I have beads everywhere, do you?

Not long ago I was driving in my car and realized that I have beads everywhere, and wondered if you do too?

If you are anything like me you are mesmerized by their shape, sparkle, color, texture, etc. Therefore I have them everywhere!

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I have beads everywhere, even in my car hanging from the rearview mirror!

How many places have beads everywhere?

Let’s have some fun! Snap a photo with your camera, smartphone or upload a photo from your computer, and let’s all see just how many unique places have BEADS EVERYWHERE!

The photos below show a few examples of how I have used them to decorate in my daily life! I just can’t seem to go anywhere without having them around, can you?

Beads everywhere car keys
I have beads everywhere, even on my car keys!

I have them in my car, on my car keys and even have beads on an incense bottle in my home! We all love beads so show me your best photo of how you have BEADS EVERYWHERE!

Beads Everywhere home decor
I have beads everywhere, they are great decoration on an incense bottle!

There are a variety of ways to use beads as decoration to add color and character in your home, at work, in your car, and so many other places. The possibilities are really limitless!

Angels Guard Thee – inspiration for handcrafted jewelry

This Angels Guard Thee pebble bead by Green Girl Studios made me curious. A Google search for the phrase “Angels Guard Thee” lead to this inspiring music that moved me to tears.

What beauty unfolds in the imagination from this melody and verse!! I hope this inspires you to design and create a meaningful piece of handcrafted jewelry.

I am not sure what caused Green Girl Studios to create this little bead, but I am thankful that it lead me to experience this moving music.

This lullaby (berceuse) comes from the 1888 Opera “Jocelyn” by Benjamin Goddard and is sung by Kenneth McKellar.

Angels Guard Thee

Beneath the quivering leaves, where shelter comes at last,
All sadness sinks to rest, or glides into the past.
Her sweet eyes prismed now in their soft silken bowers,
Oh my love, calm she sleeps beneath the trembling stars.

Awake not yet from thy repose,
A fair dream spirit hovers near thee,
Weaving a web of gold and rose,
Through dreamland’s happy isles to bear thee.
Sleep, love, it is not yet the dawn,
Angels guard thee, sweet love, till morn.

Far from the noisy throng, by song birds lulled to rest,
Where rock the branches high by breezes soft caressed;
Softly the days go on, by sorrow all unharmed,
Thus may life be to thee a sweet existence charmed.

Awake not yet from thy repose,
A fair dream spirit hovers near thee,
Weaving a web of gold and rose,
Through dreamland’s happy isles to bear thee.
Sleep, love, it is not yet the dawn,
Angels guard thee, sweet love, till morn.

Ideas and inspiration for Teacher Appreciation Gifts

You are special teacher appreciation
You Are Special Pendant by Green Girl Studios. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Looking for ideas and inspiration for teacher appreciation gifts or other unique gifts for special people? When I saw this jewelry making pendant from Green Girl Studios I was overcome with ideas for uses of this special little pendant.

I am sharing my thoughts since they might be just the right inspiration for someone to make a key chain, bookmark, necklace or other beaded jewelry with this You Are Special Pendant:

  • Special Education Teacher Appreciation Gifts
  • Regular Education Teacher Appreciation Gifts
  • Parents of Children with Special Needs
  • Medallion for a Special Needs Child
  • Unique Gift for people who suffer from depression
  • Award Medal for participation in a special function
  • Gifts for Best Friends

These are just a few ideas for creating a meaningful keepsake for someone special

I raised children with ADHD (see my previous blog post on that subject) and met some very dedicated Special Education Teachers. This little pendant would have been perfect for making a unique gift for one of them.

Comment below if this gives you any special inspiration or ideas for creating unique handcrafted jewelry!

See other Green Girl Studios items in my Etsy Shop!

One Simple Idea to Make a Coin Holder Necklace

Everyone loves a cool necklace, and here is one simple idea to make a beautiful coin holder necklace while also using European Charm Beads.

Carlo Biagi Coin Holder Pendants and Coins are a fashionable new way to show a womans personality and match her wardrobe by using interchangeable jewelry coins.

This great idea also includes selecting a few favorite charm beads and stringing them on a chain or leather cord to create a whole new look!

