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Entries from November 2012

Holidays from the Heart – Cards

November 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has made many people lose sight of what’s special about this time of the year. This year, instead of a gift purchased on impulse, give a gift from the heart: one made by loving hands that embraces its recipient in thoughtfulness and creates a lasting memory. We want to take you back to a time when gifts were more meaningful, when holiday family traditions were as much a gift as the box with the shiny bow. Our Holidays from the Heart series will provide you with gift ideas, decoration tips and more to prepare you for the most wonderful time of the year—full of good cheer and heartfelt traditions you can pass on to future generations. Each week until the end of December we will bring you inspiration for heartfelt gifts, fun family projects and party hosting.

Tidings of comfort and joy wouldn’t be complete without at least a few holiday cards waiting for you in the mail box. In this digital age of e-cards, it’s nice to discover a paper card that you can hold in your hands. Make your holiday greetings more personal with handmade paper crafts, like Christmas cards and gift tags. This week we’ll show you inventive new ways to make paper cool again.

Holiday Cards

When you opt out of store-bought cards, you open up the creativity of what kind of message you want to send. Gather up your various scrap papers to design unique new cards for everyone this year! Coordinate the pieces to put together cool patterns, and then add some Christmas components like charms and links. You might just get an idea from a special piece! Another fun idea for your cards, which is even great for after the holidays, is to slip a piece of jewelry inside. We did this for our Maid of Honor card idea by adding a bracelet with a cute “Maid of Honor” charm.

Artbeads Co-Owner Devin recently discovered a holiday card his mother made in 1987. Give new life to old keepsakes like this for contemporary cards with a fun retro feel! It’s always fun to reminisce over trinkets from childhood, so why not add nostalgic pieces in your cards for a theme this year? If you’ve never sent out holiday cards, this year is the perfect time to start!

Paper Craft Idea – Gift Tags

If you’re in search of more ways to incorporate handmade appeal in your crafts, try making your own gift tags. Use the small pieces of scrap paper you couldn’t use for cards and shape them into gift tags, and then decorate them with different elements. This is a fun mixed media project you can do with older kids or for your next party. Play with different fibers like organza ribbon to thread through the tag holes and drape it in front with a festive bow. Then, use color coordinated beads, charms and rhinestones to complete a theme. The presentation on the outside will demonstrate your creativity and dedication to ensuring everyone on your list gets a little extra with their gift.

Help Build Memories

Give a scrap book as a gift so your friends and family can cherish special moments in their lives. Have a new addition to your extended family? Create a baby scrap book for Mommy to fill with pictures and keepsakes as her child grows. Fill the cover with Swarovski flatbacks in birthstone colors, or if you don’t know the due date, decorate it with fun patterns with help from Swarovski crystal transfers. Put together an album for a newlywed couple or a book to hold pictures from summer vacation. You provide the starting point with handmade touches, filling the recipient with ideas and maybe a little inspiration on how to finish.

Complete your craft ideas, like scrapbooks, cards and more with the right tools. Explore our craft supplies section to find the best tools and components for completing exciting new projects, like the Dazzle-It Hotfix Applicator Tool for setting your Hotfix flatbacks.


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What’s on your 2012 Wish List?

November 28th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Last year we asked our fans to tell us what would be on their Artbeads wish list. Of course, Swarovski topped the list. What was interesting was discovering how many customers wanted seed beads—the second most wanted item on the ultimate wish list. Sterling silver findings, Russian artist pendants and freshwater pearls were also among fan favorites. Within the last year, however, many changes have arrived to the online world. With Pinterest people are now able to share what they love and discover things they have never seen otherwise. This leaves us wondering if our fans’ tastes have changed—so we’re here to find out! What would be on your ultimate wish list? Do you want to try a new tool, or are your eyes set on an old favorite? Let us know.


