Dear friends, I am running a Fourth of July sale on Amazon and Etsy! Get 15% off the purchase of any item, including made to order beaded dog jewelry and pet portraits. Enter coupon code 4THJULY16 at checkout. Shipping is free on most items within the USA. Coupon is valid now through July 5, 2016. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork and have a Happy Independence Day!
Dear friends, last month I traveled to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This was my 3rd visit to the country. For those who have never had the opportunity to go to Mexico, I highly recommend visiting the Yucatan peninsula. This area is full of nature, handcrafted art, adventure, fish tacos, relaxation, and fun in the sun. For those who haven’t been there, I thought I would share a few photos of some beautiful beaded artwork I discovered along the way.
On my last night in Mexico, I visited Tierra Huichol, a gorgeous shop on 5th Avenue. This shop carries colorful hand beaded artwork made by indigenous Huichol (pronounced Wee-Chol) artists from the Pacific coast states of Jalisco and Nayarit. I had the opportunity to speak with the shop owner, Carlos, and he told me a little about the craft.
The Huichol people use mainly Czech glass seed beads because Japanese seed beads are just too perfect. First, an animal figure is covered with beeswax, then tiny glass beads are imbedded into the wax one by one to create these amazing designs. One of the main concerns is that over time, the wax may harden and some beads may fall off. I was told they are in search of a manmade material (similar to beeswax) which they can use to help reduce bead loss.
I think the most impressive thing about this art form is that the artist does not use a drawing or outline to follow. They simply use their incredible artistic vision and creativity to create one of a kind pieces.
I was given the chart above to learn about all of the symbols which can be found in the artwork. Then I shopped around for awhile, and I found a small beaded gourd to purchase. This piece features images of the Peyote flower and the Deer.
The next time you visit Mexico, look for Huichol bead art in small tourist shops and at the airport. These artworks are affordable and easy to pack in your suitcase, so find one you would like to bring home. Your purchase will help support the culture and livelihood of a very gifted group of artists!
Want to help promote The Lone Beader‘s bead embroidered dog jewelry and pet portraits? Display this printable flyer at your arts & crafts store, pet care business, animal rescue center, or veterinarian’s office! Post a photo of this flyer with a furry friend on my Facebook page, and I will list your business on my website. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!
Dear friends, I am celebrating 600 sales in my Etsy shop! Thanks so much for all your support and encouragement. It has been a wonderful journey so far.. one bead at a time!
Enter coupon code MOM2015 at checkout to save 15% on all beaded dog jewelry, beading patterns, bead kits, and art. Coupon is valid on May 9 & 10, 2015 – this weekend only! Thanks for looking and have a Happy Mother’s Day!
Dear friends, Black Friday starts now! Save up to 15% off everything in my Etsy shop now through December 1, 2014. No coupon code needed! Please click the image below for more details:
Also, don’t forget to double check my Holiday Ordering & Shipping deadlines HERE. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! :0
Dear friends, its never too early to start your holiday shopping- especially when shopping for unique beaded jewelry at The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop on Etsy! Below, I have posted holiday ordering deadlines to help you place your gift orders in a timely fashion.
For shipping within the USA:
HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINE for CUSTOM and MADE-TO-ORDER BEADED DOG & CAT JEWELRY: December 7, 2014.
For shipping overseas:
HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINE for CUSTOM and MADE-TO-ORDER BEADED DOG & CAT JEWELRY: November 30, 2014.
Any order placed after these dates will be considered a rush order and will incur an additional fee. Bead embroidery kits, seed beads, & beading patterns also make great gifts – these are ready to ship.
HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES recommended by USPS:
DECEMBER 2, 2014 for FIRST CLASS & PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL…
DECEMBER 20, 2014 for FIRST CLASS & PRIORITY MAIL within the USA.
These dates apply to all ready- to-ship items
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Dear friends, this week I received a new delivery of seed beads, so I put together ‘Beads Only’ packages for use with my Yorkshire Terrier beading pattern. Each package contains all 10 colors of Japanese size 15 seed beads needed to complete a beaded Yorkie pin or pendant. Please view this Etsy listing to order.
Also this week, I finished making a custom beaded Tibetan Terrier pin pendant. This piece is a one-of a-kind work of art! You can view progress photos of this piece on my Facebook page. If you are interested in a custom beaded pet pin or pendant, please contact me through my website or my Etsy shop.
And to anyone who is interested in custom framed beaded pet portraits, I will be offering this option in my shop very soon. Please contact me for details. Thank you for your interest! Back to beading:)