Butterfly Gift Ideas

Take a look at these beautiful butterfly gifts for anyone from graduates to friends and family!

Black and Red Flowers T Shirts
Black and Red Flowers T Shirts by xalondrax
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Butterflies! Butterflies! Mouse Pad
Butterflies! Butterflies! Mouse Pad by Aquavel
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How to Throw a Glam New Year’s Party

Celebrate New Year's in a Glam Way
Celebrate New Year's in a Glam Way. photo courtesy of quinn.anya

Get ready to countdown the end of a rough year and usher in a new decade! As 2010 arrives, why not celebrate the start of a new year full of possibility by throwing in some sparkle and glamour? Here are some easy ways to add a high-end feel to your holiday party.

Stand Out from the Crowd

As the hostess of the party, it’s your job to set the mood for the event. Let everyone know this will be a night to remember by wearing an unforgettable outfit. This golden yellow raw silk shoulder wrap is the perfect piece for a memorable New Year’s Eve. It’s stunning and romantic– both things that the new year should hold.

Wear Sparkles

If you can’t be glitzy on New Year’s Eve– when can you be glitzy? Go all out with a waterfall of sparkles and chains. The Cascade necklace from Madewell is a whole lot of glam for $98.

Offer Glam Party Favors

Just in case your guests left their feather boas at home, give them one to party with. They’re the perfect dance-floor accessory and just $19.99 for six of them at The House of Bachelorette. Also, pick up enough top hats, tiaras and noisemakers for everyone. This black and white party assortment kit from PromoPeddler.com comes with enough stuff to outfit 50 people for New Year’s Eve.

Serve Caviar

Nothing says glam quite like caviar. Your guests will have no idea just how simple these extravagant looking caviar appetizers from theNibble.com were to assemble.

Give Guests Something to Remember the Night

Send your New Year’s Eve guests home with a gift that will turn any ordinary night in 2010 into a glam evening. These Sofia Blanc de Blancs are so glamorous you’ll hardly be able to stand it. A four-pack is $20 at FrancisCoppolaWinery.com. Your guests will probably just keep one in their fridge all year long to remember how they kicked 2010 off with a glamor and glitz!

Designs By K. Cayetano

Designs by K. Cayetano is a jewelery line inspired by the luxurious designs from Chanel, David Yurman, and RJ Graziano to name a few, but are created for more everyday wear. This handmade jewelry line offers several collections to meet the various demands of today’s fashionistas, such as combining silver chain links with freshwater pearls, charm style necklaces, and bold statement pieces. Designer Karen Cayetano Leano hand-selects the beads and stones used in her jewelry line during her frequent trips to Asia, Europe, and throughout the US.

Cassandra Necklace
Cassandra Necklace

Pearls & Chains CollectionThe Pearls & Chain collection is just how it sounds, it’s a collection of silver or gold chains at various lengths intermixed with pearls. The Cassandra Necklace is 19′ in length made of 4 strands, 1 of pearls and 3 of various link widths, lobster back closure. Also available of 7′ bracelet version.

The Athena Collection

A more fantastical and romantic line, the Athena collection consists of gold plated chain with 14K gold plated maple leaves and forest green glass stone. Necklaces come in various lengths of 17 1/2′ through 34′ and earrings are available in this collection.

A Charmed Life

A Charmed Life is a collection of antique gold jewelry with combinations of 3 small chains with a vintage appeal. The Amour in Paris necklace comes with the following charms: gold ‘Amour’ coin, rose opal Swarovski crystal, and small gold Eiffel tower.

See Designs by K. Cayetano at the Show

The owners of Taj Salon and Spa will be hosting a fashion show. They’ll be using about 75% of Cayetano Jewelry styles, including the Cassandra in their show. The show will take place on Friday, June 12, 2009 in the courtyard outside of their salon in Brooklyn Park, MN. The main focus of the show will be to showcase hair and makeup capabilities of their staff of course but clothing will be basic so the focal point of the fashion portion will really be the Designs by K Cayetano jewelry. Proceeds from tickets for this event will go to Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP). CEAP is a community based non-profit organization that provides emergency supports and facilitates personal skill buiding and self-sufficiency while enhancing self-esteem.

