Friday, December 31, 2010

Photomontages, Digital Collages and Painted Photography by Lyse

ImagineStudio on EtsyToday I'd like to introduce you to a shop that's filled with fantasy, whimsy and, most of all, beautiful images. Tons and tons of beautiful images filled with mystery and imagination.

ImagineStudio on Etsy is a shop that offers much more than just regular photography.

This shop is filled with Fine Art Giclee prints of a variety of photomontages, digital collages and painted photographs all from the mind of an amazing artist from Montreal, Quebec in Canada.

The artist, Lyse, is full of love and emotion and expresses both through her work, communicating her romantic nature and her emotions into each piece that is then, when finished, offered in her shop.

Lyse has a variety of art to offer as well, from landscapes (like the one above that I fell in love with) to portraits, nudes and print sets as well as a wonderful collection of flights of fancy and other works.

The artwork is fascinating and you'll love a browse through what I consider to be her gallery. You're sure to find many that you just have to click on to get a better look at and many that will take your breath away as well.

TO VISIT LYSE'S IMAGINESTUDIO SHOP ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 12/29 thru 1/4


I love giveaways and I really, really love winning free stuff. (Who doesn't?!?) It doesn't happen often but it always comes as a surprise when it does and brightens up my day.

Every Wednesday here on The Meandering Musings is "I Wanna Win" Wednesday! This is where you can come to find terrific giveaways to enter and win as well as share giveaways with others.

SO... Do you have a great giveaway going on this week or know someone who does? If so, spread the news and share!

In the Linky below, share your current giveaway or any great giveaways that you have discovered, or... explore (and enter to win) a few of the giveaways left by others.

After all, you can't win if you don't enter!

[ PLEASE ENTER YOUR LINKS IN THIS FORMAT... Name of Giveaway You're Sharing (End Date) ]

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Funky and Fun Hats and More - A Rare Post by Leal

Cyndesplace on EtsyWhile I was in the airport the other day on my way to visit family, I saw a girl wearing a knit hat that looked like a giraffe's head. Now, I have to admit, if I'd seen this hat in a store I would have thought "what were they thinking?" but looking at this girl wearing this silly hat, it just fit.

It looked fun and happy, silly and cheerful on her head. And when I commented "great hat", because it really did seem perfect for her, she brightened up with a lighter bounce to her step and a brighter smile on her face.

So, I've changed my mind about silly hats.

Cyndesplace on Etsy has a handful of cute and fun, silly and happy hats in their stock that would be perfect examples of the kind of hats I'm talking about too. Their shop has a variety of silly hats and practical purses, totes and bags. It's a place where whimsy and functional meet in handmade accessories.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT CYNDESPLACE ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Leather Accessories and Creations by Ayelet Shachar

If you're an accessories kind of woman or know someone who is? Today's feature is a shop that you won't want to pass up stopping by and taking a browse through!

AyeletShachar on EtsyAyeletShachar on Etsy has some of the most beautiful hand crafted leather belts, purses, clutches and other accessories that I've ever seen offered online.

Professional quality with an artisan's creative design behind their creation, the items this shop has to offer are sure to turn heads and delight the wearer whether it's yourself or if you're picking something out as a gift for someone else.


Sometimes, it's accessories that make the outfit, and this is going to be especially true when it comes to these beautiful pieces from Ayelet Shachar.

carefully handmade with an emphasis on quality, originality and inspiration derived from the natural world, these pieces are directly integrated with a mindfulness towards a woman's silhouette including its shape and curves.

The artist has a bachelors in art and design and although she has many artistic interests and endeavors, over the past few years she has most recently turned her attention to the art of sculpting leather accessories that fit harmoniously with the silhouette of a woman's body.

Her pieces are not just beautiful but unique among a world full of the mundane and you're sure to love a browse when you stop by to take a look!

TO VISIT AYELET SHACHAR'S SHOP ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

You can also stop by to visit Aylet on Facebook or, of you prefer, on her blog.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Unique Crystal and Leather Jewelry by BijuBrill

BijuBrill on EtsyIt's Christmas eve, and I hope that all of you that are celebrating the holiday have a wonderful and magical Christmas tomorrow. I know a few will, because they'll be getting gifts from today's feature shop!

