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!


{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

Denise Yezbak Moore December 12, 2010 at 5:48 am

Hi Cindy – You picked fabulous beads and pendants! I would love to host the box! I just blogged about it on my blog. My email is
Thank you so much for this opportunity!

Denise Yezbak Moore

edie evans December 12, 2010 at 5:56 am

I love travelling boxes! I’ve done several of mixed media art pieces.

I don’t post to my blog regularly but I sure would do so if the box stopped at the Hollow! I also have a facebook account to use to update.


Cindy Gimbrone December 12, 2010 at 8:13 am

Hi Cindy!

Collin’s necklace is adorable and how sweet he had it around his neck when he went to bed! What a trip the box has taken! I’d love to have it visit my house. It’s a great way to trade some beads with friends!


Cindy Gimbrone December 12, 2010 at 8:27 am

Hi Cindy!

I’ve posted on FB and tweeted about your giveaway! 🙂 (Maybe I better slow down on that coffee? hee hee)

Have a great day!

Kerry December 12, 2010 at 8:57 am

oh oh oh, i want that box!! being a glass artist, my stash is , shall we say, humble. i just don’t have a lot of beautiful inspiring beads on my desk (other than what i make myself). i will be crossing every part of my body i can at the chance to win.

collin’s necklace is so so cute. i love that he did that!! such a magpie he is and a talented wire worker to boot.

Kerry December 12, 2010 at 8:59 am

and i tweeted… and i facebooked… that is 3 entries for me!

Kristen December 12, 2010 at 9:00 am

If only I had treasures to add to the gorgeous box! I have been watching it’s journey and enjoying every minute of it. I can not enter but thanks for sharing your part and Collin’s story! You are so blessed in so many ways!

Mary Harding December 12, 2010 at 9:01 am

I love the idea of this traveling box of beauties. I was so touched to see that you now have a thistle of mine from it. I was so suprised to see that I have been traveling around in this box too. I would love to have it visit here and replenish it with more lovelies and have a few for myself.

Alice December 12, 2010 at 9:38 am

I’ve been stalking that bead box since the beginning. I’d love to win and see what goodies await.

How sweet that Collin made his own bail out of wire. He must have your creative gene.

Kristi Bowman December 12, 2010 at 9:56 am

Here is my first entry, what a great opportunity. I can’t wait to see who receives it next, of course I’d like it to be me but it’s fun for us all whoever it is!!

Kristi Bowman December 12, 2010 at 10:01 am

I put it on my FB Fan Page which also TWEETS it so that’s a totaly of 3 entries for me!!!! Thank you!

Alyse Bukoski December 12, 2010 at 10:41 am

I have posted on FB. Thank you for allowing us to participate. Best, Alyse

Jayne aka Boot~C December 12, 2010 at 11:13 am

So exciting to watch the journy of the beads~go ahead, throw my name in the hat!

Nancy December 12, 2010 at 11:17 am

Wow- the treasures are going and changing–do you think it will make it to all 50 states? I would love to be part of the fun and add Michigan to the list. Love your son’s creation.

cristi clothier December 12, 2010 at 11:33 am

I say Florida should be it’s next destination. Please include me in the drawing, Cindy! Thank you

cristi clothier December 12, 2010 at 11:39 am

I just posted to Facebook as well.

Niina December 12, 2010 at 11:42 am

Collin´s necklace is beautiful, as always 😀

Ann Rishell December 12, 2010 at 11:44 am

It would be cool if it came down to Arizona next! I love the story of Colin’s choice. I have a girl that co-ops my beads all the time. Mostly it is the owl beads.

Ann Rishell December 12, 2010 at 11:47 am

Put the giveaway up on facebook. Thanks!

diane hawkey December 12, 2010 at 12:02 pm

This is an extraordinary idea & a delightful chance to spread some beady love.
Please count me in.

Judy December 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Send that box to Tennessee! I would love to add to it! Such a great journey it has been on.

Shannon C December 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I love the necklace your son made and how cute that he wore it to bed!
Shannon C

Sally Anderson December 12, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Oooohhh! These beads are so lovely. I’ve been wanting to get on the list this whole time. I hope I make it this go-round! I’d be one grateful gal, that’s for sure! While I don’t have a blog yet, I do have an active Facebook presence. Thanks, Cindy.

vintagesusie December 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Oh Cindy…I want to be a sister too!!! How very fun.
I loved your little story of your 8 year old wearing a necklace he treasured to bed. My 5 year old Grandson loves to come in as I’m making jewelry to look through my box of JEWELS. He carefully searches through my beads & findings until he finds the BESTEST of things. Yesterday he found a small length of chain with some big baubles on it. He left the room & came back later to show me how he was trying to tie it on to his little stuffed dogs neck. We worked on it together to create the perfect little necklace for doggie…he LOVED it. Little boys LOVE jewels & treasure too…so sweet!
I will facebook about this & put it on my blog too…I hope I get a chance to play treasure box with you!!
Hugs Friend & I owe you a blog badge..

Jill Hoblick December 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Your works are awesome! I would love to be part of this, it would be an honor to fondle such wonderful pieces of art!!!!!

