How I Spent My Summer Vacation

OK, so there is no summer vacation. Seriously I can not remember the last time we took a real vacation. Sad isn't it? I am hoping (fingers crossed) later this summer or early fall we can take a couple days off for a road trip.

What I really have been doing is working my a$$ off trying to get this new business off the ground. I have subscribed to a wonderful new entrepreneur group, learning more than my poor head can sometimes hold. We will tackle a different subject each month.

Last month we learned (and will continue to learn) about SEO (Search Engine Optimization). In down to earth talk SEO is how people on the internet find your online business,  blog, or whatever it is you are offering to be found.This month we have started to tackle Instagram.  Phew! 


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I have also been taking an online class learning about torch fired enameling. I have supplies ordered and will share more of this later when I can get my hands on the actual creating of some enameled pieces. So excited! I have always liked the look of enamel but didn't think I could ever learn it. But my word this year is explore and when this class came about, it felt right. 

So I have been creating  jewelry and getting my Etsy store slowly stocked (with a looong way to go!) 

Boho chic textured silver and pink double strand bracelet 1a


6 strand beaded and rhinestone bracelet 1

I've been open now just about 6 weeks, have had some sales and some really nice customer reviews.  I am starting with 4 categories in the store...bracelets

Begin again necklace 2

Shield with rhinestones bezel pendant necklace 2a


Bookchain dangle earrings 1a

Sterling silver dangle earrings white floral 1


Soldered bezels

and small batches of hand made jewelry components for those who make jewelry and are looking for non-commercial items. 

That, my friends, has been my summer so far. So what have you been doing this summer? Are you busier than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, or taking it easy, laying by the pool, drinking Margaritas and keeping an appreciative eye on the pool boy? :)

Sweet Southern Smoochies ~ Gail xxoo




3 Responses

Pat May
Pat May

May 12, 2018

Gail, I’m loving your jewelry creations! Vacation? What’s that? I’ve always loved your work, no matter what you design! But SEO………not so much. I know it’s important, but I’m so bored learning how it works!


May 12, 2018

Hi Gail, Good luck and best wishes for you in your new adventure. You are so talented I’m sure you will do very well. Please keep sharing your creativity.


May 12, 2018

Oh Gail! You’re excelling all the time and I can’t believe the energy and passion you have for what you do! I just wish I had half of it myself! :)
Your work is so very lovely and have just had a look at that gorgeousness on your new shop! Perhaps one day I can buy myself a piece of your work when the exchange rate has improved somewhat. It’s a killer at the moment for us over here.

Sorry I haven’t been in to comment much lately but I have been enjoying reading the newsletters. Loved your garden folly a whole LOT! and it’s exactly what the experts say it should be! Well done.
Your giveaway each month is a very gracious thing to do. and fun! :) The little spoon is lovely.

I do hope your back and hip are doing ok. Take care and keep on creating such beautiful work. ♥

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How to Measure for a Bracelet or Necklace

Measuring for a Bracelet

Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measure or a strip of paper just above the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet. If you use a plain strip of paper, make a mark with a pen or pencil. You can then use a ruler to measure the marked length. That would be your wrist size.

If you prefer a snug fit add 1/4" - 1/2" to your wrist size. For a little more of a comfort fit add approximately 3/4" - 1". If you like your bracelets really loose with lots of movement add about 1 1/4". It really is all about personal preference.

 Measuring for a Necklace

Necklace length is truly a personal preference. Lengths pictured here are guidelines for illustrative purposes offer you a visual idea of where a necklace might lie.

Body build will make a difference in where a necklace will fall. The best way to determine where the length of a necklace will fall on you is to measure. It is very easy. Grab a soft tape measure (like used in dressmaking), and stand in front of a mirror. Wrap the tape measure around the back of your neck and find the lengths in front that you like best. No tape measure? No problem. Use something like a string or piece of ribbon, wrap it across the back of your neck and down your front where you want it to hang. Continue to hold on to one end for marking and use a ruler or tape measure and measure from your finger to the end.