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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!

Fancy Nanc-ista Shimmers in a Silver bracelet from Megan's Beaded Designs

  • Nov 24 2014

Trend setter and style blogger Nancy of Fancy-Nanc-ista recently showed off her new, shimmering silver bracelet from Megan's Beaded Designs. She paired it with a faux fur vest and brilliantly blue pumps. Overall, a stunning look, worthy of such a classic bracelet.

Silver Bracelet Outfit silver bracelet

According to Nancy: "It was delivered to me exactly how it looked in the picture. This bracelet can be worn with casual outfits as well."

I have to agree with her. The silver bracelet she chose is simple and classic enough to be paired with any outfit. It is made up of cool, silver colored glass seed beads, that will not only hold a mesmerizing gaze, but will also feel enticing against the touch of your skin. Each individual bead glistens as you move your wrist back and forth, reflecting the oncoming light.

Bracelet measures approximately 7 and a half inches around when closed, and is clasped with a toggle clasp, which is easy to close even one-handed!

At its widest point along the band, the bracelet measures just under an inch wide. Not too over powering, but just wide enough to be noticed.

To snag your own shimmering silver bracelet, click here to go to its product page.

Woven for the Holidays: Jewelry Gift Guide

  • Nov 19 2014

If you're like me, you're still having a hard time letting go of September, let alone ready to prepare for the holidays. But the time for gift shopping is now, as the big days are only a handful of weekends away. To help make your picking and choosing a little bit easier, below is a jewelry gift guide for your reference on what to pick up from Megan's Beaded Designs that will fulfill some of the blank spots on your list.

Gift for yourself:
You didn't think you would have to
leave your own person off the list
did you? Particularly with everything
you've done to make the nice list
this year. Methinks you deserve a
treat. A simple, yet original piece
of beaded jewelry is just the thing.
A necklace like the chevron banner
piece
shown here will pair easily with
office, errand, or evening attire.
Go ahead: exclaim, "Aww, you shouldn't
have!" to your reflection as you slip
this number around your neck to admire
the effect.
Mens Leather Bracelet Gift for him:
Permit your man to show off his more
rugged and stylish side with one of
the leather bracelets from Megan's
Beaded Designs. The high quality hand-
beaded designs are stitched to weather-
treated leather for lasting durability
and environment capability. Perfect
he is the indoor or outdoor type.
Gift for her
Give your top female friends and family
something unique and handmade and they'll
cherish and be delighted so much more
than if you picked them something up
from any 'ol regular department store
-even at twice the price. And for good
reason. Giving someone something that is
original and specially handcrafted says
to them: YOU are original and the sort
of one-of-a-kind person who deserves a
one-of-a-kind sort of gift. This intricate
Southwest bracelet, for example, isn't the
sort of thing other people will be buying
them, and it isn't something they are as
as likely to find out their own. Whoever is
lucky enough to receive it will mention your
name every time someone compliments her on it,
as her face beams with gratitude as it did
the moment she folded up the tissue it came
wrapped in.
Southwest Bracelet
Dragon Bracelet Gift for friend (unisex):
Impress your favorite dude or gal friend with
this amazing, brightly colored dragon bracelet.
He or she will love the original design, easy,
adjustable wear, and carefully hand-crafted
beadwork. This bracelet is a perfect excise to
brag. About both one's fashion sensibilities, as
well as one's awesome friends.
Gift for the BFF:
More than just any friend, this is for the
girl you can tell anything. This fun hair
clip
will remind the both of you of delightful
time swapping the juiciest of gossip and even
more exciting, shared experiences.
OMG
Silver Fleur de Lis Earrings Gift for co-worker
Simple earrings make the perfect gift for
work exchange parties, or for simply showing
your boss of fellow co-workers that you like
sharing the same office space as them. They
may seem a small gift, but you'll know the real
appreciation when you see the receivers showing
after the holidays with their newest pieces
dangling from their earlobes.
Stocking Stuffer
The easy-to-wear, adorable adjustable rings
from Megan's Beaded Designs make the perfect
stocking stuffer or door prize gifts. Obviously,
because they are adjustable you don't have to
worry about getting the receiver's finger size
correct, and the delightful styles are fun for any
age to wear.
Miniature Cake Ring

Holiday Blues

  • Nov 18 2014
Holiday Blues Outfit

Holiday Blues Outfit - Featuring the Following Jewelry Pieces:

Feel fabulous in deep blue and silver at your next holiday party. The combination of shimmering, metallic silver against the fluffing tulle of this outfit ensemble will draw them in, and the sparkling, delicately hand-beaded jewelry will keep them looking.

This is the perfect outfit for a family or office holiday party. Not too sexy, but "loud" enough to make an impression and stand out from the sea of boring black dresses and samey-suits and sweaters you'll be surrounded with.

