Monday, December 22, 2014

....and the Winner is!

My apologies at this late posting but my internet has been down today and just came back. So so sorry! Thank you to everyone who participated in my giveaway!! I really appreciate your support!
I honestly couldn't decide between your pay it forward ideas as to whose was the most creative, so I have decided to give each of you that participated in the giveaway a free tutorial from my Lady Abeada Designs Store on Etsy.

Lady Abeada Designs

If you will email me at : with your tutorial choice, I will get the tutorial of your choice sent off to you!

Now to the giveaway.... The winner is: #4-Shirley Moore!! Congratulations!!

Please email me your full name and address so that I can get your giveaway winnings mailed off to you!

Again thank you everyone for your support and participation!

Monday, December 15, 2014

H is for Holiday Happiness and a Giveaway!!

I just returned from a glorious trip to Interlaken, NY to visit my Son and his family for the Thanksgiving holiday, and the entire thing was gifted to me by my very generous son!! I had such a marvelous time that I, myself am in a very happy, generous mood and want to spread some of that happiness around to the rest of the world. I've been thinking a lot lately about different ways that I can pay things forward to return some of the goodness that has been bestowed upon me, and for me, this giveaway is the first step in that journey.

What do you get?

A new copy of Kelly Angeley's book, Explorations in Beadweaving, Techniques for an improvisational approach, and all the beads and components that you see pictured in the photo below. Its kind of a mixed media spread with a little of this and a little of that; Super Duos, Rivoili's, peanut beads, some delicas, triangles, a cameo, some cabs, and a few seedies, among other goodies!!

The Official Rules:

While I think it would be a super awesome sign of your appreciation for my having this giveaway, if you would follow my blog and/or share this post on your FB page, I won't require you to do that in order to be entered into the giveaway. (If you are already following my blog, I thank you for your support!) The only requirement for entering is to leave a comment following this post and tell me how you will pay things forward in your life in  2015. Put your thinking caps on and be creative! (The most creative response may win something special!)

The giveaway will run from December 14, 2015 until 9pm on December 19th, PST. One lucky person will be drawn by random number and announced on Saturday, December 20th at 1pm, PST.

Best of luck to everyone!!

I don't usually do this sort of thing, but due to some extenuating circumstances and posting issues, I am extending the giveaway through this weekend to give everyone a chance to participate. The lucky person will be announced on Monday, December 22, 2015, at 1pm, PST. Thank you to everyone for your understanding and your participation!! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 14, 2014

G is for Guest Blogger-Cynthia Newcomer Daniel!!

Hey Everyone... When I asked Cindy if she would write a guest blog for Lady Abeada Designs  and she said "Yes, she'd be happy to," well, ... I was over the moon as you can imagine!! I left the subject matter to her saying she could write about anything she  wished as long as it had something to do with beading. I am  excited to read what she has prepared for us, as  I am sure you all are, as well. She is one of my favorite designers, and one of the nicest, most generous people I have ever had the pleasure of being associated with.  I know you will all make her feel welcome. Grab a cup of joe or your favorite tea, take a load off and enjoy this wonderful guest post and the incredible work made by my talented, creative friend, Cynthia Newcomer Daniel!!

Once upon a time, there were seed beads, and it was good. We wove them into chains and rings and bracelets; we loved our little beads. And then, we added pearls. And crystals. And gemstones. Our bead cupboards were full, or so we thought.

We had all we needed (except for new colors, we always need new colors), but then, one day, it all changed….
What was your first 2-holed bead? I started with Twins, and quickly moved to Superduos. I couldn’t get enough of them; after my first tube was opened, I knew I needed more. Transparent, Metallic, Magic…I had to have one of each. Then more, and even more.

