Crystal Ice Endless Shimmer New Years Eve Sparkle!

Sparkle this New Year's Eve with one or both of these stunning Crystal Ice jewelry pieces!

It's the final flash sale offering for the year 2012. Although it's too late to ship for Christmas, these sparkling handmade beaded jewelry pieces are a definate grab-it-before-its'-gone deal!

Swarovski AB Crystal Ice Jewelry Necklace and Bracelet (N103, B191)

These pieces can be Made to Order. Please contact us for pricing, availability and/or customization.

On their own, the Swarovski Crystal Ice Endless Shimmer Necklace (N103) is $76.95 and the Crystal Ice Rockin' Rondelle Sterling Bracelet (B191) is $59.95.

But, during this 2-days only flash sale, you can get both the beaded necklace and the beaded bracelet, made with shimmering aurora borealis Swarovski Crystals, for just $110.00!! I know right?!

The crystal necklace is an endless strand of shimmering aurora borealis Swarovski Crystals in various cuts provides a feminine texture that highlights the luminosity that only a Swarovski Crystal can provide. Accented and finished with sterling silver, signature jewelry tag and the adjustable extender chain gives you 16-1/2" - 17-1/2" in length.

The crystal bracelet is a stunning strand of sparkling aurora borealis Swarovski Crystals in various cuts, accented with sterling silver beads, bali and finished with our signature jewelry tag.

No matter what outfit you pair these two jewelry pieces with you can be sure you'll turn heads on New Years Eve! And what is so great about our Crystal Ice Jewelry Collection is that each piece can be worn individually with everyday looks! Jeans and t-shirt? No problem! Professional business suit? No problem! Now that is what you call versatile jewelry!

But, hurry.
Only one of each piece is in stock.
Offer ends midnight EST December 22, 2012.



Swarovski Crystal Ice Endless Shimmer Beaded Necklace (N103)
Swarovski Crystal Ice Endless Shimmer Beaded Necklace (N103)
SOLD

An endless strand of shimmering aurora borealis Swarovski Crystals in various cuts provides a feminine texture that highlights the luminosity that only a Swarovski Crystal can provide. Accented and finished with sterling silver, extender chain and our signature jewelry tag. Size: CHOKER to PRINCESS -adjustable 16 1/2 inches to 17 1/2 inches.
Crystal Ice Rockin' Rondelle Sterling Beaded Crystal Allure Bracelet (B191)
Crystal Ice Rockin' Rondelle Sterling Beaded Crystal Allure Bracelet (B191)
SOLD

A stunning strand of sparkling aurora borealis Swarovski Crystals in various cuts showcase the luminosity that only a Swarovski Crystal can provide. Accented with sterling silver beads, bali and finished with our signature jewelry tag. Measures 7-1/2".

Carrie's Custom Kidney Donor Name Bracelet (B113-KD)

At this time of year, I especially love creating custom personalized jewelry gifts. There is no denying, giving the gift of handmade custom beaded jewelry -at any time of the year -makes the gift special. But, giving the same during the holidays, makes it extra special.

Kayleigh did a specific search for Crystal Allure Jewelry and contacted us with her special custom request. She really loved our exclusive Custom Live Life Give Life Organ Donation Transplant Awareness Beaded Cuff Bracelet B113, designed for Elaine.
Kayleigh's Custom Kidney Donation Awareness Bracelet (B113-KD)
Carrie's Custom Kidney Donor Awareness Name Bracelet (B113-KD)
SOLD

This is a first for me, a custom living donor beaded bracelet design request. I've done many organ donation bracelets and transplant awareness bracelets, but not a living donor bracelet. Kayleigh was inspired by the existing LLGL single strand design but asked for her mom's name to be added to the design, as well as, a snowflake charm.

Kayleigh's mom, Carrie, gave the ultimate gift to her best friend -the gift of life. Carrie donated one of her kidney's to her friend and Kayleigh wanted to celebrate her mom with a beautiful personalized bracelet gift. I am honored she chose Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry to create this very special bracelet.

The finished design is really three bracelets in one: a name bracelet, a living kidney donor awareness bracelet and, a deeply heartfelt custom personalized design with the addition of the snowflake charm. When I asked Kayleigh what the significance of the snowflake charm was, she told me it was because her nickname was snowflake.

Shown above is Kayleigh's custom awareness bracelet design featuring sterling letter blocks that spell "Carrie" (her mom's name), Swarovski Pearls, green emerald Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver, Bali beads, finished with a sterling silver Snowflake charm and our signature jewelry tag.

Beautiful!

December is Full of Handmade Gifts and Surprises!

It's Flash Offer Friday again! In my last flash offer post, I mentioned I would be providing an offer every Friday up through the holidays.

Annnnnd, when I didn't post an offer last week, the emails started arriving. Some of you were not happy. But, I explained as secretly as I could, there was a reason. A big one.

