Ghoulishly Glam Jewelry

Halloween came early to Blue Door Beads this year! Since Halloween 2013 falls on a Thursday, the Piedmont Avenue Merchant’s Association hosted the 27th Annual Halloween Parade for local kids this past Saturday, and our staff enjoyed the chance to get into the Halloween spirit:

A pair of hippies and a pair of 80's rock stars (including a baby Cyndi Lauper)!

A pair of hippies and a pair of 80’s rock stars (including a baby Cyndi Lauper)!

As we said last year, we believe that it is just as important to enjoy the whimsy of the holiday now that we are adults as it was when we were kids. Even if you don’t plan to pull out all the stops this year when it comes to your Halloween costumes or decorations, you can at least enjoy wearing some delightfully ghoulish jewelry! We wanted to share some of our favorite spooky jewelry designs with you, so check out the photos below for some Halloween inspiration!

Just a few of the Halloween-themed earrings we've created at Blue Door Beads.

Just a few of the Halloween-themed earrings we’ve created at Blue Door Beads.

We LOVE this zombie locket by rapscalliondesign on Etsy.

We LOVE this zombie locket by rapscalliondesign on Etsy.

Hilariously morbid zombie earrings by michellemach on Etsy.

Hilariously morbid zombie earrings by michellemach on Etsy.

Delicate spider pendant by beadifulexpressions on Etsy.

Whimsical spider pendant by beadifulexpressions on Etsy.

Eyeball earrings by GirlBurkeStudios on Etsy.

Eyeball earrings by GirlBurkeStudios on Etsy.

These adorable witch earrings are too cute to be scary! Photo by bellaonline.com

Adorable witch earrings by  Shala Kerrigan for bellaonline.com

There are so many great details in this charm bracelet (tiny witch's brooms, hand-stamped dangles) we have a hard time picking our favorite charms! Photo by BlackberryDesigns on Etsy.

There are so many great details in this charm bracelet (tiny witch’s brooms, hand-stamped dangles) we have a hard time picking our favorite charms! Bracelet by BlackberryDesigns on Etsy.

We love these sweet candy corn crystal earrings! Photo by Swarovski.

We love these sweet candy corn crystal earrings! Photo by Swarovski.

...or embed real candy corn in resin!

Even sweeter: REAL candy corn embedded in resin! Pendant by artyscapes on Etsy.

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The Talented Artists of Our Jewelry Collective

We have been blown away by the amazing variety of unique jewelry that our customers & students have submitted to our first annual Jewelry Collective! Although we are no longer accepting submissions, we did want to share with you a few examples of the handmade jewelry that you will be able to purchase here at the shop Thursday, December 19th through Sunday, December 22nd. Remember: this is just a taste of what will be available, so be sure to mark your calendars so you can come to Blue Door Beads to check out the amazing selection in person!

Earrings by Jen Bobrow.

Earrings by Jen Bobrow.

Necklace by Judi Swenson.

Necklace by Judi Swenson.

Bracelet by Lorraine Lerman

Bracelet by Lorraine Lerman

Necklace by Megan Konieczny.

Necklace by Megan Konieczny.

 

Handmade pendant by Nancy Samuel.

Handmade pendant by Nancy Samuel.

Woven bracelet by Stephanie Brown.

Woven bracelet by Stephanie Brown.

Necklace by Sara Tucker.

Necklace by Sara Tucker.

Necklace by Marianna Matthews.

Necklace by Marianna Matthews.

Necklace by Kim Takeshita.

Necklace by Kim Takeshita.

Earrings by Jen Ripley.

Earrings by Jen Ripley.

Necklace & earring set by Benita Randle.

Necklace & earring set by Benita Randle.

Earrings by Sara Wolfie.

Earrings by Sara Wolfie.

Necklace of handmade paper beads by Sarah Tanenbaum-Adams.

Necklace and handmade paper beads by Sarah Tanenbaum-Adams.

Woven pendant by Karen McRobie.

Woven pendant by Karen McRobie.

Knotted necklace by Cindy Tsai.

Knotted necklace by Cindy Schultz Tsai.

Earrings by Ellen Salazar.

Earrings by Ellen Salazar.

Earrings by Ericka Duke.

Earrings by Ericka Duke.

Earrings by Lara Hayes.

Earrings by Lara Hayes.

Color Pop Culture: The Bolder, The Better

Autumn is one of our favorite seasons. Not only is it the season for mulled cider, pumpkin pie, and colorful leaves, but it’s also the season for dressing in layers, which means more opportunities to play with colors, textures, and accessories!

It can be really easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to your daily wardrobe; we admit that we at Blue Door Beads have a tendency to gravitate toward variations on denim blue (we love our jeans!), gray, and black. But this season, we are forcing ourselves to branch out into the wonderful world of color!

