Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kazuri Bead Giveaway
The winner is:  Pam Solberg of Ettrick, Wisconsin.  Congratulations Pam!

To celebrate getting new Kazuri beads  in we're having a key chain giveaway.  
To enter to win, just send an email to with your full name and mailing address.  A random winner will be selected on Monday, May 5th at noon.  Good luck!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Swarovski Elements Giveaway

Our winner is Dale Nicholson from New Jersey.  Congratulations Dale!

Win a Swarovski sample box full of goodies for the Spring/Summer 2015 season.  You'll find the new tangerine color as well as the crystal iridescent green color.  There are all sorts of beads, pendants and stones in the box to play with.  To enter to win, just send an email to with your full name and mailing address.  A random winner will be selected on Monday, March 10th at noon.  Good luck!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Peacock Blue Brass Giveaway
Do you love our new Peacock Blue Brass finish?  We do and it's selling great so we're pretty sure we picked a winner of a new finish!   The Peacock Blue Brass is a gorgeous line of solid brass charms, pendants and findings with a black undercoloring and a permanent peacock blue finish on top.  This color goes with anything so mix it with silver, gold, copper or vintage brass.

Our winner was Nancy Hendershot from Florida.  Congratulations Nancy!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Fanciful Wind Chimes

Roger and Susie from Arizona make these fanciful wind chimes using a lot of beads they get from  The ring the beads are hanging from measures 8 inches across.  What do you think? 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Win a Swarovski Sample Box

Our winner is Christine Kelley from Marlborough, Massachusetts.   Congratulations Christine! 

When Swarovski launches new colors and products, I get this wonderful box with 9 sections filled with all the new goodies and colors.  It's eye candy at it's finest!  I put up the two new Swarovski colors Crystal Rose Gold and Light Silk this week so I thought I'd give away the sample box to one of my readers.

To enter to win, send an email to me at  The subject line should say "Swarovski Contest" and include your full name and address in the body of the email...that's all you have to do!  I'll pick one random winner on Monday, April 29th, 2013 at noon Eastern time and post the winner here.  Good luck and thank you (as always) for stopping by!


Friday, February 15, 2013

Kazuri Beads Necklace from Switzerland

Our customer Jessica from Switzerland made this gorgeous necklace from Kazuri beads from Africa in a trunk show we had.  Another Kazuri trunk show is coming soon...stay tuned! 

What do you think of Jessica's necklace?  Leave me a comment below.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tiny Seed Bead Teapots

These adorable teapots were made by Kathy Picken from Twain Harte, California.  Aren't they wonderful?

Friday, December 7, 2012

Panton Announces Color of the Year for 2013: Emerald

Pantone announced the color for the year 2013 and it's emerald!  I'm so excited because emerald green is my favorite color.  We'll definitely have a sale or some type of promotion with emerald green next year.  What do you think of emerald for the year 2013?  Do you love it?  Hate it?  Let me know!

Click on the image to see all the possibilities emerald has to offer!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Large Hole Beads, Miyuki Kits and a New Swarovski Idea

This week I have some sparkling new Large Hole Crystal Silver Core Beads for you. There are 8 scrumptious colors and each bead features a silver plated center core. These beads are great for fitting Pandora and Troll bracelets, but their larger size also instantly adds a lot of sparkle to your next beading project.

I also have some new Miyuki Ring Kits. There are 5 styles to choose from and one is more yummy than the next. Each of the kits feature loads of seed beads, crystals and accent beads. These kits are easy to put together with fully illustrated directions. Which kit will you make for yourself or to give as a gift?

The idea for the week is a pair of Wishful Swarovski Earrings.

Close your eyes and make a wish! Kelly from our piecework department designed a pair of glittering earrings that are sure to delight. Her Wishful Earrings feature our Aquamarine, Golden Shadow, and Amethyst Swarovski Crystal Mini Beads, which cascade gracefully from our Flat Ear Wires by varying lengths of Silver Plated Figaro Chain. These simple, fashionable earrings can add some fun sparkle to your winter wardrobe.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

New Gemstones, Embellishment Ribbon and a New Earring Idea

This week I've got six new Gemstone Beads for you. There are two shapes each of African Amazonite and Purple Crazy Agate. I know you're going to love the two new shapes of Stained Glass Mosaic Stone also. These beads are a mix of goldstone with bright colors in between like a stained glass window. Come see these and all our stones perfect for making into holiday gifts.

I love this new card of Embellishment Ribbon Yarns. There are six colors on each card and four yards of each ribbon for a total of 24 yards. Use this ribbon as is or wind it around a Kumihimo Disk for a really gorgeous braid. This silky ribbon comes in both solid colors and two tone colors.

