Friday, February 25, 2011

Handmade Flannel Monsters and Cuddly Ceatures by Megan

Flannel Monsters"Monster goes ROARRR!"

So much fun. I can just hear the shouts now and the little stomping feet. That was how today's artisan became the mommy of Flannel Monsters for everyone!

Flannel Monsters is a creative website on the internet filled with some of the cutest plushie monsters you'll ever see.

Megan, the artist behind these wonderful creations, was inspired by her son on the impending arrival of her son's first birthday. He loved monsters and spend a lot of his time stomping around the house saying "Monster goes ROARRR!"


Fed up with cheap-o toys and party favors from the commercial market, she decided to make everything for his party herself and that included stuffed monsters for him and his friends!

Monsters! Handmade, cuddly creatures - plush flannel childrens toysThat was the rebirth of her childhood love of sewing and the birth of a business as well!

Now you can visit her website and browse through tons of terrific monsters just waiting for someone to come along and take them home and give them some love.

Megan makes each and every one as if she's making them for family and loved ones and she's always finding new ideas and inspiration to keep her creative juices flowing and new monsters coming!


YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO VISIT THE FLANNEL MONSTERS WEBSITE AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE.

You can also visit Megan and her monsters on the Flannel Monsters blog or stop by and say hi on Facebook!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Paintings and Art Journals by TeoStudio

TeoStudio on EtsyToday's artisan is a woman after my own heart. Like myself, she has a great love for books. Their smell, their appearance. How they feel. What they represent.

Teo, from Portugal, is a book lover at heart from the top of her head to the tips of her toes and those talented fingers, as well as a freelance artist. She comes from a family of painters and craftsmen and has carried with her a love for arts and crafts since childhood.

At TeoStudio on Etsy, Teo offers beautiful books with a vintage flair and breathtaking craftsmanship that she's created by hand while trying to preserve as much as possible the reality of the materials she uses and bring to light their beauty through craftsmanship and conservation.

With an eye for artisan beauty and the skills to make beautiful books that will last forever, Teo has carved herself out a niche on Etsy that is both breathtaking as well as fascinating. You'll love a browse through her shop, and if you're anything like me, be tempted to buy out every piece she has in stock!

And, for even more enjoyment, this is a shop that I also recommend browsing through her sold items. There's over 200 to browse through and because each of her pieces is a beautifully crafted piece of artwork, you're sure to enjoy taking a peek through there as well!

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

You can also visit Teo on the Teo Studio Website or stop by the Teo Studio Blog for a quick visit as well!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 2/23 thru 3/1


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 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, February 22, 2011

Faerie Garden Fancies from BunnyKissd

Paintings and beads, sculpture and jewelry. Drawings and much much more... that's what today's shop has to offer. BunnyKissd on Etsy is filled with fun and colorful bits of clay, pendants, beads and more to make you go "awwww!" and give a smile.

Diana, the artist behind BunnyKissd, is filled with artistic wonder and loves to express herself with a wide variety of mediums from paper, paint, glue and scissors to polymer clay, pencils, watercolors, photography and even the occasional computer art! She's a member of a number of teams on Etsy that I'm also involved with including the Etsy Bloggers Street Team and the Queer Etsy Team.

My favorite piece in Diana's shop at the moment is the beautiful crescent moon necklace you can see pictured here in this post. I have to admit, though, it was a hard debate for me because she has some of the cutest winter ornaments with s'mores and other marshmallow and snowman themes as well and they're all very cute. And also the hungry caterpillar sculpture that made laughter bubble the minute I saw it as well!

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

You can also visit Diana on her BunnyKissd blog as well!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Artwork for Hope and Charity

Today I'd like the opportunity to introduce you to a shop ran by a small woman with an especially big heart.

Although Kate, the artisan behind OnBehalfOf on Etsy, proclaims herself not to be a professional artist, her artwork is truly beautiful.

Kate believes in using beauty to fight back against the ugliness in our world. She uses her artwork and creations to help fight back against forces of injustice through selfless love. Ninety percent of the proceeds from each item that's sold in Kate's shop are donated to organizations that help to provide clean water in developing countries, free modern day slaves, care for orphans and provide medical help to those with HIV. Her shop and her efforts towards it were created on behalf of these people that need our help.

Through her art, Kate has started a mission to spread hope and help throughout the world and her artwork is a glowing beacon of that hope shared with everyone who sees it. Filled with vibrant colors and an ethnic style, these pieces are sure to catch the attention and inspiration of all who see them.

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

YOU CAN ALSO VISIT KATE ON HER "ART ON BEHALF OF BLOG"!


[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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