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!