Sunday, December 20, 2009

And the winner is...

I am pleased to announce that the winner of this pair of earrings from my HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY is:

Congrats, Aik! (: I've sent you an e-mail ( from Please make sure you got it, and check your spam folder just in case!!! Please respond to the e-mail with your shipping address where you would like the earrings shipped, and allow a few days for me to ship them (as the holidays are very, very busy!!!) Please make sure to e-mail me back within the three-day/72 hour period, or I will have to notify the runner up! Thank you, again. (:

Again, congrats to Aik, and thank you so very much to everyone who participated!!! I hope that you each have wonderful, happy holidays!!! Enjoy the holiday season, and keep an eye out for sales, featured sellers, interviews, and future contests!!! :D

Thank you again to everyone who participated!!! (:

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Holiday Giveaway!!!

The holiday season is a very special time of year. It is a time to celebrate, a time to reflect, to rejoice, to give, and most importantly, a time to spend with family and friends. So to honor holiday tradition, I am holding my first ever giveaway. (: One winner will receive the pair of earrings shown below.

Rules and how to enter are as follows:

Rules/Regulations (rules/regulations are subject to change at my discretion).

1. Anyone can enter. The first "mandatory entry" is required, and additional entries are up to you!!! I reserve the right to disqualify any entries I feel do not meet the standards set by the "rules" or "how to enter".
2. Winner must email me at within 72 hours of the winning post. You must verify your identity as well as send me your mailing address. If the winner does not claim their prize within 72 hours, the runner up will be posted, wherein said runner up will have 72 hours to claim the prize.
3. Contest begins 12AM (midnight) EST on December 1, 2009. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE IN BY 11:59PM December 19, 2009 EST.
4. Winner will be chosen at random via
5. Winner will be posted December 20th, 2009.

Now, the fun part.
How To Enter:

MANDATORY ENTRY: Go to and choose your favourite item. Leave a comment on this blog entry with a link to your favourite item and your email address (so I can contact you in the event you win). (worth 1 entry)

- Follow KMHjewelry on twitter. Leave a comment here with your twitter username. (worth 1 additional entry)

- Tweet this giveaway, leave a comment here with your twitter username. (worth 1 additional entry)
You can use the following, or write your own:
#win a pair of handcrafted earrings by Kayla Hughes @KMHjewelry of justanillusion on #Etsy. #giveaway

- Follow this blog. http://www, Leave a comment here saying you did so with your username. (worth 1 additional entry)

- Fan the Smoke & Mirrors fan page on Facebook. Leave a comment here saying you did so with your name. (worth 1 additional entry)

- Mention this contest in a Facebook status or note, make sure to tag @Smoke and Mirrors (the fan page). Leave a comment here saying you did so with your name. (worth 1 additional entry)

- Heart my etsy shop. Leave a comment here with your etsy username saying you did so. (worth 1 additional entry)

- Blog about this contest. Make sure to link back to this blog entry so others can enter!!! (: Leave a comment with a link to the blog post. (worth 5 additional entries)

- Make a purchase from my Etsy shop. make sure to comment here with a link to the item you purchased. (worth 10 additional entries)

That's a total of NINE ways to enter, for a total of TWENTY-TWO entries!!!

If you choose to enter in more than one way, you can condense your entries into one comment, you don't need to leave an additional comment every time you complete an entry if you do them all at once. (:

Please note, if you already follow my blog, twitter, or FB fan page, please make a note of that. These will count as additional entries only if you leave a comment about it.

I hope everyone has a good holiday season, and enjoys this contest!!!

***PLEASE NOTE: some people have been having trouble with getting their comments to go through. Don't sweat it! If you can't get your comment to go through, please just send it to me in an e-mail at Please make the subject "Holiday Giveaway" so I do not mistake it for spam. (:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Happy Birthday.

So, on October 16th, I was born.

You know what that means?

Good for you, right?

Oh goodness, my love of all things vampiric has popped up again.

For the past eight or so years, I have been infatuated with the vampire scene. Not just your sparkling vampires, but real blood-sucking, murderous, vindictive, lustful vampires. In honor of their greatness, I'm throwing a vampire-themed birthday party and I'm pulling out all the stops.

I figured I'd give everyone online a chance to help me celebrate too, with a little thing I like to call my HAPPY BIRTHDAY sale. (:

Here's how it works:
take 22% off orders over $22*

*shipping is not included, price must be over $22 before shipping cost is added.
Just put "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" in "notes to seller" at checkout.

this sale begins FRIDAY OCTOBER 16th, 2009
and ends SUNDAY OCTOBER 18th, 2009.

