How to Make a Keepsake Charm Pendant

During the 2014 Southern California Bead Shop Hop, the Make n Take project at A Rolling Stone Beads in Redlands, CA was a necklace centerpiece which consists of a small photograph in a frame. There were pages of beautiful retro images featuring nature, bird’s nests, etc., but when I saw the page of Disney Frozen images, the one of Elsa somehow reached out, grabbed my hand and I was sitting down making not one but TWO necklaces! Here’s how we did it:

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Autumn Leaf Candle Holder

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This is a beautiful idea for an easy project for Autumn and Mabon. The instructions are here http://www.sparkandchemistry.com/craft-it-blog/leaf-mason-jar-candle-holder . The Tinker Lab has a tutorial on how to make glycerin leaves that will keep their color all year long http://tinkerlab.com/fall-crafts-glycerin-leaves/ .

Southern California Bead Shop Hop starts this coming weekend!

SQUEE! I only became aware of the So. Cal Bead Shop Hop last year on the last day of the last week of the challenge – talk about 11th hour! Despite that, I was able to get one sticker and that was fun enough to make me keep my eyes peeled for the beginning of this year’s event. For those of my fellow beady peeps, here are the dates:

Friday – Sunday, September 5-7, 12-14, & 19-21.

Hours: Friday – Saturday: 10:00 am * Sunday 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm.

Full of amazing prizes, how many of the 22 participating stores across Southern California can you hit in this mad frenzy of bead-hoarding fun?

The Ears Have It and KC Dragonfly have a tentative, insane plan of attempting to hit all the stores by the last day of the last weekend of the challenge. It’s a lot of driving and we’re going to be lonely if we take on this all by ourselves, so if you are a local beader that wants to broaden your horizons, get inspired and get new beads, come with us! Drop us a line on our Facebook Fan Page (while you’re there, why don’t you Like and Follow our posts?) or email us here. Let’s pack a picnic lunch and get more beads!

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The Southern California Bead Shop Hop is sponsored by the BeadSmith and presented by the Southern California Local Bead Store Association.

Rainbows for Peace

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It’s funny how you can wrack your brain over a design for days and somehow the simplest design ends up meaning so much to so many. And you know what? That’s okay.

This one is nothing new – in fact, I’ve had it a couple of years, but it always amazes me how many I sell. Symbols and colors are powerful to us as a race. Even as a child, I loved rainbows and peace signs long before rainbows were taken as a symbol of the Gay Pride Movement. They were – and are – a thing of beauty, just like the diversity in nature and people on our planet. They should be treasured and protected – always.

The Angels are at Denver Comic Con

Little Weeping Angel @ Denver Comic Con

Last month saw the first Denver Comic Con with a healthy starting attendance of nearly 20,000. There was a strong presence of the Doctor Who community in cosplay, attendees maxing out panel rooms and queueing to see a full-size Tardis. It is encouraging to see Colorado get their crack at getting some Who love in their own backyard. Thank you, Heather Maloney, for covering this and bringing it to the attention of the Doctor Who community on Twitter. You can read her full article here in the examiner.com. If you aren’t connected to her on Twitter at @DrWhoHeather, you just aren’t getting enough Who coverage in your life.