Displaying jewelry at celebrity events in Los Angeles

I started the new year with a bang by displaying jewelry at one of the celebrity events in Los Angeles! Several of my handcrafted jewelry items were showcased, in association with The Artisan Group®, in a by-invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK, honoring the nominees and presenters of the 2018 Golden Globes.

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Bead Lovers Korner displaying jewelry at celebrity event

I have been a member of The Artisan Group for several years and have participated in many events, but never as a part of the display team.

This was a great experience! I highly suggest pushing yourself to try something you’ve never done. Not only is it exhilarating, but it teaches you new things about yourself and your business.

Asia-Ray wearing Bead Lovers Korner necklace
Asia Monet Ray (Dance Moms, American Crime Story) wearing quartz crystal necklace by Bead Lovers Korner

My top 4 benefits from displaying jewelry at celebrity events

Today it seems like EVERYONE has decided to go into business for themselves. The gig economy is trending and it’s easy to start your own website or sell on many social platforms, etc.  How do you compete with all that? Somehow you have to stand out from the crowd.

Displaying at a celebrity event gives you a way to stand out. Below are what I feel were the top 4 benefits from participating in this event:

  1. Great PR for a small business! I live in Central Florida and no one cares, but this consequently gives my small business credibility. View my Press Release here
  2. Awesome photos of a two celebrities wearing my jewelry. I couldn’t have gotten any better “model shots”!
  3. A new cool display for my jewelry should I ever decide to go back to setting up at local craft or art fairs.
  4. Most of all this was a great morale boost because I did have to apply and be accepted onto the display team 🙂
Jill Martin at The Artisan Group
Jill Martin (Emmy Award-winning TV personality & sportscaster, Today Show correspondent) trying on wire wrapped Lapis Lazuli sphere pendant by Bead Lovers Korner.

Will I do this again?

Absolutely!! Not only did I display my handmade products, but I also gifted attending celebrities a sample of my jewelry.

Bead Lovers Korner necklace in The Artisan Group gift bag
Scarab Green wire wrapped pendant gifted to attending celebrities.

The result of this puts one of my products, and also one of my business cards, into the hands of people I would never see at a craft fair or art show here in Central Florida!

You just never know where it might end up!

What’s in The Artisan Group swag bag? 2016 MTV #GBKMovieAwards

I am excited to share this collection of items in The Artisan Group® swag bag that will be given to attending celebrities at GBK’s Celebrity Gift Lounge honoring the MTV Movie Awards Nominees and Presenters.

Celebrities and members of the press will receive these popular gift bags which always contain finely handcrafted products from participating members.

This years invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge, hosted by GBK Productions, will be held on April 8-9, 2016.

What’s in the SWAG bag?

Our Seven-stone wire wrapped pendant is included along with 26 other fantastic gifts. You can view all of these gifts in The Artisan Group® Gift Guide online magazine.

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What Celebrities will receive from Bead Lovers Korner

My gift this year is similar to the Chakra balancing pendant that was seen at GBK’s 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards gift lounge.

The difference this year is that each pendant is made with a hand-knotted wire and wrapped bale finished with a swirl!

MTV Celebrity Swag Bag
Wire wrap pendants for celebrities

Celebrity pendants are made with a variety of semi-precious stones and colors:

  • Chakra balancing (three different stone selections)
  • Black Obsidian
  • Tigers Eye
  • Golden Cream Quartz

Members of the press and media organizations that attend will receive the same pendant in one of three different types of stone beads: Chakra stones, Tigers Eye, and Black Obsidian.

Press and media SWAG
Gifts for members of the press and media

Side Note: Why I have not posted to this blog in over a month

I really try to post several times a month, but last month there was a death in my family that caused me to be absent.

Between wrapping up final affairs and making pendants for this event, I just had no spare time.

It is extremely likely that my posts will be sparse for several more months, but I was super excited about this upcoming event and wanted to spread the word!

David Bowie: “Fill Your Heart” and you’ll be free

I have always been a David Bowie fan, since the early 1970’s, and I am compelled to share a not so well-known song of his to honor his passing. “Fill Your Heart” on the Hunky Dory album is light, loving and wise.

David Bowie’s Hunky Dory album and I became quite close one fateful night in Virginia a long time ago. Without going into details let me just say that it is forever melded with my soul.

While there really isn’t anything too unique about this blog post, it’s all information you can easily find anywhere online. However I do believe the message in this song is pure and worth pointing out at this time of his death, January 10, 2016.

David Bowie filled the world with his music and talent, but now he is free!

“Fill Your Heart” by David Bowie

Lyrics:

Fill your heart with love today
Don’t play the game of time
Things that happened in the past
Only happened in your Mind
Only in your Mind-Forget your Mind
And you’ll be free-yea’
The writing’s on the wall
Free-yea’. And you can know it all
If you choose. Just remember
Lovers never lose
‘Cause they are Free of thoughts unpure [sic]
And of thoughts unkind
Gentleness clears the soul
Love cleans the mind
And makes it Free.

Happiness is happening
The dragons have been bled
Gentleness is everywhere
Fear’s just in your Head
Only in your Head
Fear is in your Head
Only in your Head
So Forget your Head
And you’ll be free
The writing’s on the wall
Free-yea’. And you can know it all
If you choose. Just remember
Lovers never lose
‘Cause they are free of thoughts unpure
And of thoughts unkind
Gentleness clears the soul
Love cleans the mind
And makes it Free!!

Vampire Diaries Jewelry Giveaway (ended)

Vampire Diaries jewelry earrings and necklace that were spotted on the hit TV show. As seen on TV, these jewelry items 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 Jewelry Giveaway (ended)

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.

Sorry you missed the giveaway but you can purchase the earrings here:

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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 jewelry design was worn by the character Elena Gilbert (actress Nina Dobrev) in the season 6 finale. Made with Stainless Steel and Swarovski Crystal.

Sorry you missed the giveaway, click here to purchase The Blue Frost Crystal Pendant.

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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!

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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 🙂

Wardrobe stylist of top rated TV shows receive jewelry from Bead Lovers Korner

The wardrobe stylist of top rated TV shows received our jewelry this year which is exciting for the many possibilities.

These great opportunities were made possible through collaborative gift bags presented in association with The Artisan Group®.

Wardrobe stylist gifts

Gifted to wardrobe stylist of TVD
Celtic dragon bracelet

This Celtic dragon bracelet was gifted to the wardrobe stylist of “The Vampire Diaries” for consideration of use on future episodes.

This cool bracelet is “unisexy” and could be worn by any male or female members of the cast.

Gifted to wardrobe stylist Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce
Sterling silver and Swarovski crystal wire wrapped necklace

A delicately wire-wrapped necklace of Swarovski crystal beads and sterling silver was included in the gift bag from The Artisan Group that was sent to the stylists of “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce”.

Gift to stylist of 112263-Pearls
Classic style cream pearl necklace

Last but not least, this lovely Swarovski cream pearl necklace was hand-linked and given as a classic style necklace to the celebrity wardrobe stylist of “11/22/63”. This is a TV-mini-series based on the book written by Stephen King

Stephen King is one of my all time favorite authors and I have read many of his books over the years, so naturally this was an exciting opportunity for me.

Crossing my fingers that any of these three jewelry pieces might catch the eye of a celebrity fashion stylist in wardrobe and costuming and be considered for use on the shows!