Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Swarovski Crystals = Change Colors

I love playing around with new crystals and beads to see what is out there.

Well a few weeks ago I was in my local beading shop when the clerk, who knows I am always on the look out for something different and new, mentioned they got some new crystals in. So of course I just had to check them out.

These swarovski crystals change colors when exposed to different types of light :) now how cool is that?

I had to get some, so I got some called 'Cantaloupe' - they are a pretty green in normal lighting but change to a brownish color when exposed to a brighter light.

I made this cute little bird with them.

This is the normal color of the crystal

This is the color of the crystals when exposed to bright light!

Now is this cool or what?

This little guy will be on my website for sale soon - Smileykitcreations and also available in my Smileykitcreaitons Etsy Shop

Monday, June 25, 2012

Swarovski Aniaml SpotLight For the Week

This week I am working on a series of swarovski crystal bird figurines.

To start off this week I have made a family of blue birds, daddy, mommy, and baby.  They are too cute.

All are handmade with swarovski crystals and crystal rounds and illusion cord is used to weave them together. Each little bird takes about half and hour to create.

Their measurements are as follows:

Daddy stands about  7/16 inches high and is about 1 1/4 inches wide

Mommy blue bird figurine stands about 5/6 inches high and is about 13/16 inches wide

And the little baby blue bird figurine comes in at about 7/16 inches high and 1/2 inches wide :)

Hope you enjoy my creations for this week...

Next week look forward to more adorable little animal figurines :)

Would love to hear what you think about my blue bird family figurines please leave your comments and suggestions below!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Miss 2012 Pageant Update for my daughter

Well, it has been almost 2 months since my 15yr daughter participated in the Miss 2012 Teen Pageant.  It was a wonderful experience for both her and myself. She made a lot of new friends and had a wonderful time.

Although she didn't win anything she has learned a great deal about herself and what it takes to do something like this.  She isn't sure she will ever do something like this again.

I got the pictures back on CD that I paid $129 for.  They were suppose to be of her in candid shots throughout the pageant, and of her crossing the stage in each of her outfits, causal wear and formal wear.  Well, to say the least, I am PISSED OFF, this is all I got -

Taken in the studio
Taken in the studio

Taken at her Interview

Taken at her interview

Day of competition in her causal wear
Causal Wear

Taken day of competition in her formal wear

In this picture I would like to give credit to a dear friend of mine for making the red rose earring for her, Elizabeth from TurtleXIII on Etsy thank you so much :)

Formal Wear

 As you can see I got absolutely NO pictures of her crossing the stage in each of the categories. :((((((

And these are her candid shots -

I want to thank those of you for your support and encourging words you all offered to her, she is very happy and had a great time.

I have 2 phone calls into the photography place and have yet to hear from them. So upset I didn't take pictures myself, but was told the reason for purchasing this package was so I could share in the fun and enjoyment without the worry of picture taking.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Animal Figurine Pick of the Week

I love owls, they are so amazing to watch fly around, I find them very sophisticated animals.

So this week will be spot lighting my Owl Swarovski Crystal Figurine

You can see him and other swarovski animal figurines in both my Etsy and ArtFire shops.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Swarovski Animal Figurine Of The Week

I am slowly increasing my line of swarovski crystal figurines and charms.  These little guys are perfect for all kind of things you can do with them.

I will be adding one new animal a week and will spotlight them here.

This week I am starting out with my newest little critter the Baby Tiger

Click  here to read more

This little guy stands about 1 inch high and so cute

Would love to hear what type of animal you would like to see come to my shop. Please leave your comment below :)

Stop by my shop to see more adorable little swarovski crystal figurine animals!

ArtFire Shop  and my Etsy Shop


Thursday, May 31, 2012

What To Do With My Swarovski Figurines

I get asked a lot by folks just what can be done with my swarovski crystal figurines?

Well, there are a lot of different things my little animal figurines can be used for.  I have put together a collection of photos to help you see just how cute these guys are and some ideas. Of course, the ideas of what you can use these guys for is endless just use your imagination :)

First up is what a lot of people like to do is set them on the shelf, you can have just one or a whole collection!

A shelf full of Bunny Figurines

A shelf full of Kitty Cat Figurines

Even a collection of dog figurines

Like the outdoor type of critters, here are some real cuties

I think you get the idea of how they look so cute on your shelf too. Stop by my shop and get yours today!

But there are countless other ideas these little guys can be used for like, hanging off your purse -

You can put them on your cell phone as a charm -

Add them to your keys -

As you can see there are countless ways to use swarovski crystal figurines. It is easy to add a jump ring to the top of them and they can go every where you go! All my swarovski figurines can be turned into a charm!

