OHM Beads | January 2021 | Bracelet and Outfit Styling

Happy Release Day to OHM Beads! Today, their January 2021 Release launched. This release has 3 collections: OHM Chinese New Year, OHM Beauty and OHM Rawr. If you would like to see a detailed look at the pieces in this release, I do have a Youtube video sharing closeups in motion:

In today’s blog post, I am sharing how I styled my OHM Rawr beads with an outfit of the day! I also share two other bracelet designs using the beads from the OHM Chinese New Year Collection and the OHM Beauty Collection.

This blog post is also co-hosted by the sweet Alice Haenim. When I was taking photos for this blog, she came right over and wanted me to pick her up. She was quite curious about what I was up to!

If you would like to know more about her (she is a rescue dog from Korea) and hear her adoption story, check out my @fashionstoryteller IGTV video or my pet account, @pawfectella.

So, if you ready for today’s blog post…Make sure to grab a delicious cup of tea (I’m enjoying some Buddha’s Blend from DAVIDsTEA) and let’s get started!

This post contains some affiliate links.
OHM Rawr, OHM Beauty and OHM CNY collections were gifted to me by OHM Beads. OHM Bird Cage was sent to review.

Outfit Styling with the OHM Rawr Collection

I love the glass beads in the OHM Rawr collection. The earthy, stone-like colours look so cool paired with the sterling silver beads. The names of the three glass beads are: OHM Gondwana, OHM Rodinia and OHM Pangaea.

As soon as I saw these glass beads, I couldn’t wait to pair them with my dress from American Eagle. It is called the Soft and Sexy Plush Tunic Dress. The tunic dress and colours of the OHM glass beads match so well together! This tunic dress is a few seasons old, but you can find a similar version HERE. I actually am tempted to purchase this tunic dress too.

I love the Soft and Sexy Plush line from American Eagle, especially during the autumn and winter seasons. They are made of 74% Viscose and 21% Polyester. They are soft to the touch. I have a few pieces from the collection and each one is cozy and comfortable. I find them especially perfect if you work from home or for a casual weekend!

I also love that the pieces in the Soft and Sexy Plush line are basic wardrobe staples, making them great for layering with a faux leather jacket, favourite sweater/cardigan, scarf or vest!

To accessorize my tunic dress, I decided to add a statement necklace. I chose the OHM Bird Cage. This pendant is unique. It also has a “locket-like” quality where you have the option of adding something special inside of it. The door opens and it has a little lock to keep it closed. I chose to wear it with nothing inside and without the lock.

If you would like to hear more about the OHM Bird Cage, Nichol of @myprettycharmedlife and I did an Instagram Live video on it, as well as a few other BBQ beads. You can watch it HERE.

Also, to accessorize (and stay cozy), I added my La Vie En Rose Knitted Knee-High Socks in Grey. I love the cute pom-pom details! Do you prefer cozy socks or slippers? I love both!

Of course, I also had to add a bracelet stack to complete the look! Pictured, you will first see my OHM Rawr bracelet design. I styled beads from the OHM Rawr Collection onto my OHM Twisted Bangle.

I paired my OHM Rawr bracelet design with my OHM Plain Bangle featuring pieces from the OHM Beauty Collection, as well as a bracelet from Joanna Bisley.

Here is a close up of my OHM Plain Bangle with pieces from the OHM Beauty Collection. Each bead in the OHM Beauty Collection comes inside its own magenta pink box. I love this pop of colour! As mentioned in my Youtube video, I would love OHM Beads to come out with a magenta pink (or rose pink) OHM Whip Bracelet!

Not worn, but also released today is the OHM Chinese New Year collection! I had so much fun styling these new pieces onto my Lucky Red OHM Whip Bracelet. I am excited to share another outfit of the day, styling this bracelet. Stay tuned!

And that concludes today’s blog post! Do you have any favourite pieces from this release? If so, how would you style them?

Have a wonderful rest of your week every one!

OHM Beads Winter 2020 | Beadmas Day 9

Happy Beadmas 2020! I hope you are all had a great week. Today we are celebrating Day 9 of Beadmas!

In today’s blog post, I am sharing my recent Youtube video on OHM Beads Winter 2020 release, as well as today’s giveaway!

