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Tips to Price Custom Jewelry Orders

Rule of thumb; never give a quote up front. Tell the client that once the custom handmade jewelry design has been approved you will get back to them within a week with the actual cost of fabricating the piece and the work contract. This is n important will give you an opportunity to price the work correctly. The client may want a rough estimate, stay firm and tell them you will give them the correct quote within a week. Make sure to send a written quote along with the contract within the specified time.

Remember to add you time to the final quote. Many times we think that if we charge too much they won’t hire us to complete the piece. Specify that you design time is also included in the final cost. Keep track of the cost of any gemstone and materials that you will be using to complete the order. Don’t forget to include the cost of shipping, particularly when you may be ordering specific part to complete the order. Always calculate the extra time that may take to complete a piece that requires some extra work because of the complexity of the design. Don’t be shy to charge for you work, people know that a custom handmade jewelry piece tends to be more expensive and they are prepared to pay for it.

Preparing a Custom Jewelry Work Agreement

Never work without a contract – A well written contract agreement will save you many headaches and problems when selling your jewelry. This contract has to be well defined and drafted clearly. The contract needs to be detailed enough to save you going into court and dispute and issue.

The contract needs to include the following information:

• You name, company name and information

• Client’s name and date when the order was placed

• Detail information of the jewelry piece you will be completing

• I also attach a copy of the final sketch and a photograph of the stone that will be used

• The contract should also include the amount of materials and their cost

• Include your hourly rate and an estimated amount of time it will take you complete the work. Include your design time and the time spent with the client.

• Always include a return policy in the contract; Custom work that is created as a special order is not returnable. My guarantee is that the piece will match the final design you approved including the dimensions, type of stone(s) and metals (gold or silver). Note that all handmade jewelry will differ slightly due to the nature of the craft and may include minor variations in the overall size of the piece(s) and/or minor

• The specific delivery date:

o Be realistic when setting the completion date. Take into consideration how long it will take for you supplies to arrive, as well as the actual shipping time to send the piece. As you know the unexpected can always happen. If there is …

Beauty Secrets – The Ultimate Guide

We've all experienced a fashion emergency or wished we could improve out beauty regimen with easy, inexpensive adjustments. So here are some quick and easy ways to stave off that unsightly pimple, keep under eye bags at bay and have gorgeous skin all year long.

Pimple Rx

Feel a pimple coming on and can not walk around with chalky white toothpaste on your face? Try dabbing some of your perfume on the blemish a few times throughout the day. The alcohol in the perfume will help dry it out (plus you'll smell great!).

Sleep better

Have trouble falling asleep but you've exhausted your sleep aid prescription? Why not try to catch some Z's the natural way? Lavender is known to promote alpha waves, which are necessary for restful sleep. Try soaking in a bath before bed with Lavender salts or Lavender oil.

Here's another idea: take a Lavender face pillow and pop it in the microwave on low for a couple of minutes, then place inside your pillowcase. Put your arms over your head and clasp hands, then stretch your clasped arms as far to the right as possible (make sure you remain comfortable) and then back over your body to the left. Repeat about five times. Breathe in deeply as you do these stretches, which will get the oxygen flowing.

Perfect that Pout

We can only dream of having lips like Angelina-well naturally anyway. Most of us have at least thought about using a lip plumper, hoping to look in the mirror and see gloriously luscious lips smiling back at us. The key is getting lips ready for lip plumper, so it can penetrate and do its job.
Here's a little trick that will not cost you a dime. Apply a small amount of Vaseline on a soft bristle tooth brush that's been moistioned with warm water. Ever so gently brush lips for about 2 minutes-you might want to do this while watching TV, two minutes can feel like forever. Remove the Vaseline with moistened towelette or soft washcloth and then blot dry. Apply moisturizer, sunscreen and lip plumper. Then go show off your beautifully plumped lips.

ps If you do not want to splurge on a store-bought lip plumper, dab a tiny-and we mean tiny-amount of Cayenne pepper on your lips. It'll sting a little, but what's a little pain in the name of looking gorgeous?

Baby Soft Skin

Wonder why some women appear to have plump, hydrated skin even in the middle of winter while yours is so dry it hurts to smile? Chances are those other ladies are doing a few things differently-or else they are genetically perfect and we do not like them anyway.

