Archive for May, 2008

Ok so  , I guess I could use the wire line as a pun, but the truth of the matter is that we are down to just 2 more days for this months contest.  I must admit that I have had better response than I thought we would have,  And the goal for next month is to double the entries.  This has been quite the journey, from the open house parties that Deb and I had to donating jewelry for fundraisers.  To a full fledged website.  This all began as a dream really just a passing thought.  Could we really do this.  Can we make a success of this.  We have had our ups and downs, believers and doubters.  Even at times wondering if we could make this work.  But here we are about 14 months into it and feeling very good about the future of our little website.  We have had increased traffic  (ok  ok I know anything is up from nothing) But as I work at this computer each day to better the site and do the things that others are helping me learn about. I feel that this is the thing that I am meant to do.  That this will not just be a website about selling jewelry but a way to reach others.  The waterbug story on our site has touched so many over the past few years.  It has come to be the symbol that we look for in every shop we visit.  And now with warm weather the thing that we lookfor each time we walk down the street.  We want to help anyone who is struggling with the lost of a loved one.  I have a as I call it a car jewel it hangs from my rear view mirror it is made of some very special crystals that belonged to my mom and at the end is a dragonfly.  From his wings are smaller crystals that represent the birthstones of the ones that I have lost in the last few years.  I know that they are watching over me.  I just hope that they can be proud of the work that I have done, for it is because of them that I try so hard to be a success


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Waiting for the mailman has become a great new pastime for me.  That is waiting for my lastest bead order.  Then the magic begins the opening of the package and then the indiviual little bundles.  Each one with new treasures to make beautiful jewelry with.  This order has my favorite pearls any kind will work, all the colors, shapes.  Some artists want to work with crystals, and they have their place in my creations.  Gemstones, anything from rich agates to pure black onyx.  These all make for great jewelry.  But if you mix these with the best, pearls you then have the ultimute in jewelry.  I have said before that I have a passion for pearls and that is an understatement.  Wearing jeans and a tee shirt then you can add a simple pearl bracelet or a pair of pearl earrings, keeping it simple.  But dressing up then the pearls will make a real statement.  Multi strand, single peart drop.  or like this Pearl Necklace DB-150  This necklace will make that little black dress and you stand out in the crowd.   Visit www.totaldelights.com for more creations with pearls.

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Fads, Trends or Classics

They say that every woman should own a basic black dress, Why because of the versatility of it.

The many functions that it can be wore to. Mixed with a jacket to make a different look, add accessories and you have possibly more looks. So to the subject of this article fad, trends or classics. Just what does that mean for todays women and her jewelry. What does she want to have in her collection, the latest fad, this seasons fashion trend or the really classic pieces?

So lets examine all three. First fads,

A fad refers to a something that becomes popular in a culture relatively quickly, but loses popularity dramatically. So is there a place for fads in your jewelry collection. Yes but I recommend not spending a lot on the pieces. Those pieces that everyone is wearing. And yet they’re maybe that one piece of fad jewelry that you love. That you can see yourself wearing over and over. That’s the piece that you want to invest more in especially if you’re sure that it won’t end up in you daughters play clothes chest. . Now not all fads become trends, And thank goodness that many don’t, if they did just what would the goodwill store’s sell. We have all had our share of fads, the things we look at later and think just what was I thinking. The picture we wish was never taken. Thank goodness those jewelry fads don’t stay with us too long. That something else moves in to take its place. It is arguable that a fad that remains popular for a significant amount of time typically loses its significance in current popular culture as it evolves and becomes accepted into a society’s everyday culture as trends (e.g. televison, internet, music, video games) One fad that moved to a trend and I believe has now made its way to a staple of jewelry designs is the Y necklace in 1995 you could see it on the necks of many celebrities, so then everyone wanted one. But soon the Y necklace is being made from every type of material, chains, crystals, gemstones and many more. So now you have a fashion trend.

The current trends in jewelry are deep, warm, regal hues, also clear crystals and even natural elements like wood, which was big in the summers hottest styles. And the current trend in metals is toward warmer toned metals. Bright and Shinny metals give a modern look, while the browns of antiqued metals give the dreamy feminine look. The other trend is mixing elements velvets with cottons. Multi-strand chains with different styles and sizes of chain. Ribbon, natural fibers and even yarns will make the fashion trend this fall. One of the biggest trends in handcrafted jewelry was the chandelier earring. They are being slowly replaced by some longer, leaner styles. The stiletto earring will be the thing this fall. To me trends are the pieces that go with more than one outfit that have the versatility to be worn day evening. But more than anything I believe that trends in jewelry are made more by you than anyone or anything. Your personal taste, determines what is a trend for you. The pieces that you own that if broke, you just have to replace. The look that says you that your friends when they see, say Susan would just love that. The fashion forecasters may decide the colors of the new designs and the type of fabric that those designs are made in. But they can’t decide our personal tastes. So what is a trend to you, is it the thing that you have to have because everyone around you has one or is it the style that suits you. Something that you feel better wearing. The design that you love and want in every color, and material that it is made in.

And now to classics to me these are the pieces that as they say never go out of style. The simple diamond post earrings, a knotted string of pearls, you get the idea. These are the pieces that you invest in that you plan on handing down to your children the ones that you grandmother and mother left to you. They are the ones that are given for a birthday, anniversary, Christmas and any other special occasion. Your first diamond is something that a woman never forgets. I just gave my girls their first diamond. A diamond pendant that was made from my mothers wedding ring that was left to me. This is the classic piece that will endure though all the fads and fashion trends that may come and go. They will go with those pieces because we love them and they have that special meaning in our lives. I have heard it said that a woman will spend a little money for the fad, even the trend. But the classic piece is the investment that she will have and enjoy wear with pride and know that she is always in style. So the bottom line is fads, trends and classics all have a place in your jewelry collection every woman has the right to feel good about herself and the things she wears. Remember to have fun and enjoy your treasures.

About the Author: Diane Brixey is a self taught jewelry artist and co owner of the website www.totaldelights.com

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So the above colors are the ones to have for spring/summer 2008 they are a great collection.  And not to diffucult to match to gemstones and swarovski crystals.  Making jewlery the true fashion accent.

   These colors are rich and vibrant perfect for spring and summer,  Swarovski crystals come in so many colors and effects that matching to these colors is easy and fun.  If you are wearing jeans and a tee shirt or a pretty summer dress something for you can be found. check at www.totaldelights.com for the right complent to your summer wardrobe.


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The new things that I posted today are things that I created for teens and young girls. And my son suggested that we call this line Totally teens.  And I think that I am going to make some changes on the website to relect just that here are some of the new items  you can find these and more at www.totaldelights.com


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So she was at it again today and at this rate I may have to work for 24 hours straight to catch up.  This wonderful coral necklace is big and bold.  It also includes Swarovski crystals.. check it and more out at www.totaldelights.com 

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Debbie has been a very busy bee creating lots of wonderful new things and most of them have a great patriotic theme. Her work is outstanding and the quailty of her work shines though.
I hope to have them posted by tomorrow a computer problem has happened and I am pretty sure things will be cleared up by then.

But for now you can catch a sneek peek at some of them here.

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