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Made with Love - Handmade Valentine's Day Jewelry

  • Jan 13 2015

Say "I love you," "I think you're cool," "I heart Valentine's Day," or "I don't really like this holiday but I think hearts and handmade jewelry are cool, so there!" with a Valentine's Day themed piece of hand-crafted, artisan jewelry from Megan's Beaded Designs.

Gothic Pin Up Hair Clip
Hair Clip - 19.00

Blue Turquoise Heart Necklace
Heart Necklace - 16.00

I Heart Music Earrings
Earrings - 5.00

Blue Hearts Headband
Trail of Hearts Headband - 29.00

Cookie Ring
Cookie Ring - 9.00

Heart Health Gamer Bracelet
Game Health Bracelet - 47.00

Accessories that POP

  • Jan 12 2015

Accessories that POP

Yumi blue skater skirt
$30 - houseoffraser.co.uk

Karen Walker acetate glasses
$75 - theoutnet.com

Yellow nail polish
$4.53 - newlook.com

POP hair accessory
Megan's Beaded Designs

Marsala's Moment: Jewelry Featuring Pantone's Color of the Year

  • Jan 8 2015

Marsala, a rich, deep red wine shade, has been elected as Pantone's color of the year for 2015. The Executive Director of Pantone's Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, describes this color by explaining that, "This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors."

I couldn't agree more.

While this warm, brownish shade might feel more like it belongs to the autumn season, I think that donning some jewelry pieces with some subtle Marsala can easily blend in with your summer, winter, and even spring wardrobe selections, particularly if set against white or sandy yellow.

You'll find a wide selection of jewelry and some hair accessories featuring Marsala in The Rebecca Collection, such as this glorious headband or this chevron necklace.

Marsala Earrings Marsala bracelet Marsala Jewelry

Click here to shop the entire Rebecca Collection.

New Year, New You: Easy Accessories that will Upgrade Your Look for 2015

  • Jan 5 2015

It's 2015. Thank goodness we aren't actually dressing in the fashion that the Back to the Future series predicted.

fashion in 2015

*Whew* thank gawd we missed the boat on that one, eh?

That doesn't mean, however, that many of us haven't resolved to taking our looks up a notch for the upcoming year. Noting, of course, that it doesn't mean we have to sacrifice comfort, conform to what other people tell us we're "supposed" to wear, or any other such nonsense as all that. Really, all it takes to pack some punch and make an expressive impression via your wardrobe is to adorn it a bit. You don't even need to throw out all of your clothing investments and spend your retirement money on a new wardrobe.

(As fun as that sounds.)

You'll feel better about your appearance, boost your confidence, feel more put-together, get more compliments and conversations going by simply topping off your everyday looks with a few new, original accessories from Megan's Beaded Designs.

For example, an easy-to-rock headband can quickly turn hair that you didn't have time to fix that morning into something sleek, polished, and complete.

Boho Headband
Stretch Headband - 114.00

Blue Hearts Headband
Ribbon Tie Headband - 29.00

Wedding
Wedding Headband - 19.00

Equally efficient- who can forget earrings? Instantly elevate and glamorize your look by opting for something long and dangling instead of your usual studs.

Blue Block Earrings
Earrings - $18

Finally, you don't even have to buy new shoes to upgrade the ones you've already got. Simply stick a pair of shoe clips on 'em, and you could wear the same pair every day if you wanted to!

Moonstone Shoe Clips
Shoe Clips - $32.00

You can browse all beaded jewelry here, or hair accessories here.

Bicoastal Brunette Rocks Earrings from The Negative Space Collection

  • Dec 23 2014

Sleek style-maker and fashion blogger Samara Lipsky of Bicoastal Brunette recently rocked a pair of earrings from The Negative Space Collection from Megan's Beaded Designs. Using them to finish off an outfit of cool, all-black, she looked nothing short of fabulous.

Here's what Samara had to say about her new set of stylish adornment: "These modern earrings are just my style! They are edgy and perfect for the day or a night out. The come in gunmetal on black and are flattering for everyone. The outside of the squares are hand beaded and the inside contains a faux- leather square. These earrings measure ¾ an inch wide and 1 and 3/4 an inch long. These modern earrings are lightweight so they won’t stretch your holes. The best part of all is that if you don’t have pierced ears they come in clip on!"

To snag your own pair of earrings, click here to go to their product page.

