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Smashing Summer Jewelry Fashion from Downton Abbey

May 7th, 2013 · 7 Comments

Downton Abbey Regal Colors

We’re excited that the American 1920s lavish fashion is sweeping the runways and fashion mags due to the release of the new Great Gatsby film, but this film isn’t creating the trend all on its own. We’re tickled that another on-screen powerhouse from across the pond has been making headway as well. The British television series Downton Abbey, set in the Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey during the Post-Edwardian era, is influencing fashion for 2013 too. This show follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants, and depicts how historical events affect their lives and the British hierarchy. In fact, the show begins after the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, and the tragic loss of the family heir aboard the fateful ship impacts the rest of the members.

Rose MacClare

Just like the popular flapper flair of Gatsby, the luxurious wardrobe from this show is captivating fashion designers, and has been this whole year. The vintage colors, cuts and accessories have just the right amount of excessiveness to be appealing for modern looks. Bold colors like regal red and rich finishes like gold are a reflection of the popular Art Deco style, but can be a nostalgic nod if worn in clothing or a trendy twist when used in jewelry designs.

Headpiece

Floral and Beaded Accents

Headpieces, floral accents and beaded embellishments are just a few of the ways the costumes of Downton Abbey have helped sway the runway—and we absolutely love it! To recreate some of these luxurious necklaces, check out our Swarovski cuplink chain and our fire-polished linked chain. Long, dangling earrings are a breeze to make using Swarovski Column Pendants or Ellipse Pendants.

Downton Abbey Floral Lace and Pearls

If you want to replicate the richness of the era, simple touches like long pearls or feminine lace are a great way to get started. Filigree components in vintage finishes like antique brass would be perfect in jewelry designs as well. Here are some fun Learning Center ideas that showcase the decadence of Downton Abbey:

Syncopated Rhytm Necklace
Syncopated Rhythm

Chicago Loop Necklace
Chicago Loop

Vintage Romance Necklace
Vintage Romance

What are some of your ideas for bringing a little British charm to your designs?

-Marissa

Downton Abbey Photo Credits: IMDB.com, PBS.org and Booktalk and More Blog.

Fashion Photo Credits: style.com.

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Great Gatsby and the Real Flapper Girl

May 2nd, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Great Gtasby

This year’s hottest fashion craze is all about 1920s fashion, thanks in large part to the highly anticipated 2013 release of the film, The Great Gatsby. This variation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel has been getting a lot of buzz since the start of its filming, which in turn has influenced the fashion world to go Gatsby. Although we expect the movie to have a modern twist on the fashion from the era, we wondered just how accurate the film was. And, moreover, was the 1974 film version just as accurate? Who nailed the flapper look the best? We’ll break down the flapper fashion first, and then move through each film.

Real Flapper Style

1920s Flapper Fashion

This shocking new look for the times evolved from the rise of the jazz age, music that required dancers to move freely. This meant that women needed to hem their skits and dress in lightweight material. The term Flapper originally referred to the mindset of these women, or young girls rather, who were just learning to make their way into the world—in a sense, first starting to “flap” their wings after leaving the home nest. Later, the term would associate with their fringe-style clothing. Flappers celebrated decadence and indulgence with flashy jewelry and short hairstyles. CoCo Chanel instigated the boyish look of the flapper by dropping the waistline to the hips and ditching the figure-defining corsets. Long strands of pearls allowed the women to sway to the jazzy rhythm, and vibrant colors reflected its exotic melodies. This type of jewelry also worked to accent the straight, defined lines of their dresses.

1920s Flapper Fashion

The Great Gatsby, 1974

1974 Great Gatsby

It seems that the female characters in this movie wanted to live a lavish flapper lifestyle without leaving their femininity behind. Mia Farrow is delightful as Daisy Buchannan, with long layers of pearls, but that seemed to be where the 1920s nod stopped. The cut of her dresses didn’t angle sharply for the Art Deco feel, and their flowy fit didn’t reflect the curve-hugging, boyish trend of the time. Her large sun hat didn’t fit into the flapper look, either. Maybe if she had kept the haircut from Rosemary’s Baby, it would have helped. Overall, the 1974 rendition kept close to the book in terms of storyline (though critics feel this made it lose the spirit of the novel), but lacked in fully capturing the jazz-age feel in its wardrobe choices. It paid homage to the era, but chose to command with popular fashion of the current time.