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Let it Snow…

November 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The end of Thanksgiving means the beginning of Christmas season. Even though winter isn’t officially here until December 21, we always think that the first snow fall of the season is the unofficial welcome of winter. Celebrate the upcoming season in your jewelry! Recreate our First Snow earrings with Swarovski snowflake pendants in the new Crystal Blue Shade color for a fun twist. Read our free earring instructions to get started. Happy winter wishes!


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Nunn Design Fall Collections Giveaway Winner

November 26th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Congratulations to the winner of our Nunn Design Fall Collection Giveaway, Heather Jean from Little Hill Jewelry! She’ll receive a lovely prize package full of new components from Nunn Design. Her cute fall poem won over the judges. Read her poem below! Thanks to everyone who participated, and visit our new Nunn Design products to explore the fall collection for yourself.

Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and all through the house
Not a baker was baking, not even my spouse.
The pie crusts were empty, the cookie dough raw,
the oven resembled a dark, gaping maw.

The children were nestled, all snug in their beds
while visions of feasting danced all through their heads.
My husband still dressed, and I in my sweats,
were both hard at work, we’d be getting no rest.

The emails poured in, new orders abound
Not a spare moment for cooking was found.
Surrounded by beads, and cute Nunn Designs,
we had jewelry to make, and so little time!

Black Friday was looming, Cyber Monday not far,
followed by a big ol’ church craft bazaar.
Pearls to be strung, and beads to be stitched,
in our Thanksgiving plans, there was a hitch.

The turkey was frozen, the potatoes un-mashed,
but my hands were busy with filigree brass.
Pendants, and rings, and bracelets galore,
earrings, and necklaces, pins, and still more.

With so much to do, and no end in sight,
I knew we were in for a long long fall night.
Components and beads, needles and thread,
snippets of patterns all covered my bed.

I thought of my children, my in laws as well,
I knew how no feast would go over, not swell!
But I looked at my beads, and my pile of orders,
and tucked thoughts of food in my mind’s darkest corner.

There would plenty of time for feasting and such,
I hoped they’d be patient, I wasn’t asking much.
I grinned to myself and thought “Hurrah!”
I’d serve a feast after the cold winter’d thawed.

Happy Holiday’s from Little Hill Jewelry

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Black Friday Special-Revisited

November 23rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

Today we’re revisiting our history of Black Friday with a shopping treat just for you at the end!

Every year on this day, thousands of frantic shoppers race to the stores to get the best deals on gifts for the holidays. The most wonderful time of the year can sometimes turn into a nightmare if you get caught up in the Black Friday epidemic on the streets. Thanksgiving has marked the beginning of the holiday season in America since the 19th century, and retailers have clung to this idea for market value. Although the term “Black Friday” originally referred to the stock market panic on September 24, 1864, set off by a drop in the price of gold, these two words have now become synonymous with one of the busiest shopping days of the year. The justification of the term came from the black ink mark left on accounting reports for retailers when they made a profit—or the black mark on a shopper’s credit score for getting too much in debt.

This year for Black Friday, shop from the comfort of your own home and order online! We’ve got a massive 20% off storewide sale happening through the holiday weekend so you can save big on your favorite jewelry making and crafting supplies. Although you will catch other amazing online deals after the weekend on Cyber Monday, start saving now with us! Whether you want to give everyone homemade presents this year or are in need of a cool buy for an avid artist, has what you need! Use the coupon code ZZPILGRIM when you check out to get 20% off your store-wide purchase with no minimum! This deal only lasts until November 27, 2012, so take advantage of our biggest sale of the year now!

If you want to greet everyone this year with handmade holiday treats, get inspiration from our collection of over 900 free ideas for jewelry making and crafts in the Learning Center. Find something to make everyone, from Grandchildren to a hard-to-shop-for friend. Check out our favorite holiday jewelry ideas and winter-themed crafts to make this year.

You can find so much more on our site to complete your holiday shopping. With our friendly customer service available seven days a week, we will be here to answer any questions you may have.


