Tuesday, March 28, 2006

New Fun Beads!!


So, the "Down the Street" (DTS) bead show came through Charlotte (sorta). Actually, it came through Rock Hill, but that's only 20 minutes away, so I still made a trip. For those who don't know what the DTS bead show is....it's like a heaven for any jewelry designer...more specifically, it's when a bunch of bead & supply vendors who get together to sale their wares in one place. There were about 20 different vendors with numerous stands of gemstones, shells, pearls, and more! It was awesome! I went a little crazy, and got several new strands of beads, but they are fabulous! I can't wait to make something beautiful with all my new goodies. Stay tuned for some hot new designs, coming you way soon!

:-) Diana

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Officially Indie Friendly

Hey there!

Wonderful news! My site has just been approved as "Indie Friendly." The Craft Revolution (click here for web site) has an Indie Friendly directory that includes editor-approved-only web sites. These web sites have to maintain and follow strict guidelines to ensure quality online service to potential customers, such as clearly posted return policies, privacy policies, and other important information. For the full list of policies, click here.

Be sure to check out both The Craft Revolution main web site and their Indie Friendly directory!

:-) Diana

Web Site - Technical Issues

Hey guys,

I just wanted to let you know that there may be a few technical issues on the site for the next couple days. My hosting service just migrated my web site to a new server, so I'm having to make several code changes to adapt to the new environment. I'm trying to take care of this ASAP, but I wanted to send a head's up in case anyone ran into any issues. I apologize in advance for any problems you may encounter on my site, but I hope to have any issues resolved by end of day today.

Also, if you've placed an order in the last couple days and have not received a confirmation email from me, please contact me at diana@dcelestine.com .

Thanks for your patience,


Monday, March 20, 2006

Quote - Happiness

I found a good quote today that I thought I'd share with you:

"Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling."
~ Margaret Lee Runbeck

When I read this, it reminded me that it's easy to think of "happiness" as some sort of goal to attain, when really it's more a way to live your life every day. As I think that pictures keep a blog from looking boring, here's a little somethin' for your viewing enjoyment....

Diana in Blue Topaz Earrings

In case you were wondering, the earrings are named after Princess Diana...not me. I think this design looks very regal - like a princess. I have more colors on their way, so check online for the new colors!

Hope you like the quote!


Friday, March 17, 2006

Style Envy - I'm In!

Good news again! I got accepted to Style Envy. This is a really cool site that lets designers and stores submit special sales, products for review, designers in the limelight, and much more! Go to Style Envy today to see their latest deals!

Check it out by going here: http://www.stylenvy.com

I'm hoping to submit a product for review in the next couple months. I'll keep you guys updated!

:-) Diana

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Bust - I'm in!

Good news guys!

I just got accepted to Bust's Girl Wide Web Directory!

Check out this site, www.bust.com, for a fun site with some serious attitude! They have everything, from links to fabulous designers in a variety of categories to the latest news from the web. This site is for the modern girl with an edge!


:-) Diana

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Gift Certificates - Who Knew?

Hey guys!

I've been designing some gift certificates for D Celestine Limited jewelry, and while doing some research on the subject (b/c I want to do them right), I found out an interesting piece of information I thought I'd share with you....did you know that in most states, gift certificates are not supposed to expire under a certain time period? In fact, I found one site that said that gift certificates in NC aren't supposed to expire before 3 years, and in some states they can never expire - by law! Who knew?? So, some of this information may be dated, but I would think that the current laws would be somewhat similar. Oh, and I'm definitely not an expert on this by any means, nor am I a lawyer or person involved with the government who has any authority on the subject, but the next time you find a gift certificate laying around that has "expired" - you may want to google on gift certificates and expiring because you may still be able to use it! I think the laws vary for different types of gift certificates (retail, restaurant, etc.), different states, and some companies may be able to sneak their way around this by calling their "gift certificates" by a different name, but this is definitely something to keep in mind!

Here's an article from Wikipedia on the subject: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gift_certificate

Here's an aritcle about consumer protection and gift cards: http://www.ago.state.ma.us/sp.cfm?pageid=1800

Here's a blog that has a list of states and their laws (although I think the laws may be from 2003): http://o2b.net/archives/gift-certificates-the-gift-that-goes-away/

By the way, DCL is now offering gift certificates for purchase. Also, keep an eye out for any contests on the blog for your chance to win a free DCL gift certificate!

:-) Diana

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Sneak Peek - Hoop de Loop

Hey all!

Here's a sneak peek post for my upcoming collection, "Hoop de Loop." This collection will feature more streamlined jewelry with an edge! You can look forward to new cool chains, hoop-shaped beads, and super fun designs! Here's a lil' preview for ya:

All-around Flirt

There are a couple other "preview designs" online, but DCL Newsletter subscribers will be the first to know when this collection makes its debut!

<3, Diana

Monday, March 13, 2006

Cool Site - StyleBakery.com

I stumbled upon a super cool web site the other day while browsing the web, and I wanted to pass it on to you guys! It's called StyleBakery.com and it has news on hot trends, links to "designers on the rise," cool clothes, and awesome style!

Go to http://www.stylebakery.com to see their picks for the best of the best!

:-) Diana

Sunday, March 12, 2006

What's Hot - Tailored Gauchos and Loose Tanks

Hey guys!

I just wanted to pass on a trend that I've been seeing a lot in various fashion magazines - tailored gauchos and loose-fitting tanks. Anyone who's ever had a pair of gauchos knows how incredibly comfortable they are, and while the new tailored gaucho isn't quite as comfortable, it's still pretty close. I love the loose fitting leg of the gaucho style!

Tailored gauchos* & a loose tank* look great with my "Bay Aqua" set! Click here to see the jewelry

Even better than that though....the loose tank is showing pretty big this spring. These tanks are usually fitted in the straps and upper section and free flowing from the bust down. I love this cut because it's so much more comfortable than those tanks that are tight all around. I especially like how it's loose around the stomach....it looks like designers are taking a turn to the more demure look, making it fun to be a lady! A trendy one, but a lady nonetheless!

:-) Diana

* Gauchos by Express, tank by Guess, shoes by bebe

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

New Collection - Pacific Dream


Ok, I know I just posted about Flash, but I can't delay posting about my new collection anymore! I'm so proud to introduce my latest collection, "Pacific Dream."

Click here to see the full Pacific Dream collection!

This collection is made primarily with semi-precious gemstones and has a very beachy feel. Update your jewelry box with one of the latest DCL designs! This jewelry looks great with spring's hottest color, white! Designers everywhere are adding lots of white to new clothing designs, so be sure to stock up your wardrobe (For more details, subscribe to the DCL newsletter to get access to the "Trend Reports")! Wear these designs with bright blues, greens, and turquoises, or tone down your outfit and lets these beauties take center stage!

Happy Spring Shopping!


Learning Flash!

Hey guys!

Some cool news....I'm learning Flash! For those who aren't familiar with web design, Flash is the program/language used to create all those pretty images, banners, ads, etc. that have all the moving text and colors. I've already created a new flash movie for my home page! It's just 6 pictures that fade in and out of one another, but I think it adds some extra zing to my homepage! I tried my hardest to put a copy of the actual flash movie in the blog so you could see it, but it wouldn't let me, so I'm going to have to post a link to it. Here's a link to the actual flash movie, since I'll probably change it in a few weeks:

Click here to see the Flash movie

So...what do you think? Hopefully, I'll keep coming up with new and fun ideas for the web site!

:-) Diana