all see just how many unique places have BEADS EVERYWHERE!

The photos below show a few examples of how I have used them to decorate in my daily life! I just can’t seem to go anywhere without having them around, can you?

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I have beads everywhere, even on my car keys!

I have them in my car, on my car keys and even have beads on an incense bottle in my home! We all love beads so show me your best photo of how you have BEADS EVERYWHERE!

Beads Everywhere home decor
I have beads everywhere, they are great decoration on an incense bottle!

There are a variety of ways to use beads as decoration to add color and character in your home, at work, in your car, and so many other places. The possibilities are really limitless!

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