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Holidays from the Heart – Holiday Hosting

November 21st, 2012 · No Comments

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has made many people lose sight of what’s special about this time of the year. This year, instead of a gift purchased on impulse, give a gift from the heart: one made by loving hands that embraces its recipient in thoughtfulness and creates a lasting memory. We want to take you back to a time when gifts were more meaningful, when holiday family traditions were as much a gift as the box with the shiny bow. Our Holidays from the Heart series will provide you with gift ideas, decoration tips and more to prepare you for the most wonderful time of the year—full of good cheer and heartfelt traditions you can pass on to future generations. Each week until the end of December we will bring you inspiration for heartfelt gifts, fun family projects and party hosting.

Well, we have officially made it to the holiday season. Thanksgiving is here, and if your household is in charge of hosting during the holiday season, you can make this year one to remember with a few handmade touches. This week we’ll show you how to keep your guests smiling from the front door to the dinner table, whether you’re hosting a big family get together or are inviting friends over for a winter cocktail party.

Greet Guests with Cozy Decorations

Everyone loves to feel like they’re family during the holidays. When you include handmade touches throughout your house, it will make your guests feel like they’re home. This feeling is easy to achieve with just the smallest of details, like a mini Christmas tree centerpiece. For ours, we used picture frame pendants and Swarovski crystals in various colors and shapes. Adding family photos always enhances the warmth of a home, while the elegant crystals help it twinkle without the need for strands of lights. Recreate our Starlight Candle Holder with different holiday charms that fit into the rest of your décor. Try swapping the Christmas light charms with candy canes or snowflakes!

Take the Table to Christmas Mode

The focus of any holiday party is, of course, the food. Delight everyone with your talent when you set the table with hand-crafted pieces. Everyone will be amazed at how festive and refined your table looks—and they won’t believe you made the pieces yourself! Start with the utensils. Establish a fancy dinnerware set with nothing more than artistic wire and some of your favorite Christmas colored beads. Recreate our Christmas Serving Utensils idea with the same glass beads, or pick a different theme to reflect the holiday colors in your home. Serve guests a special drink in wire-wrapped wine glasses, accented with any collection of small beads. The best part about this little embellishment is that you don’t have to spend money on fancy glasses—just use whatever is on hand and decorate. Again, all you’ll need is colorful artistic wire and an assortment of small beads that match your theme. Indulge every detail by recreating some of our other handmade table setting ideas, like our Holiday Napkin Rings and Elegant Touch Candle Holder.

Little Things Make the Biggest Difference

When you greet your guests with a drink, offer them a wine glass charm so everyone can keep an eye on their glass. These cute little decorations make great gifts, too! You can also use them as mug charms when you host sporting events. Just use some of our sparkling football charms in your team’s colors to make the guys and gals both feel included in the festivities. These ideas make wonderful conversation starters.

A Gift from the Guest

If you’re going to be the guest at a holiday party this year, don’t forget to bring a gift for your hostess. A popular gift to bring is a bottle of wine, and your expression of appreciation can be even more special by adding a piece of jewelry. Pick a style that your host would like and wrap it around the bottle neck. It’s like two gifts in one! This is also a cute idea for even more casual occasions just to show your giving spirit. We’ve featured a few ideas you could recreate, but be sure to view all of our free bracelet ideas for more inspiration.

Ardennes Bracelet

Soiree Bracelet

Little Bit Country Bracelet

No matter what your style is, you can save big on everything on our site this week with the 20% Site-Wide Sale! Stock up on everything you need to make your holiday hosting duties a beautiful success.


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Thankful for Family

November 21st, 2012 · No Comments

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a new tradition—charm bracelet gifts! You can greet each guest with a charm dangling from a festive fabric ribbon that represents what they like or what they’re thankful for. This idea will take you just minutes to make but your guest will cherish it for years. Simply visit our charms section and string them on your favorite silk ribbon. You can leave the ribbon long, allowing guests to wrap it around their wrist however they like. Remember to check out our Holidays from the Heart blog series for more great ideas for this season.


