Tuesday, November 27, 2007

15% Off All Earrings

I'm offering a special holiday earrings shopping sale at my website, Sunfluer's Jewelry Designs. All earrings are marked down 15% and no checkout code required. The sale is for this week only and ends on Friday, November 30, '07

Thursday, November 22, 2007

3 Day Thanksgiving Sale

Take 20% off total purchase of $100.00 or more. Gobble07 checkout code. Sale starts Friday 11/23, ends Sunday 11/25

Monday, November 19, 2007

Forever Family Necklace Design

Introducing my latest adoption design is the "forever family" love necklace. It's a lovely affirmation necklace with two bands and one heart at the center. The necklace is a diamond cut sterling silver chain.
An affirmation of pride and celebration, I created the piece so that customers can choose a Swarovski crystal to represent what is most meaningful. Whether it's the birth month, adoption month or gotcha month the custom color personalizes the necklace and makes it extra special to the wearer. What a great, thoughtful gift this necklace treasure will make for anyone either connected by adoption or waiting to adopt.
All of the components used to handcraft the necklace are .925 sterling silver. My signature SJD designer tag is added to each necklace.
This special adoption design is available exclusively at Sunfluer's Jewelry Designs online store.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

November is Adoption Awareness Month

The adoption community recognizes November adoption awareness month. This month helps us focus on finding ways to celebrate adoption, assist in educating people to help dispell myths and prejudices still associated with adoption. Here is a site with a calendar showing how awareness can be brought about each day this month: Adoption Awareness Calendar

I bring adoption into my daily conversations with my children. I tell them how much I love them and how lucky I am to have them in my life. Do you have a special way to celebrate adoption? I would love to hear your ideas.

Monday, November 5, 2007

8 Reasons to buy Handmade

I came across this great article on Etsy.com written by the owner of Cozy Cat Scarves. The article highlights 8 important reasons to shop handmade this holiday season. If you're still not sure about purchasing handcrafted gifts, please read on:

1. Handmade products are unique. Do you really want the same scarf, mug, earrings, necklace or other item that 20,000 other people have? Of course not! Handmade items are always unique, even if they are the same type of product because they are not made by machines they are crafted by human beings so each piece will have its’ own unique characteristics.

2. Handmade items have personality. Life is not about being blah. Life is about expressing yourself and to do that your things need to have as much personality as you do. If you are happy with buying mass produced items that have no personality off a shelf at Wal Mart think about what that says about you. Don’t you want to express some personality?

3. Handmade items are special. When you get a gift don’t you feel a little bit more loved when someone gives you a handmade gift? Everyone loves getting handmade gifts or wearing something that was made just for them.

4. Handmade items last longer. Because they are made from high quality materials and handcrafted by trained artists items that are handmade last longer than low quality imported mass produced items.

5. Handmade goods are high quality. If you are a person who values the quality of an item more than the price then you already know that handmade items are far superior to mass produced items. While a mass produced item may be cheaper initially is it really cheaper when the item needs to be replaced a month later? When quality matters, go handmade!

6. Handmade items are not made by children in sweatshops in Third World countries making 10 cents a day. Experienced and trained craftspeople make each handmade item. So while you might pay a few dollars more for a handmade item it’s because you are paying for quality, experience, talent, and craftsmanship. Isn’t that worth paying for?

7. When you buy handmade you are supporting traditional arts and crafts techniques that have passed down through generations. In today’s high tech world the old arts and crafts traditions are being replaced by mass production but when you buy handmade you are saying that you prefer your items to be high quality pieces of art instead of mass produced trinkets.

8. When you buy handmade you are supporting local and small businesses. By paying artists and craftspeople for their goods you are supporting them and all the businesses that they do business with. If you are a person who believes in supporting your community economically then buying from local artists is a great way to support your community and make sure that your money goes to support local businesses.

Keep these things in mind the next time you see a scarf, a bracelet, some great handmade soap or other item and think,” I could get that for half price at Wal Mart.”!

Buying handmade also means that you can spend the same amount you were planning on spending, or less, and you can get unique gifts for everyone on your list. Please, shop handmade this holiday season!

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