Around the holidays it can get crazy: shopping, family, shopping, cooking, baking, shopping, parties...you get the idea. So, after I thought more about it, I decided combining both offers would give you more bang for your buck, at one time, and well, a little free stuff too! Who doesn't love FREE, right?!

This offer is just the perfect remedy for your holiday stress. In fact, you can even shop the handmade beaded jewelry boutique in your fuzzy slippers and comfy clothes! Sit back, relax, enjoy that cup of coffee while visions of sparkling handmade holiday beaded jewelry and beaded gifts, dance before your eyes! Let the keyboard clicking begin....

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FLASH SALE OFFER DETAILS

Free Standard First Class Shipping guaranteed for holiday delivery only for orders shipping to a United States address. No coupon necessary, simply select this shipping option at checkout. Free pair of single drop crystal earrings are designers' style, choice and will automatically be included in your package. Offer does not apply to previous orders or custom design requests. Offers ends 12/18/12.

SHOP the Beaded Jewelry and Beaded Gifts Boutique

Gift of Life Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B210)

It is generally during the holidays that we tend to get nostalgic and really give thought to what we are truly thankful for. But for all the things we think of being thankful for, we tend not to necessarily think about, life. Can you recall ever thinking to yourself, I'm thankful to be alive.

For the person facing the need for transplant, they know -every day -they are thankful to be alive. And the pray they will receive that transplant call and all will go well. Even after transplant, they are thankful for the Gift of Life and a second chance.

At this time of year, I tend to get more nostalgic and think about my brother who passed. I think about what life, for both he and myself, would be like if he received the Gift of Life. But, I cannot dwell on what will never be, but I can certainly understand and almost feel, both sides of the fence.
Gift of Life Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B210)
Gift of Life Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B210)
SOLD

I honestly believe those faced with transplant are exceptional people. For some reason, they were chosen to be faced with this path in life. Some sadly, leave this world and become guardian angles and teachers of just how valuable life is and to never waste it. And those that do receive the Gift of Life, truly embody their second chance at living a full, happy life and in making a difference. I happen to have been blessed with meeting one of these special people. Her name is Joanne Schum.

After my brothers' passing, I started a charity in his memory and had read a local newspaper article about a woman who had just had a lung transplant, due to cystic fibrosis. I did a little research, found how to contact her and mailed her a letter and invitation to join the charity board. That was twelve plus years ago. Today, she continues to support any work I do that supports organ donation, transplant or lung transplant. It is, I, who has been given the gift -the gift of knowing her. I can only hope to make as much an impact as Joanne does in the transplant world.

It is all these thoughts, feelings and more that inspired this handmade awareness bracelet design. The Gift of Life Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B210) is the perfect design to celebrate your transplant or to give as a gift to someone who has had a transplant. It is a design that speaks volumes, but has no voice.

This timeless treasured design features our signature combination of emerald green Swarovski Crystals, white Swarovski Pearls, Bali beads and prominently centered in the design is a sterling silver gift box bead. I feel it tells a story, just like the well known Pandora bracelets do, but with a single bead. A gift. Finished with a sterling silver awareness ribbon charm and our signature jewelry tag. Because this awareness bracelet has such special meaning, it will only be made in limited quantity.

View the Awareness Jewelry Collection

Flash SALE -Handmade Gifts That Make a Statement

Beaded Necklace Flash Sale December 2012
Today, it just started to snow here in upstate New York and it's the perfect introduction to a great offer.

Each friday from now until Christmas, I'll be announcing a Flash Sale. It could be just one particular item, a category or items or a discount coupon code. But, one thing is for sure, the offer will be the deepest, steal of a deal, discount that can possibly be offered.

After having such a great 2012, I wanted to give thanks to fans and customers with an offer to scoop up that beautiful Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry piece they have had their eye on -whether for themselves or as a gift. But, hurry, this first flash sale is only for 3 days and ends midnight December 2, 2012.

Below I've narrowed down, what I think, are some of the great gift picks:

1. For the die-hard Twilight Fan? You will be the star of Christmas when you gift them the Twilight Inspired Red Velvet Crystal Beaded Necklace N037
2. Have that hard to get for family member -specifically your Sister? No matter how turbulent sister relationships can be at times, the one-of-a-kind Swarovski Pearl Yellow Daisy Sister Heart Charm Necklace N101 will surely show your sister how much you care.
3. How about a little sparkle for yourself? For that upcoming holiday party or holiday gathering, the Swarovski Crystal Ice Endless Shimmer Necklace N103 is well...brilliant!
4. The summer loving gal will love the Seascapes Blue Lampwork Shell Charm Sterling Necklace N056. At less than $30 on this flash sale, it's as good as a steal!
5. You know, every year you wait til the last minute to get your February born wife (or, girlfriend) a gift. Well, now you don't have to wait for that perfect sale to come along. It's already here! And us February ladies do indeed love our amethyst! She will surely fall in love with the Amethyst Gemstone Circle Necklace N051. Why not go the extra mile for that birthday gift and add a little more love with the matching earrings!
6. Everyone knows someone who loves butterflies. I mean, how could you not -right?! They're both unique and beautiful as is the Swarovski Crystal Butterfly Y Chain Necklace N026. A great pairing of feminine fuchsia Swarovski Crystal butterfly bead and 14k goldfill chain. Don't let this steal flutter away...