1974 Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby, 2013

2013 Great Gatsby

From the cut of Carey Mulligan’s dress to her pixie bob hair, the 2013 version appears to pay more attention at getting the style from the time right. The “new” Daisy Buchannan dresses in clothing cut to fit her thin frame. Her hair accessories kept it vintage with sharp, angled lines with bursts of color and sparkle as well. Though she wears her pearls tightly around her wrist rather than loosely around her neck, Carey’s version of Daisy is still immersed in an over-the-top lifestyle in true flapper fashion. We’ll have to wait and see what more is revealed when the film is released May 10th, 2013. From what we’ve seen so far, though, it seems like the 1920s fashion was not forgotten.

2013 Great Gatsby

Flip through the pages of any fashion magazine for 2013 and you’ll spot some sort of 1920s influence. Whether it’s finger waves, drop waistlines or the addition of fringe, the Roaring Twenties era is one of the hottest trends. Things are heating up even more for summer, with the movie’s release sure to inspire more designers soon. You can get a head start on what to make by checking out our Platinum Flapper fashion trend here in the Learning Center or browsing through or Pinterest board by the same name. We’re crazy about this style!

-Marissa

Information Source: About.com.
Actual 1920s Photo Credit: TheFashionSpot.com.
1974 Film Photo Credit: imdb.com.
2013 Film Photo Credit: WarnerBrothers.

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Gemstone Legends IV

April 30th, 2013 · 6 Comments

Gemstone Legends IV

It’s been a while since our last installment of gemstone legends, and with the addition of our gorgeous collection from Dakota Stones, we’re able to bring you new stories and new stones. Since ancient times, gemstones have been believed to hold mystic powers. Their beauty only adds to the mystery behind them, and the way some gemstones are created is a wonder in itself. Today, we’ll take a look at four colorful stones.

Blue Apatite

Blue Apatite

The luscious blue swirls that churn like crashing waves inside this stone give it a hypnotic effect. Made from a transparent blue phosphor material, this naturally occurring stone can be found in Brazil, Mexico, USA and other locations around the world. Apatite comes from the Greek word Apate, meaning “to deceive.” This is because the stone is often mistaken for other stones. This stone is believed to encourage inspiration and may be used to cure headaches.

Sardonyx

Sardonyx

With gleaming black streaked with sophisticated white, sardonyx is made up of layers of sard and quartz minerals. This elegant stone is believed to be a stone of strength and protection, and improve memory. This sleek-looking stone can be found all over the world and is a member of the chalcedony family.

Carnelian

Carnelian

One of the oldest known gemstones, carnelian features a fiery orange to honey yellow color. Its breathtaking color comes from the iron oxides found in this A-grade agate, often referred to as a natural agate. Ancient Egyptians carried carnelian on and about their bodies as a source of constant renewal and vitality. It’s still believed today to be one of the luckiest stones to wear and is associated with the zodiac sign Taurus.

Dragon Blood Jasper

Dragons Blood Jasper

Mined only in Western Australia, this speckled stone features a mysterious mix of earthy green and deep red. The local legend claims that it is the remains of ancient dragons long dead, with the green mottles representing the dragons’ scales and the red matrix representing spatters of blood. Dragon blood jasper is also believed to possess the power to give strength and courage, so use it when you need a heart as brave as a dragon’s.

Want more gemstone legends? Read more about some of your favorite stones in our previous posts.

Gemstone Legends

More Gemstone Legends

Gemstone Legends III

Happy stone searching!

-Marissa

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Legendary Style

April 29th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Some styles are simply timeless, while other styles were so bad we wish we could go back in time and erase. Nevertheless, both types of styles are legendary in their own right. Today, we’re paying tribute to three legendary style icons and three fashion faux pas trends that were truly legend—wait for it—dary.

