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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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Nip it in the Bead

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I’m a gifting over-thinker and here’s a terrifying thought: there are only seven more weeks until Christmas. It seems like every year I am surprised and a little horrified at how soon stores put out Christmas items and then I ignore them for two months and BAM!, seemingly out of nowhere I have dozens of gifts to find for friends and family who all seem to already have everything. Figuring out what to get people is so darn hard when it seems like we all just have too much stuff (but never enough beads of course). What a wonderful problem we are fortunate enough to have! For myself, I love gifts of concert tickets, museum passes and art supplies that I can create with and which hold the promise of something else fun to look forward to.Jewelry Kits

Now hold that thought…

How many times have you been complimented on a piece of jewelry you were wearing that was one of your own creations? It feels great every time, no matter how often we hear it. How many times have friends or family asked you to “show them how you do that’?

Happy Mango Beads has your back! We created 12 different jewelry kits for a range of skill levels to gift or to keep! It is jewelry, creativity, learning, memory making and it comes wrapped in a lovely canvas bag! Who wouldn’t love more beads, more jewelry and all the adoring compliments that will come when they wear their creation? It is simple and thoughtful and you could check a few people off your list before nine weeks turns into one.

Since this is our first venture into jewelry kits we would really appreciate your feedback! Check them out and let us know what else you would like to see and we’ll ask our beading pro, Sarah, to see what else we can create for you!

Jewelry Kit Designs

Category : Beads, Beads, Beads, Ideas & Tutorials, Jewelry Inspiration

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Great job Courtney—here’s a suggestion for beading matts. I cut up an old nylon ‘Vellux type’ blanket. Had enough for friends, neighborhood, etc.

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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.
Happy Mango Beads

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!

Happy Mango Beads

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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