It Just Makes My Day . . .

Sir Beads and I agree that one of our greatest pleasures in running a bead shop is the chance to see what our customers create with the items they order. We can’t help but feel like proud parents whenever we see a finished piece of jewelry that features our beads!


So… you can imagine our delight when this photo arrived the other day. 🙂


These gorgeous earrings were designed by Meridy of TwoTreesStudio.
She has an absolutely amazing talent for “marrying” styles and textures in her work.

Thanks, Meridy!
Our Vintage Czech Glass Olivine Teardrops never looked so good.


Want to see more of Meridy’s remarkable eye candy?
Hurry on over to her etsy shop or facebook page!



I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Click the envelope to leave a comment or to read what the other kids are saying! 😀

Results Day – Design Challenge Spring 2012

It’s “Results Day” for our Spring 2012 – Bead Design Challenge!

I’m so excited to show you the spectacular designs that were created to jazz up our bling-less Lady!

Spring can be a busy season and several of you, who signed up, were not able to meet the deadline. I totally understand – life happens – but you are more than welcome to join us next time!


On to the results!

Here are the beads and findings that were magically turned into the eye candy you are about to view!

Please note! You can click on photos to make them larger. Also, be sure to use the links provided to visit each artist’s shop! 😀


From Annia.

Visit her shop here.

Annia says:

“I see this Lady more bohemian and of course she loves bright colors especially in a summer day while walking around town with a long dress admiring the new flowers and gardens.”


From Caro

Visit her shop here.

Caro says:

“Well, here’s my bling. A black and baby blue necklace to match her head band and complement the subtle blues in her dress.

In case you didn’t already know, this lady’s ready to put her Victorian past behind her. No pink cameos for her! Instead, she’s stepping out in something that’s gonna blow the stockings off her demure friends and grab her knight in shining armor by the eyeballs!”


From Donna

Visit her shop here

Donna says:

“Bead Cap Inspiration: As soon as I saw Crystal’s Bead Caps in her Etsy Shop, I knew what I would make. I loved working with them!! So flexible.”


From Brenda

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Here’s Brenda’s lovely pendant necklace and earrings!


From Deb

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Deb designed this romantic pair of dangle earrings!


From Joyce

Visit her shop here

Joyce says:
“Can’t wait for the next one (challenge)!!!! Thanks bunches – it was great fun!” 🙂


Well, I thought that was the end of the entries… but just before Cinderella’s coach turned back into a pumpkin… Donna finished one more pretty design.


Congratulations and many thanks to all. At the end of each challenge, I always think it just can’t get any better, but then you amaze me… all over again. 😀

As you know, there are three chances for a prize this time. The names, drawn at random, are:

1st prize, BeadHappilyEverAfter Cache of Vintage Treasures goes to Donna

2nd prize, $30 Shopping Spree in our Bead Shop goes to Joyce

3rd prize, $20 Shopping Spree in our Bead Shop goes to Caro

ALL participants who did not win one of the above prizes will receive a coupon code for 30% off any purchase during June 2012 in our Bead Shop.

Watch your emails! In the next 24 hours, you’ll be receiving either instructions on how to redeem your prize, or your coupon code!

And remember to visit the shops of each participant! Just click on the link next to their names, above. You’ve only just begun to see their talent!!!


Accent the Positive

Recently, I was in a very blue mood . . .

Oh, I don’t mean THAT kind of blue mood . . .

I mean THIS kind of blue mood –

and this –

and also this –

then, there was this –

and finally, this –

If you have to feel blue . . .

this is the best kind of blue to be – don’t you agree? 😀



“Bohemian Nights” Purse Charm

Welcome Kids! I hope you had a fun weekend. Spring has officially sprung, since the last time we chatted!!! 🙂


Before I go any further, I’d like to thank everyone for the terrific comments last week! They really are what keeps me posting, you know! I’m incredibly lucky to have the best readers in blogland, and I treasure every single one of you. Please remember you can suggest topics that you’d like to see in future posts. Your opinions matter. 🙂

On to the giveaway!