The idea for the week is a pair of Golden Movement Filigree Earrings.
We're seeing these filigree earrings everywhere these days so I thought I would try my hand at making a pair. I used four antique gold filigree charms for each earring and linked them together with jump rings. You're going to love how they move when you wear them!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Swarovski Beads, Kumihimo Supplies and a New Idea

This week, get ready for sparkles! I've added 8 new Swarovski Mini Beads in both a round and square shape. Don't let their small size fool you, these little 8mm gems are loaded with facets and sparkle! The colors are perfect for fall or anytime. I especially love the crystal golden shadow rounds and the crystal silver shade squares. Which of these beads will be your favorites?

I've also added a Kumihimo Disk, Kumihimo bobbins and Kumihimo barrel clasp ends. These items are perfect for getting a start in Kumihimo braiding. You can also get started with our Kumihimo Starter Kit.

The idea for the week is a Queen Bee Bracelet by Kelly in Piecework.
Kelly from our piecework department has created a real buzz around the office with her idea this week, the Queen Bee Bracelet. She creatively combined our Cobalt and Tan Swirled Oval Lampwork Beads with our Vintage Honey Bee Connectors and creamy Honey Jade Gemstone Rounds. This asymmetric look is a total eye catcher, and the bees add wonderful whimsy to contrast the classy Lampwork beads.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Win a $100 Gift Certificate from

Thank you to everyone who played in our Pin & Win contest, we hope you had fun!  Our randomly selected winner was Jackie W.  from Descanso, California, congratulations Jackie.

Stay tuned because we'll definitely have another contest soon!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Win 5 Glass Bead Mixes

With our Indian shipment of glass and natural material beads arriving last week, I thought it would be a great opportunity for a contest.  All of our beads are packaged in small white boxes that you can see me holding.  To win 5 of our Indian glass bead mixes, simply send me your guess as to how many of the small white boxes we received with this shipment.  Send me an email to and put your number guess in the subject line, in the body of the email put your full name and address.  Whoever gets closest without going over will win.  I'll be announcing the winner on Monday, February 6th, 2012 at noon.  Good luck!

And the winner is Mary OKelly from Memphis, Tennessee.   Her guess of 163 was the closest without going over.  There were 190 white boxes in the shipment.

Thank you to everyone for playing!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Win Two Dozen Ball Head Pins

I love our new gold and silver plated ball head pins!  These pins are a very affordable alternative to gold filled and sterling silver head pins.  When I saw that I could get them in a plated version I had to have them!

Would you like some of these head pins?  I'm giving away 12 gold plated and 12 silver plated ball head pins to one lucky winner.  All you have to do is send me an email to with the subject line "Ball Head Pins" and include your name and address in the body of the email.  I'll pick a random winner on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at noon Eastern.  Good luck!

The Winner Is:  Tanya Houston from Marminton New Mexico.  Congratulations Tanya!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Win a Swarovski Sample Box

When Swarovski launches new colors and products, I get this wonderful box with 12 sections filled with all the new goodies.  It's eye candy at it's finest!  I put up the two new Swarovski colors Denim Blue and Antique Pink this week so I thought I'd give away the sample box to one of my readers.

To enter to win, send an email to me at  The subject line should say "Swarovski Contest" and include your full name and address in the body of the email...that's all you have to do!  I'll pick one random winner on Monday, December 12th, 2011 at noon Eastern time and post the winner here.  Good luck and thank you (as always) for stopping by!

The winner is:   Amy King from Saratoga Springs, New York.  Thanks to everyone for playing!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Win a Preciosa Crystal Faceted Round Snowman Kit

It's that time of year again for me to give away 3 of our Preciosa Frosted Round Crystal Snowman earring kits! Pictured in the bowl above are a bunch of our kits, guess how many there are (click for a larger picture) and send your answer to me at  In the subject line put your number guess and in the body of the email include your name and mailing address. The 3 people who get closest without going over will win a Frosted Faceted Round Snowman Kit including silver filled findings. One guess per email address please and you can guess through Friday, December 9th, 2011 at noon when I'll announce the winners.

There were 94 kits and the winners are:
Terry Garner of Watts, OK who guessed 92
Vanessa Ratliff of Royal, AR who guessed 91
Patty Kaine of Hawley, PA who guessed 88

Thanks to everyone for playing, look for another contest coming soon!

Friday, September 9, 2011

New Swarovski Colors for Fall 2011

 The new colors from Swarovski this fall are Demin Blue Crystals,Crystal Petrol Glass Pearl and Crystal Antique Pink crystals.  I think I'm in love with the Denim Blue already.  

What do you think of these new colors?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pantone Color Report for Fall 2011

The colors that Pantone says are going to be showing up this fall are just yummy.  I think my favorite combination is definitely going to be the greens of cedar and deep teal...maybe quarry too.  Or how about a combination of deep teal and phlox?  So many choices!  What colors are you loving for jewelry?  Leave a comment here or send me an email and let me know.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Win Preciosa Crystal Beaded Bracelets

Time for another contest, but this one is a little tricky!  A few weeks ago Preciosa sent us these gorgeous bracelets, each featuring loads of Preciosa crystals and beads.   Brandi in customer service came up with the idea to have you try to tell the three different kinds of crystals we sell apart and win one of these bracelets!  Read below to see how to be entered to win.

