November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving SALE!

Hello my beautiful Bead Up lovies! Lots has been going on in the Bead Up world -- new job, new house, and most recently, a trip to Israel. I have tons of pictures to share with you, both of the Holy Land and also of all the things Bead Up has been working on, but in the meantime, the most exciting news:

That's right! The whole Bead Up shop is having a sale! FREE SHIPPING STOREWIDE!

And that's not all! Etsy has added a new "coupon" feature - which means that Bead Up can offer discounts through special codes! So for you, Bead Up buddies, enter the code "THANKSGIVING10" to any order, you get free shipping AND 10% off your order! Wow-wee! Good through Cyber Monday - so get it while it's hot!

Here's a sneak peek at the new items in the shop:
Pink, Blue, and Black Chrysanthemum Bobby Pins
Emerald Crystal Duo Bracelets
Abstract Rose Gemstone Wire Wrapped Necklace
Purple Pearl Heart Bracelet
Large Turquoise Beaded Bracelet

Golden Crystal Glamour Bracelet
Tri-Layered Turquoise Beaded Bracelet

Don't forget to add coupon code "Thanksgiving10" to your oder for an extra discount! 
Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

September 26, 2010


It seems like every time I have a jewelry party I totally crash afterwards. After 3 months of non-stop jewelry making, and weeks of building up for the party, a large sigh of relief often takes shape in not opening my craft room door for several days. Unfortunately, add to that starting a new job where I work 30-hour shifts weekly (hospital chaplain = love it, hate the hours) and suddenly making jewelry isn't so relieving anymore. So I inquire of you, friends: How do you balance your personal and your work life? How do you find energy when you come home from a draining day? As of late all I can do on the weekends is nap and maybe watch TV to decompress. Not fun! So, Bead Up buddies, my apologies for being so MIA lately. I have lots of new items to add to Etsy and custom pieces I have made here and there to share with you - which will happen - as soon as I can figure this balancing act out!

Meanwhile, Bead Up is co-sponsoring a GIVEAWAY! My sorority sister Kari of 2DogsAndABlog is giving away one of my dainty necklaces!

Click here to enter -- but hurry! The giveaway ends on the 27th!

August 29, 2010

Cupcakes, Cocktails, and Creations Party Photo Recap

Well, another Cupcakes, Cocktails, and Creations party has come and gone. It's kind of weird reflecting that it's already behind me when for so long I have been looking forward to it. Overall, the party was a very fun and energetic time. Between myself, my friend Kay who sold her fabric creations, my friend Janice who sold embroidery items, my friend Sherri who offered $5 massages and paraffin hand waxing, my cupcake server Lennea and my husband and friend Darryl who served as our in-house bartenders, we delivered a larger than life party to over 60 people!  Here is a photo-recap!
Lurking deep in our basement was a party ready to happen!
There was much to do with an unfinished basement that looked like this:
But after awhile we managed to make it look like this:
Getting everything organized was harder than it may look, as it included placing items in terms of genre or price and then adding price tags to each one. Thankfully I had a great husband who was willing to loop each annoying little tag onto each piece of jewelry, my least favorite part!

The husband and I made this pink screen display thing by hand. More on that in an upcoming blog post!
This was a re-furbished Salvation Army find. More on that in the same upcoming blog post, too :)
I sold-out of these super fun Tiffany's inspired bracelets :)
I put my mom to work while she was in town and had her paint this sign from Vistaprint - got it for free but didn't like how small the fonts they offered appeared - so decided to paint it on by hand!
This was the earring rack that I bought for less than a dollar at Salvation Army and spiced up! 
Another Salvation Army find -- more on this creation in a following post!
A Bead Up first - DIY earrings kits!
Bead Up Check out ;) 

And once Kay's "Kreative Musings" table was up, and Janice's embroidery table was set (which I didn't get a chance to photograph - oops!), we were ready for business!

And what is a Cupcake party without... cupcakes?! Right before the party started, I iced the Oreo cupcakes with whipped topping, white icing, and crushed Oreo's!
And did the same for the Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes -- whipped topping, white frosting, lemon peels, lemon flavoring and yellow food coloring!
And Kay brought Red Velvet cupcakes:
And Lemon Drop cupcakes!
And of course there were drinks, too!
...And massages!...
...And hand-waxing!...
...And my lovely bartenders - my hubs on the left and our doggie-sitting friend Darrel. 
The key to a successful party is in the details:
Haha - I couldn't' resist using this hilarious ribbon! Too random!

Though I start my new job tomorrow, I am going to do my best to list as many products as I can to Etsy within the next week or so. And am scheduled to show in a church fair and also a charity event next month - game on! Wouldn't want it any other way! Thanks again for everyone for another successful party!