Thursday, September 30, 2010

Artbeads Beading Contest

I have just received a email from Duchess Erickson of They are hosting there very first contest and want us beaders to show our inspiration!

There are two options in this contest. A necklace!? or another beaded Creation.

Here is the email I received below!.

Dear Design Partners,

Artbeads is proud to announce our first ever ‘What Inspires You?’ jewelry contest! The theme of’s first beading contest is to let beading artists share their inspiration with others. There are two categories, necklaces and other beaded designs for this contest. Voting will be open to the public to determine the top 3 winners in each category. A picture of the inspiration and design will allow the voters to see how each entry is represented.
The Grand Prize Winner in the Necklace and Beading contests will each receive a $500 Gift Certificate, the 2nd Place winners will each receive a $250 Gift Certificate and the 3rd Place winners will each receive a $100 Gift Certificate.

This is a fun event to share with your blog readers, family, friends and fellow beaders. This is a contest of originality, design, and vision. All entries MUST be an original design. At least 50% of the beads and components in a submitted entry must be purchased from Participants must upload one picture of their design and one of picture of their inspiration, such as you see below in the banners. This contest is open to beaders worldwide, aged 18 and older.

Also, I wanted to mention that we just launched a very fun Artbeads Halloween Dog Costume Fashion Show Video featuring our own employees’ pets and some fantastic costumes created by our talented design team using Artbeads beads and components. To check out the fun-filled video and see such characters as Queen Elizabeth II, a Swashbuckling Pirate, Pop Diva, Rock Star, Beautiful Bride & Fairytale Princess just follow the below links!

Artbeads Halloween Dog Costume Fashion Show Video

Artbeads Halloween Dog Costumes and Instructions

Artbeads Halloween Dog Costume Fashion Show - YouTube link

We thank you again for working with us and for bringing the wonderful world of beading and jewelry design to your readers. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me back.

Warmest Regards,

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Where to go but How do I Decide?

This week I would like to introduce you to Naomi. She is the owner of a photography shop called Moon Angel-Art  and an adorable knit shop for babies called BabaMoon. Thankfully I have no children or else I would be all over that shop. Problem is I love photography and have it ALL over my house! Moon Angel-Art is one of those photography shops that has the perfect combination of nature and romanticism.

Come take a tour with me!

 Tell me that these gorgeous prints and these adorable baby hats don't make you want to go visit!?

And if you wanna keep up with the whats a goin's on's check out her blog here

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lets Travel Back in Time to an Era Long Ago

This weeks BESTeam artist feature that's truly the cats meow!

I love eras like the 20's and 30's and of course definitely the 50's.

So pull up your dogs (1920's slang for feet) and check out the merch at Ardent Reverie
Where two sisters pull out all the stops bring you gorgeous glam.

So get a wiggle on to there shop, and blog see what all the fuss is about.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Plea For Help from those who can`t Speak Our Language

Recently I received a triumphant email stating a victory for all animal rights activists and animal lovers in general. Although I will be posting it below, I need to remind everyone to please realize as BIG as this one triumph is, it is SOOOO not close to being over. Please help in anyways you can.


Breaking News: PETA Investigation Forces Closure of Animal Testing Lab!

Dear Friend,

I'd like to share some exciting news about a historic victory for animals in laboratories! Just one week after PETA released the results of its shocking undercover investigation at the North Carolina contract animal testing facility Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. (PLRS)—which uncovered workers' appalling abuse and neglect of dogs, cats, and rabbits tormented in tests for flea and tick products—and filed a 70-page formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) alleging violations of the Animal Welfare Act, PLRS  is shutting its doors for good and surrendering more than 200 dogs and cats left at the facility to animal shelters.

PETA's investigation revealed that dogs, cats, and rabbits abused by PLRS suffered from untreated illnesses, injuries, and burns and that many animals were covered with sores that were likely caused by poor housing, stress, and boredom. PETA's investigator also documented that PLRS employees kicked, threw, grabbed, dropped, and dragged dogs; roughly grabbed and lifted rabbits by their ears; and violently threw and slammed cats into cages.

Thanks to the tremendous outcry of tens of thousands of PETA members and supporters, these mistreated animals will now finally get the veterinary care and loving homes that they deserve.

As wonderful as this historic victory is, there is still more that can be done for animals in laboratories right now, including the following:

Thank you for everything that you do for animals!


Kathy Guillermo
Vice President
Laboratory Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

P.S. Find us on Facebook and Twitter!

P.P.S Whenever your thinking about adding a new furry/(possibly) Non-furry friend to your family, don't buy from breeders  look for those NEEDING your love at a local rescue or shelter house.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Beauty Becomes the Beholder with Alyssa Beth's

A world full of wonder and fancy will overcome you when you enter Alyssa Beth's to peruse. The shop is full of vintage ephemera and whimsy. She has everything from jewelry to paperie's of gift tags and cards etc.

I just love the vintage feel with the modern twist on these

Aren't they wonderful!? Go on over to her shop ASAP and find something yummy for yourself or someone else before it's to late.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Kitchen Divas Get Ready!!

Get ready to undo your purse strings kitchen divas. This shop is going to have you drooling like a man at his momma's thanksgiving dinner.

I would like to introduce you to Curry Kay Designs, a delish menage e tois of aprons,dish towels & pot holders, and market bags.

These are so spectacular, I love the prints. Check it out

Seriously aren't these spectacular!? I love it. It's retro meets today meet everything a girl could ask for.

So go check out the Facebook fanpage and follow on twitter @Curry_Kay or peruse the blog. Let me know what you think in the comments below.



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