And here is another great idea my daughter thought of too, you can put them on your Christmas tree :)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Crystal Collections

Here is a cute little one for today -

This crystal dragonfly pendant is perfect to attach to your necklace or key chain. Made with 4mm swarovski crystals and swarovski teardrops.

Here is another one of my creations I think you will like

This cute little penguin is perfect to keep you company at your computer or sit quietly on your shelf and watch over you :)  He can be also made into a charm for your purse or anywhere you'd like to hang him.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teen Pageant Update

Wanted to up date everyone on the pageant my daughter was in from my last post.

She didn't win anything but the experience was great and she was able to make a lot of new friends.

We had a great time, it was stressful and time consuming but wow what an experience for both of us.

Not sure she will do it again anytime soon, but she does love fashion :)

No matter what she is a winner in my book.

Pictures coming soon, waiting for them to get here. We paid to have a professional focus in on her during all the stages of the pageant so now we get to wait for them to come. 

Stay tuned for them !

Friday, April 6, 2012

2012 Teen Pageant

Okay so you are probably wondering why I would title a post like this, when I am a beader and make things?

Well my 15yr daughter, who is my graphic designer, and loves to stay on top of the latest trends with make-up  and clothes has been accepted as a participant for the Miss 2012 Jr Teen Pageant!!!!!!! She will be representing Sacramento and the surrounding areas if she wins. She will also get a paid round trip to participate in the 2012 National Pageant in Orlando, Fl. The local pageant will be held on April 28th.

This is so exciting for both of us and wanted to share what will be happening in the coming weeks and asking for some support for her.

There are 3 areas of competition, interview, causal wear, and formal wear.

Here is a press release that will better explain all this -

Local Young Lady Competes For The Miss Jr. Teen Sacramento Title

Elizabeth Miller of Elk Grove was recently selected to participate in the 2012 Miss Jr. Teen Sacramento pageant competition that will take place on Saturday April 28, 2012. Elizabeth learned of her acceptance into this year's competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the local Sacramento area. Elizabeth submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year's Sacramento Pageant Coordinator.

Elizabeth will be competing, for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Elizabeth will be competing in the Miss Jr. Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages of 7 and 19 competing in modeling routines, which include casual wear and formal wear. Most important, Elizabeth will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year's Sacramento judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.

If Elizabeth were to win the title of Miss Jr. Teen Sacramento, she would represent Sacramento and the surrounding communities at the National Competition that will take place in Orlando, Florida. Over $30,000.00 in prizes and awards will be presented at the National Competition while each winner enjoys this expense paid trip of five nights and six days in Orlando, Florida.

Community businesses, organizations, and private individuals will assist Elizabeth in participating in this year's competition by becoming an official sponsor to her. Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals, and financial support which will allow Elizabeth to become a very confident and well-prepared contestant in this year's Sacramento Pageant.

Any business, organization, or private individual who may be interested in becoming a sponsor to Elizabeth may contact the Miss Jr. Teen Sacramento pageant coordinator, at 1-800-279-0976.


We are in the process now to find sponsors for her, if you are interested or know someone who would be please contact me right a way. All and any support is greatly appreciated, even small amounts to help sponsor her are greatly appreciated. When I have some photos of her will put them for you to see.
smileykitbeads @ gmail.com

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March Challenge Day One

For those that are following the Fusionbeads March Challenge today is Day One of the challenge.

For today we are to make a pair of earrings, below is my challenge earrings -

You can find these earrings over at my Etsy shop for sell


Thank You

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

March Challenge Fun

I love a challenge so when the company I purchase a lot of my swarovski crystals from informed me they were going to be having a Challenge every day of the month of March, I couldn't resist but join in on the fun.

The company I use is FusionBead.com they are great with speedy delivery and No Shipping fees, now you can't beat that. They have a wide variety of great jewelry needs from seed beads to findings and more.

Okay so for the challenge I will not be doing something everyday as some of the challenges are not things I do, like wire wrapping and working with wires.

If you are a jewelry maker you might want to consider joining in on the fun check out their blog here
30 Day Challenge

I will be doing a lot of them and will post on my challenge days what I did for that challenge.

March 1st is to make a pair of earrings, oh easy peasy for me lol But it is a challenge so need some ideas on what I can make?? Leave a comment with your ideas.

I am considering these possibilities -

Until next time thanks for stopping by look forward to hear what you think would make a good pair of earrings for the challenge.