When it comes to keeping your skin hydrated it only makes sense to drink lots of water. Water keeps the cells in your body quenched, so your skin looks luminous and your appetite is curbed (great skin and a trim figure-it's too for the price of one!). You've heard it before …

Trendiest Accessories To Buy At Women’s Clothing Boutiques Online

Online shopping is fun and can lead you to some really good sources of rare fashion finds, understated color schemes, personalized clothing options and accessories that are in tune with the latest trends. Whether it is an elegant everyday bag that you have been hunting for or a statement clutch, it becomes easier to find them all when you don’t have to worry about exhausting yourself by running between shops.

Once you browse through cute dress boutiques online, you are exposed to an array of matching accessories too. While it is great to be spoiled for choice, this same choice can get a little complicated. So, have a look at this list and get things more focused before you start shopping. Here are a few of the trendiest accessory must-haves for the coming cold season.

Blanket scarves

These are here to stay for quite some time. Not only is their size a welcome appeal, it is also the variety of prints and styles that they are available in, that makes them one of the most useful fashion accessories to have in your wardrobe. What’s more? You can drape them in so many ways that there can be a new look for every day of the week.

Drop necklaces

Be it a series of decorative and colorful half moons or basic pendants with a modern spin drop necklaces in new designs when chosen rightly can add an ideal finesse to every kind of attire. You can look for metallic pieces or ones with beads and shellwork. Even cozy knitted fabric necklaces can be picked up to add to your winter wardrobe.

Beanies

Another chic and functional accessory to look for at women’s clothing boutiques online, beanies should be picked in an assortment of colors to go with several casual dresses. Plus, they help you out when you are running out of options.

Chokers

The latest addition to the necklace trends, simple thin chokers go well with casual as well as formal attire. Apart from lightweight metal options, you can also buy them in velvet and lace, with scalloped designs or fringes.

Nude belts

If you don’t have one of these already, you need to buy them as they go well with every color, are very useful and fit right into so many styles effortlessly. The neutral and yet, not-entirely-neutral aspect of nude colors like beige, browns or peach tinted earth tones are ideal for several occasions and with different color combinations.…

Gift Ideas For College Students

Getting gift ideas for a college student can be a challenge. Most traditional college students have been away from home for a period of time so you are likely unsure how much their tastes have changed, if at all. Finding fun gifts is not impossible, however. Following are a few gift ideas that are sure to please.

Gadgets

Even though college students are often not the wealthiest people they still typically have interest in the newest gadget. If you can afford it, the newest iPod, the most recent iPhone or even an attractive and sleek laptop are great gift ideas. These gifts are all great for school as well. Students can download tutorial podcasts to their iPod to help them through any course, they can download a flash card app to their iPhone to help them quiz themselves for the big test or they can tote their laptop to every class to take notes and write papers.

If all of those are out of your reach, try a smart pen. Smart pens allow students to take notes in class the traditional way, however, when the student gets to their computer, they can download their notes and convert them to typed font. This allows students to get a head start on their papers when they have some down time between classes. It also creates a more legible set of notes which can aid studying. Gadgets are often the most valuable gift a college student can receive.

Care Packages

Even if it’s not a holiday or birthday, everyone who is away from home for the first time loves to receive well thought out care packages. Send baked goods or something from their favorite bakery back home. Add a piece of art from a younger sibling, niece or nephew, or other child the college student is close to. However, the gifts that are most fun to incorporate are those silly little things, you saw while shopping, that made you think of the recipient. Silly games, funny cards, bubble bath, anything you see that makes you think about this person for any reason are all great gift ideas. Whatever you send, it’s just nice for them to know you care.

Money

When you’re a poor college student you begin to dread the next ramen noodle or cold pizza meal. This is why cold hard cash can be the best gift. While college students have the same basic needs as all of us, they often lack the time to work full time or are simply not used to budgeting their funds. While cash is a great gift, it’s obviously not a wise idea to send cash through the mail. Of course you can write a check but other options include money orders, wire transfers, pre-loaded bank debit cards or gift certificates.

Gift certificates can be particularly handy if you are concerned about how your gift is spent. If you determine that the student needs clothes then find out where they like to shop and get …

Every Fashion Woman Needs A Little Black Dress

No matter what the season is, the classic black dress will never go out of style. In every woman’s wardrobe, there is a necessary little black dress. No matter how fashion changes, it is still worthwhile to make women crazy. This fascinating design has virtually captured people’s attention.