Legendary Style Icon: Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren
Photo Source: HowRetro.com.

This Italian beauty stunned Hollywood by embracing her luscious curves and impeccable acting ability. With hip-hugging gowns and necklines that showcased her lovely décolletage, Sophia had success from her signature seductive look. Large statement necklaces were a favorite of hers, so you can capture the essence of Sophia Loren with a bold choker or bib-style design. Just make sure to pair your necklace with some sultry eyes, too.

Legendary Fashion Faux Pas: Shoulder Pads

Shoulder Pads
Photo Source: Enemy of the Average Blog.

Although Lady GaGa is trying to bring this trend back to light (and to extreme measures), the shoulder pad is an unnecessary part of women’s attire. Designed to help define the silhouette, these foam pads were popular throughout the decades. However, women are more apt to embrace the body they’re given! The resurgence of the shoulder pad is due to an admiration for the retro fashion rather than because of a need to complete an outfit.

Legendary Style Icon: David Bowie

David Bowie
Photo Source: Newstalgia.com.

Overindulgence. Androgyny. Attitude. David Bowie was a true performer because he could control a stage with charisma, partially due to his eccentric style. He took on new personas with each new album and dedicated himself to immersing every aspect of his life into the new character. Try embracing David Bowie’s glitter rock style by adding bright colors and shimmering elements to your own style, but find a sense of balance and meaning behind how you pull it off. Swarovski AB crystals are a perfect example of how to blend sparkle and sophistication harmoniously.

Legendary Fashion Faux Pas: Trucker Hats

Trucker Hats
Photo Source: SheKnows.com.

If your daily driver has at least 18 wheels, then sure, go ahead and keep on truckin’ with this look. However, if your driver’s license is not CDL endorsed, please stop wearing trucker hats. Ashton Kutcher made them cool, but soon everyone hopped on and killed it. Plus, Ashton Kutcher doesn’t even wear them anymore. If you’re having a bad hair day, opt for a normal baseball cap (you can support your favorite team and not look like you’re trying too hard to be cool).

Legendary Style Icon: Twiggy

Twiggy
Photo Source: Vervejewelry.com.

AKA Lesley Lawson, Twiggy became famous for her mod hair cut and swinging style in the 1960s. Her thin frame helped elevate her to legendary style, along with big doe eyes and pouty lips. In her prime, Twiggy captivated the globe by gracing the cover of fashion magazines. She was able to pull off innocent femininity despite her boyish hairstyle and bold choices in apparel. Want to emulate Twiggy’s style? Just sprinkle in some mod –tacular touches to your wardrobe, like black and white earrings or large, floral accents.

Legendary Fashion Faux Pas: Fancy Tracksuits

Fancy Tracksuits
Photo Source: MyDaily.

No matter how comfy they may look, matching sweat pants and a jacket (especially if they’re made of suede or terrycloth) is just a no-no anymore. If you’re going to work out, you don’t need to advertise for a high-end clothing company—or depict to the world that you’re “juicy.” Stick to cotton for your workout clothes. They’re more lightweight and breathe easier.

Yes, there are numerous other bad fashion trends, but we just couldn’t name them all today. And yes, we know that there are more timeless Hollywood style icons that we didn’t touch on. Who do you think has legendary style….or which fashion faux pas are you guilty of?

-Marissa

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Legendary Giveaway

April 24th, 2013 · 6 Comments

Legendary Giveaway

Once upon a time, mythical creatures roamed the land. In the days of unicorns, fairies and dragons, magic was easy to come by. Now all that exists of these creatures and others like them are legends and myth. You can bring them back to life on Pinterest with our Legendary Giveaway. Artbeads.com is currently featuring a fantastic sale on lampwork beads, including Unicorne Beads. Unicorne Beads offers spectacular beads, many of which are inspired by mythical creatures. We want you to create a Pinterest board for your favorite mythical being and pin pictures inspired by that creature. The things you pin can be fashion inspired by your favorite mythical being, color palettes or something else!

