Friday, October 28, 2011

Hair Fascinators, Embellished Hats and Hair Accessories

Recently I was contacted by a talented designer. Olivia Stackhouse is not just talented but she has vision as well and an eye for style and fashion.

In her time since graduating from college, she has created her own brand, the Lazy Leopard, which is filled with simple but beautiful pieces from feather hair fascinators to embellished hats, barrettes, headbands and more.

The designs are simple and yet there is a flair of sass and personality to every piece in her collection and each piece is uniquely different from the last as well.

Olivia sells both on her own Lazy Leopard website where she has a gallery of her work as well as takes custom orders. She also has a shop over at Big Cartel by the same Lazy Leopard Boutique title. In both locations you'll find a wonderful variety of beautiful products to browse through that are perfect for everyday wear or fashion forward dressing for special occasions, weddings and more.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT OLIVIA STACKHOUSE'S LAZY LEOPARD ON BIGCARTEL AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE!

If you like what you see in the Lazy Leopard shop, you may also enjoy visiting Olivia Stackhouse's blog or stopping by to say hi to the artist on Facebook!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Stella Bleu Designs Industrial Decor on Etsy

Stella Bleu Designs Industrial Decor on EtsyI love discovering new home decor inspirations and I hit the mother-load when I found today's feature shop.

Stella Bleu Designs Industrial Decor on Etsy is a shop that is filled with amazing pieces of wall art designed from industrial pipe and other components to create interesting lighting ideas and book shelves to die for.

From pipe sconces to coat racks, bookshelves and more, this shop has revolutionized the modern industrial style of home decor and if you're looking for a unique and interesting fixture to incorporate into your home decor, this is a shop you won't want to miss stopping by to check out.

The artist, K Katz, also offers the option of custom designs and loves working with her customers to create something to fit their unique needs.

Also included in this shop are a handful of unique original works of art with a definitive influence of The Blues and blue grass behind their inspiration and creation.

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

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 10/26 thru 11/1


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 25, 2011

Macrame Jewelry with South American Stones

Usually, when I think of Macrame, I think of those owls that hung on the walls of homes in the 70's. It's kind of a lost art, really, in that you don't see a lot of people who work with macrame anymore.

After seeing today's feature shop, though, my vision of this form of artwork has changed completely.

GitanaMama on Etsy is filled with macrame jewelry. In fact, the jewelry in this shop is nothing like those long ago owls but instead is delicate and earthy and absolutely gorgeous pieces made by knotting thread to create patterns and designs unique to the artist.

Catie Atkinson from Santa Fe, New Mexico has spent a good portion of her life backpacking through South America with her husband where they learned the art of jewelry design, leather work and macrame. In their travels, the places that they visited and people they met became inspiration for their jewelry designs and art.

Many of the pieces in GitanaMama are made with semiprecious stones and other beads are sometimes incorporated into the work as well. Each piece in the shop is a one of a kind design you won't come across again so you can be guaranteed to have purchased something uniquely yours.

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

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Morning Mosaic

I've personally explored a wide variety of different art forms and crafts. Some of them I enjoyed and others I didn't. Some, I wanted badly to be good at but wasn't and others I was good at and yet not quite good enough.

In today's mosaic, I'd love to introduce you to four talented artists that I personally admire beyond words and whose creativity, imagination and talent take my breath away.


Nature Mandalas - Nature Photography Prints
NatureMandalas on Etsy
Rocky Top Studio from Belfast, Maine

A published, award winning professional photographer based in Midcoast Maine, the artist that runs this ship has been photographing full time for over 10 years and it shows in the quality of the work you will find there. With an eye for beauty and a talent for sharing it through photo prints and note cards, this shop is a breathtaking display of nature's beauty. Currently, they are also having a "Buy One Print, Get One Free" sale as well!


Black Sketchbook - Original Paintings by International Artist Claire Elan
blacksketchbook on Etsy
Claire Elan from Los Angeles, California

Original one-of-a-kind oil paintings and drawings by international artist, Clair Elan. These paintings have a soul reaching melancholy to them and a life breathing quality that draws the eye and speaks to the soul. Each painting includes a detailed certificate of authenticity from the artist. The gallery of paintings in the Black Sketchbook is a small one, but well worth an admiring eye and some deep contemplation as well.


The Dancing Brush - Contemporary Organic Abstract Art
TheDancingBrush on Etsy
The Dancing Brush from Nashville, Tennessee

Specialty plasters, metals and glazes combine in the creation of this new body of work with a unique flair and one of a kind texture reminiscent of mother nature herself. Every piece has a birth and life of its own and every one come out different and I'm so enraptured with the artist's trees that I've been dying to buy one of her pieces for myself. This artist has an eye for beauty and a way of communicating her vision that reflects her love for her work.


Studio Rayyan - The Fairy Tale and Fantasy Art of Omar Rayyan
studiorayyan on Etsy
Omar Rayyan from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

When I saw the Squid Contessa, I knew this was an artist I had to introduce to my readers. The detail and imagination in the works by Omar Rayyan are more than breathtaking but awe inspiring and rich with fantasy and imagination. Fantasy art, fairy tales, folklore and flights of fancy fill this shop and are available in both original art and art prints as well as mini prints.


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 artwork, prints and other items to add to your home decor, 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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