New Year Resolution Giveaway

**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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    • Irene
    • January 1, 2013
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    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.

    • Janet
    • January 1, 2013
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    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.

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    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)!

    • Heather Martin
    • January 1, 2013
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    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.

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    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!??? “

    • Susannah Bradley
    • January 1, 2013
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    To get organized after a year of disarray!

    • Lisa Lanford
    • January 1, 2013
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    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.

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    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!

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    I need to post the things that I make!

    • Kari Dorminey
    • January 1, 2013
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    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.

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    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.

    • Mary
    • January 2, 2013
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    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!

    • Carolyn Blocker
    • January 2, 2013
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    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.

    • Melly Glass
    • January 2, 2013
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    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.

    • Sara Miller
    • January 2, 2013
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    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.

    • Laura Wierzbicki
    • January 2, 2013
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    To not just think about what I want to make but to actually do it!

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    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.

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    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!

    • Lyndsey
    • January 2, 2013
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    My resolution (besides the boring organization kind) is to step outside of my comfort zone with new colour combinations.

    • Debra
    • January 2, 2013
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    I am going to work on creating my own designs for jewelry, rather than using patterns.

    • Mary Jo
    • January 2, 2013
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    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.

    • nancy gouveia
    • January 2, 2013
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    Bead more, clay more, and stress less!!

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    To be more creative

    • Roth Ildiko
    • January 2, 2013
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    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!

    • Jean
    • January 2, 2013
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    I resolve to put in at least 45 minutes a day on organizing, designing and creating beautiful and fulfilling jewelry designs!

    • donna cefali
    • January 2, 2013
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    My resolution is to start making jewelry again in 2013…

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    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.

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    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.

    • Shadow
    • January 2, 2013
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    My resolutions:

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

    • Julie Shane
    • January 2, 2013
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    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.

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    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!

    • Wendy Howerter
    • January 2, 2013
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    Organize my work room!

    • Sherry K
    • January 2, 2013
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    I am going to set time aside every day to be creative and Artbeads seems a good way to start.

    • Kari Kryder
    • January 2, 2013
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    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.

    • Ruby McCormick
    • January 2, 2013
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    Keep being as creative as I want and delve into all things! Nothing is too challenging to try!

    • Cheryl Allen
    • January 2, 2013
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    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.

    • Tanya Redecopp
    • January 2, 2013
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    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.

    • Donna Gunter
    • January 2, 2013
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    I want to become a good wire wrapper this year, and I plan to pace my beading projects to control my beading obsession.

    • Susan MacWilliams
    • January 2, 2013
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    I would love to organize my beads in a more meaningful, visual way so my beading would be more inspired by the beads.

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    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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