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  • The Little Shop That Can…

    Yes we can, yes we can, yes we can...we will. Today's post is written August 5, 2023. We have not been as active online as we were for our first few years. It is time consuming with so many different works of art to photograph and list. We have had a lot of medical hurdles that have continued to set us back. We are back again to make our online shop present and provide a fun browsing and shopping experience. We have been very fortunate to sell autism awareness/inclusion bracelets on Etsy. We have kept that our specialized product in our Etsy shop. Austin was invited to sell at his STEP-VA performance of Your Good Man Charlie Brown. It was a successful sale and he donated over 10% to STEP-VA. Some of the remainder was used to buy a very comfortable chair to use in the workshop. He deserves it. Our shop is very grateful to Ms. Tara Shaw. She has been a help in many ways during this difficult time. She has cut Austin's hair for years as they listen to Classic Rock. Tara has graciously sold Austin's jewelry in her shop Element (she is a superb hair stylist) use the link to check it out on Instagram. New products are now listed with more to come! We hope our loyal customers return and we will find new. Thank you for indulging me with explanation of our online absence. New blog posts will focus on jewelry, fashion, fidget sensory use and autism .

  • Determining necklace length

    I've always been a little unsure when choosing a necklace of what length to request. When Austin began making a few necklaces, I had no idea how long they should be. My descriptions would simply give the length and about where it hit me when I tried place it around my neck. I knew there must be a professional way, but we were trying to figure things out and were doing the best we could. When I had some time to actually research, I learned as I suspected, there is indeed a proper way to measure, give terms and illustrate. I will keep this simple because it actually is.

  • Determining Your Bracelet Size

    I think the most challenging issue we have with products sold to customers is sizing. Most of our bracelets are stretch bracelets but that still limits sizing. We are very fortunate to find a hard plastic mandrel to determine accurate sizing. It isn’t as simple as measuring before fastened. Large beads will take some of the space from the inner diameter. Instructions to measure with a measuring tape and general information if you do not. Wrap a measuring tape securely around wrist at the place you like to wear a bracelet. You may want to use a pencil to mark the length. If you do not have a tape measure, use string and then carefully lay string against a ruler to get a measurement. If you want a snug, stay in place fit you may want to add 1/4 inch. If you want a comfort fit (somewhat loose) add 3/4 to 1 inch (this is official information but I think the comfort/loose information suggests a bit larger than most people prefer) If you CANNOT obtain a measuring device, the following is a GUIDE for standard sizing. It is best to use an accurate measuring method. 2 yrs—-5 1/4 3 yrs—5 1/2 4-5yrs-5 3/4 6-7 yrs 6 8-9 yrs 6 1/4 10-11 yrs. 6 1/2 12-13 yrs 6 3/4 14 yrs and older 7 inches Women The average size woman wears a size 7 inched bracelet for a nice fit. Also common is the preference of 7 1/2 inches. Petite customers often purchase or custom order 6- 6 1/2 inches. Women with larger wrists or preference to wear loose have ordered or request custom sizing at 8 to 9inches. Men Most often men’s bracelets are sized 7 1/2 to 9 inches. The most common size is 8 inches. We will add a few 9 inch to the collection. WOMEN’s ANKLETS are usually a best fit at 9 inches and that is our standard. When asked we usually can customize the sizes for larger sizes. Children have worn our ladies bracelets as anklets and they look adorable. (Note- customized larger sizes may have a minimal extra cost due to additional supplies.) A FEW TIPS ABOUT NECKLACE LENGTH WOMEN 14 inches - choker for petite. But is considered the standard for women. 16 inches better choker size for most women 18 inches- princess (a nice length for many charms) 20-24 inches matinee (20 inches is an acceptable length for pendants) 30 inches- opera 35 inches - ropes Children’s Necklaces Toddler 1-4 years: 10-12 inches. (supervise) Little girls 5-8 years: 12-15 inches Older Girls 8-13 years: 14 to 16 inches Teens 14+ years : 16 inches I hope this information helps you order or make jewelry with a proper fit.

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