Thursday, May 24, 2012

Summer Shop Feature ~ Deeder the Beader

It’s time again for Nostalgic Summer’s “Summer Shop Feature” and this time it will include a GIVEAWAY!

I am so excited about all the great artists/handcrafters in my group The Traveling Handmade Bazaar and want you to get to know them…. so they will be the summer shop features this year.

First up is Denise of Deeder the Beader.

Denise began beading five years ago, she loved the great jewelry a friend was wearing and attended a jewelry party her friend hosted but found the jewelry just wasn’t right for her. She decided to take a few community education classes and create her own pieces.

Friends started noticing Denise’s jewelry and asked her to design custom pieces for them. She applied for a tax ID number, opened an Etsy shop and “Officially started business in mid 2009.”

The mystery behind the name……“Deeder the Beader”

Denise had lots of help and support from friends and family when choosing a name for her business. She submitted several ideas to them, when her husband came up with “Deeder the Beader.”
Deeder was a nickname Denise’s parents had called her (she is so very lucky…I won’t divulge some of the nicknames my five brothers called me!) anyway, the name had a great ring to it, it spoke of her business which is much more than just jewelry and she felt “it was to catchy not to use”

Denise uses glass, stone, metal and acrylic beads in her creations. One of her favorite mediums, paper beads, is handmade in Rwanda from recycled paper. The Rwandan women who make these beads were affected by the genocide in 1994, becoming orphans or heads of households as well as enduring illness or dependency.  These paper beads help support their families. A portion of Denise’s sale of the paper bead jewelry goes back to the women of Rwanda.

Denise is a wonderful, creative, friendly person who always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude. I am happy and honored to have her as a part of The Traveling Handmade Bazaar.

AND….she is generously donating this beautiful necklace/earring set as a giveaway for her shop feature.

To enter the giveaway contest:
1.    Leave a comment on this post with your favorite item from Deeder the Beader’s Etsy shop. The link: DEEDER THE BEADER
2.    Like Deeder the Beader on Facebook at: Deeder the Beader
3.    Like The Traveling Handmade Bazaar at: TTHB
4.    Follow Nostalgic Summer’s blog here.

Leave a comment for each of these you do…remember the more you do, the more chances you have to win!

The contest will end Thursday, May31st at midnight.
The winner will be chosen and announced on Friday, June 1st.

Denise is also offering a discount at her Etsy shop for Nostalgic Summer readers. Use code NOSTSUM0512 at checkout for a 10% discount.

Thank you Denise for letting us get to know you and for being a part of The Traveling Handmade Bazaar!


  1. This is awesome!

    Beads and love

  2. The glass pearls in any color are gorgeous. Fantastic giveaway!

  3. Thanks Renee for the feature and your kind words. Good luck to those who enter the giveaway too. Be sure to use the coupon code before the end of June!

    Denise (a.k.a. Deeder the Beader)

  4. Great feature Renee! I love my earrings made with the paper beads that I bought from Deeder!

  5. Love the Necklace and Earring Set - Rwandan Paper Beads - Large Green and Yellow Beads. I am now a follower of Deeder on Facebook and I favorites her Etsy shop. I am already a fan of TTHB & following your blog!

  6. I love the green beads - they remind me of a girl I went to school with who used to wear this color all the time - and she was from Africa. Love love love the black leather necklace with turquoise beads and the adorable dangling fish earrings at the etsy shop.
    Liked Deeder fb page! Am a fan and follower of Renee's!
    - Betti from DID

  7. I like the fish earrings!
    I also liked both fb pages :)