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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...

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....

Non-Traditional Ways of Selling Your Jewelry

Whether you want to start a business selling your jewelry, or you just want to pay for your habit, where and how to sell your own creations is one of the hottest topics in the DIY arena. Etsy and eBay have made it easier than ever to get started,...

Zentangle® Your Jewels

Zentangle has been sweeping the world as one of the new art movements. When you try your hand at it, it's obvious why it's caught on like it has. It feels good! Google Zentangle or look on Pinterest and you'll find all kinds of blogs, examples and...

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...

Beading as Meditation

I've taken yoga and meditation classes for eons. I've even stayed at an ashram with a real live guru and participated in a silent 4-day noise fast to tackle my "monkey mind" (quite similar to Julia Roberts in only she has better hair), and I gotta...

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...

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...

Nature's Jewels

As for the colors, I love how the bronze of the pearls reflects the colors of the surrounding strands. I chose gold-colored metal cubes in two different sizes, for their reflective qualities. I was inspired to add in this element based on the...

Bling in the New Year

After the holidays, it's a hum-drum-back-to-reality-I-gained-6-pounds-on-fruitcake-and-spent-all-my-money-on-presents reality isn't it? Re-entry is painful and every day feels like a Monday ... or is it just me? This year I decided to prolong the...

Meet-n-Bead

Remember your first bead? Was there anything better than falling in love with those magical little bits of possibilities? So many things to learn such as correctly, , and , to name a few of the all important basics in beading. It was exciting...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Flower Power - Kanzashi Then and Now

Kanzashi really reached its peak in popularity during the Edo period (1603 to 1868). The Japanese hairstyles grew larger and more complex, incorporating more than one hair ornament at the same time (this must be where Cher got her inspiration for...

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,...

Memories Out of Memory Wire

In this touching account, designer Kristal Wick explains how she used memory wire to create a wearable memorial. She wanted to share her experience and how to make these sentimental bracelets with you.

Angels Among Us

Learn why angels have become so engrained in society and examples of how you can be an angel in the life in others.
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