Who made the first black dress? It may not be easy to answer the question clearly. In general, the fashion industry owe the glorious invention to a famous French designer. In 1926, the designer found the magical charm of this dress. In the past, black skirts can only appear at the funeral. The designer produced the first batch of black dresses when the most prestigious fashion designer went to her side and said: ‘Mrs., who do you want to mourn for?’ She answered,’For you, sir.’ Of course she knew what she was saying, and it is obvious that she was confident of her design. She was dare to break the traditional rules of the design. Finally, she made a complete transformation of the little black dress, she might be the first one to find the extraordinary fashion energy in this simple skirt. Thus, this woman has become a well-known fashion designer in the world.

World War I brought storm-like changes to Europe, also created opportunities for this kind of dress. Elements of this kind of women clothes became diversify, the waistline of the dress which was as low as hip is a unique feature. This kind of design cleverly obscured the fat abdomen of women. Today, this design style is still popular in the fashion trend. Then, the black skirt began to appear on the streets, when women were attending banquets, going on a trip, watching opera. The black dress can be seen on various occasions. No matter how old the woman is, she would like to choose a classic black dress for herself.

In today’s fashion trends, every black skirt has its advantages, from retro low-cut skirt to the geometric line pattern dress. Every dress reveals the heavyweight status of the special dress in the fashion industry. From pop stars to civilians, from the fashionable stage to the street, you could find the dress easily.

Until today, the black dresses are still the most attractive clothes for women and they will not be out of fashion. The classic little black dresses give women a new freedom trend and represent the absolute beauty and the perfect harmony.…

Choosing the Best Jewelry for Your Bridesmaids

Choosing the right jewelry for your bridesmaids may seem like something you can rush through, but as with every other detail of your wedding, it's important to take some time with this. The jewelry your bridesmaids wear is definitely not as high-profile as your diamond engagement ring. However, it's important to remember that every element of your wedding should conform to the look and theme you've chosen, and that includes your bridesmaid jewelry.

Match Jewelry to the Neckline

When choosing bridesmaid jewelry, one of the most important concepts is selecting jewelry that is appropriate for the neckline of the dresses your bridesmaids will be wearing. For example, only choker-style necklaces should be worn with a dress featuring a very high neckline, while a scoop neck or sweetheart neckline will look great with almost any style of necklace. In general, the higher the neckline, the shorter the necklaces you choose should be. With a lower neckline, you can typically choose necklaces of any length as long as they do not extend so far as to touch the fabric of the dress. If you've chosen bridesmaid dresses with a halter-style neckline, it's usually best to forgo necklaces completely, as there is no necklace style that will sit properly around the neck when wearing a dress with this type of neckline.

Earrings, Bracelets and More

Earrings should be chosen with similar considerations in mind as when choosing necklaces. Drop earrings are usually better suited to lower necklines, for example, while studs and smaller earrings will look best with higher necklines. Bracelets can be worn with dresses of almost any style. The only exception is in the case of dresses with sleeves that extend past the elbow. In such cases, bracelets may not suit the style of the dresses.

There are also some lovely options for hair accessories, which will look great with a wide variety of hair styles, and with all colors. There are three main styles to choose from-tiara-style headpieces, hair jewels on long pins that are best for longer hair, and jewels with shorter corkscrew-style pins that are ideal for short hairstyles.

Diamond Jewelry for Bridesmaids

If you have the budget and would love to give your bridesmaids a very special gift of jewelry, diamonds are considered appropriate. Giving diamond bridesmaid jewelry can be a great way of combining two wedding tasks-choosing gifts for your bridesmaids and choosing the jewelry they'll wear at the wedding.

If you decide to go this route, choosing smaller diamonds is best, both to keep your expenses low and to ensure that as the bride, you are wearing the most elegant and eye-catching jewelry. Diamond stud earrings are a better choice than diamond rings, for example, even if the ring contains only a small stone. Whichever pieces you decide on for your bridesmaids, do be sure to choose conflict free diamonds that are mined under ethical and safe working conditions.

