Excitement Builds for GBK’s 2014 Primetime Emmys Celebrity Gift Lounge

Excitement is building for our participation next weekend, in association with The Artisan Group®, in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions at an exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominees and Presenters. 

Our Chakra Balancing Pendant, made especially for this event, will be included in the swag bags that are given to all attending Celebrities. It is such an honor to be among these Artisans and represented at this event being held August 22-23, 2014.

See the full Press Release here: Bead Lovers Korner Brings Chakra Energy to GBK’s 2014 Primetime Emmys Celebrity Gift Lounge

The Artisan Group Gift Bag

The Artisan Group Gift Bag

Take a look at the other artisan made gifts that will also be included in this Gift Bag by clicking on the interactive digital Gift Guide below.

Gift Idea for the Travel Oriented

Sterling Silver Landmark Beads are a great gift idea for the travel oriented person. Every year billions of people travel around the world on family vacation, business trips, or in travel groups, while others make their living as travel agents or tour guides. Landmark Beads offer a special way for the world traveler to represent travel destinations on charm bead or pandora travel bracelets.

Landmark Beads have a wide variety of popular locations and this year there are five new beads added to the collection: Mount Rushmore, the Milan Duomo, Manneken Pis, Cape Neddick Lighthouse and the Route 66 Sign.

Landmark Beads are compatible with all styles of European Charm Bead bracelets. Made of fine quality .925 Sterling Silver and the hole size is a large 5mm with no threading. Available for order on our website at Bead Lovers Korner.

How to Make Necklace Cards Free Tutorial

Necklace Card

Simple Necklace Card

Necklace and Earring Jewelry Display is an important necessity for anyone who sells jewelry. Many don’t even think about making their own display cards or think it would be difficult. I have purchased pre-made jewelry cards and was recently very disappointed, so decided to make them myself. Searching for DIY Necklace Cards and how to make them took some time so I have written this helpful Tutorial on how to make a necklace holder, which can easily be used for earrings also.

Materials Needed:

Materials for Necklace cards

Materials needed for simple necklace or earring cards

  • Avery 5371 Laser Perf Business Cards
  • Hole Punch 1/16th or 1/8th inch
  • Small Scissors

Steps

  1. Decide on what you want the cards to say or look like.
  2. Go to www.avery.com, select Templates>Design and Print online>Business Cards, then select the 5371 template and open up a blank design
  3. Turn design area vertical
  4. Upload logo image, adjust size of image and move towards the bottom, add type in a text box below logo, etc.
  5. Add type on back side if desired
  6. Save, Save, Save! Opening an account on Avery and saving your project is free. Then you can return later to adjust the design or print more cards as needed.
  7. Print sheet front and back side if needed. (Follow Avery directions for printing and separating cards. When printing on both sides, experiment with your printer so you know which way to insert the card stock).
  8. Follow directions on Avery 5371 package to pull apart cards
  9. Use hole punch to add holes in desired location, then cut slits angled from the top corners
  10. Slide necklace chain through slits and into holes on each side
  11. Make any adjustments needed and once necklace card is the way you want it, then use that as a template guide.
  12. Punch holes and make slits for as many cards as needed

Download Written Instructions Here How to Make Your Own Necklace or Earring Cards

Make Necklace Cards

Make Jewelry Cards for Necklaces or Earrings

A Simple Idea to Make a Beautiful Necklace

Coin Pendants and Charm Beads

Examples of how you can mix and match Biagi Coin Holders, Coins and Charm Beads

Everyone loves a cool necklace, and here is a simple idea to make a beautiful necklace while also using your European Charm Beads. Carlo Biagi Coin Pendant Holders and Coins are a fashionable new way to show your personality and match your wardrobe with interchangeable coins. This great idea also includes selecting a few of your favorite Charm Beads and stringing them on a chain or leather necklace to create a whole new look!

This idea will work with any type of Coin Pendant or Charm Bead such as PANDORA beads, Chamilia, Carlo Biagi, Nikki Lissoni, Mi Moneda, Lucet Mundi and more. A few examples are shown in this blog post to give ideas of how you can arrange beads to mix and match with pendants to make really colorful necklaces.

Select European Charm Beads and Coin Pendants to match by Color or Theme!

Select European Charm Beads and Coin Pendants to match by Color or Theme!

