Bead Wishes from Humblebeads

Today is my birthday so wishes are allowed and sometimes granted!
Here are my current beady wishes for the following year:
1. I’d like to learn to electroform treasures from nature.
2. I want to figure out fold forming leaves.
3. I’d like to have a mid-winter bead retreat next February in New Orleans.
4. I’d like to travel to more awesome beads stores for events, like the super retreat Andrew and I are hosting at Allegory Gallery in September.
5. I’d like to work on a new line of jewelry inspired by my upcoming book.
I’m giving away two gifts today! 
1. Leave a comment sharing a beady wish that you have and I will draw one random winner on Saturday for a $42 Humblebeads Gift Certificate. (No, that’s not a ranom number!)
2. Use code BDAY20 for 20% off your order today and tomorrow at Humblebeads.com
Looking forward to hearing your beady wishes!

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  1. Deb Fortin
    August 11, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Happy Birthday to you. wishing you all the best for the upcoming year. Congrats on your new book too. wow. I can't want to get this one.
    My beady wish is for a Kiln so I can make more metal clay items and not be limited to a torch.
    deb fortin

  2. KayzKreationz
    August 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I'd love to have some of your beads and the time to work with them. Plus I'd love to be able to take your retreat.

  3. VintageBreeze
    August 11, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Happy Birthday. I love your artistic talents!!!

  4. Melanie LeGrand
    August 11, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    My wish is to take all these amazing beads from so many talented artists and open my Etsy shop with one of a kind jewelry and mixed media art!! Hopefully before 2016!

    August 11, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    My beady wish is to attend a bead show one day, where I can meet all the wonderful artisans and jewelry makers I admire, hopefully purchase many treasures and perhaps attend a few masterclasses.
    There's nothing equivalent to either Greece or France, where I live, so that's one of my biggest beady dreams for a while now.
    I wish you a wonderful birthday, good health, love and eternal inspiration!
    [email protected]

  6. Linda Ann
    August 11, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I wish to open an Etsy shop.

  7. Colleen
    August 11, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    hmm, what are my bead wishes?

    1) to have space to actually work on stuff
    2) to go to the October retreat
    3) to learn how to make wrap bracelets (they dont' look hard, just have to do it)

  8. Michele Dell
    August 11, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Happy Birthday! My wish would be to learn how to make lampworked glass beads!

  9. SRL
    August 11, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I would like to learn bead embroidery.

  10. SRL
    August 11, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I would like to learn how to do bead embroidery.

  11. Sherri Stokey
    August 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    My beady wish is to go to a major bead show. One of these days…

  12. Sue Mackay
    August 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    My Beady Wish is to attend BeadFest!!
    Happy Birthday to you Heather and may all your Beady Wishes come true!!

  13. EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC
    August 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you accomplish all of your beady wishes.
    Both mom and I would love to have a rolling mill to texture the copper and a dapping block to form the copper into rounded discs. Of course there are so many different things I would like to work on but I don't think the comment box is big enough for that.

  14. Debra Beach
    August 11, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    My wish is to create a vintage line of mixed media jewelry pieces. Thanks for the giveaway, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Heather!!

  15. gloria allen
    August 11, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Happy Birthday first and formost.
    #2- would love to join you at a bead retreat in New Orleans.
    #3- I want to figure out what my style is, what is special about my Jewelry or what it is I need to do to make it special.
    Love the Bracelet bars, the blue is so pretty.

  16. Kathy A
    August 11, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    My beading wish is to get my studio organized so I can pull together all my nature items and get creating. I purchased Heather Power's fabulous book 'Jewelry inspire by Nature' in June and I am so excited to make some lovely jewelry

  17. Leilani Olsen
    August 11, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I would just like to find some time to do creative things in my busy schedule! Have a wonderful birthday Heather!

  18. Jen
    August 11, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Happy Birthday to you! My beady wish is to get mt studio area set-up so I can start creating jewelry again. Hopefully this post will give me some motivation! πŸ™‚

  19. Elizabeth Bergesen
    August 11, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Happy birthday! I wish i had a bead store close by. I have to drive out of state to the closest one πŸ™

  20. jen s
    August 11, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Happy Birthday! My beady wish is to have a kiln to make beads with my daughter and to sell our jewelry to fund her ongoing health needs.

