Melissa Cable’s Faux Leather Tutorial Videos Now Live!

Melissa Cable Eyelets

We had a blast earlier this month when designer and author Melissa Cable, founder of the Create Recklessly line of faux leather tools and supplies, came to visit our design studio. Over two days, Melissa shot no fewer than 12 information-packed video tutorials showing some of her favorite leather working tips and techniques — including a striking bracelet project based on the one shown above. As of today, all of her videos are live at Beadaholique.com, so you can watch this talented creator at work! Soak up Melissa’s inspirational instructions, and then browse the whole Create Recklessly faux leather line, featuring leather working tools, eyelets, rivets, hardware sets, leather paints, and a selection of the softest, most flexible and richly colored faux leather we’ve ever seen. We hope you enjoy!

Mother’s Day Inspiration: Make Something Special for Mom!

Mother's Day Projects

Mother’s Day is around the corner! If you haven’t already, there’s still time to create a pretty, personalized jewelry gift that you know she’ll love. Check out the My Charming Mom Bracelet, which features sparkling Swarovski crystals and a TierraCast charm on an expandable charm bangle; the Antoinette Bracelet, with pale pink rose quartz gemstone beads interspersed among Swarovski crystal pearls; and the Wisteria Bracelet, a beaded crochet piece woven with lustrous cultured pearls, all shown above. Looking for other handmade gift ideas? We also love the Crystal Clay Compact, shown above left, and the Pink Passion Purse Hanger. Browse our collection of charms by theme to inspire even more ideas for accessories tailored specially for your Mom. Happy beading!

Inspiration Monday: National Pet Day

National Pet Day

Today is National Pet Day, the day on which we show a little extra appreciation for our furry (and feathery, and scaly) friends. Here at Beadaholique, we always believe the best way to celebrate what’s near and dear to us is with fun, themed jewelry and accessories! If you’re a canine lover, check out the pattern for the Yellow Lab Necklace, with its sweet puppy face. Is your cat a constant companion? The Purrfect Tabby Necklace offers a cute pattern that can be customized to your kitty’s colors. We definitely do not advise keeping wild animals as pets, but animal lovers (and devotees of trendy animal prints) have been snapping up our exclusive animal print peyote bracelet kits, shown above in zebra, tiger, leopard and snow leopard designs. We have a huge selection of animal charms, if you’re looking to create your own wild idea — and for just a few more hours, all charms, large hole beads and bracelet findings are on sale for 20% off. Happy National Pet Day!

Special Visit from Guest Designer Melissa Cable!

Melissa Cable Blog

(L-R) Beadaholique design assistant Rachel Zaimont, Create Recklessly founder Melissa Cable, designer Kat Silvia, videographer Chris Dobbins, and senior designer Julie Bean

This week, we’re the lucky hosts of a fantastic guest designer at our studio: Melissa Cable, who founded the Create Recklessly line of leather tools and supplies with BeadSmith, and is an incredible jewelry designer, teacher, and author of Beautiful Leather Jewelry and other books. We’ve already had a wildly popular response to Create Recklessly’s Artist’s Concrete, created by mixed media artist Robert Dancik, and we hope you’ll be just as thrilled by our upcoming release of gorgeous faux leathers, rivets, eyelets, connector spots, and leather working tools from this wonderful line. We feel so lucky to have the creator herself come and teach us some new leather working techniques and tricks!

Melissa Cable

Here’s a quick snapshot of Melissa’s table spread in the video room, where she’s been taping videos nonstop since arriving, giving step-by-step tutorials of some of the wow-worthy techniques you can see in the projects she’s created. She’ll be covering cutting, sewing, piercing and hardware setting, all with her distinctive design flair. Stay tuned for Melissa’s fun video tutorials coming soon to our website!

Mother’s Day Design Featured by Swarovski!

Antoinette Bracelet

Mother’s Day may be more than a month away, but our designer Kat was sure she came up with a winning design when she created the Antoinette Bracelet. She was right — this lovely bracelet, featuring rose quartz gemstone beads and the new Swarovski crystal pearlescent white pearls, is featured today on Swarovski’s Create Your Style Facebook page! We’re so thrilled to be featured by Swarovski, and hope you’re inspired by this pretty bracelet. It’s a great time to shop, too, because this week all Swarovski crystal is 20% off! Happy spring!

Easter Project Hunt Winners!

Swarovski Easter Giveaway 2

We hope you had a lovely Easter Sunday yesterday! Now that our Easter Project Hunt has ended, we wanted to give a shout out to the five winners:

-Judi B. of New Mexico won Giveaway #1.
-Evgenija G. of Latvia won Giveaway #2.
-Amanda M. of Missouri won Giveaway #3.
-Laurie E. of Missouri won Giveaway #4.
-Berina of Kansas won Giveaway #5.

Each of these winners guessed the project shown in each day’s teaser first, and they will each receive a scoop of Swarovski crystals and pearls worth over $25. Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who played, and stay tuned for more contests and giveaways throughout the year here on our blog.

Easter Project Hunt Has Ended: Thank You For Playing!

