Saturday, January 23, 2010

Baby Showers, Infants, Mommies and More

Carrying on with the theme from yesterday, I'd like to introduce you to another Etsy seller who I, personally, think should be selling their product photos as prints.

Today's seller is Tricity Hokes Creations
with a shop that's carries a number of beautiful one-of-a-kind hand crocheted items for infants, mommies and more.

In fact, they're the perfect place to shop if
you know someone throwing a baby shower soon. I sure wish I'd known about this shop last year when I'd been preparing to attend one myself!

Just look at the picture to the right, and you're sure to see what I mean about her product photos, too. Tricity Hokes is filled with beautiful pictures like this that don't just show off the products offered but do so in a beautiful, and unique way that gives you a look at just how the products are used.

Tricity Hokes provides quality items at a reasonable prices and each and every piece she makes is a unique. Each item is hand-crocheted and made in a smoke-free home, too, which makes it that much more safe for baby and mama both.

Even if you don't have a baby or know anyone who does, this shop is still worth a look. The pictures alone are just beautiful and well worth the browse. So, be sure to stop by and take a look!

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

Friday, January 22, 2010

For Strange Women

I was first drawn to today's shop by their name. It made me grin and it made me curious. I just had to see what was behind it.

I'm really glad I clicked too!

Now, once I clicked, let me tell you what made me stay. This is a shop filled with wonderful scents and beautiful jewelry, bath salts, perfumes and more abound. This wasn't what held my attention though.

It was the product photos.

This shop is a study in the absolute necessity of good product photos. Because, even though you can't -smell- their products, the photos sell the product anyway. In fact, the photos make their products look absolutely irresistible. I personally think they could sell a huge portion of their pics as prints and probably make a fortune at it!

They have a whole lotta sales too. Which is rare for me to feature. I usually feature sellers with smaller numbers, because I like to root for the underdog, and because I love helping people out and I hope that my blog does that for those I feature.

That said, I just couldn't resist this shop, and I doubt you will be able to either. It just called to me in a way that is rare, unique and.... fits. So be sure to stop by ForStrangeWomen on Etsy and take a browse. They're well worth the look and you won't be disappointed.

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

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Stop and Smell the Flowers

I was absolutely fascinated when I came across today's shop, and I have a feeling that you will be too!

I have very little experience with polymer
clay other than the colorful disk-like beads that you occasionally find here and there in craft shops. It's one of the mediums that I've just never tried to experiment with.

I'll tell you what though... Madeline over at
beadsCraftz has this down pat.

Just look at the bracelet in the picture to the right if you don't believe me. Have you ever seen anything so beautiful and intricate and just... perfect? I haven't. I can't even imagine the amount of time and effort put into making this piece and many others like it that are offered over at Madeline's shop.

Madeline is a self taught polymer clay artist that has spent a lot of time experimenting to achieve the best results possible for her craft. All of her beads are made from Premo or Sculpey clay, which are both artist grade polymer clay. The use of this clay combined with Madeline's image transferring techniques create some truly stunning results that you can clearly see in the variety of pieces she has to offer.

This is definitely one shop you don't want to miss... so go check out beadsCraftz and take a browse through Madeline's beautiful gardens. You'll be happy you did!

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Snow Day Activities - A Rare Post By Leal

When I was a kid, my sister and I had a lot of energy to expend, and I expect that we were probably real difficult to keep up with. One of the things I remember the most about my childhood, though, is being set down with our family's spiritual/parenting mentor and beading at the coffee table with her and my sister.

For some reason, this activity could fill up hours of our day where we would sit and bead while we caught up on recent events in our family, our future plans and our lives in general. And, even though we were stuck sitting at a table, there was no restlessness or boredom because we were always engaged in both creative activity and interesting conversation.

I've decided that next winter I'm going to be resurrecting one of these projects that I used to enjoy the most on cold snowed-in days.

Each winter for years, our mentor would come to visit on the first snow-day where we were stuck home from school and she would bring with her the supplies a very special project only done on this one special day each year.

On the first snow-day of the winter year, we made snowflakes. Not paper cut outs, although she did teach us that too. We made awesome, shimmering beaded snowflakes. Each one a unique piece of art that we'd later hang on the tree or in our windows. Sometimes we used forms and at other times, as we became older, free formed.

Next winter, I plan to have a collection of these to list in our shop for the holidays. So that we can share one of our own cherished traditions with everyone.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEE SOME EXAMPLES OF BEADED SNOWFLAKES, HERE'S A FEW SHOPS THAT CURRENTLY HAVE SOME IN STOCK: ZVIOLET, VINTAGEGIRLDEZIGNS,
AESTHETICSANDOLDLACE, CARAMIADESIGNSBYV, SONOMASTREET

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

For Mature Audiences Only

Yep, you heard right. We're going adult.

Okay, so only for today. Why, do you ask?

Well, because there's a soap maker that I'd love to introduce you to and she sells wedding & bachelorette party goodies.

Some of those bachelorette parties get a
little wild, you know. You just can't go showing some of this stuff to everyone, because when you give these kind of presents, you're trying to make the bride BLUSH... or groom, as the case may be.

The artist behind all these creations Annelle Beecher, a nomad at heart who loves to work with scents. She's creative in more ways than one too! She also has a second shop on Etsy that deals with photos of beautiful and intriguing places.

And as for those parties? If you're the one at the bachelorette party that likes to make the bride blush, this could very well be the shop for you. Pepper Apothecary is filled with scents to choose from and shapes that are sure to get you to your goal.

So, check your ID at the door and go take a look for yourself!

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

Monday, January 18, 2010

Oh! Oh oh oh! Look at that!!

I got really excited and beyond fascinated the first time I saw work by this particular artist, and I'm thrilled and honored that they agreed to letting me feature them here on my blog.

This artist is a glass worker, and what I saw
is the focal pendant that you can see pictured here in my post. This lovely, softly etched and hand-formed borosilicate glass shell pendant is so beautiful that my mouth dropped open in amazement and I was left speechless.

For those that know me, speechless isn't something that happens all that often so you can understand my excitement.

I'm sure a part of my fascination is the fact that I have a great admiration for those that do lampwork arts and other types of glass work. The other part of my fascination? It has everything to do with my love for beaches and oceans.

Lori Lochner is a full-time studio glass artist, metalsmith and jewelry designer. This piece, like all of Lori's beautiful glass art pieces, is meticulously created and then kiln annealed.

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

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Color and Cheer

That's what today's shop makes me think of when I stepped in to take a peek around. This one was brought to my attention by the EtsyBloggers street team, of which I'm a member, and so is Nico Designs!

Nico Designs is filled with colorful fabrics and cheerful prints.

Not only do they carry bags and totes, but they have a variety of soft-soled baby shoes as well as pincushions, clutches and plan on soon carrying other home decor items as well.

Nico (as known by her father) is a mother of two who enjoys sewing as a time to collect herself from her busy and chaotic life.

Each item in her shop is made with design, style and functionality in mind. She strives to create products that are Eco-friendly by utilizing a combination of new, re-purposed, recycled or up-cycled materials. Not only that, but her diaper bags are made with 100% cotton fabric to be safe not just adults but also for babies!

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

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