Saturday, June 5, 2010

Vibrant Suncatchers and Stained Glass Decor

Good morning! Today I'd like to introduce you to a shop filled with vibrant, colorful stained glass artwork. Usually, when I think of stained glass, I think of windows and I'm pretty sure most people are the same.

I have a cousin who has a great deal of talent in making stained glass windows and lamp shades, actually, but I'm pretty sure it's a rather common association.

Jas Glass Art offers so much more than that though! The shop is filled with unique handmade stained glass art including sun catchers, wind chimes, screen door bugs (like the one pictured in this post), dream catchers, necklace pendants, garden decor and much more.

The shop is ran by Jill, who creates some very cute and unique pieces that she has for offer in her shop. Her designs are all original and handmade by her and her sun catchers are made using the "lead came" method.

Jill loves to incorporate lampworked beads, plain and heat treated copper, vintage faceted glass jewels, glass nuggets and lead crystal prisms into her work to create unique, beautiful pieces that you won't find anywhere else.

Her pendants are also created with lead-free solder and lead-free came.

If you like glass work and stained glass, this is a shop I definitely encourage you to check out! She has some adorable stuff and you might just find the perfect gift for either yourself or someone you've been shopping for!

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

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vintage 50s Eyewear and Retro Fashion

Vintage 50s EyewearLast week, I introduced you to my mother, a wonderful woman who is the consummate "Lady". Today's shop reminded me of her mother and I'd love a chance to share with you a little about my grandmother today.

My grandmother came from a different era entirely than either myself or my mother, one that in some ways was much simpler. My grandmother was of the era where they wore hats and white gloves to go shopping, your best dress to church on Sunday and cocktail dresses with elegant lines with your hair up in a French twist for drinks in town.

She did all of these things. She also worked hard as an events coordinator for Boeing executives, never once allowed herself to be seen in a state of dishabille and had a sense of decorum that was unflappable.

Today's shop reminded me of her because I could see her shopping there. In fact, I could see her buying them out in order to have the perfect "accent" to any number of her beautiful outfits (and believe me, she had some gorgeous clothes and ensembles).

Vintage 50's Eyewear is filled with Vintage 50s Eyewearrhinestone cat eye vintage retro eyeglasses and sunglasses, France eyewear, Shuron eyeglasses, G-man frames, vintage art craft, Ray Ban sunglasses and more. My grandmother would have absolutely LOVED this shop.

Whether you're looking for a blast from the past such as 1950s eyeglasses, psychedelic 1960s hippie style, the disco 70S fashions or and the oh so cool retro 80s sunglasses inspired by big hair bands and the Blue Brothers, this is the shop for you. They even have some pieces perfect for today's emo and nerd-wear fashion styles!

I love this shop, and if you're in to retro fashion or know someone who does, you'll love it too so don't miss taking a peek at Vintage 50's Eyewear on Etsy.

TO VISIT VINTAGE50SEYEWEAR ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURES ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 6/2 thru 6/8


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)
]




If you would like to add this Linky to your site, you can contact me in comments with a request (and way to contact you) and I'll be happy to share the code with you!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Classic and Contemporary Combined

As you might imagine, I'm a big fan of the classics. Monet, Renoir, DaVinci, Michi... okay, so the last one is a little more modern as it's of the art nouveau era, but still.

The fact is that in the world of budding artisans and creative enlightenment, many of us forget to look back and appreciate the talents of those that came before us.

What I noticed about today's shop is that they have an appreciation for this history as well and it shows not just in many of the designs in her shop but also in the fact that she actually features some of these historical pieces in her jewelry.

Maria Bella Jewelry is filled with pieces that she describes as a "contemporary vintage look". This is a style of jewelry I'm particularly fond of. She works with silver, gemstones, crystals, pearls, glass and wood beads, combining them with a number of different metals and textures to create a number of very pretty, feminine and unique pieces.

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

Monday, May 31, 2010

Lampwork Art ~ Encapsulating Life within Glass

When I first came across today's shop, I was fascinated. First, by the piece featured here in this post. And then, when I followed the link that took me into their shop, that fascination grew with the first glance at the many other amazing pieces they have for sale as well.

I love lampwork. I've been a big fan of fire since I was a wee little thing, and the fact that you can use fire to mold and shape glass into such unique and amazing pieces of art as is possible in lampwork artistry? It's just breathtaking to me and extremely inspiring.

I also love going into a shop online and feel as if I've stepped into an artist's museum exhibition.

Vonbeads Glass Gallery accomplishes this with flare and beauty both.

Each piece in their gallery is like a tiny world encapsulated in a bubble of glass and seems almost alive within their dreamy ensconced worlds beneath each bubble. Looking at this pieces is like a peek into those dreamy other dimensions.

I've spent well over an hour or more in their shop just enjoying the artwork within, and I'm sure you'll be fascinated too, so go take a look!

TO VISIT VONBEADS GLASS GALLERY ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hemp, Dreads, Color and Africa Inspired Textiles

Usually when I feature those who crochet, it's the talent that I'm featuring with a bit of a highlight on the style as well. Today, I want to point out the style of some pieces I found on Etsy that I'm very partial to.

The talent is, without a doubt, superb... but what really caught my eye? It was how these pieces are worn.

Do you see in the picture how the slouch cap that the model is wearing helps to accentuate the curve of her neck and shoulder? I find how certain styles can do something like that absolutely remarkable and I've always been attracted to this style of knit hat and cap for this exact reason.

When I ran across Arliaflower's shop on Etsy, I was charmed immediately not just by the style of her items but by the use of color as well! Bold, beautiful colors fill her shop and are beautifully photographed to show them to their advantage.

Arliaflower's shop is filled with a fusion of
handmade, crochet, stitched and macramed goods created from home or as she travels and learns from other artisans.

She has hemp jewelry and crochet tams
and headbands (which are currently on sale at 1/2 price by the way!) as well as dreadwear, headwear, hats, arm and leg warmers, scarves and much more to look through.

The creative artist behind Arliaflower is Hannah, who specializes in crochet dreadlock tams and headbands. She's been making these for about three years before more recently beginning to a variety of her handmade jewelry, clothing and other items as well.

She has a passion for traditional costume, handmade fabrics (batiks, block prints, tye dyes etc) natural fibers and recycling which she does through collecting and using locally made materials from the different places she travels.

Arliaflower also does custom work! So if you don't see exactly what you're looking for but you love Hannah's style and tastes, be sure to send her a note. In fact, I plan on contacting her myself.

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

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