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New Year Resolution Giveaway

December 27th, 2012 · 140 Comments

**This contest is now closed. Thank you all for participating and congratulations to our winner, Ruth T!You can read her winning comment below.

Eat better, exercise more…it’s time to come up with a better New Year resolution for 2013! We already shared our employees’ New Year resolutions for better beading in the future, so now we want to hear from you. Enter our New Year Resolution Giveaway by leaving a comment below sharing what you plan to do in 2013. One winner will be randomly selected to win a $75 Artbeads email gift certificate to help them reach their beading resolution. Share yours and you might just encourage others to do the same!

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140 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Almas Boodhwani // Dec 28, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I need to follow up on photography so my pictures can do justice to my jewelry so I can post and sell it. I have lots of jewelry to sell! Getting organized in my craft room is the biggest resolution I have too!

  • 2 Sue K // Dec 28, 2012 at 5:06 am

    I need to learn more techniques.

  • 3 Barb // Dec 28, 2012 at 5:16 am

    I need to really start marketing myself a little more, get some more traffic on my etsy site so that I can justify making more beautiful jewelry!!

  • 4 Deborah // Dec 28, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I am going to start learning bead embroidery!! I am so excited! Santa brought me some wonderful books and I can’t wait to get started. I will continue working with my favorite stitch, peyote, and continue my learning journey with right angle weave. So you can see, it is full beading ahead for me in 2013! So I guess my resolution would be to do less housework and more beading!!!!

  • 5 Rose // Dec 28, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Start working on patterns and kits.

  • 6 Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims // Dec 28, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Yeah, mine is the typical “eat less exercise more!!” :)

  • 7 Sarah S. // Dec 28, 2012 at 8:18 am

    My New Year’s resolution for 2013 is seems simple, but I think it may turn out to be one of the hardest things yet. My resolution is to Live.

    A little background. I turned 38 this month. Not that old really, but my Mom died at the age of 38, so it has made me very introspective. During this past year, I have faced some challenges – issues with my knees, worsening asthma, generally feeling like crap. I have also had some opportunities that I don’t feel I really took advantage of. Things that I could have done to get my jewelry business out there, things I could have done to get myself out there. But I didn’t. I curled up in a ball and had a private pity party instead.

    So, for 2013, I resolve to live. To meet life head on, face whatever comes, make opportunities. Life is too short to hide under the covers.

  • 8 Genevieve // Dec 28, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I’m working on a bead embroidery book that will be published in 2013. It’s a lot of work, and a lot of fun at the same time. Of course, Artbeads will be listed as one of my favourite suppliers!

  • 9 Mary // Dec 28, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I am going to work more with metal. I want to experiment with copper and brass.

  • 10 maneki // Dec 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I’m going to keep on experimenting with combining materials and techniques. Also I signed up for the Bead Journal Project so that’s a big commitment for the year.

    Other than that, my no 1 resolution is to not be afraid of using those beads and supplies I’ve saved for “that special project”. You know, those things that are too precious to use (OOAK, expensive or just too beautiful and special) and therefore are kept for years, but deserve something better than just being tucked away in the stash/treasure chest. It’s scary and I do love my treasure chest of preciousness, but creating something with them would make them even more fabulous (at least I try to tell myself that).

  • 11 Maureen // Dec 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I am going to try to use colors outside my favorite color box!

  • 12 Alison // Dec 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    My resolutions for 2013 are to make time for my artwork and creativity. To stop complaining and start accepting what comes my way without being taken advantage of. Stop wasting precious time and money. Start a blog about finding my own creativity and style.

  • 13 Marcia // Dec 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I need to find out how to market myself better. Love beading and stained glass

  • 14 Mary Ann // Dec 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I am going to try & do more beading than I currently do & experiment more with items & techniques I’ve never used.

  • 15 Christa Hicks // Dec 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I want to learn different methods for jewelry making, and with my best friend start our own side business.

  • 16 Rebecca // Dec 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I need to work on my wire skills, do more beading, exercise more, and eat better.