BijuBrill on Etsy is a unique jewelry shop that I ran across the other day while browsing that is filled with some beautiful pieces that are distinctly different than most of the jewelry you come across not just on Etsy but in the world at large as well!

Designed from Swarovski crystals, sterling silver and leather. The artist behind Biju Brill loves to design pieces that make her customers feel beautiful and unique when wearing them and most of the creations in this shop are unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that you won't see repeated.

BijuBrill on EtsyThis Romanian artisan creates beautiful pieces too, that are sure to catch the eye and turn heads. She's detail oriented with an eye for aesthetics and she's very focused on creating quality in her pieces.

Like me, Biju Brill believes that jewelry is capable to storing energy, for this reason, she takes care to never create when she's having a bad day or in a bad mood in order to avoid passing on negative vibes to my customers through her jewelry.

Whether Christmas eve or Christmas day or any day at all, Biju Brill's shop is a joy to browse through, so stop by and take a look around!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO VISIT BIJUBRILL ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE!

You may also enjoy visiting Biju Brill's blog to take a peek at even more of her work!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cuteness Personified - Handmade Teddy Bears and Amigurumi Plushies

KnittingDreams on EtsyAdorable. And I mean adorable in bold and italics too! That's the only word that I could get out when I first saw today's shop from Bizkaia, Spain. This shop has some of the most adorable little bears and critters that I've ever seen and I think you're going to agree when you stop in to take a peek too!

KnittingDreams on Etsy is filled with little handmade teddy bears and amigurumi plushies. With big heads and little bodies and cute little noses, they're sure to capture the heart of all who see them.

For those that don't know, Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. I had to look up the word myself after I'd seen it the first time, and once you know what it means and go take a peek in this shop, you can imagine how much work goes into these little teddy bears and plushies.

In fact, so much work goes into them that when custom orders are made (YES! They offer custom orders!) it can sometimes take up to 20 days to finish a bear!

KnittingDreams on EtsyAintzi, the artist behind KnittingDreams, uses different kinds of crafting techniques combined together through research and experimentation to design her bears and plushies and you can see, even through the pictures, just how much love and care goes into the creation of each one.

None of her creations are based on patterns, so each and every one of them is a one-of-a-kind creation born of pure creativity.

Aintzi is very careful with every material she chooses for her creatures in order to get the exact texture and appearance she's aiming for, including often picking out yarn or mohair to make into her own yarn balls combining different wools and threads to create that perfect "furry" look.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO VISIT KNITTINGDREAMS ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE!

You may also enjoy visiting Aintzi on Facebook or Twitter or stopping by her Flickr gallery to see some more of her creations!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 12/22 thru 12/28


I love giveaways and I really, really love winning free stuff. (Who doesn't?!?) It doesn't happen often but it always comes as a surprise when it does and brightens up my day.

Every Wednesday here on The Meandering Musings is "I Wanna Win" Wednesday! This is where you can come to find terrific giveaways to enter and win as well as share giveaways with others.

SO... Do you have a great giveaway going on this week or know someone who does? If so, spread the news and share!

In the Linky below, share your current giveaway or any great giveaways that you have discovered, or... explore (and enter to win) a few of the giveaways left by others.

After all, you can't win if you don't enter!

[ PLEASE ENTER YOUR LINKS IN THIS FORMAT... Name of Giveaway You're Sharing (End Date) ]

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Original Large Abstract Landscape Paintings by Matthew Hamblen

MattsArt on EtsyToday I'd like to introduce you to an artist so remarkable that... well, honestly, I want to buy out his entire shop! Every single piece. Every single painting.

I'm pretty sure that I don't have enough wall space. It doesn't keep me from wishing I did and could though.

The Art of Matthew Hamblen is some of the most inspiring-ly gorgeous artwork I've ever seen. His shop, MattsArt on Etsy, is filled with gorgeous, huge original landscape art, impressionist landscapes, lollipop tree paintings and textured abstracts.

You can search "mattsart" to find his unique, colorful paintings all over the web and although I discovered him on Etsy, he also has a Facebook page, Flickr gallery and even has Twitter where you can contact the artist directly!