So, make sure to grab a delicious cup of tea and let’s get started!

Winter 2020 Release:

The winter 2020 release from OHM Beads has 10 beads, two of which are previous OHMistry Beads that are now being re-released as a worldwide, non-limited edition bead. One of those OHMistry Beads includes mu OHMistry Bead: OHM Don’t Give Up.

There are also 4 Holiday Slim Glass Drink Beads, 3 sterling silver Holiday beads and one glass bead.

To learn more about the collection, hear my review and see closeups of these beads, feel free to watch my video below:

The Giveaway:

Day 4 of #Beadmas2020 #BeadmasStories 

One winner will win:

A free bead of their choice, up to $65 value. (Reward will be provided as a “$65 OFF” OHMbucks coupon to the winner. A “My OHM”account required. Free shipping will be applied.)

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below and include your Instagram Handle, also add the following information:
  2. Answer these questions, down below:
    2a. Is SKI BUNNY male or female?
    2b. Name one of the OHM Slim Holiday Drinks.
  3. Answer the following question in the QUESTION BOX, on my INSTAGRAM STORIES:
    What is the name of my “furry co-host” in my Youtube Video?
  4. Follow @ohmbeads and @fashionstoryteller on Instagram (if you are not already).

This giveaway ends on December 10, 2020 at 11 am EST . 1 random winner will be drawn. Winner must follow all instructions correctly to win. Winner must answer ALL 3 questions correctly.

Winner will be contacted through Instagram Direct message and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. If I have not heard back after 24 hours, a new winner will be drawn. Winner will be announced on my Instagram Stories.

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated or sponsored by Instagram or WordPress. 

OHM Beads Holiday Style | Beadmas 2020 | #BeadmasStories

Happy Beadmas 2020! I hope you are all had a great week. I cannot believe it is already Friday and day 4 of Beadmas!

In today’s blog post, I am sharing a cozy outfit styled with some holiday themed OHM Beads piece.

So, make sure to grab a delicious cup of tea and let me share my outfit with you!

The Jewellery:

For jewellery, I am wearing my Lucky Red OHM Whip Bracelet. It is limited edition and exclusive to OHM in Taiwan. It is such a brilliant pop of red. Perfect for the holiday season, but year round too! On it, I have a mixture of Beadmas, Christmas/Holiday beads, as well as beads such as OHM OHMily and OHM Bead Mail. These two beads remind me of this amazing bead community and the wonderful people at OHM.

I am also wearing my OHM Drop Necklace paired with OHM Candy Crush, OHM Sugar Dipped and OHM Ice Cube. I am obsessed with OHM Ice Cube and find myself using it with a lot of necklace designs. It is perfect for the winter season! BUT…it’s also fun to wear in the summer, when you need to “cool off”. It is an exclusive bead to OHM in Thailand.

The Clothing:

For clothing, I am wearing a ruffled sweater vest I purchased from Anthropologie almost two years ago. This vest is a great layering piece and it is very versatile. I can dress it up or down. I can also wear it in the spring, autumn and winter seasons. It has a nice amount of warmth to it! I also love the creamy colour to it! I tried to find a similar version, but I couldn’t find an exact match. Another vest I have been eying (in a similar colour) is the Maddie Sherpa Vest from Anthropologie.

For today’s outfit, I paired it with an older cotton shirt from Marshals for a more casual look.

The Giveaway:

Day 4 of #Beadmas2020 #BeadmasStories 

One winner will win:

A free bead of their choice, up to $65 value. (Reward will be provided as a “$65 OFF” OHMbucks coupon to the winner. A “My OHM”account required. Free shipping will be applied.)

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below and include your Instagram Handle.
  2. Go to Instagram and find my #BeadmasStoriesDayFour post.
  3. Answer the following question in the comment section of the Instagram:
    What bead am I wearing that is exclusive to OHM in Thailand?
  4. Follow @ohmbeads and @fashionstoryteller on Instagram (if you are not already).

This giveaway ends on December 5, 2020 at 11 am EST . 1 random winner will be drawn. Winner must follow all instructions correctly to win. Winner must answer question 3 correctly.

Winner will be contacted through Instagram Direct message and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. If I have not heard back after 24 hours, a new winner will be drawn. Winner will be announced on my Instagram Stories.

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated or sponsored by Instagram, WordPress or Anthropologie. 


My Favourite Christmas and Holiday Teas | Beadmas 2020 | #BeadmasStories

Happy Beadmas 2020! I hope you are all having a wonderful start to the week!

In today’s blog post, I am sharing my two favourite Christmas teas from DAVIDsTEA, as well as two Christmas/Holiday and Tea-themed OHM Beads bracelets.

So, if you are ready, make sure to grab a delicious cup of tea and let me share this collection with you!

*this post contains affiliate links

OHM Pretty Tea Cup, OHM Milky

My Favourite DAVIDsTEA Christmas and Holiday Teas:

OHM Tea Bag, OHM Lucky Red OHM Whip Bracelet

My first favourite Christmas tea has been a long-time favourite. It is called Santa’s Secret from DAVIDsTEA. It has black tea leaves, candy cane sprinkles, peppermint leaves and vanilla flavouring for ingredients! Here is what DAVIDsTEA has to say about it:

Ever wonder how Santa manages to deliver all those presents in just one night? He uses a special combination of Chinese black tea, peppermint leaves and spices – all sprinkled with real little candy canes. It’s both energizing and remarkably soothing. All Santa needs is one cup and his motto changes from “ho ho ho” to “go go go.”

– DAVIDsTEA

I love making Santa’s Secret as a latte. It is a cozy, delicious treat. This tea just brings me back to that cozy, light-hearted Christmas feeling.

I decided to pair this tea with my Lucky Red OHM Whip Bracelet and some of my favourite Christmas/Holiday and tea themed charms.

OHM Pretty Tea Cup, OHM Milky, OHM Milk Slim, OHM Hot Cup

My second favourite Christmas tea is one that I discovered, last year. It is the DAVIDsTEA Gingerbread Matcha. It has just the right balance of sweetness and spiciness to it.

Sweet, spicy & heartwarming. Inspired by the comforting flavours of freshly baked gingerbread, this energizing all-natural matcha green tea is the coziest way to get your daily dose. Try it as a frothy green tea latte topped with a dash of cinnamon a holiday treat that’s as delicious as it is comforting.

– DAVIDsTEA

Gingerbread Matcha has Matcha green tea powder, cane sugar and natural gingerbread flavouring as its ingredients.

OHM Beadmas Bell, OHM Snow Angel, OHM Beadmas Tree,
OHM St. Nick, OHM Beadmas Wreath,

I enjoy making Gingerbread Matcha both hot, as a latte or as an iced tea. You might remember an IGTV video where I made it iced, for Christmas in July!

OHM Snow Angel, OHM Beadmas Tree, OHM St. Nick, OHM Beadmas Wreath

What are your favourite Christmas/Holiday drinks? Perhaps you are like the OHM Hot Mug Gingerbread man and prefer a delicious hot chocolate:

OHM Pretty Tea Pot, OHM Hot Mug, OHM Pretty Tea Cup, OHM Beadmas Bell

Giveaway Time!

I am so excited to team up with OHM Beads and to continuing helping host their 12 days of giveaways! Thank you, OHM!

Day 2 of #Beadmas2020 #BeadmasStories ✨

One winner will win:
1 OHM Pretty Tea Cup bead & 1 OHM Tea Bag BOTM bead.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below, sharing what your favourite Christmas/Holiday drinks are! And your Instagram handle.
  2. Go to Instagram and find my #BeadmasStoriesDayTwo post.
  3. Answer the following question in the comment section of the Instagram:
    What ingredients are in the Santa’s Secret tea from DAVIDsTEA?
  4. Follow @ohmbeads and @fashionstoryteller on Instagram (if you are not already).

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated or sponsored by Instagram, WordPress or DAVIDsTEA. ✨

This giveaway ends on December 3, 2020 at 11 am EST . 1 random winner will be drawn. Winner must follow instructions correctly to win. Winner must answer question 3 correctly.

Winner will be contacted through Instagram Direct message and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. If I have not heard back after 24 hours, a new winner will be drawn. Winner will be announced on my Instagram Stories.

