Beads of Courage tip

I found this tip for creating special beads for “Beads of Courage”. The Act of Courage Beads ( given for difficult treatment) should be the round beads about 3/4 to 1 inch in diameter.  Bumpies ( given for tough time during teatment)  should be also large beads with well attached raised dots.       

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Don’t undervalue your work

I found this great post about pricing lampwork beads but it can be used as an advice for pricing any handmade items. Also all comments are interesting and inspiring.  I know I am guilty of making the same mistake but when I compared prices of my display and storage bead trays at my store  with similar bead display trays at the Etsy market I realized I can’t go higher if I want to make sales. But with prices too low I couldn’t accept the offer to sell wholesale and I  lost some business.

The post can be found at

New style of tray for finished bracelets

This new style of the tray will help to keep your finished  bracelets well  organized .  The black flocking insert  and  the small eye hook for each slot  keep the bracelets safely in place.

The tray will be made to order. When ordering  let me please know your ZIP Code to find out the exact shipping amount.

Is e-magazine Soda Lime Times worth the money ?

When I first found about Dianne Woodall’s magazine I got the free issue at It was great so I bought one of the back issues which was also amazing so I decided to buy all the back issues and I subscribed to the magazine as well. Last month I purchased the advertising there for our display bead boxes. I got the June issue and went through all articles more than once. Again such an informative and inspirational issue. In couple of days I received an order from customer and when she mentioned Soda Lime Times I realized I was so amazed with new issue I even forgot to look for our own add!! So for me the amount of $ 4.95 per month is money well spent for helpful magazine and access to subscriber’s area on Soda Lime Times website.

Check it out for yourself – you can get your free issue at


Custom work

The best feeling is when the day starts with the compliment. After I made my coffee this morning I opened the email and found this message from former customer.

“Just wanted you to know how much I love my 3 storage chests…….lots of positive comments on them…..especially the one you all did for the bracelets – no one has seen one like that !
Thanks again”

Not very often we returns back after we bought the item even when we are happy with it for long time. I don’t do that neither and I promised myself today to try to be more appreciative.

I also realized I don’t have  pictures of custom orders at all ! Rushing to send them to customers I forgot to take them . I found just this couple snapshots of custom trays we made.





My first donation of beads

This small pile of the beads I am going  to ship  to Beads of Courage tomorrow. Try to guess how many beads are there? It is 214 orphans , some are plain and simple,  some  fun and each one will make kid’s day a little brighter.   However  when I picked out beads for donation I started to feel guilty  about sending  just leftovers . That’s why I already  made a few  special beads  for next shipping  This is my first donation so I hope all beads will meet conditions.  This is link to Beads of Courage   and they also have  Facebook page full of beautiful posts.