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Milagro Charms Now that we know more about Native American fetishes, let's take a look at these Latin American religious charms! Historically, Milagros accompanied the Spanish to Latin America. Milagros, translating to "miracles", are a Latin American religious folk tradition that are offered as a tool for healing....

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What is a Fetish? First a '50 Shades of Gray' reference and now we're bringing up fetishes?? You might think we're getting a little wild this week here at Happy Mango Beads, but don't be fooled. We're always a little crazy! A fetish is a carving that is believed to have power. Fetishes have been used by all southwestern...

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Chile Fire Relief UPDATE! I am sure that the devastating hill fire that struck Valparaiso, Chile in April is still very fresh on many minds around the globe, especially those living in the burned region. On June 25th, Happy Mango Beads sent $500 to a trusted friend in Valparaiso, and here is Samuel's most recent report: "The...

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Crayola ain't got nothin' on us Contrary to popular belief, coming up with the color name of beads is hard work. It is especially hard when you're working on a whole bunch of similar beads at one time! How does one even decide what is butterscotch, creme brulee, or tapioca? (It just makes me want a snack.) You can now search all of...

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Spontaneous creator or meticulous planner? I am the latter in all aspects of my life. Very type "A".  I like rules and such. I always have to plan out my projects before I assemble.  I look at all of my materials for a while, brainstorm, take a break, come back, and then begin.  Sometimes this process takes a few days or so of planning...

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Bead-Dazzled Bicycle!

Generally, when I think of beads, I think JEWELRY! Well, that’s not always the only solution to using these tiny treasures.

I currently sell my jewelry designs at a local co-op in Fort Collins, CO called Trimble Court Artisans, and our feature display in September focuses on bicycles! The 50+ members are encouraged to create bicycle-inspired artwork for this showing, and it can be in any medium we choose. Well, after Courtney showed me this little bicycle at Wishful Living that needed some TLC, I knew I needed to bead-dazzle it. With a broken head-lamp and rickety seat, this bike was hiding back in the stock room and I brought it back to life.

Using seed-beads intertwined in the basket, along with Czech-glass beaded flowers, a little wire, and a few items from the craft store, I was able to turn this bicycle into a beaded beauty! Now I just hope it goes to a good home, where it will be put on display and brighten up someone’s space. Although, I almost don’t want to let it go…

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Oh, Lampwork Duckie

Need something to brighten your day? Well, look no further. We just recently added new Lampwork Glass Beads to Happy Mango Beads and I couldn’t resist!

The Lampwork Duckie Song – (to the tune of ‘The Rubber Duckie Song’)

Lampwork Duckie, you’re the one,

You make bead-time lots of fun,

Lampwork Duckie I’m awfully fond of you

Vo-vo-dee-o!

Lampwork Duckie, oh so fine,

When I see you, I feel joy

Lampwork Duckie, you’re my very best bead it’s true.

Oh, everyday when I, make my way to the table,

I find a little fellow who’s cute and yellow and chubby.

Bead something lovely!

Lampwork Duckie, you’re so fine

And I’m lucky that you’re mine,

Lampwork Duckie, I’d love a whole pond of you,

Lampwork Duckie, I’m awfully fond of you!

Oh, everyday when I, make my way to the table,

I find a little fellow who’s cute and yellow and chubby.

Bead something lovely!

Lampwork Duckie, oh so fine,

And I’m lucky that you’re mine,

Lampwork Duckie I’m awfully fond of you!

Also – here is the real Rubber Duckie song if you need to listen to it now!

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Milagro Charms

Now that we know more about Native American fetishes, let’s take a look at these Latin American religious charms!

Historically, Milagros accompanied the Spanish to Latin America. Milagros, translating to “miracles”, are a Latin American religious folk tradition that are offered as a tool for healing. Today, you will find them in churches and other religious locations as well as affixed to various objects.  The meaning of each unique Milagro is open to interpretation: for example, a heart-shaped Milagro may symbolize romance and love or a healthy heart.

The Milagro charms that we carry at Happy Mango Beads were handcrafted in Jalisco, Mexico.  These ‘good luck charms’ are made of a metal alloy mixture and this particular metal is a very white silver. Very beautiful!

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Jewelry Kits COMING SOON!

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Here at Happy Mango Beads, we are constantly adding new beads and pendants to our stock. After all, we have to keep you on your toes, right? (Beading can lead to lots of time on your bum, so it’s good to get up on your toes now and then…)

Well, we’re trying our hand at something newer than even NEW BEADS! That’s right, coming soon, to your favorite online bead store: KITS! Whether you’re stumped on beads to choose for your next project, you are looking for a great gift for your favorite crafty friend, or even if you’re just beginning and need some direction, these kits will serve lots of purposes!

They will come equipped with more than enough beads to make whatever length of jewelry you desire (within reason), along with instructions and diagrams so that you can create your next piece with confidence. We have designed our samples using a variety of different beads from our warehouse (gemstones, pewter, glass, resin, crystal, bone, and so on). While our samples will give you a great arrangement of these different beads in different color combinations, feel free to let your own creative juices flow! No need to copy our pattern if you have something else in mind.

So Mangoes…stay tuned for when we release our first batch of kits this Fall!

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Can’t wait. You have beautiful beads. It will be nice to have everything you need together.

We’re glad you’re as excited as we are! Are there any certain beads, colors, or techniques you’d be anxious to have in a kit? We’re still busy making different options, so any input is appreciated. :D

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Put A Bird On It

While I don’t think Portlandia is right in always wanting to ‘put a bird on it’, I do think that Happy Mango Beads has some super adorable pendants and charms that happen to have birds on them! Or- they are in the shape of a bird…you know what I mean.

Yellow Enameled Copper Pendant with…a bird!
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We also have birds with polka dots.

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Posh birds that look like they need an iced coffee, sunscreen and a good book.

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Royal birds.
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And birds that aren’t trying too hard, but are still adorable!

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This post was lovingly written for Courtney, who really likes to say, ‘Put a Bird on it!’

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