The designs flowed, and it was wonderful. It wasn’t just a crush; I was in love. Superduos let me do things with seed beads that I’d never imagined doing. They became an important structural element; they took my beadwork to new places that I’d never visited before.
And then, in rapid succession (and in no particular order), I tried Rullas, Tilas, Half-Tilas, Tiles, Peanuts, O Beads, BiBos, Pyramids, Tri-Beads, Silky Beads, Tipps and Chexx. But that’s not all: on my desk, waiting for me to open them, are packages of Dobbles, Pucca Beads, Dome Beads, Dragon Scales, Tulip Petals, and Pellet Beads.
I think I need another cabinet.

I confess; I’m a bead addict, and I love trying new beads. I’m sure there are probably more new beads out there that I haven’t got (yet); every time I see a new one, my imagination is fired up and I want it. I have to have it. I won’t rest until I find a supplier. (Am I the only one who finds this paragraph a bit disturbing? Good thing beads aren’t illegal or immoral; otherwise, I’d be breaking bad.)

I don’t know which of these new beads will stand the test of time; I suspect some will, and some won’t. I hope that my favorites will be around for a long time, but even if they aren't, I will still be glad that I knew them. I think that this is a very exciting time to be a beader; with all of the new beads out there, the design possibilities are endless.

Are you as enamored of the new beads as I am? Or do you wish they’d stop already?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

F is for Forward Motion and a FREE Tutorial!

   As many of you most likely already know, once again, the Bead Mavens are no more, which means, I am no longer a Bead Maven! :( At first, I was very sad at this turn of events, but now in retrospect, I realize I have more time to focus on my business and my blog... which is always a good thing. :) I will always be grateful for an opportunity to learn and grow and that was what the Mavens represented to me. But onward and upward and forward motion as they say. :)
  One day I was playing with my beads... well, experimenting with a particular color scheme, actually, and these cute little earrings are the end result of that experimentation. I hope you like them. They use Herringbone and Peyote stitch,  work up really quickly and are a great project for when you don't have a lot of time to invest in something. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

E is for an ETSY PRESENCE!!

With all of the changes that Etsy has made to its platform in the last year or so, especially allowing the sale of mass produced items on the site, exposure and visibility seem all the more important to us little guys who continue to make and sell hand made goods.  What can one do to stand out a little bit in an over saturated jewelry market on Etsy? Trust me, I know it is easy to feel over-whelmed and like you are a tiny fish in a humongous ocean of competition, but with a little hard work and some serious focus there are things one can do to shrink that ocean down to a lake. I have no doubt you have heard all of these things before, but if you are really serious about your Etsy store, then it won't hurt to have another listen.


We covet what we see!! Should I repeat this? WE COVET WHAT WE SEE! Always keep this little saying in mind when you are taking your photographs to post online in your Etsy store or other venue. Selling online comes with its own special challenges. Remember, you aren't a brick and mortar store where someone is able to walk in off the street and  handle your item to see all of its wonderfulness up close and personal like. It's imperative that your photos are as clear, concise and enticing as possible. Selling online is an art in and of itself, and it begins with great photos!  Etsy gives you (5)Five photo slots per listing. Use all five of them to your advantage to provide your customers with as many views and dimensions of your product as you can. Use the macro or close up setting on your camera and don't be afraid of cropping your photos and learning how to get a very close up view of your item. Let your photos make a statement so that  your customers want to reach out and touch your products. Pay attention to the  lighting and shadows in your photos and keep your backgrounds on the light side. White is usually best, but not in all cases.

You want your customers to be able to see as much detail as possible and try to answer any questions they might have with your photos. For example, maybe you are listing a necklace. Of course, you would do a frontal shot of the necklace but perhaps the customer wonders what kind of clasp it might have. While you may put that info in the description,  many customers don't take the time to read descriptions unless they are searching for a particular piece of information, so it helps to take a photo of special elements such as that. Especially, if the necklace in question has a specialty clasp on it and would  be better served with  a visual presentation,  rather than just a few words. Use your imagination when it comes to photos and asking yourself the kinds of things your customers would like to see, and then answer in kind with relevant photos. Remember-- Your photos are the first impressions your customers will have of your shop and business.