Although I have a handful of favorites in his Etsy gallery, I could easily spend hours and hours gazing at any one of his pieces and enjoy every minute. This is one artist you definitely won't want to miss and are sure to love once you see!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT MATTHEW HAMBLEN'S MATTSART GALLERY ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Bold, Colorful Costume Jewerly in Copper, Fiber and Lampwork

Steufel on EtsyI've had a lot of fun browsing through holiday themed jewelry lately, and when I received my weekly assignment for the BESTeam on Etsy, I was thrilled that the shop I've been assigned has some that I can also share with you!

Steufel on Etsy is a little shop filled with a variety of handmade jewelry that's easy on the eyes and the pocket book. The artist behind the pieces in this shop is inspired by vibrant colors and textiles and loves to incorporate both into their jewelry pieces.

Chunky and bold, these pieces are designed from copper, sari ribbon, vibrant colors and the occasional lampwork beads. The pieces turn out in a variety of fashion trends from whimsical to flirty and are always filled with color.

Not only do they have fun pieces for everyday wear, but their shop also features holiday jewelry like the next ring pictured here and a matching bracelet as well!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT STEUFEL ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE!

You can also visit Steufel on her blog to see more of her work and find the story behind her pieces as well!


[This blog post is a "BESTeam Feature" for the Boosting Etsy Shops Team. The BESTeam is dedicated to helping its members promote their shops and assisting each other in marketing, advertising and sharing the tips and tricks of running an online business. If you are a seller on Etsy and are interested in becoming a member of the BESTeam, the team is accepting new members and you can find more information about the team as well as apply to become a member HERE.]

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 12/15 thru 12/21


I love giveaways and I really, really love winning free stuff. (Who doesn't?!?) It doesn't happen often but it always comes as a surprise when it does and brightens up my day.

Every Wednesday here on The Meandering Musings is "I Wanna Win" Wednesday! This is where you can come to find terrific giveaways to enter and win as well as share giveaways with others.

SO... Do you have a great giveaway going on this week or know someone who does? If so, spread the news and share!

In the Linky below, share your current giveaway or any great giveaways that you have discovered, or... explore (and enter to win) a few of the giveaways left by others.

After all, you can't win if you don't enter!

[ PLEASE ENTER YOUR LINKS IN THIS FORMAT... Name of Giveaway You're Sharing (End Date) ]

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Whimsy, Fantasy, Fun and Silly - Playtime with FlutteringFlowers

FlutteringFlowers on EtsyIf you want cute, you have to stop by and check out today's shop! It has some of the most adorable clay art that I've seen in quite a while. Little tiny critters, great big eyes... how could they possibly go wrong??

FlutteringFlowers on Etsy is filled with whimsy, fantasy, fun and silly little items that are sure to delight and bring a smile.

The artist behind all these wonderful works learned to play with clay from her grandmother back when she was a child. Like all of us, as she aged, the responsibilities of live interceded until one day the opportunity to play presented itself again. This wonderful artisan has been "playing with clay" ever since and has a true love and enjoyment of it that you can see in every single piece of her work.

The shop has a huge variety of items for offer from plant sticks and buttons to little critters, tree sets, pins, fairies and even a few supplies! Polymer clay, FIMO and Sculpey clay all abounds here and she's talented in each! You'll love what you see and FlutteringFlowers' items are sure to draw a smile so be sure to stop by and do a bit of browsing.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT FLUTTERINGFLOWERS ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE!

You can also find the artist on the Fluttering Flower's blog or stop by and visit with the artist on Twitter.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Lampwork Beads and Perfume Bottles by Kerri Fuhr

Kerri Fuhr at KerriBeads on EtsyRarely am I left speechless by someone's talent, but I literally had to put off posting about today's shop a few days simply because I was so impressed by the artist's work that I just couldn't find the words!

Today I'd like to introduce you to KerriBeads on Etsy which is filled with gorgeously detailed lampwork beads of all sizes and styles. This artist has done things with lampwork glass that I didn't even realize were possible and her work is, hands down, the most remarkable lampwork artistry that I've ever seen.

Kerri
Fuhr is a full-time glass bead artist who has been designing these gorgeous beads for over seven years now and with talent like hers, you can only imagine how many long hours she's spent working at the torch to develop such a detailed and uniquely beautiful style.