Shop the Flash Sale from 11/30/12 - 12/2/12.

Cyber Monday Savings 2012


Tell me one thing.

How are we near closing out November already?! What happened to January through October? Wow! Has time flown by.

Although, I am a sucker for the holidays. I love the snow, cold wintery nights snuggled up with a soft blanket and yes, I even (sometimes!) love to do some holiday shopping.

We've all survived Thanksgiving (and I hope everyone had a great one!) and even Black Friday. But, today, we celebrate online shops with spectacular Cyber Monday sales, specials and discount offers.

Today, at Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry, you can save 40% off your entire online purchase! Discount offer ends midnight EST and applies to all in stock handmade beaded jewelry and beaded gifts. It does not apply to sale items, past, present or future custom orders or requests. This special Cyber Monday offer is not one that is offered often (now that is a tongue twister!) and with our beautiful jewelry and gifts being mostly one of a kind -it's an offer you won't want to miss out on.

Simply enter the coupon code: cybermonday40 at checkout to receive 40% off your entire online purchase.

Shop the Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry Collection

Shop the Winter Beaded Jewelry Collection

NEW Twilight Inspired Beaded Necklace

I have to admit, I never really got Twilight. I can remember seeing tidbits of it all over the web and I would think, 'what is this Twilight', or 'what is all the hype about this Twilight'. But, for whatever reason it just didn't grab me (enough, I guess) and I had no interest in learning anything about it. Until.

One day, I realized that as my second oldest neice got, well, older, I was losing pace with keeping connected with her. And I missed that..immensly.

So, on purely that reason alone, I finally broke down and asked her what Twilight was all about. She went into a hyper-excited explanation and interpretation about the storyline....from day.one. (ugh). But soon, I was all caught up on the vampire series and as I learned, just in time for Breaking Dawn Part 1.

She was more than happy (can we say, excited!!!) to bring the tapes of the first two series' over for a sleep over. Even as I watched the first two series', I just didn't get it. But, I forged on. For the sake of staying connected with her.

Even to this day, with Breaking Dawn Part 2, only 16 days away from release, I'm still not a huge Twilight die-hard. But, that didn't stop me from being inspired by it! I've seen many interpretations of Twilight into handmade jewelry, but most are literal or of the style or quality that I just don't subscribe to.

In designing the Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry's one-of-a-kind Twilight Inspired Necklace, I wanted to take a more classic, refined approach. I wanted my inspired piece to be something that could be worn anytime, any day, for any reason. Most of all, I wanted it to have timelessness. I didn't want it to become obsolete after all the fan fare died down about Twilight.

What emerged from the studio is a timeless handmade beaded necklace that projects an air of intrique, mystery, passion and love. Designed with rich blood red velvet faceted lentil beads, dark hematite Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver Bali beads and finished with our sterling silver signature jewelry tag.

To add to its' uniqueness, the Twilight Inspired Red Velvet Crystal Beaded Necklace (N037) is a one-of-a-kind!

Work in Style! NEW Beaded Lanyards

With the close of the last jewelry show of 2012, I spend a great deal of time updating the website with all the lovely new beaded jewelry that has been screaming to be posted. There's still more to be listed and that will come soon but....right now, I'm super excited to introduce the newest beaded gifts to grace the Crystal Allure Jewelry website.

It still baffles me why it took so long to start creating beaded lanyards since it's been on the "bucket list", so to speak, for as long as I can remember. Well, a recent event finally pushed them to the front of the studio desk. I happen to work a full time job where I am suppose to wear a badge. Most companies, these days, require workers to wear badges. As a rule, I tend not to wear it everyday but I always have it with me, just in case.

Of course, the other day I get called, last minute, to an important meeting with the CEO and CFO. I grab my stuff and head off....only to discover I forgot my badge! It was at the very moment I realized, DUH!, if I had a laynard, I'd be wearing my badge all day, all the time!

That very night, I started creating and within days, I had ten new handmade beaded lanyards (I kept one for myself, of course) and a half dozen more are in the works. This was one of those 'slap your forehead' kind of moments because really, beaded ID badge holders are a necessity in today's business world. And, if you're anything like me, those pre-stamped cloth lanyards are boring.

Beaded Lanyards, ID Badge Holders by Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry
~ View each lanyard above using the links below ~
Since that day, I have not forgotten my badge once because I now wear it everyday, with my stylish new beaded lanyard! I love how my work outfit feels complete, stylish and versatile by simply adding one of these ID badge holders to the look.

These are now my newest obsessions and so many more will be coming soon. I hope for now, you enjoy (and pick one up for yourself) the current selections that offer styles for everyday wear, Christmas, holidays, autumn and even spring.