  • 17 Sandra // Dec 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    To stay positive! I just started my jewelry business this year, and so far I have yet to break even in spite of craft and home shows. I’m not quite brave enough to try internet sales yet. I started my little business because I am not physically able to hold a regular job. And on a related note, I have a second resolution I bet no one ever hears. I want to GAIN weight!

  • 18 teresa bauer // Dec 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    to find new beads and patterns for my handcrafted rosaries

  • 19 Kristi // Dec 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I need to get started on all of those “I’m gonna make that” projects!!

  • 20 Mary Bracey // Dec 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    My New Year’s resolution is to create as much beauty in this world as I possibly can. Whether it is creating jewelry, feeding people good food, sharing friendship, praying for the hurting or in whatever ways I can.

  • 21 Femmie // Dec 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    My resolution is to spend more time on creativity instead the time I spend behind the pc
    I like that too but I like to do a lot of things thats
    connected to artwork and learn techniques about jewelery

    And Sarah S its gonna be oké for you

  • 22 Joyce // Dec 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    My resolutions for 2013 is to continue my resolution from 2012, walk more and get/keep my sugar under control. I did pretty good in 2012 so it is looking good for 2013. My beading resolution for 2013 is to continue to learn and explore beading techniques, bead weaving and beading on cloth, deer hides and leathers as my ancestors did.

  • 23 Teresa // Dec 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    New Year’s plan is to market my business more so more people get to wear and enjoy the jewelry that I love to make!

  • 24 Beverly Herman // Dec 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    For 2013 I am going to work on new design elements. There are so many new beads I want to experiment with.

  • 25 Elizabeth Kucera // Dec 28, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I want to further mhy jewelry making skills and techniques. Then I want to join my best friend in her jewelry business.

  • 26 Tiffany J. L. ALfonso // Dec 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I have a lot of New Year’s Resolutions. But the biggest one in the back of my mind is to manage my stress even better. Really manage my stress. Last year I was thrust suddenly into the caregiving role since my elder fell. I have to give into her demands, like bringing her coffee or a rice dish called arroz caldo. Sometimes I’d lose it and scream due to the overwhelm.

    Among all other resolutions, managing my stress much better than this year is my priority. That can be done with beading, especially blinging things up with Swarovski flatbacks.

  • 27 jane adrianse // Dec 28, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    My New Years resolution is to organize my studio…get all kinds of compartments…shelves along the wall. I’ll need all that space when I expand my business into metalworking and possibly metal clay work. I can’t wait!!

  • 28 Donna Lueders // Dec 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    To get my life back in order. I recently lost my job and am now watching my two small grandchildren every day. Not an easy task when you are not used to little ones everyday. LOL But, I love them dearly. I would just like to get my priorities straight in my life and get it back in order. It is a mess right now.

  • 29 Kathy // Dec 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    My resolutions for 2013 include healthy eating and increasing my exercise. I would like to try some more beading techniques, I have been doing mostly wirework. I also want to try and make something new every week.

  • 30 Ragina Y. // Dec 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I want to learn more about vintja and make some of the new leather bracelets with sliders, and quit smoking!!!

  • 31 Lynn powell // Dec 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I hope in the new year to get better organized and all my projects done. The next year will be a challenge in many ways.

  • 32 Crystal Thain // Dec 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    In 2013 I will add walking 2,000 steps every other day (twice around the block) to improve my health. I will bead one item per week starting with the fair entries that are needed for two local fairs. I will set aside the money to get a new pair of glasses this year to make beading easier.

  • 33 Marie Josée // Dec 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    My resolutions… hmmm, having fun with everything I do, keep volunteering with the Greyhound rescue kennel I am actually volunteering with and helping other women realize that they can reach their goals if they believe it!

  • 34 Helen Carillo // Dec 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    My new years resoltions are to lose weight and to excersize more.

  • 35 Renee Goodwin // Dec 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    My main life resolution is to get into better shape. But my artistic resolutions are to organize my studio, actually finish some lingering projects, and work on my creativity. I want to enjoy my life more.

  • 36 Hanna Oh // Dec 28, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    To lose 10 pounds!

  • 37 Janice H. // Dec 28, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    My resolution is to reduce stress. I would like to do more of what I love to do, and reduce the things I don’t enjoy doing. :)

  • 38 Kathy Chilcott // Dec 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    My resolution is to use more craft supplies that I already have, than I buy! I need to downsize my stockpile! I also need to take better pictures of my creations!