Guidelines:

  • Follow us on Pinterest
  • Pin this image to the board you will use for your legendary creature inspirations
  • Find one product from Unicorne Beads that inspires you and pin that item first.
  • You must pin at least ten (10) products from Artbeads.com. The rest of your board is up to you. Fill it with fashion, colors, places – anything inspired by your legendary creature. Use the hashtag #legendaryinspiration in the description for each item you pin.
  • Once you have created your board, email a link to your Pinterest board to giveaways@artbeads.com with “Legendary Style Giveaway” as the subject line in order to be entered into the contest.

The winner will receive magical Unicorne Beads including a strand of round beads and a colorful owl, along with a $25 gift certificate to Artbeads.com! Enter by Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:59pm PST for your chance to win! Check out our official contest rules for more details.

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Artbeads Artist Spotlight – Unicorne Beads

April 24th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Doug and Lyta

At Artbeads, we feel that individuality is important for expressing creativity. Thinking outside the box— choosing a different path— is what being an artist is all about. That’s why we’re always bringing you new and exciting products to play with in your designs! Unicorne Beads shares this belief with us by bringing innovation and creativity to every aspect of their company. In fact, their game changing started when new owners Doug and Lyta Ho bought the business in 1990. Co-Owner Doug was kind enough to tell the story of how Unicorne Beads became one of the most original lampwork bead manufacturers in the industry.

Marine Diver LC Necklace Idea

In 1967, the previous owners of Unicorne Beads specialized in designing wedding cake toppers and small collectable figurines. While these pieces were undoubtedly beautiful, Doug recognized that buying patterns had changed in the market. Buyers no longer wanted to collect figurines to place in their curio cabinet. Instead, they wanted to make something with their collectibles. So, about 10 years ago, Unicorne Beads attended the Costa Mesa Gem Fair with 10 colors of teardrop-shaped beads—and the magic of their lampwork beads began. Other artists and jewelry designers found their pieces at shows, used them in designs, and word quickly spread about their outstanding work.

Team Picture

A lot of their ideas for different shapes come from customer suggestions and from other artistic mediums. If Doug sees a beautiful design made from resin, for example, he visualizes how to replicate it with glass. One of his favorite shapes in the line, in fact, is the YoYo bead shape. “It’s one of the more interesting shapes…We like doing things that are different,” he explained. With so many different shapes being created (over 50 different styles), Unicorne Beads has about 15 to 20 lampwork artists who contribute to their production from home.

Packing Purchases-FB
Source: Unicorne Beads.

So how does it all come together? First, it starts with an idea of what they want to create. The design is shaped using any variety of mediums, and then gets narrowed down with details to make it just as appealing in glass form. Their lampworking process is a little unconventional, too. Working with borosilicate glass colors mostly, Unicorne Beads imports their components to make glass from all over the world. Their components come from places like Germany, Italy and Australia, enabling them to create unique color palettes since each distributor renders different results. Doug also mentioned that they mix “incompatible” components together for cool results as well!

New Growth LC Necklace Idea

If you’re looking for something a little different, something that will get your design noticed and stand out from the crowd, then you’ll love using Unicorne Beads. “We try to be different and cutting edge,” Doug told us. “We make ‘working’ beads. They’re not individual focals, but they’re not cheap glass beads either.” Which is true—Unicorne Beads makes everything from large-hole donuts to cute bird accent pieces. You’ll appreciate their unique, handmade features and brilliant colors and sparkle. Check out their collection on our site here.

-Marissa

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High School Stories

April 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment

High school was a time when we believed friendships would last forever and prom was the most anticipated event of the year. If you have a graduate this year, remind them that one day they’ll be able to look back at their time in school and smile—even if they don’t enjoy it right now. They’ll be able to pull out old photos, relive the moment in their minds and smile. To celebrate the graduation (and prom) season coming soon, here are some Artbeads employee high school stories!

Becky

“This was my senior year; I was a homecoming “princess.” For seniors, there were princesses and princes and a king and queen. During the homecoming game we got to ride in convertibles around the track and wave to the crowd! It was the only day that it was acceptable for me to wear a sparkly tiara everywhere I went.” – Becky, Copywriter

Cortney

Cortney, Vice President, wore this gorgeous, handmade green dress to her prom. Her husband was her date back then!

