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.

Beadloverskorner displaying jewelry
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!

4 reasons I have ignored my blog

Somehow the year has just flown by, and I have hardly touched this blog! Do I have a good reason why I haven’t been posting regularly? Not really, but I do have 4 flimsy reasons, and you can use these same excuses for just about anything.

There are many reasons to start writing a blog and there are just as many reasons not to start blogging, or to start one and then ignore it.

One article I read recently focused on getting out to meet other people instead of blogging, which kind of reinforced my recent thoughts about finding local businesses who would carry my Vampire Diaries earrings and bracelet or my handmade rosaries.

That right there would require face to face meetings, and I could probably come up with the same 4 reasons not to solicit!!

Ignore blog
Hit the Ignore blog button on your keyboard

4 reasons I have ignored my blog lately

  1. I have an appointment – that is always a good reason! A doctor appointment, an appointment with the BEACH, a dinner date, you name it!
  2. I just don’t feel like it – this is one of my top reasons, and it is associated with number 3
  3. Takes too much time – it really does take a lot of time, no matter how easy everyone says it is! First you have to write, then look up keywords and think of cool ways to illustrate because some people only look at the pictures!
  4. FREE HBO/Cinemax weekend! – that’s right, because watching a new flick is always a good reason not to blog or do anything 🙂

These 4 reasons are so generic that you can use them for just about anything!!

I do like to share ideas, and new cool beads and I will continue to do that. But somehow this year has just slipped past me. I really just wrote this little article to kind of apologize for not posting much lately.

What are your reasons for not blogging? Are they the same reasons for not beading or not exercising? Or not doing anything?  Comments are welcome!

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!

Learn resin casting & sculpting with Cynthia Thornton

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At the top of my goals for the new year is to learn resin casting and enhance my custom jewelry making with unique designs. I played around with resin once but found it difficult to work with, but that was because I didn’t actually learn how to work properly with this medium.

Resin casting
Resin Sculpting & Casting Techniques with Cynthia Thornton

Then I found this online class about Resin Sculpting & Casting Techniques taught by Cynthia Thornton, the founder of Green Girl Studios. I love all of the Green Girl Studios beads and pendants, so this is a great teacher to learn from.

Sculpting & resin casting

This Craftsy online class taught by artist Cynthia Thornton guides you through every step and teaches you how to sculpt a polymer master, then make a silicone mold to use in resin casting. Here are some of the things you will learn:

  • Essential polymer clay techniques
  • How to craft a variety of shapes and whimsical creations
  • How to replicate any piece by making resin molds with silicone
  • Tips for smooth, consistent resin results
  • How to use custom dyes, paints and metallic finishes
  • How to seal your work for long-lasting beauty
  • How to mount resin creations to pendants, buttons, hairpins and more!

Better yet is that with Craftsy online classes they are there for you forever! You can access them anytime or anywhere if you need to refresh your memory on a certain step.

Learn resin casting and sculpting
Learn resin casting and sculpting, make your own resin molds create decorative pieces to use as pendants, buttons and more.

About Cynthia Thornton, the Instructor

Cynthia Thornton studied fine art and 3-D illustration at the Columbus College of Art and Design. She worked as a sculptor in a variety of industries, and then founded Green Girl Studios. Cynthia is the author and illustrator of the book Enchanted Adornments: Creating Mixed Media Jewelry With Metal Clay, Wire, Resin & More. Learn more about Cynthia and see some of her limited run creations in her Etsy shop.

What is on your list to learn this year?

Do you have a new jewelry making technique that you would like to learn this year to enhance your handcrafted jewelry? Leave a comment and let us know!

2015 Holiday Gift Guide from The Aritisan Group

This Holiday Gift Guide is the ultimate guide to unique gifts that are handmade from the talented members of The Artisan Group.

This gift guide includes a variety of gift ideas for women which includes handcrafted jewelry, aromatherapy and bath gift sets, and even a Christmas bow for dog collars!

No matter who is on your gift list this year, find just the right gift for them at these Etsy Shops where each item is made from the heart!

‘Holiday Gifts for 2015 from The Artisan Group’ by beadloverskorner

Beautiful gift ideas from members of The Artisan Group


Green and Red Beaded Embroid…

$20

JOY – Leather Journal, Leath…

$35

Lemongrass Gift Set Goat Mil…

$32

Grey silver glass pearl wedd…

$35

5 Piece AROMATHERAPY GIFT BA…

$25

Christmas Collar Flower / Pi…

$14.99

iPhone 5 Case iPhone 4 Case …

$35

Silver Night Crystal Pendant…

$45

Sea Glass Jewelry green Chri…

$45

Red Stainless Steel Ring for…

$29.99

Earrings Rose Gold Swarovski…

$22

Golden Gate Sofa Pillow, San…

$45

Wide green bead embroidery b…

$183

Gatsby Flapper Girl Crochet …

$23

Rose gold necklace – pear s…

$31

Framed Clutch Purse in Silve…

$35

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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.

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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.

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