Check out all the beautiful Coins and beads at Bead Lovers Korner!

Eleven Reasons to Be Your Own Boss

Being-Boss

It is great to be your own boss!

I worked in the business world for someone else for over twenty years before taking the leap into being self-employed. Below are my eleven reasons to be your own boss, short and sweet!

  1. I don’t dread Monday anymore. For years it was TGIF and Monday Again, but over the years I began to dread Monday more and more. It started on Sunday, so enjoying the weekend ended up just being Saturday.
  2. Don’t have to punch a time clock or fill out a time sheet, so I no longer have to worry about being on time!
  3. No longer have the feeling of being trapped. I used to feel immensely trapped and stifled in the system of working for someone else, I felt like I was not living up to my full potential.
  4. I can exercise anytime I want, which leads into …
  5. Make my own schedule. I have a daily routine I follow, but it can be changed, unlike the difficulties of following someone else’s schedule.
  6. Drink the BEST coffee! Starbucks Dark blends are my favorite
  7. Take a power nap if I want. I don’t do this often, but if you didn’t sleep well the night before having this option is great!
  8. No more dry cleaning bill. I don’t know about you, but when I was shopping for work clothes, all the outfits I liked had “Dry Clean Only” on the label.
  9. No longer get stuck in traffic. There is no traffic between my bedroom and my office, thank goodness!
  10. Daily cash flow (most of the time)
  11. I get along great with the boss – cause that’s ME!

Comment below and tell me what your reasons are or what they would be :)

European Beads Bangle Bracelets

I recently had the opportunity to send this European Charm Bead Bangle Bracelet to a popular blogger for a product review. Not only did Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog review this bangle bracelet, but they also wrote their 3 Top Tips for Buying Jewelry! Three things to think about before making a jewelry purchase for either yourself or for a gift.

 

Below are a couple of other Stainless Steel bangle bracelets showing examples of how you can arrange different Pandora Style beads and charms.

This Stainless Steel Bangle is a smooth finish and the bangle is rigid. One of the round ball ends unscrews so that beads can be added or rearranged. This example comes with Blue and Gold Glass Beads as well as the Crystal European Bead in the center.

This Red and Pink Starter Bracelet has a wire etched texture and is somewhat flexible, one of the ends unscrews on this bangle bracelet also. The Red Floral design glass beads combined with a Pink Swarovski Crystal Bead make a very feminine combination, and are a great way to start a European Charm Bead collection!

Thank You Notes for Gifts

Thank You Note from Jennifer Love Hewitt

Thank You Note from Jennifer Love Hewitt

Just when I thought that the “Thank You” note was dead, two handwritten thank you notes from celebrities were sent to The Artisan Group® thanking everyone for the handmade gifts that were included in the Mother’s Day Gift Bag. Each note card expressed gratitude for our personal gifts to them and by writing thank you notes it showed their sincere appreciation.

Thank You Note from Kristin Cavallari

Thank You Note from Kristin Cavallari

To Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kristin Cavallari – You are very welcome for the gifts and I hope you enjoy wearing your Rose Quartz bracelet and other gifts that were included!

When I was growing up writing and sending a Thank You Note through the mail was very important, but over the past 40 years that tradition has seemed to dwindle now that you can easily pick up a phone and call, text or email your thanks. I was glad to see that this time-honored social etiquette is still alive and not entirely forgotten!!

Do you send Thank You Notes? Leave a comment about how you say Thank You for gifts.

 

Hollywood Moms to Receive Our Rose Quartz Bracelet

2014 Mother's Day Celebrity Gifting from The Artisan Group©

2014 Mother’s Day Celebrity Gifting from The Artisan Group©

We were thrilled to have our Rose Quartz bracelet included in a specialty gift bag created by The Artisan Group© for some of Hollywood’s most popular Celebrity Moms, in honor of Mother’s Day 2014.

 

Rose Quartz Bracelet for Moms in Celebrity Gift Bag

Rose Quartz Bracelet for Moms in Celebrity Gift Bag

This collection of fabulous artisan made products was gifted to: Jaime King, Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Tammin Sursok, Halle Berry, Rachel Leigh Cook, Kendra Wilkinson, Gwen Stefani, Kerry Washington, Kristin Cavallari, Drew Barrymore, Mila Kunis, Alyssa Milano, Emily Blunt, Kelly Clarkson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Olivia Wilde, Christina Aguilera, Scarlett Johansson, Jenna Fischer, Ciara, Shelly Brown (Mrs. Zac Brown), Molly McNearney (Mrs. Jimmy Kimmel), Elsa Pataky (Mrs. Chris Hemsworth), and Danielle Jonas (Mrs. Kevin Jonas)

Why I Create

Cool-Beads

Why I Create – because there are just so many cool beads!

