Sunday, August 30, 2009

Where can you find Inspiration?

I have found that Inspriation can come from just about anywhere anytime.. you could find it by starring at the clouds, a swirl in leaves, texture in a garment, jewelry,  music even food.
when I am creating new jewlery pieces, I like to spill out a whole bunch a beads and work with it in piles  so that I can see everything at once.
and sometimes the ideas are slow to come but
after sitting there for a while and trying different
options the ideas start to flow and like magic.. there are my little creations.

 I recently purchased a  few magazines at the Borders I think you may enjoy. first of all
Where Women Create Now I have to tell you that this is my favorite magazine and I cannot wait until they release new issues. this is the most inspiring magazine as it goes into the lives and workspaces of some of our favorite well known creative women..
 then I picked up STUFFED..
okay, this is not for everyone but if you do alittle bit of sewing you can appreciate this the projects are so ugly and odd that they are so darn cute you want to make one   I had to pick this one up mainly for the deer and the owl.
and lastly, Green crafting... a different take on crafting as we know it but it's so interesting how someone could take a dryer sheet and make something cool from it.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Color combinations

As we get dressed each day, we choose thru our drawers and closets full of clothes deciding on what to mix and match as far as colors and prints. what about me?? well, I am almost embarrassed to say, that 99.9% of my closet holds black clothes.. in fact, when I happen to wear something with a color.. my friends say, oh! so you do own different color clothes!!!
OK.. so in my defense, there are 2 reasons I wear black... one because when I shop, I either like the design and not the color, or I like the color but not the design. I think that if they had a vending machine that you can choose the size, color, print and then boom it comes out exactly the way you like it than, maybe I would have more colors in my wardrobe.
the 2nd reason is.. that with black I can accessorise and my sparklie Crystal jewels will show up better..
I have found that for alot of our customers, they have a hard time choosing and matching up colors and textures.. and they come to us for help in choosing color palets that compliment one another there are so so many colors, shapes, textures out there that how do we choose?
we have all heard of the color wheels that have been used for years to say what color season you should wear to match you? but the same does not go for beading..
Crystallized with Swarovski Elements has innovated this new color wheel using the colors in their bead and pearl lines it's really a cool tool because, it has helped many mix and match in unique color combinations that they would never imagine.
this color wheels is so affordable selling for only, $4.00 fun and useful.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

on a recent trip

Currently, I am one of 30

Crystallized Swarovski Elements Ambassadors accross the USA.
our Job is to create designs that inspire the creativity in you! with this I teach classes and attend design and product seminars thruout the year to learn about the newest innovations so that we can understand the products and educate and design it's all about the beauty and sparkle afterall.

while on a recent vacation, I went to New York City to visit my best friend, I took a walk thru every bead and trimming shop as usuall, I visit TOHO Shoji which sells a huge collection of products all packaged in Japan they sell cool books and findings.. I was walking past the storefront and ... this comb caught my eye!(grey Picture) it was my design!! then I went inside the store and was tickled to find 3 more versions of designs that I had created for a contract project called,
Love is in the air for Create Your Style with Swawovski Crystallized Elements used by Create your Style Partners world wide which Creations By You has been a partner for 3 years. words cannot express the excitement and fullfilment that I felt knowing that other professionals really liked my designs and used them for inspiration in thier stores. My original is on the pink photo...

Monday, August 10, 2009

Introducing Modern Vintage..
a brand new line of consisting Charms, flowers, leaves, dragonflies, chains, headpins, clasps, jumprings and leverbacks... we have a huge collection available in 4 finishes..
antiqued gold, Antiqued Silver, Antiqued Copper and copper Patina.
why is the branding Modern vintage? because these are modern day products made the old way with old tools from the late 1800's. yes.. very old tools..
I especially love that now we can offer you all the findings to match the finishes..
samples? yes we have lots to look at.