Saturday, March 26, 2011


Thia Sparkles in Jubilee!

The new TARINA TARANTINO JUBILEE collection as worn by Thia Megia on American Idol this week! This very special collection is hand set with hundreds to thousands of Swarovski crystals in random color selections.  This is truly a collection of sparkling jewels that GOES WITH EVERYTHING in your wardrobe.  For a night out or a day at the market, Jubilee will put sparkle in your step for any event in your life.

Monday, March 14, 2011


TARINA TARANTINO'S TILT-A-WHIRL from Fuchsia Revolution on Vimeo.

A behind the scenes look at TILT-A-WHIRL and The Sparkle Factory! Enjoy!

Friday, March 11, 2011

The watery worlds of HAYAO MIYAZAKI

The news of the earthquake and subsequent Tsunami in Japan took my mind immediately to images from some of my favorite Hayao Miyazaki films SPIRITED AWAY and PONYO.  I always wondered why Miyazaki uses so much watery imagery in his films and it struck me that the Japanese have a unique relationship with the ocean as they have had to endure the terror of its destruction many times before.  Watching these films you see the deep respect that Miyazaki has for the Ocean and its formidable power.  Unfortunately this real life disaster has a very unhappy ending and my heart and thoughts go out to all who are suffering in Japan, a country that I love and have had the pleasure of visiting several times and look forward to visiting again.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Here at The Sparkle Factory the circus comes to town every day and is a constant well of inspiration for many of our collections.

Our most recent vintage circus / carnival themed treasures come from "MIDNIGHT CIRCUS" & "TILT-A-WHIRL".   These collections feature distressed beads and vintage ephemera inspired imagery in micro embroideries along with custom circus themed star and elephant beads.  It seems that we are not alone in ushering in a circus themed spring, check out the trailer to the upcoming Water For Elephants film based on the popular novel.