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The Power of Words

Poet and Nobel Prize for Literature recipient, Rudyard Kipling stated, "Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." From the dark depths of devastation of a "Dear Jane" letter in junior high school to the joy of a new baby...

It's All in the Details

There are many articles on selling your jewelry such as , and to name a few. And many of us jewelry-making entrepreneurs are wearing quite a few hats these days whether it is an Etsy shop, brick and mortar store, website sales or shows. We are...

Why Do We Love Swarovski? Let Me Count the Ways

You know you're a blingaholic when any of the following occurs: Fellow blingsters, we're a mighty bunch and wear our obsession proudly on our sleeves (and ears and necks and fingers and wrists and ... ), well, you get the picture. Whether you buy...

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU! Changing up your Jewelry-Making (among other things)

I don't like New Years resolutions, do you? I set them and follow until the bleak mid-February hits, then the resolutions taper off, then stop--followed by feeling like a loser once again for quitting! Just the word "resolution" seems so, well,...

South Beach Flavors

On a recent b-day trip to play in paradise with a buddy, we spent four days in South Beach, Florida. WOW! What a trip for this Denver-based, Midwestern-sure-ya-youbetcha-home-grown type of gal. I'd heard this was where "the beautiful people" go to...

Look Up, Look Down, Looking For Inspiration

Recently I developed a new technique for inspiration (and tried it on myself). So, consider yourselves all guinea pigs and report back to me your findings! Location was --here is how I structured my tour: Turn off the inner critic and any other...

Surviving Your First Bead Show

Whether you're attending The Bead and Button® Show in Wisconsin (the biggest retail bead show in the world) or one in your local scene, there are some survival tactics directly from bead veterans I'd like to share with you. Preparation is key to...

Mixing Metals for the Brave

It used to be you wore only one and never together: gold and silver. One designer recounts her own struggles selling jewelry in that market and how trends are changing.

Homage To The Little Black Dress

The LBD was birthed in the 20's as a result of women tossing off their long, layered, heavy dresses, cutting their hair and enjoying a new social party life, daringly displaying more shoulders, backs, and legs for the first time in history....

Lucky Clovers

As kids, we were constantly on the look out for four-leaf clovers. The woods of Minnesota contained miles and miles of lush green grassy magical wonders, sure to house many fairies, wood nymphs and perhaps a leprechaun or two. We'd spend hours...

The Art of Gratitude

Living in a "more is better" society, it's become a habit to look at what's missing and to exist in it's-never-enough type of lifestyle (especially when it comes to beads!) Upon my death bed, my last words uttered will surely be "if only I had that...

Growing Your Mailing List = Gold Mine

Many artists overlook the all important task of keeping in touch with customers. I mean, let's face it, we'd all rather be in the studio making stuff, 24-7 as in those early days of dreaming what our fairytale lives as an artist would be like, am I...

"NO" is a Complete Sentence

I blurted this out one day while venting to a beady buddy about a deadline I surely could not meet in this lifetime! The requester kept pushing me, then looked at me in disappointment expecting a legitimate reason for saying, "No." As I relayed...

Are YOU Ready for Your First Craft Show?

Everyone in your family has an entire jewelry wardrobe from you--earrings for their birthdays, bracelets at Christmas, necklaces for Mother's Day. In fact you've given so much jewelry as gifts, they can't even rotate through them in a year and that...

Beading On The Go

I have a theory ... many precious minutes are lost when one could be beading; waiting at the airport, picking up the kids from soccer, chatting on the phone, happy hour at your BFF's, etc. But let's face it, packing everything up, making sure you...

Organize Your Nooks AND Your Crannies

I remember a time when all my tubes fit into a shoe box ... LOL! That lasted about 12 hours and 1 cuff later--Seed Bead Tsunami! The seed bead storm hit and it's been wailing ever since. After getting past the first 3-row-struggle (key to every...

Springtime

Some of my favorite sunflower, fern green, vintage rose, padparadscha, erinite and now the two brand new colors, rose peach and crystal luminous green, call out to me rather loudly during the doldrums of winter. They're so bright and cheery...

Feed a Funk, Starve the Blues

I don't know about you all but there are moments I fall into a funk, feel like I'm battling the blues and simply cannot tap into my creativity for one reason or another. Maybe it's too many hot summer days in a row, or running out of my frozen Girl...

Righteous Beady Vibes

There's no denying the power of the almighty bead and I know I'm preaching to the choir here but it's also commonly believed that there are many natural healing qualities of the gemstones and crystals we love so dearly. We're all drawn to certain...

Why We Bead

I was born with 6 fingers instead of 10. It's no secret--you can see this in my DVDs and TV segments. You can see when I teach a class, and you can certainly see it in person when you're around me. But you'd never know it when you see my jewelry or...
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