Friday, November 25, 2011

Acorn Bead Tutorial is here!

It only took 2 more months than I thought it would to finish this up, but I'm happy to announce that my new Acorn Bead Tutorial is finally here! YAY!!! I know it's a little late for the Fall season this year, but I hope some of you will still like to get started learning how to make these fun nature-inspired beads—especially since people love to wear acorn jewelry all year 'round.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make acorn beads in three different ways:
   • My popular encased Golden Scroll Acorn
   • Sweet and Simple Acorn
   • Wired Acorn Nut (that you can add your choice of bead caps to)

I'm also offering this as a "Black Friday Special" this weekend only, at 10% off what I will normally be charging. You can check it out HERE in my Etsy shop and thanks so much for looking! *Ü*

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all my fellow Americans who celebrate this wonderful holiday! And for those who don't, I'll wish a wonderful weekend as well, and hoping you'll be able to spend it with friends and family, giving thanks for all the blessings in your life. We're heading off to celebrate with my husband's family in Lacey, WA, and am looking forward to all the delicious goodies and good fun!

In the meantime, I also wanted to let you know that starting tomorrow (Black Friday, ack!!), I'm going to be offering a great tutorial on how to create my Golden Scroll Acorn beads, as well as acorns on a wire that you can add a bead cap to and make into an instant charm or pendant. I know I'm a little late in getting this up in my shop, as I had originally intended to have it ready over a month ago, but life has a way of derailing the best intentions sometimes and you just have to go with the flow, right? Besides, I figure that people love buying my acorn beads and wearing acorn theme jewelry all year round because it has such a special symbolism.

So please check back tomorrow and I'll tell you more about it! ;-D

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Find: Shutter Displays

Looking for more fun show display ideas? Here's a great one that I picked up when I was at a Portland show earlier this year, but it's taken me until recently to finally get around to putting one together for myself…

Earring Shutter Display Stand

This is SO much nicer than the little black plastic rotating stand I was using and I love how it shows off my earrings and puts them more at eye level. I found some vintage shutters on eBay (it took me a while to find something affordable in the height I wanted), spray painted them soft white and added a small ledge at the bottom so that I can clamp them securely to my table. They were originally hinged together as a pair, which is how I've seen other vendors use them, but I only have room for single panels on each side of my booth with my current configuration. I created my own custom earring cards, which are folded in half and hang on the shutter slats.

I've also been tinkering more with my overall booth display and here's what it looks like now:

This was on an 8' table, but I normally use a 6' one, so every available inch of space is used up as efficiently as possible. I really love how my booth has evolved as I've become more involved in doing shows this year. I'll share a few more other display tricks I've discovered later too! *Ü*

What are some of your favorite ways to display your jewelry?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Do You Love Mice?

Well, evidently a lot of people do—if my recent jump in "Magical Mice" bead sales are any indication?! LOL I can tell that people are starting to get a jump on their Christmas holiday shopping and fellow Disney lovers around the world are going to wake up to find goodies like these in their stockings:

Charm Beads: fits most add-a-bead bracelet brands like Pandora, Troll, etc.

Along with these classic designs, I've also been having a lot of fun working on custom orders for customers who would like to change out the colors or shapes that coordinate with them. And I've created fresh new Disney-inspired designs coming soon that I'm pretty excited about. Good thing I love making these special mouse beads and jewelry—almost as much as people love to wear them!

And don't forget, if you'd like to order some of these beads or any other goodies from my Etsy shop, you can find out how to get Free Shipping by reading my last blog post HERE, or clicking on the green Treasure Hunt button in the upper right side of this blog. *Ü*

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November Treasure Hunt

I'm so excited to announce that the Promotional Frenzy team is offering a HUGE special event for the entire month of November! Over 50 individual Etsy shops (including yours truly) are offering fun specials and discounts such as free gifts, free shipping, BOGO’s, and an assortment of other great deals—just in time for your holiday shopping!

All you have to do is search through these shops and find the “treasured” item, which will be indicated by an image of the graphic above, somewhere in the listing photos. This will not be the main picture so you may have to click around. Each shop will have the details in their shop announcement as to what their special is. Please read each announcement carefully, as some shops will give you hints to help save you time in your search.

My special offer for this event is Free Shipping on any size order from my shop HERE, for both domestic and international customers. And I'll give you a hint: you can find the special photo and more information on how to receive your free shipping in one of the listings in my "Lampwork Bead Sets" section… ;-D

This is the perfect opportunity to go through your favorite shops (and find some new ones), discover loads of goodies for the holidays AND get a wonderful deal! For more information and a list of participating shops, please visit the Promo Frenzy Team Blog. I hope you have a lot of fun on your hunt and I wish you good luck finding all the Treasured Items! *Ü*
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