  • 39 Leona Jones // Dec 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    My new years resolution is to win the lottery so I can have my own bead store:)

  • 40 Jessica // Dec 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    2013 I plan to get my business really going and stop being afraid of failure

  • 41 Rachael // Dec 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    This year, on top of wanting to lose that little bit of extra weight around the hips. I would love to be able to try new beading techniques, using new materials and trying new things that may have never occured to me before.

    Perhaps my biggest resolution this year is to do 18 acts of random kindness. Through out my life, I have recieved so much help after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Now I find myself at a postive time in my life where everything has been going great. In return for that, I want to pay it forward, one act of kindness for every year I’ve been alive. I would like to be able to do things such as pay the bill for members of our militery when I see them out to eat. I’d like to be able give gift cards out to parents who seem to be struggling at the grocery store, leave money with postive notes attached for people to find around stores. I’d also like to donate my time to the local hospitals and animal shelters, and even give away some of my work. I would just love to be able to impact someone else’s life, even if it’s just a smile, but perhaps even going so far as to starting a chain reaction of kindess.

  • 42 Dainy Ruiz // Dec 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I’m still a beginner, so I really want to get motivated and learn more techniques to see if one day Id make a small business… Also learn some about photography. And take more care about myself.

  • 43 Charyl // Dec 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    To finish projects that I start! I would love to try new beading techniques! BE HAPPY!

  • 44 Anna Owens // Dec 28, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I resolve to take more study breaks from school so that I’m not over worked all the time. I’m going to start making more earrings!!! =D

  • 45 Jayne // Dec 28, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Be more organized so I can have more time to bead!

  • 46 Tambi // Dec 29, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Organize so that creating is easier!

  • 47 Amanda Coon // Dec 29, 2012 at 6:07 am

    I’m going to work on not letting the “little” things bother me so much. I don’t want to miss all the great things in life by always focusing on the bad. As the saying goes I will learn to stop and smell the roses.

  • 48 Alice // Dec 29, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Regarding my jewelry business, I am planning on learning how to do cold connections, and to submit pieces to magazines to get published.

    Also, I’ve signed up to take a photo a day in hopes of improving my photography skills.

    And, I would love to de-clutter our house room by room, do better at keeping the house tidy, and staying on top of the paperwork.

  • 49 Kathy // Dec 29, 2012 at 7:43 am

    My Etsy shop never accurately represents my inventory. So I would like to be more productive in listing items more regularly in my Etsy shop.

  • 50 Lin // Dec 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I have the pliers! I plan to learn how to use them better. I have a pair of looping pliers that will help me make gorgeous loops – I just need to learn how to use it. My husband got me five Wubbers sized for my small hands. I have used his industrial sized tools for years – how nice it is to have those that aren’t meant for big guys! I have a huge supply of beads – this year I am going to wear fabulous jewelry from my stash (and buy more, of course, when I get my stash down to where there is room in the drawers!!!!).

  • 51 Lin // Dec 29, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I have the pliers! I plan to learn how to use them better. I have a pair of looping pliers that will help me make gorgeous loops – I just need to learn how to use it. My husband got me five Wubbers sized for my small hands. I have used his industrial sized tools for years – how nice it is to have those that aren’t meant for big guys!

  • 52 Susan // Dec 29, 2012 at 8:48 am

    My resolution is to find a cause and use my art to help others. Right now I am working on bracelets for the 7000 Bracelets for Hope project. This is to bring hope to those with rare and genetic disease.

  • 53 Deanne B. // Dec 29, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I would like to gain the incentive to begin creating jewelry once agan, which will help me feel productive. I don’t believe in making new year resolutions, but I do feel that there are things I need to work on within myself to assist me in achieving my goal.

  • 54 Serena // Dec 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I would like to learn more things about my jewelry making and really think about getting a business going,everyone I know says I should. Plus as always try to better myself spiritually.