The correct answer was:
A:  Swarovski Crystal
B:  Chinese Crystal
C:  Preciosa Crystal

Thank you to everyone who sent in a guess!  Our 3 winners of the Preciosa crystal bracelets are Laura Lee Morrison, Pam Chesbro and Marsha Nelson. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

New Decoration for the Office

Allen has always wanted the poster of "Rosie the Riveter" in our office.  Although there have been men who worked at over the years, primarily women have worked here and grown this company to what it is today.  While we were in Chicago recently visiting the Museum of Science and Industry, Allen was thrilled to find this poster in the gift shop.  It was a little tricky getting the poster home to Pennsylvania without it getting squished, but we did it.  We unveiled Rosie at our weekly meeting this week and all the girls here loved it!  We put the poster on an office door near our front door so everyone who comes in will see it. 

Who is Rosie the Riveter you might ask?  The classic figure of Rosie the Riveter was a representation of all hard working women during the WWII era. Mainly targeting women who worked in factories and industrial jobs that were normally given to men, Rosie became an icon for American working women. The need for these working women arose when men left the factories to go off to war. So who exactly is Rosie? The iconic figure was actually inspired by a group of working women whom most were named Rose. Rose Bonavita, Rosalind Walter, Geraldine Doyle, who actually was the model for Rosie in the popular poster, and Rose Monroe were the “real” Rosie’s of WWII. Each of these women varied in class, age, ethnicity, and background but their determined moral is what brought them together to represent the American working woman. They worked in factories helping to produce fighter airplanes, torpedo bombers, as well as other aircraft used for the war. Talk about one tough job! Where would we be without these powerful women helping to be a part of the backbone of our country during the war? They aided in paving the way for our nation as women began to fight for working rights. We can do it!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What does Silver Filled mean?

 As I keep adding new silver filled items, I get a lot of emails asking what silver filled is.  Silver filled is just like gold filled but in silver.  There is a thick layer of .925 or better sterling silver mechanically bonded to brass, above we're showing a bead.  Silver filled is 1/10 or 10% by weight sterling silver.  Silver filled is hundreds of times thicker than regular silver plate and looks just like solid sterling silver.  Silver filled also tarnishes less than sterling and if it does tarnish, cleans up easier than sterling silver.

I hope this helps explain what our new silver filled items are!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Hop on over to Facebook to win Blinky Beads

Hop on over to our Facebook page and leave your opinion of these beads.  Even if you don't like them, your comment could win you these beads...we just want honest opinions.

Have a bead filled weekend!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Win A Swarovski Sample Box

It's time for our last contest during our 15th birthday month.  The other day a customer asked me what the "ee" in stood for and I thought it would make a great contest question!  Here's how to enter:

Tell me what the "ee" in stands for by sending your answer to me in an email to   Please include your full name and mailing address in your email.  From all the correct answers I receive, I'll pick three random names to win one of three Swarovski sample boxes.  One guess per email address please and you can guess through Monday, February 28th and I'll pick the winner at noon Eastern.  Good luck and happy weekend!

And the winners are:
The correct answer to what the ee in stands for was Eclectic Etc.  We shortened it to eebeads after a while because we noticed people had a really hard time spelling eclectic.  Congratulations to our winners, they are:
Paige Mixim of Readfield, Maine
Cynthia Dobbertean, Hammondsport, New York
Debbie Gilligam, Troy New York

Thank you to everyone who sent in a guess!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Guess How Many Kilos We Received

It's time for another contest! A couple weeks ago we received our yearly shipment of Inexpensive Indian Glass Beads. The beads come in small white, one kilo size boxes (I'm holding one). The larger cartons are cardboard and then wrapped and stitched up in burlap filled with these smaller white boxes. We received 10 of the larger boxes.

The contest is to guess how many of the small, white, 1 kilo boxes are in our shipment. You can see the entire shipment in the photo.

The winner is:
I had actually 4 people who didn't go over and guessed 240 which were the closest guesses.  The actual number of kilos in our shipment was 242.  The guessers were Judy, Timea, Patti and Karen.  Using a random number generator, Patti Welsh of Grand Rapids, Ohio is the winner!  There were 242 kilos in our shipment.  Thank you to everyone for playing!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Picture of Us...Finally!

I admit it, I really don't like having my picture taken but the picture of Allen and me on our About Us page was entirely too old. A few weeks ago Allen found a park littered with fallen leaves and it seemed like the perfect spot to take our picture. After about 10 shots we got this one that we're pretty happy with! Our friend Jon of Enhanced Negatives did a little tweaking and created the border and it's all set now. What do you think? Leave a comment below or send me an email.

Happy New Year!