Sisterhood of the Traveling Bead Box Give Away!

by Cindy on December 12, 2010

It’s time to enter the Sisterhood of the Traveling Bead Box Give Away!

Recently I had the fantastic good fortune of winning the Bead Box from Becky Caldwell of The Gritty Bird.    I received the box last weekend and enjoyed every minute of excavating through it….there were jewelry tutorials, art beads, stone beads, beading magazines, and so much more packed inside.  I might add that Becky did a great job reorganizing the box and embellishing the accompanying journal in such a nice way.

For those of you that may be stopping and by and the “traveling bead box” is something foreign, I’d love to share with you a link to the original post!  It was fun to go back and see how this traveling phenomenon all began.  Beginning with a studio destash, Heather Powers set this creative Give Away in motion.  Heather boxed up all sorts of beads and placed them in a small flat-rate box, ready to travel around the U.S.  The box has grown and now warrants a medium flat rate box.   When the Sister received the box, she simply selected beads and then replaced them with beads from her own stash that were of comparable value. I was happy to join the Sisterhood as the 11th bead box recipient.  Here’s a look at where the box has been so far (thank you, Becky for compiling this):

1. ? The Founding Sister ? Heather Powers of Humble Beads- San Antonio, TX.

2. Mikki Ferrugiaro of MFD Beadwork Originals- UT.

3. Nancy Dale of NED Bead -Vermont.

4. Hanna Rosner of Good River Gallery- NM

5. Chris Neit of Good Quill Hunting-Maine

6. Sandy Spivey of Sandy’s Treasure- California

7. Katie Nelson of Katie’s Creations- TX

8. Kristie Roeder of Artisan Clay- PA

9. Lorelei Eurto of Lorelei Eurto Jewelry- New York State

10. Becky Caldwell of The Gritty Bird- North Carolina

11.  Cindy Wimmer of sweet bead studio – Virginia

Here is a glimpse of the beads that I found I couldn’t live without:


I was happy to see there were still some Humblebeads left from Heather’s original give away.  And oh, just look at the handmade beads and pendants!  I chose some gorgeous polymer clay beads from Christine Damm, a one-of-a-kind pendant from  Mary Harding, and some sweet Gritty Beads by Becky Caldwell.



There are many treasures awaiting you, should you be the next Sister of the Traveling Bead Box!  Here is a peek of what is inside the box now…and I have more to add before it goes out!


You will find these gorgeous focals/pendants by Jangles, Artisan Clay and Gaea among others….


The giveaway: The entire box of goodies, NOW WELL over $400 worth of beads.

The stipulations: Must have an online forum to host the next giveaway. Must be living within the United States to enter and be willing to pay for shipping: $15.00 for flat rate priority mail billed via Paypal.

The rules: You’ll take what you want from the box, add in items of equal value from your own bead stash to replace the items you took and then do the same giveaway on your blog. We’ll keep the beads traveling for as long as we can.

To enter: Leave a comment below, be sure to include your email.

Bonus Entry: Blog, facebook or twitter about it to enter more than once. Leave another comment letting me know how you helped spread the word.

Deadline To Enter: Comments will be accepted until Wednesday, December 15th, at 6pm (eastern time).

UPDATE (by Becky Caldwell)

I wanted to quickly share why it is that artists who do not have blogs, journals or Facebook cannot enter the give-away as this is being asked of me as well as commented on… This Give-away was started with the intention that the box would travel around the states and in order to do that the winners/sisters need to have some sort of online forum to host the give-away on instead of just passing it along to friends.

I hope that this is something understandable as it is not meant to leave any one out. We just want the box to travel as long as it can and to cross as many states as it can.

Those without blogs, journals, or Facebook pages may consider using this idea to create a more local or private community traveling bead box of their very own….. 🙂

I already have my own Sisterhood story to share.  The other night when I checked on the kids while they were sleeping, I noticed something around my 8 year old’s neck.  Worried about him sleeping with a chain on, I took off the necklace to find that he was the first -in this house- to make something with a Traveling Bead box component!  I let him pick one thing from the box earlier, and he chose a glass heart pendant.  He created his own bail out of out of wire, and added the heart and a religious medal.


‘Here’s hoping YOU will be the next to join the Sisterhood. Good Luck!


{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer Cameron December 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm

posted the link on facebook ;o)

GraceBeading December 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm

How could I come here… read this post and not at least TRY for a chance at this amazing box? It is inspiring to see it keep gaining interest. Good luck to all!

Jennifer December 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I would so love a shot at this box! I’ll FB and blog about it, too – maybe this time will be the lucky one for me, LOL!

Michelle Mach December 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm

What a great giveaway! I hope the box circulates for a very long time!

Jennifer December 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm

And I put the link on Facebook, too!

Joan Tucker December 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm

What a stash; would love to participate..

esther December 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm

what a beautiful project!! Collin’s necklace is stunning!! congrats to him!

Karen Firnberg December 13, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Count me in. I’m going to post it on facebook, too, just because.

Karen Firnberg December 13, 2010 at 3:03 pm

FYI – Heather Powers says the update from Becky Caldwell has a typo. She says it should say “artists who do NOT have blogs, journals”. You might want to correct that before a bunch of people think they can’t enter to win the box. Thanks!

Jennifer December 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm

And I blogged about it! Pick me!

Jennifer December 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Oops, shoulda put the link to my blog in here…

Janea December 13, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Yeah! another opportunity to have a go at getting this box. I was never able to get Gritty’s website up so I didn’t know where it was until I saw it pop up on your blog. I will post a link on my blog too right now.

Thanks again! I am lusting after the Artisian Clay piece.

PS. I love the fact that your children are involved with your artwork.

Janea December 13, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Yeah! I’m so glad at a chance to get this again. I thought I just placed a comment but my computer was acting up, and I don’t see it. Pardon me if I accidentally post twice.

It’s wonderful that your children are involved with your artwork! That is incredibly special.

I’m also lusting after the Artisian Clay piece. I really must go get some. I’m not sure how you can bear to part with it.

Genea Crivello-Knable December 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Oops the facebook links to my posts didn’t work for some reason! Yikes. Well they are there, promise 😉 Here’s my profile page!/geneabeads here’s my fan page!/geneabeadslampwork

melissa clarke December 13, 2010 at 10:15 pm

This is a fantastic idea!! I’m already thinking of beads I can put in if I get lucky enough to win. Thanks to Lori for blogging about this so that I could find out about it. I will also add it to my facebook, twitter, and my blog!

Happy holidays everyone! and special thanks for all of you who have kept this box going so we can all have an opportunity to try for a chance to participate!

Elisabeth December 14, 2010 at 12:42 am

Would loooooove to win. And it would give us an excuse to get together to save some postage 🙂

Michelle December 14, 2010 at 10:51 am

This is fantastic..I’ve been following the box. Count me in….

I love your son’s necklace!

Bead Happy!

Sandra Richardson December 14, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Man-o-Man what a haul. I would love to win something like thata it sure would make my little o’le beads envious. Like move over!

Tracey Nanstad December 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm

WOW WOW WOW! i am drooling all over my laptop looking at the beads pictured. This would indeed make for a merry Christmas for me! How on earth does a person decide what to pick with all these beauties?? Amazing!

Tracey Nanstad December 14, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Also posted a link on Facebook under Tracey Leeder Nanstad

dorcas midkiff December 14, 2010 at 11:45 pm

What a wonderful and exciting idea! I would really love to play!!

Paige Maxim December 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

I’ve been following this box o beads for quite some time now…I’d love for it to come visit me! 🙂

Sandi James December 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Would so love to be the next stop!!!

Paula Pfarr Jackson February 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I wish there more boxes traveling around for more chances to be a part of this fun adventure? is it possible to start a second box?

Bourne Elements Design February 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm

GREAT IDEA! Maybe add pictures of what was created from previous winners

Bourne Elements Design February 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm


Paula Pfarr Jackson February 25, 2011 at 5:02 pm

How many web address do you need?

jonn2 June 15, 2011 at 3:59 am


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