Mellisa ~ ChinookJewelry December 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm

You chose some beauties! I’d love a chance to rummage through the box…sounds like this might arrive just in time for my birthday if I’m the lucky duck 🙂

Erin Prais-Hintz December 12, 2010 at 5:14 pm

That is the sweetest story, Cindy! How wonderful that you all get to make something special. I know that if I ever win, I will have to be sure to let my daughter who dabbles in jewelry pick something out. She doesn’t know it yet but I am going to let her get her ears pierced for her birthday in February. She makes great earrings, so I know she has great taste! This would be fun. I love watching where it is going. Wonder how long it can keep going?
Enjoy the day!

sandi m December 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Well I can’t enter, but will watch as the Box continues its travels.
Looks like you may have some competition in the house!
And that Collin selected a heart … how Sweet.

Shelby December 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm

What a touching story about Colin…my daughter loves to dig through my stash too, and the little stinker runs off with some of my good beads.

I’d love to join the sisterhood. You chose some beauties.

Lynsey December 12, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I cant enter as i’m from the UK, but what a lovely story and a lovely idea, i’m on a jewellery forum and they might be interested i doing something like this, and see it travel all around the UK. Good luck to you all, lokking forward to follwing this story as it travels around the US

Stacy Hartis December 12, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I have been coveting this box from the beginning! Please oh please pick me! I have some lovely metals and stampings to contribute. FBed, tweeted and blog!


Lori Anderson December 12, 2010 at 9:28 pm

So want. I’ll Facebook and Twitter and Blog!

Marianna December 12, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Love this! This is sooo cool! I’m drooling over the pics of all the beautiful beads!
I twittered and fb’d about this 🙂

staci smith December 12, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I Would love a beady christmas with the sisterhood:) I have lots to give to the box- this is like ultimate trading, and who doesn’t love trading?

Wendy Peatross December 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I think this amazing bead box needs to come to Idaho. Wendy Peatross ~ From the Heart.

staci smith December 12, 2010 at 10:29 pm
Wendy Peatross December 12, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I just blogged about this too. My daughter and I are excited! Oh, and I added a Twitter post too.

Stacey M. Curry December 12, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Awesome – crazy that I have not heard of this! Such a fun idea…..I really need to destash! 🙂 I would love to be the next one on the list…..crossing my fingers. Love the pieces you ended up with – lucky girl. Can’t wait to see what you make with your new treasures!
your little man’s necklace – terrific – his bail is so creative – awesome that he shares the talent! 🙂
Have a great night!!!

Patty December 12, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Oh yeah – I will blog and Facebook this!

Cindy December 12, 2010 at 11:40 pm

It is so great to see all of the excitement over the Bead Box! I can’t wait to send it off to one of you!!!

Marcie December 12, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Oh, pretty please, mama needs a new pair of um…beads….

Janet December 13, 2010 at 12:18 am

This is a wonderful Adventure! Cant wait to
see what you Create! Congrats to someone who
is so creative to of Won! ox Would love to Win..
thank you for the chance!

Genea Crivello-Knable December 13, 2010 at 12:18 am

I would LOVE to receive the traveling bead box! My e-mail address is I would LOVE to add some more of my handmade lampwork beads and other awesome treasures from my collection! This idea is so wonderful! I love seeing where the box has traveled and see what new additions have been added!

I posted on my facebook fan page here(this also posts to my twitter automatically)!/geneabeadslampwork on my facebook profile page here!/geneabeads

Renate December 13, 2010 at 1:49 am

So wonderful to watch this box on the move. You picked some real beauties.
I am not here to enter, of course. So, now there are two jewelry makers in the house – excellent!

Sandra Miller December 13, 2010 at 8:16 am

Please count me in! Would love to be the next host for the box!


Christine Damm December 13, 2010 at 9:11 am

I’m amazed that my beads were in the box– ha, ha and I know how they got there! Private convo to you! I would love to be part of this, kind of like a giant collaboration. And it’s Christmas, so that’s really perfect. So enter me please. I love that Collin will most certainly follow in his renown mother’s footsteps as a jewelry-maker. “Give me a man before he is six”…… I am an artist because I saw my father paint and draw. What a wonderful gift to give to him! Thanks for posting and hosting this.

Denise Petersen December 13, 2010 at 10:19 am

Hi Cindy, I would love to add my treasures to your bead box. I have several handmade pieces made from resin and metal, including some really unique and published pieces. I would like to share them with your readers. I will host the bead box in whatever way you want, just let me know. It would be so fun to open it and see what treasures await. What a great opportunity for your readers. Either way I will keep folllowing the box and thanks for sharing.

Sandi December 13, 2010 at 11:29 am

What a fantastic idea, would love to have some new beads.
I saw Kerry’s tweet and thought it was a box of her beads, so would not be disappointed to win after a trip to her studio!!!!

Enter me, great necklace and wire work!!

Sandi December 13, 2010 at 11:33 am

Not sure first comment went, I will also blog and tweet!!

Love this idea.

Jennifer Cameron December 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Oh, PLEASE pick me! pretty please? Your son’s necklace is so sweet. He must have a good teacher ;o)

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