Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Giveaway Part 3 plus Cookies & Cream Bark

This was my first time making bark candy! How to?
All you have to do is melt chocolate under low heat in your oven, and then when it's melted you add in the toppings you want. When you're done with that you just let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours to harden. Make sure you use parchment paper on a cookie sheet. It will make clean up so easy! Break the bark with your hands or with a knife.

I used crushed up Oreo cookies (black part only) and crushed mini candy canes. Since I only used the black part of the Oreo I still had the filling left over. I chilled that and then rolled them up into little balls really fast before they got mushy and then rolled them in the Oreo dust. You can also roll them in the candy cane dust. Nothing goes to waste! I didn't include the "dust" from each in my bark for presentation reasons. If you do this make sure to crush up the "dust" so it's a uniform powder.

I know for sure next year I will be making even more bark! More different toppings too! If you want the recipe you can e-mail me. I tried making these cute bark boxes from the Martha Stewart magazine. The link to the templates is there. They are really cute but a little too small. Now for the bling...

Here is part 3 of my December Giveaway!
A pair of Swarovksi Crystal Snowflake Earrings on long sterling silver hooks.
Ends 12/31. Open Worldwide!

1. You must be a follower of this blog
2. Comment and tell me your favorite holiday treat! Can be anything from thanksgiving to new year's food.
3. Include in your comment your extra entries if there are any.
4. Check back to claim the prize on Jan. 1, 2011! 

Extra Entires
1. Twitter- you must follow me on Twitter and Tweet this text "Join @stephanie_tran 's December Giveaway for Crystal Snowflake Earrings!" (+1)
2. Post the NEW photo about my giveaway on your blog. (+2)
3. If you posted about the giveaway AND also post a photo of jewelry from my shop you like- you will gain an additional 5 entries. (+5)

Good Luck!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Giveaway Part 2 and The Best Cookies Ever

Like last year I decided to bake the winner of my newspaper's cookie challenge. I figure let them test out 100s of recipes, and I'll just choose from there. There's a reason this cookie won beat out the rest. It's amazing, easy to bake, scoop, and EAT! It's still soft the next day! yay! Last year's was amazing as well!

T's Toffee Temptations. E-mail me if you want the recipe. I may post it on my other blog. I had to track down this recipe from author directly because they did not publish this online. From the article comments, lots of people were wondering like I was.

Oatmeal Cranberry Delights - This was the runner up. It took me awhile before I could get the proper drizzling on these cookies. They're really tasty but a little bit more crunchy than I wanted them to be.

Monday, December 13, 2010

December Giveaway Part 1 - Tokidoki and Flowers

For last minute shoppers I am offering Free Shipping (first-class mail) Worldwide from now until the end of the year! There is no code needed!

Free shipping ends December 31. Only valid on First-Class Mail shipping.

If you want your package by Christmas I would advise ordering in-stock items by Friday! (US only) If you need an upgrade in shipping then please let me know!
For international orders today or tomorrow is the last day to make it by Christmas!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Rainclouds and Pomegrante

Raincloud Earrings - The second storm [shop]
I debuted these cloud earrings at the Convention I went to this fall, but now I'm finally showing you here! The first pair was less dangly, so I thought I'd give it more of a rain feeling by using chain to dangle the beads. I think these are adorable, and I hope you rain lovers out there do too! The earring posts are sterling silver and so is the chain. Made with Swarovski crystals and pearls. The cloud is rhodium plated.

Royal Pomegranate Earrings [shop]
These are statement party earrings. The large cosmic cut swarovski crystal in fuchsia hangs from a handmade Vermeil wrapped ball. The ball was imported from India! 14K gold-filled ear wires.

It's way larger than pomegranate seeds though!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Cyber Monday Sale and New Items

There's so many Cyber Monday Sales to keep track of this year, but here is mine!

These are the Mini Pumpkin Pies I mentioned in the last post!

[sale over]

I've also added more things to the shop lately!

Taro Black Tea Earrings [shop]

Floral Wreath Hoop Earrings [shop]

Flower Basket Earrings [shop] one of a kind!

Expanding my Rose Stud collection with this Flirty ones in four colors. [shop]

My favorite new Star Bouquet studs [shop]

There are three flower designs on each stud, hence the Bouquet name. I used to have WHITE but it sold out.

I've also added some Crystal Basics that are wallet friendly!
Sapphire Crystal Heart Earrings

Light Topaz Crystal Star Earrings

Crystal AB Star Earrings

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving with Three great promos!

I hope everyone had a great and FULL Thanksgiving! I baked my favorite Country-Bread Stuffing with Parmesan, Raisins, and Pine Nuts and my first pumpkin pie! The pumpkin pie as actually pretty easy but the mini pies I was able to squeeze out were even better. Bite sized and addicting! The crust on them was crunchy and not soggy! I cut out circles with a glass cup from the 2nd pie crust dough. Then I placed them in the bottom of the cupcake pan and filled it with the extra pumpkin pie filling.

I used a glass pan for the full sized pie, but it always leaves the crust soggy.. so I need to remember to get a metal pie pan next time.

Any kitchen fails or triumphs for you?

I want to let you know that if you're reading this right now, I'm very thankful for YOU. I'm lucky to have made great friends through blogging and jewelry. To show my appreciation I've put together a sale for Black Friday weekend! Just know that the sale will end on Sunday night, and I will have a different sale up for Cyber Monday. I will be adding new things throughout the weekend so check the shop for that.

