Archive for the ‘Jewelry’ Category

Hello everyone I know it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted. I hope everyone is well and I promise to update you all soon. I am asking that you check out my new blog on wordpress called TheDivaThatDoes.



To those of you who have followed my blog I would like to say Thank You! I have been working for the last 2 months on figuring out a new venture for myself and I have a launched a Gourmet Gift Business. About 7 years ago I had a very successful gift Basket Business but it outgrew my 1 bedroom apartment and I didn’t have the money nor the resources to expand so I called it quits and took a 9-5, A few weeks ago I brought in some chocolate covered pretzels as a treat for my coworkers and it has been a real success. So it made me think about what I had left behind years ago and the joy I used to get from creating something, and coming up with out of the box gifts for people. So I have decided to return to that. I have a website in the works http://treatsbythediva.com, and I have been taking orders via word of mouth, phone or email TreatsByTheDiva@gmail.com I am so excited to be back in the busy of making something that makes others happy including myself! I thank you all for the support, I will continue to write on this blog and keep you up to date! You can check out the Facebook Page Treats By The Diva for news and contests!

Thanks Again,

Ms. T. Crawford

Treats By The Diva

I know it has been a very long time since my last post and let me apologize! I was dealing with a serious dose of a life for the last few weeks. Things have calmed down a little bit and I’m off from work for a while so I have some time to focus. I have been working for a really long time on coming up with a plan to transform myself back into the Entrepreneurial risk taking woman I used to be. For the summer I have 2 projects I will be working on, the first is establishing myself as a Fashion Stylist. I already have a couple of clients that I am working with. The second is http://DivaStyleNYC.weebly.com which is my online clothing store. So far it has been doing pretty well and I have built up a small following, the thing about working for yourself is Marketing and Self Promotion which can be a job in itself. I am curious to see what comes from both endeavors, I have always loved Fashion but thought since I couldn’t draw my hopes of being a designer were stupid. I really enjoy picking out clothing and accessories and dressing other people. I will keep you posted on my developments and I hope to see you as a customer! Feel free to check out the goods and sign up for the mailing list http://divastylenyc.weebly.com 

Happy 4th of July!

So I have been agonizing over what to write for the last few weeks because I have felt uninspired. There have been so many things going in my life whether its been work related, or personal that have literally left me mentally drained. To be honest it has left me spent, to the point where I haven’t been able to think about anything else. 

Last Friday I was off from work because I needed to take care of something with my son. (Something I will get into in a later post). After our appointment we returned home to just relax and my son tells me that he read on Facebook on of his classmates died. I am dumbfounded because I had just seen the child the day before. So I call the school, and the information is confirmed. I am in shock, then I was told to turn on the news. Now I’m confused. What happened? I ask. I’m told again turn on the news. I put on the TV and there is the face I see everyday, speak to, hear her voice in the hallways, or her laugh. My next emotion was pain. She was murdered.. stabbed to be exact by her mother’s boyfriend over 20 times. I can’t even put into words what I feel. I still can’t. What makes this situation unique is because I happen to work in my son’s school so not only do I have a special relationship with him, I have relationships with a lot of his friends and other kids.

How do you explain something like this to a child? As an adult I don’t even understand it. There are so many questions that are now left unanswered, so many things that could have been. Emonee was a bright girl, full of life and full of spunk. She was mature in a lot of ways, in some ways more than girls older than her.  I am glad I never shut her out. I am happy that my door was always open for her and anyone else that wants to walk in. I will miss her laugh, I will miss the questions she would love to ask me about love and boys, I will miss seeing her argue with her friends and making up 5 minutes later. 

I treasure these things with a heavy heart, but I am thankful.I wish I could write more but I physically can’t put 2 sentences together at the moment. I promise to keep you informed about my efforts to continue helping children and keeping Emonee’s spirit alive. If you have not read the tragic details of this story  you can read the story here http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/22/nyregion/22stab.html

Love Your Children and Others


What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Kim Fraczek, and I am from New York City. Bushwick in Brooklyn to be exact.
What were you like as a child?

A tomboy, a dancer, an adventurer… pretty close to the adult Kim.
What kind of jobs have you held and how have they impacted what you love to do now?

I have been working with jewelry for ages. From the suburban mall store bead shop as a teenager to the Creative Director of an international diamond company.
Making jewelry rules. I love making pretty stuff for people to wear.

What do you like most about designing jewelry?

–That it is portable sculpture.
–That it adorns a human body, which is SUCH a gorgeous and amazing structure.
–That it uses stuff from the earth and is translated into something beautiful.
–That it makes people look close and find a new world
Where do you get your inspiration?

From movements of sea creatures, from colors glowing in the sun, from all the beautiful patterns and colors I saw traipsing around India, from the cycle of life…
How long does it take you to make a pair of earrings or a necklace?

Anywhere from 20 minutes to a year.

What is your jewelry made out of?

Mainly hand blown glass (that I blow myself), but I love working with crystals and gems and metals as well.

Who do you market your jewelry to?

Museum store shoppers who appreciate something out of the ordinary or people appreciate of human craft…

I find more and more people are beginning to see the value in something that they have never seen before, so I’m pretty lucky.

What other artistic outlets do you have?

Ask anyone who knows me… Traditional Argentine Tango dancing. I’m obsessed.

What are you most proud of?

That I’m positive and love a lot.
How many pieces are currently in your collection?

Wow, well, it is continuously growing, but I suppose about 30 pieces

Where can we find out more about you?

Whats next for Kim Fraczek?

I will be teaching Glass Bead Making workshops at  3rd Ward in Brooklyn  http://www.3rdward.com/ Expand my workshop and employ some wonderful artists, traveling,learning more Spanish, and of course Tango!

Kim Fraczek

Hand blown Glass Jewelry &
Custom Gemstone Jewelry Creations
using CAD/CAM software

646.387.3180 NYC

So March is the month to celebrate Women!! Actually every day should be a day to celebrate women! I am introducing my Inspirational Diva’s. These are women I have met and have found to be Awesome! Each one of them has something special to share with the world in their own way! If you didn’t catch the Diva from last week its Kimberly Smith you can check out her interview here http://bit.ly/95b2QT she is the founder of “StripXpertease” The name says it all!  Please feel free to reach out to these women and share your thoughts and stories with them. I hope they inspire you as much as they have inspired me! Us Divas have to stick together!


Follow the DIva