Vampire Diaries Jewelry Giveaway for TVD fans

Here is your chance to win the style of your favorite Vampire Diaries character Elena Gilbert (played by actress Nina Dobrev). Get the look for free by entering each giveaway below.

As seen on TV, these were gifted in consideration for use to the costume stylist of the CW Network series in a collaborative gift bag from The Artisan Group®.

Each giveaway is being run separately by the Central Florida artists who created these stunning and unique handcrafted jewelry items. These are not imitations and are protected by © copyright.

Vampire Diaries Giveaways

Vampire Diaries Earrings Giveaway
Eternal Reflection Earrings by Bead Lovers Korner

The elegant Eternal Reflection Earrings by Bead Lovers Korner were worn by Elena Gilbert on “The Vampire Diaries” episode 502 “True Lies” in season 5. Made with Sterling Silver and Swarovski Crystal.

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Blue Frost Crystal Pendant by Alyce n Maille

This eye-catching Blue Frost Crystal Pendant necklace is an Alyce n Maille Original Design. This design was worn by the character Elena Gilbert (actress Nina Dobrev) in the season 6 finale. Made with Stainless Steel and Swarovski Crystal.

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How to use cell phone charms

Cell phone charms used to be all the rage! That was a short-lived trend because newer cell phones have no place to hook them. Meanwhile crafters and bead suppliers have jillions of them left over.

Likewise, when I was trying to sell my wares at local craft shows years ago, I created some cell phone charms with an assortment of really nice sterling silver bead designs and Swarovski crystal.

Guess what? I still have some of them! They are nearly impossible to sell since no one is interested in them any longer.

So what do you do with them now?

Green Cell Phone Charm
Retired cell phone charm that I used to decorate an incense bottle

Great idea for cell phone charms

I love incense and have several types of incense burners in my home, including bottle incense holders.

They come with a large split ring and golden cord that hangs on the side. You put the incense stick into the split ring and then insert the stick in the bottle so that the smoke comes out of the top and the ventilation holes on the side.


Over the years the silver split ring had become blackened from the smoke and the little golden cord had become frayed. So I took one of those unwanted cell phone charms and attached it to a new split ring. See how nice it looks?!!

Phone charms are a great way to add a little beaded decor to just about anywhere. Check my Etsy shop to see which ones I have left :)

Other uses for cell phone charms

  • Purse Decoration
  • Zipper Pull
  • Ceiling Fan Pulls
  • Giveaways with orders
What great ideas for decorations with beads have you had lately? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear your ideas!

Get your handmade products to the next level

Ever wonder how to take your handcrafted products to the next level? Want to move beyond selling your products to family and friends? Apply to The Artisan Group® for a chance to add terrific opportunities to your small business formula for success!

getting your handcrafted products to the next level
Apply today for a chance to get your handmade products in the hands of a celebrity!

Taking it to the next level

The Artisan Group is always on the lookout for really top-notch, best-of-the-best seasoned artisans who handcraft their products to join in on our celebrity gifting and TV show stylist opportunities.

Here’s additional criteria that is considered when reviewing an applicant of The Artisan Group:

  1. High-quality, handcrafted products created by YOU (No factory-made goods)
  2. Fantastic product photography
  3. Impressive branding and online presence
  4. Unique products
  5. Established, seasoned sellers with at least 25 actual products for sale online (not supplies)
  6. Products that could be easily gifted (size-wise) in our celebrity gift bags
  7. You must be at least 18 years old

At this time The Artisan Group is not accepting any additional artisans who create children’s toys, apparel, or accessories. One-of-a-kind (OOAK) products are not the best fit for celebrity giftings, or TV product placements.

Products that are always a big hit at the celebrity events we participate in include handcrafted…

  • Jewelry
  • Bath/spa products
  • Candles
  • Small clutches, wristlets, and sewn makeup cases
  • Matted fine art photography
  • Stationery sets
  • Small bound journals
  • Trendy adult hair accessories
  • Cosmetics (eye shadows, nail polishes, etc.)
  • Pet accessories (toys, trendy collars and leashes)

APPLY to The Artisan Group and be sure you mention my shoppe name, Bead Lovers Korner, in the “How did you hear about TAG?” field on the application!

Good Luck!! Leave a comment and let me know if you plan to apply :)

Where were you on September 11 2001?

September 11 2001 is a day that changed everything, not just in the United States of America but in the entire world. The Twin Towers attack on 9-11-2001, followed by the Pentagon and United 93 is something we must NEVER FORGET!

World Trade Center Landmark Bead
World Trade Center Twin Towers Landmark Bead

Where were you on September 11 2001?

I was working at Creative Catalog Concepts, a publishing company in Orange City, Florida. I was on the phone with Bobby Susser from New Hope Records, discussing a custom job we were doing for him.

As I sat there on the phone, one of our Graphic Artists went into our “Break Area” and turned on the TV. I could see this from my desk and thought it was unusual since it was so early in the day.

Then several other employees gathered and sounded alarmed so I asked Bobby to hold while I went to see what happened. The first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, had crashed into the North Tower.

