Aug 30, 2016

Welcome to Tammy Powley!

We are so lucky to roll out the red carpet for Tammy Powley as she comes on board our team as Guest Blogger and Facebook Manager. For more than 16 years, Tammy was the Jewelrymaking Guide for where she maintained and wrote a large library of jewelry making content. When Tammy and I first met, we were both early pioneers of jewelry making on the Internet and often collaborated on projects for her site. Projects from The Bead Shop are included in some of her books (more than dozen have been published so far). In fact, Making Designer Gemstone and Pearl Jewelry was her first book, and one of my pieces was selected for the cover....I was very flattered.

Through her blog, Crafty Princess Diaries, her Youtube Channel and Facebook following, Tammy continues to be an active member of the jewelry and beading community and is a force to be reckoned with! Did I say she is also a Professor of English at Indian River State College in Florida? 

After a 10 year career as a technical writer, Tammy returned to academia. She earned her Ph.D. in Texts and Technology in 2008 from the University of Central Florida. Her full-time “day” job includes teaching creative writing, composition, and technical communications. This woman is the real deal and we are thrilled to have her working remotely from her home in Florida, which she shares with her husband Michael, who has been her partner for almost 30 years, and her menagerie of cats and dogs. This is a real treat.

I hope you will all welcome this eclectic, creative, funny, warm, animal-loving crafter into our tribe. Welcome, Tammy! And, if you’d like to reach out to Tammy, you can email her at

Thanks so much,


Aug 28, 2016

New Odyssey Projects

Odyssey, a waxed linen and beaded wrapped jewelry project, has three new samples: Tiger, Tiger; Caribbean Queen; and First Blush. This is a must make project that incorporates colored cord with Hill Tribe silver beads, heishi, and our awesome new cubes.
Follow our easy to use project maps, ingredients list, and free PDF project handout to make any of these new designs.

Aug 26, 2016

Beadshop Flash Back Friday

Happy Friday! You have probably heard of Throwback Thursday on Facebook and other social media outlets. How about carrying the idea of looking back at fun jewelry projects into Friday? We can enjoy a flash from the past and look at what was happening a few years ago when it comes to beads and jewelry designing.

Color is one of the most important elements when designing jewelry, and back in May of 2014, a popular quick tip post showed how to use a photograph to inspire the colors for a new piece of jewelry. Read more about this fun color technique at this post, Palette from a Photograph

In July of 2014, the shop's Bollywood Earrings tutorial was published, and it was so popular that it inspired a full how-to video:

For a final blast from the past, that same year a really interesting blog post was published that discussed Tribal and Trade beads. Beadshop is well-known for its collection of beautiful beads from around the world, and this blog entry written by Lacey McAdoo in September of 2014 talks about one fun experience the beadshop crew had discovering some amazing bead finds. 

Aug 24, 2016

Bead Jewelry for the Holidays

Creating beaded jewelry offers a two-fold opportunity when it comes to making gifts for the holidays. Gift recipients receive a beautifully crafted piece of jewelry made especially for them, and you have the enjoyment of making jewelry using quality beads and findings. If you are thinking of making some jewelry for a few folks on your gift list, it is never too early to start. 

Beadshop has all the ingredients and supplies as well as step-by-step instructions and even some videos to get you started. Below are some projects to consider as you map out your gift-making strategy:

Stretch Therapy: These are one of our post popular projects for a few reasons: one size fits all; easily personalized with charms and color selection; and unisex so both the guys and gals on your list can wear them. You can make multiple bracelets to give so they can be worn stacked, or make one bracelet and then make additional bracelets as future gifts for the same person. 

Poetry: This necklace or bracelet combination design can be worn a variety of ways. Wear it wrapped multiple times around your wrist, or wear it as a long, draping necklace with a focal element dangling from the center. It can even be worn doubled as a shorter necklace. Personalize it by selecting the favorite color of whomever you plan to give it to, or go with neutrals in case you aren’t sure who you will gift it to. (You may even decide that you can’t part with it!)

Frame of Mind Necklace: If you have a few minimalists on your gift list, then this necklace will speak to them. Its style is classic with a mix of chain and a plump potato pearl surrounded by a unique metal frame finding. And, it couldn’t be simpler to make, as the design is available in silver or gold-tone kits. This piece pairs well with other necklaces, such as a pretty strand of pearls or a plain chain.

The Dancer Earrings: Such a unique design, these fun earrings will be a joy to make and wear, and beadshop has mapped out everything you need: kits, project recipe, and step-by-step video as well. While the color selection is almost endless, six color variations are already developed so that you can get into the design process right away. 

These are just a few of many projects ready for you to start making now and give later!