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Juli grew up a shy, middle child and is a woman of few words whose jewelry speaks volumes about herself, her feelings and her perspective on the world.  A modern alchemist of design, she melds industrial imagery and organic aesthetics together to create new and unique designs.  Juli's love for asymmetrical design was immediately made apparent in her very first bead craft:  a pair of mismatched earrings created when she was sixteen.  She developed her eclectic style by reading about and experimenting with every style and technique she could get her hands on, from stitched bead jewelry to riveted metals and from wire wrapping to precious metal clays.  No matter what Juli creates, her sense of humor & fun, love of the craft and sense of style come through.  Juli would probably blog more often if her rather large tabby cat, Rocky, didn't insinuate himself between her hands and the keyboard.  However, she does regularly update her facebook fan page for Juli's Jewels.  Juli is always paying-it-forward, not only on a personal level, but through her company with "just because" giveaways.  Juli's Jewels ArtFire artisan shop is jam packed with earrings, pendants, necklaces, anklets and more that are ready to ship and she loves to make custom orders for people too!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Do you think stores should be open on Thanksgiving?

This is a question that was posed to me the other day by my friend, Monica. She was talking about grocery stores, but in this I heard the Big Question; Do you think retail stores should be open on Thanksgiving?

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about big retailers opening on Thanksgiving Day and starting their Black Friday business early. To this I say a loud and resounding NO! No, I don't think Black Friday should start on Thanksgiving Day. Stay home. Watch a T.V. show marathon (I think I saw something like 83 different Series marathons will be aired) or some football; play with your kids; have more mashed potatoes; relax.

Thanksgiving is the weirdest holiday we have; it's on a Thursday and not everyone gets the following day off. It's a little island of a holiday; we should enjoy the time it gives us to overeat and watch T.V. but more importantly, it gives us a day that we spend with our family and/or friends and are thankful for all the awesome we have in our lives.

Do your shopping on Friday if you must, but skip Thursday and let all the shop workers be thankful for their day too.

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