Check it out in my Etsy shop now!
Check it out in my Etsy shop now!
Jewelry-making is one of my fave hobbies. I haven’t talked about it much here, because I have been focusing more on lifestyle things to post on, versus my artsy-fartsy side. If you look at the top of my blog, there is actually a link to my Etsy shop where I sell these pieces.
I have always been crafty since I a very young age. Around age 8 or 9 I learned how to crochet, by 11 I was painting glass and candle-making, and in college I began card-making. Over the years I have re-visited many of these activities when time permits and to keep my skills up. Mostly recently, I got into jewelry-making last summer. I don’t exactly remember what sparked my interest in it, but one thing is that I love jewelry, so it comes natural. I have spent so much money over the years in retail stores buying cute accessories, and now I make them.
I try to keep my Etsy shop updated with new pieces monthly, but unfortunately I haven’t had the time or inspiration the past few months. Well, with the 4th right around the corner, I got some motivation. I decided to create an easy Americana flag inspired piece. I chose a chain necklace with a small America flag pendant, because I’m all for understated pieces.
This piece is cute and dainty, and appropriate for all ages. I love simple, easy pieces like this, because you can throw it on with just about anything. This piece is available in my Etsy shop now!
This post is also featured on my Sweetz Shoppe Jewelry blog/website. Its where I post all my new creations and update readers on what’s in my shop and what’s coming up.
Happy 4th! Enjoy your BBQ, time at the beach, your time with family and friends, or whatever the holiday brings for you. And…last but not least enjoy some FIREWORKS, even if you watch them on tv!
I don't know who hasn't seen that show on TLC called Extreme Couponing. I catch it every blue moon, mainly, because I never know when it actually comes on, but I do enjoy it when I watch it. I think it's really awesome that you can save so much money and sometimes even profit from just using coupons when buying groceries. Of course the main purpose of using coupons is to save and build brand loyalty. Most products, including food on the market are overpriced, so using coupons helps to offset this. I worked in Retail for a number of years before joining the military, so I know a good bit about how this whole thing works. Although I did not work in the grocery industry, products are products.
While I love using coupons to save, because I'm always trying to find the best bargains, I can't exactly coupon the way they do on the show. I literally don't have the room in my house, the time, or patience to do it. I couldn't imagine having a "stock pile", because I tend to get bored with products and even foods fast and like the switch it up. I realize with a new baby I won't be able to do this as much, so Couponing will be more beneficial to me then versus now. I know that I will need to stock up on diapers, wipes, and everything else you need for a baby. I think my couponing will be more precise and tailored to those things that I know I need multiple quantities of. You don't always see this on the show, which is the part you have to take and decipher for yourself. I think it's mainly important to remember that when it comes to couponing, you want to keep it relevant to what you can need and use. I don't believe it stocking up on items just because I can get them at a discounted price, you just end up taking up room and it takes forever to go through the items as well. Another important thing to keep in mind is are the expiration dates on products, especially anything you get that is perishable. Of course you can freeze and store these items, but you have to do yor research and see just how long they are good even while frozen. This also touches back on the space issue. Do you have enough space to stockpile? In your pantry? Freezer? Basement? Extra room? In order to fully benefit you need extra room to put these items, so that they are not taking over your house.
These are just my consideration for myself when I think about if couponing is for me and if it will be beneficial in the long run. How much money will I save? How much time will couponing take up? Many of the couponers say its a part-time to mostly full-time job. How much does it really cost to coupon? Many couponers purchase coupons off the Internet and buy multiple quantities of the Sunday paper to get inserts. How will I organize and create a really effective game for using the coupons? - So many questions, so much to consider!
What's you take? What do you think about couponing?
In the meantime, here are a few sources that I've come across in researching the art of couponing: