Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer Time Sparkle!

I believe that there is a little part in every person who loves things that sparkle, shine, glow in the dark or is a vibrant neon bright color. Not everyone likes to admit it, but I will be the first to shamelessly admit that I LOVE things that sparkle!

In recent years, the fashion industry has been using a gratutious amount of Swarovski Crystals on garments, shoes, jewelry, handbags and hair accessories. You name it, someone has probably found a way to put a little bit of bling on it.

I have to admit, I've seen a few crazy things in this reguard (Like the $70,000 crystal encrusted toilet!) and while it might look pretty neat, I doubt many people would want something that extravagant in their home (unless maybe you want your home to be a night club?)
There are some nice ways to decorate at home using Swarovski Crystals, and they can really add a nice hint of glamour without breaking your budget. What is even better, if you want a fun DIY project, you guessed it, you can do it yourself!
There are a variety of websites offering "Swarovski Crystals" if you want the real thing, do your research. There are plenty of comparable crystal products that are reasonably priced. The two projects I have in mind for all you lucky readers today are a pillow project and a bathroom project.
Here is an example of a nicely embellished Pillow
This is actually very simple to do. For starters, you can either take an existing pillow, or make a new one (if you're into sewing). You will want the crystals with "hotfix" which means that the adhesive is already on the back of the crystals, so you will just need to place them, put a cloth over them and apply heat (an iron will work for this).

The bathroom project will be a little bit more involving, but has the potential to be very rewarding if you have the patience to create it. Here is an idea for adding some glam to your bathroom:
You can create any design you want to give a little sparkle to the bathroom. This would even look really nice on the mirror too!
The application process is a little bit different for this since you will not be applying like you would on a porous surface. There are special adhesive materials that will allow you to create your design and then adhere it to the desired surface.

Here is a link that should help get you started in the right direction!

Happy sparkling!!


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