Kerri's specialty is creating miniature glass "paintings", which are ornate glass focal beads that feature landscapes, animals, dragonflies (I love the dragonflies!!) and more. She also has some absolutely gorgeous sets of tapestry beads that are just breathtaking.

She also offers custom work and, for the holiday season, offers the option of having any of her beads designed into a pendant or necklace for gift giving!

TO VISIT KERRISBEADS SHOPS ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

You can also see more of Kerri Fuhr's work by visiting her website!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

All Things Fabric and Fun by PruittHandCrafts

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there..."

Yep! It's that time of year again.
PruittHandCrafts on Etsy And if you haven't found a stocking to hang yet, it's time to get on it and get going!

Today's shop has a few you might want to check out. Beautiful handmade stockings, in fact, that are sure to delight. There's a couple of different styles offered as well as handmade Christmas ornaments and other holiday decorations you'll enjoy browsing through as well!

PruittHandCrafts on Etsy has a variety of all things fabric and fun that fills their shop. Not just Christmas ornaments but also aprons and purses, brooches and quilts. There's wall hangings, coffee sleeves, paper crafts and pillow covers. They have a decently sized holiday section if you're looking for some hand crafted decorations and a section dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness as well!

The craftswoman behind all these items is a breast cancer survivor and loving grandmother. She stays busy hand crafting all the beautiful items she has for sale in her shop not to mention her other TWO shops as well... PruittDesign and PruittSupply.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT PRUITTHANDCRAFTS ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 12/8 thru 12/14


I love giveaways and I really, really love winning free stuff. (Who doesn't?!?) It doesn't happen often but it always comes as a surprise when it does and brightens up my day.

Every Wednesday here on The Meandering Musings is "I Wanna Win" Wednesday! This is where you can come to find terrific giveaways to enter and win as well as share giveaways with others.

SO... Do you have a great giveaway going on this week or know someone who does? If so, spread the news and share!

In the Linky below, share your current giveaway or any great giveaways that you have discovered, or... explore (and enter to win) a few of the giveaways left by others.

After all, you can't win if you don't enter!

[ PLEASE ENTER YOUR LINKS IN THIS FORMAT... Name of Giveaway You're Sharing (End Date) ]

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Beaded Jewelry and Hair Accessories Galore by FloresDelSur

FloresDelSur on EtsyYesterday I wanted to give you a heads up on a "don't order too late" shop, so today is our team feature day! Today's shop is a member of the Boosting Etsy Shops Team on Etsy and is a brand new and just budding shop that is just getting their stock up and already has some beautiful items offered.

Marisa of LasFloresDelSur on Etsy is a graphic and web designer, but as you can see in her shop, she has a great passion for crafts as well and a creative drive to design beautiful things of all kinds. She loves experimenting with materials and different techniques and you can find a variety of her experiments in her shop!

This isn't her only shop on Etsy either. Marisa also runs FloresDelSur on Etsy which is filled with wonderful carved wooden hair pins and brooches as well as felted hair clips, floral hair pins and a variety of other beautiful textile creations including scarf caches and rustic wooden buttons.

Both shops are lovely and both have wonderful items to offer. Be sure to stop by and check them both out!

TO VISIT MARISA'S SHOPS ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE LINKS ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE for LASFLORESDELSUR or CLICK HERE FOR FLORESDELSUR!

You can also see more of Marisa's work by visiting her on Facebook!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Arm Warmers and Fingerless Gloves for all Seasons and Styles

ZenAndCoffee on EtsyChristmas is coming! I have to admit that especially during this time of year we're all very aware of the upcoming season of gift giving and holiday cheer. With Christmas only 19 days away, people are bustling to find that "perfect gift" that's eluded them thus far.

With time ticking down, there's a lot of online shops out there you can still order from that can get you your goods in time! Cut off dates range from December 1st right up to December 20th depending on what shop you're interested in shopping in, and it's smart to make sure at this time of year that the shop that you're visiting can fill your order in time.

Today's shops cut-off date is TODAY! Which means, if you want to be guaranteed to receive what you're buying by Christmas, in ZenAndCoffee on Etsy you need to order from them today.

This shop is filled with some of the most beautiful and decorative arm-warmers I've ever seen.

