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Help Earthquake Victims in Nepal! Dear Friends, We are deeply shocked and saddened by the devastation caused from the earthquake in Nepal. As many of you know, we travel to Nepal regularly to purchase beads and pendants; and over time we have created a lasting bond with many of the craftspeople and merchants that we work with, hotel...

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Funky Friday - Mala Counters *phew!* It's Friday! And *whew!* You wouldn't believe all the information I just gathered about these fine mala counters. I have to admit, even though I have worked at Happy Mango Beads for over a year, I am still learning new things about some of our ethnic beads. I suppose that is one of the best...

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What's in your Bead Burrito? If you are a Happy Mango Beads customer, I'm sure you are familiar with what a "bead burrito" looks like. You also probably prefer it to an edible burrito! There's no greater feeling than finally receiving that burrito in the mail and getting to unveil it's contents. As one of the shipping specialists...

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Beetle Scarab With all of the traveling that our beads have done it is no wonder there are stories galore to be learned, heard and shared. On this occasion, I was interested in learning more about why these certain pendants were called scarabs and why do they have a beetle on them? Scarabs were first created and...

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Your Thoughts on our 'Throwback Thursday'! We ran a promotion recently where YOU had to tell us your best 'Remember When' story. Emily's 'Remember When' story was, "Remember when snake was the only game you could play on your phone?" Well, we asked for it and you guys delivered - Read through, reminisce and have a little chuckle! 1) Remember...

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50 Shades of Gary – Part 10

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Gary, one of the warehouse dogs here at Happy Mango Beads, has become quite the fashionista. With a growing wardrobe of bandanas, Gary loves to surprise all the Mangoes with his favorite color of the day. I knew he was on to something when I would pull orders that matched his “outfit” and I have taken inspiration from Gary’s choices. Enjoy!

Bubblegum Pink:

Pink is a tint of the color red. It is positively associated with love, beauty, charm, sensitivity, sweetness, and romanticism. Pink has been described in literature since ancient times, appearing in Homer’s “Odyssey” in 800 BCE. Although pink was not a popular color in the Middle Ages (compared to crimson), it was regularly worn by women and was a symbol of marriage. In the 1920s-1940s, pink was considered a masculine color, and slowly migrated to being more feminine. It is easier for the eye to distinguish, as well, and shows up in many sunsets, whereas blue and green do not. Pink is the color of raw meat, due to the protein “myoglobin,” and is the most common color of flowers, serving as an attractive home for insects and birds to pollinate and deter predators. If you hear the expression, “tickled pink”, it means that someone is extremely pleased.

So, Gary, they say that REAL men wear pink. Do you agree?
Gary:
Well, duh! Don’t I look handsome in pink? If a man can’t wear pink, he has issues. It doesn’t phase me when people assume I’m a girl. I just bark at them and then they know…

50 Shades of Gary

Do you use the color “pink” in your jewelry designs? If so, how? Please share pictures!

Stay tuned for more “50 Shades of Gary”! And if you missed the last one, check it out here!

Beads and materials pictured include, Decoupage Beads, Cotton Wrapped Beads, a Czech Glass Button, Paper Beads, Czech Glass beads, a Pink Shell Pendant, Vinyl Disc Beads, Wood beads, Resin beads, and Silk Ribbon.

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Gary is a fabulous model and makes yellow look amazing!

Thank you, Aimee! Gary says “ruff”!

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Funky Friday – Sea Urchin Spine Pendants

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Happy Friday! And isn’t it a funky one? Speaking of “funky“, we have some pretty funky beads here at Happy Mango Beads. Have you seen these Sea Urchin Spine Pendants?

Happy Mango Beads - Sea UrchinAlso known as “sea hedgehogs”, sea urchins are related to “sand dollars”. They inhabit all oceans, from the shore down to 5,000 meters deep. They move along the ocean floor with hundreds of adhesive “tube feet”, and their mouth is located on the bottom, allowing them to find nutrients with ease. They can even convert carbon dioxide into raw material in order to grow their shell.

Typical sea urchins have spines ranging from 1-3 cm in length, but can reach up to 30 cm with the urchins living in the tropics! The spines protect the urchins from predators, and inflict a painful wound when contacting skin. Some sea urchins even have venemous spines.

All of a sea urchin’s vital organs remain in an enclosed portion of it’s inner body, and the external portion of it’s body is used for Sea Urchin Spinesmovement. They possess a “water vascular system” which pumps water into it’s “feet” to provide compulsion for movement. They build “spicules”, sharp crystalline bones, that constitute the exo-skeleton.

I suppose you could find these spines on any beach, but not with a drilled hole, ready for jewelry-making, like the ones we have here at Happy Mango Beads!

Order on!

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What ARE ‘Burrito Beads’?