Even if we’re not quite brave enough to wear the boldly-colored outfits pictured below, we found the color combinations to be really inspiring, as well as the perfect jumping-off-points for creating vibrant jewelry! We found some awesome jewelry pieces that we felt either complemented the outfits, or just took the color combo and ran with it. Enjoy!

We love Taylor Swift's beautifully bold color combo choice, but we feel like she could use some statement jewelry to complete her outfit. Photo courtesy of sewweekly.com

Navy & Mustard Yellow: We love Taylor Swift’s beautifully bold color combo choice, but we feel like she could use some funky statement jewelry to complete her outfit. Photo courtesy of sewweekly.com

If you are like Taylor and would like to keep your accessories understated, this cool geometric earrings add just the right amount of funkiness to a plain outfit. Photo courtesy of catherinenicole.com

We thought these earrings would be add just the right amount of funkiness to Taylor’s plain outfit. Photo courtesy of catherinenicole.com

It's hard to go wrong with sparkly flowers! Photo courtesy of ModCloth.

It’s hard to go wrong with sparkly flowers! Photo courtesy of ModCloth.

Sally McGraw has quite the knack for creating fun color combos! Photo courtesy of her Pinterest board My Style - Bold Color Pairings.

Red & Purple: Sally McGraw has quite the knack for creating fun color combos! Photo courtesy of her Pinterest board My Style – Bold Color Pairings.

Sometimes a fun, chunky bracelet is all you need to complement an already-bold outfit. Photo courtesy of accessoryheaven.com.au

Sometimes a fun, chunky bracelet is all you need to complement an already-bold outfit, like the one pictured above. Photo courtesy of accessoryheaven.com.au

Even in a more toned-down shade, teal can still make quite a statement, especially combined with a very subtle gray. Photo courtesy of Banana Republic.

Teal & Gray: Even in a more toned-down shade, teal can still make quite a statement, especially combined with a very subtle gray. Photo courtesy of Banana Republic.

You could always take the safe route and pair a simple sterling necklace with the previous teal-and-gray outfit, but why not go crazy with color? This lemon yellow necklace would be a stunning contrast! Photo courtesy of Laetitia Jewelry on Etsy.

You could always take the safe route and pair a simple sterling necklace with the previous teal-and-gray outfit, but why not go crazy with color? This lemon yellow necklace would be a stunning contrast! Photo courtesy of Laetitia Jewelry on Etsy.

Vibrant colors look great on all skin tones, and this particular dress would look fab dressed up or down, with either a demure cardigan or a denim jacket. Dress from Urban Outfitters (no longer in stock)

Vibrant colors look great on all skin tones, and this particular dress would look fab dressed up or down, with either a demure cardigan or a denim jacket. Dress from Urban Outfitters (no longer in stock)

The splash of orange in this turquoise necklace is a perfect match to the cute dress pictured above. You can't get much bolder than orange and turquoise! Photo courtesy of WildflowersAndGrace on Etsy.

The splash of orange in this turquoise necklace is a perfect match to the cute dress pictured above. You can’t get much bolder than orange and turquoise! Photo courtesy of WildflowersAndGrace on Etsy.

A blank canvas, like this plain heather gray dress, is the perfect candidate for some amazingly bold accessories! Photo courtesy of loungelover.com

A blank canvas, like this plain heather gray dress, is the perfect candidate for some amazingly bold accessories! Photo courtesy of loungelover.com

Nothing dresses up a neutral (gray or khaki, for example) like neon green! Photo courtesy of treasurebox.co.uk

Nothing dresses up a neutral (gray or khaki, for example) like neon green! Photo courtesy of treasurebox.co.uk

This super-mod necklace will definitely add some pizazz to any solid-color clothing! Photo courtesy of PalestPink on Etsy.com

This super-mod necklace will definitely add some pizazz to any solid-color clothing! Photo courtesy of PalestPink on Etsy.com

Bay Area Jewelry Artists: Join Our Jewelry Collective!

Sell your jewelry at Blue Door Beads, meet other talented jewelry artists, and have a blast!
 
Have you always thought about selling your jewelry, but weren’t sure how to go about it? Now is your chance to sell your work! Blue Door Beads customers, students, and other community members can feature their jewelry for sale here at the shop Thursday, December 19th through Sunday, December 22nd. Deadline for submitting an application is Friday, November 1st. Visit our Jewelry Collective page to find out more about how you can join our collective, just in time for the holidays!

Be a part of a talented group of artists, including Ellen Salazar, the first artist to be accepted to our collective!

Be a part of a talented group of artists, including Ellen Salazar, the first artist to be accepted to our collective!