2. Unity and Branding

What is unity and branding? Well, its just what it sounds like. Its something that binds your photos and items together and separates you from the crowd. For example: I have one friend who uses a gray marble slab as the backdrop/background for all of her photos. I would know a photo that she has taken anywhere because of this one thing. It is branding and unity all in one step. You can accomplish this through the use of lighting, a background, or even a prop that you use in each and every photo.  Another shop I am aware of on Etsy that sells jewelry uses an old vintage photo of a woman superimposed underneath all of her jewelry pieces. This is a bit more dramatic, but it accomplishes the same purpose. Its just that little something extra that lets her customers know... this photo came from her store and shop. I sell tutorials in my Etsy shop, Lady Abeada Designs and one of the tools I use to brand my photos is a white and gold banner that says tutorial draped diagonally over the left corner of my photo.
Get creative and let your light shine through.... but don't stop with your photos. Continue to define yourself throughout your store via your policies, your profile, and your item descriptions.  Tell your own personal story through all of these threads in your Etsy store. Remember, you are introducing yourself to someone that isn't able to shake your hand in person, so its tantamount that you do everything you can to make a lasting impression on your potential customers.

3. Search Engine Optimazation

 Three little words that have such a huge impact upon our online life and success!
You won't get found without it, so get ready to dive in and get your feet wet!!  One of the first things you will need to do is to determine what your keywords are for your store and for your listings. Well, how, you might ask? Simple.... you can use Google Keyword Tool, or you can use the stat section in your store to see the keywords that Etsy customers are using to search for your items.  Once you have identified 8- 1o of the most prominent keywords, you will want to weave these same words in all of your text, including but not limited to your item titles and item descriptions. Every possibility for text needs to be filled with your keywords... most importantly, your shop title!! Remember this is google's first impression of you... so make it a good one!

4. Relevancy

Since Etsy has changed their search platform from Regency to Relevancy, keywords in titles and descriptions have taken on new importance. It used to be that the more creative titles such as Red Rose Blossom Earrings would get you to the top of the list... but today its your keywords that will do the trick for you. Now your title might read something like this: Peyote Floral Beaded Red Earrings. Pretend you are a customer searching for your product. What terms or keywords would you type into the search box to find your item? These are the words your titles and descriptions should begin with. Remember tho, Google only looks at the first three or four so make them count. Be sure you remember to add these words to your tags as well, while Etsy doesn't use the tags to rank you, Google definitely does and you want your reach to be as wide and as far as possible!

5. Cross Promotion

This is your story! Tell it and tell it well! Tell it using all the Social Media platforms that you have available to you. Do you have a blog? If not,  maybe you should consider having one as an option. Use it to promote and link back to  your items and special events and sales that you have in your Etsy store or other appropriately related items.
Do you spend a fair amount of time on Facebook and Twitter? How about a Facebook Fan Page? Both of these are great venues for showing newly listed items and making all of your contacts aware of sales etc, and don't forget about Pinterest and Instagram!! The more of an online presence you have and can create the mote people will see you as legitimate and real and someone they want to know and trust. All of these changes take time and hard work, but the payoff can be substantial! Give it a try and see what happens. Do you have any suggestions or tips to share that have helped you to create a strong and successful Etsy presence??

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

D is for DIY Recovery!