Choosing Styles and Colors

The colors you select for bridesmaid jewelry will of course depend on …

Fashion Designs for Women in Wheelchairs

Women in wheelchairs often find that their physical condition can severely limit their choices in clothing in addition to their mobility. Clothing is manufactured which is designed to be comfortable and easy to use for people with mobility problems, but there has been a tendency to design with a “one size fits all” approach, making clothing which cater to any kind of disability without taking style into account. Now designers are emerging who cater to women who want up-to-date fashion designed to be stylish and comfortable in a wheelchair.

Clothing designed for use in wheelchairs is generally made to accommodate any disability. This can be very important for people who suffer a lack of motor ability in their hands, as many wheelchair clothing manufacturers include Velcro seams with feaux buttons, making it possible to dress themselves independently. If you are able to use buttons, however, you may prefer a button-down shirt, but still want it to be designed to look good while you’re in a sitting position. Clothing is usually designed to look its best when a person is standing or walking.

Clothing design for people in wheelchairs has been slower to evolve than wheelchair design. You can get a variety of wheelchairs to match any disability with any cause, but most wheelchair-appropriate clothing design is designed to be accessible to anyone. Clothing for men with mobility problems is usually very classical, including polo shirts, feaux button-down shirts, classic pants, jeans, or khakis with elasticized waistbands, and sport jackets cut a little shorter to look good in a sitting position.

This isn’t as much of a problem because men’s clothing design is more uniform to begin with. Women’s clothing is much more complicated and varied. Women’s wheelchair clothing, in addition to sometimes not having the option of excluding Velcro seams or other accommodations that, depending on your situation, you may not need, are often also very classical or even targeted towards senior citizens. Senior citizens make up a large part of the market for mobility products, and while there are older people who want to use up-to-date clothing, the stereotype is that they may have an antiquated fashion sense.

Designers are finally catching up with wheelchair fashion. There still aren’t many sources of fashion clothing for people in wheelchairs but the market is expanding. These designers tend to focus on simply making clothing which looks good and is comfortable while sitting down, which may make them a tempting option for people who work in an office as well. Jackets are designed not to bunch up when a person is sitting down with the jacket buttoned, as are shirts and blouses. Pants are designed to accommodate your stomach in a sitting position, using elastic or loose-fitting waistbands, as are skirts, which are cut at a length which is tasteful and won’t get caught in your spokes.

With new wheelchair fashion designers, women in wheelchairs no longer have to feel that they can’t use up-to-date, fashionable clothing which looks and feels good.…

How to Politely Reject a Christmas Gift

Contrary to many films of the festive nature, Santa usually sucks at gift-giving.

It happens to the best of us on Christmas. Somebody doesn’t do their research, buys a last minute gift and — what do you know? You don’t want it in your sight. In fact, you dislike the gift so much you un-friend them on MySpace.

Don’t fret! The solution is here.

We’ll help you open the doors to kindness and sharing this holiday season with a guide to politely rejecting those really bad gifts on Christmas – without the tension, domestic violence, and getting your car window smashed with a brick.

1. Be caring, patient and slow. Pretend like you’re speaking to a person who got held back in third grade a few times.

“I know you a long time, Your Friends Name, and I appreciate this gift very much. However, I’m only going to use this watch when I go swimming when there’ll be a lesser chance of me smashing it – you know how clumsy I am (laugh naturally) ” and give them a light hug.

2. Make eye-contact while saying “Thank you!” a lot followed by their first name

Another easy way to politely reject a Christmas gift is to say: “I love the thought you put into this, Your Friends Name. I’m going to put this into my safe – and treasure it every time I open it. Thank you.”

“Wow, a toaster is all I ever wanted for Christmas (Long pause). Will you please hold onto it for when I buy some bread? I really want that moment to be special. Thank you, Your Friends Name.”

“You’re so cute. It’s not even weird that you got me a bra for Christmas, dad. I’m going to wear it at my wedding, after I graduate from elementary school.”

Easy GIFT REJECTION Tips:

* Use a softer-than-usual voice and smile a lot – don’t over do it though!

* Say “Christmas is so relaxing, and peaceful” often to remind them that it isn’t appropriate to choke a family member or friend.

* Cheering for others’ gift-unwrapping is an easy and pro tactic to avoid the need to reject a gift altogether! Try it out!

