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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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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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A Blast From the Past

Cleared out an old file cabinet over the weekend, and found these old scans (yes, scans!) of my barrettes and bags from the mid – late 90’s! It tickled me to notice how much my style has changed over time, as well as what’s remained constant. I’m still working in beads, leather and gemstones. And I’m still in love with color and nature.

It’s been ages since I’ve done those fringed buckskin bags and bead embroidered animals. I’ve been thinking about how to circle back on both styles, so it was great timing to find these pics now. I’d love to recycle some of these elements in to my current style.

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2020 Postal Delays…

Friends, USPS saw an unprecedented volume of holiday shipments this year. As such, things have gone a bit sideways and many deliveries are delayed.

If you ordered from me this season, please trust that I work very hard to ensure safe packaging and quick shipping. Moreover, I’m signed up for tracking updates for every single package that is still in transit. I’m monitoring deliveries and rooting for Christmas miracles – which is all that I can do at this point.

For what it’s worth, USPS are working double time to get back on track. It does seem to be helping. I receive a text notification every time one of my shipments is scanned. Right now, my phone is dinging constantly! Each ding brings a bit of hope. I’m a modern day George Bailey – but instead of bells and angel wings, it’s texts and deliveries. Every time a text dings, a customer gets their things! (sorry – that was bad)

On Sunday night, I had 31 “stuck” packages. This morning, 14 remain. That’s progress, and we still have a couple of days. So I’m holding on to hope that every gift – including my mom’s – will miraculously make it on time.

Failing that, please consider printing out a photo of your purchase and wrapping it up. Let the recipient know that you took the time to choose something special for them. Tell them why you support small businesses and the real people behind them. Explain to your loved ones that you want to give them something meaningful and handmade.

I hope that doesn’t sound trite. The disappointment is real, and I’m not making light of that. It sucks, just like the rest of 2020 – but I have no control over the USPS, and neither do you. So take a deep breath, and stay focused on the love and intention behind your gift. In the big picture, that’s what really matters. 

Worst case scenario, we may be opening presents well in to January. That’s nothing, compared to everything else that we’ve survived this year. Hold fast, my friends!

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Winter Shop Drop

Worm Moon beaded necklace

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Whether you celebrated via zoom or in person, I hope your day was filled with good love and good eats.

Since today is Small Business Saturday, it seems a good time to launch a little holiday sale! From November 28th – December 1st, use the coupon code HOLIDAY2020 to enjoy 10% off all orders of $50+.

To kick off the sale, I’ve added a few jewelry items to the site – click here to see what’s new.

Thanks so much, and have a great weekend!


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2020 Holiday Shipping Dates

Friends, please don’t leave your holiday shopping to the last minute! COVID-19 has caused shipping delays world wide, and like everything else in 2020, the post office is running a bit slower than usual.

Please see my suggested “send by” dates and if possible, consider ordering early this year!

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Last Minute Costume

leather dragon crown

This funky purple dragon crown is available now sold. The eye is a vintage glass cabochon, with gorgeous color shift that moves from violet to indigo. Behind it is a panel of Venetian lace.

This piece has been added to my site, along with a small handful of fabulous last minute costume accessories. Click here to see them.