It's Finally Here! New Online Store - New Look!

Happy New Year!!

I know I haven't blogged in what seems like quite a while -but I've been extremely busy. Aside from having created a handful of new pieces I've been diligently working on improving your shopping experience.

Today, I am so very excited to announce the new online store has been finished and tested, as promised for 2007. There are still a few minor things to tweak, including better quality thumbshots for each product and better organization of products. BUT, shopping at Crystal Allure has never been easier!!

With the new store your shopping experience is now improved through an account creation that offers (to name just a few) order tracking, mailing address management, discount offers AND now you can pay using either PayPal or your credit card! Also forthcoming will be a gift certificate option -great for gifts!

In the next few days I'll be working on finishing up the smaller details of the new store so that I can get to the introduction of all the new pieces for early 2007 -stay tuned.....

The only caveat to the new store is even though it was tested I am nervous a customer might have a problem checking out but if for any reason you do -PLEASE email me so that I can get that problem fixed.

Thank you and happy shopping!!

In Preparation For The Spring 2007 Collection

Last night I began work on a new earring design that will premier for Spring 2007 and I'm so excited about the new jewelry coming next year that I can barely contain myself!

I had ordered the beads for this design earlier in the week and they arrived last night. I have a ton of other projects on the bench right now but I wanted to work on this one particular design. A few hours later I've completed three pairs. I'm absolutely loving this new design and can't wait to share it with all of you!

Although you'll have to wait until early 2007...sorry. : (

BUT, I am positive you're going to love these new designs! : )

Join Me At The Open House

This coming Saturday will be your last chance to pick up great Crystal Allure Creations, including one-of-a-kind jewelry, before the new year!

The open house will begin at 1:00 pm and end at 4:00 pm at my bead studio located in Rochester, New York (contact me for directions). Remember, it's an open house, so you can come in and shop at your leisure -no need to sit and listen to a pitch. I'm not a big fan of those types of shows myself and much prefer open houses any day! Or maybe I should say, "open bead studio".

Once again, I'll remind you that you can find some fantastic jewelry at fantastic prices -all in the name of moving inventory. There is so much planned for 2007 that a whole new line of jewelry is just ONE of the great things to come!

I'm looking forward to seeing you Saturday!

Happy Shopping!

Only 5 Days Left For FREE Shipping

It seems this time of year goes by so quickly. Once Thanksgiving is over it's as if you blink and Christmas is here. One thing I absolutely dislike during the holidays is last minute shopping -ugh! Which is exactly why I wanted to save you the hassles of fighting the crowds and provide you the opportunity to get all your shopping done with one trip -to CrystalAllure.com.

My gift to you: From now until December 15th, enjoy FREE SHIPPING on your entire order. No need to key in coupon codes, your cart will automatically reflect $0.00 for shipping up through December 15th.

Happy Shopping,

Upcoming Show Reminder -December 9, 2006

This is our last jewelry show of the year, don't miss out!

WHAT:  Spencerport Lions 10th Annual Craft Show
WHERE:  Terry Taylor Elementary School
399 Ogden-Parma Townline Rd.
Off Union St. (RT. 259)
Spencerport, NY
WHEN:  Saturday, December 9, 2006
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

My booth will be #49
Hope to see you there!

This show will be a fantastic opportunity to get your last minute holiday gifts and maybe pick up a stocking stuffer or two for yourself! Whatever Crystal Allure Jewelry you choose, you're sure to love it!!

Three New Items Added to Web Specials

You really can't miss out on these sale prices! They are astronomically low! Now you can own a Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry original at a terrific price. Three new pieces have been added to the specials today. They include:

~Hearts n' Roses bracelet (snag the matching earrings on sale as well!)
~Grapes Galore bracelet (snag the matching earrings on sale as well!)
~Hugs n' Kisses bracelet

But remember to hurry -once they're gone, they're gone!

I've been asked why I have such a great sale going on right now. And it's really very simple -it's all in the name of change and growth. In looking ahead to 2007 there are many great things coming and to look forward to. In implementing these changes and attaining my goals for the coming year I've simply had to decrease my inventory.

Happy Shopping!

Only 22 more days until Christmas

Shopping at holiday time can be very stressful no matter where you live. And on the weekends it can be just downright ridiculous to go anywhere near a mall or store. That is why I do most of my shopping online -even for gifts. No stress, I can shop from the comfort of my home (or office...shhhh!) and the selections are great!

So I invite you to grab a cup of coffee, tea or whatever you like best (fully-leaded egg nog?!) and do your holiday shopping at Crystal Allure Creations. You'll find an excellent selection of Swarovski crystal, gemstone and pearl jewelry and accessories to make the season bright!

Every woman has sugar plum dreams of sparkly things! Fulfill your dreams with the brilliance of our Swarovski crystal jewelry. Anyone outside of Rochester, New York still has until December 15th to place their order and have it arrive in time for the holidays AND you get FREE standard shipping on your entire order as well.

Before checking out, don't forget to visit our sales page -there are many wonderful items, at great prices, to get yourself or to give as a gift. But hurry, once they're gone, they're gone.


Happy Shopping,

Holiday Gift Guide & FREE SHIPPING

There are only 29 more days until Christmas. Not sure which Crystal Allure original to buy? Well, no worries! I've taken the guess work out of your holiday shopping.

Finding the perfect gift is now just a click away -check out the Holiday Gift Guide for the top 10 best picks, as well as, great gift ideas under $20 and $50.

As an added bonus, enjoy FREE SHIPPING on all orders placed by December 15, 2006!

Crystal Allure On Craving Ideas!

I was just notified today that a few of my Crystal Allure Creations have been posted on Stephanie Q.'s Craving Ideas blog.


"I love the Trista watch ;-)"
Stephanie Q.

Smell The Holidays -On Your Hands!

