Facebook...the good and the bad!

Okay...if you're reading this, then I can assume you likely have facebook as well.  And I can likely assume, that like most of us, you love the good that facebook brings (keeping us in touch with long distance friends and family, bringing us joy in seeing friends photos, etc), but could disconnect quite easily from it at times!

What my business fb page looks like.

What my business fb page looks like.

As a small business owner, I rely on fb a great deal. Small business owners do not have huge advertising budgets, and very quickly...with it's "pages" option, etc...fb has become a way for a business to share their product, engage customers and in general...spread to word.  Initially, this was quite easy...you started a fb page and as you posted, those who had liked your page, would see your posts in their newfeeds.  However, as we all know; fb likes to "tinker" with things.  And that "tinkering" has become a pain in the you know what, for people like me who rely on our fb page.  From what I understand...unless you (as in a fellow fb friend)....comment and/or like and/or share a particular pages post...eventually...you will no longer see any of the posts from that page.  Unless of course, you search it out.  The "in your face", of it appearing on peoples newsfeed...is gone.  

A post I did about my upcoming Fall Collection...so excited about this!

A post I did about my upcoming Fall Collection...so excited about this!

Now, I'm making a big assumption here....but i'm thinking that if you cared enough to "like" my page, then you would perhaps...at least most of the time...like to see my posts as well.  Again...this may be a big assumption...but I'm going with it!  :)   So...if you'd like to see my posts, and that does include GIVE AWAYS! , and you haven't seen them popping up on your newsfeed...would you...could you...PRETTY PLEASE....go to my page (My String Beadz by Kelly Ross) and like, comment and share away!  i'm pretty sure after a bit of this...I will again appear on your newsfeed.  Although, this is fb we are talking about...and knowing it...you may still have to hunt my page up for a bit!   So much of my business comes from word of mouth....so whether you share with friends, or comment on a design I post or just like an informational piece I share....this helps spread the word of my passion with beads.  And in turns...helps out so much!  In turn...I promise to run a give away...based on your help....and will post details shortly!!

An interesting and fun article for Brides to be!  I posted this for all the devote HP fans!!

An interesting and fun article for Brides to be!  I posted this for all the devote HP fans!!

Thanks to all of you for your help...thanks to fb, the good, the bad and the always interesting....and here's to you seeing more of My String Beadz!!

Sharing is more fun!

Just like a pizza, an ice cream cone or a movie....wearing jewelry is even more fun when you share with a friend!  Aside from the usual..."may I borrow this green necklace of yours, it goes perfect with my new sundress"....there are other unique ways to share with a special friend or family member.

Recently I designed a custom order for a friend and her Best Bud.  Long time friends, they were getting together to celebrate the anniversary of their friendship...it had been a "few" years!  I created pieces based on the wishes of the one friend...special lettering, colours and materials...for her to gift her friend and herself.  Unique pieces they will both treasure.

Best Buds Bracelet and Earring Set

Best Buds Bracelet and Earring Set

My Baby Love Bracelets are very popular for newborns and I love being able to create special Mom and Babe Sets.  Is there a bond any stronger?!  Often made in birthstone colours of the baby or traditional pinks or blues....these sets become a treasured keepsake for both mom and babe!

Mom and Babe Set..notice the sterling silver grow chain on babes!

Mom and Babe Set..notice the sterling silver grow chain on babes!

Another favourite set of mine to create...is matching bracelets for friends and/or family who share a passion for a cause.  Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Childhood Cancer.....every cause is so important and any awareness that is brought forward to these causes is something special to share!

Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet...a pair of these were made for sisters.

Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet...a pair of these were made for sisters.

And, of course, there is the Custom Work I so love to do.  In this case, you may not be sharing with a friend or family member....however, you will share with me your wishes for what you'd love to have me make for you....and together we design it.  Sometimes it's just a special creation you'd like, and sometimes it is pieces you'd like to share with family and friends.  These become such treasured pieces to the customer...and I usually like to name the piece (yes, all my designs have a name) after the loved one who inspired the piece, or the customer themselves!

These beautiful necklaces came about thru a joint effort with a customer...she showed me what she'd like and I made it happen!  As a special tribute to her, her family and her input...I named these after her mom and sister....Annie and Jennifer.

These beautiful necklaces came about thru a joint effort with a customer...she showed me what she'd like and I made it happen!  As a special tribute to her, her family and her input...I named these after her mom and sister....Annie and Jennifer.

So the next time you are thinking about ordering yourself a little bling...consider sharing your fun!