Happy Halloween Everyone! This is one of the best tutorials for Glittery Pumpkins we have ever seen. It is from last year, but it is worth bookmarking! Thanks to Kelly, the blogger behind Fabulous K for this great posting! Enjoy!
Wow, just when you think you seen it all, how can you make Glass GLitter even more beautiful? When you package it like they do at Glitter and Kitsch. Just take a look at the unveiling, a picture by picture unwrapping at A Vie Renouvele, who took the time to carefully open and photograph each stage of the process. Wow, just gorgeous! Click on over to see all the pictures, and then stop by Glitter and Kitsch to get some of your own! Tell them we said hi!
As you can tell, the purpose of this blog is to be a resource for anything and everything German Glass Glitter. And, if along the way, you want to purchase some glitter from us, great! But that is really not the only purpose of this blog.
Because we are so focused on importing Glitter (and related products) from Germany, we get a lot of questions about Glitter and related products. We try to answer as many as we can, and this post is to help customers who do not want just Glitter, but are looking for Christmas Decorations that have that vintage look, from Christmas past.
Wendy Addison is a very well known designer and friend who creates some wonderful items that embraces vintage and Glass Glitter in all her designs. Today we want to introduce a very nice family run shop that has a number of Wendy's designs, and so much more!
Tammy at Tinsel and Company (I love the name!!!) is a mom juggling 3 toddlers (twin 2 year old girls and a 3 year old boy) who has launched an on-line boutique selling vintage inspired seasonal home decor and gifts. Like all of us with passion for what we do, she only sells what she truly loves.
If you love Glass Glitter and Vintage and Christmas (or Halloween, or ???) You should stop by and say hello! You'll be glad you did!
We are always on the look out for professional designers that grab a theme and build it out with a whole host of creations. Today, we are proud to present A Touch of Grace, who has a great blog, loaded with ideas, projects and links and of course, ample Glass Glitter!
Take a look at how Jerri has tied together a number of great projects, that work together, and at the same time stand alone as a complete design. Very nice and worth a look!
From our Friends at Enchanted Rose! I'm sure you've seen the book wreaths that have been making the rounds here in the blogosphere. Wonderful Designs, made from vintage books, sheet music and other vintage paper. The creative crafter at Enchanted Rose has not only made one myself, but has a great tutorial on how you can create a beautiful wreath like this for the holidays!
Click through to their blog to see all the detail behind this great design!
We have very good relations with our suppliers in Germany and work hard to try to forecast how must of each color and grit we need to have in stock. And with the economy being rather soft, we have been trying to manage this as closely as possible.
Unfortunately, we kind of blew it and have way too much of some colors and have run out of some key Glitters (like Silver). We have orders in place with our suppliers and are working with them to get product out to us as quickly as possible, but it is going to be November before we start to see our product arrive and can start to make shipments of these colors.
Right now, we are out of the Silvers and Browns and some other key colors. We realize this is a problem and are trying to get our stock level back as quickly as possible. We will still accept orders for these colors and will ship as soon as product is received. If you place an order for a color that is not in stock, we will let you know and of course you will have the option to wait, or cancel that part of the order.
The flip side of this bad news, is that we are over stocked with some Glitters that we thought would sell much faster than it did. We are going to hold an "over stocked sale" in the next few days and updates on this, our out of stock inventory issue,will be posted on this blog.
Thanks for hanging in there with us, we will get replenished as quick as possible and will ship like mad with get caught up......
We love all (almost) all things German, and we love Christmas (and all the end of year holidays!) On a side note, one of the best dinners I ever had (after spending a week in France) was a big plate of sausages with round doughy dumplings in Munich. You can have that fancy french food, just give me sauerkraut any day. Anyway, part of the benefit of our travels is that we get to meet alot of great people and learn lots along the way. While we do not sell Glass Christmas Ornaments, these factories once stood along side of the companies that created Glass Glitter. This is vintage film that was created to show the production of Glass Christmas Ornaments, it is in German, but even if you do not speak German, you can easily follow along the steps that created these beautiful decorations.
We love Maddy, she is a freind in the UK who has a great blog and is published in a number of magazines. Maddy and I kicked around some design team concepts, and in the end she got a bunch of Glitter Samples to play with. Every once in a while I check in to see what she has created, and loved this so much, I had to blog about it!
