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Taking inspiration from oceanic aragonite structures, planetary space, crystal formations, spiderwebs, and the concept of making the abstractly invisible visible, Shadowplay embodies the spirit of all things mystical.

“Sea Tiger”

With the desire to create beautiful, one of a kind, hand-crafted pieces with consciousness to materials and their origin in mind, Shadowplay is made of natural, organic and naturally dyed yarns.

+ Swarovski Elements
+ Certified Fair Trade black silver closures.


Each necklace remains true to its shape, but with a lightness that is

found in modern clothing, these amorphous pieces take their own form

and gesture through their lifespan.



For prices and custom orders contact:

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For anyone who loves the look of Vintage, Timeless, Elaborate Jewelry, then Vintage Inspirations is the perfect online store for you! While these pieces look expensive, the prices are extremely affordable.



The owner and designer, Liza, has been collecting vintage jewelry for many years, which inspired her to create & design her own line.   She’s enjoyed creating several designs for herself  & her customers & has had a very successful career in the jewelry making industry.  Liza focuses on keeping her line of jewelry pieces fresh by adding new colors and new items throughout the year.



The jewelry is composed of brass settings and accented with high quality SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and or vintage glass stones and cabochons.  Some of these stones are limited quantity of vintage stones or exclusive Swarovski colors, so get them while they last!  Each piece is professionally plated in either an antique gold, antique brass, or antique silver finish for that timeless appearance that never seems to fade.



Contact Liza at Vintage Inspirations:

(503) 951-3306


Crystals n Pearls jewelry is designed by Carolyn Cattaneo.  Carolyn has combined SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and hand-selected, luminous pearls in her designs.  Carolyn’s earrings, bracelets and necklaces are designed for the most contemporary fashions.

Carolyn’s hand-crafted jewelry is treasured by many.  Her personally-inspired artistry has quickly become family heirlooms.  Timeless to Trendy – there are pieces that suit a socialite, as well as a hipster-urbanite.

Carolyn’s pieces enrich and perfectly accentuate outfits worn casual or couture, day or evening. She can also custom design pieces catering to your taste.


Contact her at

(617) 620-0529



Pascale’s House of Bling features bling, bling and more bling! On the site you’ll find their signature *”Pascale” Swarovski® crystal bangles and custom order *”Bling Bamboo” earrings in an array of colors and styles.

The owner loves embellishing just about anything, so you’ll see cell phones, desk accessories, laptops, pens, watches, jeans and shoes. They’re all one-of-a-kind and feature extensive detail in applique and embellishment, all hand made! She uses only SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS for a lifetime of sparkle and “BLING”!

You may now purchase her bangles and earrings at “Dash” Boutique in Calabasas, California (owned by the famous Kardashians)

Do you want your own design or just want to answer your phone with bling when it rings? Send her an email for a quote at


“Where Unique and Awesome Designs Are Our Specialty”

Satisfaction Guarantee ~*

Connie has been designing and making Pageant Wear for 9 years and her clients always come first! You can rest assured that she will do anything and everything that she can to make sure that you are 100% happy with your garment!!!  She will alter, adjust, or remake anything that you think is not just right and she is available until you are COMPLETELY satisfied with your garment.

She designs sportwear, theme wear, casual wear,  swimwear, hair accessories,  mega glitz dresses and everything in between!

Scheduling ~*

She can have most items out in only 4 weeks!

Rush Orders ~*

She does offer rush orders.  She can have dresses out in as little as one week if her schedule allows for it!  She can provide you with references on national level orders that have been completed in as little as one week’s time (and won overall fashion!).

Contact Info ~*

E-mail is Connie’s preferred method of correspondence at the address:
It is also the quickest way to get a hold of her. She is on Mountain Time and is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday.


Custom Creations
PO Box 434
12836 Dempsey
Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246


Before the days of electricity people used oil lamps and candles for their primary source of indoor lighting. People in England often purchased their candles from their neighborhood Chandler, or candlemaker. The Chandler’s Candle Company is continuing the English tradition of the Chandler by offering beautifully hand crafted, personalized candles designed with an array of flowers, leaves, and decorations.

The Chandler’s Candle Company incorporates SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS in the most popular colors,  into many of their designs for:

  • Crystal Unity Candles
  • Lace Unity Candles
  • Memorial Candles
  • Thank You Candles
  • Christmas Candles
  • Crystal Favors and More.