  21. Julie Doolin
    August 11, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Happy Birthday Heather.
    My beading wish, to have time once I start work this year ti get all of my beading projects completed. There is a lot on the list.

  22. TesoriTrovati
    August 11, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    My best beady wish is for an OCD Bead Fairy to come into my studio while I sleep and organize the chaos, make room for me to work, clean up my messes, and lay out a muffin tin of bead projects for me to work on, inspired by my clean surroundings. Barring that… I would dearly love to spend an entire weekend with my best bead buddy (and birthday sister – you know who you are πŸ˜‰ just hanging out, beading, shopping, eating and enjoying her company, fellowship and inspiration… with no other agenda or must-dos. Happy birthday to you, Miss Heather! May your next trip around the sun be filled with love and light! Enjoy the day. Erin

  23. Old Lady
    August 11, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Happy Birthday! My beady wish is to one day buy a kiln and make ceramic beads. Oh, and to go to a big bead show one day!

  24. rcponders
    August 11, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Happy Birthday!! Wishing you many blessings in the fulfillment of your goals…(the new book is just beautiful, btw). My beady goals include making more beads and findings from found objects, and including them in mixed media projects. Sounds simple, but I need some new tools. I'd also like to clear my workbench (aka kitchen table) of other projects and get back to jewelry making.

  25. Marie
    August 11, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Best birthday wishes to you, Heather. I have learned so much from your postings and I thank you. M,y beading wish is to branch out from bead weaving to wire wrapping.

  26. Donna Baratta
    August 11, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Happy Birthday Heather!
    Since we share our fabulous birthday month, two of my beady wishes tag on to yours. I would LOVE to join you in February in New Orleans for a mid-winter bead retreat! I refer to your first book for inspiration all the time. I love the way you create and combine elements. As a result, I am anxious to know more about your new book and when it will be published! It is so nice to have a "jewelry" book that isn't just how to string beads. I always appreciate the way you focus on other artists' work in addition to sharing your process. My individual beady wish is to find my own voice as a jewelry artist as I learn to work in polymer clay.

  27. Kathy Lindemer
    August 11, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Happy birthday Heather! I am getting one beady wish in September. I am going to actually meet you at your retreat in PA. I am so excited. What an opportunity to learn more!

    My other beady wish is to sell more of my jewelry so I can buy more beads and supplies!

  28. darlene vasco
    August 11, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Have a very Happy Birthday. My bead wish for today is that I get all these boxes unpacked in my work room. We just moved to our new house and I want all the boxes gone so I can work on my new beading projects for fall. Hope to find all my new beads and can get started . Have a great day Heather. Darlene

  29. Cindy Martin-Shaw
    August 11, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Happy birthday! Beady wishes? I know there are many I could be sharing here, but I can't get your lovely "wish" pieces out of my mind to think of other wishes. So I guess that must be my wish. Love those! Have a most wonderful birthday!

  30. Mary Palmatier
    August 11, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I think my bead wish would be a bead lover's paradise studio with shelves and nooks and crannies to store things, natural light with a big space to create, and have it happen on MY birthday! 42 wishes to you, and 42 thanks for the wonderful beads you create for us!

  31. Saraccino
    August 11, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    All the best to you, have a great day! πŸ™‚ My wish… oh… organisation would definitely on my wish… list…! Bronze castings as well… try out lampwork just for fun… electroforming is also since years on my to-do list… and it goes on and on… πŸ˜‰

    In the end: I just enjoy learning new methods! They may or may not be something for me, but the experience itself is always great!

  32. Susan Lindeman
    August 11, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Happy Birthday, Heather!
    My beady wish is to someday attend BeadFest πŸ™‚
    Have a great day celebrating YOU!

  33. Alison Huie
    August 11, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Happy birthday, Heather. May your 42nd year be blessed. My beady wish is to learn to work with polymer clay. I have everything I need, I just need to dive in!

  34. Rosalynn
    August 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Have an amazing and awesome Birthday! To good health and happiness. My beady wish would be to be able to attend one of your retreats anywhere. Can't wait for your new book to come out. Loved the last one.

  35. Ann
    August 11, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Happy birthday! I hope all your wishes come true.your "not a random number" comment made me laugh.

  36. Cherie
    August 11, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Happy birthday and hope all your wishes come true! My wish is for a kiln so I can do larges jewelry pieces than with a torch – my kiln broke when moving house 3 years ago and I can't afford to get another… I would also love to have the tool that bends metal so I can make concave shaped cuff bangles.


