Two Bead Designers Given the Opportunity of a Lifetime!

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Bonitas International, the home of BooJeeBeads Lanyards announces the winners of the "So You Think You Can Bead" design contest.

I find it energizing, and uplifting to bead

Bonitas International, the fashion accessories company that redefines "Workplace Chic" has given two designers the opportunity of a lifetime. In an effort to assist aspiring designers in this challenging economy, Bonitas International asked interested designers to submit samples of their work for consideration in the first annual "So You Think You Can Bead" contest. From the entries received, two (2) designs were chosen.

The first design winner is Tracy Tuerk of Venice, FL: who created a necklace from simple blue beads accented with silver, strung on a fine black beading filament. Tracy started beading as a hobby, and fell in love with it. She makes lanyards as teacher gifts for her co-workers. Tracy loves seeing their smiles when they open their presents. "As a veteran teacher, I am excited to have a 'second life' with my beaded lanyard designs carried by Bonitas International. This is a great opportunity to share my passion for beading with others," claimed Tracy after hearing of her selection.

The second design winner is Trace McAvity of Portsmouth, R.I. who designed a beaded necklace of blue and copper colored beads. It was quite by accident that Trace started beading. Looking for extra income she created polymer clay necklaces. "I find it energizing, and uplifting to bead," said Trace, "and through Bonitas Internationals inspiring contest, I have come to realize that this is what I was meant to do."

Lisa Harrington, BooJeeBeads Chief Designer said, "We are always seeking new designs in lanyards that will appeal to the working women who wear ugly employee ID badge holders in medical, educational, transportation and corporate and government workplaces. The aspiring designers that participated in the contest encourage me. When we first started our company, we were two moms with a big dream. Today we are the largest supplier of ID jewelry in the world. A key social mission for our company is to empower women to reach for their dreams. Tracy and Trace were inspired -- and now we can see doors opening for them in the future."

Original designs in fashion lanyards, beaded lanyards, retractable lanyards or retractable badge reels were considered. Contest submissions were all received by December 31, 2008 for consideration. Tracy and Trace have earned $150 for each of their designs as well as the chance for future design work with Bonitas International.

About Bonitas International:
Founded in 2003 with a mission to free women around the world from the fashion disaster that comes from wearing an employee ID. BooJeeBeads™ ID Necklaces can be found in over 4000 retail gift shops as well as the retail websites and Our beaded lanyards have won numerous awards including "Best New Gift Product", "Hottest New Gift Market Product" and the prestigious "Make Mine a $Million Business™ " award. Our beaded lanyards and workplace accessories have been featured on the prestigious homepage of the Wall Street Journal.

Co-founder Lisa Harrington, a former pediatric nurse who began an active business creating and selling her beaded ID necklace creations to her hospital coworkers said, "I have always known that when a woman feels good about her appearance it is reflected in her work."

When her sister in law, Kimberly Martinez, heard the story of these amazing beaded lanyards at a holiday party she was so excited about this clever product and its' potential that she put together a business plan on the back of a holiday card envelope. High on Christmas cookies and adrenaline, Kimberly convinced Lisa that her fabulous lanyards should be uplifting the spirits of workingwomen around the world. Forging ahead and never looking back, BooJeeBeads has always been about helping the workingwoman achieve all her dreams of beauty and success. Please join us in offering joy filled congratulations to the new designers.

Being moms as well as businesswomen, Kimberly and Lisa always have their children's best interests at heart. A big part of that focus includes safety. They've created an important new product enabling a speedy recovery of a child should they be separated from their guardian in a crowded place. The product is appropriately named the "Guardian Angel Bracelet." he perfect tool for parents, grand-parents, babysitters, teachers and of course, mom and dad. To see our new "Guardian Angel Bracelet, visit

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Karen Bryant
Bonitas International
(941) 548-1931
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