Friday, October 14, 2011

Photographer and Art Designer Kseniya Belodarova

Melasha on EtsyBreathtaking photography with a sometimes sexy and sometimes sweet appeal, Kseniya Belodarova artwork found in the shop Melasha on Etsy is filled with colorful photographs filled with personality and sensuality.

When I saw the picture that's featured in this post, I was drawn in by the sweet sensuality of the photo. The contrast of history and contemporary, sweet softness and harsh reality. It drew me in and I couldn't resist following the links that would take me into the shop where it was being sold.

In that shop, I discovered a world of color and beauty with crisp, beautiful photographs portraying the world through the eyes of a breathtakingly talented artist.

Kseniya Belodarova from the Ukraine is a talented photographer with a variety of prints in her shop to browse through from flora and nature prints to gothica, vintage inspired, conceptual photography, art illustration and even calendars and more.

Her photography and art are offered in a variety of sizes and the shop itself is filled with a flavor of beauty and romance that you won't want to miss stopping in to savor.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO VISIT THE MELASHA GALLERY ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Illuminate Your Life with Fairy Lights by Tales of the Firefly

TalesOfTheFirefly on EtsySometimes when I watch TV I have seen some places decorated with beautiful lights, colorful and serene. Porches are draped with them, foliage is decorated with them.

These lights have always drawn me. They're not Christmas lights, but accent lights used to create a mood and ambiance.

And then I discovered today's feature shop, where I learned not just what these lights are called, but where to get them!

TalesOfTheFirefly on Etsy is filled with these lights, called fairy lights, that have been handcrafted and are designed in breathtaking colors.

The artist, from Germany, is as inspired by the mood and ambiance these lights can create as much as I am entranced.

TalesOfTheFirefly on EtsyAs a result, they enjoy creating them in a variety of shapes and colors to fit the needs and desires of those looking for something unique and special to help decorate their home, office or even special events.

Tales of the Firefly offers a verity of colors in the shop to browse through, but also offers the option of ordering custom lights made just for you!

The lights are beautiful and affordable and if you're looking for inspiration to create that special mood in your decor, be sure to stop by and take a look. You won't be disappointed.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO VISIT THE TALES OF THE FIREFLY SHOP ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE.

If you like the Tales of the Firefly shop, you may also enjoy visiting the Tales of the Firefly blog or stopping by to say hi to the artist on Facebook or Twitter!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 10/12 thru 10/18


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, October 11, 2011

Laser Engraved Gifts, Custom Logos and More

PictureItCreations on EtsyIf you're looking for something personalized with a professional flare but handcrafted skill, today's feature shop could be just what you're looking for!

PictureItCreations on Etsy is filled with gift items that have been laser engraved with personalized messages, pictures and more.

You can have items engraved with your company logo, friends names, children's names, wedding dates and even photographs! They sky is the limit and custom orders are their specialty.


This shop started out with a mommy from home, named Taryn L. McCracken, who wanted to contribute to the family finances and began doing engraved pictures as a way to bring in a bit of extra cash.

PictureItCreations on EtsyAfter a year, she expanded her inventory when she picked up a laser engraver and then most recently, the shop expanded again when a vinyl cutter was added as well!


Now, they have a wide variety of options available from pocket knives to business card holders, wine glasses and champagne glasses to desk accessories, beer steins, picture frames, key rings and vinyl wall decor as well.

If you're looking for something personalized and professional, this is a shop you won't want to miss stopping by to visit whether you're searching for a personal present or an idea for a celebratory gift to mark a special occasion or a specific date.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO VISIT PICTUREITCREATIONS SHOP ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE!

If you like what you see in Taryn's Picture It Creations shop, you may also enjoy visiting her "The Thought That Counts" blog or stopping by to say hi to the artist on Facebook or Twitter!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday Morning Mosaic

Little people need love too! Today's mosaic is inspired by my mother's collection of beautiful dolls.

As a little girl, I loved to try and sneak in and play with her art dolls and collectors dolls. Not a good idea, of course, but I just loved them all so much and insisted that they needed that love just as much as the dolls I was allowed to play with however I wanted.


Shroompers - Miniature Dolls with Gigantic Personalities
Shroompers on Etsy
Charlotte Kolff and Damon Langlois from Victoria, British Columbia

I LOVE this shop and I can't describe these dolls any better than their creator: Creativity and imagination are critical for the wholesome development of young children. Shroompers are intentionally simple in design with neutral expressions in order to encourage children to project mood and emotion into the dolls themselves. They imply a world and a story but don’t complete it, letting the imagination fill in the rest.


Joelle's Dolls - OOAK Art Dolls & Handmade Cloth Dolls
joellemcandrew on Etsy
Joelle McAndrew from Syracuse, New York

One-of-a-kind handcrafted art dolls and handmade cloth dolls for children populate this shop. There are collectible dolls, princesses and ballerinas, bride dolls and grooms, pirate dolls, guy dolls as well as handmade baby dolls, mini pocket pal dolls, and cats and dogs all available for adoption and waiting for some love.


Art of Felting by Daria Lvovsky
darialvovsky on Etsy
Daria Lvovsky from Rehovot, Central, Israel

From needle felted Waldorf Christmas ornaments and needle felted tapestries to adorable animals, fairies and more... this shop is filled with love and wool. Daria Lvovsky makes art dolls and children's toys felted from wool which include animals, Waldorf-like people and gnomes, mystical creatures, owls, flying pigs, bunnies and more.


Zime - OOAK Dolls, Illustrations, Jewelry, ACEOs and Love
Zime on Etsy
Ximena Carreira from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Although art dolls aren't the only thing that Zime has to offer, it's what first drew me into this wonderful shop filled with beautiful illustrations, jewelry, ACEO prints and, of course, colorful hand-painted art dolls filled with love and creativity from the fingertips of this freelance graphic designer and children illustrator.


The handmade marketplace and the talented artisans you'll find there are a terrific alternative to commercial products and with the added bonus of personalized care and an attention to detail and quality that commercial products lack.

When shopping for toys for your children or art dolls and other collectable items to add to your collection don't forget to browse through artisan works and see what you can find, you'll be surprised at just how much creativity, originality and quality is out there!

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