Psalm 91 Studio – Meaningful jewelry

I never get tired of discovering new jewelry makers. It’s hard to plant your stake in the bling market, but there’s something a little different and unique about each shop, and Psalm 91 Studio is set apart in more ways than one.

bead bracelets

Plenty of stackable bracelets! PC- Psalm 91 Studio

Psalm 91 Studio owner Cheryl first began making jewelry to fund a Christian mentorship program she organized for young women in her life. 100% of the money Cheryl made through her jewelry pieces went back into the lives of the girls she was mentoring. But when Cheryl and her husband had to move in 2016, she found that she didn’t want to stop making jewelry. This season of change sparked new creativity in Cheryl and she opened Psalm 91 Studio on Etsy that fall.

leather detail

Elegant stony beads with leather and a dainty charm detail. Classic, versatile style. PC: Psalm 91 Studio

Cheryl’s gifts of encouragement and exhortation are magnified in her jewelry; she prays over every piece of jewelry, and often incorporates Christian symbols and Scriptural references in her designs. The mantra behind Psalm 91 Studio is “Inspired to live creative, with a passion to do good and share the love of Christ, Psalm 91 products are hand-crafted with love to encourage, inspire, and give back.”

earrings

Cheryl recently began introducing earrings, and how gorgeous are these leather tassels? PC: Psalm 91 Studio

Psalm 91 Studio is perhaps most well-known for its variety of beautiful, stackable bracelets. Colors of seafoam green, sky blue, soft gray, and marbled black and white are a recognizable palette of Psalm 91 Studio jewelry, so many of the pieces coordinate beautifully together. Cheryl’s line of antler necklaces and essential oil diffuser jewelry are also very popular.

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Cheryl often incorporates charms like this one, referencing Scriptures or worship music. PC: Psalm 91 Studio

While Cheryl’s jewelry speaks for itself, what I really think sets Psalm 91 Studio apart is Cheryl’s commitment to community. She shows compassion toward each customer, but she also takes a percentage of each sale and donates directly to various ministries, such as anti-human trafficking organizations and local charities. Definitely browse through Psalm 91 Studio’s Etsy shop, and also follow on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with Cheryl’s creative process and business mission.

Blog Search Challenge

I was writing a letter earlier this week to a friend who recently started up a blog.  She felt daunted by the task of creating an original blog with regularly posted, gripping content that would actually garner a faithful readership.  I responded to her letter with what I hope were encouraging words, but I also just had to acknowledge that, yeah, creating a successful blog is no walk in the park!

If you’ve followed Ivy&Branch for a while, you’ll already recognize that this is a drift from my  normal content, but I felt like giving some attention to entrepreneurs who, in a way, create their own “small business” product through blogging.  As a blogger myself, I can testify that creating a website or blog with any dreams of a larger readership can be exhausting–and, many times, discouraging.

I officially began Ivy&Branch in February, posting weekly (with a few exceptions) with a new artist interview or topic post, and hoping that my featured artists and their followers might share the blog to create larger exposure.  And yet, even with that participation, blog growth is a very slow process.  Most successful bloggers admit that it takes upwards of a year just to get your blog off the ground, much less earn any profit from it.

With that in mind, I wanted to add a new element to Ivy&Branch.  So far, my project with this blog has been to lend support and exposure to as many excellent artists and small businesses as I can so that these entrepreneurs can receive the business and recognition that they deserve.

I’d like to expand that goal to highlighting blogs that exhibit intentional, engaging, and creative content.  By drawing attention to these blogs, I hope that readers will not only stimulate a habit of reading intelligent content on a daily basis, but also reward the writers behind blogs who work hard to plan, produce, and promote their content.

So, if you follow a blog (of virtually any variety, as long as the site is attended to regularly and produces appropriate content) that you would like to see receive more recognition, let me know!  You can message me on my social media platforms, or directly through this site.  I’ll post on social media regularly with calls for recommendations, and I’ll promote referrals through Ivy&Branch!

Bottom line is this: whether you run a store, an online business, or create content to edify and enrich others, then you put in a lot of work just to (perhaps) get small recognition.  Through Ivy&Branch, I would love to change that and do what I can to direct traffic your way, so that your efforts can be discovered and enjoyed.  Please join me in this mission!