ID Yourself with Style copy April 22 2017, 0 Comments
Are you required to wear an id badge at work?
It is so important for security and identification in the workplace that we wear a badge or tag that immediately identifies who we are for other employees and for those visiting our place of employment. I worked at a major hospital system and was required to wear an id badge every day. This was helpful for us to identify each other and especially helpful for our patients and visitors to identify us as employees who could assist them in some way.
I was issued a flat braided lanyard, and lucky me, mine was white. White stood out on my clothing far more than I wanted it to. It was about 1/2" wide. I really did not like it. So I decided it was time to make a pretty one for me. I had been making and selling jewelry for several years. This was not a difficult task for me to do. I decided I should make several for myself to coordinate with different outfits. These drew the attention of my colleagues, and I made lanyards for some of them. On thing led to another, and now I make these and sell to people all over the world. I still enjoy coming up with new designs.
Here are a few of the newest designs available for purchase right now here at Plum Beadacious.
10 Ways to Say Thanks to Your Administrative Professional April 13 2017, 0 Comments
Let's Say Thanks to Our Administrative Professionals
Who juggles all things at your workplace? For many of us, it is our Administrative Professional. It is time to thank those heroes in our workplaces. They save the day, get us out of a jam, and think about each of us. Here are some ideas to thank them.
- Bring her a fresh bouquet of flowers to brighten her day.
- Get him a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble or Amazon for his favorite new book.
- Take your admin out for a nice lunch.
- Give your admin a gift certificate to the movies.
- Treat your admin to a box of sinfully delicious candy or cookies.
- Buy him a nice key ring for all the keys needed each day.
- Find her the perfect handmade lanyard for carrying her id badge.
- Treat your admin to a massage at the local spa.
- Provide your admin with a certificate that lists compliments from all the associates.
- Give your admin some unexpected extra time off of work.
Here at Plum Beadacious, we have lots of choices for a gift for your administrative professional. Browse our items, but remember it is the thought that counts. The most important thing you can do is sincerely recognize the person your administrative professional is.
Administrative Professionals Day is Wednesday, April 26 this year.
The Case of the Missing Keys! March 31 2017, 0 Comments
How many hours have you lost while trying to find your keys? Most of us throw our keys into our purse when we get out of the car. Then they find their way to the bottom of the black hole.
But the keys are not the only thing in this black hole. Coins, lipstick, combs, gum, old tissues, pens, small notebooks, business cards, a wallet, credit card holder, cell phone, and other paraphernalia lurk there as well. Plus little bits of lint like tiny dust bunnies.
Then we happily go about our business with our purse slung over our arm or shoulder with no thought of the keys. Until it is time to get back in the car. Yikes!
We dig around with our hands in the bottom of the purse, peering into it with our faces scrunched up trying to see the keys in the black hole. Usually, we are finally successful, but by then we are frazzled and exhausted. There is always that fear that we lost our keys.
I have tried different ways to see my keys in that black hole by placing shiny baubles on the key ring. That helps a bit. But the best thing I have found for keeping track of my keys is a key finder. These handy accessories are kind of like a hook. The key finder hangs over the handbag and the top. You can clearly see the decorative part of the key finder that hangs over the bag on the front. So you just grab the key finder and pull out your keys. So easy!
I do have to say that on occasion I have just thrown my keys with the key finder on it back into my purse, and what happens? It sinks back into the black hole. So it’s not fool proof. But if you can develop the habit of placing the key finder over the top of your purse where the zipper or the snap is, then you will make your life much easier.
See some of the key finders I have decorated.
Of course, you can use your purse to hold an adorable kitty!
How do you keep track of your keys? Let us know your ideas and what works for you.
Flower Power for You! February 26 2017, 0 Comments
For those of you who have followed me for awhile, you probably have noticed how much I like flowers and how much they influence my designs. I just added 4 new flower badge reels to the shop today.
Take a peek at these and add one to your collection.
Romancing the ID Necklace Again - New Since 2016 January 19 2017, 0 Comments
Valentine's Day is Almost Here
As Valentine's Day approaches once again my thoughts turned to feminine romantic jewelry and how I could bring that into our daily work world with beautiful lanyards. I think I get the most enjoyment when creating something feminine, with flowers, filigree and pretty beads.