Okay this might be a little off-topic so to speak but I happened to try a sample of OPI's Avojuice Skin Quenchers in Gingerbread Juicie -and WOW!! I just LOVE the smell of this hand lotion!

Gingerbread Juicie is a limited holiday edition -so try it out and get yours today because it's only available while supplies last. (I love it so much that maybe I shouldn't blog about it because it'll be gone from the store shelves before I have a chance to get more!)

Avojuice Gingerbread Juicie treats your skin to a drink of smooth, rich moisturizers plus anti-aging Vitamin C, nourishing Avocado and healing Aloe extracts - with a scent of just-iced gingerbread. If you really love the smell of the holidays and gingerbread is one of them, you don't want to wait too long to go get yours.

Brand NEW Creations

I have posted a ton of new creations for you! There are over 30 new stunning designs that include necklaces, bracelets, earrings, cell phone FOBs and watches. There is a little of something for everyone!
Gold Angular Rhodolite Garnet Teardrop Gemstones Necklace (N014)
Gold Angular Rhodolite Garnet Teardrop Gemstones Necklace (N014)
SOLD

Personally, I couldn't even begin to decide what new creation is my most favorite but I do lean towards two distinctive necklaces. The first is the "Drops of Garnet" gemstone necklace. Designed in 14kt gold fill and accented by three garnet gemstones. If you love the sun-drenched warm colors of Indian summer, you will fall in love with this necklace! With the upcoming holiday season, add a little color to that little black dress with this necklace!
Golden Crystal Briolette Drop Necklace (N013)
Golden Crystal Briolette Drop Necklace (N013)
SOLD

This simple, yet extremely stunning necklace would pair perfectly with any upcoming holiday season outfit. Designed with a golden Swarovski briolette crystal suspended on a delicate 14k Gold-Filled chain. If you are looking for something to go with just about any outfit this is your necklace!

Crystal Allure on Fashion Fling

Crystal Allure is now listed with Fashion Fling

Check out their site for the latest deals and coupons, info about hot and upcoming designers (like Crystal Allure Creations!) and products, sample sales and events, contests, fashion and beauty advice, and much more!

Orange Crystal Lampwork Paw Print Bead Pull Charm (CPC004)

At the request of a customer, I created a cell phone charm FOB for her -and then I was hooked.

I thought to myself, What a cute idea. Jewelry for your phone! I love it! Of course, I then realized you could really use these charms on just about anything. So, really, they aren't just cell phone charms -they can easily be attached for a purse charm, book bag charm, tote bag charm, zipper pull and more. The possibilities are endless!
Orange Crystal Lampwork Paw Print Bead Zipper Pull Charm (CPC004)
Orange Crystal Lampwork Paw Print Bead Zipper Pull Charm (CPC004)
$18.95
A fun zipper pull or purse charm for pet lovers! Design features an artisan Lampwork glass bead with orange paw print, orange hyacinth Swarovski Crystal, .925 Bali and sterling silver. Total length is 3".

Orange is the nationally recognized color for raising awareness of animal protection and the prevention of animal abuse.

Check out the rest of the purse charms and zipper pulls available, most will allow for custom color selection. Contact us with your request.

Do you have any other suggestions on places or ways to attach these bead charms? I'd love to hear your ideas! Drop a comment below.

November 11th Show Reminder

Bring your Christmas gift list or your very own wish list!

Saturday, November 11th
Walt Disney School
175 Coldwater Rd
Rochester, NY 14624
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Some great new products will be displayed for the first time and you'll receive a generous 20% off website prices on all purchases! Because this event does not allow for a large amount of display space, if you don't see what you're looking for just let me know because I'll have a lot more available that I just cannot fit on the table!

Hope to see you there!

Crystal Allure on Indie Collective

Crystal Allure Creations is proud to be listed at the Indie Collective.

The Indie Collective is a showcase of some of the most talented and creative designers. The Indie Collective includes one of the largest listings of artists & artisans creating handcrafted goods, as well as craft suppliers, designer-centric blogs & many other facets of the creative arts community.

Many of our designers also create limited edition or one-of-a-kind items, meaning you are not only shopping for gifts that are as unique as the designers themselves. You can also enjoy the extra attention and TLC that goes into the handcrafted wares our designers create.

We believe in inspiration. We believe in taking chances. We believe in originality. And we believe in spreading the word about others who work 24-7, 365 days a year to bring their unique wares to an audience held captive by mass-produced, warehouse-assembled merchandise.

Beware Of TGTBT Emails

I received this email today:

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Subject: I want to sell your jewelry through our stores
From: "Tracy Geller"
Date: Tue, November 7, 2006 2:15 pm

I've spent a lot of time at your Crystal Allure Creations website and I
think your jewelry is perfect for our stores. I especially like your foil
leaf necklace. We work hand in hand with the largest stores in the country,
plus thousands of small to medium sized specialty businesses stretched
across the U.S.. If you want the opportunity to have your jewelry sold
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... plus the other 51005 gift stores, 38404 jewelry stores, 6088 craft
stores, and over 24000 mail-order catalogs ... check us out at
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Sincerely,
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Now, it clearly sounds like a great thing -right? However, being the leary person that I am, I happened to ask a fellow friend from FashionFling.com if they had any information on this company. She returned to me a search string from Google (see below) and I really must thank her because for only maybe a second or two I had considered it -and after reading the reviews I've decided to not move forward with them. It's all about risk and right now I'm just not interested in maybe's -I want to see results and have all the confidence that I can expect results.

That is not to say they are a bad company or that they do not deliver results, but I do not have the confidence that for my products I am willing to part with $340 to maybe get some results. And I'm only posting this for other designers who read my blog to be leary of the same email. Really look into it before "signing on the dotted line".

VendorPro.com Reviews

HUGE Sale!!

