Thursday, October 28, 2010

BESTeam Feature on Off The Wall Expressions!

This week's feature is on the lovely, Off The Wall Expressions. Off The Wall Expressions, is run by a husband and wife team of Tina and Mick. Mick has worked as a graphic designer for over 20 years! In those 20 years he has worked in many different venues of design. Tina is a self proclaimed lifetime crafter. These two bring together their talents to make these wonderful wall vinyl designs.

This power couple designs a plethora of different decor for your wall. So many options to spice up any room in your home.  I picked out a couple of photos from their collection but make sure you CHECK IT OUT. This is only the surface of the cool things they have in their shop!!

SO many fun things to check out in their shop, either for your home or for great Christmas gifts!!!

Before you go on, make sure you check out their Etsy page and their Blog.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What do you want to be when you grow up?

So its cliche, I know it is. But the thing I keep asking myself lately is What do I want to be when I grow up? As a recent college graduate, there are many things I would like to do and just can't seem to figure out which is best for me.

Being a starving musician always sounds fun, until you are one and can't pay your bills and then you want a "real" job.

I've been thinking lately about possibly going back to school (shocking, yes I realize I just left) and getting my arts education teaching certificate. Another piece of paper that is suppose to tell people...hey this girl can have a job!

So to all my fellow Etsian, what do you want to be when you grow up?

This can sometimes be a superficial question or you can make it mean more, depending upon your answer. I haven't figured out mine but has anyone? I really would love to hear your life determining stories! When I think of what I want to be, I also think about the good ole' bucket list idea. How much do I want to accomplish before I leave this fine earth?

A website that I found some beautiful inspiration in this week is the Before I Die Project. When you look at the answers from around the world,  makes you want to do something, to change something, and really puts you back into check to stop whining about your life. So please check it out! It is an amazing look at humanity! This was a slightly sporatic entry....but I don't is how my brain works...and I'm saying no to proofreading since this was more like a journal entry than anything else.

So for one day I'm not going to try to get you to buy something from my Etsy site or anyone else, just want to inspire and possibly make you think. Because lord knows we can all use a little of both every once in a while!

Cheers to all!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Elizabeth O Hara Feature

Check out fellow BESTeam member Elizabeth O Hara. She runs two Etsy shops and a blog.

Unfortunately this is going to have to be short and sweet with my intense amount of overtime I've worked this week but I'll atleast get some links and photos out for you. (That is the important part anyways right?




Elizabeth has some amazing art that I really think you need to check out!!! So get on it!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

BESTeam Feature on Ourhometoyours

This week the spotlight is for Ourhometoyours. Ourhometoyours is run by a creative mother-daughter duo that love to craft.  Debbi and Amanda ( Oh what a cool name!) hail from the great state of North Carolina. Both of them love their lives as both mothers and artists. And of course like many of us they sell their art on their Etsy page along with running their own blog.

Their blog is filled with love for other Etsy sellers and wonderful treasuries so make sure you check it out!

Lets take a look at some of their lovely treasures!!

Who doesn't love Vintage items for the kitchen?

Cute headbands!

And for all the soon brides to be out there, they make custom order memory boxes!

Make sure you check out these ladies on their Etsy page, blog and Twitter!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

It's About Time I Show Some of My New Items!

It has been a while since I've just shown some of my new items.
Since I've moved to Nashville, I've had some free time to kill on my own and I've been thrift shopping a lot. So vintage items have really been my specialty lately.  This is only the beginning to the collection I've found in the last couple of weeks but I figure, hey, it is a good start.

Lots of nice cozy fall wools

Saucy Lace Jacket!

Lacy Jacket

And don't forget a girls best friend, SHOES!

There are many other new Vintage items in the shop and there will be more added daily.

In addition to the new vintage items,  I've also started a Songbird Stationary Series. All simplistic pieces of stationary with lovely songbirds adorning the papers. This is a new work in progress, so I'm open to suggestions and also open to special orders.

In additon to that, if you haven't already, make sure to add me on Twitter and Facebook to keep current with daily promotions and sales!

Monday, October 11, 2010

What is a song that speaks to you?

So I've been sitting back in my room today, listening to albums I haven't had a chance to listen to lately.

Music is has always been a gigantic part of my life, both as a professional musician but as an individual trying to make it in the world, music speaks to me everyday. It makes me take a break and think deeper about things I might have just pushed aside, lifts my spirits when I'm in a bad mood, spreads my love for those around me, lets me vent when I'm pissed, helps me worship in my own way and serves my need for attention when I perform.

I find that I cycle through certain songs with each small period of my life. When I head certain songs from my past, I am immediately back in that space and time, with the same smells and the same people. For example, whenever I hear a Guster album, I am back in my sophomore year of high school on spring break with my friend Emily, driving from  Virginia to Maryland. It is a magical experience that I love to feel every chance I can.  

Does anyone have a similar experience? I would love to hear! I love the power of music and its place in other people's lives.

I saw John Mayer in concert last week and although I figured he would be a total douche like the media portrays him, I really enjoyed the honesty I felt in his music. So I thought I would leave you with a couple lines of one of his newer songs.

"Who says I can’t be free?
From all of the things that I used to be
Re-write my history
Who says I can’t be free?"

Thursday, October 7, 2010

BESTeam Feature on AllAboutCats!

Hey cat lovers! Do I have the shop for you! Linda, from AllAboutCats makes all different kinds of things that your furry friend might need. She makes all kinds of handmade catnip toys for them and different cat themed accessories for you. If you couldn't guess by her shop, Linda is a cat lover with three cats of her own. She also likes to help other cats by regularly donating her products to Vermont local no-kill shelters.

SOOO lets check out these cool creations, eh?

Best of all, right now she has Halloween themed toys!

And some cat themed accessories for you!!

And even handmade swiffer dusters!!

In addition to her Etsy page, she also has a blog and you can catch her on Facebook.
So make sure you show Linda some love with some hearts, likes and even (gasp) some sales!!