With the upcoming holidays, don't forget, these beautiful beaded lanyards make great gifts for coworkers, nurses, doctors, hospital staff, teachers, or anyone who has a need to wear a badge or carry important keys with them.

~ Midnight Garden Teaberry Sapphire Crystal Beaded Lanyard (L105)
Amethyst Crackle Black Diamond Crystal Beaded Lanyard (L102)
Blue Stained Glass Crystal Beaded ID Lanyard (L107)

View the full handmade Beaded Lanyard Collection.

Write in Style! NEW Beaded Pens

Write in Style with Crystal Allure Elegant Lampwork Bead Pens!
Can you remember the last time you sat down and hand-wrote a letter? I know I can't! But, I do write something everyday. What makes writing for me more interesting? (especially if I am forced to have to write out checks) I do it in style with my own beaded pen!

These have been a long time coming but they are finally here. These handmade beaded pens are beautiful writing instruments that make the task of writing just a little more elegant.

This collection currently has three new beaded pens available and for a limited time, at a great introductory price (pssst! Introductory price savings end October 1, 2012). Whether you have to write a thank you, a letter to your friend, or even to simply sign your name, do it in style!

Each beaded pen has a retractable pen tip with a slight twist of the pen base and arrives in a velveteen pouch. Total length: 6".

More pen styles will be offered in the future and each pen is one of a kind. Which makes them the perfect unique gift!

Combine one of these beaded pens with a beaded lanyard for the perfect secret Santa, coworker holiday gift. Or choose any one of the handmade beaded gifts for a combination that is sure to make the gift recipient feel special.
Purple Fall Flower Lampwork Bead Pen (BP104)
Purple Fall Flower Lampwork Bead Pen (BP104)
$45.95
With a nod to autumn this stunning handmade beaded pen features a handcrafted artisan Lampwork glass bead that has a beautiful purple base with a rich topaz flower. Lampwork beads are accented with gold metal spacers in between Lampwork beads with silver bali style spacers on either end of the purple pen.
Brown Chameleon Lampwork Bead Pen (BP101)
Brown Chameleon Lampwork Bead Pen (BP101)
$58.95
This distinctive handmade beaded pen features beautiful handcrafted artisan boro lampwork glass beads in a lovely chameleon style pattern of brown, turquoise, blue, orange and green colors. No matter how you look at this beaded pen, the color is fascinating! Lampwork beads are accented with 14kt gold fill round beads and antiqued gold ring spacers.
Black Stripe Tube Lampwork Bead Pen (BP100)
Black Stripe Tube Lampwork Bead Pen (BP100)
$62.95
This classic handmade beaded pen features a handcrafted artisan furnace cane lampwork glass tube bead with a black and white stripe pattern. Lampwork glass tube is accented with silver basket weave style beads and bali style beads.

Don't Let Summer End! Colorful Tutti Frutti Gemstone Earrings (E274)

Tutti Frutti Handmade Gemstone Beaded Earrings
Tutti Frutti Handmade Gemstone Beaded Earrings
Summer isn't over just yet. In fact, it doesn't officially end until September 22nd.

The sun is still shining. The weather is still warm. We're still wearing our bright colored summer clothes. And we're still dreaming of summer vacations taken this year.

With the new school year beginning soon (and for some it's already begun), you're probably busy running around getting all the necessary school supplies, new clothes and bus schedules for your child(ren).

For me, this is already done. We didn't jump into getting new clothes as we think our child will hit a growth spurt this year and didn't want to buy clothes that might not fit in a few months. So, she can survive on her current wardrobe. But, all other school supplies are checked off the list. We're ready for the school bus.

But, with the new school year starting, I'm kinda sad to see summer coming to an end. So, I'm still summer shopping...for myself. Although I tend not to get the seasons trendy clothes, I do add that color pop or seasonal accessory compliment to my wardrobe with, none other than Crystal Allure Jewelry. By simply adding a bracelet, necklace or earrings, I instantly update my look at an affordable cost.

As we close out summer 2012, I have four new handmade beaded earrings to share with you. They are one of a kind from the Summer Beaded Jewelry Collection. I came across some beautiful gemstones and was instantly inspired by their tasty colors.

In flavors reminiscent of summer picnics, these one of a kind beaded gemstone earrings feature a faceted dyed jade gemstone accented with Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver twisted rings on sterling silver french hook ear wires. Each measure 1" from the bottom of the ear wire.
Crystal Aqua Blue Dyed Jade Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E274-AB)
Crystal Aqua Blue Dyed Jade Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E274-AB)
$23.95
A soothing aqua blue dyed jade gemstone faceted disc is accented with sparkling peridot green Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver twist circle rings on sterling silver ear wires. Length is 1" from the bottom of the ear wire.
Crystal Pickle Green Dyed Jade Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E274-PG)
Crystal Pickle Green Dyed Jade Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E274-PG)
$23.95
A tangy pickle green dyed jade gemstone faceted disc is accented with sparkling orange hyacinth Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver twist circle rings on sterling silver ear wires. Length is 1" from the bottom of the ear wire.
Crystal Fuchsia Dyed Jade Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E274-F)
Crystal Fuchsia Dyed Jade Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E274-F)
$23.95
A fruity-licous bold color choice for a more bold personality is our fuchsia dyed jade gemstone faceted disc is accented with sparkling purple tanzanite Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver twist circle rings on sterling silver ear wires. Length is 1" from the bottom of the ear wire.
Crystal Apple Green Dyed Jade Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E274-AG)
Crystal Apple Green Dyed Jade Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E274-AG)
$23.95
A delicious apple green dyed jade gemstone faceted disc is accented with sparkling rose pink Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver twist circle rings on sterling silver ear wires. Length is 1" from the bottom of the ear wire.
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What's your favorite flavor?