First time ever! In paving the way for all the new designs that will be forthcoming (and have already arrived) I've found that I need to clear out some of my inventory. This is the first time Crystal Allure has ever had such a HUGE sale.

Now is the perfect time to stock up on Crystal Allure originals while supplies last. There is limited stock on the items under the Web Specials -once they're gone -they're gone. These beautiful items also will make for great stocking stuffers!!! Don't miss out!

Should you find an item that is not in your size, please email me first. It's possible I can accommodate your needs. And of course you don't want to miss taking a peek at What's New -get yourself an early holiday gift!

Happy Shopping!!

Add My Blog To Your Personal Page

Call me a "late bloomer", so to speak, but I've just discovered the wonders of having an RSS feed. This cool feature allows you to easily add an RSS feed of my blog to your personal homepages.

Get the latest news about Crystal Allure Creations' Handmade Jewelry directly on your personal homepage! To get the RSS feed just scroll down and on the left side of my blog under "Site Stuff" there are buttons you can simply click on to add my blog to your page.

Right now, I've got feeds for My Yahoo! Coming soon will be Google and MSN! Stay tuned!

Upcoming Show Reminder for November 5, 2006

November 5th - 11th, 2006 is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week and Crystal Allure will be supporting its local animal shelter, Rochester Animal Services (RAS).

You only have to visit their website and read their newsletters to learn of the staggering numbers of homeless and surrendered pets that deserve a loving, caring and responsible home. RAS has been working hard to raise the funds necessary for their operations and such important programs as the Low Income Spay/Neuter program.

I wholeheartedly agree with them that there is nothing better a responsible pet owner can do than to spay or neuter their pet!!! My husband and I also adopted two of our little fur-kids from this shelter as well -and had it not been for their services and programs our lives may never have been graced with our very much loved cats, Tookie (aka Cookie Toe) and Sweetie Pie (aka Smokey).

Even if you don't live in Rochester, you can still support and appreciate your local shelter during this important week. For those living in and near Rochester, stop on down!! Come see all the dazzling jewelry and accessories Crystal Allure has to offer. I will be donating 10% of all pre-tax sales to RAS and I will also provide a 10% coupon to each adopter for a future Crystal Allure purchase!

Also available will be pet related awareness products. See you there!

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Rochester Animal Services Open House

In celebration of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, Animal Services is having an open house on Sunday November 5, 2006 from 10am-3pm. Come tour the shelter, visit the animals, find out how to get involved as a volunteer, learn about pet grooming, housetraining, obedience, and attend seminars on exotic reptiles or service dogs. There will be a K9 demonstration at 1pm in neighboring Brown Square Park. Bring your pet for a free nail clipping or to have a microchip ID implanted ($30). Learn more about our spay-neuter programs and take a peak in on the veterinary team in action. This annual event is a great opportunity to highlight the valuable work that Animal Services does.

184 Verona St
Rochester, NY 14608
Ph: 585-428-7274
Email: pk1268@cityofrochester.gov

Harvest Falling Leaves Crystal Cascade Necklace (N090)

As a strong supporter of animals I am honored to have donated the Harvest Falling Leaves Crystal Cascade Necklace (N090) to the 3rd annual Bark and Whine Tasting.

This event is hosted by the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm (Fairport, NY) and details of this wonderful charitable event for animals are listed below.

Harvest Falling Leaves Crystal Cascade Necklace (N090)
One of a Kind Handmade Crystal Necklace
With over 18 points of shimmering Swarovski Crystals in various shades of topaz, accented against a sterling silver chain this handcrafted necklace is absolutely stunning!

I chose to donate this particular Fall Beaded Jewelry necklace for various reasons. But, the most obvious is it's beautiful design!

At 13" in length this necklace will stand out in a crowd and its' colors are reminiscent of crisp, Autumn days.

Don't miss out on your chance to bid for this gorgeous Crystal Allure Jewelry design original!



Bark and Whine Tasting

Celebrate the Spirit of Masquerade at the 3rd annual Bark and Whine Tasting. Join us for a Venetian carnival with a sophisticated twist.

Our 3rd Annual Bark and Whine Tasting event is Saturday, November 4th at 7:30 pm at Locust Hill Country Club. This enchanting evening includes extensive wine tastings, fortune tellers, roving magicians, silent and live auctions, and The Maria Gillard Band. Enjoy sampling great wines (tasting organized by Wine Sense), bidding on popular auction items, and a selection of hors d'oeuvres and decadent desserts.

Tickets are $100 per person. Traditional Masquerade dress optional. For more information or to purchase tickets call Christina Dauenhauer at Lollypop Farm at 585-223-1330 ext 241 or order your tickets now online.

Another Show Closed -Exciting New Products-

As 2006 nears the end of the year, there are only a few local shows left to showcase my jewelry and accessories with. Since starting to do shows this year I've found a mixed bag of results and observations. I'm looking forward to the new shows I hope to sign for 2007 and look forward to seeing you all there!

This past show at the Union Hill Fire Department was what I expected it to be. Just about everyone who walked in actually looked over my table -I've been at a few shows and some people don't even want to step in! I think that really comes from how I set my display up -it looks very professional and I've been commented on it time and time again. It was profitable enough with a few sales and interestingly, this time quite a few people asked me for jewelry making advice and techniques! I hear over and over how beautiful my jewelry is and I am ever so grateful for your comments! Thank you, thank you!!

Sadly, the only disappointment to me was that of the jewelry vendors there (which is somewhat hard to count because what is happening now is jewelry vendors are showcasing a lot of other crafts -but their true craft is the jewelry...so just about everyone seemed to be selling jewelry in some fashion). What I found was those exclusive to jewelry (there was about 33 vendors -give or take -and four of those were exclusive to jewelry) just two were actually handmade! The other two were company's set up like Mary Kay cosmetics -the jewelry was not handmade by the seller -rather they were just a representative of the company. So now I completely understand and do not get too frustrated over the question, "Are your products handmade?". It baffled me at first when I started these shows because that's what the shows were suppose to be about -handmade/handcrafted items. Although in all fairness the "bigger" shows do adhere strictly to these guidelines -which is why I'll be targeting them next year!

