Don't you just love it when you come across a diehard beader who has transformed her hobby into a viable business?  Well, meet Jen Runnion who is the  founder and CEO of who has been beading and designing original jewelry for 25 years.

Crystal Ndebele Necklace
About 12 years ago, Jen discovered a passion for sharing her beading knowledge and designs with others, and started offering tutorials and complete bead kits for creating her designs.  She also has an Etsy store.

Snowflake and Icicle Beadwoven Necklace
Although her stores offer plenty of beads (Miyuki delica beads, Czech and Swarovski crystals), supplies or just the instructions for sale, her kits though do save a lot of second guessing. Kits contain exactly what you need and thus reduce the leftovers. There is also nothing more frustrating than not having enough beads to finish a project!  Her 250+ range of kits also come in different color options and are graded for different skill levels.

Crystal Lace Bracelet
Triple Helix Necklace

Jen told me she has dabbled in all kinds of crafts, including embroidery and yarn arts but her true love is beading.  She could do it all day, if only! Sound familiar?  Shown here are some of my favorites from her collection.

Scalloped Necklace
Beaded Amulet Pouch

Jen has kindly sponsored this $30 gift certificate giveaway. To win it, all you have to do is make a comment below. Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too!  Please say so in the comments.

This international giveaway ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, December 5, 2011. I will pick a winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to come back and check! Good luck!

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