Mary Ellen Merrigan happily shows her bead art in a demo at Amapola Gallery.

Sharing my Bead Art

“Be yourself, because those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.” – Dr. Suess This weekend I share my love of bead art in two ways. On Saturday, I join members of Amapola Gallery in the kickoff celebration of the Gallery’s 35th anniversary. The Gallery is open 10am to 5pm.  I’ll be …

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Five original greeting cards featuring fabrics, beads and threads from MaryEllenBeads.

Original Greeting Cards Change Time

Do you enjoy receiving original greeting cards and hand-written sentiments? It’s the little things that make the fabric of our lives enjoyable, weaving unexpected pleasurable connections with others. Unexpected magic morphs from a caring thought expressed in a written message with a hand-addressed envelope in the mailbox. If you’ve received such a treat, you know …

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This is the personal treasure necklace of Mary Ellen Merrigan of

Three Reasons to Make a Treasure Necklace

If you enjoy creating jewelry, build a treasure necklace, a cherished, over-the-top, drop-dead gorgeous piece of jewelry. It may change your life as it did mine. Although, a multitude of reasons justify gathering, assembling and presenting your treasures, these three come to mind: Showcase your story Celebrate whimsey and fun Create a one-of-a-kind wearable My treasure …

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Mary Ellen Beads creates a swwet 16 themed necklace.

Secrets of Compelling Resin Jewelry Necklaces

3 secrets of Compelling Resin Jewelry Necklaces Compelling resin jewelry necklaces start in unexpected ways. Time and again I’ve experienced giving the “perfect” gift. So, after several months in “resin heaven,” I’m declaring three secrets to creating compelling resin jewelry necklaces: Collect stuff Group, sort and rearrange Play Collect stuff. Those who prefer minimal will find secret …

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