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Slow Art

beaded gemstone layering necklaces

Someone recently asked me if I still do beadwork. The question surprised me a bit, because I feel like I have *always* done beadwork! (FWIW, I started beading in the 1980’s). 

But a look at my social media made me realize that I haven’t shared any intricate beadwork for a while. Most of the jewelry that I made during the pandemic was either leather jewelry or simpler strung gemstone jewelry (like the layering necklaces shown here).

While I do enjoy making and wearing the simpler stuff, it made me realize how much I miss the slow, meditative process of bead weaving and bead embroidery. My studio time will be limited for the next few months … so perhaps I will use what little creative time I do have to circle back on my beadwork for a bit!

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Belle Armoire Jewelry Feature Article!

belle armoire jewelry spring 22

I’m thrilled to share that my work is included in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine’s Spring 2022 issue, hitting the stands today!

This article showcases my range of leather peacock feather jewelry and accessories, inspired by my friend Mahala back in 2010. These remain some of my favorite designs to create and expand upon, and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to share this story.

As with all of the publications by Stampington & Company, Belle Armoire Jewelry is an exceptionally beautiful and well curated magazine. I’m honored to work with them again, and I look forward to future opportunities.

belle armoire jewelry spring 22 feature
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Flash Sale 2/18 – 2/21!

Druzy amethyst crystal hearts

Thank you for your patience while I was on vacation! The shop is back open again now, and I’m kicking things off with a little flash sale.

Enjoy 10% off all orders from February 18th – 21st. There is no minimum order amount, and the discount will be automatically applied to your cart at checkout.

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Vacation Time

Heads up! As of this Friday, I’ll be taking a bit of vacation time. My shops will close at noon on 1/28, and reopen on 2/14 2/18 (we had such a good time that we added a few days to our trip!)

If there’s anything you need before then, now’s a good time to grab it! Otherwise, I’ll catch you when I get back 😘

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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.