  37. Cherie
    August 11, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Happy Birthday and may all your wishes come true! My wish is to have a kiln so I can make larger silver clay jewelry pieces than with the torch – my kiln broke while moving house a few years ago and have not been able to afford another one. I would also love to have the tool that can bend metal into those concave cuff bangle shapes.

  38. Peggy
    August 11, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Hope your birthday is wonderful! My beady wish is to finally get right angle weave!

  39. freshbakeddesigns
    August 11, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Very generous offers, Heather! Thanks so much. I'd love to go on a bead safari all over Africa with a knowledgeable guide.

  40. Cory Tompkins
    August 11, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Happy Birthday Heather!! OMG please come to N.O. in Feb…that's when my birthday is and it's only 3 hours away from here!! My beady wish is to make some fabulous lines of beads/components that everyone loves. I also want to go to BeadFest to meet all the awesome bead/jewelry people I know online and to shop!!! Your new book looks great!! Thanks for the giveaway, hope you have a great day!

  41. Lynn
    August 11, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Happy Birthday, Heather! I would love to overcome my fear and learn to use a torch. And, too many other wishes to list! πŸ™‚

  42. Liona (Blue Merlin Creations)
    August 11, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Happy birthday, Heather! My beady wish is simple….just more time to bead! I have a pretty busy household of kids, all of whom are off school for the holidays.

  43. coffeelizard
    August 11, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I hope your beady wishes come to fruition πŸ™‚ <3 As for me, my beady wishes are more time to have to bead without interruption .

  44. Susan LeGuyader
    August 11, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    My beady wish: I would live to take some metal smithing classes to add another dimension to my work. And beads….more beads!

  45. joan chuisano
    August 11, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    I would love to learn to solder really well.

  46. OnMyPawz
    August 11, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    My beady wish is to have a place to solder!! I'm itching to make my own things!

  47. Rosee1
    August 12, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Birthday Blessings all this year! It is also my oldest granddaughter's birthday today so that makes it a double special, wonderful day! My wish/prayer is to let go of the fear and move forward in creating! It's encouraging to see all of your giftedness here.

  48. Andrea Porter
    August 12, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for the chance to win the giveaway! My beady wish is to have more time to learn other mediums. I primarily work with glass beads but I want to make my own beads from polymer clay.

  49. Doug Zizzi
    August 12, 2015 at 12:47 am

    First, Happy Birthday to you. My wishes are to learn new techniques and why not wish for more Etsy sales?! ?
    Kim Z

  50. Mitzie Crider
    August 12, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Happy happy birthday! I hope it's a terrific day! Thanks for your generosity. Actually, one of my top three beadie wishes is to go on one of your retreats. Maybe New Orleans, a place I dearly love. Have a wonderful birthday.

  51. Sharon
    August 12, 2015 at 1:33 am

    I would love to trade my lampworking kiln for a ceramics kiln and begin creating stoneware pendants. A polymer clay bead retreat would be cool to attend as well. Happy birthday!

  52. Erin S
    August 12, 2015 at 1:36 am

    My wish is to spend more (or ANY) time creating pieces I want to make with no restrictions–using materials/colors/themes of my own choosing–not making something that is just an assignment for a publication or a client.

  53. Liz
    August 12, 2015 at 1:59 am

    Happy Birthday! My bead wish is to travel to some amazing bead retreats.

  54. Mischelle
    August 12, 2015 at 2:19 am

    HaHappy cake day Heather!!! Hope you had a great day! My beady wish is to go to a bead retreat on the beach. Thanks for the chance to win.

  55. Mary Redman
    August 12, 2015 at 2:51 am

    My beady wish is to be able to order beads daily from all over the world so that I would get a package of beads in the mail every day! My next beady wish is to have enough time to play with all my beads everyday.

  56. Unknown
    August 12, 2015 at 3:52 am

    Would love to win the lottery. Then I could travel around to different places to learn and share lots of ideas with creative Polymer Clay and beading enthusiasts. Starting with your retreat in New Orleans. (Cafe du Monde here I come. ) Perhaps a trip on a PC cruise or two. Move on to San Diego or some place warm. Find a beading/pc workshop in the Fall out East. Eventually head over to Europe – France, Greece or ????

