Sunday, July 21, 2013

New Swarovski Crystal Colors, Provence Lavender Chrysolite and Crystal Montana Blends, Spring/Summer 2014

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New Provence Lavender-Chrysolite Swarovski Elements Crystal Color Blend!

As a Fall/Winter 2014/15 pre-launch, Swarovski is introducing two gorgeous new color blends for this summer: Crystal-Montana and Provence Lavender-Chrysolite!

Ethereal shades of pale greens and lavenders come together to create the beautiful Chrysolite-Provence Lavender blend. A truly unique combination of rich pastels, this blend fits seamlessly into spring and summer fashions and provides a vibrant pop of color that will brighten your wardrobe in the colder months!
- See more at: http://www.fusionbeads.com/New-Provence-Lavender-Chrysolite-Swarovski-Elements-Crystal-Color-Blend#!New-Provence-Lavender-Chrysolite-Swarovski-Elements-Crystal-Color-Blend
New for spring and summer 2014, Swarovski has introduced two new colors that are quite a bit different from their usual beads -- blended colors -- including Provence Lavender Chrysolite and Crystal Montana.  Depending on the bead, the blend of each bead shape and type can be very different.

As you can see in the photos below, there are two sets of earrings made in this blend, and they are quite different.  Each bead is unique, so I purchased a large quantity to try and match them as best I could.

Provence Lavender and Chrysolite Blend Swarovski crystal earrings
This pair has the Chrysolite on the left, and the Provence Lavender on the right


The Provence Lavender Chrysolite is a lovely blend of pastel purple and greens.  One of the more interesting beads in this color way are the teardrop faceted shaped beads, which show off the blend in a way where both colors are vibrant.

The Crystal Montana beads are one of my new favorites.  Montana is a dark denim blue color, and blending in the crystal clear color adds a lighter blue throughout the bead.  Lots of design possibilities and fashion ideas too.
New Swarovski Crystal Montan Blend faceted teardrops
 
All of these earrings are for sale in my CatjuHandmadeJewelry Etsy shop.  Leave me a comment and let me know which of the new blends is your favorite.




FNew Provence Lavender-Chrysolite Swarovski Elements Crystal Color Blend!

As a Fall/Winter 2014/15 pre-launch, Swarovski is introducing two gorgeous new color blends for this summer: Crystal-Montana and Provence Lavender-Chrysolite!

Ethereal shades of pale greens and lavenders come together to create the beautiful Chrysolite-Provence Lavender blend. A truly unique combination of rich pastels, this blend fits seamlessly into spring and summer fashions and provides a vibrant pop of color that will brighten your wardrobe in the colder months!

- See more at: http://www.fusionbeads.com/New-Provence-Lavender-Chrysolite-Swarovski-Elements-Crystal-Color-Blend#!New-Provence-Lavender-Chrysolite-Swarovski-Elements-Crystal-Color-BlendNew Provence Lavender-Chrysolite Swarovski Elements Crystal Color Blend!

As a Fall/Winter 2014/15 pre-launch, Swarovski is introducing two gorgeous new color blends for this summer: Crystal-Montana and Provence Lavender-Chrysolite!

Ethereal shades of pale greens and lavenders come together to create the beautiful Chrysolite-Provence Lavender blend. A truly unique combination of rich pastels, this blend fits seamlessly into spring and summer fashions and provides a vibrant pop of color that will brighten your wardrobe in the colder months!
- See more at: http://www.fusionbeads.com/New-Provence-Lavender-Chrysolite-Swarovski-Elements-Crystal-Color-Blend#!New-Provence-Lavender-Chrysolite-Swarovski-Elements-Crystal-Color-Blend
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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Venetian Glass Bead Earrings

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Venetian glass beads are one of my favorite beads, they are each a work of art.  They are perfect to pair with Swarovski crystals to make a unique pair of earrings.

I purchased these beads from Anacapri, a company based in New York.  They travel each year to Venice to purchase beads.

These beads are made by bead makers who have spent centuries creating these individual works of art. They use glass rods to wrap molten glass around a hollow copper wire, then add avventurina (a shiny coppery substance), colored glass or gold or white gold foil. Lentil beads are pressed into a mold to form their shape.
 
Look at all the design possibilities!  To purchase these earrings, visit my Catju Designs Etsy shop.
Leave a comment and let me know which pair is your favorite.  These foiled lentils are amazing!!




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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Haiti Mission Program Update - July 2013

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I recently received this update from Dave Smith of the Haiti Mission Program, Inc.

VISIONS OF HAITI
Past, Present and Future (?)

Haiti is somewhat of an enigma.  There are over four million people existing in a two-class society with poverty the prominent feature.  

For those on the bottom of the economic ladder, a dollar a day would be the normal income. Unemployment is rampant, approaching 80% for those most in need of an income.  The lack of jobs is in direct correlation with the economic opportunities.  No available industrial opportunities leaves the country as if a barren desert existed.

Simple existence is a day-to-day struggle.  Fortunately Haiti is in the tropical zone where the food growing season is lengthy and is their salvation.  Small garden plots and farms not only provide for their daily rations but a source of income through barter or sale.  Pigs and chickens provide the meat needed but this staple is not for every day.  Vegetables are the most common dish at mealtime.  Yet, many, many families do not have the means to raise their food and must depend on charity of their neighnors or a non-governmental organizations (NGO) for assistance.  

An infrastructure that provides governmental assistance does not exist.  Churches, religious organizations and charity are the backbone that provides some relief to the poor but there is never enough.

The lack of food and nutrients leads to a multitude of sickness and disorders.  It is very common to see the signs of malnutrition in the children with the red tint in their hair and the destended abdomens.  At the other end of the spectrum are the elderly and handicapped.  Many of these are homeless or shuffled off to the side for the lack of resources to help them.  

Medical resources are limited.  The fact that there is little money for healthcare, the ill often depend on home remedies or unqualified medical personnel to tend to their illness.  Unfortunately, this pattern does little to cure the illness and often leads to more serious problems.  

Bleak as this information may be, there are some bright spots that help individuals escape, mainly through educational opportunities.  Sadly, these opportunities are insufficient to meet to the vast numbers who need assistance.The past and present blur into one extended event in time where nothing changes except to get worse.  Tradition governs how they conduct their lives.  The future will most likely follow the pattern which is so prevalent today in the lives of the Haitians.  Simply put, nothing is being done to cause a transition into a better life.  Promises of financial aid, usually after a major catastrophy, fail to materialize.  Greed and corruption funnel large portions of the aid that is received except for those funds provided by NGO organizations who deal directly with communities.  

The Haiti Mission Program, Inc. continues to support the poorest of the poor through their work in Haiti.  If you feel called to assist this
organization, please visit their website at http://www.haitimissionprogram.org



You can also purchase one of my Pearls of Hope for Haiti bracelets in my Catju Designs Etsy Shop for $25, with $20 from every purchase donated to the Haiti Mission Program.



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