Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 6/8 thru 6/14

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, June 7, 2011

Designs by M’Ayanna Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry

DesignsbyMAyanna on EtsyThe very first thing I wondered when I saw today's feature shop was to wonder what the name meant.

Designs by M'Ayanna on Etsy.

It's a beautiful name. Colorful. Graceful. And these qualities are perfect for it's meaning as well! Because M'Ayanna means "Mommy and Ayanna".

How did this beautiful name come about?

When today's artisan first started creating jewelry, her focus was on finding a wonderful creative outlet for her pre-teen daughter. Instead, it turned into an outlet for her! Where her daughter's interests were fleeting and waned quickly (as children's interests often do), Patrice carried on creating beautiful designs and creative jewelry.

DesignsbyMAyanna on EtsyAt first just a hobby to soothe the soul, as often happens with creative people, her creativity soon overflowed and has since developed into a business as well as a hobby.

Her daughter (now 18) still contributes, although now she is the creative critique rather than a jewelry designer herself and together their shop has developed into a beautiful home for an eclectic collection of jewelry styles and designs that are sure to spice up the outfits of any who wear them!


If you like what you see in the Designs by M’Ayanna's shop, you may also enjoy visiting her blog or stopping by to say hi on Twitter!

[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.]

Monday, June 6, 2011

Monday Morning Mosaics

The mosaic today is all about the ocean and a handful of wonderful artisans who feature her beauty!

Growing up, one of the things I loved most about summer was camping and I always begged for spots that were right near the ocean. I loved the ocean best. I wasn't into sun bathing or checking out the guys but I loved to explore the tide pools, body surf and swim within the waves. Fascinating during daylight or at night, it was, in my mind, the perfect place to spend a long weekend.

Glassroger - RC Art Glass

Glassroger from Ogden, Utah

A full time lampworker for seven years, the artisan behind glassroger creates beautiful lampwork glass creatures that are predominantly creatures of the sea! He has a wide variety of pendants and glass sculptures available including stingrays, seahorses and some of the most beautiful lampwork seashells I've ever seen.

cindylouwho2 - Abalone Shell Jewellery and More

cindylouwho2 from Calgary, Canada

Gorgeous, vibrant peacock jewelry created from shell, pearl, sea glass and stone. This creative woman designs artisan jewelry and accessories with a flair or originality in each piece. She has a love for the vibrant colors of abalone shell and peacock pearls that comes through in her colorful and elegant pieces.

MDanielsonPhoto - Michael Danielson Photography

Michael Danielson from Long Island, New York

A talented photographer based out of Long Island, New York. Michael Danielson carries a wonderful and creative variety of ocean and nature photography in his shop including beautiful beaches and piers sat beside lighthouses, ocean vistas and other beautiful visages of Long Island as well as nearby regions of upstate New York and New England.

FogandSwell - Art and Sculpture Inspired by the West Coast

Fog and Swell from Vancouver Island, Canada

An artisan on the northwest coast who enjoys capturing bits of her surroundings in her pieces so that she can share a little of the west coast landscape and nature with everyone else. Her shop carries a few prints and a variety of soft sculpture creations from sea urchins to starfish, barnacles, whales and more.

I hope you enjoyed this tour through a few of the amazing artisans and artists on Etsy who have reminded me how wonderful summers and camping can be and have brought back tons of wonderful memories for me and hopefully you too!

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