Coin Pendant with Beads
This example shows the Multi Heart Black Coin, Cz Coin Holder and a variety of beads

Make these beautiful necklaces for women with any type of Coin Pendant or Charm Bead such as PANDORA beads, Chamilia, Carlo Biagi, Nikki Lissoni, Mi Moneda, Lucet Mundi and more.

What you will need

Directions: Insert coin into the coin holder pendant and string onto leather, tied a knot and then add the European beads. Tie another knot if you want them held in place, or just place around your neck!

A few examples are shown in this blog post to give ideas of how to arrange beads to mix and match with pendants to make really colorful necklaces.

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

Check out all the beautiful beads and other unique items at Bead Lovers Korner!

Why I Create

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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 making 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 of create

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

Imagination: 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 really cool stuff 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?

Top 5 Selling Tips to Make Money Online

Top Selling tips take great pictures
Take great photos to represent your product

If you sell on eBay or are learning how to sell on Etsy, your own website or any other online selling sites, these selling tips will help you get started in your quest of making money online, or at least give you something to think about. I have been selling on the internet since 2001, and have found these 5 tips to be the most important.

1. Take Great Pictures

It isn’t hard to take great pictures, but like anything it does take some practice and a little bit of knowledge. You don’t have to be an expert at photography, and if you don’t have the money to hire someone to do it for you, it is absolutely possible for you to have high quality images of your products.

  • Use a good camera. The prices today are much less than they used to be, but it is worth the investment to get a good camera, for good close up shots get an optical zoom
  • Use a photo editing program like Photoshop or PicMonkey, or another photo editing program to help with color, contrast and cropping out things you don’t want in your images
  • Check out my blog post on “How to Take Pictures“, it is almost like a “Photography for Dummies” because I know nothing about photography and can still take great pictures

2. Sell Top Quality Products and Keep Them in Stock

A top quality product = happy customers!

I hadn’t been selling online too long when I received some merchandise I thought was a great deal, but it was cheap and low quality, and guess what? The customer thought so too… needless to say I never brought it in my store again

  • You get what you pay for. Cheap or low quality products will guarantee returns and customer complaints
  • Keep items in stock for fast shipping. I always keep what I sell so that I can control how fast it gets shipped, relying on a drop shipper is asking for trouble if you sell on eBay, or anywhere online where fast delivery is important
Selling tip offer variety of Price Points
Offer a variety of Price Points

3. Have a variety of price points

You have to keep a balance of low, medium and high prices so that there is something for everyone. I think there are still people who are leery of shopping online, and maybe even more so after the Target incident this last holiday season. Having all ranges of product pricing will accommodate the skeptical online shopper and the seasoned one.

  • Low, Medium and High Prices for different levels of customers
  • Competitive pricing You have to be somewhat in line with competition, so search out other sellers of your product and compare pricing frequently. Selling too cheap will hurt the value of your brand, and of course you can’t gouge customers either
  • Ability to offer sales  This is a no brainer. Everyone is looking for a deal, so you must have enough product and enough profit margin to offer sales and still make money.
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Be Everywhere, Be Social

4. Be Everywhere

Don’t rely on one selling site or your own website, people who surf and shop on the internet are diverse and you should be too. I personally sell on several sites as well as having my own website. Not all people like eBay, some have never heard of Etsy, and your private website may get lost on the internet the way changes occur all the time with search engines.

  • Be established on several online selling sites – eBay, Etsy, Zazzle, Amazon, Bonanza, your own website, etc. Yes, you will have fees, but each selling site has a different clientele and they also advertise for their site and you.
  • Social Media Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and others help you to find new customers and let them know about your business
  • Join groups This is a great way to network and also establish your online reputation. There are groups on facebook, Linkedin, and other online communities. Etsy has teams that are a great way to share knowledge and support each other through activities, treasuries and more.
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Don’t Give Up!

5. Don’t Give Up

One of the top reasons people fail is because they just quit trying, so don’t give up. I know there are stories about how people became millionaires practically overnight by selling online, but those stories are rare. Most of us entrepreneurs get up every day and work tons of hours, then become successful over time. Being successful doesn’t always mean being rich.

  • Success shouldn’t be measured in dollar figures because there is so much more to life
  • If you give up, then you never know how far you might have made it.
  • Success is a journey to be enjoyed, it’s not about the money!

“There is no failure except in no longer trying” – Elbert Hubbard

“It’s always too soon to quit” – Norman Vincent Peale