Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sleek, Sexy and Sophisticated Painted Silk Confections

My mother is one of those women who emits "lady" from every pore of her skin and every movement she makes. She's the kind of woman who walks into a bar and every man stops cursing, not because they have to but out of respect for the presence of a lady having entered the room.

And she dresses as a lady too. She wore heels until she medically couldn't any longer. She wears slacks and jackets, silky blouses and rhinestone brooches on her jacket lapels. She is always coiffed and always put together from head to toe, whether at home or in town or working in the garden. (She even stacks wood in slacks, hose and old, worn silk shirts.)

My mother would love today's shop. In fact, I have plans to Christmas shop there for her this coming holiday season. (Fortunately, she doesn't read this blog so she won't know it's coming either!)

Wild Ginger Silk is a shop that's filled with one-of-a-kind fiber art fashion by the very talented Sheila and I would like to share a bit from her profile here today to help introduce you to this wonderful and enthusiastic artist.

"I paint in watercolor and have been a hand-weaver for many years. For the past 3 years I have combined my love of fabric and my love of paint in my silk scarves and shawls. The first time I touched paintbrush to silk I was hooked. The way the paint flowed over the silk and the vibrant colors that you can create- wonderful! And then, when I saw my first customer try on the first shawl- I still remember the smile on her face! It's great to be able to share the result of something I love to do."

These hand-painted shawls, wraps, scarves, lace and fabrics are just gorgeous with brush strokes of fine French silk paints through luxurious silk making each piece a unique piece of art. There's even a beautiful Kimono as well as some beautiful brooches to browse through.

This is a shop you won't want to miss and is sure to catch the breath of more than a few ladies out there with the wonderful pieces offered there.

TO VISIT WILD GINGER SILK ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURES ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ethereal Jewelry for Fairytale Days

Today's shop made me smile the moment I stepped into it. Their style is so delicate and ethereal that I was just instantly attracted and amazed at what I saw there and I instantly fell in love with the pieces within incorporating pretty stones, silver swirls and beautiful butterfly wings.

Sihaya09 has a number of styles, of course, but they all hold a delicate theme to them and even the titles of the sections in the shop are filled with fantasy from titles such as "The Timekeeper's Daughter" to "Ephemeral Earrings" and more.

Christina is the artist behind Sihaya Designs, and her work and vision are absolutely breathtaking. Not only does she offer the beautiful pieces already displayed within her shop, but she is happy to work on commission pieces to make something custom just for you as well!

I definitely recommend a browse through this talented artist's shop, you won't regret it and you might just find something absolutely perfect for you or someone you care about while you're there!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO VISIT CHRISTINA'S "SIHAYA DESIGNS" SHOP ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 5/26 thru 6/1


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 kn
ow 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, May 25, 2010

Watercolors, Pastels, Oil Paintings and More

Every once in a while I have to revisit some of my absolute favorite themes and today's post is all about color, my favorite theme of all and the one that my own handmade creations lean towards.

Today's shop is The Garden Room, and as if the name wasn't enough to make this shop rank among the top of my favorites list.

Not only is the name right up my alley but the shop is filled with beautiful, vivid paintings and drawings of flowers and other still art that is just gorgeous.

The artist behind all these beautiful pieces is Patricia Snow, an artist that started out self taught and has since earned a degree in art as well as taken a number of lessons in pursuit of constantly expanding her talents and improving upon her craft. Her artwork comes in a number of different mediums too that really show off her versatility!

In fact, she also sells a bit of jewelry there as well.

I'm particularly impressed with her floral pieces as well as her depictions of birds. They're absolutely remarkable and I think that you'll think so too.

That said, though, there's a number of styles available in her shop and she sells not just original framed pieces, but also prints on note cards, ACEO cards and more!

The shop, as a whole, is a true celebration o nature and you won't want to miss it.

TO VISIT THE GARDEN ROOM SHOP ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURES ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!


Monday, May 24, 2010

Happy Birthday to Handmade by Sandi!!!

Yep, I'm belated. But I'm not that belated because although Sandi's birthday was on the 3rd of May... She has a birthday bash sale going on until the 31st, which means I made it in time for my readers to stop over during the next week and still take advantage of her 50% of everything in her shop deal she has going on right now.

I know! 50% off everything. How is that for a sale. Seriously amazing in my opinion.

Sandi is a brave and courageous breast cancer survivor who started crocheting at a young age and after the completion of her treatment started paying it forward by creating hats and caps for other cancer patients. She likens wearing one of her completed pieces to the sensation of being hugged, and with how much love she puts into every one of her pieces, I believe her!

Handmade by Sandi is filled with crocheted gifts from child and adult lace hats to cozies for both hot or cold drinks. She also has a selection of jewelry, head scarves, Boo Boo Bunnies (very cute) and items for kitchen, bath and beyond.

With her sale going on, this is the perfect time to stop in and take a browse around, too!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO VISIT THIS WONDERFUL WOMAN'S "HANDMADE BY SANDI" SHOP ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Inventive Fiber Art Jewelry Alternatives... and a few classics as well

I absolutely love finding new inventive ideas that catch my interest and make me smile. That's what today's shop did for me when I saw the item pictured in this post in a Treasury on Etsy a couple of weeks back. I instantly fell for the simplicity and style of this piece with it's nice clean lines, earthy colors and fluttering leaves at the ends.

The lariat posted here that caught my
eye is part of a collection of fiber art jewelry designed by Erin Mapes on Etsy.

Erin's shop is filled with a collection of beautiful knitted items. She doesn't carry just jewelry but also shawls, wraps, hats , sachets and much more! Erin is also an art teacher, which I think really comes across in her the pieces that her shop has to offer.

Also, in her profile she says that she strives to live her life in a simple, peaceful, and environmentally conscious way. I believe that she's accomplished her goal stated in her profile that states that her craft is meant to reflect that way of life.

Erin (deservedly) takes a great deal of pride in her work as well as the fact that she shops local and uses all natural materials whenever possible. I agree that these are both terrific goals and admire not just her talent but also her conscientious efforts towards both the environment, her customers and the community.

TO VISIT ERIN MAPES' SHOP ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURES ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

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