Friday, December 24, 2010

Unique Crystal and Leather Jewelry by BijuBrill

BijuBrill on EtsyIt's Christmas eve, and I hope that all of you that are celebrating the holiday have a wonderful and magical Christmas tomorrow. I know a few will, because they'll be getting gifts from today's feature shop!

BijuBrill on Etsy is a unique jewelry shop that I ran across the other day while browsing that is filled with some beautiful pieces that are distinctly different than most of the jewelry you come across not just on Etsy but in the world at large as well!

Designed from Swarovski crystals, sterling silver and leather. The artist behind Biju Brill loves to design pieces that make her customers feel beautiful and unique when wearing them and most of the creations in this shop are unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that you won't see repeated.

BijuBrill on EtsyThis Romanian artisan creates beautiful pieces too, that are sure to catch the eye and turn heads. She's detail oriented with an eye for aesthetics and she's very focused on creating quality in her pieces.

Like me, Biju Brill believes that jewelry is capable to storing energy, for this reason, she takes care to never create when she's having a bad day or in a bad mood in order to avoid passing on negative vibes to my customers through her jewelry.

Whether Christmas eve or Christmas day or any day at all, Biju Brill's shop is a joy to browse through, so stop by and take a look around!

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

You may also enjoy visiting Biju Brill's blog to take a peek at even more of her work!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cuteness Personified - Handmade Teddy Bears and Amigurumi Plushies

KnittingDreams on EtsyAdorable. And I mean adorable in bold and italics too! That's the only word that I could get out when I first saw today's shop from Bizkaia, Spain. This shop has some of the most adorable little bears and critters that I've ever seen and I think you're going to agree when you stop in to take a peek too!

KnittingDreams on Etsy is filled with little handmade teddy bears and amigurumi plushies. With big heads and little bodies and cute little noses, they're sure to capture the heart of all who see them.

For those that don't know, Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. I had to look up the word myself after I'd seen it the first time, and once you know what it means and go take a peek in this shop, you can imagine how much work goes into these little teddy bears and plushies.

In fact, so much work goes into them that when custom orders are made (YES! They offer custom orders!) it can sometimes take up to 20 days to finish a bear!

KnittingDreams on EtsyAintzi, the artist behind KnittingDreams, uses different kinds of crafting techniques combined together through research and experimentation to design her bears and plushies and you can see, even through the pictures, just how much love and care goes into the creation of each one.

None of her creations are based on patterns, so each and every one of them is a one-of-a-kind creation born of pure creativity.

Aintzi is very careful with every material she chooses for her creatures in order to get the exact texture and appearance she's aiming for, including often picking out yarn or mohair to make into her own yarn balls combining different wools and threads to create that perfect "furry" look.

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

You may also enjoy visiting Aintzi on Facebook or Twitter or stopping by her Flickr gallery to see some more of her creations!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 12/22 thru 12/28


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) ]

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Original Large Abstract Landscape Paintings by Matthew Hamblen

MattsArt on EtsyToday I'd like to introduce you to an artist so remarkable that... well, honestly, I want to buy out his entire shop! Every single piece. Every single painting.

I'm pretty sure that I don't have enough wall space. It doesn't keep me from wishing I did and could though.

The Art of Matthew Hamblen is some of the most inspiring-ly gorgeous artwork I've ever seen. His shop, MattsArt on Etsy, is filled with gorgeous, huge original landscape art, impressionist landscapes, lollipop tree paintings and textured abstracts.

You can search "mattsart" to find his unique, colorful paintings all over the web and although I discovered him on Etsy, he also has a Facebook page, Flickr gallery and even has Twitter where you can contact the artist directly!

Although I have a handful of favorites in his Etsy gallery, I could easily spend hours and hours gazing at any one of his pieces and enjoy every minute. This is one artist you definitely won't want to miss and are sure to love once you see!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT MATTHEW HAMBLEN'S MATTSART GALLERY ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Bold, Colorful Costume Jewerly in Copper, Fiber and Lampwork

Steufel on EtsyI've had a lot of fun browsing through holiday themed jewelry lately, and when I received my weekly assignment for the BESTeam on Etsy, I was thrilled that the shop I've been assigned has some that I can also share with you!

Steufel on Etsy is a little shop filled with a variety of handmade jewelry that's easy on the eyes and the pocket book. The artist behind the pieces in this shop is inspired by vibrant colors and textiles and loves to incorporate both into their jewelry pieces.

Chunky and bold, these pieces are designed from copper, sari ribbon, vibrant colors and the occasional lampwork beads. The pieces turn out in a variety of fashion trends from whimsical to flirty and are always filled with color.

Not only do they have fun pieces for everyday wear, but their shop also features holiday jewelry like the next ring pictured here and a matching bracelet as well!

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

You can also visit Steufel on her blog to see more of her work and find the story behind her pieces as well!


[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.]

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