OHM Beads Halloween Bracelet Designs

Hello everyone! I hope this blog post finds you and your loved ones safe, healthy and well, during this time. Happy Spooky Season!

In today’s blog and video post, I am sharing two Halloween themed OHM Beads bracelets that I designed. One is on my OHM Snap Closure bracelet and the other is on my OHM Plain bangle bracelet.

So, make sure to grab a delicious cup of tea and let’s get started!

#BlackLivesMatter | To learn more, click HERE.

I love wearing both of these bracelet designs stacked together. I love how they add a fun pop of Halloween fun (and colour) to my outfit.

And don’t they match so nicely with my Colorstreet Nails?

Also, can you spot OHM Ghost Skull? I am wearing him as a pendant, but you can also wear him on your OHM Beads bracelet too.

I have created a YouTube video to better share my designs, as well as show each charm up close, so you can see the OHMazing details. You can watch it HERE or down below:

If you haven’t seen my OHM Beads Blog Preview or Youtube video of the new October 2020 release, I’ll leave it linked down below:

Do you have any special OHM Beads Halloween pieces in your collection? Which ones are your favourites?

OHM Beads | October 2020 Release

Hello everyone! I hope this blog post finds you and your loved ones safe, healthy and well, during this time. 

#BlackLivesMatter | To learn more, click HERE.

In today’s blog, I am sharing a preview of the OHM Beads October 2020 Release. This release is “spooktacular” and contains 30 new pieces! I am excited to share these new beads with you. So, make sure to grab a delicious cup of tea and let’s get started!

The release date is October 1st, 2020.

Stock photos courtesy of OHM Beads.

The Beads:

BOOGILYHEADS COLLECTION

There are 6 Boogily Heads characters in this collection. They were designed by the artist, Gus Fink. If you purchase the limited edition bundle set, you will also get Qually. Qually is only available by purchasing the full set.

TWINKS (non-LE) (US $50)


MILQ (non-LE) (US $50)


FUTORO (non-LE) (US $50)

PHANT (non-LE) (US $50)


GIG (non-LE) (US $50)


BOOGILY HEADS OHM 2020 (Set of 6, LE/111) (US $280)

HALLOWEEN COLLECTION

A spooktacular release!

OHM SILVER:

SNAKE-Y “-Y” Clasp designed for OHM CHUNKY (US $55)


MEDIEVAL BUNNY (An OHMstudio concept) (US $50)


GNOMBRE (US $50)


ZOHMBIE GNOME (US $45)


GHOST SKULL (US $65)


KARAKASA KOZO (US $45)

OHM GLASS:

DEEP FADE (US $45)


FLAKED OFF (US $45)


INFECTED DREAM (US $45)


STICKY TEETH (US $45)


TOSSED ASIDE (US $45)


INTO THE NIGHT (US $45)


NIGHT LINE (US $45)

OHM LAB:

PLAGUE DOCTOR (US $55)
Laboratory Assistant | Elizabeth Palmer


GHOST OF MARLEY 
Laboratory Assistants |
Helena Zaitseva & Nadya Vezeleva

SKULLKINS COLLECTION

The Skullkins characters were designed by the artist Bennett Klein.

POOCHKIN (US $60)


MONKIN (US $60)


DODOKIN (US $60)

STEAMPUNK COLLECTION

TESLA COIL-ISH “ISH” stoppers fit OHM bangles (US $25)


PROMETHEUS-ITY “ITY” locks fit OHM CHUNKY (US $50)

VICTORIARGH (US $130)
Laboratory Assistant | Hanh My Nguyen

CHUNKY LOCKS

STAR-ITY “ITY” locks fit OHM CHUNKY (US $40)


BARE-ITY “ITY” locks fit OHM CHUNKY (US $40)

OHM Exclusives

OHM in Australia

SWAGGIE (US $60)

And that concludes today’s preview! Stay tuned for a review video. Which beads are your favourites from this release?

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your day. Stay safe and spread love.

OHM Beads | The August Release

Hello everyone! I hope this blog post finds you and your loved ones safe, healthy and well, during this time. 

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In today’s blog and video, I am sharing an unboxing and first impressions of the OHM Beads August 2020 Release. This release contains 21 beads total. There are two collections: OHM Camping and OHM Geek 2.0. Also releasing are two OHM country exclusives, as well an OHM Lab bead and OHMistry Project bead.

