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Beads, Candles & Smells In the fall and winter I really go crazy for candles that smell like baking, sweets and all other warm, 'hibernating-like' good smells. As I walked around my house last night lighting all of my candles I passed by my favorite candle holder and realized, 'Hey! Those are beads on there!". I have had this...

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Happy (beaded) Slipper Day! Well...it’s one of “those” days...a slipper day. Yes, I brought my house-slippers to the Happy Mango Beads warehouse, making it a warehouse-slipper-day. I’m not sure you all realize how wonderful it is to work for this company. We have all heard the phrase, “no shirt, no shoes, no service,”...

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Dystonia & Beading UPDATE: A few years ago Happy Mango Beads got involved in 7,000 Bracelets for Hope. The goal was to raise awareness and funds for over 7,000 rare diseases. All of which lacked awareness and the necessary funding for research, translating to no cures for most of these obscure diseases. The bracelet...

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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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Beads, Candles & Smells

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In the fall and winter I really go crazy for candles that smell like baking, sweets and all other warm, ‘hibernating-like’ good smells. As I walked around my house last night lighting all of my candles I passed by my favorite candle holder and realized, ‘Hey! Those are beads on there!”. I have had this beaded beauty for nearly a decade and just had this realization. So, I thought I would share!

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It has tiny beads that wrap around the top and the bottom and then copper wire is netted around the outside with 1 bead in each of the spaces.

What a cute little gift something like this would make?

Do you bead cool stuff like this? Any beads would work (especially those from Happy Mango!)

Check out Sarah’s beaded bicycle for more inspiration, too!

Category : Beads, Beads, Beads, Ideas & Tutorials, Meanderings

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I’m fairly new to beading….are there any good books you can recommend? I’d love to learn peyote stitch and maybe down the road work with wire. I love your beads and can’t wait to start using them this Winter!

Hello, Linda! We do have a section on our website with a bunch of links to beading books! It can be found here: http://www.happymangobeads.com/bead-books.aspx

We also have 3 beginner booklets available on our website here: http://www.happymangobeads.com/jewelry_making_instructional_books.aspx

Have fun and thank you for following our blog!

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Happy (beaded) Slipper Day!

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Well…it’s one of “those” days…a slipper day. Yes, I brought my house-slippers to the Happy Mango Beads warehouse, making it a warehouse-slipper-day.

I’m not sure you all realize how wonderful it is to work for this company. We have all heard the phrase, “no shirt, no shoes, no service,” and it is no different here. We are required to wear shoes (and shirts), but slippers DO count as shoes! Plus, these slippers have buttons on them, and we all know that buttons count as beads (like these Czech glass buttons!). So technically, I am wearing beaded slippers (and your jealousy is valid).

Stay tuned for pajama day (not to be confused with yoga-pant day), which will, surely, include slippers!

Happy Mango Beads

Category : Meanderings

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Im so jealous! Wish I could wear slippers at work, especially such classy ones as those. Pajama day too!!! Man im in the wrong line of work.

I love your blog posts :)

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Which collection do you prefer?

Well, I couldn’t choose just one favorite order this week, you all are very talented when it comes to selecting your beads! These two orders especially inspired me.

Featuring our new silk ribbon, the first order flaunts a fresh, cheerful take on a fall color palette.
Happy Mango Beads

Next up, including our lampwork and recycled glass beads (which are currently on sale!), the second order offers a more subdued and peaceful collection.
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Which do you prefer?

Category : Jewelry Inspiration

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Autumn inspired beads are this week’s FAVORITE!

Looking for some autumnal inspiration?? In our new “Order of the Week” segment, we can offer just that! This order combines a wonderful array of orange and amber hues, along with the greens that remain from those summer leaves that aren’t quite ready to turn. Combining a range of beads, from wood to resin, and glass to cotton-wrapped beads, this order made me so happy as I pulled each strand from around the warehouse, that I have deemed it the best “Order of the Week”!

Who knows, maybe your order will pop up here next time…let’s see what you’ve got!

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See? Doesn’t this order remind you of Fall? I stole this photo from Emily’s photography Facebook page.

Emily Sierra Photography

Category : Jewelry Inspiration, Order of the Week

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Gyan Mudra

If you have ever meditated or taken a yoga class, you have likely put your thumb and index finger together in the Gyan Mudra. This hand posture has a deep significance planted in a variety of religions and traditions as you may have seen spiritual figures such as Guru Nanak (Sikhism), Christ (Christianity, Catholicism), Buddha (Buddhism) and Mahavir (Jainism) depicted artistically with this hand posture. This hand posture is thought to ease depression and tension by stimulating the root chakra, the base chakra with grounding qualities bringing one back to Earth. Do you have to be religious in any form to practice this posture? Of course not!

Happy Mango Beads offers a pendant made of brass imitating the Gyan Mudra. This pendant is perfect for anyone looking to be a little more grounded in their day-to-day life. Looking for other ways to balance your chakras? Read about the ways gemstones can balance and cleanse the chakras.
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Category : Jewelry Inspiration

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