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Monday, November 21, 2011

Shop USA Products and Local Merchants!

A message posted by a fellow artist.  We think it's definitely worth sharing.

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands.

Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal.

Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.  (Think of Analece!)

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theater.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

Happy Holidays to Everyone!  Shop Local, keep your money in your community and support your fellow neighbors!

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fall Update

We've been a little busy at Analece lately!  Welcome to our two new additions to the family!
Kase Michael Pritchard
August 31, 2011

Maddox Wilson Pugh
September 2, 2011

Both babies are doing fine and we are enjoying them immensely!

In the meantime, Analece/Bayside beads is gearing up for a great fall/winter shopping experience!

Don't wait too late to come in and order your custom gift jewelry for the holidays!  We are currently
turning beading orders around in two to three weeks, and shop orders and repairs in three to four weeks. 
We have a lot of new handmade jewelry selections in the shop and we are making more items every day!
If you haven't been in for a few weeks you should stop by and check out our newest bead, findings and jewelry inventory.

  There is still time to book a private class and learn to make holiday gifts! 

We now offer seed bead classes in addition to our standard beading, wire and PMC classes.  New classes will be coming in January!  Watch for our announcement!

We hope you have a stress free, joyful fall and holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in the store or hearing from you.  Don't forget you can always call us and order by phone or online if you can't make it in!

Sunday, September 18, 2011



A timely message sent from a good friend....
This probably sounds crazy, but just yesterday I was in Wal-Mart looking for a wastebasket. I found some made in China for $6.99. I didn't want to pay that much so I asked the lady if they had any others. She took me to another department and they had some at $2.50 made in USA. They are just as good. Same as a kitchen rug I needed. I had to look, but I found some made in the USA and they were $3.00 cheaper. We are being brain washed that everything that comes from China and Mexico is cheaper. Not so. That is also why I don't buy cards at Hallmark anymore. They are made in China and are expensive. I buy them at Dollar Tree....50 cents each and made in USA .

One Light Bulb at a Time

A physics teacher in high school once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following, obviously written by a good American . . ..

Good idea . . .. one light bulb at a time . . ..

Check this out. I can verify this because I was in Lowes the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments... They were all made in China .

The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA . Start looking . ..

In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else - even their job. So, after reading this, I think this lady is on the right track.. Let's get behind her!

My grandson likes Hershey's candy. I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now. I do not buy it any more.

My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico ... now I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything....

This past weekend I was at Kroger . .. . I needed 60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets.

I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, "Everyday Value." I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats ? they were the same except for the price . . The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in - get ready for this - the USA in a company in Cleveland , Ohio .

So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here....

So on to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets... yep, you guessed it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada ...The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA ! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!

My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!

If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies!

We should have awakened a decade ago....)

Let's get with the program and help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the USA .  Support your independent local merchants and see the money flowing back into your own communities. 

I passed this on . .. . will you???

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fall 2011−The Art of Color

Taking cues from the great masters, sepia tones of old Hollywood, Chinese opera, cityscapes and countryside, designers are paying close attention to women's colors take our color survey sketch by Peter Som texture, contrast and color for fall 2011 – pairing menswear with feminine twists, warm prints with cool metals, incorporating both old and new influences, and creating an intriguing balance between colors.

“Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Much like a painter's masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season's palette.”

bamboo PANTONE 14-0740emberglow PANTONE 17-1547honeysuckle PANTONE 18-2120phlox PANTONE 19-2820cedar PANTONE 16-0526deep teal PANTONE 19-4914coffee liqueúr PANTONE 18-0930nougat PANTONE 16-1320orchid hush PANTONE 13-3805quarry PANTONE 15-4305

Bamboo, a surprising fall hue, brings a warm, exotic flavor to the season. Like a filtered sunset on the waning days of fall, Bamboo is a standout yellow with a subtle green undertone. This dappled shade pairs dramatically with several of the top 10, including Phlox, Teal and Honeysuckle.

Radiant Emberglow, a traditional autumnal tone, emanates the warmth of a glowing fire – the perfect panacea to the crisp air of fall. Combine Emberglow with Coffee Liqueúr for a classic look, or with Honeysuckle for something a bit more retro. Add a spark with shoes or a handbag in Emberglow, or perhaps a patterned scarf combining purpled Phlox or Deep Teal.

Offering a sense of continuity from spring, dynamic Honeysuckle adds a bold punctuation point. This playful, reddish pink works with any other color in the palette, especially fall staples like Coffee Liqueúr and Nougat. To add some intensity, pair it with complementary Bamboo. Flirtatious and festive, Honeysuckle produces a healthy glow – great for cosmetics and holiday soirees.