ZenAndCoffee on EtsyVictorian styles galore are combined with goth fashion and punk rock style in this shop that has a little bit for every fashionable eccentric and goth. There are arm warmers and fingerless gloves for Gothic, Steampunk, Lolita, Bellydance, Burlesque, Dark Fusion, Tribal, Weddings and many more fashionable styles!


Each pair of these arm warmers and gloves are of the highest quality, including being designed for comfort and then double serged and sealed for durability. The artist, Wren, also adores doing custom bridal work!

If you've been having a hard time finding that perfect gift? You will definitely want to stop by ZenAndCoffee for a look around. Shop today and you can still receive your packages in time for Christmas too!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO VISIT ZENANDCOFFEE'S STUDIO ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Custom and Handcrafted Glass Art by Luminita Studios

Custom and Handcrafted Glass Art by Luminita StudiosToday I'm very excited to introduce you to a shop that I've been waiting to feature all year long! That's right, all year. Because today's shop is only open around the holidays, and so if you like their products, you'd better scoop them up while you can!

Luminita on Etsy is a shop that sells some of the most gorgeous hand-blown glass items I've ever seen... on Etsy or off of Etsy, for that matter. And they sell so quickly around the holiday season that the artist posts new pieces and sells them sometimes within days... or even hours!

Located in Corning, NY this shop currently carries a small selection of beautiful hand-blown glass ornaments that are beautiful and graceful all at the same time. The artist also has created a couple of absolutely exquisite bowls and some hand-blown glass houses as well.

Everything I've seen in this shop is breathtaking. Sometimes there are beads and jewelry included as well!

If you're looking for something truly unique and made with breathtaking quality and attention to detail, Luminita Studios is a shop that you won't want to miss stopping by and taking a look at!

TO VISIT LUMINITA'S STUDIO ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 12/1 thru 12/7


I love giveaways and I really, really love winning free stuff. (Who doesn't?!?) It doesn't happen often but it always comes as a surprise when it does and brightens up my day.

Every Wednesday here on The Meandering Musings is "I Wanna Win" Wednesday! This is where you can come to find terrific giveaways to enter and win as well as share giveaways with others.

SO... Do you have a great giveaway going on this week or know someone who does? If so, spread the news and share!

In the Linky below, share your current giveaway or any great giveaways that you have discovered, or... explore (and enter to win) a few of the giveaways left by others.

After all, you can't win if you don't enter!

[ PLEASE ENTER YOUR LINKS IN THIS FORMAT... Name of Giveaway You're Sharing (End Date) ]

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Colorful Modern Jewelry from Japanese Things

PaperDemonJewelry on EtsyToday I would like to introduce you to a jewelry shop with some of the most interesting jewelry designs I've seen in a long time! In fact, I've sat and looked at many of their pieces and wondered time and again... how does she -do- that??

PaperDemonJewelry on Etsy is the shop I'm talking about, and the artist behind the entire collection of beautiful jewelry pieces is Karen! Karen creates what she refers to as "organic origami", which is to say she creates one of a kind jewelry from Japanese paper and fabric!

Karen says that Paper Demon Jewelry is about thinking big and bold, and being everything you dream.

Her pieces of jewelry are made using Japanese washi and chiyogami papers and chirimen and shibori fabric to create innovative modern accessories with Japanese style that glows with color while still managing to have a natural warmth to it that distinguishes it as handmade with care.

PaperDemonJewelry on EtsyAll pieces are then treated with a proprietary (that means unique to her alone!) process to create a hard, shiny and waterproof yet still durable finish.

Karen also has a "Paper Earth" line of earth-friendly jewelry from recycled and salvaged materials that has the same color and style as her other pieces but has been created with zero carbon footprint!

PaperDemonJewelry is a gorgeous shop filled with beautiful and innovative jewelry that's bold in both style and color. Be sure to stop by and take a look! I'm especially fond of the pieces scattered within that look like stained glass but there are so many styles to choose from that you're sure to fall in love with your own choices as well!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO VISIT PAPERDEMONJEWELRY ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE!

You might also enjoy visiting the PaperDemonJewelry blog or stopping by to visit with Karen on Facebook or Twitter!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Invitations, Announcements and more by MyaBruceDesigns on Etsy

Mondays, over time, have become team feature days on this blog and today's no different! Today's feature is a member of a team I belong to called the Boosting Etsy Shops Team where sellers all work to help each other out on marketing and promotion of their shops.