  • 55 Bonnie // Dec 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I resolve to join my daughter in establishing a business and creating an interactive website for her beautiful jewelry. She lost her ‘day’ job and this will give her the opportunity to bring her gorgeous creations to a larger audience – hopefully starting a new career in the process.

  • 56 Katie // Dec 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I am going to make a better effort to sell my creations and I have an idea for a different type of bracelet that I am going to design.
    I also try to enjoy every day and be happy with what I have.

  • 57 Cherry Chick // Dec 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I resolve to spend more time creating jewelry with all the fabulous beads I already own.


  • 58 Katherine Thompson // Dec 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    To always be encouraging and patient. I feel this deeply develops the bond of love and also keeps my life free from stress. Allow others just to be who they and always see the good.

  • 59 Kim // Dec 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Think big picture, instead of getting bogged down in all the details. Make something you love instead of just what you have the parts for. Laugh more!

  • 60 Christine // Dec 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    My resolution is to produce crazy creative products instead of mundane patterns this year, to make a set a week in by crazy schedule, and to open an etsy shop. Get organized and enjoy doing it.

  • 61 Maria // Dec 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I am going to learn how to create handstamped necklaces. I am also signing up to run 13 marathns in 2013.

  • 62 Laurel // Dec 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I am going to start selling jewelry…for real. And I will overcome my EDNOS.

  • 63 Michelle W. // Dec 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I would like to go from working from patterns to creatingy own designs.

  • 64 Anna // Dec 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    My goal is to befriend Robert Redford.

    If that doesn’t work out, I’ll settle for aiming to match the epic jewelry designs I have swimming in my head with my actual output.

  • 65 Joanne // Dec 30, 2012 at 5:49 am

    My goal is get back in shape.. Try to be more creative and come up with better ideas and really need to be better at wiring, wire wrapping. I see so many beautiful wire wrap projects. learn how to use my wubbers looping plyers. try to start my projects sooner and be making them that day i need them. Take photography classes another one of my passions, to become even better at taking pictures.

  • 66 Terri // Dec 30, 2012 at 6:36 am

    One of my goals is to create new tutorials for my blog and make the designs I’ve been drawing for the past year.

  • 67 Eugenie // Dec 30, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I want to spend more time making beautiful beaded creations.

  • 68 Anna // Dec 30, 2012 at 10:47 am

    My 2013 resolution is to stop hoarding so many beads and make them into the most beautiful jewelry I know they can be, plus I bought myself a new tool to enhance my existing designs I just need to learn how to use it.

  • 69 Deci MacKinnon // Dec 30, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I want to lose 30 lbs, and become a master beadweaver…a thin one.

  • 70 joy // Dec 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    want to become a better person and learn to be more humble, less anxious, and a better witness for my Lord. Phil 4:6-8

  • 71 Jameka // Dec 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Of course, I want to lose weight (at least twenty pounds). However, I really want to better organize my jewelry-making business. If time and money allow, I would like to learn a couple of new techniques like Kumihimo or spiral peyote.

  • 72 Shai // Dec 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I have committed to designing at least one piece a week. And, this is biggie, post a pic of it in a FB group.

  • 73 Kate Nunez // Dec 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    My resolution is to learn to shoot better photos of my work. It’s an essential aspect of growing as a crafts person. Second to that is to spend more time at my craft, and make it a real business.

  • 74 Amy // Dec 31, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I plan to be more organized with my beading supplies and find more time to work on my beading hobby. Maybe even venture out to some craft shows to try to sell some product!

  • 75 Ruth Tucker // Dec 31, 2012 at 7:05 am

    My resolution is to incorporate more Swarovski crystals in my jewelry, especially in necklaces.

  • 76 Eileen // Dec 31, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I really want to try making bracelets using the macrame method!

  • 77 Heather // Dec 31, 2012 at 10:11 am

    wow…lots of comments today!!! :~)
    Well Marissa, I don’t really have any New Years resolutions, other than to be as healthy, and happy as I can…I learned many years ago the resolutions were just words and they really weren’t important in the long run, mainly because I never ended up keeping them!
    Of course there are things I’d like to do, which I may or may not end up doing…and either way that’s fine!

    All the best to you and yours, wishing you health, happiness, and prosperity in 2013!