I got back on the phone with Bobby and told him what had happened and we ended the call. Then I stood there with the others and we watched in horror as the second plane, United Airlines Flight 175, crashed into the South Tower on live TV. Stunned and shocked we could not believe our eyes, panic was setting in as we knew that this was not an accident.

Shortly after that I called my husband, who works for an airline, and that was when he told me of the unprecedented grounding of all flights in the United States of America!

Then we heard about the other two flights – American Airlines Flight 77 and United 93. The knowledge that this was an attack on the USA was prevalent in our minds and we all could not believe this was happening!!

The rest of the day was spent not doing a whole lot of anything except crying, watching the news and wondering what was next. No one wanted to work, the whole day was surreal and the skies were eerily silent.

Always remember 9/11

I will never forget what happened on September 11th. My heart still aches for those who perished, those who lost loved ones and the brave Americans who dealt with this in their personal lives.

Each story, each thought and memory of the 9/11 attacks will keep those who perished and those who suffered alive in our hearts and minds.

Please share your story and NEVER FORGET September 11 2001!

The secret to selling on Etsy using Etsy tags

Have you been selling on Etsy and wondered what the secret was to get more sales? I think a lot of people wonder about this and I wanted to share what I discovered about Etsy Tags and how to use them.

This method I use seems to have made a big difference on how often my items are found, viewed, favored and sold. More importantly my revenue increased significantly!!

If you are not currently selling on Etsy, then open an Etsy store and get started selling on Etsy with 40 free listings.

Which words to use selling on etsy
Ever wondered what the big secret is to getting views and sales? It’s the words you use, and Etsy Tags are a big part!

What are Etsy Tags?

Etsy tags are different terms used to describe and identify your item and make them relevant to a customer search.

You can use single words or common phrases to describe an item as long as they are relevant. Be sure to read the House Rules in the Seller Handbook to make sure you know the do’s and don’ts.

I read the directions and helpful tips from Etsy on how to use tags, but the light bulb went off for me when I saw what was coming up in my Top Keywords section under Etsy Stats.


Top Keywords

These are words and phrases that customers have searched for and successfully found your item.

I don’t remember specifically which keyword in the shop stats made the “light bulb go on” for me, but it was something generic like “crimp beads” or “horse clasp” and I suddenly REALIZED that I had everything tagged totally wrong!

I was using words in the tags that I thought people would search for, but not really checking to see what words customers were actually using in their search. It is amazing that they found anything at all since my terms were so generic!

Search Etsy Bar
Use the search Etsy bar at the top of each page to see how people search for items.

Search Etsy for keyword tags

It suddenly dawned on me that the terms that people are really searching for are provided in the drop down search (as shown above).

I began the arduous task of double checking all of the tags on my items and comparing them to terms found in the Etsy search drop down. I removed terms that didn’t show up and changed to words and phrases in the search drop down.

I also used these terms in the title of my item and in the first sentence of my descriptive copy. You can also use the Google Keyword tool on adwords to help you come up with phrases people use on the web.

After just a few days I had a huge increase in views, favorites and orders, which was phenomenal. My orders increased by 60%!!

You have to continually check and update these terms as customers change the way they search. This also keeps your listings “Fresh”.

Other factors when selling on Etsy

There are still other factors needed to be successful when you sell on Etsy, which includes:

  • A nice variety of items
  • Great photos
  • Good descriptions
  • Good customer service

For more on photography check out my previous Blog Post “How to Take Pictures

I hope this helps to unravel the mystery of using Etsy tags and getting found on Etsy. Leave a comment below and let me know!

Coin jewelry to add to your wish list!

Customizable coin jewelry is sweeping the nation and these beautiful coins have just arrived. Put them on your wish list right now!

If you are not familiar with this new trendy fashion jewelry, then read more about it in our previous post “How to use a coin holder necklace” and then pin it to your “I want” board on Pinterest or add it to your Christmas wish list!

New Carlo Biagi Coins include Om symbols, Cross hatch with Swarovski and Hamsa Hand

New coins for coin jewelry

Carlo Biagi Coin Jewelry is customizable and consists of a coin holder and interchangelable coins that create a pendant. These new coins raise the Carlo Biagi Coin count to 70 choices to use in your own custom coin jewelry!

Tree of Life and Morning Skies ( Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner) Carlo Biagi coins

Coins are made with the highest quality materials including Swarovski crystal, cubic zirconia and high-grade stainless steel to create gorgeous custom jewelry pendants to match your lifestyle.

The metal color of the coin does not matter when adding them to coin holders, so don’t hesitate to be free with your expression and experiment with colors!

Morning Skies Coin shown with rose gold. Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

The beautiful Morning Skies coin is yellow gold-plated but is displayed using a rose gold coin holder and rose gold chain.

Unisex appeal

The coin holder can also be used as a”unisex” option for men who love to wear statement necklaces. They are perfect gift ideas for women too!

Be sure to add this to your “wish list” and check back often for new coins and ideas!

Compare to Lucet Mundi, Mi Moneda, Nikki Lissoni and other coin jewelry and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below :)