MyaBruceDesigns on Etsy is a wonderful little shop where the artist spends her time designing customized photo invitations and announcements! This started with designing these wonderful pieces for her own family and has now developed into a budding business on Etsy.

MyaBruceDesigns on EtsyMyaBruceDesigns loves working with photos and is happy to take photos of your loved ones that you send in and create beautiful, cheerful and fun announcements and invitations for special occasions and more.

How this works is very simple and easy too! You send your photo to MyaBruceDesigns along with the information you want included. Colors and fonts on many of the designs offered in their shop can often be changed or adjusted if you have a preference. The images themselves can also be adjusted to create an invitation, an announcement, a thank you note or even just note cards or stationery!

You then receive an image for review to make sure everything is just the way you want it, and once approved you can purchase and download and print them out yourself to create as many as you need!

The shop has a handful of very cute designs, and they also are happy to take custom orders if you have a photo you need altered in some way that you want to use for something different such as mugs, T-shirts, photo boxes, etc.

TO VISIT MYABRUCEDESIGNS' SHOP ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

You can also visit MyaBruceDesigns on Facebook!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Licoricewits - I'm glad you're weird...

Licoricewits on EtsyDo you have that one friend that marches to a different drummer and is almost impossible to shop for because their... well, just a little weird or even slightly odd?

Okay well I have more than one of those. I have a barrage of them! And all year round, I hunt for "the perfect gift" for each of these individuals on my list. Something little, something cute, something perfect and just for them.

Today's shop is filled with just these perfect gifts! And I wanted to make sure I introduced you to them just in time for the beginning of the holiday shopping season too, so maybe you can find that perfect something for someone on your list (or, let's admit it, maybe a little something for yourself too!)

SavageArtwork on EtsyLicoricewits on Etsy is filled with zombies, monsters, aliens and other things cute for the "slightly odd" in life. They have aliens and robots, Sasquatch and goblins mixed along side perfect little cake toppers and nerd girl gifts. I am in love with their little wooden Kokeshi dolls, but they also have bookmarks and art prints, magnets and even original paintings!

Terry, the artist behind Licoricewits, is based in Vancouver, BC and has a love for horror, sci-fi and most things cute and has done an amazing job of incorporating all of that together into a terrific shop filled with wonderful items to tempt you with.

This extremely talented artist also does animal artwork in their second shop, SavageArtwork on Etsy, which is filled with owls, penguins and a variety of bunnies, ducks, wolves and other animals on prints, magnets and more.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT LICORICEWITS OR SAVAGEARTWORK ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE FOR LICORICEWITS... OR RIGHT HERE FOR SAVAGEARTWORK!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 11/24 thru 11/30


I love giveaways and I really, really love winning free stuff. (Who doesn't?!?) It doesn't happen often but it always comes as a surprise when it does and brightens up my day.

Every Wednesday here on The Meandering Musings is "I Wanna Win" Wednesday! This is where you can come to find terrific giveaways to enter and win as well as share giveaways with others.

SO... Do you have a great giveaway going on this week or know someone who does? If so, spread the news and share!

In the Linky below, share your current giveaway or any great giveaways that you have discovered, or... explore (and enter to win) a few of the giveaways left by others.

After all, you can't win if you don't enter!

[ PLEASE ENTER YOUR LINKS IN THIS FORMAT... Name of Giveaway You're Sharing (End Date) ]

Monday, November 22, 2010

Journals, Pottery and More from Write Owl Designs - A Rare Post by Leal

Journals, Pottery and More from Write Owl Designs - A Rare Post by LealAnd in the case of books with blank pages, such as journals, the phrase "anything is possible" takes on an entirely new meaning. A blank book is a book of possibilities. It's hungry and eager and waiting to be filled with anything you might want to tuck between its pages and have held and treasured there.

Today's shop is filled with countless possibilities. WriteOwl on Etsy is dedicated to giving something meaningful back to people, connecting with them and encouraging them to make their own stories through imagination and creativity.

The artist, Jean, is inspired by a story she shares on her profile concerning her mother transforming the way that she sees books and journals, and her love of books has carried on into adulthood and is obvious in her Etsy shop.