Sophie Blackwell Rocks Jewelry from Megan's Beaded Designs

  • Nov 17 2014

The beauty and fashion blogger Sophie Blackwell of the UK-based blog, Pretty and Polished, recently presented herself decked out in a beaded spiral necklace and adorable miniature cake ring from Megan's Beaded Designs. Here are some images from her outfit post, looking lovely as ever:

outfit fashion post second outfit post

Here's what Sophie had to say about her experience with the jewelry she received from Megan's Beaded Designs:

"Her necklaces and bracelets are to die for; each one is intricately hand-made with the most incredible beaded detail. This green, twisted necklace is my absolute go-to piece of bling at the moment, and can be worn so easily with pretty much any outfit. I also wanted to show off this adorable ring too; a cake, ON A RING. If that isn't the cutest thing ever then I don't know what is."

Artisan necklace and cake ring

You can snag your own necklace like the one worn by Sophie here for $26, or grab the same miniature cake ring here for $7.

I Appreciate You

  • Nov 14 2014

Thank You Card Front Thank You Card Inside

I recently received a hand-written thank you card in the mail from a customer. A customer was thanking ME for her order. As usual, I was once again overwhelmed with the appreciation I have been offered for my handmade jewelry and hair accessories. Not only is it wonderful and amazing that people from all over the globe have deemed the pieces from my artisan-made collection lovely enough to buy and wear (which is in itself beyond fulfilling), but many of these people have gone one or two steps farther than I could have ever guessed anyone would: they are sending me messages of gratefulness, and recommending my company to their friends and family.

I cannot express my gratitude enough. Simply put: I would not be able to continue producing the work I love (designing and creating the original jewelry and hair accessories found on this website) without each and every one of my customers. It is solely due to them that these pieces are even able to exist in the world.

(I know that sounds heavy, but it is 100% true.)

I want to host a little promotion to express some of that gratitude. So now through midnight on Sunday, for every 25 dollar purchase in jewelry and hair accessories made from this site, a 25 dollar reward coupon will be included with your order. For every 50 dollar purchase, a 50 dollar reward coupon will be included, and with every 100 dollar purchase, a 100 dollar reward coupon will be included with you order.

Customer Appreciation Event

The reward coupons won't expire until the end of January, so if you don't want to use them to buy yourself something, you can pass your reward off as a gift to a loved one, or slip it in a Christmas card to give a loved one a nice surprise this holiday season.

In case I haven't stressed this enough...

THANK YOU.

This is all happening because of you.

The Rebecca Collection Goes Blue for Winter

  • Nov 12 2014

winter jewelry collection

The jewelery designs from the original, fall-inspired Rebecca Collection were just too wearable and stylish to last for only one season. So, naturally, I had to create a version that could lead it wearers on into winter and beyond. The perfect color? Blue. And not just any 'ol blue either. These pieces sparkle with the striking combination of glistening, dark cobalt blue and matte, smoky gray-blue with silver toned metal chain and accents.

Blue Statement Jewelry

Like the maroon and sand colored version of the collection before it, this winter version contains modern, easy-to wear necklaces, stack-able bracelets and rings, and face-framing earrings. All of the pieces easily converge from casual daily wear to elegant evening attire, this winter version especially, with its striking combination of deep, mysterious blue and sparkling silver metal tones.

Blue Beaded Headband and Chevron Necklace

Click here more look book images and to view the complete Rebecca collection.

Christmas Lists Made Easy

  • Nov 7 2014

Perhaps you still need to clean up the cobwebs and caution tape from your front door before you can even begin thinking about the upcoming holiday shopping season. I feel you. It's not even Thanksgiving yet for goodness sake!

BUT--and hear me out on this--you will thank yourself later if you get some of your gift-giving planning done now rather than at the last minute. (And this advice is coming from Ms. Unorganized herself, so you know I mean it.)

One of the easiest things you can do to prep yourself before you start thinking about shopping is creating a list of people to shop for.

Easy enough, right?

To make this process even easier of you, here is a free printable holiday list-maker for you to download and use for your planning process:

Holiday Shopping List Free Download

I personally find that keeping track of what I've gotten for each person on my list throughout the shopping process makes it a million times easier to avoid buying way too much for one person (my husband, for example, is notoriously easy to shop for - anything Star Wars or Lego related makes him happy!) Or on the other side of things, it will remind you to persistently look for something for that one person who you usually have to scramble and find something for at the last second before the holiday party where you have to face him or her, preferably not empty-handed.

It always helps to have a little something to make the sound of Christmas music in the department stores a little less stressful, and a little more like something you have a firm handle on.

If you've found this list to be helpful, please share it with your peeps and help them get a leg-up too. These are supposed to be joyous times after all, not the season for stressing and panic (allegedly). Anything that keeps us from divulging in too much eggnog and peppermint schnapps is, I think, a good thing.