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| Beading on the Go!
Ah...it's fall...besides the change in temperature, it means...Football practice; Softball practice; sitting in front of the school waiting for the kids to come out of their club meetings....and...and...and...
I am One in a Million!
Okay my Crochet Necklace Video has hit One Million Views! Karla Kam has hit over one million views, I really can't figure this out, really!
Beads and Babies
Auntie's Beads' Owner, Susie Henderson describes what her life around the office has been like lately.
Something Old to New!
For Christmas and other gift giving times, my mother likes to give my niece jewelry from her old stash, some of her mother's and grandmother'st too! My niece is very into vintage clothing and jewelry so this is just her thing...
I was just going through my email from the weekend and was hit with more beautiful pictures of embellished ladder stitch bracelets! I am not sure I have ever made a video with such a pictorial response! It is so amazing that you all continue to encourage me with the videos...
How I took a suggestion as a challenge!
Part of my daily Auntie's Beads routine, is to pop on my Facebook and check out what everyone is doing. I also check to see if there are any questions and the like that need my attention. Well I found one on Tuesday...
Spark Your Creativity with a Beading Challenge
Do you ever find your creative juices needs a little boost? Need to get over a dreaded case of "beader's block"? Take some advice from our guest blogger Mortira and give yourself a beading challenge!
Do you brainstorm with others when contemplating a design, about a new finding or bead? In her latest blog post, Karla says two heads can definitely be better than one when it comes to beading design inspiration!
Well as most of you know by now, that is if you are on Facebook, I have hurt myself…well really, why did I think I could roller skate after uh um..25 plus years...
Do you think in Beads?
Do you think in Beads? I posted as my status the other day on Facebook, that I thought if I hit my head with my hand, beads might roll out my ear. Seriously...
Welcome Back, Karla!
Auntie's Beads is happy to welcome back the ever popular Karla Schafer! Check out her Project of the Week, chat with her on Facebook, and more. And yes, we do plan to get her busy doing new project videos, by popular demand. Read More
Did you know that if you shop at Auntie's Beads you are automatically enrolled in our Rewards Program? No signing up, no hassles, just start earning and saving with every purchase. Every dollar you spend, earn a rewards point. Redeem your rewards points for actual beads and jewelry making supplies! It's simple! No gimmicks. Just spend a dollar- earn a point. Save them up, then spend them on the things you really want- BEADS!
What a Trip! Part 2
Wednesday morning in Tucson, after a 24 hour travel fiasco, we finally hit the bead shows! We got some really cute new steampunk items, like this vintage looking key charm and this adorable clock pendant. The cool thing about the clock is we are also going to sell a bar separately, so you can buy and use it as a toggle or alone as a charm
! Choices are good!
What a Trip! Part 1
Well! Going to Tucson was really quite an adventure. First, we had what I think qualifies as a BLIZZARD in North Texas, as I'm sure you all know since the super bowl was held here last night and people were all worried about getting in and out of town for it. So when did this lovely winter storm decide to hit? The day we were schedule to fly to Tucson! Yikes! It certainly didn't make the trip easy, but it did make it interesting.
Tucson here we come! - Win a FREE Swarovski Grab Bag!
While this time of year may be best known to some for football (blah!) it's best known to us for the Gem Stone and Bead Show in Tucson, Arizona! Susie and I are heading out on a 6:45 AM flight tomorrow morning to go shop for gemstones, learn some new beading techniques and attend Swarovski's annual party!
FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Approved Beads ... What?
Nope, they're not for snacking. They're a precaution for your children's health. Apparently, there is a demand for beaded jewelry that is kid-friendly. Anyone who has a very little one knows that a shiny bauble in a child's hands is also likely to end up in their mouth.
The Daily Grind
So this is my desk. Part of it, anyway. My boss puts these sticky notes on there as a non-confrontational way of telling me what to do...
Create Your Own Holiday Necklaces
I love love love cutesy holiday stuff. Well anything tiny and adorable really. I can't help it, I find it irresistable. So for this approaching holiday season, I decided to use our Create Your Own line of ......
10 Common Beading Problems
Let's start the week off right- with a new blog post! This is a collection of some of the most common questions our designers get. Maybe we can help you avoid trouble before you run into it.....
Beads of Courage
I was surfing the web this morning and I stumbled upon some information about a very heart warming organization called Beads of Courage. Members include glass bead makers, bead shop owners and many other beading community members, who all share a sense of altruism and a passion for creativity.
The California organization focuses on helping children who suffer from pediatric cancer. They give each sick child a piece of string with letter beads
spelling out their name. Then, each child is allowed to pick out a glass bead
, from a large donated collection, to commemorate certain milestones in their treatment- a red bead for a blood transfusion, a white bead for a chemotherapy treatment, etc. The beads the children receive represent a kind of medal of honor as they go through their treatment journey. They watch their necklace grow in length as they complete more treatment goals, reminding them of their strength and accomplishments.
Members of the organization commented that they were amazed of the beading ritual's profound effect on the children. While they expected the small bead gifts to be a nice treat for the younger children, they were surprised and inspired by adolescent patients' application of deep meaning to each bead and usage of the ritual as a rite of passage.
For information in general or to donate to Beads of Courage, contact:
Director of Development
Beads of Courage, Inc.
Auntie's Beads Designer
Life Lessons Learned from a Bead Board
Those of us who are beadaholics know that part of the addiction to making jewelry comes from the fact that you never stop learning. Whether you are exploring a new technique, tool, medium, or material, it seems as though there is always something to discover....
Important Beading Lessons I’ve Learned So Far
In the past month or so, I’ve fallen head-over-heels in love with beading, and I don’t see that love fading anytime soon. But like any passionate relationship, there have been times when my beads and I haven’t gotten along so well...
Been There, Done That
In my last blog, I talked about the roots of what can only be described as a lifelong beading adventure. Having been a beader off and on for about 15 years now (and having more money at some times than others to invest in my hobby), I have learned a few things about the do’s and don’ts of jewelry making. The following are a few tips and rules for those of you just starting out on your beading journey...
Beating Beader’s Block
Whether or not we like to admit it, it happens to all of us from time to time and when it comes around, we try to pretend it doesn’t exist but there is no avoiding it. I call it beader’s block and it feels like it literally drains every creative juice I have. Because I make a living being creative, people often assume that I am always “on” and full of great ideas and fabulous new designs. The truth is that often times, it seems that because I do make a living being creative, I experience beader’s block more than I ever did when making jewelry was just a hobby and a therapeutic creative outlet for me. So what do I do to work beyond the frustration?
Change the World
Today I choose to take my life back. I will no longer turn my head to the CNN’s and Suzi Orman’s of doom and gloom. There are positive stories, people, possibly even news-worthy events, taking place, being ignored, to the benefit of the negative...
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