WriteOwl carries a variety of journals from coptic stitch to hardback, post bound and more. There are also coasters, pencil cups and even some DIY kits for those that want to try their hand at making their own!

TO VISIT WRITEOWL'S SHOP ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

You can also visit WriteOwl on their blog or stop by and say hello on Facebook or Twitter!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Mosaic Tiles and Supplies for Original Home Decor Options

Mosaic Tiles and Supplies for Original Home Decor OptionsHave you ever walked into a house and seen an unusual feature like creative tile work that makes you wonder... "How did they come up with that? And where did they possibly get the supplies to do it?!?"

I have to admit that I have. I've seen some really unusual and breathtaking things done in homes that really caught the eye and some of the tile work I've seen ranks right up there on the "Where did they find **that**?" line of thought.

Then I discovered today's shop on Etsy and it came to me that all those great, unusual tiling pieces I've seen are probably made by talented artisans, and I don't just mean those that installed the tile, either.

The shop that made me realize this is Mosaic Monkey on Etsy, which is filled with some truly remarkable tile creations to ad a little originality to your home's decor.

They don't just carry some of the most unusual and remarkable tiles in their shop that I've ever seen, but they also offer not just supplies like grout and tools but also mosaic kits! There's a wide variety of options and ideas represented from home decor for your bedroom or bathroom to kid's room options and more.

There's glass tile, ceramic tiles, rocks, shells, china and half teacups and much more! So if you're contemplating doing some redecorating of your home and you're looking for something new and inspiring, be sure to stop by Mosaic Monkey and take a look around.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT MOSAICMONKEY ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Artistic Endeavors in Wire, Metal, Glass and Gems

Artistic Endeavors in Wire, Metal, Glass and GemsLike my last feature, today's is another team member although with a different team. Today's shop is a member of the Etsy Bloggers team, which is filled with wonderful, talented artisans who both sell on Etsy and blog regularly.

Devine Designs Jewelry on Etsy is a wonderful little shop that is filled with a variety of jewelry with an earthy flare and beautiful designs.

I'm especially drawn to this beautiful bracelet that's pictured here in this post. As a representation of the four elements, it's a gorgeous piece made from sterling silver wire bent into swirls, squiggles and spirals then combined with beautiful lampwork glass beads as focal accents. It also includes red jasper (fire) and tiger eye (earth) gemstones combined with some brown and amber Swarvoski crystals.

All together it's a gorgeous piece and a perfect representation of the kind of beautiful jewelry that you'll find in Devine Designs Jewelry shop so be sure to stop in and take a look!

TO VISIT THE DEVINEDESIGNSJEWELRY SHOP ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 11/17 thru 11/23


I love giveaways and I really, really love winning free stuff. (Who doesn't?!?) It doesn't happen often but it always comes as a surprise when it does and brightens up my day.

Every Wednesday here on The Meandering Musings is "I Wanna Win" Wednesday! This is where you can come to find terrific giveaways to enter and win as well as share giveaways with others.

SO... Do you have a great giveaway going on this week or know someone who does? If so, spread the news and share!

In the Linky below, share your current giveaway or any great giveaways that you have discovered, or... explore (and enter to win) a few of the giveaways left by others.

After all, you can't win if you don't enter!

[ PLEASE ENTER YOUR LINKS IN THIS FORMAT... Name of Giveaway You're Sharing (End Date) ]

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Natural and Beautiful Items Made of Felt and Wool

FeltLovely on EtsyYou know.... Today's shop is proof that sometime it's worth it to click on those little ads you see on blogs and other websites now and then.

That's how I discovered today's feature shop! I clicked on an adorable little square on a website and it took me into a land of feminine cuteness and lovely creativity that I had to come and share with you!


FeltLovely on Etsy is filled with beautiful felted items from bags, corsages, tea cozies and jewelry to scarves, wraps, slippers and more.

Creativity abounds in this little shop that's filled with colorful pieces and wonderful ideas. I'm especially attracted to the little acorns. They're just adorable.

FeltLovely on Etsy
The artist uses natural materials in her pieces with preference towards the organic whenever possible. She also often incorporates vintage fabrics into her items in a combination of artistic talent and the ancient art of felting. Blended into one, she creates unique, contemporary pieces that are both beautiful and functional in today's world.

