Happy Holidays!

From all of us at The Artful Bead, have a wonderful holiday!  We are
closed Monday December 24th through Wednesday the 26th.  We will
be back on Thursday  the 27th.  (Sorry to harp on it, but someone
kept asking “And Wednesday TOO???” till I lost patience.)

Yes, we’re taking a couple of extra days off.  That’s because of the extra “festivities” that are being squeezed into these few days off.  Come into the store and find out all the scoop!  And start on those
New Years party sparklies!

There’s still time!

Plenty of time, actually, to make those last-minute gifts!  Teachers don’t want coffee mugs with “World’s Greatest Teacher” on them, they want beautiful earrings!  Aunt Edna doesn’t need  another ceramic cat, she needs a sparkly elastic  bracelet  to show off at the Bingo parlor!

Make cell-phone charm dangles for the girls at the office!  And make yourself a glittery necklace for the Christmas Party at the Country Club (or at the house down the street.)  It’s practical, you can wear it again to the New Year’s party!

Hurry!  We have less than three weeks of Over-the-Top Glitzy Season left!!!

Oh dear!   I feel woozy, probably hyperventilated, too many exclaimation points…

Ahem. Taa-Daa!!!!

As they say, third time’s the charm.  The emails have gone out!

If you want to sign up for the newsletter directly, please go to http://www.artfulbead.net/catalog/create_account.php and sign up.  Print the confirmation email you get after filling in the form, and bring it to the store before December 31st.  You’ll get 15% off everything you buy that day except artist’s beads and books.

In the future, about once a month we’ll send you an email about some special sale or event or maybe even just a “here’s your coupon!” if we’re really busy.  And we’re even contemplating “secret” sales, available only to our newsletter subscribers!

So sign up, and come in soon.  And if you happen to come into the store on a Saturday around December 11th (like the 8th or 15th), please tell Our Amy Happy Birthday!!!

Keep Beading!


Well, with much fanfare we sent out the December Newsletter email, our first under the new system.  Taa-Daa!!!

Only to have it spit back over 1000 error messages because we “exceeded the hourly domain message limit” or something.  !!!aaD-aaT  (That’s the original cheer rewinding.)  So, if you didn’t get your email yet, hang on.  It’s coming, just as soon as the *professional* nerds (as opposed to us amateur nerds who dance around the edges of technology) get it figured out.

We know some of you got the message, because we’ve already gotten a lot of new signups, so print out that confirmation email and bring it in for your discount.   After all, there are less than 21 jewelry-making days left before Christmas!

Pearls and earrings

All of the Christmas Tree kits are gone, probably not to return until next year.  There are a lot of Christmas candy earring  kits, though.  And snowmen!  Adorable snowmen with different color collars!

A lot of new pearls have arrived, many of them for only $5 a strand, and some new czech glass, in different shapes and colors.

The newsletter/discount coupon is almost done, watch for it during the first week in December.


All that whining paid off, we have a sneak peek of the new stones that are being put on the wall as we speak!  (“as we type” seems kind of peculiar, sorry.)

There are lovely dyed lace agate beads in pink and blue in all kinds of sizes and shapes, red tiger eye and coral (lots of coral, not just these), and wonderful huge sparkly (make that *Sparkly* with a little dance) coated crystal in big bicones and rounds (no pictures of the round ones here, they were busy elsewhere.)

 Tray of New

 And interesting rose quartz shapes and yummy smoky spiral cuts that have to be seen in person, because the picture is crummy!!!  Look at the fabulous abalone pendants in perfect autumn colors.

Rose Quartz Smoky spirals Abalones

And treated agate that looks like art in a string!  Way better in person, I promise.

Treated Agate      Treated Agate longs

Shiny amethyst squares with lots of character, brown kyanite that makes you say “What is that?  Gimme!!!  NOW!!”

Amethyst     Kyanite

 Turquoise pendants in disks and teardrops, agate “eyes” that are too shiny in the picture because they’re so shiny in real life. (OK, next time we use the “real photography” setup, I’m over the artsy quick-and-dirty stuff.)

 Turquoise  Agate eyes

And a lot more, but they were moving fast, getting priced and put on the wall, and I can’t focus when there are that many beads in front of my face.  

But come in quick, before they’re all gone.  You have to have something to make presents out of, don’t you?  And you deserve a reward for getting everything ready for Thanksgiving.  And who doesn’t need a treat for cleaning up all that mess afterward? 


Gettin’ to be that time again!

Starting to be almost cool at night, Santa’s workshop and the enormous tree have arrived in the mall, it must be Christmas Season!  And to get you in the holiday mood, we have these glittery trees and Santas:


And these stacked presents:

Present Earrings

They are Swarovski crystals, and we have kits or finished earrings.  For example, the trees are $12.00 for the complete kit (with sterling pins and earwires) and the made-up earrings are… uh… $12.00, too. The stacked presents and Santas are a little higher.  But we don’t have a lot of them left, and while they are on order, we aren’t sure when they will come in. 

More stones will be in soon, who knows what wonderful stuff Mary will find on this buying trip!  If we’re lucky, she’ll give us some advance pictures.  Or maybe we just have to whine to get them.

Sad News

It is with heavy hearts that we tell you of Wanda Little’s passing from our lives. Wanda has been with us from the beginning — from before the beginning. She and Colleen, her sister, lent their talent, love and hard work to make the store a reality. Wanda has always been supportive, informative, and generous to the entire Artful Bead community. Her energy and expertise were vital in making the shop what it is today.  She will be missed enormously.
A service is planned for Saturday, November 10, 10:30 AM, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 5709 Wedgwood Drive, Fort Worth. 
The family has asked that donations be made to St. Matthew’s church in lieu of flowers.
Thank you for all the kind thoughts and prayers.


Located just off I-20 in south Fort Worth, The Artful Bead has quickly become the favorite destination of bead aficionados across a wide area. Why?

  • A beautiful store, with inventory that changes almost every single day.
  • A knowledgeable staff that’s ready to help.
  • A wide array of classes.
  • Plenty of free parking.
  • Well located near other points of interest.

Come see us soon. In the meantime, plan your visit with a map or your next class with a calendar. Have a specific question? Contact us by phone or e-mail.