Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 8/10 thru 8/16

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, August 9, 2011

Hand-Painted Greeting Cards for Every Occasion

I love giving handmade cards. I find that people take a lot more time looking at and show a lot more interest in cards they are given that were made by hand rather than store bought.

EmptyOnTheInside on EtsyLike rosaries and many other items, handmade holds special significance for certain items and cards are one of those items.

EmptyOnTheInside on Etsy is filled with handmade cards that have been painted by hand in beautiful, colorful designs. And, like the title of their shop says, the cards are all empty on the inside!

In this shop, "Empty On the Inside" has nothing to do with feeling blue or lonely or sad, it’s all about leaving space inside a thoughtfully-designed, hand-painted, handcrafted card for a personal, heart-felt message.

This allows you to add your own sentiments to the card rather than depending on some nameless, faceless company to splash some blurb across the card for you. It means that you can make the card your own, personalize it and make it truly special and unique for the person you are giving it to.

Empty on the inside has a wide variety of cards for every occasion as well. And each and every one of the cards is created with care by Annie Oliverio of Holdenville, OK for a personal touch.


If you like what you see in Annie Oliverio's shop, you may also enjoy visiting her Dough, Dirt, Dye blog or stopping by to say hi to the artist on Facebook!

[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, August 8, 2011

Monday Morning Mosaic

Today's Monday Mosaic is all about vintage!

I have a love for vintage and although this blog is primarily about handmade items, I sometimes like to include a bit of vintage finds for those that, like me, feel the artistry and quality of years past is a horrible thing to waste.

Wil Shepherd - Vintage Department Store

Wil Shepherd from Venice, California

With sections sorted by lifestyle and a directory for each page in their shop announcement, this vintage shop carries a wide variety of beautiful items from Farmland Chic to Queens Manor, Classic Vintage to Asian Persuasion and much more. Fascinating, quality items abound for you to browse through and enjoy in this beautifully organized shop with nearly 1000 items on display.

unExpectedParTie - Vintage Style

unExpectedParTie from Asheville, North Carolina

With a love of vintage, science, art, fashion and design and filling their lives with beautiful things, the owners of this shop have brought to Etsy a wonderful collection of treasures to browse through. Their photography is gorgeous (and thorough) making browsing through their shop a pleasure and the variety makes this shop a must-see for anyone who enjoys the discovery of vintage finds.

Carly Ann Swift - Swift Design and Vintage

Carly Ann Swift from Vancouver, BC, Canada

With a passion and deep appreciation for fine vintage pieces, Carly Ann Swift regularly hunts thrift stores, estate sales, car boot sales and the occasional garage sale to find the next great vintage treasure to share with the world in her beautiful Etsy shop. All pieces are beautifully photographed with an aesthetic eye. Also, in this shop, all prices are negotiable, the shop owner is always open to reasonable offers.

Maison Boheme - Housewares of Yore, Treasures of Yesteryear

Sarah from Dallas, Texas

A shop ran by a woman who loves beautiful vintage treasures and enjoys bringing them together from far and wide to share with the world in her shop on Etsy. Although the selection is small, the presentation is lovely. I personally have a fascination with vintage typewriters, which is what first drew me to her shop. You may also enjoy browsing through her sold items as well!

I hope you enjoyed today's collection of shops as much as I enjoyed finding them! Etsy is a great place for handmade, that's for sure... but it's also a wonderful place for vintage discoveries with a wide variety of shops specializing in just that theme alone!

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