Some time ago I was introduced to a wonderful book and creative tool, called the Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron. Basically, the book is a DIY course in discovering and recovering one's creative self.
 The two basic tools that Miss Cameron teaches us to make use of is "The Morning Pages" and "The Artist's Date". What exactly are the Morning Pages and the Artist's Date?
The morning pages are three pages of long hand written material that you are asked to do each and every day.... better known in the book as "brain drain", and it's just what it sounds like. Three pages of writing down whatever comes to mind until you have filled three pages worth. Unless you are someone that really likes to write, cultivating the habit to write the morning pages every day may be a bit difficult at first.  But once you do.... its worth its weight in gold.You will be amazed at the things that will come spilling forth from your brain on to your pages.
.... And the Artist's Dates? This for me is the fun stuff! Once a week you plan and take your inner Artist(yourself) on a play date and you don't share the experience with anyone else. Its meant to stimulate and cultivate your creativity by exposing you to new and different experiences, and reminding you of the things you really love and covet. Excursions and experiences can be as simple as coloring or doodling in a color book, taking a lengthy nature walk,  or taking yourself to a museum or exploring some experience that you have always wanted to, but for whatever reason never have given yourself the permission to do so before. There really are no limits to the possibilities for Artist's Dates.
This wonderful book also covers several important topics such as synchronicity, jealousy, criticism and integrity, just to mention a few. It explores the different avenues  in which we, as artists, find to  block ourselves creatively and it gives us tools and exercises with with to overcome these blocks and prevent us from becoming our own worst enemies.
If you have never read this wonderful book, you definitely should. Its well worth the time and effort to re-discover your creative self!!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

C is for Creative Growth and Keeping Things Fresh!

I can't tell you how many times I have heard someone proclaim that they aren't a creative person. I have even said that myself to other people.... LOL! I have no clue what I was thinking!! Everyone of us is creative! EVERYONE! If you don’t think of yourself as creative or a creative person, then you’re missing a great opportunity to grow as a person – to become who you really are, who you want to be and who you truly were meant to be.
We are all raised within a certain family, within a certain culture at a certain time period. Sometimes our inner self does not get the  encouragement it requires. How we are raised, how we are treated, the social conditions which exist at the time will all certainly have an effect on who we grow up to think we are, and the surest way to kill someone's creativity is to judge or criticize them or tell them they can't do something.
I have heard creativity described as the  “ability to synthesize – sifting through data, perceptions and materials to come up with combinations that are new and useful.” But its so much more than that. Its a willingness to be in a state of not knowing. It's to have curiosity about all the boundless, endless possibilities and a desire to take a risk and act on one's impulses without knowing or being able to predict what the outcome will be.

Creativity is not a feel-good, optional quality for us to cultivate. Rather consider that perhaps its our greatest untapped resource that lies within us as human beings; that its truly needed in order for us to live up to our highest potential as living creatures.
My life is full of responsibilities and day to day tasks that quite often fill every moment of my day with work, family and a multitude of other obligations. I often feel like I don't have any energy left to cultivate any new growth or creative pursuits, so often my personal explorations and self-fulfillment gets put on the back burner for another day.
Simply put;  life often has its OWN plans, and they usually differ from mine.  It's not difficult to find myself feeling like I am stuck, headed nowhere and have landed myself in a big rut! When this happens to me, I need a game plan. I figure this probably happens to others just as often so I thought I would share some of my ideas for recharging my creative battery when it's gone dead. Some are tried and true and others are things I want to experiment with. Ready? Here goes....


Create and make a vision board of where you want to go! You can't get there if you don't know where you are headed or have a map to guide you!

Celebrate who you are --all the little things that make you, you! Your quirkiness and your individuality!

Don't be afraid to ask for help. EVERYONE was a newbie at one time-we all have to learn and begin somewhere.

Take a walk in nature and listen to the music that surrounds you; leaves falling, wind blowing, birds chirping, etc. Enjoy the peacefulness of it all!

Make direct requests to the universe and be open to receive its gifts in return.
Count your blessings and be grateful; each day is truly a gift and full of gifts to be received.

Hang out with happy, healthy, deep thinkers who have your best interests at heart.

Ask for feedback from people that you admire and respect.

Take a risk! One foot in front of the other, one baby step at a time!

    Don't fear failing or making a few mistakes. Sometimes the Uh Oh's           become the Ah Ha moments of one's life.

Break from the beads and explore a new desire.

Stare out the window and daydream to your hearts content


             Get to work or go out and play; But commit to doing something!

               Make a list of your ideas: The good, the bad and the ugly! :)

Break the rules! It does a heart good!