Sherri

Sherri, our New Product Coordinator, was 17 when she graduated from high school…and is glad that the feathered hair style has passed.

Teri

Jewelry Designer Teri McCamish back in the day, sporting her “preppy LL Bean oxford cloth shirt and ribbon head band.”

Brittany

Brittany, our Web Content Publisher on the right, kept it real with her besties in high school and even after graduation. All three still keep in touch and reminisce about when they were teens when they get together.

Marissa

Read about my prom story in a previous post—Swarovski crystals make an appearance!

Help your graduate remember this year with a memorable jewelry design, or create a customizable memento. Here are a few ideas from our Learning Center to inspire you.

Dream First Grad Cap

Dream First LC Idea

Unlock Your Future Necklace

Unlock Your Future LC Idea

Wherever You Go Necklace

Wherever You Go LC Idea

Happy memories!

-Marissa

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High School Fashion

April 19th, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Breakfast Club
Photo Source: Windsore-Store Blog.

Preppy, Athletic, Goth—our style in school often defined who we were as teenagers. High school cliques may have changed over generations, but continue to be part of the public high school experience. The click-clacking of high heels, the jingling of chain wallets, and the screeching of sneakers were the soundtrack to a typical day of school, featuring all of your favorite (and not so favorite) cliques. Graduations are right around the corner and as we move closer to summer vacation (anybody remember that?!?), dorm room shopping and packing up your graduate for college, we thought we’d lean up against a locker and pay homage to these cliques. We’ll break down some of the most common cliques and show you ways to add a little of their flair into your designs. When you walked down the halls to your next class, or meandered about the cafeteria for a place to sit, could you tell who ran with who?

The Preps and the Rich Kids

Prep-Bubble Pearls Necklace

This clique had a lot of names (prep, soc, mean girl) but it all represented the chic, stylish popular people in school. They had money and class and threw the best house parties—but you’d only know that if you were invited. The preppy uniform included flirty skirts and fitted sweaters, as long as it was name brand. It was a safe but stylish look, which is why it continues to make appearances in magazines. Pull off preppy with a strand of pearls in safe neutral colors. Our Bubble Pearls necklace idea is a nice example.

The Jocks

Jock-Alma Mater Bracelet

The jock (or cheerleader) had school spirit and preferred comfort over style. You could find a jock walking the halls in a team jersey, lettermen’s jacket or just in sweats and a ponytail. Running shoes won over heels most often and minimal accessory was key —you can’t wear a lot of jewelry when you’re running around the field! If you want to add a touch of sporty style, rock your school colors or opt for simple post earrings. To show their school pride, we can picture a high school jock sporting our Alma Mater bracelet at the pep rally.

Surfer and Skater Dudes

Hippie-Catch a Wave Necklace

Hey bud! The laid-back style of the surfer, or skater in later generations, continues to reflect a goal to live effortlessly. Long hair and tattered clothes were common. Beach wave curls and a slight Rastafarian flair would make up the typical surfer girl style too. To bring this look to your style, try incorporating a blend of earth tones with bright colors. Our Catch a Wave necklace captures this feel nicely.

The Hippies and The Hipsters

Hipster-Metamorphosis Necklace

The predecessor to hippies, hipsters have emerged to form one of the newest cliques for high school. Their style expresses a carefree attitude, though every detail of their outfit has been carefully planned. Taking influences from the Beatnik generation, both hippies and hipsters valued fashion and fighting for a cause. They could harmoniously pair mismatched elements (i.e. flannel shirts with tight, fashionable jeans and thick framed glasses) with ease, all the while sharing their opinions on world hunger or global warming. If you want to get the hipster style, incorporate vintage components like our retro coins. See them in use in our Metamorphosis necklace idea.