A recent Etsy contest about “Why I Create” lead me to make this cool graphic, and it is the simple answer to why I am involved in the bead and jewelry craft. Knowing full well that my chances of winning were slim, I didn’t want this image to go to waste so decided to add it here on the blog, with a few words about the act of creating, and how it evolves.

Dictionary Definition

cre·ate verb

  1. : to make or produce (something) : to cause (something new) to exist
  2. : to cause (a particular situation) to exist
  3. : to produce (something new, such as a work of art) by using your talents and imagination

My Definition

Imagine: There are so many ways that this evolves, sometimes it is by seeing something visually that is appealing or stimulating, and sometimes images just appear in my mind. Many times I create just to get those images out of my head. Other times I believe that ingenuity plays a big part:

“I can imagine anything but what can I make with what I have???”

Plan & Organize: Recently I had to make a large amount of the same item and it took some planning to make sure I had enough of everything so that I wasn’t scrambling at the last minute to find what I needed. I did the math and ordered more than I needed, then kept it all together until my start day so that I wasn’t running around the office muttering:

“Oh my God where did I put those beads?? I know they are around here somewhere!”

Produce: Actually do it. So many people get stuck here. I know a lot of people who imagine and dream of things, but they just never take that next step of actually doing it. It is kind of like a car that won’t quite start, and believe me I have days like that as well, but to keep that from happening too often I make a schedule and put it on the calendar.

The basic definition of “create” is to produce so when you think of it like that we ALL create something every single day, which leads me right back to the beginning question of “Why do I create?”:

“The answer is the same, because there are just so many cool beads!!

What and why do you create?

Rose Quartz for Celebrity Moms

I am excited to announce that Rose Quartz stones made into bracelets for 25 Celebrity Moms and 5 members of the Press are on the way to be included with other handmade gifts in The Artisan Group® Mother’s Day Gift Bag. This was an achievement that I can say was a great experience, and I can only hope that these wonderful Mom’s will love wearing this gift that came from my hands and my heart.

I decided to participate in this collaborative gift bag to Hollywood Mothers so that I would have experience in a large production, working my way up to other events with The Artisan Group® that require more products.

Mom-Charm-xo

TierraCast Silver Plated Pewter Love Mom Charm

I was inspired to make this bracelet by this little charm that I found and decided to combine that with Rose Quartz because of it’s loving and nurturing qualities.

Rose Quartz, also known as the Love Stone, is a crystal of unconditional love, It enhances loving qualities such as compassion, tenderness, comforting, nurturing, etc.

I made a “prototype” and sent a photograph off to the organizers for approval, once it was approved I did the math and then ordered all of the beading supplies I would need to complete these 30 bracelets.

Bracelet-Assembly

Assembly of Rose Quartz Bracelets at 7-8 per day

I used an assembly process similar to the one I use when making Rosaries, which worked really well and within a few days I was done! OK, well maybe it took a week, I think I took a couple of days in between sessions when I had a lot of orders to ship. The hardest thing to do was get a really good photo for the Gift Guide, I must have taken like 100 shots to get the color of the stones just right!

Mothers-Day-Note-Cards

Happy Mother’s Day Note cards

I decided to create a little “Happy Mother’s Day” note card where I could write a little personal note to each Mom. Then on the other side I wrote a short description of the properties of Rose Quartz along with Care & Cleaning for the bracelet. As I wrote out each card I looked up their names on IMDB and was surprised and tickled to know that a famous movie star might actually hold a piece of jewelry that I made. If I am lucky they might even contact me or look at other items I have available!

Packaging-Gifts

Packaging each gift with Bracelet, Note Card, Business Card and gift tag.

I picked my ship date and made sure to assemble each individual gift package, along with the note cards, business card, etc by that date and then “boom” it was done! Time to seal the box and off to FedEx for the journey across country to California!

Finished-Package

Ready to seal and take to FedEx!!