Stock photos courtesy of OHM Beads.
These beads were gifted to me from OHM Beads.

The release date is August 6th, 2020.

To see my unboxing and first impressions video, click HERE or you can watch the video down below:

My Unboxing & First Impressions:

This release is HUGE!!! I am looking forward to sharing styling and bead design ideas, especially with my favourite collection: OHM Camping. Stay tuned for future content.

The August Release:

CAMPING COLLECTION

From left to right:

  1. OHM Call Out ($35 US)
  2. OHM Camp Walden ($45 US)
  3. OHM Bar None Ranch ($45 US)
  4. OHM Chill ($80 US)
  5. OHM Firewood ($45 US)
  6. OHM Lantern ($45 US)
  7. OHM Rise Higher ($50 US)
  8. OHM Monkey Fist ($55 US)
  9. OHM Camp North Star ($45 US)
  10. OHM Camp Takota ($45 US)
  11. OHM Ball ($20 US)
  12. OHM Explore ($85 US)

GEEK 2.0 COLLECTION

From left to right:

  1. OHM Overreacting ($40 US)
  2. OHM Be Counted ($40 US)
  3. OHM Eye Love ($40 US)
  4. OHM Critical Hit ($60 US)
  5. OHM Another Variant ($30 US)

OHMistry Project | Campfire

$45 US OHMist:
Maya Uhryniuk

OHM LAB | Mandala

$50 US
Laboratory Assistant:

Catherine Portela

OHM Exclusives

OHM in Australia | Didgeridoo

OHM Didgeridoo retails for $45 US.

OHM in Thailand | Wat Wall Glass

OHM Wat Wall retails for ฿ 2,200.

Which beads are your favourites from this release?

My OHM Don’t Give Up Bead Launches TOMORROW!

Hello everyone! I hope this blog post finds you and your loved ones safe, healthy and well, during this time. <3 

#BlackLivesMatter | To learn more, click HERE.

Tomorrow, June 19th, 2020 my OHMistry Project bead OHM Don’t Give Up launches at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM EST. I am so excited! A huge thank you to OHM Beads and this amazing community for helping make this dream come true for me!!!

In this blog and video post, I am sharing a bracelet design using OHM Don’t Give Up. The bracelet theme is inspired by fairytales because I currently feel like I am in one, with this bead launch! If you would like to see my first bracelet design with OHM Don’t Give Up, make sure to grab a cup of tea and let’s get started!

Faith Over Fear | Don’t Give Up!

I had so much fun designing a fairytale themed bracelet with my bead. While this is not a permanent design, I am loving how OHM Don’t Give Up looks with the OHM Unicorny glass beads, and a few other special OHM Beads. It has a light-hearted, feminine feel to it.

I filmed a video to tell you the story and inspirations behind each charm and why I chose to put them on this bracelet design. If you would like to watch it, you can find it HERE or down below:

I will be posting the video later tonight. Please check back later! Unfortunately experiencing some technical difficulties with the file!

You are meant to succeed.

To shop for my bead, you can click HERE.

Please note, the bead will become available at 10:00 AM Pacific Time Zone or 1:00 PM Eastern Time Zone. There are only 111 made and each bead has my signature on it, near the bottom. Can you spot it, in my last photo?

To hear more about the meanings and inspirations behind OHM Don’t Give Up, feel free to watch the video I made HERE or down below:

DON’T GIVE UP, you tell yourself. You feel it in your heart and soul. You are meant to succeed.

It starts with those first few steps. But with all journeys, it is a struggle of faith and self-assurance. Fear finds its way to creep in. It twists your path, voices harsh judgment, creates doubt and pain. It tries to seize the victory that awaits you.

At your darkest moment, when all feels lost, this bead reminds you to keep going. Push upwards, onwards! Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.

Having faith will guide your journey, through the darkness. The clouds will open, the path will brighten and the further you go, the clearer your path becomes. You will find unexpected help. You will experience achievements, big and small. Before you know it, you will arrive at the end and the start of a new beginning.

You will be victorious. Every fear, doubt, and painful memory will be conquered.

