Celebrate the Holidays with Sparkle and Style!

Opra shares her most favorite thisng 2013 list

It’s official…the anticipation of the upcoming Holiday Season has just hit me!

I’m not sure if it was because I recently read about Oprah Winfrey sharing her “Most Favorite Things!” 2013 list, or if it was making plans for Thanksgiving and a Friends-giving that has got me so excited, but I’ve just been inspired for this year’s festivities!

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There are so many wonderful traditions that we all do to create magical and memorable experiences for the holidays. The moments that bring me the most joy are decorating the house, cooking yummy meals and treats to share, creating fabulous sparkling gifts for friends and family (plus fun sparkles for myself!) and making special memories with the ones I love.

Wholesale Swarovski Elements Sparkling Heart

I’m sure everyone enjoys all of these things and I know the most rewarding experiences are the times when you pour your heart into everything you do, whether it’s creating, cooking, beading, giving, or spending quality time with quality people.

Opras favorite things 2013 Susan Hanover Earrings Candy Crush

Susan Hanover Earrings

There were three items on Oprah Winfrey’s “Most Favorite Things” 2013 list that caught my eye, and I thought to my self, I like that but what if I could add my own little special touch to it? They would be perfect little handmade gifts, with an added sparkly bonus, plus I could make one for my self (just for good measure).

These “Candy Crush” earrings resemble the Swarovski 6100 Taerdrop Pendants that can be made into stunning earrings for a fraction of the price.

Swarovski 6100 Teardrop Pendant Earrings

Featuring Swarovski 6100 24mm or 34mm Teardrop Pendants created into earrings in Crystal Vitrail Light, Clear Crystal, Fire Opal, Ocean Blue, Terrenum, Crystal Bermuda Blue, Crystal Vitrail Medium and Crystal AB

Swarovski 6106 Pearshape Pendant Earrings

A similar design idea features the Swarovski style 4327 Pearshape Fancy Stones made into gorgeous earrings. You could also create a classic design using Swarovski 6106 Pearshape Pendants.

Opras Favorite Things 2013 Embellished Headbands

Another sparkling item that made Oprah Winfrey’s “Most Favorite Things” 2013 list were  these fun and glitzy headbands.

I love the idea, but they are a little pricey and you could make a few of your own custom headbands for as much as it would cost to buy just one of these. They make perfect little gifts or sparkling stocking stuffers too! Your design options are endless with Swarovski Beads, Pearls, Flatbacks, Sew-On-Stones or Buttons. Embellishing a one-of-a-kind accessory has never been easier or more fun! Here are lots of inspiring ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

Opras favorite things 2013 purse mirrors

Oprah’s Favorite Things 2013 List Featuring Purse Mirrors

One more item making the list that piqued my interest were these delightful personalized purse mirrors. They are colorful, handy and stylish, but could stand to have a little more sparkle on them, don’t you agree? Thankfully that’s a simple fix! All you need are Swarovski Flatbacks and a little E6000 Glue…and vuala! You have created a stunning, personalized compact that is functional and most of all stunning!

Swarovski Crystal Gold Compacts or purse mirror

Add just a touch of sparkle…

Swarovski Crystal purse mirror Blue Flatbacks DIY

or go ahead and embellish the whole surface…either way you will have the prettiest of them all!

Swarovski Wild Heart Bead

I hope these sparkling ideas were a source of creative inspiration for you. Sparkles and Smiles!

A Special Swarovski Crystal Party with All My Fabulous Friends!

Swarovski Crystal Party

I hosted my first  Swarovski Crystal Party and it was absolutely fabulous!

I had about 10 of my super fantastic and fabulous friends over to my house for a day full of fun, laughter and of course SPARKLES! I told them to bring their favorite flip flops, tee shirts, shoes, phones or whatever else they wanted to take from drab to fab!

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Everyone was really sweet, gracious and thankful for the opportunity to take the time to be creative and find their own artistic expression.

It’s always enjoyable getting together with the ladies, but sometimes you may not know what to do. A crystal party is a brilliant way to bring everyone together and be inspired to create a dazzling and unique accessory that every time they look at or wear they will think of that fantastic day and fond memories.

Swarovski Crystal Party

Below are 5 helpful tips for hosting a sparkling Swarovski crystal party.

1. First off you need to bring your energy! Be excited that you’re bringing your friends together for an entertaining and creative day. Your attitude sets the tone and will be infectious, so be positive and grateful that people are taking time out of their busy schedules to come and share a fun-filled day with you and all of their friends.

Swarovski Crystal Party Blinged Flip flops

Featuring Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks style 2058-16ss Crystal AB and 2520 Cosmic Flatback Clear Crystal

2. set up all of the crafts, tools and sparkles before everyone arrives. I found it to be really helpful to have each individual craft station ready to go complete with E6000 glue, tweezers and of course the star of the show, all of the dazzling Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks in a range of colors and sizes each in their own individual trays. You will need to use the style number 2058 Swarovski Flatback Rhinestones for people gluing each stone on themselves and you will need to set up a little station for people using a Bejeweler  tool for the style number 2038 Swarovski Flatback Hot Fix Rhinestones. It’s advantageous to have a hard surfaced object that can be put inside the middle of the shirt so that the stones adhere to the front of the shirt and not both the front and back of the shirt together. I used a medium size piece of granite that I found at Home Depot that worked very well. You can also set up an Iron to apply a lot of Hot Fix crystals at once, simply lay a small thin piece of cloth or parchment paper over the crystals before applying the hot iron to the crystals. Work in small sections and be gentle when pressing down on the crystal so that they don’t move out of place. The smaller stones will be easier to apply and stay longer than the larger stones. For larger stones I recommend gluing them individually.

Swarovski Crystal Party

Featuring Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks style 2038-12ss Crystal AB Hot Fix

3. As a host, you should test any application process ahead of time so that you will know how to show your friends what to do. One little tip when working with the Swarovski Hot Fix stones which are applied to fabric; it’s good to use a one size smaller bejeweler tip than the actual Crystal stones themselves, this way you will not leave a little ring on the fabric.

Swarovski Crystal Party

Featuring Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks in the style 2058 Xilion Round Flatback,  style 2520 Cosmic Flatback and style 2300 Pearshape Flatback

4. Soak up the sunshine and have your crystal party outside if you can. Enjoy the fresh air and take advantage of it especially when working with the E6000 glue which recommends either using a mask, which is certainly not the most glamorous fashion statement and it limits your ability to converse with the ladies. Plus your tan will compliment all those rainbow sparkles. Try and offer some shade for those who would like to cool off.

Swarovski Crystal Party

Featuring Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks in style 2058- 20ss Crystal and Crystal AB and style 2520 Cosmic Flatback

5. Some of your friends may not want to Crystallize anything, but they still want to be a part of the festivities. No problem at all, of course all are welcome but here’s the funny part, I bet halfway through watching everyone having so much fun they will want to join right in. I only mention this because this happened with three of my girlfriends! Maybe you could have a little something special stored away for them that you can surprise them with. One of my friends ran home to grab a glass vase that she wanted to beautify, the other ladies blinged their bra straps and coin purses that they had with them.

The Swarovski sparkles were intoxicating and they just couldn’t resist!! I Love it!

Swarovski Crystal Party

Featuring Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks in style 2058-20ss Crystal AB

I hope this inspires you to throw your own Swarovski Crystal Party! It’s perfect idea for any occasion that you would like to celebrate, a wedding or bachelorette party, birthday party or simply a beautiful afternoon to get together with great friends and family. What a great friend you will be bringing smiles and sparkles to all of your favorite people!

Thanks for all the fun memories lovely ladies, you’re the best!