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New Years Resolution

About this design:

A bit of a departure for me, but it's meant to be a cheerful reminder that things will get better even when it doesn't seem so. I had planned to add a chain but did the braid at the last minute. Still not sure if the braid was a good idea. What do you all think?


Blue leather from LB, African beads and button from Ebay, Carved wood beads from stash, Bracelet bar commissioned from Suzieqbeads on Etsy.

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  1. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    So sweet!

  2. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Wow! I saw this and it spoke to me! I love that sentiment. Your design and colors for this piece are awesome and I would keep the braid because it ties in with your use of leather in the rest of the piece. Awesome job! :)

  3. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    This is lovely! I like the braid because its blue to tie in with the other blues.

  4. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Love it! the African beads are so cool

  5. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Such a clever design and ‘ditto’ on keeping the braid. Beautiful color combination! Love the sentiment, one which my late Mom always said to us when we were children.

  6. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    Love this and the sentiment is wonderful.

  7. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE – beautiful exactly as it is – love the braid,

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    What a great piece…I love the colors and my Mom always said this to us when we were feeling down…love it!

  9. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    What a beautiful sentiment to go along with this very beautiful bracelet.

  10. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    I think it’s lovely,and the braid is great. Your beads are so different and very interesting.
    It makes me think of jeans and summertime.Beautiful focal as well. Don’t change a thing! ;)

  11. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Fabulous beads and great design, Gail – - definitely keep the braid, it add lots of interest !

  12. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I love it just as is! Before I read your question and comments, I was thinking what a great idea that braid was so LEAVE IT . :)

  13. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    The braid is great..the choice of beads is great..the focal is great (I love SuzieQ ‘s as well)…it all ties together for a great bracelet!!

  14. JC Hamm
    JC Hamm says:

    Love it, and leave the braid.I can’t imagine a chain, the braid belongs.!!!

  15. Asia
    Asia says:

    I love it, yes keep the braid it adds extra texture and interest :D

  16. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks everyone for the reassurance on the braid and the design. It really helps to get feedback when trying something new!

  17. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    This is too cute Gail! I love the focal and the beads you chose! I think the braid adds a little something to it! It looks great! :D

  18. Warped Wire Studio
    Warped Wire Studio says:

    Oooohhhhh!!! I like the braid and the entire compilation! Very nice!

  19. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    It is adorable!! Just a perfect combo of colors. A happy piece to wear.with jeans. :)

  20. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    CHIN UP BUTTERCUP – love it!!!

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