Saturday, January 16, 2010

Darkness, Melancholy and Whimsy

Rustic Goth offers original dark, sad, and surreal paintings, prints, wearable art and art dolls.

The artist's works are a rather sad and surreal and often have a touch of whimsical and weird mixed in. She only sells originals on Etsy, which makes her Etsy shop a terrific find!

I personally find her artwork dreamy and dark and I loved the browse through her shop where she has many different prints to wander through and enjoy. Rustic Goth's work is beautiful and fascinating and I can't stress enough that you should go take a peek for yourself.

She also has a blog where you can keep up to date on current events concerning her art, so be sure to stop by there too!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT RUSTICGOTH'S SHOP OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Like Cute?

If you do? You have to check out SleepyRobot13!

The first time I saw this little guy, my heart
went "awwwwww!" and he made me smile.

The shop's greeting says "Things U never knew you needed until today..." and that's just about right, because when I followed the little thumbnail of the robot and the toaster, I found a shop filled with tons of cute and I think just about everyone needs a little cute in their lives.

SleepyRobot13 is filled with robots, monsters and zombie toast! Everything is tiny, detailed and absolutely adorable.

They're made by a wonderful handmade toy maker named Lisa in Cleveland, Ohio who is inspired by designer toys, urban vinyl and the art of Luke Chueh and Buff Monster. Currently, she hand-sculpts all of the little figures in her shop out of polymer clay, but there's a hope on the horizon to someday be able to afford to produce a small run of some of the characters in vinyl.

You can find pictures of little robots who have already found homes on Lisa's SleepyBot13 website, and she also has a blog where she sometimes does giveaways!

TO VISIT LISA'S SLEEPYROBOT13 SHOP YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Simplicity and Scent

"Oooohh, what are they?"

That was my reaction the moment I saw this beautiful picture and I had to click to see some more.

They're soaps! And aren't they gorgeous?


They're made with cooling peppermint essential oils and Shea butter that creates a scent that fits in perfect with the holiday seasons or can be used in the summer to ease off some of that sweltering summer heat.

These soaps are made with glycerin, which
is both detergent free and alcohol free, something that's important for those that have sensitive skin like I do.

These soaps and many others are sold by Wickful Things. A wonderful little shop on Etsy that's ran by a full time mom with a lot on her plate but still finds time to do what she loves, which is making candles, soap and other scented items.

She says in her profile that she truly enjoys handmade items because of the care and creativity that people put into them. This is evident in her own product too!

For example, she includes a full list of her soap's ingredients in her product listings. This is something that I, personally, appreciate a great deal since I not only have sensitive skin, but also have allergies. This is a step that a lot of marketers seem to neglect, and one that I personally see it as a sign that the seller truly cares about her customer's health and well being.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT WICKFULTHINGS' SHOP OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

A lot of people who live in what would be deemed as "snow country" see snow and groan with dismay. Many of them hate the snow. After all, snow creates a lot of work. Driveway shoveling being just the (very large) tip of an even larger iceberg.

Then there's people like me.

I love snow. I absolutely, unequivocally -love- snow.

I'm not a fan of the cold and the ice, the dangerous driving or the extra work. I just love the way it looks. I love the way it blankets the world and creates, if just for a short time, an impression of peace, tranquility and flawless perfection.

I love how it muffles the world, quiets the noise; how it changes everything into a world of black and white.

And this is why I love this photograph by Jennifer Squires Ross. It brings all of that to life in a beautiful piece of art you can enjoy year round or use to decorate on a seasonal theme.

Jennifer has been a professional photographer since 1996 and her shop is filled with beautiful modern fine art photographs of flowers, snowy scenes, scapes, and much more.

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

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Colors, Art, Fashion, and Creativity

Knit hats and scarves, ear warmers, iPod cozies, jewelry and more! That's what today's Etsian offers in her Etsy shop of wares. The shop in question is Betti by Kate, of course!

Kate Andreasen is a student at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and she hopes to one day own and run her own boutique.

Betti started a year ago with just a few simple beanie hats, and a few ideas. Now, just a year later, it has grown more than Kate has ever expected an she is now always busy with custom orders as well as pushing herself to come up with new products and styles.

She has a variety of very cute and beautiful items in her shop to browse through and a blog you can follow to keep up on special updates and promotional discounts, as well!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT BETTILOISE'S SHOP OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Monday, January 11, 2010

A New, Positive Turn on an Old Theme

"For over 50 years we've had the peace sign that we all know. Unfortunately, the symbol with the "arms" facing down, represents death and despair.

We've taken the symbol and simply turned it around. Now the arms are raised up in hope, joy and positive energy.

Rather than anti-war, it's pro-peace. It may seem like a small change, but as you know, it's always better to wish for what you want, rather than what you don't want. Only a positive intent achieves a positive result."

This is the introduction on the "Turn Peace Around" Etsy shop's front page, an it says it better than I ever could! I love the idea behind this shop, and I love the pieces they have for sale there too! They currently carry hemp jewelry, beautiful hand-painted totes and magnets and have plans to offer much more in the future as well.

I personally have my eye on one of their totes, and if you agree with their message and like to shop green, I can't think of a better bag for the cause so you should check them out too!

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

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Familiar Beauty, A Breath of Fresh Air for the Soul

It took me a while to figure out why this picture reminds me so much of home. Of course, if I'd read the description, I wouldn't have spent so long staring at the picture, which I definitely didn't mind.

I've probably walked by this exact spot myself on a hundred occasions! No wonder it's so familiar. Of course, I've never seen it dusted with snow but the beauty of Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC is nothing to scoff at, no matter the time of year.

This photograph made me smile and brought a warm glow to my heart. I love the outdoors and I love hiking. I'm a big fan of nature and especially rain-forests. This photograph fills all of this and combines it together with a sensation of familiarity that really touched my heart.

Lynann Colligan's shop is filled with beautiful pieces like this. Many of which touched my inner spirit in the same way, and all of which have a unique beauty that makes visiting her shop (and website) a great pleasure that shouldn't be missed.

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

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