                 Read a book-Have an adventure if even for an hour or so!

            Its ok to be selfish at times and do something nice for yourself!

                    Do one thing every day that makes YOU happy!

        Take out your beads and just play with no goal or end result in mind.

Feeling overwhelmed? Focus on one thing and see it through to completion.

        Give yourself permission to laugh, have fun and waste a little time.

       Persevere! We all need a break at times but giving up is not an option

  Make a list every night of the five best things that happened in your day.
             Cook something yummy that you have been craving for awhile!

Ask yourself "what if" or "how can I" and be open to ALL the ideas you receive.

        Think outside the box and experiment with anything and everything.

Take a break from the things you are supposed to do and do what you WANT to do.

   Play with clay... there is just something about doing something tactile that gets creative juices flowing.

                Pick up a pencil and doodle to your hearts content.

                        Learn how to say No!

Free form writing! You will be surprised at the things that will come pouring out!

                 Get inspired by EVERYTHING that surrounds you!

Listen to music that makes you want to get up and dance and leaves you feeling alive!

Stop waiting for the perfect moment. It doesn't exist! All that exists is the here and now!

Take yourself out for a play date. Do something you have always wanted to do but for whatever reason, haven't yet managed it!

        and my personal, all time favorite... Bead True to Yourself!! :)


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

More BOTB 2014 Favs!

Ok so I fibbed when I said that was all of my favs, yesterday! LOL Who could not be distracted by all of the gorgeous entries?? Not me.... So I found a few more that were posted yesterday and today that I really like/love!! Enjoy!! 

 Ok That's really it this time!! LOL.... The battles will truly be hard fought this year!
Remember... Bead True to Yourself!

Monday, June 23, 2014

BOTB 2014

Ok here come the last of my favs so far......

That does it for my favs....
There are so many fabulous entries this year... they are absolutely ALL gorgeous!!
I will be anxious to see how many of my favs make it through the first round. It's always fun to watch!
Until next time.... Bead True to Yourself!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

BOTB 2014 Cont.

As promised.... six more of my favs thus far!

That's it for today's installment... Stay tuned for tomorrow's additions!!
Bead True to Yourself....

Saturday, June 21, 2014

B is for BOTB 2014

This week has seen the beginnings of all the BOTB 2014 entries being posted on FB! What a lot of eye candy for one such as myself to drool over! My goodness.... such an incredible amount of talent, creativity and artistry from all around the globe and all in one place! I am marveling at the spectacular use of color, texture and different stitches and techniques. I won't blabber on about the pieces, although I could..., but instead I thought I would share some of my favorites thus far with you, and let them speak for themselves. Hope you enjoy drooling over them as much as I have! :) Ready to drool? Here we go....


Fabulous, right?!?!

Six more to come tomorrow.... I know, I know... I'm a tease!
Until then, Bead True to Yourself! 


Saturday, June 14, 2014

A is for an apology and A freebie!!

Hey everyone! As some of you know, I was pretty ill back in Oct-Dec of last year, and I had major surgery in December. At sixty years of age and that being my very first surgery ever (other than a tonsillectomy when I was 7) it was rather traumatic on my body overall and its taken my a full six months to get back to a semblance of feeling like "ME"! The down side of that is that I have had to put many things on the back burner during this recovery period... this blog being one of them. I apologize for that and I hope to rectify it as quickly as possible, beginning today. You have all been so patient with me that I thought you deserved a freebie! :)
The free tut is a simple and quick design and it uses size 11/0 seed beads, Super Duo's and the new two holed Diamond Silky Czech glass beads. The Silky's are available at owned by Lisa Kan, and she just got a shipment of new colors in her shop! You should check them out. I named this little diddy Fleur de' Lies Chain because as I was working it up, I was reminded of little fleur de' lies'. I hope you enjoy it and have fun playing and experimenting with it.
Again, my apologies for being absent for so long.... hope to get back to a regular posting schedule very soon.
Remember-- Bead True to Yourself!