Custom Awareness Beaded Bracelet Customer Review

I had a custom epilepsy awareness bracelet made for myself and it turned out beautiful. I get so many compliments on the bracelet, the quality is so wonderful I will definitely have other jewelry made. I definitely recommend Crystal Allure to everyone.
-Laura (Texas)

What To Do. What To Do.


Our dog Lucy, enjoying a warm sunny day. What does she
have to do with this blog post? Nothing. But, it's the only
picture I could find to share. ;-)
Not having a working computer, these days, is like not having a working right arm (and maybe left too!). How does one get along without it?!

I shouldn't really talk. In the late 90s, I did own a pager because of my brothers' health. But, after he passed I got rid of the pager and didn't have any method of E- contact until, oh, 2009-ish? Amazing. I know this -now.

Today, I'm so enamoured with technology that I've surpassed my techy husband in knowledge and gadgets.

Our daily lives have become so entangled with computers that when they break, we're kinda lost. Or at least, I am lost. lol. Is it possible to have a love affair with a computer?

But, I will not be defeated. I've got the laptop covered (temporarily). My data and important files...that remains to be seen. (crossing fingers, crossing fingers...)

With a week of summer vacation over, I'm ready for another vacation. :-)

I had activities planned all last week. In fact, I even planned a two day garage sale. I used to pull together an annual charity yard sale many, many years ago. It was tedious work, to say the least! For the first few years, we received so many donations that we would have to hold weekend long sales for an entire month! But, it was worth it.

Today, I could do without having one. Yet, I had accumulated some items and well, my husband, wanted his basement space back. I'm okay with that since I don't like clutter. I'm forever organizing and clearing out. My motto growing up: everything has a place and for every place there is a thing. Too bad my studio doesn't adhere to this motto.

I invited my second oldest niece to help out and offered her a percentage of the sales for her efforts. I also took this time with her to teach her some marketing tips. Both days went well. The first day, the weather was way to humid but the second day, it stormed in the morning. I love me a good rain storm. Refreshing.

Anyhow, the marketing tips payed off. The second day two women came in, loved the prices we were offering and pretty much cleared us out, just a 1/2 hour before closing. I mean this almost literally. I think I only packed up three copy paper boxes to donate. In my experience, that's a successful sale!

Now, to clarify. I am not a marketer by profession. But, all the years of running my own business has forced me to learn a thing or two about marketing. Hint to my young readers: consider taking a class or two in marketing. My prediction: with the internet becoming what it is, it only makes sense that in years to come, many small and large businesses will need tech savvy peeps to market their online presence. These businesses will expect to quantify those efforts in their bottom line profits. It will become a competitive job career, for sure.

Beyond the garage sale, there were daily kids activities that included the little one signing up for and getting her FIRST library card! Yea!

With vacation over, I think it's time to finally put in the ground that lavender plant I purchased four days ago...

As I sit here typing this blog post. My faithful little dog is right next to me, sleeping.....and snoring!

I've Got Nothin'

I had two great blog posts to share and as of right now, I've got nothin'. No. Really. It's true.

Tonight I logged onto my laptop, was prepping the images for the blog, and BAM! it crashes. No blue screen or anything like that. But, after the wave of horror flowed through my body, I came to the realization I just might not be able to recover much (or any) of my data. Ahhhhhhhh!

In an attempt to be optimistic, I guess I really won't know until I get it to the "computer doctor". And I'm hoping for a full and successful recovery. (cross your fingers with me) Huh. Seems life took it literally when I said I was taking some down time. Hey, life, I meant one day!

I'm over summer vacation. I don't have a working computer (and might have just single-handedly crashed my business...which I'm sure my competitors are jumping for joy over this). I've got someone/something just stuck. in. my. head. And next week I have to face someone who causes me a great deal of stress.

Sounds like it's time for a girls night out. Without our laptops! (got that covered)

Life, boring -never! But, no worries. I always overcome any challenges thrown my way. Just might need to spend some time in the pool as I analyze and ponder how/what to post until my laptop is fixed.

Will I still be blogging? Absolutely! You just might not see the posts all jazzed up with my images and posting frequency might not be the regular schedule for the next few days. But, bear with me...