The Nerds and AP Kids

Nerd-Matrix Necklace

The nerds were the smart kids in class, most of the time sitting front and center to answer every question before anyone else had a chance to. Time Magazine stated that one day that geeks would inherit the earth, and it seems that time has come. Although fashionable style was not a concern for the nerd/super smart kid, their love of comics and math is gaining appeal in the fashion world now. Video game paraphernalia or sci-fi accessories, once thought of as lame, are now mainstream. Channel your inner nerd by creating something dedicated to your obsession, no matter what it is. Our Matrix necklace idea embodies the complete nerdiness of both the math and film interpretation of this word, with a mesmerizing pendant and precise symmetry throughout the design.

The Drama Kids

Drama-Forbidden Romance

They lived for the theater. In fact, they may have moved on to become one of your favorite stars on screen or on stage! The drama kid’s passion for theatrical costumes and makeup meant their clique uniform was bold but comfy (in order to move about the stage during performance practice, of course). You could have spotted a drama club member roaming around in jeans paired with a top depicting their favorite play or film. Add more drama to your life with eye-catching accessories, like a bold statement pendant or a mixture of colors and materials, like our Forbidden Romance necklace idea does.

The Band Geeks

Band-Tanagers Song

While drama kids lived for theater, band geeks lived for the music. If they weren’t wearing their marching band uniform, you may have seen the band geek representing their favorite band via t-shirt. Fashion wasn’t a priority for band geeks, but as long as they could play their hearts out it didn’t matter how they dressed. Show your appreciation for music with little elements in your jewelry by capturing old band paraphernalia in a bezel setting for a customized pendant, or add just a touch with a simple treble cleft charm. Our Tanager’s Song necklace idea is simple and sweet, like the little song bird that shares its name.

The Goths

Goth-Gothic Collar

Dark clothes, dark makeup and a dark attitude were common for the Goths. This clique is typically easy to spot in the halls. Black was the staple color, but could be mixed with dramatic reds or white for a monochromatic design. Their slightly morbid outlook on fashion was an eclectic mixture of Victorian, Elizabethan and punk. Our Gothic Collar idea is the epitome of gothic style.

The Punks

Punk-Miss Magma

Their rise against mainstream and refusal to be controlled was expressed partially through what punks wore to school. Their fashion was an expression of attitude, so it wasn’t so much about being on trend as it was about being an individual. The punk kids experimented with colorful hair, safety pins in clothes and just about anything else out of the ordinary. Get some punk rock influence with metallic elements, black accessories or anything that rebels against the norm. The wild colors and crazy patterns in our Miss Magma bracelet express this style well.

Do you remember which clique you fit into when you were in high school? Reminisce about what you rocked in high school with familiar elements in your fashion today!

-Marissa

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Gifts for Teacher

April 18th, 2013 · 4 Comments

With the school year winding down, don’t forget to say thank you to the teacher! It takes a lot of energy to teach—and it takes a lot more to teach well. Show your appreciation with a handmade gift that they can enjoy in the summer, and let your little ones help pick the gift. Here are some fun ideas to do that you can start on now before June arrives.

Gift Basket
Teachers get summers off from the classroom, but more often than not they’re still working on school projects for part of their vacation. You and your kid can think of a creative care package that the teacher would enjoy in the summer, whenever they get a moment to take a break. Find out what the teacher likes and play off that.

Emma's Garden Gift Basket

Is your kid’s teacher an avid gardener? If she has helped your student grow, put together this cute planter box gift basket! You can use a variety of beads, chain and other components to personalize it for her. Decorate a watering can, flower pot and planter box with beads to fit the teacher’s style, and put together a nice bracelet for her to wear on summer vacation. See what we put in our garden gift basket for inspiration.

Treasure Chest
Photo Source: Lizard and Ladybug Blog.

If you’re not sure of teacher’s hobbies, you can always give her a sweet treat. Find some chocolate wrapped in gold and silver (you could even use gold and silver chocolate coins!) and place them inside a cutout treasure chest. It’s fun, fast and thoughtful. You could even add a simple necklace with a sterling silver charm that she could wear every day—like an apple strung on some thin chain. Add a fancy touch with a handmade jewelry design using school colors, mascot charms or letter charms to spell out her name. This would be a nice surprise to top off a box of chocolate!

