Friday, January 13, 2017

Valentines Day 2017 - When to celebrate??


Valentine's Day is a month away (already!!) and this year it falls on Tuesday, 2/14/17. Argh! Now in addition to finding the perfect gift, you have to decide if you want to celebrate the weekend before, the weekend after, or on the actual day. 


THE WEEKEND BEFORE (2/11-2/12)
This might be the best option for those taking a whole weekend to bask in their love, but it means booking a wee bit earlier and being on top of your game. Plus, when the actual day comes, you don't want your sweetie to feel like it's already passed. Maybe that means extra flowers??


THE WEEKEND AFTER (2/18-2/19)
This would probably be my first choice because I hate crowds, and it would give me a little more time to plan. I mean, come on, how can we already be talking about Valentine's Day, right? The downside is what do you do on the actual day? Maybe a little teaser gift to let him or her know that something special is coming?


THE DAY OF (Tuesday, 2/14/17)
When Valentine's Day falls on a weekday, there are all kinds of things to consider. Does your significant otter like having a nice dinner during the week or is he/she too busy too relax? Do you like being at a romantic restaurant when it's packed? Can you or do you want to go easy on the wine since you might have to work the next day? Can you find a baby sitter?


Too many decisions, right? Well, now's the time to start thinking about it. 2017 is in full swing!!

Valentine's Day order deadline is January 31st (USA) orders! Have questions? We're here!!
~Lori

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Our His/His Bracelets are featured on HGTV.com!

We're so excited today to announce that our popular his/his leather wrap bracelets are being featured in a same sex gift guide on HGTV.com!


You can even use the code HISHGTV for 10% off through 12/31/16! View the post with our bracelets and other cool same sex gifts HERE. We also offer a his/hers and hers/hers version as well! See all of our LGBTQ themed pieces HERE.
~Lori

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Power Phrase Bracelets at Risky Beads - AKA - It's time to get your mantra on!

As 2015 starts sprinting to a close - where has this year gone???? - I like reflect a little on what was popular this year. One theme sticks out above all others - the power phrase. 2015 has been a year of coming out and coming to terms worldwide. The concept of a transgender person became a household conversation (yay!), terrorist attacks make it clear that there are no real boundaries anymore, and the idea of what a police force should be is always being discussed. For those reasons, and I'm sure many, many others, many people have stood up and stayed strong, making it clear where they stand on big issues and personal ones. Power phrase bracelets (and other jewelry) have become a sign of these trying times. Here are a few of our best sellers. Keep in mind that we can customize every once of these with your own wording. Each listing will give you the specs for each piece.









And don't forget about our Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals!!

More soon,
~Lori

Saturday, November 28, 2015

New Designs at Risky Beads - Speaking Your Mind and Then Some

We've been busy here at Risky Beads creating new designs geared toward those with an outspoken streak! And don't forget to take advantage of our Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale. Details at end of post! On with the newbies!!

We got these amazing huge stiletto charms in stock, so we went a little crazy making up designs for them:


Dance items have always been popular in our shop so we've added some new ones:



Customers are always asking for ways to personalize our keychains, so we've added a tiny initial disc option to many designs. Our copper and aluminum initial discs can hold us to 4 characters!


Some of our best selling designs have been in our shop since 2009/2010, so we've updated some of them, gave them a little makeover:




And some of our new designs can speak for themselves:






Stay tuned for more cool gift ideas!! ~Lori

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Couple's Coordinate Keychain Featuring Names, State Stamp, and GPS Coordinates!


Direct link on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/226358141/personalized-latitude-longtitude
Direct link on Website: http://www.riskybeads.com/Personalized-Secret-Message-Couples-Keychain-p/k-2lyrheart-lgbtgps.htm

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Two Months Will FLY BY - Trust Me!


Here at Risky Beads, we are gearing up for Christmas, so it's time for my annual PSA about Christmas shopping. I know what you're thinking...Christmas? Halloween isn't even here yet. It's not even cold out (or super cold, depending on your locale), but I always feel obligated to remind folks that the next two months will FLY BY like Santa's Reindeer when they leave the very last house on Christmas night! But here's the thing, those touching, personalized and handmade gifts you want to give this Christmas take time to make. And every year since 2011, I have had to stop Christmas orders around Dec. 9th or 10th because our queue gets fuller than your tummy on Thanksgiving. I hate that; I never want to do it, but I am always left with no choice because we need time to hand stamp each and every order and need to give the USPS time to deliver.

Last year, our queue looked like this: YIKES!


Our outgoing mail looked like this...everyday!!! Our mail lady was not overly amped about this, I can assure you. 


And although I can't even admit to taking my own advice in this area, I beseech those of you who are prepared and responsible on a daily basis and like to support handmade, to start your holiday shopping now. I love talking to customers about their ideas before I've plucked all my eyelashes out from staring at a computer screen too long or have a hump in my back from excessive hammering. Let them know you care and save a little money, too. Our promotions usually end after Halloween AND our production time practically doubles. I know it's the same for many, many handmade sellers as well. So, I wish you a bright and cheery holiday season now because I will be too cranky by the time actually Christmas actually arrives. :)


You can see our recent new designs HERE and our new Christmas ornaments HERE. And here's one more we added this week:


We ship worldwide and our international order deadline will probably be around November 11th, and our Christmas deadline for the USA will be around December 10th. Remember that you can 15% on our standalone website Risky Beads.com using code FALL15 and 10% on Etsy using code FALL10.
Both promotions expire 10.31.15. 

We're always around if you have any questions!

Lori


Thursday, October 1, 2015

New Personalized Christmas Ornaments at Risky Beads!

Well, it's that time of year again.. when we unveil new Christmas ornament designs hand stamped just for you. This year we have our trademark round  and 1" square designs that have been favorites for years, as well as several new shapes and sizes! So, first, a peek at the tried-and-trues...




(We have dog, cat, and bird symbols.)

And now for the newbies!!!!

(It also makes a great housewarming gift!)





You can save by ordering these now before we get slammed! All of them are available on Etsy and you can get 10% off with code FALL10 or shop our standalone website, riskybeads.com, and take 15% off with code FALL15. Offers expire 10.31.15. Have questions? Feel free to ask!

More new pieces soon!
~Lori