Back in January, before I left for Mexico, I received a custom order request for a beaded pink corded poodle similar to the ones featured in my ‘Pretty in Poodles‘ choker necklace.. This wasn’t the first time I received this request, so after creating it, I decided to list this item in my Etsy shop as Made to Order. This piece can be made as a pin or a pin pendant, and it’s available in several different colors. Please note that colors may vary depending on what I have on hand.
Since then, I have been keeping busy with various Etsy and Amazon orders which I am extremely grateful for in this uncertain time. Beadwork gives me something to focus on which is positive, and I find that helps with overall mental health. Its also a great activity if you happened to be self-quarantined.. Here is a pic of my most recent beadwork, a custom beaded ‘Champion Standard Poodle’. For this piece, I worked from a photo that my customer sent me. I used a mix of 15/o Japanese seed beads, as well as 1x4mm micro bugle beads. The dog’s hair actually moves when you touch it! What do you think? I like this design so much – I think it would look great in different colors!
Currently, residents of Boston and the entire state of Massachusetts have been ordered to ‘Stay at Home’ for the next couple of weeks. So, I will be busy working on beadwork orders, as usual! If you are living in a city or country which is currently in lockdown in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, and you are looking for something new to try, check out my bead embroidery patterns, beading kits, and beading supplies on Etsy. All ready-to ship items will be on sale for the next few weeks. If you are interested in learning bead embroidery and have never had the time until now, sign up for my email list to gain FREE access to my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial.
Also, if you are working from home and need something positive to listen to other than the news, I recommend the James Altucher Show. He’s my favorite podcaster these days. I also listen to Rich Roll for overall health news, This American Life, and The Minimalists, among others… And if you are interested in having some positive news delivered to your inbox regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, check out https://futureloop.com/c19… It is good to stay informed but whatever you do, don’t panic.. The grocery stores will remain open.
Stay healthy and safe, my friends!
I have recently completed a new custom order this season – a pair of bead-embroidered Pekingese dogs!
This is an oversized pin which features two little dogs, and yes, they are wearing sparkly hats! The inspiration for this pin came from a Christmas card showing the two dogs dressed in cute outfits. I simply modified the sketch a bit.. Then, I cut out several tiny felt pieces and stitched them together to build a beading foundation. Once that was complete, I started beading using size 15 Japanese seed beads! You can view a couple of progress photos on my Facebook page here and here. My customer was so happy with this piece that he left me a very kind review on Etsy!!
I love doing custom orders and I love hearing ideas from customers! If you are interested in a custom beaded dog pin, pendant, bracelet, earrings or pet portrait, please message me through Etsy or use the Contact form on this page. I am so grateful for your interest in my beadwork! Happy Holidays from Boston!! 🙂
Earlier this year, I watched the film A Plastic Ocean and immediately became sick to my stomach. I couldn’t bear to watch the birds and fish eat so much plastic and ultimately dying as a result. These images are disturbing reminders of the damage that humans do the environment every single day.
So, all year, I have been trying to change the types of products I purchase. I no longer buy plastic water bottles if I can avoid them. I try to buy things like sunscreen, toothpaste, dental floss, and vitamins in a glass jar. I buy shampoo bars instead of plastic bottles. I also got a stainless steel drinking straw to use when I’m out and about. And, of course I carry a reusable shopping bag with me at all times. Overall, I have been trying to consume less plastic whenever possible.
However, it is not easy and I am not perfect. I do bring reusable cotton produce bags to the veggie market, but occasionally I find myself using a plastic produce bag or two. And, of course almost every type of food and beverage is packaged in plastic. I do reuse a lot of the plastic bags and containers and I do compost and recycle, but I feel it’s not enough.
All this got me thinking about the different types of industries that could and should use more sustainable products. The beading industry is definitely one of them. How many plastic ziploc bags do bead retailers and beadwork artists use? And how many plastic tube containers are filled with beads each day all around the world? What happens when we are finished with these containers? Bags end up in the trash, and the small tube containers most likely end up in the ocean, just like straws. So, what can business owners and consumers do? Personally, I have been searching for a bio-plastic manufacturer who would be interested in creating clear bio-plastic tubes which will eventually biodegrade in the landfill, but I haven’t found one yet. In the meantime, we must vote with our dollars. I will order biodegradable plastic baggies the next time I need them. I will purchase compostable shipping supplies whenever possible. I will boycott plastic beads and any products that contain them. I will ask my favorite bead shops and retailers to use more eco-friendly packaging supplies as well as implement better recycling programs & incentives. And, I will support businesses who make environmental sustainability a priority.