But all in all it was a good day and I had the most wonderful conversation with a customer. I never got her name but she asked me all about my main material, Swarovski crystals, and also about upcoming show dates and a few of my products. As she looked over my earrings she even asked me about my FALLing Leaves earrings -and I was excited to tell her the story behind why I designed those! This lovely woman also purchased them and I explained to her that she will be the proud owner of these earrings not only for their design and durability but also because she'll be only the second person to own this design. I only created two sets of that earring and there will only be two individuals in the United States who will own a pair! She was very excited about that -and that topic led into more conversation about the uniqueness of my designs. Again, should she read this blog I wish to thank her for her sincere interest in my designs and again for her purchase.

Of course there are a lot of other talented artists there and I made a few purchases myself! Just couldn't resist some of the items that I know I'll never be able to do -and they'll look great in my house!

Don't forget to keep posted on the few remaining upcoming shows....

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Exciting New Products

Now, while at this recent show I realized that I had a ton of new designs that I had created, tagged and put up in a few shows but never got on the website! So, you will see in the next few weeks all these designs being posted (assuming someone hasn't beaten you to the punch -they'll still be available if posted).

Mostly they consist of earrings (since in addition to beading, I'm an earring addict!) but there are also a few watches (beautiful, beautiful designs!!) and some necklaces. Stay tuned.....better still sign up to the newsletter and you'll be notified when these new items will be available AND you'll be eligible for contests and giveaways!

Crystal Bouquet Showcase

On Saturday, October 7, 2006 Comfort Windows and Doors will be holding an open house. While there, you will find some of Crystal Allure's exquisite crystal bouquets on display!

I am honored to have been asked to showcase my crystal bouquets at Comfort Windows and what better place to see their exquisite beauty?! Sitting in those front bay windows catching the rays of the sun....there are no words to describe it. From every angle they sparkle and shine -it's almost mesmerizing!

Even better news -if you happen to be in the market for windows and you purchase from Roland Boisevert he will thank you with a Crystal Allure original suncatcher!! These suncatchers are new to my line and make beautiful window decorations -especially during the fall/winter. All it takes for them to sparkle is just a hint of sun!

Feel free to stop by and see my crystal bouquets during the open house hours. Although I won't be there to greet you, I have a show I'm already committed to, just ask Roland for my business card and he'll be happy to provide one to you.

Comfort Windows & Doors
1380 Scottsville Rd
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 235-7839
Saturday, October 7, 2006 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Show Reminder -Saturday, October 7, 2006

Just wanted to send out a quick reminder about the upcoming jewelry show. This show will be indoors which should make for a slightly warmer shopping experience! Be sure to check out the October specialty items in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and Healthy Lung Month.

Also, I'll have my inspired fall beaded jewelry designs there as well. Come by, mention this blog posting and enjoy 20% off website prices.

WHAT:  The Union Hill Fire Department Auxiliary

WHERE:  The Union Hill Fire Dept.
On the corner of Ridge Rd & County Line Rd
Union Hill, New York
WHEN:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Pre-shop on our jewelry website: Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Designs

Healthy Lung Month

Crystal Allure Celebrates Healthy Lung Month

Everyday we take for granted our ability to breathe -but it's not that easy for millions of people with lung diseases. October is Healthy Lung Month and a great time to learn more about the lung diseases that affect more than 30 million Americans.

Cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, asthma, and chronic bronchitis are just some of the lung diseases you may have heard of. Being short of breath can make everyday activities seem like a chore rather than an enjoyment. Consider this: have you ever gone outside on an extremely cold, frigid, windy, winter day and the wind just slaps you in the face with such force and shock that you actually feel like you've lost your breath and you can't breathe? This is how some affected by a lung disease feel -everyday.

So how can you keep your lungs healthy? What can you do to help raise awareness of these lung diseases? Well, if you smoke the first place to start is to STOP SMOKING and/or avoid secondhand smoke. More than 87 percent of lung cancer cases as well as most cases of emphysema and chronic bronchitis are caused by tobacco smoke. And for those with cystic fibrosis, smoke and secondhand smoke further compromises their lungs. I hope this does not sound like an anti-smoking message. But the evidence speaks for itself. Smoking is BAD.

Of course, exercise is an excellent way to keep your lungs healthy -give them a good workout!! If your lungs are already compromised don't despair! There are still exercises you can do -just consult with your physician first before starting any exercise program or routine.

You can also make a difference by raising awareness. One lung disease of special interest to me is cystic fibrosis (CF). This is one disease I'd like to see disappear! Yet, you'd be surprised not many people have heard of CF. Sadly, I've even come across some physicians that didn't know what it was or how to test for it! Those with CF can and should still exercise but ultimately they will need a lung transplant to survive. So how can you help? An excellent resource for cystic fibrosis information and awareness activities is the Lungs for Life Foundation. I urge you to check them out.

Another great way to get involved this month is to purchase your cystic fibrosis awareness, organ donation awareness, transplant awareness, survivor and co-survivor jewelry from Crystal Allure Creations. Remember, your purchase of my designer awareness jewelry will benefit the charity identified in the product description. What better way to get involved than to show your support AND look fabulous!!!

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Resources
To learn more about cystic fibrosis, visit the Lungs for Life Foundation website. http://www.lungsforlife.info/

Sources
American Lung Association

Ahead of the times? Or just in line with the times?