Take a look at the close up and note the German Glass Glitter - wonderful use of Glitter to give the boy a Holiday touch!
And here is a photo of the complete set she created, Card with the Christmas Boy and his dog. I love it!
To see more and to to check out her site, just click on over to: Mad Imaginations! Please tell Maddy we say hello!
I decided to take a little spin around Etsy (one of my favorite marketplaces!) just to see what the crafty types were doing with German Glass Glitter. We sell alot of product to artists, and sometimes it is just fun to see how Glitter is used!
This is a great project for all the card designers out there from Glitz Design. You should head to their blog for more pictures and the step by step instructions on creating these beautiful cards. I specially liked them as they show how you can use fine glass glitter (such as our 90 or 100 grit) for creating wonderful cards! See it all at Glitz Designs!
We really like Jewel Kade not only because they use lots of German Glass Glitter, but also becuase they have become one of the fastest growing companies in our industry. They have done so many things right (back to my point about their use of Glass Glitter!) that it is a great company to check out for all of us to learn from.
Jewel Kade offers fabulous jewelry items with articulate detail through every stage of craftsmanship. They have seen tremendous growth since their humble beginning, and have appeared on The Today Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and American Idol. This is no small achievement for such a young company.
With their roots going back to 2008, Janet Kinkade founded Jewel Kade, offering vintage, contemporary, urban, and romantic jewelry items. They offer a wide selection of charms, earrings, drops, bracelets, necklaces, and many more. Each item is crafted with pewter, hand-cut glass, and Swarovski crystals, or German glass glitter.
Jewel Kade distributes their jewelry items through a large network of Jewel Kade Stylists, representing the multi-level marketing (MLM) business opportunity that they are becoming well-known for.
Jewel Kade is interesting to me as they have taken a concept, added their twist to the design, but then really thought through how to build a retail channel for driving sales. Instead of just thinking Etsy, eBay or a website, they have created an "army" of sales people who are introducing the brand to customers and retailers nationwide. Something to think about and learn from.......
Ok, this has nothing to do with Glitter, but I wanted to take a minute to bask in the spirit of something going right for once. While only half of the miners trapped since Aug 5, 1/2 mile under the ground, have been brought up to the surface as I write this, I am hopeful that all these guys will be returned to the families by the days end.
You could point out that the operator of the mine ran a very unsafe operation, you could point out that this cost millions of dollars to bring these miners to the surface, or you can focus on the fact that familes, children, a country, and all of the rest of us can feel good that humans, when pushed to the limit, will do the right thing. We all know the jerks, the liars, the greedy, and the in-human acts we see against people every single day. For once, it was nice to wake up to something good happening to so many people, so far away, who I will never meet, but can feel their joy. You see it their eyes and their tears.
All it takes is one televised hug of a return miner and his wife to see what our existence on this planet is really all about.
Now, go glittery something really nice and make your corner of the world a little more sparkly.
We have been very open on our position about products from Asia. In our testing, they are not up to the quality of the products we import from Europe. In addition, we also have large concerns about the enviromental controls the Asian companies are being held to.
We know there is Glass Glitter now coming from China and we have chosen to not carry it for the reasons noted above.
However, we are getting reports that some of the "new glitter" vendors are being plauged with a problem of color bleed, the glitter color actually coming off the glass when glued. I have not seen this problem with my own eyes and am hoping to get some input from our readers on if this is a problem with our glitter (we have no reports, but thought I should ask) or just other Glass Glitters on the market.
I would recomend you should only purchase real German Glass Glitter (from us or other vendors), as we have have not had these reports about our products AND I'll been to the German factories and have seen the enviromental standards that our vendors are held to. I like that.
While I love Glitter, it is not worth posioning the Earth, or staining your hands.
We search the web for designers, retailers, bloggers, anyone who is doing interesting projects with Glass Glitter. Today we offer you a nice treat fromNoelle Garrett Designs, a Glass Glitter Key Ornament. Lots of other glittery items in their store as well. We give them 5 "sparkles" on the glitter meter!
A sweet little German glass glittered key ornament tied with ribbons, muslin and s stamped tag.
Noelle Garrett Designs creates one of a kind treasures including altered art journals, embellished tags and truly unique gifts. Their work is inspired by vintage and Victorian era pieces, as well as Parisian and Cottage Style Living. They really try to add a bit of nostalgia to each piece.