– Emily | fashionstoryteller

OHM Preview Day | July 2020

Hello everyone! I hope this blog post finds you and your loved ones safe, healthy and well, during this time. <3 

#BlackLivesMatter | To learn more, click HERE.

In today’s blog post, I am sharing a preview of the OHM Beads July Release. This is a smaller launch with three beads releasing.

I will be using OHM Beads promotional photos today, as I have not received OHM Cairn or OHM Shark Bay yet to take additional photos and video. My local postal services have been quite slow, the past few months. I am so excited to see these two beads in-person to give a full review!

So, if you are ready…make sure to grab a cup of tea and let’s get started!

OHM Cairn | OHM Lab Project

Laboratory Assistant | Patricia McClure @the_mcctrish

I’ll put a stone on your stone.

– Gaelic Blessing of Friendship

The first bead I have to share with you is OHM Cairn. This is an OHM Lab Project with the Laboratory Assistant being the wonderful Patricia McClure AKA @the_mcctrish. This glass bead is inspired by the stacking of stones or rocks, also known as cairns in Gaelic Scotland.

OHM Cairn will add a subtle, carefully balanced hue of color to your bracelet, reminding you of the precious impermanence of each day, the gratitude you feel for guideposts along your journey, and the friendships you share that stack blessing upon blessing. “I’ll put a stone on your stone” and a pebble of good luck too!

– OHM BEADS X @the_mcctrish

This is a OHM glass bead and features peaceful stones stacked together. This stone detail goes all around the bead. From the photos I have seen, this bead looks calming and so unique. I love the neutral colours of greys and whites, two staple colours in my wardrobe. I am looking forward to styling this bead!

OHM Shark Bay | Exclusive

The next bead I have to share with you is OHM Shark Bay. This is a regional exclusive glass bead to OHM in Australia.

The bead is inspired by Shark Bay, located in the western point of Australia. Shark Bay is home to hundreds of species such as birds, retiles, fish…and sharks! The Whale Shark is known as the largest shark in the world and it gathers in Shark Bay during the ,months of April and May full moons.

Deep blue sea waves swirl into white foam as they spread across the sandy shore. The vibrant salty blue is flecked with shimmers that could be darting fish, bubbles from a whale, or a nearly transparent jellyfish. Is the sandy hue the seagrass floor? Or sea turtles nesting in the shoreline dunes? Your imagination can soar with the rising flocks of birds or leap with the dolphins or even cruise with graceful menace like a shark. Surely this is an OHM bead worthy of the name SHARK BAY.

– OHM BEADS

OHM Woot Bear Phinneas

Do you remember the April OHMistry Project Woot Bear? He was a limited edition bead that was extremely popular! There were only 111 made and this little bear sold out fast! Designed by Steve Ferrera with OHM Beads, the Woot Bear Phinneas will now be available for regular release on July 2nd, 2020. I am so excited for those who really wanted to add this little bear into their bead collection, but were unable to!

I first featured my Woot Bear bead in my May Preview YouTube video. You can watch it HERE or down below:

The Woot Bear design was born in Steve Ferrera’s Berkeley art studio in 2016 for an art show at Woot Bear Gallery in San Francisco. The original bear was a 5-inch tall solid cast resin figure painted with acrylic paints…

The design continues to evolve and find new iterations, this time finding a home in the jewelry and bead world with OHM Beads in Seattle, Washington.

– OHM BEADS X Steve Ferrera

I love Woot Bear Phinneas. He has adorable OHM signature swirls as his fur and he is holding a cute staff. He has the sweetest expression and I am so happy he will be available worldwide!

And that concludes this blog post! Which bead is your favourite?

This Release will be launching on July 2nd, 2020.

The Making of OHM Don’t Give Up | My OHMistry Bead

Hello everyone! I hope this blog post finds you and your loved ones safe, healthy and well, during this time. <3

#BlackLivesMatter | To learn more, click HERE.

In today’s blog post, I am sharing how my Project OHMistry bead OHM Don’t Give Up was made. From the initial sketch, to the wax carving and to the end result…I will be sharing this fun adventure with you.

If you missed seeing my announcement about OHM Don’t Give Up, I have created a page with my previous YouTube videos and blog posts. You can find it HERE.

