December 7, 2016

Bead Table Wednesday - Memory Wire and Bead Spinner Bracelets

Today on my Bead Table Wednesday live chat, I shared how to make these fun and simple bracelets using memory wire and a bead spinner. You can watch the video below and scrolled down to the links of resources that were mentioned.

I recommend checking out your local bead store first and shopping local if you can. Lima Beads and Fusion Beads also carry most of these supplies and they are owned by women, so support them above large box stores!

Bead Spinner
Extra Large Memory Wire
Xuron Track Cutters
Lindstrom Pliers
(*Amazon affiliate links)

Peanut Seed Beads:
Whim Beads
Fusion Beads

Metal Seed Beads - size 11/0 is what I use.

Humblebeads or Humblebeads on Etsy
Green Girl Studios



November 30, 2016

Bead Table Wednesday

Hello! I wanted to share a few things on the blog here. 

If you follow me on Facebook you may have noticed I'm hosting a live video chat each Wednesday for Bead Table Wednesday. I share what's on my bead table, design ideas and biz tips. It's super informal - just me chatting away. Be sure to like my Humblebeads Facebook page so you can watch next week's video! 

You can watch today's video here

A few links from today's video:
Candie Cooper

Art beads featured today: 
Vintage Meadow Artwork - this Etsy seller has a small selection

Seed Beads:

On the video I share how to enter to win this bead bundle. Winner will be drawn tomorrow and announced on my Facebook Humblebeads page at 12pm EST. 

The winner from the early bird registration for my Festive Forest Online Workshop is Jennifer Reagles! Congrats Jen you won a $30 gift certificate for a future purchase.

The workshop starts on Friday - sign up and join in the fun! (It's a self-paced course to watch on your schedule.) 

November 29, 2016

Festive Forest Jewelry Online Workshop

Hey little elves! Looking for a fun holiday project to make as gifts or for yourself? I've got you covered with my new Festive Forest Workshop. Learn how to create wire frames and ways to embellish them with a mix of seed beads. I have all sorts of tips and tricks to make these projects a breeze for you. 

In the class you'll learn to make the tree and leaf pins and pendant variations for both. Create these sweet earrings and versatile beaded beads to bling up any project!

The class starts December 2nd. You'll get lifetime access to the videos and workbook. Work at your own pace and schedule. 

Who should take this class?
  • Someone looking to make a bunch of holiday gifts in hurry!
  • A crafty gal wanting to try a new festive project.
  • A new jewelry-maker who wants to learn some basic wire techniques. 
  • A seasoned jewelry designer looking for a new tricks to add to her design repertoire. 
  • Anyone who loves to play with color and beads!
  • A mom with pre-teens or teens who would like to do a family craft together. (They can make gifts for all their friends!)
  • A Christmas nut who wants to wear that tree pin, like right now! 
  • A busy creative who wants to take a class but needs to fit it into her schedule. (Create in your jammies! I won't judge.)
  • A creative maker on a budget! The class is offered at a very special holiday price of only $25. 

Bonus Giveaway 
Sign up today to be entered to win a $30 Gift Certificate for a future purchase. The winner be announced here tomorrow at 12pm. View class details and sign up today!

Bead Table Wednesday
Join me tomorrow on my Humblebeaeds Facebook page for a live video chat with tips on creating your own custom bead mixes for projects. We start at 2pm, make sure you like my page and join on Wednesday at 2pm for Bead Table Wednesday. 

October 20, 2016

Inspired by Nature Retreat Review

I feel like I blinked my eyes and it went from August to October in seconds. I hosted my annual Inspired by Nature Retreat in South Haven, MI this weekend and had such an amazing time. I can't thank my students enough for making the event such a joyful and relaxing event. I worked hard to make it a special weekend for them! 

I love to package up the gift bags and kits into special fall packaging to set the mood. The folders for our retreat had the illustration and quote above. 

The gift bags had ceramic pendants from Firefly Design Studio, Gardanne Beads and Humblebeads. I gifted a few extras like sari ribbon, waxed linen and Vintaj leaves. (Photo by Loralee Kolton) 
We started our weekend with the Forest Fascinations Button workshop by making molds, beads and painting with Swellagent. My students searched outside the retreat center for inspiring nature finds to incorporate into their molds. This set was created by Sarajo Wentling and was one of her first experiences with polymer clay. I think I created polymer clay addict!

Lin Standke was a fast study, as a long time retreat student she always stretches and puts her spin on the projects. Before the end of the our evening Lin was sporting a pair of earrings made with her Forest Fascinations components. 

We woke up early the next day for a hearty breakfast and jumped into making more beads. This time I shared how to create marbled faux fossils. 

Student work by Loralee Kolton.

Student work by Beverly Herman - my mom! She is a seed bead artist so she enjoyed getting out of her comfort zone with metal and clay. I'm so proud of her!

Sarajo and Loralee showing off their creations. You can read about Sarajo's adventure on her blog.

We took a field trip to a small beach on the shores of Lake Michigan to collect beach stones and enjoy the beautiful weather.

This is my happy place! I can still hear the waves, so peaceful and relaxing.

Working hard and playing hard! Our friends relaxed, filled the cabin with laughter and created up a storm!

Our thoroughly inspired group wearing their jewelry on the last day of our retreat. 

On the Sunday we created adjustable wire bangles that everyone got to wear home!

My online retreat is has also began and I'd love to have you join us! Sign up here

This time of year my brain is on fire with inspiration, filled with the colors and textures surrounding me! These are some of the beads I created for the retreat and will have them in my Facebook group Friday morning. 

October 1, 2016

Scholarship Winner

I'm having trouble uploading images so this is going to a very plain post with good news for one lucky winner!

Thank you to everyone that entered. I wish you all could join us. I am working on a new holiday workshop for November that is budget-friendly.

And if you haven't had a chance to pick up my Bead-making Lab book, it's packed with 52 ideas to make your own beads.

And now for the winner:

Congratulations to Therese!

Therese look out for an email with more details.

Happy Creating everyone!!!