[sale over]

I've going to veg out on the sofa now!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Harry Potter Inspired Necklace

I tweeted that I would release a Harry Potter necklace so here it is!

Harry Potter Necklace - [shop]
Inspired by the Gryffindor colors, I used two stars in Dark Red and Gold and a third star in crystal ab for balance. The lightening bolt charm is solid sterling silver. 16" or 18" sterling silver chain. There is only ONE available!!

It is designed to fall nicely on your neck in an asymmetrical style. I probably should have released this earlier so there's FREE SHIPPING on this baby! It's also on sale, which will end in one week!

I love twitter feedback! :D

  1. ☆Cindii
  2. Audrey Dao
    audreydao @stephanie_tran OooOoO i cant wait to see the HP necklace. I <3 harry potter.
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So WHO is going to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows tonight?! I'm actually going Friday! I can't wait! If I can, I want to watch the previous movie tonight to get in the mood! eee!

Earlier this Fall, Lisa and I swapped some jewelry and beauty goodies! Check out her blog and shop. She makes beauty goods and jewelry! A Seriously talented lady! So many things to try and not enough face space hehe. I like the Laniege liquid liner, it goes on so smooth. I'm very curious to try her shadow primer. I've heard it's better than udpp!

Monday, November 1, 2010

bisou bisou my lovelies

With Love from Paris.  [shop]
Imagine me saying it "Pa-ree" cuz that's how you say it. ;) hehe.
Now, these earrings are particularly special to me because I <3 all things French. I also find myself staring at the new dark grey Swarovski color. I grouped this stunning new dark grey crystal in a rivoli cut with a brand new heart shaped crystal in Indian Pink and a little pearl to top it off. Of course we have the Eiffel Tower in 18K gold plated detail. The rest of the components including the earwires are of ear friendly 14K gold-filled. Great for sensitive ears.

As of right now this is the ONLY pair. I do have 2 more Eiffel Tower charms that I could make into something.. but that is not decided yet. So get these while you can!

bisou bisou!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A time for the living and a time for the dead

Before I realized it, it was mid-October already and I still haven't posted my special necklace I've been thinking about for months already!

If you like skulls and you think they're well... cute- then I think you'll love this necklace!
Día de los Muertos Necklace - only one! [shop]
For this necklace I used a Rhodium plated (white gold color) skull pendant carved with rose details, a white swarovski pearl, and a stationary resin blood red rose. This particular necklace is one of a kind because of the 24" silver plated chain I used. There's only one of this style chain. There is also a sterling option available.

In this close up you can see the detailed rose carvings and the ability to adjust the necklace so the rose is placed near the skull pendant. [shown with sterling chain]

It kind of looks like a Catrina... but happier. []

Earlier I had a question about small red flower studs. Yes I do have them! [shop]

Thanks for sticking with me, gals! To show my appreciation one of you who comments below with your Halloween costume idea will win a crystal flower stud in the color of your choice!! Leave your e-mail too so I can contact you! Ends in 2 days!

Ideas are nice but I want to know what you will actually BE for Halloween! :)
*Giveaway Over* The Winner is ELLE! :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cute Bow studs and old favorites for Fall! End of Summer SALE!

I've got a few new cute studs to show you! As some of you know these go quick and sometimes they can't be restocked. If you see something you like now I suggest grabbing it quick. I still get e-mails for korean styles from last year, but I don't have them anymore :(


Wavy Silver Bow Earrings
I love how the curl of this hangs like a real ribbon. So cute! [ONLY ONE]

Tied Bow Earrings in Gold

modeled here for size reference

Sooty Grey Owl Studs
My new obsession for Fall! I can possibly restock these... possibly. e-mail me if out of stock.

My mom recognized this as my ear. Moms...

It's back!
Gold Victory Chandelier Earrings

Petite Crown Studs are back too!

[sale over]

You may have been wondering where is the new stuff? Where have I been? I do have new stuff coming and lately I've been trying to do local shows for fun. I did a successful one at A-Fest in Dallas! It was my first convention ever and it was loads of fun. I plan on showing you the cute things I bought.

Thanks for sticking with me even when I disappear for a couple of weeks! Love you all!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Brides and Bridesmaids

Sorry for the lack of updates! Here is part of what I've been up to.

My guy cousin got married recently, and I wanted to send a little gift over to his bride before the wedding. Here is my "bride packaging."

I doodled these up and brought them to life! I like to sketch out earrings or mock them up in photoshop when I have down time.

I ended up using a smaller briolette because it looked more balanced in real life.

Gotta love the Crystal AB color. Here it looks blue.

Here on the skin it looks yellow!

I never met Stacy (the bride) before so I tried to make the earrings as irresistible as possible! ;) I had no idea what she was like. I didn't even expect her to wear these at her wedding so I was surprised to hear she did! I still have not met her since they live in California, and I didn't attend the wedding. Hopefully next year I'll see everyone for New Year's?

Here is my gorgeous new cousin Stacy! I love her dress and flowers. Very romantic!

A kiss on the cheek and a peek at the earrings in action. She is the first bride to wear earrings from me on her wedding! (that I know of)

I also had a request to customize my Little Leaves necklace to a fall theme. The bride wanted fall colors to match her bridesmaids. We settled on a nice chocolate brown bead and striking topaz heart.

I love these earrings! I was asked to make a matching pair of earrings for her maid of honor. I will have to make more of these and add them to my permanent collection.

The maid of honor set.