Ah, January is a tough month when all the December indulgences come home to roost and the wintry doldrums sets in. Spring seems so far away. Need a bead fix to perk you up?  Well, here is a double treat from Artbeads.com.

As you already know, I am a blogging partner with Artbeads where I receive free materials which I then use to generate tutorials or projects for the blog. I don't receive any payment from them. But let me tell you, they receive payments from me because I also shop at their store. Some of their supplies are drop dead gorgeous and some are unique or hard to find so it's definitely worth a look. The free shipping within the US and just $1 for Canadians really helps. For those of us north of the border, shipping, customs and brokerage fees combined can really add up. But you don't have anything like that to contend with if you win their contests!

First up is an Artbeads $25 gift certificate as a blog giveaway.  All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment below (subscribers please click on the blog title to return to the blog).  The contest closes at 6 pm EST on Tuesday, January 19. I will pick a winner using random.org and post the results as soon as possible after. For more entries, please subscribe to my blog, or follow on Twitter or Facebook. Don't forget to tell me about it in the comments below!

Artbeads have also launched their biggest Sweepstakes ever. How would you like to be let loose with $1,000 to spend in their store? Who wouldn't? Just go (link corrected) to their facebook site to enter. The contests are open to US and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) age 18 and older.

Two ways to win beads? What are you waiting for? Good luck, everyone!
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