  • 78 shawnine dabasol // Dec 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

    my resolution is to clean up my work room and put to use all those stray beads I have! :) Maybe buy some organizers for them? HEEHEE

  • 79 Christina // Dec 31, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I would like to be creative at home every day! Even if it’s just for 5 minutes.

  • 80 Terri Richards // Dec 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    My New Year resolution is to work hard, dream more and live life to it fullest.

  • 81 Rachael F // Dec 31, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    List more items on Etsy, and start a beading blog!

  • 82 Pamela // Dec 31, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I have so many things to be thankful for, and one of those things is knowing how to bead! But I have lots of unfinished projects, and my resolution is to finish them before starting new ones!

  • 83 Amanda Price // Dec 31, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    My 2013 resolution is to make more time for my crafting and to learn new techniques. Happy new year everyone!

  • 84 Diane // Jan 1, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I am going to learn a new beading stitch every month.

  • 85 Kristin // Jan 1, 2013 at 7:42 am

    master metal stamping

  • 86 Lisa B // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I want to get caught up with my beading. Make my daughters some new braclets. Make a few multiple strand braclets. I some fun make some rings.

  • 87 Amy Z // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I plan to make lots and lots more jewelry! :-)

  • 88 Kimberly // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

    In 2013, I want to keep better records, do alot more marketing, and I always want to learn more techniques.

  • 89 jakki dodds // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

    my resolutions are to learn to market better, get organized, & write good happy moments on scraps of paper to put all in a jar to read them all next new years eve n remind me of the wonderful moments throughout the year!! n not make new years resolutions :p lol happy new year all beaders! :)

  • 90 Rachael Garling // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I rarely keep resolutions but this year I’m going to try to make two pieces of jewelry a day. I get so uninspired sometimes and it’s not helping my business at all. I would love to get it up and running but I never have enough stock of anything. With help from my resolution I should have my business ready to go!

  • 91 Lydia Atkinson // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

    My resolutions are to get out of a toxic relationship ASAP and to get my business set up and going. I make great stuff that no one sees, so it’s time to get it out there!!

  • 92 Heather // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

    To let go more often…

  • 93 Jada Edwards // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I’m a total newbie to the jewelry hobby, so I want to learn as many techniques as I can, and experiments with as many colors and textures as possible! :)

  • 94 Maimoona Tahir // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:32 am

    My new year resolution is to stay motivated. to learn new art and jewelry trends. to travel, meet people and explore life. To make small goals and complete them to reach the ultimate goal of gaining success and satisfaction. To treat every day as a gift and cherish every moment as a treasure.

    The most important resolution is to be just ME !

  • 95 Annette // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

    make the business a priority instead of at the bottom of the heap

  • 96 marge // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I want to be able to stay more organized. And make more statement pieces than purely production pieces.

  • 97 Jamie S // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:56 am

    to make all my drawn out ideas a reality and finish all my unfinished projects

  • 98 Veronica Raj // Jan 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I have so many resolutions I need to work on this year! I need to be more organized, productive, and focused!

  • 99 Stacy in KS // Jan 1, 2013 at 11:06 am

    My Resolution is to actually make all of those wonderful ideas that I have a Reality and get to work on them.
    I have been so busy these past few months that I didn’t get much jewelry making time in. My Jewelry area just because a disorganized mess-it would take awhile to find the beads, then take another 30-45 minutes to round up my findings, etc..By the time I would get everything rounded up-I would be so frustrated to sit down and work on making the planned project….so these last couple of days, I have been working on getting my beads, findings etc. all nice and organized so that I can make this resolution happen! :)

  • 100 Kelly // Jan 1, 2013 at 11:18 am

    find more time for beading!

  • 101 Irene // Jan 1, 2013 at 11:18 am

    My resolution is to finally get a website up and running so I can sell my creations. I make beaded jewelry and twined wire designs. I also make patterns/sew custom costumes and designs. I have had so many people tell I need to do it. This is the year for it.

  • 102 Janet // Jan 1, 2013 at 11:24 am

    My resolution is the learn some new beading techniques so that I can offer some different designs. People love what I make and I’d like to expand on my creativity.