It generally takes a lot to surprise or amaze me. Yet lately, creatively, I've amazed myself and don't know what to make of it -more of this to follow. But first, I don't think I make things easy for myself either, as a rule, I can work in my home studio for hours and yet design ideas don't come easily to me until I'm not in the studio (or near paper for that matter!).

Here's what I mean: I think we can all agree our lives are very, very busy. With that said, it is a rule, tradition (call it what you like) in my home for both myself and my husband to stop doing what we're doing every evening at 9:00 p.m. to spend at least an hour with each other before we head to bed to start the next day. We'll usually sit together and watch television. Now it is during these times that design ideas just pop into my head (and of course I'm never near paper) -or best of all, they'll pop in my head while I'm sleeping (and I'll wake up knowing I just created a piece in my thoughts but I'm too tired to turn the light on, search for paper and sketch it out). Mind you, I've lost a good many design ideas simply because of this! Sad, I know.

So now that you know this, let me get back to my original thought (since it all ties in together). On the occasion that I actually get that piece of paper or happen to remember the design when I wake up and actually sketch it out, of late I'm simply amazed that I've actually found my design in a store or a jewelry ad!! I've never seen the piece before yet I designed it in my head -granted the beads are different but essentially it is the same.

Just last night while shopping for a new suit for an upcoming interview (yes, I still must maintain my day job *sigh*) I pointed out a necklace that I had just designed at work that day! Again, the pendant on the store design was different but the structure and this time, even the color was the same and I just pointed at it and said to my husband, "I just sketched that out on paper right before leaving work!". Even more strange is my sketch was a single strand necklace, yet while walking to my car I pictured this design as a multi-strand necklace -which I decided to make it this way. And as I said, there is was, sitting in the store jewelry case! And this is not the first time this has happened. Now, my husband just smiles and shakes his head because he just can't understand how I do this.

Periodically, in my conversations with my husband (bless his soul for listening to me! since I can ramble on...and on...!) I've mentioned to him some idea or trend that I was thinking about and then I get my fashion magazine in the mail and there it is! In print! The idea or trend I just told him about. So, although he's used to it, he's still baffled at times. Me on the other hand, I'm amazed. Not sure why since I have always been creative, felt I was on the "cutting edge" of style -so to speak, and would even go so far as to say I've set my own trends at times.

So why am I amazed? I don't know. Guess I haven't given it much thought -or as my husband would say, I haven't analyzed it yet! Maybe I'm amazed simply because I feel that it "is my design" -or that it could be!

The solution....find the time (HA!!) to get my designs out and into the stores......

Blue Heart Spay Neuter Awareness Lanyard (L04)

Update (3/8/16): The following product has been donated to the National Mill Dog Rescue online Pawsome Auction. It was chosen exclusively for National Mill Dog Rescue because of its purpose and color. The lovely blue colors are a perfect complement to the wonderful work of National Mill Dog Rescue! See details below to place your bid.

Share your love of pets and help to raise awareness for the need to spay and/or neuter. So many pets are turned over to shelters every day and sadly, many will never leave. It's a heart breaking statistic.

But, I wanted to do my part to change that. To be the voice for those who cannot speak. I am hoping you will help me do this. This passion -this desire to make a difference has inspired a new collection of handmade jewelry!

Check out the latest beaded lanyard in support of spaying and neutering of your pets under the Animal Awareness Jewelry Collection. Have a Heart -Help a Pet!
Blue Heart Spay Neuter Awareness Beaded Lanyard (L04)
Blue Heart Spay Neuter Awareness Beaded Lanyard (L04)
SOLD

THIS CHARITY AUCTION HAS ENDED.

Handmade beaded lanyard raises Spay Neuter awareness and features two light blue lampwork heart beads with an amazing color core that looks like spun satin, accented with sapphire Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver, Bali and silver-lined accent beads. Finished with a sterling silver paw charm, silver key ring and lanyard hook. Length is 18" long, 36" around the neck.
Thank you for shopping Crystal Allure Jewelry for all your Awareness Jewelry and for supporting the worthy causes that make a difference in the world.

KNOT very hard! Silk knotted New York Style Crystal Necklace

A few months back, my customer (Shirley) had come to me with a request to create a beaded necklace she saw in New York City, while on vacation years ago. She had asked numerous other designers to re-create it, but with their limited resources, knowledge and artistic skill, Shirley was disappointed each time she was turned away. When she came to me through a referral, she had a black and white picture of the necklace and a list of the potential beads used in the design.

Although I was not familiar with silk knotting, I cheerfully said I could do the design and looked forward to the challenge. I got to work searching out similar beads and components and some time after that initial meeting I was able to gather all the necessary supplies to handle this custom jewelry request.

Although as I began the project I found no custom job is ever without bumps in the road. It literally took almost two months to actually finalize this necklace but the end result was fabulous!! With a few changes made to the overall design the customer was very pleased and inquired if the necklace could be made in other colors as well!

Shirley's Custom New York Style Silk Knotted Crystal Necklace (N028)
Shirley's Custom New York Style Silk Knotted Crystal Necklace (N028)
One of a Kind
SOLD

What went into the design of this necklace? Swarovski crystals (of course!), 14 karat gold fill bead caps and components, nylon silk cord and the technique of knotting.

The focal of this stunning 45" necklace is the goldtone Starry Night Swarovski Crystal box clasp. This designer clasp is customizable because you select the crystal rhinestone color you want for your particular design.

Designer Tip: Check out Mimisgems.com for these designer style box clasps.

If you are interested in purchasing this necklace or one that is similar to this design, please contact us with your custom design request.

So why knot when doing so is a lot more trouble than simply stringing beads?
• The beads look better. The knots space the beads, allowing you to see each bead better.

• Beaded necklaces (and bracelets) that have been knotted have a more finished and luxurious look.

• If the necklace ever breaks, only one bead will be lost.

• The necklace is less likely to break. The sharp part of the bead hole tends to wear against the reinforced knot, not the thin bead cord.

