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Happy Holidays!

leather peacock feather ornaments

I’ve had many requests for a holiday sale, so here you go!:

Enjoy 20% off all orders of $50+ from November 20th – 29th! Use the coupon code HOLIDAY21 at checkout.

And a word on shipping:

Postal systems around the globe are still experiencing delays due to the global pandemic. For this reason, I’ll be turning off International shipping from November 22nd – December 31st.

US customers are encouraged to do your gift shopping as early as possible. Shipping upgrades are available at checkout, and are strongly suggested.

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October Trick or Treat GIVEAWAY!

black bat leather hair stick barrette

Happy October! Let’s celebrate with a little Trick or Treat Giveaway…

TRICK:
Thanks to everyone loving up these little bat barrettes! They’re flying off the shelves 🦇
Sadly, I’ve been tipped off that the counterfeiters love them too. So please beware – I only sell on my Beadmask website and my Beadmask Etsy shop. I don’t use any other business names, and I don’t sell on Amazon – not even when the listings use my exact photos. Please don’t fall for that old trick – there’s no telling what you’ll get when you buy from these ©reeps!

TREAT:
As thanks to all who support my craft, I’m giving away two of these bat barrettes on October 16th!
To enter, just leave a comment with a kind word or two. I’ll pick one winner from my Instagram page and one from my Facebook page. Make me smile, make me laugh, and help me to break this ©opycat spell by reminding me of the good people who make my job worthwhile!

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9/11 Memorial Bead Quilt Project

20 years later, and there are still no right words for this event. My heart goes out to the families, first responders, and all who were affected (which is all of us).⠀

This image shows 4 bead embroidered squares, created by Julia S Pretl for the 9/11 Memorial Bead Quilt Project. This was a collaborative effort of hope and healing, with beaded quilt squares created and donated by artists from around the world. The resulting “quilts” are approximately 9 ft square when hung all together. They are a part of the permanent collection at the National September 11th Memorial and Musuem in NYC.⠀

To see the 576 beaded squares created for this project, visit the 9/11 Bead Quilt website. You can view by panel, search by artist’s name, or watch a slideshow of all of the squares.⠀

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Made to Order Costume Designs Closing 9/15

Heads up! My “Made to Order” costume designs will be de-listed on Wednesday September 15th. After that, my Halloween offerings will be limited to options that are “Ready to Ship”. I may or may not make these designs available for order again after Halloween – it just depends on how crazy my order queue gets (it’s been pretty crazy, if that’s any indicator).⠀

So if you’ve been planning to order one of these designs, now’s the time! ⠀

I will have a few more one of a kind + ready made offerings before the end of the spooky season. I strongly encourage you to order your costume items early this year.⠀

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August Birthstone Earrings

gemstone and sterling silver dangle earrings with August birthstone

Peridot is the traditional birthstone for August, and a lovely birthday gift for your August born Leo and Virgo friends!⠀

Across time and culture, peridot has been linked to the sun and nature. In Ancient Egypt, peridot was known as “the gem of the sun”. It was believed to drive away nightmares and darkness, bringing happiness and energy to the owner. In Hawaiian folklore, it is said that peridot symbolizes tears of the fire goddess Pele.

I’ve recently added these faceted peridot birthstone earrings to the site, along with styles for each month of the year.

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Wild Hairs

My mom has been sending old photos. Here’s one of my daughter and me from 25-ish years ago. Based on her expression and the hair clip in her hand, I’m betting that I’d just chased her down to try to corral those wild hairs. It was a common occurrence back then 😂⠀

This child came in to the world with a full dark mane, and I just loved making her pretty little hair clips. I’d been making my own hair accessories long before she was born. Today she’s in grad school, and my once dark hair is now salt and pepper (extra salty). All these years later, and I’m still making barrettes for our wild hairs…

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Red Rose Hair Slide Photos & Review

A client shared these gorgeous photos over the weekend, along with this stellar review:

“I have a LOT of hair. Because of this, it’s really difficult for me to find a hair slide that does the job and does it durably. The ones that Andrea makes at Beadmask are my go-to when I need something pretty that will also hold up all day. I have been able to use these hair-slides for all-day style without hair gels or sprays. Most other hair accessories I’ve tried break under the tension, or cause my bun to collapse. Not so with Beadmask! I recommend the longer sticks for long hair like mine.” 

My heartfelt thanks to  @thegurlwhodoesboth (model) and  @andrewjosiah206 (photographer)  for sharing these wonderful images & review of my red rose hair slides!

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Gemstone Layering Necklaces

blue beaded gemstone layering necklaces

A pair of gemstone layering necklaces in cool blues, with sterling silver accents. Stones include blue kyanite, lapis lazuli, blue apatite, and faceted aquamarine. The hand dyed silk ties make these beauties adjustable from about 16″ – 26″. These will be included in my next shop update ~ date TBD. ⠀

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Hail Spring!

Hail Spring! Today is the vernal equinox, signaling the first day of spring. 

As an avid gardener, I’m excited for warmer weather, planting season, colorful flowers, and butterflies! As an extreme allergy sufferer, I’m less than excited about the next few weeks of alternating between zombie mode (unmedicated) and total spazz (whacked out on allergy meds) < ~ Please bear with me there.

What are you looking forward to this season? 

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Healing Heart

Here’s a happy customer, wearing the “Healing Heart” druzy amethyst necklace that I shared a few weeks back. It features a gorgeous amethyst cluster heart, similar to (but smaller than) the larger palm sized stones that I posted the other day.

Sometimes a piece of jewelry goes to the exact right person – as if it was made just for them, and I didn’t even know it. It’s an honor when that happens, as is the case here. 

Thank you, my friend. Wear it in joy and good health!