Seese The Day is an Etsy.com boutique named for owner and artist Jo Seese who aptly lives by the phrase Carpe Diem. A grandmother who teaches middle school, Jo likes to joke that crafting keeps her sane after a day spent dealing with teenagers. Jo was inspired to make her most popular creation, knit beaded bracelets, by a friend and fellow crafter. Her first creation inspired some of her other colleagues to get crafty and soon she was getting together regularly and teaching other new skills. Her fellow crafters insisted on the creation of Seese The Day and Jo was off and running. Jo now spends her free time between grading papers and combining her love for both knitting and jewelry to make unique woven beaded bracelets, scarves, hair accessories, and more. Most of her work is one-of-a-kind and she happily accepts custom orders. Jo loves the personal experience of selling her items to customers on Etsy, friends, and family. Jo often receives requests from her students once even sold one of her projects to a stranger on a train.
In her shop you can also find a great selection of knit scarves perfect for the changing season, customizable stack-able stretch rings, and flower headbands for babies and girls. I am a big fan of her zebra striped headband with a red 5 inch flower currently for sale in the Seese The Day Etsy shop.
For this review Seese The Day sent me a custom made Knit Beaded Bracelet in "Summer Sparkle." Woven together with golden thread are clear, white, brown, and gold seed beads attached with a lobster-style golden clasp and a drop chain. I love that the size is adjustable, although the bracelet is perfectly sized on its own and the knitted design is quite flexible. The drop chain actually allows this to be worn as an anklet as well, which I think would be really cute on the beach next summer! There is a seemingly random pattern to the bead work which I think adds charm and I love owning one-of-a-kind pieces like this one. The bead work is actually quite delicate which makes the bracelet nice and light. I would recommend these bracelets for someone who prefers their jewelery to be flexible while still giving the look of a chunky bangle.
Jo looks forward to retiring in 2012 and hopes to supplement her income by making many new happy Seese the Day customers. She is inspired to create new items by fellow Etsy artists and is working on new skills such as embroidery, so be on the lookout for new pieces in her shop. The future of this store is certainly a bright one.
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