• Softer bead materials (such as pearls, malachite, or coral) are prevented from rubbing together and abrading the sides of the beads.

General Tips and Tricks:
1. Pre-stretch your cord overnight by tying two light weight keys at either end of the cord and hanging it;
2. You may pre-string all the beads to be knotted all at once (faster method), or you can put them on one at a time (easier for beginners);
3. Use the same knotting technique throughout the design.

Tips on selecting your thread:
Color: (Option 1) Select thread to match the color of the beads -or- (Option 2) Select thread that is slightly darker in color than your focal bead.

Type: Silk is the preferred cord for knotting, especially pearls. Nylon cord will work when a stronger, thicker cord is necessary.

Thickness: Use a thickness of cord that when doubled (2 strands) fits snugly inside your bead. Most beads are drilled with a 1.0mm diameter hole. For soft bead materials such as pearls, silk cord in size E or F works well. For harder materials like black onyx, garnet, or rose quartz, use nylon cord in size 2 or silk in size F for 8mm beads.

Length: You’ll need a length of cord at least four times the length of your finished necklace, for example, an 18" necklace will need at least 4x18"=72" or 6 feet.

On the last two knots either: (1) put a tiny drop of a thin adhesive such as Hypo Tube Cement or (2) clear nailpolish. When dry, carefully trim off the excess cords.

Advanced Techniques:
1. Add bead tips for a clean, professional look

For more information on bead knotting, simply do a search on the internet or shop your local book store for jewelry books using this technique. You won't be disappointed by incorporating this technique into your jewelry designs!

Crystal Allure's First Show

Whew! It's finally over! Doing a show (especially if it's your first one) takes ALOT of work!! There is so much to do, coordinate and have in inventory to make it successful and to be satisfied with your show. Needless to say, the weather was NOT on my side Saturday (Chil-E Festival, July 22, 2006).

The show began at 11am but sign-in was at 7am. Eek!! For me on a weekend that was tough! But I did it. Although it had started to rain an hour or so before that and it didn't stop until nearly noon. The truck was all packed up (thanks to my husband) and I was ready to go (all the while in my head trying to figure out how the rain will affect things). We get there, sign in and learn we're in the first booth -great! Since it's downpouring like nothing else we decided to leave and return in an hour or so...get a few more things done.

We returned to learn they decided to move the show into the nearby senior center -which based on the fact that it was still raining very badly and there was easy access to bathrooms -I welcomed the change! Being my first show I didn't want to have to also tackle the rain too. The only downfall to the whole event was the money I spent on the tent -but I also know I'll get to use it sometime as I will be doing other shows. And it was a good thing we lived around the corner from the show location because I had to send my husband home for a card table since we only had an 8' and 6' table and being put in the senior center we were on limited space.

So, my husband unpacks the truck and I begin setting up after I've been assigned my spot -which was a good spot and I was still pleased with it. Now with all that I had to do to get ready I never really did a test set up of my display. I had it all worked out in my mind -even if one idea didn't work I had back up ideas to every design.

My look kind of evolved at the last minute and it ended up being a polka dot theme and I think it looked great! I did get pictures of my display but they do not reflect what the real display would have looked like because I was positioned in front of the senior news board! But you get the idea.

The only other disappointment I had was that while picking up things the day before the show I had this wonderful and unique earring display idea -it just had to be created. So I bought all the supplies I needed and told my husband of this idea and he made it happen! Unfortunately...I wasn't able to hang it in the senior center and so I never got to use it. BUT, stay tuned to future shows as I know I'll get to use it at a later date.

Outside of these small mishaps the day went very well. I met other local designers and artisans and even with the rain the people still came in. I had a variety of pieces to offer along with a range of price levels and I even sold a bracelet that I wasn't able to get out on the table (due to time constraints) all because the customer asked if I had any smaller children's sized bracelets -and I did!

My entire expectation of the event was to get exposure in the local community and not only did I meet this goal, I also made some sales and possibly a future bridal custom order. And so at the end of this very tiring day I was very satisfied -and very thankful I had my husband to help me the entire time! He packed the truck, unloaded it, sat with me ALL day (until 7pm!), he made our lunches, packed the truck back up and then unpacked it again when we got home! He saved me and as always I am VERY grateful to him and for him! Thanks hon!!

Website Changes

I'm in the process of updating/changing the website's look and feel. You will already see some of the pages have already been changed but it's going to take a little longer to get the remaining pages done....so many pages so little time (and it's very tedious work too!!). LOL!

You will already see that the look of this blog has been updated as well. It's a new look for Crystal Allure that I think is great!

Remember, during this process the website still functions properly and you can still make your purchases. It's just you may find some pages are not aligned properly or the colors are not the same as other pages.

Thank you for your patience during this transition.

And I would love to hear your comments on the new look -drop me a line or make a comment to this post.

Show Reminder

Don't forget -if you live in Rochester, New York stop by the Chil-E Festival to see all of the wonderful jewelry and accessories from Crystal Allure Creations!!

Saturday, July 22nd ~ Chil-E Festival
11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Memorial Park ~Rochester, NY
For directions, contact (585) 889-3550

Whether you live here or not you can always shop my online boutique at Crystal Allure Creations.

Methods of payment that will be accepted at this show include: cash, check, mastercard and visa.

The Need for BEADS!

I've been on a creative spurt the last few weeks in preparation for an upcoming event (check out my events & shows listing for day/time). I have designed so many new and great things that there is absolutely no way I can get them all pictured to get on the website AND prepared for the show (tagged, priced, etc) so I've decided to wait until after the show to get posted the designs that are available. So stay tuned!!

However, I digressed...getting back on track...I've found that while designing I am in the "zone" -a creative streak (so to speak..pardon the rhyme) -and while in this "zone" the one thing I absolutely dislike is....RUNNING OUT OF SUPPLIES!