I just listed my newest collection of these beauties. Here they are:
All of these lanyards are available in limited quantities. It would be a good idea for you to make your purchase now.
Making the Leap - Selling Wholesale November 17 2016, 0 Comments
I finally did it! I jumped into the business of selling some of my items wholesale to retailers. I've had a number of inquiries lately, and I worked with the buyer from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute - Friend's Corner Gift Shop. She ordered a selection of double-magnet badge reels to carry in the shop. She anticipates many of the nurses will buy these.
Wholesale Badge Reel Order
Here are the badge reels the gift shop ordered.
I came up with different packaging for the gift shop. My normal packaging for retail customers is very pretty but would not work for a display in a shop. So I came up with a card on which to place the badge reel, held on by the magnetic badge attachment. On the back, I printed the information about neodymium magnets. This provides warnings for those who should not use magnets and to keep away from children.
These went into plastic bags with a hole punched at the top ready for hanging on a display rack.
Learn more about wholesale orders
Are you interested in purchasing products from Plum Beadacious at a wholesale price? Do you have a retail store? Please read my wholesale page and contact me to ask questions.
Gifts All Bundled Up for You November 05 2016, 0 Comments
Can you believe it is gift buying time?
When I was working in health care I managed a small group of people. Each year I liked to purchase them a small gift. Most often I wracked my brains and searched gift stores and online to find something appropriate. I had both men and women working for me. One year I gave decorative candles, another I gave handmade bookmarks, and for yet another year I gave personalized ornaments. I was not making badge reels yet, so I never gifted those to my staff.
In the last several years since I have been selling badge reels, I have had many customers purchase badge reels for the teams they supervise. Sometimes they buy them for friends and co-workers. So this year to make it easier for you and a little less expensive, I have come up with a package of your choice of 4 badge reels that you can buy for the cost of 3 badge reels.
To make this work online I had to create some rules for the purchase. You must choose the same clip for the back of the badge reels and the same badge reel color for all 4 badge reels. But for the decoration on the front of the badge reels you have the choice of over 100 designs.
All you need to do is type in the numbers of each badge reel design you choose into the Add Special Instructions box on the Checkout page. Every badge reel that qualifies for this offer has a number at the end of the title in the listing. Here is an example of how it will look.
I am excited to provide you with an opportunity to order these gifts for your colleagues. I hope this is helpful to you as you shop for the holidays.
Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 01 2016, 0 Comments
October is breast cancer awareness month. Once again I have some new badge reels to wear during this month to show your support for those fighting breast cancer and for the research being done. Most of us either know someone who has had breast cancer or we ourselves have personally experienced breast cancer.
10% of all sales of breast cancer awareness badge reels in October 2016
will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Read about my breast cancer story.
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Go for the Gold - Autumn Splendor for Badge Reels August 30 2016, 1 Comment
Autumn Splendor in Gold
Here in Colorado the aspen trees are beginning to turn to golden yellow. It won't be many more weeks and entire mountainsides will glow with rustling golden leaves. It is one of my favorite things about Colorado.
No matter how glorious nature is, most of us still need to go to work each day and complete those daily activities so needed for all of us to thrive. Many of you need to wear an id badge.
Why not go for the gold when you wear your badge reel? I added five new autumn designs in gold to the badge reel collection. Check them out and see if any are the right ones for you.
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Six Colors Now Available for Badge Reels July 27 2016, 0 Comments
Make Your Badge Reel Unique for You!
I am excited to now offer badge reels in your choice of six different colors. Previously each of my designs was created on a badge reel in a complimentary color to the image or button used to decorate it. This has worked well for many of you. However, many of the designs will work well on a different color badge reel.
How to Select a Color
When you find a badge reel you like, click on it. You will see to the right of the photos two drop down fields. The first drop down field says Style. From there you can select what type of clip you want on the back of the badge reel. Those choices are:
- Belt Clip
- Swivel Clip
- Single Magnet
- Double Magnets
The second drop down field is Color. Those choices are:
Swivel clips are not available for chrome or gold badge reels.
There are a few badge reels only available in one color.
For those of you who have visited my online store in the past, you will see that I no longer use the same menu options that I originally started with. Instead of a collection of Magnetic Badge Reels and another collection of Clip-On Badge Reels, you now will see one collection called Badge Reels - Magnetic and Clip On Styles
Take a look at the badge reels for sale and find one you like.
