Last minute gift ideas you can buy online

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Looking for last minute gift ideas can be so stressful, but did you know you can give the gift of an online craft class? All classes are discounted now through Saturday, 12/26/2015, so shop NOW!

Craftsy has hundreds of online classes that you can purchase and give as gifts for mom or anyone interested in learning a something new!

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Give the gift of a learning a new beading or jewelry making technique!

Last minute gift ideas at Craftsy Online Classes

My favorite, of course are the jewelry classes! You can learn all the basics of jewelry making in the Jewelry Workshop class or select a more focussed skill from one of the 35 jewelry classes and it will be delivered right to your in box!

These online classes are so cool, you can learn at home and at your own pace by taking craft classes on a computer or mobile device.

Easy to follow HD video lessons give step by step instructions, materials needed and more.

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Learn wire wrapping, metalsmithing and so much more!

There are 35 different jewelry classes that will improve your skills and expand your abilities in the beading and jewelry craft. Learn how to:

  • Wire wrap stones
  • Soldering
  • Wire weaving
  • Silversmithing
  • Bezel setting
  • and so much more!!!

Not clear on one of the lessons? No problem, you can leave a question for the instructor and receive personalized instructions.

Learn something totally new from the convenience of home!
Learn something totally new from the convenience of home!

Learn a brand new craft or skill

In addition to jewelry classes there are thousands of different types of classes offered by the worlds best instructors. Learn about:

  • Photography & Art
  • Quilting & Sewing
  • Fiber Arts
  • Cake Decorating & Cooking
  • Home & Garden

The best thing of all is that these classes are there for you forever! You can access them anytime or anywhere if you need to refresh your memory on a certain technique.

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?

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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.

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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 ūüôā

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!

Bead pendants revive old European beads

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Carlo Biagi European Bead Pendants

Bead pendants are a stunning way to display European beads that you are no wearing on your charm bead bracelet. Highlight a  favorite bead with this innovative pendant for large hole charm beads.

These affordable pendants are made from high quality brass and plated with a thick coat of precious rhodium. A striking and elegant addition to your European Bead jewelry collection.

Stunning Bead Pendants

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Examples of Carlo Biagi bead pendant using glass or crystal large hole Carlo Biagi beads

Everyone knows that you can only put so many European beads on a bracelet, so why let unused Pandora style beads sit in a jewelry box?

These innovative pendants will hold those beads that have been cast aside and give them a fresh, new look!

The flower and round shape have a reflective background which enhances the color of decorative glass or sparking crystal beads.

Available in three popular shapes:

These pendants are compatible with Pandora, Chamilia, Troll and other large hole European charm beads.

Revive old beads or highlight new ones while also creating a unique customized pendant to match your bracelet.

How to use a coin holder necklace

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How coin holder pendant necklaces work

This info graphic illustrates how to use a coin holder necklace and how easy it is to change and create personalized custom jewelry.

Coin holder pendant necklaces make great gift ideas for women and have a large variety of coins to match any wardrobe!

  1. Select a Necklace Chain
  2. Select a Coin Holder and open
  3. Choose from a Variety of Coins and slip inside the coin holder
  4. Add to the selected chain

Another use for the coin holder necklace

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Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

The Carlo Biagi coin holder pendant can also be used with an American fifty cent piece. Open the Carlo Biagi coin holder and insert a United States 50 cent piece (half-dollar coin). Close and attach to necklace chain.

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Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Coin holders are available in three finishes, silver plated, yellow gold plated and rosegold plated. They are also available with sparking cubic zirconia stones, check out all of the coin holders are Bead Lovers Korner!

European Charm Beads and Bangles Bracelets

I recently had the opportunity to send one of my European Charm Beads and Bangle bracelets 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.

Examples of European Charm Beads and Bangle Bracelets

Below are a couple of other European Beads and bangles bracelets showing examples of how you can arrange different Pandora Style beads and charms.

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Royal Blue & Gold European Beads and Stainless Steel Bangle Bracelet

This Stainless Steel Carlo Biagi Bangle is a smooth finish and the bangle is rigid. One of the round ball ends unscrew 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.

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Red Floral and Pink Crystal European Bead Bangle

This red and pink starter bracelet has a wire etched texture and is somewhat flexible, one of the ends unscrew on this bangle bracelet also. This feminine combination is a great way to start a European beads and bangles collection, and makes great gifts for mom, your wife or girlfriend!

Do you send Thank You notes for gifts?

Do you send Thank You notes for gifts? Does anyone do that anymore? Just when I thought that tradition was dead, two handwritten thank you notes from celebrities were sent to The Artisan Group¬ģ, thanking us for the gifts we sent.

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Thank You Note from Jennifer Love Hewitt

These lovely notes thanked everyone for the handmade gifts that we included in the Mother’s Day Gift Bag¬†for 2014.

Each note card expressed gratitude for our personal gifts to them and by sitting down to write thank you notes it showed their sincere appreciation.

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Thank You Note from Kristin Cavallari

To Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kristin Cavallari РYou are very welcome for the gifts and I hope you enjoy wearing our Rose Quartz bracelet and all of the handcrafted jewelry and other gifts that were included in the bag!

Sending Thank You notes for gifts

When I was growing up writing, sending a Thank You Note through the mail was very important. In 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.