  57. Jill U
    August 12, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Many Happy Returns!! My wish is that my decision to make my jewelry business my full-time job is the right one!

  58. Lottie me
    August 12, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Happy Birthday Heather, I hope that the sun shines on you and that you are able to take time to chill out for the day, do special things, and get pampered by your family.

    My beady wish is a simple one really. I would love to have a friend to create your beads with. I have three of your courses and haven't completed one yet. Shame on me, but I do try. 'Other stuff' gets in the way!! But I will do it. My dream wish would be to have one of each of the beads on the course work. To admire and inspire me, and motivate me. I would also love to see more of your husband's orginal work.
    Sincere best wishes to you all..

  59. Kristen
    August 12, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Happy Birthday Heather! I'm looking forward to buying your book. My beady wish is to learn how to make soldered bezels for my enameled stuff. Thanks for the give away!

  60. Sarajo Wentling
    August 12, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I'm so glad you had a happy birthday! My two biggest beady wishes are to make it to Bead and Button and to (finally) get to attend you fall Inspired by Nature retreat. I'm loving the idea of going to New Orleans in February though so I hope that works out!

  61. Denise Locke
    August 12, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Happy birthday.. my beadie. Wish.. to be able to go to art retreats to learn from all you incredible artists…

  62. Katherine Thompson
    August 12, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I just want to keep improving and some tools would be great too!

  63. Alicia
    August 12, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Happy birthday, Heather!
    Your first wish is on my list as well πŸ™‚ As for the 2nd – Fold Forming: it is incredible easy to do it, just check a couple of videos on YouTube; I got an excellent book from the library as well, written by the master of fold forming, Charles Lewton-Brain. Have fun!

  64. Alicia
    August 12, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    P.S. My very first 2 wished (before the electroplating) are for a kiln and a rolling mill. Not sure in which order, probably the mill first πŸ™‚

  65. Wendy
    August 12, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Happy birthday! My beady wish is a kiln so i could do enamelling and glass fusing and try out ceramics and porcelain beads

  66. Wendy
    August 12, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Happy birthday! My beady wish is a kiln so i could do enamelling and glass fusing and try out ceramics and porcelain beads

  67. Kayla @ TheEclecticElement
    August 12, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Happy, happy birthday!! I certainly hope you were able to do something wonderful and fantastic on your special day and I hope many of your beady wishes come true πŸ™‚

    One of my current beady wishes (which isn't necessarily bead related) is to learn how to use my new-ish soldering iron. I've been wanting to learn how to create with metal for YEARS and I'm SO excited that I'm one step closer ^.^

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

  68. Elizabeth
    August 12, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Happiest of birthdays, Heather. You always inspire and bring joy. I hope all the wishes you put out into the universe come true for you. Thanks for sharing your joy with all of us.

    All my best, Elizabeth

  69. Dina DeSalvo
    August 13, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Happy birthday! My beady wish is to feel healthy enough to bead more. Living in chronic pain makes it difficult sometimes.

  70. Carolyn
    August 13, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Best wishes for your birthday.

    My Beady wish would be to meet more beaders in the Pacific Northwest. Hopefully at Beadfest in the Northwest in 2016.

  71. [email protected]
    August 13, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Happy Birthday!!
    My beady wish is to learn how to torch fire enamel this year. I also wish to match up the components I make with some of your beads! Thanks for this opportunity.
    Shelley Katsh
    [email protected]

  72. Beaver Island Jewelry
    August 13, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Like to learn floral techniques in glass bead making.

  73. Linda A.
    August 13, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Ironically, learning to make my own components is my birthday wish. Happy birthday to you!

  74. Linda
    August 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Happy Birthday, Heather! My beady wish is to have a small slab roller for my ceramic components.

  75. Chris
    August 13, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Happiest of special days Heather and congratulations on all your amazing accomplishments! Here's hoping that the year brings peace and continued fulfillment to you. My wish would be to be able to chat with you about the retreat I am running that you were the inspiration for. You can check it out at http://www.autumnartistretreat.weebly.com

  76. PyxeeStyx
    August 14, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Electro forming is sooooo on my wish list too! I was just discussing "how to" with someone yesterday! I want to make organic copper pods and leaves and stuff!

  77. PyxeeStyx
    August 14, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Oh, and Happy Birthday! ?????

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