Links and Tea…


It’s been a bit of a crummy day for various small reasons so I’m taking a break to eat something that’s equally as crummy, but good—a pop tart.  One reason, I’m about 8 beads shy of finishing a necklace and the bead  mall is 2 hours away.  Hate it when that happens.  This is my new tea mug that I got in HK Saturday for a whopping $1 at the Japan Home Store.  Just looking at it makes me happy….ah, simple pleasures. Can we ever have enough of them on days like today?  Speaking of simple pleasures, here are the bead bloggers offerings for this week: Jewelry Making 
Have you noticed the jewelry supply trend at your local craft store? What does this mean for jewelry designers?

Art Jewelry magazine
Hazel, editor of Art Jewelry, "elects" to discuss the candidate’s jewelry.

Jewelry & Beading
A focal piece can be a brilliant way to inspire new designs!

Katie’s Beading Blog
Looking for beachy jewelry ideas? Take a peek at Katie’s June Triple Take project for Simly Beads.

Naughty Secretary Club
Looking for a new how-to jewelry book that uses vintage gnome cupcake toppers, children’s eye glasses, doll house furniture and the occasional bead? Good thing The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry is available for pre-order on Amazon!

Savvy Crafter
It’s been a charming week over at Candie’s blog—charming bracelets that is!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean goes on a bit about tree cutting, and then gets to the point: some cool earrings she made!


  1. I think the cup is lovely, Candie, and what a great price!! How awful the store is so far away and I imagine the price of gas isn’t much better there. Oh well, great idea just relax and find a nice moment. ~Sharon

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