Be Cool - Wear Shades June 28 2016, 0 Comments
National Sunglasses Day -
So true to my nature, I am often lagging behind on the latest news. I just found out that yesterday, June 27, was National Sunglasses Day. However, I did just make some new eyeglass holders that will work well for your sunglasses. So in celebration of National Sunglasses Day, why not select one of our sunglass chains, lanyards or magnetic holders so you can hang onto your sunglasses when you are not wearing them.
Protect Your Eyes -
It is important that you wear sunglasses when you are outside. UV rays can damage your eyes. Cataracts are the most common problem from the eyes being exposed to the sun, but cancer is also a possibility. My ophthalmologist has told me to wear sunglasses whenever I go outside during the day, all year long. I do live in a mountain state, and I am about one mile closer to the sun than most flatlanders.
Peak at My Newest Eyeglass Holders -
Enjoy these resin flower magnetic eyeglass holders this summer.
These pretty magnetic eyeglass holders are petite at 1" in diameter. Lovely for your sunglasses or reading glasses.
This cotton cord eyeglass lanyard is great to wear during the summer. It is extremely lightweight and easy to wear. You could use it with a sundress, tank top or any kind of top. I would not wear it into the water.
Have fun this summer and Keep Your Eyes Safe!
Five New Designs for Summer Inspiration June 14 2016, 0 Comments
New Summer Designs
Artistic Butterfly Purse Hanger
I added a new butterfly purse hanger to my collection of purse hangers. I call this the Artistic Butterfly because this colorful little winged creature is hovering over splotches of color that look like paint. It's bright and sure to make you smile when you pull it out of your purse to place on that table. Keep your purse clean and off the floor.
Plum Purple Beaded Lanyard
I really like the super smooth rectangular plum purple glass beads that I used in this purple lanyard design. They contrast nicely with all the beautiful detail in the round silver slider that holds the strands together at the front of the lanyard. The soft purples, blues and mauve tones will complement many outfits and suggest a cool breeze during the heat of the summer.
Plum Purple Eyeglass Chain
In keeping with the plum purple beaded lanyard I created a coordinating purple eyeglass chain. You may wish to wear both of these or just one. Either is beautiful.
Classic Silver and Pearl Lanyard
For those of you dedicated to wearing classic silver jewelry, try this new silver chain and pearl lanyard. I designed this to use some lovely silver round bead frames along with the pearls and silver chain. So pretty!
Classic Silver and Pearl Eyeglass Chain
This is another eyeglass chain that coordinates with a lanyard. It is a simple style that will complement many type of glasses and clothing.
What's Trending in Your Fashion Summer?
Let me know if the comments below if you are wanting a certain type of work accessory or colors of lanyards, eyeglass chains, etc. that I do not have here. I like to do custom work and to develop new designs for this shop.
Please contact me about custom orders.
Honor Your Amazing Administrative Professional April 15 2016, 0 Comments
New Design to Carry Your ID Badge at Work February 26 2016, 0 Comments
Versatility is Key -
Do you ever feel the need to change things up a bit? I do all the time. But you must wear your id badge to work every single day that you go to work. How can you spice it up a little?
New Collection - Badge Reel Lanyards
I started a new design collection to share with you called Badge Reel Lanyards. These lanyards are so versatile. Each one features a beautifully decorated badge reel that has a ring at the top of it and a belt clip on the back of it. This badge reel attaches to a lanyard by simply hanging the ring on to a lobster clasp on the lanyard. It's just like hooking the clasp on a bracelet or necklace, but easier because it is right in front of you and not at the back of your neck or sliding around your wrist. Take at the look of at the back of one of these badge reels. You can see the lobster clasp attached to the ring at the top. Then the belt clip is on the back of the badge reel.
Here is the front of one of the badge reels made from a chrome badge reel and a lovely rainbow colored tree under a glass disc. Can't you just picture yourself wearing a design like this? It would brighten your day and bring a smile to you and the people you see while you are working.
I have created several designs for the Badge Reel Lanyards collection so far. I plan to create more using other colors of badge reels and chains, plus some with beaded strands. I also sell the lanyard badge reels separately. Then you can interchange badge reels on your chain.