Gifts that send a message

Theachers Thank You Bookmark

The simplest gestures can also be some of the most kind. Have your child write a letter to the teacher, thanking him for a wonderful year and expressing how much your kid learned. The best recognition for being a teacher comes from the student, so make an extra copy to put in the principal’s file, too. Use cardstock for the letter and add some colorful flatbacks so it can catch everyone’s eye when he posts it on his wall. The bookmark idea featured above would be a sweet and simple gift idea as well. Find your favorite pattern to follow or use a transfer sheet like we did.

US Humane Society Logo
Photo Source: The Humane Society of the United States.

Make a donation in the teacher’s name related to their subject or to reflect an interest or hobby. If he has a pet, give to the local shelter or adopt-a-pet program. If she teaches science, donate to an environmental study. Name a star after her, too! You could even donate to her—give her a gift card to an office supply store so she’s ready for next year. Let your child help you determine where to make a donation so they feel like part of the project, and teach them how to think about others.

Even though their students are a little older, middle school and high school teachers appreciate a thank-you too. Have your teen (or pre-teen) sit down with you to complete any of these projects. Think of it as an opportunity to spend some time with your teen, a chance to talk and find out what’s going on before they cruise off with friends. Any teacher, and any student, at any grade level, deserves a small thanks. Take the time you have before school ends to try one of these ideas at home, and thank the person who’s helping to mold the minds of our future.

As the wife of a high school teacher, I have observed the power behind a simple token of appreciation. My go-getter guy thought for sure he would get the rookie teacher of the year award in his district, but it ended up going to someone else. He was pretty bummed. A few days later he found a note in the trash can in his classroom. It was a crumpled up piece of notebook paper written by one of his students, addressed to the principal. The student wrote about how my husband was one of the best teachers at the school, and how he was always there to stay after and listen to their problems. This student thought my husband was getting fired since he didn’t get the award, and had attempted to write a letter to prevent it. Reading this made my husband feel so good that he forgot all about losing out on the award. That letter is now on our fridge, and it means more to him than any plaque or certificate ever could.

-Marissa

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Artbeads Mom Stories

April 15th, 2013 · 1 Comment

We have an amazing group of people here at Artbeads, and we know they would have never become the people they are today without the influences of a mother figure in their lives. Today, we’re letting our employees share some love for their mom through pictures and stories.

Yvette T, Manager

Yvette shared this touching ode to her mom…

Yvette

“My mom has the best belly laugh you’ve ever heard and when she gets going you can’t help but laugh with her. She has the kindest heart and she’s a total worry wart! I could sneeze and she’d be calling me every day for a couple weeks to make sure I didn’t have pneumonia! I am so blessed to have my mom. I love her tenacity for exploring herself and her life in pursuit of being the best person she can be. Her life-long soul excavation has inspired me and is the bedrock upon which I create my life. I am so proud of her and blessed to have had the gift of walking through this life hand in hand with her. I don’t have children so I will just have to share what she has given me with the whole world. Thank you Mamma! I love you!”

Brittany I, Web Content Publisher
Brittany shared this cute pic of her and her mom…

Brittany

Cynthia Kimura, Co-Owner and Chief Jewelry Designer
Cynthia, who grew up on the tiny island of New Caledonia, explained how grateful she is for technology and its ability to help her and her mother stay in touch…

Cynthia

“I can only see my mom every 2 or 3 years, but fortunately we can communicate easily and more often than before, back when we wrote letters to each other. Thanks to emails, we can tell each other what is happening in our lives and she also keeps me in the loop with the rest of the family. I love Skype!!! Making a phone call to New Caledonia is very expensive but we can Skype. We don’t Skype very often because of the time difference, but when we do, we spend an hour or two talking about everything—and we can see each other.

My mom is the link that keeps me close to my country and family.”

Marissa

Read my mom story here, and we would love to hear your own mom story!

Mothers Day Ideas and Beads

Your mom deserves the perfect gift, so make sure to create something spectacular that comes from the heart. You can find ideas for designs, products perfect for moms and more in our Mother’s Day theme page, too.

-Marissa

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