Blueberry Cove Beads Subscription Box Review – September 2018
Blueberry Cove Beads is a beading subscription from Canada. Every month they ship beads and supplies and post a challenge incorporating one or more items from the box. If you choose to enter the challenge, you can share photos of your project and may win your next month’s box free!
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About Blueberry Cove Beads
The Subscription Box: Blueberry Cove Beads
The Cost: $22 per month plus $3.50 shipping to Canada, $5 shipping to the US, or $8.50 shipping internationally
The Products: A curated selection of beads and findings centered on a theme.
Ships to: U.S. and Canada
Good to know: You will receive this towards the end of the month or the beginning of the next month if you live in the U.S. since it is shipping from Canada. (Blueberry Cove Beads did recently start using a new shipping service so now you can track your packages, though!)
Blueberry Cove Beads September 2018 Review
Blueberry Cove Beads shipments always center around a theme. This month had a “cottage life” theme:
There isn’t a traditional information card with this box (i.e., you don’t get an item list). This month there was an issue with the printer and the information card looked a little different. There was not a challenge this month.
A note on prices: Items like this can come from a variety of different suppliers at many price points depending on how many you buy, etc. Even different colors of the same size and shape of glass beads are priced differently due to materials needed to make the colors! So I have opted not to provide prices in this review.
Please note that no directions are given and you have to supply your own needles, stringing materials, tools, and findings. Also, note that you will receive this towards the end of the month or the beginning of the next month if you live in the US since it is shipping from Canada. (Blueberry Cove Beads did recently start using a new shipping service so now you can track your packages, though!)
Enameled Wine Glass Charms
I guess part of cottage life is sitting back and relaxing and drinking wine? Anyway, you’ll usually get a few charms in various metal tones in this subscription. These have a silver-tone finish, although, I don’t know what the actual metal is (seems most charms are a lead-free “pewter” alloy these days). These are a good size to use in a charm bracelet.
Blue and White Porcelain Beads
These are fairly large, with reasonably large holes. I don’t have a good idea for them yet but I really should start looking for inspiration because I have a TON of porcelain beads in my stash. I do very much like the flower pictures and color scheme of these, though.
Park Bench Charm
Here is another charm, I guess this is a park bench? My parents used to own a bunch of land and they had a few of these out and about where you could sit and watch birds and deer and such. So I can see the connection to cottage life.
Yellow Ceramic Rounds
These have an interesting finish and more of a melon texture as opposed to being smooth rounds. I think they would be excellent in a more rustic sort of piece. They are somewhat smaller than the blue rounds up above. (I really should remember to put a coin in these pictures for scale!)
These are cute and very lightweight. I think they could work as closures for wrap bracelets or could be used in mismatched earrings.
I guess these are more like cuckoo clock charms? Anyway, they have an oxidized brass finish and moving dangles, which is kind of fun. I used these in a bracelet, which you can see below.
I often have trouble coming up with ways to use wooden beads (another thing I have a ton of in my stash), but I thought these looked quite nice with some of the gemstone beads. So I used a lot of them in a bracelet (see below).
This is probably best used as a necklace centerpiece. I have a bunch of mixed metal owl, acorn, and leaf charms in my stash that I think would be fun to include with it for a woodland-themed necklace.
Multicolored Ceramic Rounds
These are pretty small, maybe 6mm? (I didn’t measure, that’s an estimate.) I thought they provided an interesting contrast with the gemstone rounds since they are the same size but different colors/textures. So I used a few of these in a set of bracelets I made this month.
Here are the last charms for the month; these also have an oxidized brass finish. I used some of these in a bracelet this month but I have a few left over if I want to try something else with them. These are fairly dainty despite being thick(ish) metal.
Green Frosted Glass Rounds
You’ll usually get a few strands of accent beads, most often rounds. These are higher in quality than some of the ones we have received in the past. They have a matte finish and are not dyed or painted (the green color appears throughout the glass, as far as I can tell). I haven’t used them yet, but I have a lot of similar colors in my stash that I can coordinate with them.
Peach Glass Rounds
These are smaller than some of the other accent beads (you get a better sense of that in the bracelet pictures below). I used some in my stack of bracelets but have a lot left over.
I have no idea what material these are, probably a jasper (or maybe an agate). They are definitely some kind of stone. I really liked the way they looked next to the wood beads and used most of them in my project this month.
Here are some bracelets I made this month. I wanted them to have a bit of structure so I used memory wire instead of another stringing material. However, instead of making a coil, I cut them into wrist-sized lengths, rounded the ends into loops, and added clasps. If these look small, they are – I have pretty small wrists and I didn’t want them to be too loose. Not sure I’d do the cuckoo clock charms the same way next time as they look a little awkward here, but live and learn, I guess.
Verdict: I did not calculate a value here because it is hard to find similar items when you don’t know the precise materials the beads are made from (I do wish there was more information on the card that comes with the box, in case I find something I’d like to order more of). There were 13 items (if I counted right) so you are paying about $2.08 an item once you factor in the cost of shipping. I think that is reasonable, especially since there were some gemstone and ceramic beads and a ton of charms.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box would be October’s. From Blueberry Cove Beads:
Members are billed on the 3rd of each month and boxes are mailed out around the 9th of the month.
Sometimes leftover monthly boxes show up in the Blueberry Cove Beads shop and they occasionally have sales, too!
Value Breakdown: At $27 for this box, including shipping, you are paying about $2.08 per item.
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