There are many possibilities for these. Check back often for newest designs.
Romancing the ID Necklace - Really, You Can Wear a Pretty Lanyard! February 10 2016, 0 Comments
I started creating lanyards several years after I started making jewelry. I thoroughly enjoy pretty jewelry and I made more than I could wear. I started selling my jewelry. But I also had to wear an id badge at work, so I started coming up with ideas to make pretty lanyards.
Now I make lanyards and sell them to lots of people via my online store. The most fun I have making lanyards is creating ones that are beautiful yet functional. Although it may be too late to get one of these by Valentine's Day, you will find that one of my newest lanyards will add a feminine romantic flair to your workplace wardrobe. Treat yourself or someone you love with a new addition to a lanyard collection.
UPDATE - 2017 - Not all of the necklaces I show and talk about below are available now. Check out my new blog post and products, Romancing the ID Necklace Again- New Since 2016.
Vintage Inspired Lanyards -
The lanyard above has a vintage Victorian feel to it. The antiqued brass filigree focal point is ornate and pulls together the rest of the design. Antiqued brass chain, antiqued brass filigree beads, Czech glass flowers, Czech glass faceted fire polished beads, and crystals all conspire to make you feel like you turned back the clock to an earlier time of elegance. Check it out in my shop.
Another new vintage inspired lanyard is pictured below. It features a large antiqued brass bumble bee along with more of the Czech glass flowers, this time in reds and golds. The crystals are a gold color. I liked the idea of putting the flowers in the same piece with the bumble bee. I found these antiqued brass bees several years ago and could never quite decide how I want to use them in a design. I like this design, and I hope you do to. Take a closer look at the bumble bee lanyard in my shop. It beckons us to think of warmer days and gardens.
A Touch of Class -
The other lanyards I recently added to the collections in my shop are below. Each one conveys beauty and touch of class. They can be worn every day or occasionally to dress up your wardrobe. Click on the photos to go to these lanyards in my shop and take a look at the various photos of them. I think you will find them pleasing.
What Kind of Lanyards Do You Like?
I would love to know what you would like to see in a lanyard for work. If you wear beaded lanyards, do you have a favorite color? Do you like vintage inspired, elegant, whimsical, or simple? Do you like chain lanyards instead? Please comment below. Your thoughts matter as I continue to design and make more lanyards.
Did You Know I Make Custom Badge Reels? October 21 2015, 0 Comments
Custom Badge Reels from Your Photos
I have been making custom badge reels for customers for about a year now. These customers send me a photo that I resize, print and place under a photo glass cabochon. I then place the photo glass cabochon on a badge reel for them. Here are a some that I made and sold.
The two badge reels above were done for a customer. The cat is a photo that she took of her kitty. It was larger and showed some of her dog in it. I cropped it and resized it for the round badge reel. The dandelion is a photo she sent me to use. It was much larger so I cropped out some of the dandelion seeds floating into the sky and made it fit the round badge reel.
I also take words that a customer wants on a badge reel, add them to a background we agree on, and then make a badge reel. Here are a few I have done for a couple of customers.
Occasionally someone wants a design that can be used by the staff of a small business. The badge reel below was created using an image of the customer's business logo.
If you would like a custom badge reel made for you, a friend or your staff, please contact me. There is a modest design charge plus the normal cost of the badge reel.
For more information regarding how I make the photo glass cabochons that I use on the badge reels, read my tutorial on my blog, Beadaciously Yours.
Let's Get Colorful with our Work IDs and Accessories October 16 2015, 0 Comments
New Badge Reels For Fall
These two badge reels are so colorful. My favorite of the two for fall is the one at the bottom of the above photo. It is a black tree silhouette on a colorful landscape background. The landscape looks like a sunset with the birds flying across the gold orange sky. So pretty!
The blue green badge reel just pulls the eye into it. I really like designs like this because I enjoy looking at all the tiny design elements. The concentric circles help to identify each area of the design and the colors here are eye candy.
These badge reels are currently listed in the magnetic badge reel collection, but if you prefer a clip on, let me know. I will be adding them there as well soon.
New Eyeglass Chains for Fall
I have a thing for turquoise colors. Both of the eyeglass chains in the first picture above feature shades of turquoise.
