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Now that Spring is almost here with warming sunshine, trees budding and flowers blooming, that also means St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Graduations and more to celebrate !!

It’s the perfect time to make  special little gifts for loved ones, family, friends and neighbors.  These creative and easy-to-make Spring/Summer Earrings are creatively made with the very popular Article 3700 Margarita Sew-on Stones.  They are a wonderful gift any female will appreciate and are also cost effective!

For a list of Materials Needed and Step By Step Instructions,

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DIY Easter Egg Earring Guide

Also! Check out our DIY Flower Earrings Guide:

Very Unique  Size & Color Combination !

*Perfect for DIY Jewelry & Designs!*

Call your Sales Associate for Details Today!

Being the # 1 US Distributor and Recommended 5 Star Dealer of Crystallized(TM) – Swarovski Elements, it is amazing for us at Merchants Overseas to see how timeless Swarovski Elements have become. Almost 60 years after our beginning, Crystallizing garments in Swarovski is more popular than ever before!

Yigal Azrouel Fall 2010 Collection

Even more so in a down economy, it has become super popular for designers to use Swarovski Crystals to add glitz and glamour to their work without having it cost an outrageous amount to produce or purchase.

Badgley Mischka Fall 2010 Collection

Just like how Victoria’s Secret comes out with their million dollar diamond bra to dazzle the minds of people everywhere, other designers are using Swarovski Crystal rather than diamonds, for this same effect.  In turn,  this more affordable luxury look is actually making runway garments a lot less “runway or red carpet only” and more appealing and attainable for “everyday.”

Michael Kors Fall 2010 Collection

Also, a great and innovative way designers are using crystals in 2010,  includes designing these sparkly slip-on shoe covers/leg warmers (a Lady Gaga favorite):

Pamella Roland Fall 2010 Collection

Did You Know? That this is the last year that New York Fashion Week will take place in Bryant Park?  In 2011 the shows will be held at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, at Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 66th Streets in Manhattan. The Lincoln Center is the country’s largest performing arts center and is home to some of New York’s premier arts institutions, including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center Theater.

The first CREATE YOUR STYLE National Educational Conference will take place at the Crown Plaza in Warwick, Rhode Island on March 22nd & 23rd, 2010.

CREATE YOUR STYLE with CRYSTALLIZEDSwarovski Elements has developed a new and exciting educational program for our CREATE YOUR STYLE customers and potential partners. This local “train-the-trainer” program – exclusively available for North American customers – will provide a host of benefits that you can share with your customers in the Do It Yourself market to enhance their experience with your company and inturn, helping increase your sales.

Benefits of participation

  • In-depth product training of CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements by Swarovski trained professionals
  • In-depth product application training, including hands-on practice, by the Swarovski Application & Training Manager. Techniques learned:  gluing, sewing, hotfix and mechanical application
  • Product summary guide and application manual including written information regarding application procedures, techniques, sources, etc.
  • Easy to implement marketing ideas to help promote CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements in-store, online and at trade shows
  • Merchandising ideas and store display plans

We invite you to participate in our CREATE YOUR STYLE National Educational Conference offered by our Swarovski North American team and to take advantage of this exceptional service brought to you by CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements.

If you are located in North America and would like to participate in the CREATE YOUR STYLE National Educational Conference, please send an e-mail to or contact your sales rep today!

Its that time of the month again! Time for a FREE FREIGHT FRIDAY!!! This Friday 2/19/10

What else is going on a Merchants Overseas……

Check out our *Item of the Week*: Vintage Barrel Beads!

Click Here to Buy Online or Call 800-333-4144 & Mention Code BEADW217 to Get 5% Off!
(offer expires 2-26-10)

Now that Spring is almost here with warming sunshine, trees budding and flowers blooming, that also means St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Graduations and more to celebrate !!

It’s the perfect time to make  special little gifts for loved ones, family, friends and neighbors.  These creative and easy-to-make Spring/Summer Earrings are made with an array of Crystallized(TM) Swarovski Beads.  They are a wonderful gift any female will appreciate and are also cost effective!

Rose Earrings

With Step by Step instructions and product codes included, this inspirational guide is the perfect recipe for DIY success.   The guide has instructions to make 4 different flower inspired earrings: Hydrangeas, Chrysanthemums, Daffodils, Marigolds and Tulips.

Follow this or create your own designs by switching things up!

The Figure Skating portion of this year’s Winter Olympics has begun and for some, this is a favorite!  It  started out Sunday February 14th with the Pairs Short Program with China coming in 1st, Germany in 2nd, and Russia in 3rd.  Last night we saw the Pairs Free Skate and tonight we look forward to the Men’s Short Program.

With figure skating, it’s all about the tricks, the music, and for most, the beautiful costumes flowing in the wind.  Just like current fashion apparel trends off the ice, sparkle detailing and bling is in.

However, it is even more important to stand out on the ice, and therefore many costumes sparkled all over, including the male skaters!

When it comes to watching the couples skate and their costumes, it is fun to see male and female “versions” of a particular costume.  In reality, most men would not be caught dead in the outfits the male skaters are in, and some might wonder why they wear what they wear.  Is that sparkly chest hair?

However, there are ways to add some crystal sparkle to a male costume without going over the top…

Stay Tuned for the rest of the month’s Figure Skating festivities:

At Merchants Overseas, we work with a number of different costume designers who love to incorporate crystal into their designs for that extra special sparkle.  If you are a designer and are interested in discount wholesale purchases, or are just starting out and need inspiration or application guidance, please send all inquiries to:

or call 800.333.4144


~*Debbie’s Ruffles & Glitz*~

Debbie’s Ruffles & Glitz is the only stop you’ll have to make for beautiful pageant clothes. Whether you want a one of a kind custom designed outfit, or you would like to save a little money and make something yourself, this site is the place to be! With over 26 years in pageantry experience you can feel at ease that you are making the right choice when purchasing from Debbie Cantor. You’ll find her price’s and quality hard to beat!

Her Most Recent Design for Alana:

For custom designs or any inquiries email Debbie at:

Every season as an added value to our customers, Merchants Overseas analyzes upcoming color trends in Fashion Apparel, Jewelry, Home Decor, and Wedding Themes, to come out with our Seasonal Color Trend Guides.

We also recently started adding a contrast color to each theme to help with color pairing and to ensure all of this season’s hottest colors are featured!

This guide also includes the 3 newest colors from the Crystallized(TM) Swarovski Elements Spring/Summer 2010 Innovations: Provence Lavender, Lavender Pearl and Fern Green!

For a better look at the new innovations go to:

This Spring/Summer 2010, the HOT color is Turquoise, along with Corals, Blues, Violets, and Tuscany neutrals.  The Spring 2010 color palette is full of happy and youthful colors that are perfect for mixing and matching together.  This Spring and Summer color themes are Paradise Blues, Calming Corals, Trendy Turquoise, Luxurious Violets, and Eco Chic Neutrals.

Note! Many of the colors in our Eco Chic Neutrals Theme are very popular sellers and make great Gold alternatives!

As always, Merchants Overseas is stocked with all of the above colors! Our color trend guide points you in the right direction for all of your upcoming inventory needs.  Remember to stock now for Spring and Summer 2010!

View the guide up close and personal on our site:

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