Friday, July 29, 2011

One of a kind Original Fine Art Paintings by Elizabeth Caffey

ElizabethCaffey on EtsyToday's shop is ran by one of the most amazing oil-on-canvas artists that I've seen in a very long time.

Elizabeth Caffey is a highly talented self-taught artist from Quartz Hill, California with a unique vision and the talent to share the creative eye inside her mind with the world at large. In her shop, ElizabethCaffey on Etsy, you can find a variety of her paintings to browse through that are sure to leave you agog with her talent and creativity.

Her work draws from surrealist, realist and illustration traditions with her own personal flair and her gorgeous paintings depict a cast of characters who are complex and often strange.

All of her paintings are original, one of a kind pieces of fine art with beautiful attention to detail. Her artwork has a definite steampunk theme to many of the pieces which are surrounded in her shop by other works in the realm of fantasy, sci fi and more.

Not only that, but Elizabeth also does commissions. So, if you would like to have your portrait painted or if you love her style and flair and would like to make a special request, you can contact her to discuss ideas!

Also, at the moment she's making room in her studio and is having a 50% off sale!! You can take advantage of this by using the coupon code FIFTY at check out.


If you like what you see in her shop, you may also enjoy visiting Elizabeth Caffey's blog or website or perhaps stopping by to say hi to the artist on Facebook!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Goth and Cosplay Accessories and Handmade Parasols

KCDragonfly on EtsyThe first thing I noticed about today's shop when I stopped by to take a browse around was this gorgeous parasol and after a quick browse, I found a handful more of them as well.

In North America today, parasols are used as fashion statements in many different styles of dress from goth to cosplay, Lolita, Victorian steampunk, wedding fashion and more. When I was little, I had one that was used to protect my skin from the sun because I'm so fair skinned. In today's shop you'll find a variety of these pretty, decorative items that, no matter the purpose you want them for, are sure to make the girl inside smile.

Also in KCDragonfly on Etsy, you can find goth fashion stockings, tarot card pouches and cell phone bags. (In fact, they have one with a dragon fly on it that I'm so in love with!)

There is also a variety of jewelry depicting ankhs, dragonflies, glass beads and more.

Kristine Cherry from Tarzana has a lot of creative interests and a definite flair towards the Gothic fashion and if you enjoy the style of the parasol you see here in this post you're sure to love a browse through her shop!


If you like what you see in Kristine's shop, you may also enjoy visiting the absolutely gorgeous KCDragonfly 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.]

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 7/27 thru 8/2

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) ]

Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday Morning Mosaics

It's Bar-B-Que time!

I'm not a big fan of the heat of summer and I'm far to fair of skin to enjoy the sunshine's rays on my skin. But, there's one thing about summer that I absolutely love and that's the chance to use the grill outside to make delicious food!

Today's mosaic is all about food. Seasonings to be exact, with a collection of shops that sell herb rubs, seasonings, sauces and salsas that are sure to tempt your taste buds and make your grilling experience both fun and savory.

GustoSpice - Gusto Spice Barbeque Rubs

Lee Fleming from Atlanta, Georgia

Made-to-order spice kits, grilling rubs and chef-worthy gifts handmade and ready to use. This shop's selection includes artisan sea salts, state-to-state BBQ rubs, house-made dip and dressing bases and widely used seasonings, healthful tidbits, peppercorns, delicious poultry, pork and beef rubs as well as salt-free and veggie options. All are offered without preservatives and no-MSG and they also take special orders!

JamnSalsa - Sweet Mama's Jam-n' Salsa

Sweet Mama from Maineville, Ohio

Spice up your world with flavor with a combination of delicious salsa and salsa seasonings, gourmet dip mixes, BBQ and grilling rubs, hot pepper jellies and more all handmade and approved through the experience of a grandma that loves to cook. She also offers tortilla warmers and other fabric creations made by hand and designed in chili pepper themes.

cookoutsidethebox - Spice Kits, Tea Kits and More

Cook Outside the Box from Los Angeles, California

Spice kits, tea kits, make-a-meal kits, rubs for meat and seafood, magnetic spice sets and more. This shop offers a variety of cooking ideas and most of the kits offered come with recipe sheets included. All the required spices to complete these tried and true foolproof recipes are included in the kits as well, or, you can try your own recipes and ideas inspired by the herbs and spices supplied!

dellcovespices - Magnetic Spice Kits, Cocktails, BBQ Rubs and Popcorn

David and Patricia from Fort Wayne, Indiana and Los Angeles, California

Always fresh and fragrant, handmade and hand mixed. This shop has not just gourmet herbs and spices, spice kits and herbal rubs, they also carry a wide variety of popcorn and cocktail salts! Experimenting in the kitchen is always fun, and with the wide variety of spices and blends offered in this shop, you're free to let your creativity flow in your kitchen and on the grill.

I hope today's selection of shops was as mouthwatering and inspiring to you as it is to me! Have fun and savor your summer.... Spend more time grilling than cooking inside. You won't get another chance until summer rolls around again next year!

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