Swarovski Crystal Fireworks

Celebrating the 4th of July comes with flags; colorful fireworks; anything and everything that can be red, white and blue; spending time with family; sparklers; the list goes on.

So, in my show of support, I'm dedicating this blog post to the red, white and blue sparkling fireworks that only Swarovski Crystals can give.

Two of my favs: RED roses and Swarovski Crystal stems

Gotta have it: WHITE Swarovski Crystal encrusted bra.
Oh, the stories I could tell you about when I worked at Victoria's Secret! 

Love and Passion at its' finest: Titanic's symbolic Swarovski Crystal
BLUE Heart of the Ocean Necklace.

You can check out more of my sparkling obsessions at Behind the Designs on Pinterest. And don't miss my Sparkling Thoughts board. My fav quote: I get distracted by shiny things!

I'll be taking some time myself to enjoy a little downtime on the 4th. Even though we all know there are no vacation days for mommies. :-)

Please have a safe, FUN and sparkling 4th of July 2012!

What's Old is New Again -And Adorable to Boot!

An adorable ballerina chair for an
adorable little girl.
It may take me for.ev.er to get a project finished. But, when it's finally done -it's perfect!

This adorable chair did not look like this when I found it. I just happened to be walking the dog one day and I came across this vintage chair, just sitting at the curb. The owners of it had just had a weekend yard sale but I guess it didn't sell, or they just didn't want it anymore.

I quickly decided I could make it beautiful and it would be perfect for my little one's pink ballerina room. I made the decision that if the chair was still at the curb on my return walk back that I'd grab it. Lucky for me, it was. So, chair in one hand, dog leash in the other. I trounced home.

To coordinate with her furniture, it was painted white. I replaced the seat board, padding and added new fabric. What the picture does not capture, in the fabric, is the hint of sparkle (it's gotta have sparkle!).

I will not lie here, this project is well over a year old, but I've done my best to detail the transformation below.
Original chair. Husband was a little too efficient and had already sanded it down.
But, the wood color was a deep reddish-brown.
This first picture highlights the 1st layer of heavy needlepoint fabric on the chair.
Just another shot of the original chair at a different angle.
This second picture highlights the 2nd layer of heavy needlpoint fabric on the chair.
Both fabrics were durable and featured rose patterns.

A close up of the carved rose.

Shot of manufacturer tags showing its' origination from
Sibley, Lindsey & Curr Co.
I did some research to try and find out how old this chair was, but wasn't very successful. Sibley's, was a Rochester, New York-based department store chain with stores located exclusively in the state of New York. The Sibley Building was located on the northeast corner of East Main Street and Clinton Avenue. Sibley's was acquired by May Department stores in 1986.

Sibley's was a part of my childhood and I guess you could say, Sibley's for me, is probably like what Macy's is for others. In fact, one of my first few jobs was at Sibley's Optical. That job started a nearly 10 year career in the optical field.

When this picture was taken, the lighting was very poor. That combined with the gross-ness
of the padding itself, I decided to spare you the details and test my photoshop skills
by creating a black and white image. What you can't see here is the seat board was actually all
warped and ruined, so that had to be replaced.

After a good sanding, I applied two coats of Rust-Oleum Painters Touch,
Ultra Cover 2x Coverage, white primer.
And once again, the NEW re-finished chair. It's amazing what a new coat of paint can do
for a project. Double points because my little one loves my vision (her new chair)!

Since it took me so long to finish this project and with most of the materials being collected throughout the year, I don't have the exact details anymore. But, here's my best breakdown of it:

Chair = FREE  (score!!)
2 cans of white primer = ~ $8.00
2 cans of white pearlized paint = ~ $8.00
New chair padding = ~ $3.00
Ballerina fabric = ~ $6.50

The good news is I still have some primer, paint and fabric left over, so I can apply those to other projects. I have plans to make some coordinating pillows with the extra fabric. This ought to take a few years since I don't know much about sewing.

And "the plan" is to sand down and re-finish a little desk we already had at the house that goes perfectly with this chair. I say it's "the plan" because right now, I have four other paint projects to do (one of which includes our main hallway), two reupholster projects and a slew of miscellaneous little projects.

So many ideas. So little time.

I shared this project with:
TDC Before and After


Let Summer Begin: Long Island Iced Crystal Gemstone Bracelet

First week of camp: friends and initiation (?)!
For so many kids, summer brings visions of carefree days, friends, swimming, having fun, ice cream and so much more.

Recently a good friend asked me if I had any plans for the summer. While thinking, I mumbled something about surviving it. :-)

We learn something new everyday, right? With the first week of summer camp over, lesson #1:

Summer camp = one tired little girl!

Each day is filled with fun and activities. We get a full summer schedule, in advance, and many of the activities the little one will be doing at day camp are the very things I had hoped to do with her, over the summer. Lesson #2:

Responsibility = is no fun!