This week, I thought I’d do something a little different, so I made a charm which can be used on a purse or tote bag. It’s designed with very lovely Vintage Czech Glass beads.


The beads are Jet Black with a gorgeous aurora borealis finish on one side, which flashes blue, green, and teal. You’ll notice several sizes and shapes. I accented the beads with sterling silver rondelles and lace-y silver plated bead caps. A small dangling key charm was added for a bit of whimsy. The key fob style “hanger” is a secure piece of hardware that will enable you to attach this purse charm to a pocketbook strap, handle, or to any large ring that’s on your purse. Measurements: Just over 3″ in length.

Contest Rules and How To Enter

Any day you leave a comment on this blog – it is counted as a chance to enter that week’s giveaway.

For example, if you answer today’s question (you’ll find it below!) that will give you one chance.

But if you then come back another day this week and comment on a different post – you will have earned another chance in this week’s giveaway!

When you comment you do not have to mention that it’s an entry in the giveaway. My blog program shows me all of the “comments” as they come in – so I do not miss any of them, and all will count and be entered into the drawing! 😀

Today’s question is:

What will you never do again?

My answer? Wear a bikini! Those days are over, Ladies. 😉


The Boring Stuff . . .
You must be 18 yrs. old. After the completion of the contest, the name of the winner will be listed here. The winner will also be notified by email. If the winner fails to respond to email within 3 days from the time notification email has been sent, the win will be null and void and a new winner will be chosen. The prize will be mailed via USPS First Class Mail

All entries must be received by 9:00 p.m. EST on 03/28/10, and the winner will be selected on or about 03/29/10.


The Elusive Vintage Bead


In last week’s post on Vintage Beads (seen here), I promised to continue the discussion . . .

People often ask me where to find vintage beads. The best way to explain it would be to compare vintage beads to antiques.


For example, let’s say you wanted to collect antique teapots. There are only a limited number of them still around in today’s world. You can’t just go to the mall and pop into the “Antique Teapot” store and buy a couple.

Some of the antique teapots that have survived are in museums; many others are in private collections already; some are part of the inventory of antiques dealers; and the rest are in attics and basements waiting to be discovered. In order for you to get your hands on an antique teapot, somebody in the group of people I just listed has to part with one that they now own.


It is very similar with vintage beads. There is no place called “Vintage Beads Are Us” at your local shopping center. For many decades, most costume jewelry was made in the United States, but since the 1990’s almost all of it has been manufactured overseas. Sadly, the U.S. factories have had to close their doors and many of the old warehouses that contained the jewelry components (beads and findings) have by now liquidated their old stock. Private collectors own a large proportion of the vintage beads already. Bead sellers own another large share and they are always on the lookout for collectors who would be willing to part with their treasures, or to buy the stock of other bead sellers who have decided to go out of business.


Occasionally, large vintage bead collections are discovered in the attics or basements of people who worked for the old costume jewelry manufacturers. Often, it’s the family of one of those workers, who will eventually happen upon the collection and offer it to a dealer.


So where can you find vintage beads today? Actually, in more places than you might expect! There are numerous online sellers, but you can begin by looking in Grandma’s jewelry box. Those old necklaces and bracelets might have a broken clasp or a few chipped beads, but often you can salvage many of the beads to create something fabulous. (See my post on recycling vintage jewelry here!)

Next, search the yard sales, flea markets, church bazaars and second hand shops. There are still vintage treasures to be found in those places if you really look!


Finally, there are people who began as vintage bead “collectors” and went on to become sellers of some of their beads online. I know because I am one of them! 🙂

I’m continually looking for new sources of vintage beads, so if you’re cleaning out Auntie Ethel’s attic and you come across beads or old costume jewelry that you’d like to sell, please let me know!