Just got my first order from you! Very pleased and your site offers really different kinds of beads, I’m delighted!

And your ‘free Bead offers are neat, kinda stimulate creative ideas!

Sue R.

Thank you for your comment and kind words, Sue! We are happy you are happy!

If you just got your first order from us, that means you got your first bead burrito, too! It’s just what we call it once the beads are all wrapped up and ready to pack – because it looks like a burrito…only better…

http://blog.happymangobeads.com/2015/04/whats-in-your-bead-burrito/

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Help Earthquake Victims in Nepal!

Dear Friends,

We are deeply shocked and saddened by the devastation caused from the earthquake in Nepal. As many of you know, we travel to Nepal regularly to purchase beads and pendants; and over time we have created a lasting bond with many of the craftspeople and merchants that we work with, hotel owners and staff, the team at our export company, and other friends made along the way. Though we are relieved to hear that many of our good friends there are okay, there are still some we have yet to hear from.

During this time, the people and relief organizations in Nepal need money for immediate disaster response. Through a trusted Nepalese friend, Mr. Pemba Sherpa, we have arranged to transfer money to Nepal. There will be no administrative costs, 100% of all money donated will be distributed where needed to help the people who are suffering.

Thank you for your support and for caring about the people in Nepal.
From all of us at Happy Mango Beads

We are selling this Bone Pendant with the carved words “Om Mani Padme Hum” which was handcrafted in Nepal, and donating 100% of the proceeds toward the relief effort. The cost is $25 each.

The mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum, is commonly used in Buddhist meditation and cannot be translated into English. It’s about love and compassion, and it’s known to bring about healing. Most people in Nepal recite the mantra many times each day as part of their daily prayer practice. It’s common to see the mantra written on papers that are inserted into prayer wheels and holy statues, carved into stone, and printed on prayer flags which blow prayers into the wind.

Nepal Earthquake Relief

Nepal Earthquake Relief

Nepal Earthquake Relief

Nepal Earthquake Relief

Nepal Earthquake Relief

Nepal Earthquake Relief

Nepal Earthquake Relief

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Order of the Week

Since I get to see all of your orders every day of the week, I am constantly inspired. I found one “Order of the Week” today that was remarkable! The colors are beautiful together and I took it to each of my coworkers to show them this lovely combination. It reminds me of Spring, happiness, and growth. I hope you enjoy!

Order of the Week

If you are interested in any of these beads, here they are! – Light Blue Cube Wood Beads, Light Orange Cube Wood Beads, Pink Cube Wood Beads, Green Vinyl Disc Beads, and Red Glass Snake Beads.

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50 Shades of Gary – Part 9

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Gary, one of the warehouse dogs here at Happy Mango Beads, has become quite the fashionista. With a growing wardrobe of bandanas, Gary loves to surprise all the Mangoes with his favorite color of the day. I knew he was on to something when I would pull orders that matched his “outfit” and I have taken inspiration from Gary’s choices. Enjoy!

Brown:

Brown is the color of dark wood and rich soil. You can create brown by mixing red, black, and yellow, or red, yellow, and blue. It is commonly found in nature in various forms, and is also widely seen in eyes, hair, skin, or feathers in many species. It is often associated with humility, plainness, and poverty. It’s even considered the least favorite color of the general public (although Gary and I quite like it!). The meaning of the word “brown” in many languages stems from food or beverages, ie; coffee and chocolate. In the Middle Ages, each social-class was expected to wear a certain color, brown being the color of the poor. Brown is also the trademark color for UPS, who we see on a regular basis here at Happy Mango Beads!

Gary, it looks like you are rocking the brown.  What do you think?
Gary: Look at me!  I look fantastic!  I think it brings out my eyes.  Plus, my food and treats are usually brown, so I LOOOOVE that! *woof!*

50 Shades of GarySome people think brown is ugly, do you? Do you work with brown beads, and if so, what are they made of?

Stay tuned for more “50 Shades of Gary!” And if you missed the last one, check it out here!

Beads and materials pictured include a bone bead, a picture jasper pendant, a wooden Mexican mask, leather lace, silk cord, leather beads, a Raktu seed bead mala, Javanese glass beads, bone beads, wood beads, and recycled glass beads.

Category : Beads, Beads, Beads, Jewelry Inspiration

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Good to see you again Gary. And brown is one of my favorite colors too! Tell your mom hi!!

Gary is currently napping, but I’ll let him know you commented once he wakes up. And I say “hi” back! Glad you like the brown.:]

You look marvelous, Gary!

I use small brown wooden beads in some of my Tibetan inspired necklaces, instead of glass. They are nice and lightweight to make up for the sometimes heavy focal beads

That’s a great idea, Bo! Wood beads are awesome like that.

And Gary smiled when I told him how marvelous he looks. Thanks for the comment!

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