Contact K. Cayetano

Pricing inquires and any additional information about Designs by K. Cayetano is available on the website or by e-mail at: designsbykcayetano@gmail.com

Dogeared Jewels and Gifts

Photo courtesy of (mint)
Photo courtesy of (mint)

Dogeared Jewels and Gifts is a fun jewelry line that is meant to be gifted.  It has  great packaging with the positive message and meaning  printed on the box.  The range of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings offered is vast and you are sure to find something for everyone.  Best of all is the price range the jewelry is offered at is affordable, between $20 to $100’s, and is sure to meet anyone’s budget.  Here are some of jewelry offered by Dogeared Jewels and Gifts which can be found on Amazon.com or Dogeared.com:


Sterling Silver Karma Bracelet on Tobacco Irish Linen
Karma Bracelet

What goes around, comes around! is the tag line of this karma collection.This popular collection is a great way to remind those to keep things positive because what you give out, will come back!

This 1/2″ sterling silver karma ring is attached to 7″ of tobacco Irish linen with a bead closure. $44

The card message states:

what goes around, comes around… wear your bracelet as a reminder to keep their circle positive, peaceful, and loving


Make-A-Wish Originals
Make-A-Wish Originals

The best known product of Dogeared is the Make-A-Wish necklace.  The concept of Make-A-Wish is simple.  The person who receives this necklace makes-a-wish when you put the necklace on, and when the necklace wears off (when the string breaks), the wish is ready to come true.  Makes a great gift for birthdays, graduations, and Mother’s Day.  They only thing is you have to make sure the wearer doesn’t try to break the string on purpose to speed things up!

This necklace is on a 16″ purple silk cord with a sterling silver teeny star charm with a spring ring closure.  $25

The card message states:

make a wish and put on this necklace… when your necklace wears off… your wish should come true… enjoy, trust, believe

Pearls of…

Pearls of... friendship
Pearls of... friendship

The pearls of… collection revolves around the concept of the admiration and timelessness of a woman’s pearls.  Dogeared Jewels and Gifts uses this collection to tie different loving and encouraging messages.  Available on silk tread, sterling silver and gold filled chains with a variety of messages for beauty, friendship, love, happiness, wisdom, and success.

This necklace is on a 16″ sterling silver fine chain with a white freshwater button pearl with a spring ring closure. $34

The card message states:

from humbles beginnings as a rough grain of sand, the pearl slowly grow into an object of beauty and simplicity. symbolic of honesty, integrity, prosperity and wisdom. pearls represent the best within us. let your necklace be a daily reminder of the beauty and simplicity of our friendship! enjoy and believe!

For more on Dogeared Jewels and Gifts, please visit their website.

2009 Valentine’s Gift Guide – Silver River Metal

We featured Silver River Metal in our 2009 Valentine’s Gift Guide.

Blue Necklace. photo courtesy of Silver River Metal
photo courtesy of Silver River Metal

As you know, I have always encouraged small Arts and Crafts businesses. I have one of my own, after all! Today I’d like to talk to you about Silver River Metal which is one of my favorites when it comes to handcrafted jewelry.

The products they offer are one-of-a-kind metal and stone pendants, belt buckles, bracelets, earings, glass pendants, necklaces, rings, pins and brooches. Their collection is pretty diverse and I’m sure you could find something to match any outfit!

The metals they use the most are copper and silver.

The prices are very affordable; if you are on a budget, I would recommend the earings under $10.00. My favorites are the flirty Chinese Lantern Earings for $9.00.

All of their products make excellent choices for unique and elegant gifts on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, anniversary, wedding and any other special day. For more info and to see current selections, please visit their website.

2009 Valentine’s Gift Guide – Kushlanihall.com

We mentioned Kushlanihall.com in our 2009 Valentine’s Gift Guide.

