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If your email inbox is anything like mine, it's been filled up - for at least the last 10 days - with announcements of "HUGE Labor Day Sales" - and while today marks the unofficial end of summer for some folks (certainly not those of us living in Texas), it is really much, much more.
The celebration of the contributions of organized labor - most notably the 40 hour work week, and the weekend - dates back to the late 19th century. The trade and labor union movements evolved from skilled labor guilds - where groups of highly skilled workers came together to create opportunities for new, apprentice labor and to protect and enhance the quality of life for those workers.
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I do the same thing when sourcing my jewelry making supplies. Virtually all of tools and materials come from American sources, starting with Rio Grande, my go to for just about anything you can think of, and the small, independent lapidary artists from whom I buy my stones.
|My "Visitor" pendant - recently on the Rio homepage|
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Eliza Page
- Jodi Rae Designs
- Haley LeBeuf
- Leigh Elena
- Lea Smith Designs
- Vicki Hallmark
- Jewelry by Cari
- Peggy Li
- Dune Jewelry
Until next time - when I'll be back with updates on what I've been up to over the summer.