Bead Crafts Are Perfect For the Holidays

I always head into the holiday season with the best of intentions. Really, I do. I make plans in my head to make all sorts of cool bead crafts to celebrate the holidays, I make lists of projects and supplies, and then…well, life always seems to get in the way. There are soccer tournaments and practices, trips to the local farm to get our weekly share of fresh vegetables, after school play dates, gatherings with friends, and trips to the grocery store that always seem to get in the way.

But not this year! This year, I’m determined not to become one of those procraftinators – you know, the people that put off making their bead crafts until the very last minute. Halloween jewelry? I’m on it. Halloween is a big deal in my house – we love the trick-or-treating, the cider donuts and warm apple cider, the traditional barley soup, or the carved pumpkins that we light up with candles and set out on our front stoop.

halloween-necklaceI started this Halloween bead embroidered necklace last year – last year! – so I think that’s been long enough. I dug it up while I was cleaning off a stack of beading boards a couple of weeks ago, and decided that it was time to stop procraftinating and finish it in time for Halloween 2015.

I was lucky enough to score the three ceramic skulls from Laura Mears during one of her Etsy shop updates. Anyone who loves Laura’s work knows that if you see something you like during a shop update, you grab it quick, because the entire shop will empty out in less than 5 minutes.

The round ceramic cabochon was from my extensive stash of Lisa Peters Art creations. It reminded me of a full moon on a spooky October evening, and I stitched on a few black Lucite flowers from The Hole Bead Shop to add some softness to the piece.

For Thanksgiving this year, I’m working on a few of these pretty Sunflower Napkin Rings for our holiday table, but I changed up the colors a bit to make them more autumn-hued. Imagine red and orange petals around a deep yellow center, and dark forest-green leaves on either side. These are so easy to work up, I might have them finished before Halloween.

I’m happy to say that this year, I have almost all of my beaded holiday gifts finished and ready to wrap. (Hang on a sec while I look out my window the flying monkeys that should accompany that statement!) But I’ll still be working on a couple of pretty beaded holiday cards from the 12 Days of Holiday Beadwork downloadable eBook.

Are you thinking about what you need to do to get ready for the holidays yet? Make your lists, check them twice, and then head over to the Beading Daily Shop and get 40% off your purchase today with the coupon code COUNTDOWN. You can save big on some great beading resources to help you get a jump on your holiday crafting!

Bead Happy,

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Jennifer

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