* Pro Tactic: Give them your gift immediately, while they are opening theirs, pass their gift to a trusted relative who will dispose of it with discretion (Skip Step #3 ONLY if you’re a pro)

3. Place the gift in clear view if it is small, showing you aren’t going to throw it away until after Christmas day.

This is important. If you skip this step, there’s a chance they’ll catch the scent of betrayal. Santas are very, very temperamental. Place the gift in the open to show how much you care about their feelings.

If you have been compromised, or called-out, just pretend you’re secretly in love with it… put it on if it’s clothing, and casually parade around until you see them notice this obvious display of satisfaction. Then …

Fashion Trends – The Latest and the Best

The only constant factor in the world of fashion is change. As we all know fashion keeps changing practically every minute and people strive to keep up with the new trends all the time. Now fashion does not involve just clothes and its accessories alone, whether it is for man, woman or child. New trends in urban fashion permeate into all the different aspects of a person’s life, be it in the home, the office or places of entertainment.

Keeping up with the trends in fashion are an on going process, and those who are keen on being in the most fashionable list definitely have to be on the alert all the time.

When it comes to the question of clothes, nobody likes to compromise. Some of the latest trends in the women’s fashion; leggings are ones in trend now and worn with matching tops look good on peoples of all sizes. Colors also play a significant role in fashion, with certain colors being the fashion of certain seasons.

The accessories that go along with clothes are also very important to give you that in-fashion look. A simple dress set off with stunning accessories like ornaments for the neck, hands and ears can turn heads your way.

The best means for those in the fashion industry to keep track of the trends is to conduct regular surveys and consult specialists when buying new stock for their stores. Keep your eyes and ears wide open observing and imbibing the fashion trends in the celebrity and fashion magazines.

The power of the consumer is greatly prejudiced by the media, but restricted by the economy, so learn the customer needs as they will be helpful pointers for giving you an idea of what is currently being purchased. Magazines like the Vogue, Elle, InStyle, etc also have active forums for the consumers.

These days with every change in the trends one will see new versions of existing standard fashion. When you think of it, fashions of the earlier decades are now back in fashion, taking the form of spandex and leggings by giving it a new fresh look. Fashions of the early 80’s and 90’s are now enjoying a revival with the top fashion companies using them in their advertisements. The ideal way to foresee trend is to look for it in vintage shops, and particularly on the streets and on online displays that discuss what is being worn in major towns and cities.

But for the wearer, remember that giving up one’s comforts to be fashionable may help to make you look glamorous and wonderful; it may be harmful to health. So beware of back aches from constant high heels and heavy handbags, or stretched ear lobes due to fashionable heavy earrings. And last but not least wear, decorate, or utilize what suits you best.…

How to Organize Coupons

You have finally jumped into the exciting world of coupons but now you do not know what to do with all of them. After clipping coupons from Sunday papers and printing coupons from the internet, a big pile of coupons will soon form. Putting all of them in a large envelope for safe keeping is a good way to put them away so they are not scattered everywhere, but you will find that it is too hard to find exactly what you are looking for. You will need a way to organize all your coupons so you can easily find them. You will also want to use something that will allow you to carry your coupons with you to the store. There are lots of different ways to do this but there is not a best way. One method of organizing may work for one person but not for another. Here are a few options to get you started.

1. Use a small expanding file folder that is sized for photos. You can organize your coupons by using broad categories such as baby, dairy, or pet. You can arrange these categories in alphabetical order or in the same order that you would pass each category in your grocery store. Many people find that they outgrow this method very quickly, especially if they get multiple Sunday coupon inserts each week.

2. Use an empty craft or fishing box. You can create your own dividers for categories out of index cards to organize your coupons. Using a box allows you to fit and carry more coupons.

3. Use a large binder with baseball card holders. For this method, you can buy binder dividers to separate your categories. This method is especially useful for people who get multiple inserts. Each coupon can have its own slot and all the multiple coupons can fit too.

Like I said before, each person will find that one method works better for them than others. A large binder is probably the easiest way to organize your coupons. You can put the binder in the seat of the cart and flip through the pages without having to fumble through a stack of coupons. However, this may not always be the best option. For example, people with babies probably will not be able to carry both their baby and a large binder / box into the store. In addition, the baby has to sit in the seat and there would not be room for a binder or box. For these people, a large expanding file folder that can fit into a purse would probably be more beneficial. Each person's situation and coupon experience will determine which method is best. Also remember, these are only a few options. There are many other ways you could organize your coupons, so get creative and find the best method for you. …