Friday, July 9, 2010

Pastries and Paper - Imeon Designs on Etsy

Imeon Designs on EtsyIf you're looking for something cute or pretty and not the same-old-thing when it comes to gifts for guests, then I've got the shop for you today!

Although it's not all they offer, the the gift boxes and trinket boxes (called paper pastries) Imeon Designs on Etsy has in their shop are some of the most well made and truly unique designs I've ever seen and I think you'll agree!

Imeon Designs, by Noemi, is filled with beautiful pieces of paper artwork and not just gift boxes but also some of the best made hand crafted cards on Etsy, in my personal opinion. Themes range from invitations and blank note cards for all occasions to gift boxes and other cute bits. All made of paper with an attention to detail and beauty.

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

You might also enjoy checking out Imeon Design's blog!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Intricately Beaded Works and Vintage Finds

I have been an admirer of today's artisan for quite some time. In fact, they were one of the very first shops that caught my eye on Etsy, because the work on the piece I saw was so breathtaking and so intricate that I couldn't imagine how much time and effort went into it.

Natures Treasures by PatereevesThat piece is the monarch butterfly pictured here. Made out of tiny seed beads, the Monarch measures four-inches wide by three-inches tall and it states in the item description that it only took 30 hours to make! I say "only" because I imagine that should I have tried something so beautifully intricate you could double or maybe even triple that amount of time.

It's obvious I'm not the only one who loves this piece, too. 190 people have made it one of their favorites on Etsy!

Natures Treasures by Patereeves is where you can find this beautiful butterfly, and it's not the only one offered there! There's a few butterflies, dragonflies, turtles and more scattered among watercolor prints, vintage finds and other intricately beaded pieces of jewelry and accessories.

I loved the browse through this shop and, even more, I loved the browse through her previously sold items where you can find even more beautiful, intricate pieces showcased for all to see.

TO VISIT NATURES TREASURES BY PATEREEVES ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 7/7 thru 7/13


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) ]



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, July 6, 2010

Environmentally Responsible Artwork

One Gift One World on EtsySometimes owls are cute. (Okay, so, I say sometimes because there are certain times when they're just a little on the creepy side. But... USUALLY owls are cute.) And today's no exception to this in my opinion although the spectacular set of owls pictured to the right really aren't what first drew me to today's shop. They're just one of the many items that caught my attention once I'd "stepped through the door" so to speak.

What first drew me was the picture below.

I love artwork that speaks to me and reminds me of bits of my past that are meant to be savored but might have been lost in the clutter of everyday life's responsibilities and the build up of hours, days and years gone by. Stephanie Birch, the artist behind today's shop, helped stir one of these special memories for me.

The tall birches and simple beauty of the piece drew my eye and made me smile. I once got lost in a similar vista and spent a few hours lying in the grass staring up at the sky, swaying silvery trunks and fluttering bows of birch trees.

One Gift One World on EtsyThe shop, One Gift One World is filled with a number of these serene and beautiful paintings as well as a variety of other earth revering pieces that are worth much more than just a lingering look or two. In fact, they have some of the most beautiful bird art prints that I've ever seen! They also have pieces featuring trees, bunnies, nests and more in both original paintings and prints as well as sculpture.

All are created by the extremely talented artist, Stephanie Birch, and a portion of each of the sales through One Gift One World is contributed to charity. The charities include the Natural Resources Defense Council - The Earth's Best Defense as well as The Humane Society and the Arbor Day Foundation.

These contemporary nature-inspired original paintings, fine art prints and other home decor items are absolutely beautiful. Stephanie also offers a handful of unique accessories. You'll love the browse through her shop so don't miss out on stopping by to take a look around.

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

You might also enjoy checking out Stephanie Birch's blog or the One Gift One World website!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Funky Eco-Friendly Jewelry and Accessories

I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July yesterday!

Today I'd like to introduce you to a member of Etsy who is not just a team member in the BESTeam (Boosting Etsy Shops Team) that I've mentioned here on the blog in the past but is also a fellow member of the QESTeam (Queer Etsy Street Team)!

Ellesbeads on EtsyThe Queer Etsy Street Team is a very supportive and wonderful team of sellers who fit into the spectrum of the LGBTQ society (that would be Lesbian Gay Bi Transgenders Queer). Since July is Pride Month, it's my honor to be able to introduce to you one of the members of this team during such an important time of year!

Ellesbeads on Etsy is filled with funky eco-friendly jewelry and accessories including not just Pride Jewelry but also earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, charms, brooches, barrettes, bookmarks, cell charms and more. I'm particularly intrigued by the rings they have for sale. As you can see by the picture in this post, they're very unique!

Everything is colorful and bright and absolutely beautiful, much of which is vintage inspired with a twist and often takes recycled goods as well as donated and discarded items and combines them with beautiful beads to create many of the pieces offered!

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


You might also enjoy checking out Ellesbeads blog, as well as their Facebook page and Twitter page!


[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.]

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

I hope everyone's having a terrific Independence Day weekend! We'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow but for today.... Enjoy a handful of shops on Etsy who are celebrating this holiday with color and zeal!

Click on the pictures to visit each of these shops and see a bit more!
Candice n Katie's Art on Etsyemjidi on EtsyRule 42 on Etsy
asherjasper natural toys and accessories on EtsyHoliday Designs on EtsyHandmade by Davidson on Etsy
aeMcDraw Original Art and Crochet on EtsyDayLynn79 on EtsyHighland House Gifts on Etsy
Independence Day, commonly known as the "Fourth of July", is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. (REF: Wikipedia)

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF INDEPENDENCE DAY? Click Here!

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