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The First Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment

We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving, but we wanted to know what kind of jewelry and accessories may have been worn. Today this holiday reflects a more contemporary formal occasion, where most women will at least find a nice piece of jewelry to wear for dinner even if they don’t dress to the nines. Here’s a brief description of what the average Pilgrim and Wampanoag Native American would have worn at the first Thanksgiving.

A Pilgrim woman had many layers to her outfit, beginning with a petticoat and stockings tied with garters. Then, the woman would don another petticoat, a waistcoat and her coif hat. Her modest display would typically not be accessorized with jewelry. On the other hand, both Wampanoag men and women wore jewelry made from available resources like bone, shell and stone. For a formal occasion, such as Thanksgiving, a Wampanoag would have adorned more decorative pieces such as body paint and a tribal headdress.

Typically today, women will wear fine jewelry for a grander dinner, or simply something with an autumn feel. This autumn feel could range from stones with fall colors to cute pumpkin earrings. Our Autumn’s Palette bracelet idea featured above is a great example. Prep yourself for the feast by exploring our Thanksgiving jewelry supply section! Find everything from festive charms to elegant pearls.


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Nunn Design Fall Collection Giveaway

November 19th, 2012 · 29 Comments

This contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated. Be sure to ‘like’ on Facebook to hear about other exclusive giveaway opportunities.

There’s no better time to be inspired by nature than in autumn. The color-changing leaves, the crisp mornings soothed by afternoon sun, and the familiar smells like pumpkin spice and burning embers. For our latest giveaway, we want you to channel all of your senses and share an ode to the season. The new fall collection from Nunn Design is full of elegance and romance, so we thought this would be an amazing opportunity to give one lucky winner a special prize. Inside this collection are sweet simplicities like floral bead caps and honeybee embellishments among others, all with the intent of helping you make a lasting memory in your designs.

Nunn Design helps you tell a story through every detail, like we did in our Opportunity pendant idea. This design beautifully portrays a powerful message of hope and aspiration through an allegorical bird and cage design. The quality of Nunn Design jewelry components is what makes this new line so special. Their signature heirloom style is captured in these new pieces, leaving you with jewelry of unquestionable style.

To enter our Nunn Design Fall Collection Giveaway, write a poem about fall by leaving a comment on this blog. It can be a long or as short as you like, as long as it captures what you love about this season. We will choose one winner to receive this prize.

After providing your name and e-mail address, submit your poem as a comment on this blog.

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No purchase necessary, must be 18 or older to enter. Please one comment per person. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. Prizes valued at $50 each, void where prohibited by law. Contest valid in the US and Canada only excluding Quebec. This contest runs from tonight, Monday, November 19, 2012 and ends Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 11:59PM PT. Winner will be announced Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

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Turning Negativity into Creativity

November 16th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Talk about turning a negative into a positive! One of our customers shared this fun story with our customer service team, and we wanted to share it with you!

I thought I would share with you what happened to my favorite outfit after I had only worn it ONCE. I had paid over $200 for a matching pants and sweater and just loved them. I was wearing them when I decided to do some laundry using bleach……….well you know what happened…….bleach blobs all over my new outfit.

I decided instead of throwing it out ………never to be worn again……… to make a design on the blobs. I put plastic bags in the clothing and just got a paint brush and a cup of the same bleach that caused all the problems. I made all the blobs into flowers by adding petals in bleach and after it was all dry – added about 50 flat back swarovski’s in the centre of the flowers. Every time I wear it – people comment on my wonderful outfit!! I also did this for a friend who had the same problem but on her “blue jean” jacket….I made her blobs into rose petals around the blobs and added more Swarovski’s and its now her favorite jacket. So I thank you for all your hard work dealing with customers like me :-) . Thanks for everything, you guys are GREAT.

If you have a fun story you’d like to share, you can always share it with our customer service team or email our Blog at

Happy Friday!


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