The OHM Don’t Give Up bead releases on June 19th at 10:00 AM PT.

So, if you are ready to learn how OHM Don’t Give Up was made…make sure to grab a delicious cup of tea and let’s get started!

* Photos courtesy of OHM Beads

Ideas, Stories and Inspirations…

In this Youtube video, I share a detailed look at what inspired OHM Don’t Give Up. You can watch it HERE or down below:

After brainstorming through my inspirations for my bead, I began to sketch out some ideas. I knew I wanted a mountain/journey concept, with a “dark” scary side and a “light” happy side. It was important this bead had a nature and fairytale theme too.

I was also inspired by my favourite bible verse, Hebrews 11:1 ⛰ ✨

Sketching it out…

After I sketched out a few ideas, I sent my sketches and design concept to OHM Beads. We began to collaborate on the bead design! They took my ideas/concepts and transformed them into an incredible bead design. I had so many ideas for a tiny bead and I was shocked at how many of those ideas they were able to keep or expand on.

They also asked me a wonderful question: did I want the bead to be like a real mountain or more of a fictional idea? I loved their idea of a real mountain, so we went with that concept!

They sent the bead concept art to me and we tweaked around with the bead design together, playing around with snakes, wolves and ghostly creatures!

They also added an adorable mushroom house to the “light side” of the mountain. This touch was so “me” and makes me smile to this day! So sweet of them to add that detail in!

After we approved the final design, it was time to test the design out in wax!

Lost-Wax Casting

OHM Beads sent me videos and photos of OHM Don’t Give Up in the lost-wax carving. The process of lost-wax casting allows intricate details to be achieved. It also provides an idea of the size and a safe testing ground to see what the details will look like, before testing it out in sterling silver.

It was fascinating to see the journey of a sketch transform into a wax carving! I was shocked to see how many details were achieved on wax.

After the wax casting was approved, it was time to move forward and create the silver master mold!

Silver Master Mold

The silver master mold was incredible to see! OHM Beads sent me photos and videos from every angle. They even added a blue sharpie pen over the laser engraving placement on the You Did It, so we could see it clearly.

All our ideas were captured perfectly. The details from the wax were maintained. I could not get over how much detail made it onto a small bead. I also LOVED the font OHM Beads chose for the bottom of the bead that reads, “Don’t Give Up”.

OHM Beads also styled the silver master mold with other wax molds, so I could get an idea on size (see below photo).

Box Art | OHM Don’t Give Up

The box art was a challenge for me! I had so many ideas, but none of them seemed “good enough”. One night, I was walking in the rain and an idea hit me: why not do a fairytale story sketch?

I took inspiration from my engagement photos. They were taken on a mountain top with a Little Red Riding Hood inspired dress that I made for the occasion. I loved the idea of a woman wearing a protective clock, on her journey up and over the “Don’t Give Up” mountain.

I sketched out my ideas and then created the final sketch. I coloured it in with a mixture of pencil crayons and prismacolor markers. The only thing I didn’t think about was the direction of the box, on the back. Which is why it’s in the opposite direction of other OHMistry boxes. Oops!

OHM Beads had the fantastic idea to add Don’t Give Up to the box art using the same font as the bottom of the bead. I loved that idea!

It was also during this time that I sent in my official bead description and artist biography. I found the artist biography SO hard to write! Special thank you to Nichol, my mom and Mike at OHM for giving me some ideas!

Approving the Insert

After the box art, bead description and artist biography were finalized, OHM Beads sent me the bead box insert to approve. We decided to showcase the “dark side” of the mountain, when you first open the box. It is the “start of the journey”, after all! When you unfold the insert and look inside, you would see the “light side” of the mountain.

Finalizing OHM Don’t Give Up

After the “big things” were completed, OHM Beads and I confirmed a few other things that included the announcement date and release date.

And…Here We Are!

9 days until OHM Don’t Give Up releases! It is so surreal, crazy amazing and exciting. A special thank you again to OHM Beads (and all of you) for making this huge dream come true for me. Means the world and back!

I cannot wait to see how you will style this bead, and to hear your “Don’t Give Up” stories. <3

Retails for $70 USD.

Limited Edition. Only 111 made.

Releases on
June 19th, 2020
at 1:00 PM EST.