Punk with a POW

  • Dec 15 2014

Punk Pow

Vintage dress
etsy.com

Crayo purple watch
jomashop.com

Burke Decor fringe shawl
burkedecor.com

Beauty product
sephora.com

Framed wall art
kirklands.com

Fried Egg Earrings
Megan's Beaded Designs

Alligator hair clip
Megan's Beaded Designs

Gift Guide for Guys

  • Dec 11 2014

Gift Guide for Guys

Holiday Sample Sale Happening on Facebook

  • Dec 6 2014

Megan's Beaded Designs will be hosting a special Holiday Sample Sale on Facebook on Friday, the 12th. You can join me all day for drool-worthy deals, surprise giveaways, free gifts, flash sales, and more.

Holiday Sample Sale Facebook Event

Invite a friend and both of you will receive a free surprise gift with your orders!

For more details on how to shop the sale, visit and join the event on Facebook here.

Items will be posted throughout the day, starting at 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Items go fast, so be sure to "join" the event so you can get notifications in your Facebook feed!

(In other words, the first to nab 'em will get 'em.)

Throughout the deals I'll be posting free giveaway items, where to first to call "DIBS" will get them included in their order, at no extra charge. So be sure to join the event so you can score these awesome items!

See you there!

Click here head over to Facebook and join the event.


Gifts for Under $10, $25, and $50

  • Dec 1 2014

{Shop handmade, artisan jewelry and hair accessories this holiday season for under 50 dollars, 25 dollars, and 10 dollars to find the perfect gift!}


Chevron Necklace Grey Eye Ring Image Map Maroon Earrings Eye Brooch Eyeglass Lanyard Leaves Headband Brown bracelet Cowgirl barrette Geometric Bracelet Red Brooch Metallic bracelet Slim bracelet Hoop earrings Black hair comb Pin up hair clip coffee ring coffee cup earrings Turtle earrings blue gray ring Black and Silver Hoops Silver Fringe Earrings

5 Reasons Why I’m Thankful for You

  • Nov 25 2014

5 Reasons I'm Thankful for You

I know all yew guise will never be able to TRULY comprehend just HOW MUCH I appreciate you (hint: it’s a lot!), but today I’ve been inspired by Marie Forleo’s latest video release to write out a list of 5 specific reasons WHY I am so grateful for you.

Just for starters…

I don’t have to work 5 jobs because of you.

Before I decided to jump all-in with this online jewelry business, I was working a full-time day job, an evening job, a weekend job, a seasonal job, and any other freelance or temp job I could squeeze in between everything else. So basically: I was able to sleep (though never enough hours), eat (usually in the car or on the walk between jobs), and work for other people. Now, thanks to your support, I have my day job as a graphic designer, and my business designing and creating artisan jewelry. Both of which I love, and I love you for making it possible.

You are permitting genuine beauty to be created and identified.

Now, I know we’re all about greeting today’s eye-rolling beauty standards with our middle finger. But that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate, love, and cultivate beauty. Our beauty is better, though. We know that unique = gorgeous, art = adorable, and different = sexy. Because of you and your support, I am able to design, create, and release new jewelry and hair accessories that can help individuals from all over the world express their inner awesomeness on the outside, for everyone to appreciate.

You share me with your friends.

(Not like that! Get your mind out of the gutter you dirty, dirty darling!)

What I meant was that you share the jewelry and hair accessories from my business, Megan’s Beaded Designs, with your friends and family. Being the super-introvert that I am, it’s not always easy for me to toot my own horn in order to get the word out. When you share your love of my creations, it makes a ginormous difference to my ability to continue with this venture.

You actually like the jewelry you buy.

This may seem like a weird thing to be grateful for, but it’s true. Nothing feels ickier than finding out someone bought something I made not because they liked it, but because they wanted to “help” me out. What this means for that poor piece of jewelry (that I probably spent hours designing and creating until it was just right), is laying discarded somewhere in the back of a jewelry box, unused and unwanted. To make things worse, there was probably someone else out there who would have given it the love and attention it deserved, by wearing it with her favorite outfit or by offering it up as a special gift to someone who would actually light up at the sight of it.

So: stranger or not, friend or not, I am grateful for every person from all over the world who has purchased a piece from this website or at one of my craft show booths because they feel in love with the piece itself, and just knew it belonged in their collection.

You appreciate artisan-made.

If you wanted to, I know you could choose to buy your jewelry and hair accessories from your neighborhood big-box store for so cheap that they are practically paying you to buy from them. But instead, you choose to support artisan-made, originally-designed pieces by shopping here. Whatever your reasons are (the other stuff is ugly, cheaply made crap and/or you prefer to avoid supporting sweat shops and/or bloated corporations), I appreciate the support and your personal choice to shop here versus there. I know you don’t have infinite funds, so it’s a significant choice on your part to pick me and my offerings.

Just so you know: you are making a difference!

I AM SO THANKFUL FOR YOU!