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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:

sales@merchantsoverseas.com

or call 800.333.4144

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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:

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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:

http://www.merchantsoverseas.com/store/innv_spring2011.asp


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:

http://www.merchantsoverseas.com/store/colortrends.asp

Every Tradeshow we go to, Merchants Overseas gives away a large tote bag full of informational goodies.  In the past month a a half, we’ve been to The Special Event Show, The Craft & Hobby Show, and The Tucson Bead Show, giving a total of 750 goodie bags away! It is our hope that these bags and everything in them, is reused and worth the hours of stuffing and packing =)

Before……


Well, a wonderful artist named Paulette Adams from the Summerland Cottage Studio snagged a bag from us at CHA, added an Italian cotton paisley swatch from Ralph Lauren, and did an amazing new look that she described as “simple, chic, fun and a super quick sew”.   And we agree!!

After………

We love DIY projects!!

Every year The Tucson Bead Show is the place to be for anyone in the business of making jewelry and other creations involving beads, gems, minerals, etc, from all over the world.  Merchants Overseas had a large exhibit area in the Grand Pavilion where we showcased our amazing collections of Crystallized(TM) – Swarovski Elements while also showcasing our new BEADELLE(TM) line of Pave´ beads, Pave´ clasps, Rhinestone Balls, Rondelles & Squardelles, Crystal Splash, Crystal picture frames, and most importantly the Crystal Buckles!

The BEADELLE(TM) Crystal Buckles are a great product due to their endless creating possibilities.  They are great when used with fabric or ribbon, and are perfect as event decor.  They are currently available in round, oval, rectangle, square, heart, and half circle shapes. We had a great response to the buckles from show goers which was very exciting! Now only available in silver-plating, Merchants plans on extending the line to offer gold plated buckles as well!

Merchants Overseas’ team members also brought with them our new project cards as inspiration to showcase the beautiful jewelry that can be made with the BEADELLE(TM) Pave Beads and Rhinestone Balls, while also mixing in some CRYSTALLIZED(TM) – Swarovski Elements!


Make your own BEADELLE(TM) Crystal Necklace with:

5 –   Beadelle™ Gold/Crystal 28mm Rhinestone Balls

10 – Beadelle™ Silver/Crystal 13x18mm Pave Oval Beads

6 – CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski 12mm Crystal Chessboard Beads

1 –   Beadelle™ Gold/Crystal 12mm Pave´ Magnetic Clasp

4 –   Crystal Crimp Beads

2 ft – Silver plated, stainless steel wire

Overall the show went amazing and it is always a great place to meet other vendors, designers, and bead enthusiasts!

For more information regarding the New BEADELLE(TM) Line visit: http://www.merchantsoverseas.com

There is no doubt that the pet accessories market is huge and if you really love your pet, they might even have their own closet! Why not take your same DIY practices and apply them to your pet’s attire.

It’s easy! Why not get out your Bejeweler and some extra flat backs with hot fix, and apply them to a leash or sweater?

22ss Crystal AB Flat backs with Hotfix

Even Crystallized(TM) – Swarovski Elements made a special crystallized doggie bowl for President Obama’s “First Dog.”

Bo Obama

You have to check it out!

You just might want to do the same for your pet…………..

http://www.crystallized.com/Content.Node/?#/en/experience/brilliantworld/firstdog

If you are a pet accessories designer and would like more information on purchasing different crystal components, contact sales@merchantsoverseas.com

The New Spring/Summer Innovations from CRYSTALLIZED(TM) –  Swarovski Elements are here with 3 exciting new colors and many brilliant new product innovations that embrace the future and your creative designs.


The new crystal colors are Fern Green:

Provence Lavender:

and Lavender Pearl:

CRYSTALLIZED(TM) –  Swarovski Elements has also extended its range of existing White Opal Crystal Stones to include large sizes in fancy stones, beads and pendants.


All 4 colors represent the essence of timeless beauty and fashionable flair.


Leading the many product innovations is the new line of Ceramic flatbacks, sew-on stones, fancy stones, beads and pendants … all available in marbled black, marbled blue, marbled yellow and marbled ivory.

These opaque stones have been inspired by ceramic sculptures and open up endless possibilities for amazing, original creations.


The Spring/Summer Innovations also include new shapes and size extensions …..

Artemis Bead

Square Bead Double Hole

Cubist Bead

Wing Bead

Cosmic Square Ring

Calypso Fancy Stone

Wing Flat Back HF and NoHF

Chessboard Circle Flat Back

Xilion Heart Pendant

Wing Pendant

New Roundelle

Crystal Baroque Pearl

And amazing new design elements called Crystal Rocks and CRYSTALTEX CHATON BANDINGS:

Crystal Rocks

Chaton Filigree

Silver Filigree

For more information or to purchase these new products from the CRYSTALLIZED(TM) –  Swarovski Elements Spring/Summer Innovations line, contact your dedicated Merchants Overseas Sales Representative or view a product brochure at:

http://www.merchantsoverseas.com/public_download/crystallized-innovations-spring-summer2011.pdf

Or Shop NOW! http://www.merchantsoverseas.com/store/innv_spring2011.asp


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