For example, yesterday I designed this bracelet with a bead I've had for probably well over six months or more and viola! a bracelet emerged. Like most beads I get I love the bead but I don't always have a specific design in mind when I buy them. But finally I was able to "see" the vision of a design for these particular beads -and it truly does look great. And so I then create a complimentary pair of earrings! On a roll now....then out of the blue (and I rarely make sets of three -i.e., bracelets, earrings AND necklace) I get this design idea stuck in my head for a necklace that again, would compliment either or both the bracelet and earrings and off I go designing -to give you kind of a visual if you were looking at me you'd see beads, wire, and tools flying in all different directions as I designed away!

And I get two of the beads positioned where I want them on the chain and POOF! I run out of the small gold beads I need to complete the look! Maybe the rule of thumb is to always order more than you think of the beads you assume you won't be using too much of -because that's precisely what happened here.

There is nothing more stiffling on creativity than to have a design in mind and not be able to do something about it right away while the design and inspiration is still fresh. I have tons of designs that are still sitting in a pile on my desk to be created and I just lost interest because I couldn't do it while I was inspired (for whatever reason...time, supplies, etc) -my ideas come as quickly as I lose interest -I need to get that design created before I'm off on another design idea. They are all great but there is only so much time in the day and only so many beads my office can hold and my budget can handle.

And so, I sit here typing and thinking about that unfinished necklace and the half-dozen or so other unfinished projects on my desk and wonder...why am I typing this blog when I could be ordering the needed supplies?!

: )

Wire-Wrapping Technique

Shortly after I began designing my pieces I came across the technique of wire-wrapping. This technique makes for a beautifully finished piece of jewelry -especially if any component you wire-wrap dangles from the design, such as charms.

My very first piece that uses this new technique that I have learned are the Glow Earrings. In the first attempt at these I had used the simple loop technique but once they were done and I was able to see them whole and finished something just didn't look right. I decided today is the day I'm going to learn a new technique and I decided to teach myself wire-wrapping.

Armed with some instructional books and the proper tools I took the first earring and wire-wrapped the first crystal -it came out perfect the very first time! I thought to myself, "This wasn't very difficult...why did I wait so long to learn this?!" And so onto the second earring and viola! The results were a beautiful pair of earrings that anyone would be proud to wear.



They were so beautiful that I just had to have a pair for myself! And so, I now have as part of my personal jewelry collection this pair of earrings that look absolutely stunning with a dressy outfit or even a casual outfit (such as white crop pants, a tan colored shirt -in any fabric except cotton -and sandles) -fabulous!!

I am currently working on a bracelet and earrings set that again uses this technique but I am most interested in a forthcoming piece of jewelry that will be designed into earrings using shell disc beads. I can picture the finished piece in my mind and I am quite positive they'll be wonderful! -stay tuned!!

I am not one for re-inventing the wheel when the wheel is not broken so if you're interesting in learning this technique for yourself all you have to do is simply do a search on the internet for "wire-wrapping" or go to your local bookstore and search for jewelry design books. As always, use the proper tools and you too can create beautiful wire-wrapped jewelry!

Crystal Allure Makes Its' Mark!

Just arrived! Crystal Allure signature jewelry tags!

Each beautiful Sterling Silver bracelet and/or necklace you purchase will now be adorned with our new .925 Sterling Silver oval custom jewelry tag. These tags are engraved with a diamond tip in a beautiful cursive font.

This signature tag adds just the right finishing touch to each of my stunning creations.

Although some of the designs you see on the website do not show the jewelry tag, it is my plan overtime to re-picture each appropriate piece reflecting the new tag. In addition, in the near future it is planned to also add a 14k Gold or 14k Gold-Filled jewelry tag to all my Gold Creations.

Picture Perfect

I haven't been all too happy with my jewelry pictures and I finally broke down and invested in a light tent. It actually arrived weeks ago and it wasn't until recently that I have been able to "steal" some time and test it out. Up to now I've tried to take pictures in all sorts of lighting in various ways and although the picture comes out it just does not do my jewelry justice!

So far, all the Summer Collection pictures have been taken with the new light tent. As you can see I'm still working on the lighting factor but I do think they have been coming out better. Although these new pictures using the light tent are not the final pictures I plan to leave on the site I did want to get some posted especially too since they are from the Summer Collection.

My goal is to get bright, crisp pictures of all my products so that you, the customer, can get a better idea of how they look. Although I know ALL my customers are even more pleased once they receive the jewelry and see it real time -it's still hard to make a decision when the picture is not great. But, I'm working on that!

More of the Summer Collection still to come.....

Customizable Crystal Birthstone Name Bracelet (B050)

Mother's Day is fast approaching!

Mothers are the bearers of life, comforters when we are sick, givers of unconditional love and so much more. Although we may not recognize and celebrate Mom on a regular basis, we should on her special day. This Mother's Day you'll want to ensure you have thought of a way to show her you care.
Customizable Crystal Birthstone Name Bracelet (B050)
Customizable Crystal Birthstone Name Bracelet (B050)
Quoted upon request

Our Mothers bracelets are personalized just for you and there are a wide variety of styles to choose from. Our Mother's Bracelets, Mother's Jewelry, Name Bracelets, and Family Themed Jewelry are made of the highest quality materials including: .925 Sterling silver beads, 14 karat Gold Filled beads, Bali style beads, Swarovski Crystals and 49-strand high quality beading wire.

Custom design your mothers bracelet or name bracelet using one of our existing beautiful beading options or we can create a unique and personalized name bracelet design just for you. Nothing says "I Love You" more than a personalized gift with the name and/or birthstones of Mom's children! If you can't seem to find the perfect bracelet for Mom, Grandma or an Aunt, simply contact us to tell us what you are looking for. We'll help you design a beautiful creation!

