I am a huge fan of Auntie's Beads' videos - I've included many of them in my past blog posts. So when Auntie's Beads contacted me recently to ask if I would like to do a giveaway AND invited me to their blogger program, I was thrilled to bits!

If beads are your passion, then you'll know checking out different suppliers is often worthwhile if you are looking for something different. For instance they have a new line of enameled Tibetan Style beads which are just gorgeous.

They sent me this lovely selection of lamp work beads from their glass beads section. I liked how they pre-coordinated the bead colors but I didn't combine the different beads together.

These are the designs I eventually came up with for my Etsy store which will hopefully all raise money for my favorite cause (100% of net proceeds goes to cancer research). The flower designs on some of the beads were a source of inspiration so I made this Swarovski Flower Vase Pendant Necklace with one tube bead as the "vase".

Still on the flower theme, the Flower Halo earrings were next which featured simple wire wrapping around plain long black beads.

This one is the Alien Flower Pendant Necklace because no flower on Earth looks like that! I had fun wire wrapping it.

The black and white lamp work beads were teamed up with a brown fossil stone pendant and tan cotton cord for this one of a kind design. Thin leather accents were added to the necklace. Actually, a lot of my designs are one of a kind because I get bored making the same thing again!

There are so many ways to use beads, perhaps too many! I  admit I went through a ton of design ideas before settling on this wire wrapped pendant design for the rectangular black and white bead.

To win the $50 gift certificate from Auntie's Beads,  all  you have to do is make a comment below. Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber etc. Please say so in the comments. The giveaway ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, February 7. I will pick a winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to come back and check!

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