Swarovski Easter Giveaway 1

This year’s Easter Project Hunt has come to an end — thanks to everyone who participated, and we hope you had fun! We had a blast creating this fun holiday hunt for you. Without further ado, here are the correct answers to each day’s clue:

Project Hunt #1: Boutique Boho Earrings
Project Hunt #2: Exclusive Beadaholique Beaded Kumihimo Wrap Bracelet Kit in Purple
Project Hunt #3: Bluestar Ring
Project Hunt #4: Exclusive Beadaholique Kheops Wrapped Tassel Bracelet with Gold Om
Project Hunt #5: The Found Objects Necklace

We have now made all of your comments public and we’re currently in the process of notifying the winners who commented with the correct answer first. Stay tuned early next week when we announce the winners, who will receive a free Swarovski goodie bag! We hope you have a wonderful Easter this Sunday!

Easter Project Hunt and Swarovski Giveaway #5

We’ve made it to day 5, the last day of our Easter project hunt! Thank you all for participating — we hope you’ve had fun! Without further ado, the photo below shows a snippet of one of our free beading projects. Once you’ve identified it, leave a comment on this blog post with the name of the project and a link back to the project page. Be the first to guess it correctly and win a free gift bag of Swarovski crystal goodies valued at over $25! Head over to our free beading projects page to start hunting now!

Easter Hunt Project 5

Tip: The photo may show a piece of the project not visible in the project’s thumbnail. Make sure to click through and view the full project pages for a better chance of finding it!

Note: Comments will not be public. Your comment will not be automatically displayed on our blog because we want everyone to be able to “hunt” without spoilers, but it will be saved in our system in the order received. All comments will be published and the winners will be notified at the end of the day on March 25th.

Rules: You can participate in all five project hunts, but you can only win once. In the event that you have the first correct comment on more than one project hunt, only the earliest entry will be valid. One comment per person per project hunt please. Your guess must include a link back to the project and the project name. The first correct guess in accordance with our rules will win a gift bag of Swarovski crystal valued at over $25. When entering, please do not comment anonymously; we must have a way to notify the winner. Also, please do not use your Facebook, Twitter account, or Google Plus account when commenting. See our page on how to enter our giveaways for more details. Winners must respond within 2 business days or a new winner will be selected.

The terms and conditions that apply to all Beadaholique contests and giveaways also apply here.

Thanks again for participating in our Easter project hunt — we will announce the winners later today!

Easter Project Hunt and Swarovski Giveaway #4

Welcome back for day 4 of our Easter project hunt! We’re changing things up again today: Instead of one of our free beading projects, the photo below shows a snippet of one of our Exclusive Beadaholique Jewelry Kits. Once you’ve identified it, leave a comment on this blog post with the name of the kit and a link back to its page. Be the first to guess it correctly and win a free gift bag of Swarovski crystal goodies valued at over $25! Head over to our kits page to start hunting now!

Easter Hunt Project 4

Tip: The photo may show a piece of the project not visible in the project’s thumbnail. Make sure to click through and view the full project pages for a better chance of finding it!

Note: Comments will not be public. Your comment will not be automatically displayed on our blog because we want everyone to be able to “hunt” without spoilers, but it will be saved in our system in the order received. All comments will be published and the winners will be notified at the end of the day on March 25th.

Rules: You can participate in all five project hunts, but you can only win once. In the event that you have the first correct comment on more than one project hunt, only the earliest entry will be valid. One comment per person per project hunt please. Your guess must include a link back to the project and the project name. The first correct guess in accordance with our rules will win a gift bag of Swarovski crystal valued at over $25. When entering, please do not comment anonymously; we must have a way to notify the winner. Also, please do not use your Facebook, Twitter account, or Google Plus account when commenting. See our page on how to enter our giveaways for more details. Winners must respond within 2 business days or a new winner will be selected.

The terms and conditions that apply to all Beadaholique contests and giveaways also apply here.

Stay tuned for Easter project hunt #5 tomorrow morning right here on our blog!

Easter Project Hunt and Swarovski Giveaway #3

Welcome back for day 3 of our Easter project hunt! The photo below shows a snippet of one of our free beading projects. Once you’ve identified it, leave a comment on this blog post with the name of the project and a link back to the project page. Be the first to guess it correctly and win a free gift bag of Swarovski crystal goodies valued at over $25! Head over to our free beading projects page to start hunting now!

Easter Hunt Project 3

Tip: The photo may show a piece of the project not visible in the project’s thumbnail. Make sure to click through and view the full project pages for a better chance of finding it!

Note: Comments will not be public. Your comment will not be automatically displayed on our blog because we want everyone to be able to “hunt” without spoilers, but it will be saved in our system in the order received. All comments will be published and the winners will be notified at the end of the day on March 25th.

Rules: You can participate in all five project hunts, but you can only win once. In the event that you have the first correct comment on more than one project hunt, only the earliest entry will be valid. One comment per person per project hunt please. Your guess must include a link back to the project and the project name. The first correct guess in accordance with our rules will win a gift bag of Swarovski crystal valued at over $25. When entering, please do not comment anonymously; we must have a way to notify the winner. Also, please do not use your Facebook, Twitter account, or Google Plus account when commenting. See our page on how to enter our giveaways for more details. Winners must respond within 2 business days or a new winner will be selected.

The terms and conditions that apply to all Beadaholique contests and giveaways also apply here.

Stay tuned for Easter project hunt #4 tomorrow morning right here on our blog!