Detail of Essence of Sri Lanka Necklace. photo courtesy of kushlanihall.com

About the artist:

Kushlani Hall is a very talented painter and jewelry designer. She is known for her beautiful color schemes and her unique designs in jewelry. 

Kushlani teaches both oil painting classes and jewelry making classes and workshops around the San Francisco bay area.

About the products:

Kushlani offers an amazing collection of handcrafted jewelry, from earings to necklaces and rings – all unique and one-of-a-kind! She uses all sorts of materials, from glass to sterling silver, pearls, quartz and so on. All her designs are absolutely gorgeous!

My favorite piece is Essence of Sri Lanka Necklace (4). More details: pendant: 2.5″ Fine Silver Rhodocrosite and Keshi Pearl flower, finished with pearls, rose quartz sterling silver.

Any of Kushlani’s designs are an excellent choice for a Valentine’s Day gift, or wedding gift or just “for no reason” gift.

To see more selections and choose your favorite please visit www.kushlanihall.com


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2009 V-Fashion & Bijoux Guide

The products below are listed in no order whatsoever. We LOVE them ALL! They all make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts! Thank you to all the designers who submitted their gift idea.


Heart Cufflinks

Heart Cufflinks – Stainless steel cufflinks with heart motifs made with rubber

Details: Made with very durable and long lasting materials, both stainless steel and rubber can withstand the test of time …

Give a pair of these cufflinks to that special someone to show the love you have for them this Valentine’s Day!

Price: $80.




Read more2009 V-Fashion & Bijoux Guide

2009 Valentine’s Gift Guide – MuseumWayPearls.com

We mentioned MuseumWayPearls.com in our 2009 Valentine’s Gift Guide.


Unique choice: The pink freshwater pearls in this necklace are luminous and the color of them makes it a unique and elegant piece of jewelry. It is one of their newest styles and an item that always gets a ton of compliments. Not only is this a creative gift, but also something she probably does not already own. The pearls themselves are very luminous and the gift giver can choose between AA+ and AAA quality. They can also select a 14 K white or 14K yellow gold clasp.

The right price: At $141.50 (for the AA+ quality) this necklace is a perfect price point so the gift giver doesn’t seem as if they are spending too much, but also does not come off as being cheap. The AAA quality version is $216.50.

Available online at MuseumWayPearls.com

Instant gift: It comes in a (free) very elegant black gift box.


If you have any feedback on this product, please do not hesitate to leave a message!

Countdown to the Election!

Election Day is coming up on Nov. 4th and what better time to start showing support for one of the most anticipated election day in history. There is nothing more personal than politics (besides religion), so why not give the gift of politics and use our 1st amendment rights.

Vote Now

Spreading the word to vote is perfect for first-time voters and the youth. The most noteworthy to spread the message is the popular Rock the Vote campaign who focuses mainly on the MTV and college campus crowd. On their website you can find all the T-shirts sported by many of the celebrities.

For something a little less political, Gap’s “Vote For _” Campaign gives people the opportunity to express their beliefs by letting them fill-in-the blank on a white tee. For someone who wants to step away from the negativity, one can put “Peace” or “Happiness” in the blank.

Support the Party

Echo has come out with two neckerchiefs to show support. The red patterned elephant scarf represents the Republican Party, while the blue patterned donkey scarf represents the Democratic Party. Both available in cotton or silk. On red, white, or a blue cord, one can wear anyone of A. Tierney’s politically inspired pendents. Each necklace shows support for one of the two main candidates, or make the statement to vote.

Undecided? TOMS Shoes can express this position with his Split Decision Vote inspired TOMS. On one shoe is the Republican Party Elephant and on the other is the Democratic Party Donkey.

After the Election

Track the winding down of the Bush Administration with Bush’s Last Day Countdown keychain and magnet. If this is not enough to let your frustrations out, then try Fat Cat, Inc. George W. pet toy. It’s available for both dogs and cats.


Tell me what you think. Please leave a comment and give me your suggestions for a politically inspired gift.