Friday, September 16, 2011

Pet Lover and Animal Lover Mugs, Figurines and More

So adorable you can't resist. It's the problem I have when I go to the animal shelter, and it's one I clearly have when I stop by today's feature shop as well!

Let's be honest. People love their pets. Pugs and bulldogs, put bulls and dachshunds, chihuahuas, bull terriers and more.

The list is endless on different breeds of dogs people love to love. And in madamepOmm on Artfire, they have them all!

Not just in dogs either. They also offer items depicting cats, reptiles, insects and a variety of wildlife animals. There are sports themes as well, aviation and sailing themes and the list goes on.

And they're all absolutely adorable.

These themes, breeds and other beloved depictions come in a variety of different products in this shop from 3D mugs like the one pictured in this post to items such as salt and pepper shakers, piggy banks, wedding cake toppers, key chains, figurines and more.

The work is done in high fired stoneware and porcelain with each piece handcrafted by the artist from the design of each piece to the drawing, painting and glazing of each item.

If you love your pets or you know a pet enthusiast that's on your gift list, this is a shop you're going to love browsing through and not going to want to miss! So stop by and take a peek!


If you like what you see in madamepOmm's shop, you may also enjoy visiting the madamepOmm's blog where you can get a peek at some of the custom orders that have been done!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Unique Handmade Jewelry by Luto Jewellery

Today I'm featuring a jewelry artist from Manchester, England! Luto Jewellery on Etsy is a little jewelry shop that's currently getting a re-vamp, but I think it's a shop you'll like to browse and watch in the future!

There are so many more pieces to be added and to find that perfect piece, this is a shop you might just have to keep an eye on as new pieces are added.

Leonnie, the artisan behind the pieces in this shop, started making jewelry so she could have her own pieces without paying the growing market prices of commercial jewelry. After making her own pieces for a time, she then moved on to making jewelry for others!

Her goal is to run a shop where customers from all over the world can enjoy her jewellery at prices that everyone can afford and, although her collection is currently small, she's on her way to doing just that! So be sure to stop by and take a peek at this lovely shop and give a boost to a new and upcoming artisan on the handmade marketplace!


[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, September 14, 2011

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 9/14 thru 9/20

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, September 12, 2011

Monday Morning Mosaic

Knits for fall and winter!

We are in the middle of the second week of September. Can you believe it?! And although in my neck of the woods the temperatures are still soaring, Autumn is only 10 days away.

That means it's time to stock up on warmer clothes and snuggly layers to wear through the winter months, and that's what today's mosaic is all about!

Dahlia Soleil - Preserving the Art of Crochet
dahliasoleil on Etsy
Dahlia Soleil from New York, New York

Slouch hats and ear flaps, cute appliques and fingerless gloves. There's a variety of styles in this shop you won't want to miss! One of the easiest ways to keep warm when the weather gets cold is to slip on a hat to trap the warmth that escapes from the top of the head in and in this shop you'll find a variety of stylish hats to do just that. Tucked in among these gorgeous hats you'll find fingerless gloves, cute felt appliques and more.

knotworkshop - Funny Mugs, Personalized Coffee Mugs, Travel Mugs
knotworkshop on Etsy
KnotWorkShop from Apex, North Carolina

Practicality and hilarity combine in this shop that I've personally shopped in and recommend to everyone! With excellent customer service and quality combined with a sense of humor, the knotworkshop sells mug covers, bottle covers, iPod cozies (I bought one for padding against drops and bumps!) and more with a flair for color and quirky fun.

Poops - Knit Sweaters, Baby Booties, Scarves, Mittens and More
Poops on Etsy
Poops from Belmont, New Hampshire

Here's a shop filled with handmade warmth from scarves and mittens to baby booties, affordable handmade sweaters, candle cozies, hats and more. Each item is handcrafted in a smoke-free, cat friendly home and are made in earthy colors and seasonal color combinations you'll be sure to love. Embroidered hoop art abounds as well and many of the knitted pieces have embroidered accents.

Melmaria - Designer Crochet Patterns
Melmaria on Ravelry
Melody Maria Fulone from

Last but not least! There are lots of wonderful people out there that like to create their own cozy items and here's an artisan that can help. Melmaria on Ravelry has a variety of crochet patters for those creative people looking to design something new from jewelry to scarves, gloves and more. All patterns come in pdf files and you can pick them up from Ravelry or Melmaria's blog.

I hope you enjoyed today's collection of shops as much as I enjoyed finding them! Cooler weather is coming and it's time to prepare for the winter to come. Handmade crafts is a terrific way to support the handmade community and get yourself or someone you care about something snuggly to stay warm in.

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