  • 103 Betty Winslow // Jan 1, 2013 at 11:42 am

    My beading resolution is to start making items NOW for the Gingerbread Shop sale I am part of every year and make some every week until then, instead of waiting until 3 wks before the sale (and thus only a few weeks before Christmas, when I’m already crazy-busy)!

  • 104 Heather Martin // Jan 1, 2013 at 11:42 am

    My resolution is to come up with more of my own designs and copy less of others and for that i need supplies. so this would help me get supplies to fulfill that.

  • 105 Paulette // Jan 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Stop dreaming. Stop looking. Start doing! My resolution is to do! Stop pinning. Stop doing the basics and do the extra. As it relates to jewelry: For years I have done ok with my jewelry but by doing the basics I know will sell. This year I will do the designs that make me go “wow! I made that!??? “

  • 106 Susannah Bradley // Jan 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    To get organized after a year of disarray!

  • 107 Lisa Lanford // Jan 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    My resolution is to stop smoking!!! I also want to make things and complete them, I always tend to start making a piece but never seem to complete it totally. Of course winning this would surely help me to be able to do that. Good luck to all the contestants and thank you art beads.

  • 108 sheila // Jan 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    To become a full fledged vegan. The powers that be have showed me enough to know this is what’s next in this life for me. And of course, the little man and hubby are right there with me!

  • 109 Charlie // Jan 1, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I need to post the things that I make!

  • 110 Kari Dorminey // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    To be more humble to those around me for we know not what they are walking through. Pray each day that I might be a light in a world so filled with darkness. To keep my eyes open and hope I don’t miss whatever God has put me on this earth for, and to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Thank you for reading this and my wish for you all is good health, safety in the coming year and do treat others as you would want to be treated for in doing so you just might see yourself in there eyes.

  • 111 Susanna S. // Jan 2, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Keep detailed records of what supplies cost. Sometimes I price things by guesstimating what suppliers charged for materials and then price my own items according to what I think vendors or customers will pay. Being a perfectionist, it is easy to keep upgrading. Especially when JBB and/or TierraCast goes on sale and I stock up. If I’m not charging for the upgrades, however, I’m ultimately losing out. The fear, of course, is they might not want to pay more. There are other ways to stay competitive than price, however. One way to do this is adding detailed descriptions of the findings to my listings. If the rubber chain is from Italy and/or the toggle is JBB, I need to make this a selling point, rather than lowering my profit.

  • 112 Mary // Jan 2, 2013 at 3:59 am

    I want to continue beading, making a new piece everyday. I learn more about my creativity and changes in myself…I am growing and learning everyday! I like that!

  • 113 Carolyn Blocker // Jan 2, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I learned ab out ten years ago that I had rheumatoid arthritis and soon had to retire from the business that my husband and I owned. I found a book on beading, bought the supplies, followed the in structions, and from then on, there was no stopping me. Beading is great therapy and helps to keep my fingers limber and pain free. I have been able to sell some of my work and give away much of it. Beading gives me great pleasure and has done much to build my self esteem.

  • 114 Melly Glass // Jan 2, 2013 at 8:10 am

    My New Year resolution is to help more people. I would love to volunteer at an animal shelter, I love animals and it would be so awesome if I could help as many as I could. Another resolution would be to budge my money better and to save more money. I think 2013 is going to be a good year.

  • 115 Sara Miller // Jan 2, 2013 at 8:22 am

    My New Years resolution is to bring people together with beaded and jewelry making. Also, I want to get healthier, eat better and just be an all around good person. I would love to learn new techniques for making jewelry. I also would love to use my time to help the homeless or the needy.

  • 116 Laura Wierzbicki // Jan 2, 2013 at 9:34 am

    To not just think about what I want to make but to actually do it!

  • 117 Leslie // Jan 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I have been talking about learning silversmithing for a few years now and this year I am going to finally do it! I also want to spend more time working on promoting my business through social media and my website. Lastly I want to share my love of beading with others by starting to offer classes again.

  • 118 Debbie // Jan 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    My resolution is to make 3 pieces per week. I work full time so it’s a stretch goal for me, but I find I’m a much nicer person to be around when I’ve had the balance of some solid “bench” time during the week!