Phlox, a magical, deep purple with a hint of mystery, is an outstanding statement when worn on its own. Add Phlox to this season's neutrals to create a bit of drama, or combine it with Cedar, Deep Teal or Coffee Liqueúr for something extraordinary. To add even more excitement, pair Phlox with Honeysuckle or Bamboo against a Cedar background – a combination inspired by Mother Nature.

Evoking the freshness of a cool mist in a dark forest, Cedar is a versatile, mid-tone neutral green. It is a natural with Deep Teal, and sophisticated and timeless with Phlox or Orchid Hush. Deep Teal, a strong, blue-toned green, suggests ocean depths and the color of the sky as daylight descends into darkness. A great standard when used with Cedar, its color-wheel neighbor, Deep Teal is also a unique counterpoint to Honeysuckle.

Consumers continue to add stability to their wardrobes with neutrals. Rich, decadent Coffee Liqueúr brings a sense of elegance to fall, and is a savory alternative to basic black. A deliciously warm camel tan, Nougat is tastefully embellished by Phlox, Emberglow or Honeysuckle. Orchid Hush, a unique tone of gray with complex orchid undertones, blends well with any other color in the palette. Quarry, a reliable medium gray, remains, as always, a practical, dependable staple.

For over 17 years, Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring you the season's most important color trends. This report previews the most prominent hues for fall 2011.

Now is the time to come in and select your jewelry and beads in these beautiful fall colors!  Hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Preview Invitation

Save the Date!  Please join us on July 28, 2011, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm for cocktails and hors d'eourves and a preview of our new design program, Analece Sketch!  Join the fun and experience a new way to design jewelry yourself with the guidance of our staff jewelers.  Our presentation will last only 10 - 15 minutes.  We'll be asking for feedback from attendees, and offering incentives for your participation.  Don't be left out! We are one of only 200 jewelers who have this innovative design technique for custom one-of-a-kind fabulous jewelry!  Can't make it to our shop in Fairhope?  Look for a video preview of this program here and on Facebook on July 29, 2011 and send us your feedback and questions.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fun times in the store

Cute little girls showing off the pearls they harvested!
Fun for the whole family!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Introducing "Stinkin Cute" Jewelry line

         We have a new jewelry line! "STINKIN' CUTE"

We are using a mixture of old and new to create fun new ideas and designs for summer!

Freshwater Pearl, Vintage 1950's Enamel Pin and 1950's Swarovski encrusted focal bead necklace

1950's Vintage enamel pin stacked with vintage componants and Swarovski Crystal, Freshwater Pearl, Vintage Beads and 1950's Swarovski encrusted Bead Necklace

1950's Enamel Daisy Pin, glass pearl, vintage 1950's German Glass, Czech Crystal and Freshwater Pearl

1950's Vintage enamel pin stacked with vintage componants and Swarovski Crystal, Freshwater Pearl, Vintage Beads and 1950's Swarovski encrusted Bead Necklace
Vintage Enamel Pin, Swarovski Crystal, Web Agate, Freshwater Pearl, and Vintage Resin Necklace

Dendrite Agate Pendant, Vintage Findings, Agate Beads, Layered Vintage Chains and Clasp

Stop by the store to check out the new "Stinkin' Cute" Jewelry!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Job Opening

We are currently seeking a retail sales associate for our store. Please view our job posting on Craigslist and reply through email with your resume if interested.


Monday, March 21, 2011

The Azaleas are Blooming and Spring has officially sprung in Alabama!

Just a quick note to all our readers.  Sorry we have not posted in sometime but it has been busy, busy, busy!  We finished our major shopping trip to Tucson in February and came home to do a complete rennovation of our store just in time for the Arts and Crafts Festival this past weekend.  Bought lots of new minerals, crystals, beads, pearls, findings and chain.  We now carry a new line of exquisite clasps, and Austrian crystal beads.  Beautiful semi-precious beads are now included in our inventory.  Also, we have made a lot of new seed bead necklaces and other beautiful beaded pieces.

Also new to our store is Countersketch Studio.  A fabulous new computer program that we have just installed, it allows us to work with you and use your real time input to design a unique piece especially for you.  We can use your stones or provide stones for you and design pieces in silver, gold, palladium, and platinum.  For those of you who are planning a marriage proposal, why not stop in and see how you can design your on unique wedding jewelry!  You will get a photo quality print of your design and then we will make it especially for you!

If you are in the area, stop in and get a free demonstration and let us show you how we can re-fashion your existing jewelry or make a completely new one of a kind piece for you!

Look for new posts over the next few weeks, with pictures of our newly rennovated space, and our new product inventory.  Stop in if you get a chance and if you don't live in Fairhope, plan a trip.  It's beautiful here!