Other great gift ideas for Mom: Earrings, Keychains and Watches.

National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

May is National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) affects approximately 30,000 children and young adults in the United States. CF causes a sticky, thick mucus to line the lungs, small intestines, sweat glands and pancreas. This results in the deterioration of lung tissue making it difficult to breathe. It also prevents necessary nutrient absorption in the small intestine and blocks pancreatic ducts from releasing digestive enzymes. 1 in every 23 Americans are symptomless carriers of the CF gene.

Purple Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Ribbons Bracelet (B033-CF-D1)
Purple Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Ribbons Bracelet (B033-CF-D1)
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Crystal Allure Creations is a proud supporter of the Lungs for Life.

LFL provides assistance and services to those living with cystic fibrosis and their families. Crystal Allure made significant strides in raising awareness of this hereditary disease since 2004 with the sales from our Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Bracelets. For every bracelet sold a portion of the proceeds gets donated to Lungs for Life.

As one who was personally affected with cystic fibrosis in my family I know all to well the struggles one faces daily with trying to live life and manage their health. My brother and muse passed away in 1998 after fighting cystic fibrosis for 33 years. It was after seeing his daily struggles that I founded and continue to support the Lungs for Life.

Be a part of making a difference in the life of someone with cystic fibrosis with your purchase of any cystic fibrosis awareness product. Remember, a portion of the proceeds will be donated directly to LFL.

Thank you in advance for your support and generosity!

What's NEW at Crystal Allure

A creative mind is never on vacation! This cannot be more true than the fact that I have so many new designs to get pictures of and get on the website for you that it is definately taking some time to catch up. In the process, I keep making more new designs...only adding to the pile that is growing daily!

However, I have been able to get some new items listed along with some new website features/options. I know you'll enjoy the new designs and believe me...there is SO MUCH MORE to come!!

New designs and options added in March 2006:
~Watches!! Slowly this line is coming together and right now there are three beautiful designs that will compliment any outfit!


~The Gemstone Collection: Although you will find gemstone jewelry throughout the website you can now shop for your favorite gemstones all in one place. Also, for each gemstone design there is now a link to learn about the properties of that gemstone!

~Bridal Boutique: To accomodate growing requests for crystal bouquets and wedding jewelry, a new bridal boutique is being unveiled. This is the place to keep an eye on as many, many new designs will be created just for you!

  • Size options are now available for your Crystal Bouquet! Choose from petite, small, medium and large. Perfect for weddings, proms, quinceterras or communions!


~Lanyards: Do you have to wear an ID badge? Well, Crystal Allure Creations is beginning to design lanyards to fit your everyday business need to wear an ID badge -and now you can but with style!


~And last but not least:


You will also find on each product page where there is a matching pair of earrings, bracelet, necklace or other complimentary product -it is now just a click away under "Related Products".

New Jewelry and Gifts Added to the Boutique

~A new category has been added, One-Of-A-Kind, to highlight those products which are so unique there will only be just one or two of them made. Get yours while they last and you'll own a One-Of-A-Kind original by Crystal Allure Creations!

~Added Elegant Birthstone Earrings. They match the beautiful Elegant Birthstone bracelet! Get a matched set and be the envy of everyone!

~Recently I learned a heartbreaking story about a cat named Felix and so I've designated a portion of the net proceeds from what I renamed as the Felix kitty keychain to go to the Cortland NY SPCA for his care.

~Enjoy 20%-50% off the 21 new products listed On Sale!

~For a limited time you will get FREE Standard Shipping on all orders $50 and over!!

New Jewelry on Sale

There were 21 new products added to the On Sale! page today.

Some of these products are one-of-a-kind and others will not be available again once they are sold out because they were holiday designs. And the prices just can't be beat! You really must take advantage of this great sale!

Check it out for yourself: On Sale!

New Beaded Jewelry

Added to the Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry website boutique February 1, 2005:
  • Crystal Bouquet (large round)

  • Dozen Red Roses Beaded Bracelet

  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Keychain

  • Pearl Bride/Groom Wine Glass Charms

  • "Mary Lou" Remembrance Beaded Bracelet

  • Hematite Gemstone Beaded Bracelet

  • "Angelica" Beaded Bracelet

  • "Courtney" Beaded Bracelet

  • HOPE Awareness Beaded Bracelet

  • Stretch Red Heart Bracelet

  • "Elizabeth" Beaded Earrings

  • "Elizabeth" Mothers Bracelet

  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Bracelet

  • Fun Fur Gloves

  • Kitty Keychain

  • Bold Birthstone Beaded Bracelet

  • Elegant Birthstone Beaded Bracelet

  • "Magie" Mothers Bracelet

Welcome to Crystal Allure Creations

Hello! And welcome to my jewelry studio blog for Crystal Allure Creations.

I thought it would be fun to keep a journal, that I could share with everyone, of my journey as a beaded jewelry artisan and my entrepreneurial dream (that has come true, twice over) of running my own business.

In 2000, I founded a not-for-profit charity in memory of my older brother who lost his battle with cystic fibrosis while waiting for a double lung transplant. As a way to raise funds for the charity, I began designing cystic fibrosis and lung transplant beaded awareness bracelets. I was shocked to find, after much research, that nothing like this existed and so I set out to meet the demands of this niche and the desires of many people around the world who wanted an awareness bracelet to show their support for these causes.

The bracelets became so popular that soon after, Crystal Allure was born and we quickly became the leader of cystic fibrosis and transplant awareness jewelry around the world and web. This success has been, by far, what I am most proud of. I turned my loss into something that could help others and designing awareness jewelry has also helped heal the sadness of losing my brother.

So, check back often for new jewelry pieces, a glance at life in the jewelry studio and behind the designs. Better still, you can subscribe for FREE and then you will never miss a post!