Starting a Successful Beading Business Online

Dear friends, I am thrilled to have been featured in a new blog post written by local marketing executive and fine art photographer, Cynthia A. Stephens. Please click the screenshot below to read & comment.

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Also, just a reminder that my big Black Friday sale is well underway. Save up to 15% everything in my Etsy shop now through Monday, December 1, 2014. I appreciate your interest in my beadwork! 🙂

Semi-Beaded Truck, Turkey Day, & Black Friday Sale!

Here’s an update on the progress of my beaded Peterbilt semi- truck. After beading the American flag grill, headlights, and cab, I created two beaded lights using 12-gauge precious metal wire. I stitched a ball of felt to the ends of them, and bead embroidered orange Delicas around the felt. I wasn’t sure this would work at first, but it turned out kinda cool!

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And, even though working with wire is not my forté, somehow I managed to create 2 side view mirrors by stitching liquid silver bugle beads to precious metal wire.

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Currently, the truck  consists of 4 pieces of beadwork + 2 wire lights. Nothing will be stitched together until all of the pieces have been created.

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I still need to add some lights on top of the cab, as well as a beaded doggie passenger:) How does it look so far?

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27cm x 27cm x 5cm

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be working on holiday orders for my Etsy shop. Please note: ALL CHRISTMAS ORDERS for custom beaded dog pins or made-to-order items MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 14 to guarantee delivery, though I will make every attempt to ship orders placed after this date in a timely fashion.

To kick off the holiday shopping season,  I will be running a special sale on Thanksgiving Day & Black Friday. All items in the Clearance Section of my shop will be an additional 25% off the marked price for 2 days only beginning on Thursday, November 22, 2012 beginning at 12am EST. Please watch my Facebook page for an additional coupon code to receive Free Shipping all weekend long! Remember, November 24 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small & local businesses! Thank you for your support. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 😀

>New Chinese Crystal Beads


Auntie's beads Silver Chinese Crystal Rondelle Bead Strands

I have been pretty busy this past week. I’ve been taking care of the business aspect of beading, doing end-of-the-year paperwork, making travel plans, planning new projects, and working on my Etsy shop. I want to do a little more beading on my Radio City Music Hall painting before I show you where I’m at, so today I will share with you a quick pic of the new glass beads I got from Auntie’s Beads. These are silver Chinese Crystal Rondelle Beads. So very beautiful – when light hits them, they sparkle like a disco ball!  I am already considering how I can work these into one of my bead embroidered paintings! What kind of project would you use them for? 

*Please note: I have received the above items free of charge from Auntie’s Beads . This is my honest review of their products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

>New MOOs

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The other day, I received an order of MOO business cards – for FREE! If you have not tried MOO cards yet, I highly recommend them. They are made from a special matte laminated paper which gives them a smooth finish. Another thing that makes MOO special is that you can upload a different image for each card. This makes each business card a collector’s item! I have ordered MOO cards a few times. This time I uploaded 6 different images based on a number of my beaded paintings. I think my favourite in this set is my beaded White House. Which one is your favourite? I will be including one of these cards with each purchase from The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop on Etsy while supplies last. Don’t forget to order your free pack of 50 MOO business cards HERE. Offer Expires April 30, 2010. 

And, speaking of Etsy, my beaded Cardinal bird pin has been featured in a Treasury! Please stop by to check out ‘Warm Textures‘ curated by childmood. That’s the news for now! Have a great day! 🙂

>Registered Trademark


Well, it took over a year, but I finally received the certificate from my lawyer stating that The Lone Beader® is now registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office!

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My mark is registered in 2 categories: Art Pictures and Online Art Galleries. The mark consists of standard characters without claim to any particular font, style, size, or color, which means I can add the ® after my signature! Have you registered your trademark yet? =:)

>Beaded Postage Stamps


I haven’t quite finished my little beaded Boris the Cat yet, so today I thought I’d show you a few of the latest items in The Lone Beader’s Boutique on Zazzle – beaded postage stamps! 🙂

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Each postage stamp design must go through a review process before it can be made available to the public. This process takes about a day. Custom postage stamp designs are a bit pricier than regular stamps from the United States Postal Service, but they are worth it if you are looking for something unique, or want to create something special to promote your business. Don’t forget- Zazzle also runs promotions on a regular basis. Please check their coupon page for more information!

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I have always had a love for postage stamps, so I’m sure I will be creating more in the future! For now, there are 3 stamp designs in my shop, including Rudy’s Dream, my beaded Orange Pickup Truck, and my beaded Great Blue Heron. Which stamp is your favourite?

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I have also added a few other new products including a Great Blue Heron coffee mug and tote bag. If you have any design ideas that you would like to see made available in my new Zazzle shop, please send them my way! More images & products coming soon! 🙂

>Get Your MOOs for FREE


Last week, I was surfing around on the Etsy forums, and learned about MOO’s free business card offer. Coincidentally, ordering new MOO cards was already on my to-do list. I was very happy with the mini-cards I got last year, so I quickly placed my order.

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I love MOO because I can upload pics straight from my Flickr account & edit them to my liking. MOO is also cool because they can print a different image on every card! The only ‘catch’ with the free deal is that MOO also prints their own advertisement on the bottom, but I didn’t mind. If it’s for free, it’s for me! So, this year, I picked a couple of new images taken from my original beaded paintings. Check out my collectible business cards – which MOO is your favourite? 😀

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Have you ordered your free MOO cards yet? 😀