The top photo is of simulated turquoise eyeglass holder. Real turquoise is quite pricey. This is an economical alternative that you can wear everyday. I really like the look of turquoise accented with red and then the gold touches in the bead caps.
The second photo above is a one of a kind eyeglass chain. I had several of the cloisonne beads with the pretty pink flower on them left from a necklace project I made a number of years ago. I decided they would look lovely in this eyeglass holder. The blue coordinates with small turquoise blue seed beads and beautiful creamy color seed beads that have a touch of a blush to them. Take a closer look at this turquoise and cream beaded eyeglass chain.
The last picture above is my newest eyeglass chain. It is part of my series of woodland owl eyeglass holders. I have made and sold two different designs in the past using these cute silver owl beads and accenting the glasses holder with some forest green, brown and tan beads for a woodsy feel. This one is similar and is designed with cherry creek jasper beads, tiny Czech glass beads, crystals, silver bead caps, and neutral seed beads plus the sweet silver owls. Such a fun earthy and woodsy piece!
Enjoy looking at these new pieces in my shop. As always, I would love to hear your comments. Please share them with us below.
BOO! Show Your Halloween Spirit October 09 2015, 0 Comments
Be Aware! September 30 2015, 0 Comments
How Aware are You?
Almost everyone is aware of breast cancer, and many of us know someone who has been diagnosed with the disease or may have been diagnosed themselves.
My Breast Cancer Story
Whirls and Swirls - It's Psychedelic! September 16 2015, 0 Comments
I brought back some of the psychedelic swirl badge reels I sold in the past. In addition, I added one new design and plan to add more to this section of badge reels.
Here is what I have available in the shop.
This is the newest psychedelic badge reel design above. It reminds me of the ocean surf or perhaps whipped cream. These are made by me from graphic designs that I print and place under photo glass, and then adhere to the badge reel. This one is dropped into a lightweight pendant tray and then adhered to the badge reel.
The pretty design above is cheerful in yellow and blue on a clear badge reel.
See the fiery glow in the above badge reel. Lots of color here.
This one is for all you purple lovers. Enjoy!
Shop Now for one of these badge reels. I can make them as clip on badge reels as well. Just let me know if you prefer that.
Badge Reels to Take You Into Fall September 03 2015, 0 Comments
As we approach Labor Day, we become more aware of the upcoming change in the seasons and our wardrobes. Why not change out your old badge reel for a new one?
Here is what is new for badge reels at Plum Beadacious.
Colorful and Fun New Choices
Decorate your clothing while managing your id badge at the same time. See these new badge reels and others.
Teachers Can Share Their Love of Teaching
Teachers are inspired with the new school year and new students. Share that passion for teaching by wearing one of the teacher badge reels below. Give one to your favorite teacher.
Breast Cancer Awareness
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Proclaim your support for the fight against breast cancer, and honor those who have survived it with a breast cancer awareness badge reel.
Do you need a badge reel that displays your message or theme? Contact me for custom designs.
Christmas in July Sale July 07 2015, 0 Comments
Do you ever buy ahead for Christmas? I do sometimes. I am not the best at doing that. If I know what somebody on my list really would like, or if I happen to see something awesome in a shop that I know is just perfect, then I will buy for Christmas regardless of the time of year.
I also have to confess that I have placed Christmas gifts that I purchased early in a closet and found them there a year or more later when doing a big cleaning. Not so good.
Anyhow, crafters have always done Christmas in July projects. So in keeping with that idea, I am listing my Christmas themed items for sale from today through July 14 at a 25% off discount to celebrate Christmas in July. Browse through my sale items to see if anything strikes you as just the right item to wear or give for Christmas.
Get Inspired - Gallery of Sold Items June 29 2015, 0 Comments
Splash of Sunshine June 09 2015, 0 Comments
Summertime and the Livin' Is Easy
I sent out a newsletter a few days ago to announce my newest products and to offer a discount for your purchases through June 12. Take a few minutes to read my June newsletter.
Sometimes we just want to change out our accessories from the everyday things we wore all winter to breathe some fresh life into what we are wearing and how we feel.
If you would like to receive my newsletters in the future, and learn about discounts I have for my subscribers, sign up now. You will receive a coupon code for 15% off of a purchase from Plum Beadacious.
Have a Happy Summer!
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