Family owned and operated, Chandler’s is located in the heart of California’s gold country in the majestic Sierra foothills, and is one hour east of downtown Sacramento. Since 1992 they have been making unique floral personalized candles assisting brides and gift givers nationwide. Owners Steve and Chris Pond, along with keeping very busy with their growing family of six children, enjoy growing and pressing the flowers, designing the candles, and hearing from their very satisfied customers.

Chandler’s Candle has been a Merchants Overseas Customer Since 2008!

Contact them at:

Chandler’s Candle Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 1389
El Dorado, CA 95623

Telephone: 800-463-7143
Fax: (530) 621-2154

Latin and Ballroom Dance Costumes and Gowns

For unusual paths into the world of high-fashion ballroom dance wear, it’s going to be hard to beat Irina Birukova’s.  It’s difficult to believe that this stunningly elegant and talented designer (she designs for professionals and amateurs at all levels) started out in life as an aircraft engineer. Shortening “aircraft” into “craft”, she translated the sewing and embroidery skills she learned in school into a finalist’s award at the Burda Moden School of Design competition in Moscow.

International moves took her to Seattle, Washington, to the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT). She discovered that the skills that she had developed in Russia, including designing and crafting exquisitely tailored women’s business suits, found her teaching her teachers.  The staff was impressed with her skills to the extent that she was offered an instructor’s position there, which she declined.  She then attended the Istituto Di Moda Burgo, in Milan, Italy, where she honed her already-impressive figure drawing skills and studied fashion design.

At some point in her growth as a fashion designer, a professional dancer who had been impressed with the construction and tailoring of a pants suit that Irina had designed and made for herself, approached her and asked if she did gowns for ballroom dance competitions, and would she consider making gowns for this professional?  Irina had been required to take a few waltz lessons in high school (with a partner assigned whom she disliked and soon caused her to quit) and had never seen a ballroom competition, so of course she said yes.

She thought then, and still believes, that designing high-performance aircraft and designing equally high-performance ballgowns are very related fields.  “They are both about dynamics – speed and movement.  Flying is flying, regardless of whether it’s in a plane or in a gown”.  She says that just as an aircraft has to be designed and crafted “just so” in order to make it most aerodynamically effective, so a ballgown must drape and swirl “just so” to create the most attractive illusion of flight for each particular dancer.  Those are the dynamics Irina tries to achieve in each individual design – the drape and flow most flattering and becoming to each dancer, and not just prêt-a-porter pieces.

Irina comes by her talent naturally.  She says that her great-grandmother, Alexandra Tribunskaya, was a professional fashion designer and was always elegantly dressed in perfectly-tailored gowns. Family legend says that this lady once designed for the Romanovs.

Irina now lives in Seattle with her husband, photographer and programmer Eugene, and is the darling of her adoring, and beautifully adorned, clients.  Her website, provides examples of the many different designs Irina has created for her clientele.

Contact Irina at for more information!



~*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:

Gotta Have it Personalized


Custom Monogram Cake Toppers

The Perfect Wedding Accessory!

These amazing acrylic monogram cake toppers can be purchased at and based on industry research, are the lowest prices around!

The average cost of an acrylic cake topper without crystals is only $30.00! The average cost of a Crystallized Cake Topper is only $70!

Gotta Have It Personalized has been a Merchants Overseas customer for a little more than 1 year.

“I LOVE purchasing my flatbacks from MO. I have my personal sales rep Louise and she’s GREAT! Very friendly, fast and SUPER helpful. And on the rare occasion she is not available there are many other sales reps that help me just as mush  as she has. They are able to view and update my order if I need to without having to wait for my own  sales rep. to call me.” Angela Gomez, Owner

Beadwork by Sheree LLC.

*Made with Sterling Silver and CRYSTALLIZED(TM)- Swarovski Elements*

Shop for Mothers’ Bracelets, Deployment Bracelets, Military Jewelry, and Cancer Awareness Bracelets.

Starting at $35, Sheree Pauly designs are Unique and 100% Customizable

Make for Great Valentine’s Day Gifts!

Best Seller!: Deployment Bracelet®  $39.00 per strand, Design Your Own at:

Featured Products:

Cancer Awareness Bracelet

Mother's Bracelet

Child Deployment Bracelet

Beadwork by Sheree LLC has been a Merchants Overseas Customer for 5 years!

MO testimonial: “I love the way Anthony Cavalloro always remembers who I am when I call.Thank you for the opportunity to be considered as one of your designers of the week” Sheree Pauly

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