What do you do with the beads you buy? I work in the Happy Mango Beads warehouse and I prepare orders for customers comprised of beads from all over the world. Each order has a unique feel to it. I see various beads being shipped out with beautiful color patterns, intricate details, and many different shapes and sizes. I often wonder...
Happy MANGOsteen! Anyone who has eaten a mangosteen knows why it's considered the Queen of Fruit. Don't mind it's grungy appearance, it's the sweet, juicy insides that matters! My first mangosteen came to me as a gift from a Javanese man many years ago. I purchased some giant glass Jatim beads from him, I paid...
Help Fire Victims in Valparaíso, Chile! The most recent updates claim that over 3,000 homes have burned to the ground, 15 people died and 11,000 people have been displaced in the devastating hill fire in Valparaíso, Chile. Having lived in this city for a nice portion of my life, this breaks my heart. One thing I do know, is that the city...
Wampum for Taxes The year is 1638, the place, Connecticut. It's tax time and I have no corn or other commodity with which to pay. Coins have yet to be invented. The answer to my dilemma is BEADS, or Wampum as they are commonly called. With two purple or four white beads being worth a penny this could add up fast. ...
Homesickness Cured! I am not going to lie, I get homesick. I think everyone does no matter how close or far you live from home. My family lives in Ohio and I live in Colorado. I love my life in this beautiful state but sometimes I just wish I could hug my mom whenever I want or go out to dinner with my best friends on a...
I am not going to lie, I get homesick. I think everyone does no matter how close or far you live from home. My family lives in Ohio and I live in Colorado. I love my life in this beautiful state but sometimes I just wish I could hug my mom whenever I want or go out to dinner with my best friends on a weeknight. Just stuff.
Tiffany’s most recent blog for Happy Mango got me to thinking. Whenever I am feeling this way I always wear a piece of jewelry that reminds me of someone back home. My charm bracelet is filled with memories of people, places & events. I have 2 Sweet Sixteen charms from my surprise 16th birthday party, a charm from the lighthouse on Hilton Head Island which is our family’s favorite vacation spot, and an engraved locket from my godmother. All of my charms are special and have meaning to me. Wearing something that someone took time to pick out or hand down to me makes it special and connected to them. If you are missing someone, a charm or piece of jewelry is the perfect way to be reminded of them.
(P.S. – Isn’t that the cutest little cutout of Ohio you have ever seen!?! I know. Me too.)
Check out all of our charms at Happy Mango Beads.
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Yay for almost being actual SPRING! It’s finally April and once the shenanigans of April Fools Day are over there a so many awesome holidays to celebrate spring and other occasions across the planet. Looking for a handmade present idea for an April baby? If the diamond birthstone is a little steep for your budget we have some alternative Happy Mango options for you!
To start with the basics, April is the birth month of the zodiac signs Aries and Taurus. The April flower is the daisy. With the literary birthdays of Shakespeare, Harper Lee, Hans Christian Andersen, Baudelaire and Charlotte Bronte April is National Poetry Month. And with the birthdays of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Bessie Smith it’s Jazz Awareness month!There are also many religious holidays both festive and rich in tradition in April. In the Christian world it begins with Good Friday on April 18th this year, followed by Easter on April 20th. The Hindu New Year is celebrated anywhere from April 13th to 15th depending on the regional traditions (there are at least 16 different names in India alone, and varying festivals for the different states). In Nepal they celebrate Vaisakh, in India Vaisakhi. Thailand, Laos, Burma and Cambodia also celebrate their New Years’ on April 13th.
There’s the major Jewish holiday of Passover from Monday April 14th to Tuesday April 22nd, Earth Day on April 22nd, and Anzac Day April 25th in Australia and New Zealand.
One of the more obscure holidays in April is International Record Store Day, held the third Saturday of April. So tie that in with your April-birthday music lover and spread the handmade gift love!
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What is the significance of a bead to you? For some this question is answered with a simple response as it creates a beautiful piece of jewelry to compliment an outfit nicely. To others, it represents something more. Perhaps it was a special strand of beads handed down from one generation to another for a special occasion? Maybe it is a the perfect combination of beads that make a bride’s wedding hair piece or dress extra special? Some might say that a group of beads they have collected reminds them of a memorable trip or place they once visited.
After reading some of the comments posted to the last blog I wrote for Happy Mango Beads, I realize now that there is so much more to a bead than just the color, shape or type. Whether you played with beads given to you by your grandmother as a child and grew up to appreciate beads, or simply find them pretty and fun to use for a hobby, beads represent unique and special people, events, and times in many of our lives. What is the significance of a bead to you?