Friday, October 1, 2010

Wearing Baby instead of Carrying - Handmade Baby Slings and Wraps by BabyEtte on Etsy

Handmade Baby Slings and Wraps by BabyEtte on EtsyNot being a mother, I can't say I'm up on a lot of the lingo and other terms that go along with having children, caring for babies, etc. The other day I learned a new term for something I'd seen before but never realized there was an actual "term" for it.

Babywearing.

For those of you that don't know what this means, this term is in reference to any type of "baby transport" where you are using a sling or other form of carrier to "wear" your baby instead of carrying it in your arms. I was first introduced to this idea with back packs made for baby and have more recently become an admirer of the sling.

Today's shop, BabyEtte on Etsy, is filled with these amazing and useful pieces. Slings can be worn in a huge variety of ways from frontal "backpack" style to cradled baby, etc. And if you take a look in BabyEtte's shop, you'll see just how wide a variety of ways you can wear these inventive pieces, too, because the shop owner has been sure to photograph these wonderful items in all different configurations.

Wearing Baby instead of CarryingBabyEtte is focused not just on providing a safe and comfortable way to carry (wear) baby, but the owner also feels strongly that their slings should be beautiful. You won't find licensed characters or juvenile prints in BabyEtte. Instead, since the slings are going to cover up most of your outfit anyway (which is good when your shirt has been used as a hanky) the slings are made in a style that you would want wear anyway.

Not only that, but they have slings for Daddy too, in masculine colors, etc. And they make a point of giving you that option in their shop not just with words but also with pictures. (I love the daddy pics.)

The slings in this shop offer versatility, beauty and a safe way to carry your baby without juggling from arm to arm and other frustrations. They're the perfect gift for baby showers and expecting mothers as well.

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

You may also enjoy visiting BabyEtte on their website or on Facebook or Twitter!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

HazyDaisy - Original photography by Lesley McLelland

HazyDaisy on EtsyI used to love taking pictures of remarkable bits of nature that most people never notice. I have boxes and boxes of photos of vistas and views, flowers and leaves, moss and fungi, etc. Reams on reams of photo negatives.

Nature has always held a special place in my heart, and I have always enjoyed sharing that love with others.


I ran into a shop the other day on Etsy with an artist who appears to feel much the same. An artist who is much more talented with a camera than I and has managed to capture breathtaking visions on film and in print to share with others.

HazyDaisy on Etsy is filled with gorgeous photographs that show a true appreciation for color and nature, both. The photographer of these amazing photos and prints is Lesley McLelland, a resident of a little area just west of Glasgow, Scotland.

HazyDaisy on EtsyShe's just about 30 minutes from the sea and only an hour from the mountains which gives her a huge spectrum of wonderful subjects to work with from sea to forest to her own garden!

Like me, Lesley has always loved nature and the outdoors and sees photography as an opportunity to capture and share this love with others.

She is, bar none, one of the most inspiring nature photographers I've seen on Etsy and, with that in mind, you really need to stop by and see her work for yourself!


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

You can also visit Lesley on her blog at HazyDaisy Photography on blogspot!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 9/29 thru 10/5


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, September 28, 2010

One of a Kind Eco-Friendly Fashion and Accessories from Pondhopper on Etsy

Pondhopper on EtsyI can't remember where I first saw today's shop, but I admit to being instantly impressed. In fact, I fell in love at first glace!

Pondhopper on Etsy is filled with unique style and an eclectic variety of upcycled clothing and accessories that are both creative and gorgeous!

There are skirts and dresses, tops and shrugs and much more. Not to mention, some absolutely gorgeous spats for converting any pair of shoes into a work of art to wear.

That isn't all Pondhopper has to offer, either because there's also jewelry and purses, hats and hair accessories and so much more. It's one of those shops that you could browse in for hours and still find something new, unique and exciting just a click away.

Pondhopper on EtsyEverything in Pondhopper is designed and handmade by the shop owner, Lorraine, in her little studio in Alberta, Canada within an animal-free and smoke-free environment. (If you've ever ordered clothes and had them show up smelling of cig smoke, you'll know how very special and important this is!!)

Each item is a unique, one of a kind piece created spontaneously without patterns, and includes artful tattering, raw edges and visible stitching.

This style is not just unique but eye-catching as well and I love how her pieces turn out with an almost whimsical style and yet both fun and high-fashion type of feel to them.

Lorraine is always searching for gently used bits and pieces of fabric, ephemera and more to incorporate into her work and her extremely talented hands have created a shop filled with beautiful pieces you won't want to miss.

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

Monday, September 27, 2010

Nostalgic Photography - Beautiful Pictures by Danizabeth

Danizabeth on EtsyI'm one of those people who loves a touch of retro and nostalgia, and it seems that the owner of today's shop feature is much the same.

Danielle of Danizabeth on Etsy's interests were born going to salvage yards with her grandfather searching for old keys as a child. She's since gone to college and built herself a career, but her passion for nostalgia and retro remains and is apparent in her work available on Etsy.

Danizabeth is filled with beautiful photographs taken with that passion for nostalgia and love of retro front and center in each and every piece.

I especially love the ones where she included the guitar. There's something about the combination of the old and decrepit combined with the sleek, beautiful lines of the instrument that really draws my eye. I think a collection of the prints would make an amazing collage for someone's home or office.

The pictures are crisp, clear and full of color, and if you like the one depicted here in this post, you're sure to love this shop!

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

You might also enjoy stopping by Danizabeth's blog or visiting the artist on Facebook!

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