If you have any ideas on how to use less plastic, you may leave a comment below or use the Contact Form.
Please be kind to the planet – we are all in this together! 🙂
Dear friends, just a quick note to let you know that several of my bead embroidery patterns are now available in Spanish language at the Amazon Kindle store. Learn how to make your own beaded dog jewelry en español! Please note: these are single patterns, not books, and they are priced accordingly. Please click the screenshot below to check it out. Descriptions are in Spanish as well, just as they are in my Etsy store.
I hope to have a couple more patterns translated in the near future, so please check back or follow me on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks for looking! Chao! 🙂
Dear friends, it seems that Norwegian Forest Cats are popular this month! I recently received another order for a white one- this one has blue eyes! This piece is a pin which can also be worn as a pendant. I used Japanese size 15 seed beads and 1 x 4mm micro bugle beads to create this piece. Check out the finished beadwork in this amateur Facebook video I posted below. Please Like, Comment, and/or Share this video on social media. I am planning to post more videos in the future!
Also, my Etsy Black Friday Sale has begun! Save 20% on the purchase of any ready-to-ship beaded artwork, dog jewelry, beading pattern or bead kit now thru – December 1, 2017! NO coupon code needed. Also, please check out my brand new Amazon Influencer Shop where I will recommend beading books that either I have read or are currently on my shelf as well as other products related to beadwork, dogs, art, travel, and health. That’s the news for now. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I will be busy beading:)
Dear friends, recently another dog magazine called Just Labs has invited me to advertise in their holiday issue!
I had no idea there was a magazine dedicated to Labrador Retrievers. I do love those dogs, especially the Chocolate Labs. So, I decided to place an ad. The folks who work at the magazine were kind enough to create a basic ad for me – it is similar to ad I placed in AKC Family Dog Magazine. But this one features one of my custom-made beaded black lab pins. I received a hard copy of this magazine in the mail, and it looks fabulous. Interestingly, my ad is the only one which promotes dog jewelry or art of any kind!
I don’t usually do much advertising because I am too busy beading, but if a publication reaches out to me, I will definitely give it some thought.. Here is what I have been busy beading – a custom Salt & Pepper Miniature Schnauzer pin!
And, for those who are cat people, I have also created a white Norwegian Forest Cat pin which is also available in several different colors. These pieces were made by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt 2-3 at a time. For the cat, I have also used tiny 1x4mm micro bugle beads, to bring out the cat’s hairy texture. Perhaps Catster Magazine will take notice? 😉
If you are interested in a custom bead-embroidered dog or cat pin or framed portrait, please contact me through Etsy or Amazon! I will be accepting holiday orders for a few more weeks! Thanks for looking! 🙂
Dear friends, I have been thinking about the subject of gratitude lately. I often stay up late doing bead embroidery feeling incredibly grateful that I have discovered a craft which brings me so much joy. I am also grateful for all of the amazing friends I have met along my creative journey, all of the places I have traveled, and for each and every opportunity that has come my way.
So, to express gratitude, I have decided to provide FREE access to my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial when you sign up for my e-newsletter. Shortly after sign-up, you will receive a link to view the PDF file in the Final Welcome Email. I hope this tutorial will inspire you to try the art of bead embroidery!
I have also decided to lower prices on all beading patterns and kits on Etsy, Amazon, and Google Books. Beading patterns are now priced at $0.99 and $1.99 across the board, in English and Spanish. Now you can learn how to create some of my most popular beaded dog pins and pendants for a fraction of the original price!
If you have just stumbled upon this post and would like to learn more about me, please check out this recent feature on the Caravan Beads blog. Someday I will make it up to Maine to check out their shop..
What are you grateful for and what are some ways you express gratitude? 🙂