  • 119 Lyndsey // Jan 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    My resolution (besides the boring organization kind) is to step outside of my comfort zone with new colour combinations.

  • 120 Debra // Jan 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I am going to work on creating my own designs for jewelry, rather than using patterns.

  • 121 Mary Jo // Jan 2, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I have several projects that I need get out of my “finish” bag. I have been felting and I have two bags that need to have the beads and buttons added and they are done. Next I need to organizing my beading supplies. Looks like this 2013 is going to start off with a few beady resolutions. Hope I carry throught this year.

  • 122 nancy gouveia // Jan 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Bead more, clay more, and stress less!!

  • 123 Shannon // Jan 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    To be more creative

  • 124 Roth Ildiko // Jan 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    My resolution for 2013 is to learn new beading techniques and to work on my polymer clay modelling skills. And, of course, to open my etsy shop :)
    Wish me luck, people! I’m gonna need it!

  • 125 Jean // Jan 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I resolve to put in at least 45 minutes a day on organizing, designing and creating beautiful and fulfilling jewelry designs!

  • 126 donna cefali // Jan 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    My resolution is to start making jewelry again in 2013…

  • 127 Lisa Marie // Jan 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Each year I have continued to develop new skills and new loves for what I do… I am resolved that 2013 will lead to more learning and development!

    I want to explore making bezels for rings and pendants and I really want to venture into the PMC!! This year I would like to also purchase a few pieces of equipment like a tumbler and kiln. :0)

    This last year was my most successful yet and my husband has dared me to dream big for 2013!! I’m thankful he is so supportive of what was once just a little hobby to what is now a growing business!

    Thank you Artbeads for being a great resource and company to work with!!! Blessings to all you do in this upcoming year!!!!

    Lisa H.

  • 128 Leandra Peters // Jan 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I plan on learning to crochet bracelets and learn new techniques this year with all of the lovely videos provided on Artbeads. Thank you for being the BEST company. Without you, I would not be making the jewelry I love.

  • 129 Shadow // Jan 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    My resolutions:

    Make more stuff, enter in contests, write more words, submit stories and lose weight

  • 130 Julie Shane // Jan 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    My goal for this year is to FINISH something each weekend. I’ve already spent hours cleaning up and organizing, so now I have no excuse. I need to finish the projects I’ve started, use the “special” beads that I couldn’t wait to use, and then play around with all the cool pieces in my bead stash.

  • 131 Jennie // Jan 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    My 2013 resolution is to make time to create more. I’ve spent time in 2012 working hard and while that’s important, I realized I need creative time too. Everytime I see 2013, I’m making it the year of CREATIVITY!

  • 132 Wendy Howerter // Jan 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Organize my work room!

  • 133 Sherry K // Jan 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I am going to set time aside every day to be creative and Artbeads seems a good way to start.

  • 134 Kari Kryder // Jan 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    My biggest goal for this year is to begin mentoring other creative artisans, to help them realize their creative potential and dreams.
    As far as beading goes, I want to develop a unique way to incorporate artwork (paintings/photography) into my designs.

  • 135 Ruby McCormick // Jan 2, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Keep being as creative as I want and delve into all things! Nothing is too challenging to try!

  • 136 Cheryl Allen // Jan 2, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    My New Years resolution is to organize my craft room, learn a new beading technique, and donate some of my jewelry to Gilda’s Club Cancer Center since cancer is the reason I got into beading.

  • 137 Tanya Redecopp // Jan 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Instead of humming and hawing about whether this would look good or that would look better, I’m just going to try it. Beads can always be restrung.

  • 138 Donna Gunter // Jan 2, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I want to become a good wire wrapper this year, and I plan to pace my beading projects to control my beading obsession.

  • 139 Susan MacWilliams // Jan 2, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I would love to organize my beads in a more meaningful, visual way so my beading would be more inspired by the beads.

  • 140 Cassey Harrell // Jan 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    My resolution is to design more chain mail pieces by adding different findings, types of crystals, expanding different ideas to pieces and to make dazzling pieces of silver into works of art that lay about the wrist, on the neck or nestled on the ear. Explore my creativity and make it come alive in the pieces that I make.

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