Once a resident of Scotland and now located in France, the artist behind FeltLovely has a fashionable flare to her pieces and an inspiring eye for color.

And, not only does she offer a beautiful variety of items for sale in her shop, but she also loves custom orders and offers to happily collaborate with customers on a unique item designed just for you!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT FELTLOVELY ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Vintage and Upcycled Art with a Hawaiian Flair

Vintage and Upcycled Art with a Hawaiian FlairThe Aloha spirit is alive and well in today's shop which is filled with a variety of vintage pieces and restored art from Hawaii.

RedemptionArt on Etsy is a brand new member of one of the teams on Etsy that I'm a member of and we have the privilege of writing up their very first team feature!

Redemption Art opened in May of this year, and the shop owner is starting out with with selling a collection of vintage, retro and redeemed pieces with plans to eventually include pieces of their own art in the mix. At the moment, you can find a variety of items from billiard balls to books, furniture pieces to jewelry.

There's even a small handful of vintage clothing including a beautiful Asian dress listed.

If you like browsing through vintage shops, you might enjoy a visit and look through RedemptionArt, so stop by and take a look!

TO VISIT THE REDEMPTIONART SHOP ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Handcrafted Artisan Copper and Silver Jewellery

Handcrafted Artisan Copper and Silver JewelleryIn my artistic and craft endeavors, I find a lot of things inspiring. Nature, food, scents and flavors, sounds and music, people and personalities. There's an endless supply of inspiration out there for the creative soul and I love to tap into all those different venues.

Sometimes, I run across beads or different supplies that stir inspiration. At other times, I run across other artisans that do so.

Today's shop is one of those artisans. NicoleHill on Etsy has some of the most beautiful wire-work and chainmaille jewelry that I've seen. I've always been fascinated by chainmaille. It's one of those talents that is just mind boggling for me, with all those tiny links put together in intricate and inventive ways. When I visit Nicole's shop, I love to browse her chainmaille pieces because it reminds me that anything is possible with a little inventive creativity and ingenuity!

Nicole uses both the cool shades of silver as well as the rich warmth of copper in her jewelry, combining many pieces with gemstones and glass bits as well. She also is open to creating custom pieces to your specifications! All of her pieces are 100% handmade with care and attention to detail and are shipped from London or the south coast of France depending on where she's staying at the time.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT NICOLEHILL'S JEWELRY SHOP ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Be sure to stop by and take a browse around. You can also visit Nicole at her website or stop by and say hi on Facebook or Twitter!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Handmade Goodness from Soaps to Jams and more

BovineBubbles on EtsyOkay, not only does today's shop have some of the most remarkable product photos that I've seen in a long time... they also sell food! (A fact that's sure to make them a huge favorite with my business partner!)

When I first discovered this shop, I was drawn by their name. It made me smile and it created a sense of instant curiosity. Bovine Bubbles. I just had to know what they sold.


When I followed their link to take a look, I was immediately enchanted too!
BovineBubbles on Etsy is filled with enchanting photos of beautifully made soaps and jars of jams and jellies. The soaps look edible... the jellies look mouth watering.... and all together the shop is so impressive that I've returned to browse again and again.

Not only do they have some very unusual (and savory) soap scent combinations such as Hot Apple Cider, Lemon Poppyseed Poundcake, Citrus Chiffon Cake and Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin but they have a wide variety of jams as well.

The jams range from classics like Cherry and
BovineBubbles on EtsyRed Raspberry to flavors that are much more exotic and intriguing like "Holy Hell that's Hot Jalapeno Jelly", Italian Plum, Apricot Red Currant, Autumn Cranberry Pear Jam and Banana Nut Bread Butter.

Their list of flavors is a long one and there are so
many intriguing options that It makes it impossible to choose just one!

Each of their products, whether soaps or jams or anything else they offer such as aromatherapy accessories and more are handcrafted in small batches to insure quality and freshness and most items in their shop are made to order! It doesn't get any fresher than that, right?


If you're looking for something to tease your nose or taste buds, this is definitely the shop to visit. So stop by and take a look around!

TO VISIT THE BOVINEBUBBLES SHOP ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER,
CLICK RIGHT HERE!

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