The first week of camp included a camp t-shirt and creating her first friendship bracelets. She has such a big heart. The first two she made she, well, gave to her friend! Guess that's the point of them, right?! My version of a bracelet celebrating friends:
Long Island Iced Crystal Gemstone Beaded Bracelet (B183)
Long Island Iced Crystal Gemstone Beaded Bracelet (B183)
$55.15
Hmmm...interesting....they all have sterling silver cocktail charms! Shown above is Long Island Iced Tea Onyx Carnelian Gemstone Crystal Charm Beaded Bracelet (B183). Most of my girl friend cocktail charm "friendship" bracelets don't stay in stock very long and the ladies demand more and more each year.

About the design:
Friendship was the inspiration behind this handmade beaded bracelet. Friends are an important part of our lives and this bracelet celebrates special girlfriends and fond memories of a girls night out. After a long day at work, isn't it fun to just get out with the girls, relax and have a tasty cocktail?! This irresistibly fun cocktail charm bracelet features Swarovski Crystal, carnelian gemstone, onyx gemstone, sterling silver Bali and a long island iced tea charm. Finished with our signature jewelry tag. Measures 7-3/4".

Oh yes...the topic is summer camp. My philosophy: If she has a good, safe day, I'm okay with that. By the third day, though, sure enough, she took a tumble. But, nothing three bandaids (2 purple, 1 regular) couldn't fix. If she were a cat, she'd have landed on her feet, right?! Instead, her feet are what got in the way.

I don't think I could send her off to camp -as in, over night, away camp -no way! My brother had actually gone off to camp when he was little. I was jealous that I couldn't go but was happy he had the experience and it was a camp that understood his health needs (and didn't turn him away because of it). Only once or twice did we have to pick him up because of difficulty breathing.

In thinking about him, I asked the little one if she knew what "away" camp was (explained it a little) and she said she did. I told her when kids go off to camp they often write their parents letters. So, for fun, I asked her what she would write back to us (if she was at "away camp"). Here's her response:

Dear mom and dad,
I miss you. Can you bring me your self? Oh, and some cookies too.
Love, N


We've got some new memories to put in our book and the little one is anxious, so off I go...

Custom Swarovski Crystal Musical Charm Necklaces

Custom Swarovski Crystal Musical Charm Necklaces N107-N108
French Horn and Trombone
So many ideas. So little time.

I completely realize we are just nine days into the summer season and here I am (finally!) posting about a custom beaded order I received just before the holidays...2010!

Seems I had created the draft blog post but had not completed it. Recently while cleaning up the blog, I accidentally posted it...and it wasn't ready yet.

So, that mistake, which actually turned out well, has pushed me to get this shared with you. See...everything happens for a reason.

My long time customer, Roland, usually places a wholesale order for my beaded suncatchers. He gives them out to his own customers'. But this time, he wanted two custom handmade beaded necklaces to give as gifts to his granddaughters.

One granddaughter, Lauren (16 years old), plays the trombone. The other, Christina (14 years old), plays the french horn. The best part of this custom order was that Roland gave me full artistic freedom in the overall design, all he requested was that each necklace have a pendant that represented the instrument that each played and that both be made with purple crystals (their favorite color -and mine too!).

French Horn Swarovski Crystal Necklae Redux with Sterling Cameo for Pendant
After delivery of both necklaces, Roland decided he wanted the french horn necklace to have cameo effect for the pendant.

A bit of sterling silver wire did the job perfectly!

I was a little concerned that a 14-year old might not "get" the cameo as very fashionable. But, both girls loved their necklaces! Whew!

The French Horn Swarovski Crystal Muscial Charm Necklace (N107) featured a mix of both light amethyst and amethyst crystals, artistic wire wrapping and was fully adjustable from 13-1/4" to 14-1/4".

The Trombone Swarovski Crystal Ombre Musical Charm Necklace (N108) also featured a mix of both light amethyst and amethyst crystals wire wrapped in an ombre effect on a sterling silver chain and measured 15" in length.

Enjoy girls!!

Prevent Animal Cruelty Orange Paw Crystal Anklet (A118)

June is National Adopt A Shelter Cat Awareness Month.

Personally, I believe pet adoption should be your first option. All my pets have been rescues, even as a child. And each one has brought happiness and something unique to my life.

There are many health benefits of pet ownership*, pets can decrease your:
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Triglyceride levels
  • Feelings of loneliness
They can also increase your:
  • Opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
  • Opportunities for socialization
Many shelters are running adoption specials this month, especially on cats. But, please, before you adopt, make sure you can make the full commitment of pet ownership and will honestly make the commitment.
Prevent Animal Cruelty Orange Paw Crystal Awareness Anklet (A118)
Orange Prevent Animal Cruelty Awareness Anklet (A118)
Crystal Red Aventurine Gemstone Beaded Anklet
$32.95
In January 2010, I introduced a new collection of Swarovski Crystal Animal Awareness Bracelets to support spaying-neutering your pet to help reduce pet overpopulation, prevention of animal abuse and the prosecution of abusers. A percentage of the proceeds is donated to applicable charities and/or programs.

Recently added to this collection is the Prevent Animal Cruelty Orange Paw Crystal Awareness Anklet (A118), designed with orange crystals and red aventurine gemstone beads (the awareness color representing prevention of animal cruelty). With this 10-1/2" beaded anklet, not only are you raising awareness but you will also be a fashionista!

Pantone has named Tangerine Tango (orange) as the color of the year (2012) and orange is also the nationally recognized color for raising awareness of Animal Abuse and Cruelty.

Help save an animal's life and reap all the benefits of pet ownership -adopt a shelter cat (or pet) today!

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I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce two of our rescue shelter cats. Meet Doodie and Ralphie (aka Mushie Man).

As with all pets, ours were named for their personalities. Doodie, a domestic short-haired tiger cat, was actually named Lucky and indeed he was. He was scheduled to be euthanized but somehow got out of his cage and hide in a dog's cage for three days. When the shelter found him, they felt he was special and they contacted a no-kill shelter to take him in.

Doodie got his name from, well, his stomach problems. When he was little...yeah...it wasn't pretty. But, he fought against the odds and today he is a little stinker (and I mean that in a cute way!).

Ralphie is our black and white tuxedo cat. He was actually already in a no-kill shelter when we adopted him and he was raised from kittenhood by the woman we adopted him from. For the record, tuxedo cats, their breed usually means they will have weight issues, so they take a little extra care to not become obese. In the picture below, he just looks much bigger because he is laying next to petite Doodie. He gets his nickname, Mushie Man, because he's such a lover!
Shelter Pets Adopted by Crystal Allure Jewelry Designer
Doodie (far left); Doodie and Ralphie
In the first picture, Doodie looks like he's getting his inner crank on. Nice face! In the second picture, my second oldest niece said it looked like Doodie was, well, passing gas. Is this interpretation something similar to 'what shape is that cloud'? And well, given his stomach issues, he just may have!

I'm a little late in sharing this important blog post and introducing you to some of our sweet adopted cats. It's been a busy week and after today's work day, seemed an appropriate post to show the value of animals and pets. And I must admit, my mind has been elsewhere, seems like for weeks, but my focus kind of got away from me this week. But, thanks to my friends and a few of my readers for the kick nudge (in the email)!

*http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/health_benefits.htm

A Change to Using Google at Checkout

Effective June 26, 2012 Google announced a change in their checkout offerings. Google Checkout has now changed to Google Wallet.

Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Designs does accept Google payments but this change will not affect how you checkout on our site. The only change you may notice is the payment logo for Google Wallet (which looks similar to the one on the right).

Here is what we received from Google explaining this new change:

- Google Wallet securely stores your payment information and makes purchasing fast both online and in-store.

- If you’ve used Google Wallet or Google Checkout before, all you need to do is log in with your Google username and password to buy from us.

- If you’re using Google Wallet for the first time, just fill out the single page of information when you make your purchase. After that, you’ll only need your Google Wallet login to make a purchase. There’s no need to re-enter your information or create multiple usernames and passwords each time you buy.

- When you pay with Google Wallet, you can track all of your orders in one place.

Humorous Parenting

Ballerina box holding one school year of paperwork
With school having ended, I spent some time filtering through the little one's paperwork (what to keep, what to save). It is A-mazing what waste one child could generate.

She has a ballerina box that we have her put all her school work into each day she comes home from school. The box dimensions are 16-1/2" (long) x 14" (wide) x 10" (deep). This box was full from just one school year and to be honest, I had already filtered out some of her papers as she brought them home!

We try to have her be more aware of how much paper she uses (trees provide clean air and the more paper we use, the more trees that have to be cut down, etc., etc.). But, sometimes you just can't curb creativity, I guess. :-)

While I was doing this paper cleansing, the little one decided she was going to work with me in her playroom and began compiling handwritten notes -that later I learned she taped all over the house.

One of the notes, she taped on the basement door. Our cats' hard food bowls are on the landing of the basement stairs. One of her daily responsibilities is to make sure the food bowls are full.

On this particular day, it was a hectic day and she forgot to check the bowls when we got home. My husband also happened to get home late on this day and she was already in bed for the night.

Knowing what the note said, I tell him there's a note for him on the basement door. He reads the note, "the cast needs privasye" (in kids' speak it really says, "the cats need privacy").

My husband assesses things and writes her a note back.

It reads, "The cats need food!" and tapes it to the door. The next morning she reads it and giving us the most cute girl smirk she could work, she smiles coyly, apologizes and proceeds to fill the bowls. :-)

I'm not sure what her goal was with the note, but I don't think she believed we'd write her a note back or that she'd get a response. Either way, it was way to funny!

Now, onto jewelry related news (the main purpose of the blog). I've been working with some fantastic ladies and will have a few custom beaded jewelry designs to share with you soon.

One custom request is for a couple of pulmonary fibrosis awareness bracelets and the other is for an aplastic anemia awareness bracelet.

Stay tuned....