Please remember, your 22% will be refunded via paypal before your item ships. Thanks!!!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Welcome to Pennsylvania.

Well, the last four months have been long, eventful, interesting, painful, exciting, frightening, great, terrible, and all manner of emotions. At this moment I have not the words to express how the last four months made me feel, or how they have affected me.

Regardless, I am "home" now, in Pennsylvania. My trek carried me across the country to the deep south, Mississippi to be exact, and back again - up through Savannah, Georgia to visit a friend along the way- and back again to PA. For as much as I love traveling, the experience was heartbreaking. However, I will never forget it because it was an adventure, and adventurous people need adventures to survive happily. ;D

I did take away a lot of inspiration from the flood of emotions, sights and sounds. I don't think I can ever forget the Spanish moss that makes Savannah, Savannah. I will not forget the heat of Mississippi, or the torrential rainstorms. I won't forget the emotions, the blue skys, and the darkness sans streetlights at night. I won't forget how the stars shone bright, how you could see the Milky Way, or the little lizards that caught bugs outside my front door. I won't forget the farm, the turtle in the road that we saved, the tree frogs sitting on a paint can, the wedding, the prom, the movies, the apartment, the one-eyed cat, the tekken 5 fights, the time he spent in PA, New Hope, The Logan Inn, or anything else. I won't forget them, but I'm trying to remember them fondly, especially this last four months when everything went awry.

The emotions that make us human also give us great inspiration. This is something I will use to my benefit, and I am sure that there will be some interesting jewelry creations to follow. (:

Friday, September 4, 2009

Labor Day Weekend Sale!!!

Everyone loves a sale, right? In these tough economic times, who doesn't want to save a little? Well, in honor of this weekend's holiday I will be running a LABOR DAY WEEKEND sale!!!

10% on orders over $10.
15% on orders over $20.
20% on orders over $50.

*** Please note that your savings will be refunded via paypal BEFORE the item ships. (:

Sale will begin Friday September 4th, and end Monday, September 7th.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bella Bracelets!!!

I am thrilled to announce the arrival of Bella Bracelets!

Just like the wooden wolf charm Jacob carved himself for Bella, this bracelet is a tribute to the graduation gift itself! A small hand carved wooden wolf charm was stained and sealed by me to match the color of the one Jacob gave Bella. It is accompanied by it's counterpart, a crystal heart - just as hard, cold, and utterly beautiful as Edward.

This bracelet measures just under 8". If you would like it to be 7" or 7 1/2" please make a note of that in "NOTES TO SELLER" at checkout.
The wolf charm measures about 1", and the swarovski crystal heart measures just over 1/2".

Here's an additional gift to you guys!!! All you have to do is FOLLOW THIS BLOG, or FAN MY FACEBOOK PAGE and include the code: "BLOG15" or "FACEBOOK15" (if you followed the blog, use "blog" if you fanned my facebook page, use "facebook") to receive 15% off your Bella Bracelet!!!

***The 15% will be refunded in paypal before the bracelet ships.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Twilight Jewelry.

I've been working on a bunch of Twilight pieces with charms and things I'd bought a long while ago. Finally having these pieces up on my site makes me feel like this great weight has been lifted off my shoulders- I've been wanting to post these pieces since I made them!

Some of the Twilight jewelry up for grabs are a "Twilight Epitomized" charm bracelet (pictured), Edward and Jacob earring sets, cell phone charms, and necklaces. There are even some little "My Heart is in Forks" earrings and cell phone charm, too!!!

Keep an eye out for "Bella's Bracelet" in the future, as I will be ordering some carved wooden wolves. I know all you Twilight Saga fanatics out there will be jumping for joy when you hear about this!!! (:

Anywho, click on over to my shop & have a look. Add my myspace, too. (:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Smoke & Mirrors Shop GRAND OPENING!!! (:

I have been working on creating new pieces in order to open my new & improved jewelry shop. It's taken me a while, but I've finally created enough pieces to open my shop. There are a bunch of new pieces, and even some Twilight inspired jewelry.

For the first week my shop is open, I will be offering a special: FREE SHIPPING on all orders! What I will do is once you have paid, I will go into paypal and refund you the shipping cost with a revised invoice. (:

This sale will officially begin Friday, July 17. and it will end on Friday July 24, at 12AM EST. So if you want to receive free shipping, please order before the 22nd. (: Any items purchased before or after this date will not receive free shipping.

If you would like a custom order please convo me through Etsy, OR e-mail me at

Please add my myspace to see pictures of my creations, as well as updates and contests, or follow this blog!!! (:

I hope you enjoy & please visit my shop!!! (: