My journey through the possibilities of beads and charms took another unique and fascinating twist when I was introduced to the entrepreneur, Jim Broshat.
Jim had worked for 18 years as an executive at Target, and then launched several of his own successful ventures. Now, he had another enterprising idea. What if we could capture that special “shared experience” between a dog and its owner — literally!
The shared moments and feelings — sweet and hilarious — captured in beautiful charms that BOTH dog and owner could wear together! Who’d ever thought of THAT before?
Bling for dogs! Brilliant, right?
This is the leather dog collar with a silver chain that unclasps to add or remove charms. You can see some of the charms too: a Frisbee, bone, paw, and a dog riding in a car with its head happily out the window!
Here is the first of several styles of bracelets so that the pet owner can wear the charms too: it’s literally a “shared” experience!
That’s the name of the company on the beautiful blue center heart: Bella & Beau. And you can see more examples of the sparkling charms, from “Spa Day” (a doggie bath), to bones and birthstone beads with genuine Swarovski crystals.
“Yours Truly” was the Design Artist once again. Here is an example of my original artwork and the finished product: ah yes, the dreaded Cone of Shame.
For a little color in our collection, here’s a pink-and-white enamel Dog Carrier with its fluffy occupant. First, the original artwork; then, the finished bead.
Since I’m a self-professed Geek (see earlier entry), I particularly love the Superhero dog charms. “It’s a plane, it’s a bird, noooo, it’s Superdog!” Or, the one and only Canine Crusader!
Then again, I warned you that I cannot resist a good pun!
Speaking of puns, I also wrote the “stories” for each bead design. Included with every purchase, you receive a Story Card with the original artwork and a little story.
Lastly, perhaps a little potty humor. This wicked little design is called “Drinks On Me” and, again, here’s the drawing and the finished B&B charm.
There’s so MUCH more!
Below you can see a Dog Whistle, a Fire Hydrant (called “Pee Mail”), a rawhide chew, a Pooper Scooper, a Frisbee, and a “Peace-Love” Dog Tag. If you would like to see the full collection — or, maybe, purchase some doggie charms for yourself and your Best Friend — go online to bellabeau.net