Tuesday, November 23, 2010

BESTeam Review

There's is nothing like adding a little bit of steampunk to your life to make it complete. And the best place to find those treasures one Etsy is Inkstrand.  Steampunk is the combination of Victorian dantieness with early sci-fi machinary.  The results are simply stunning.  Specializing in the jewelry realm, with a little bit of fabric thrown in for good hoarding measure. You are sure to find a unique blend of old school in a new design. Just check out some of the great examples below...

And if you're wanting know a little more about this traveling artisn from Portland, Or, you can follow on her blog or better yet become a fan at facebook.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

BESTeam Review

Being a week away from Thanksgiving the sudden thought of how little time we have to shop before Christmas suddenly hits.  Looking for a unique gift can get harder and harder as shops are filled with the constant crowds.  What better way to make your holiday experience great, then to hop on over to Etsy and look at Blue Forest Jewellery.  She is your one stop shop of jewerly that is pack full of color and glam and all this for very affordable prices.  Don't think you have enough time?  She is working on some Holiday Gift vouchers so keep checking back to see what over surprises are in store for you at her lovely shop.

If you're looking for more info on this great artist you can also follow her on Twitter or on her blog. Keep checking back for more.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Getting a Little Personal

I'm sure you have noticed a long pause on my blog entries lately. This was due to the fact that I recently lost a great man in my life, my grandpa.  I have been blessed in my 29 years to have known both sets of my great-grandparents on my mom's side and grandparents on both sides of my family.  But as with life when we get older we do have to say good-bye.  I lost all of my great grandparents at a fairly young age, save my granny whom I lost in 2004. Other than that my life has been relatively free from funerals and the like.  When I got the call last Monday morning that my grandpa had finally found peace from his illness it was a bit of a shock.  We did your standard things to get ready for a funeral.  I booked my plane ticket and made my way back to Ohio.  It was good to be with my family to grieve and at the same time rejoice at this man's amazing a much lived life. 

One of the most treasured parts of the funeral and visitation was a PowerPoint of pictures of my grandpa. Being a photographer I am keenly aware of a lost moment when there is not something there for snapshots, therefore to see that his life was well documented made me smile.  There were photos there I had never seen. It was so great to see the robust, impish grin of a man full of many talents who overcame a hard life to lead a family towards Christ and ministry.  In less then a week I'll be traveling back up to Ohio on my first initial trip for Thanksgiving.  Though it will feel a little different not having my grandpa there,  I will find comfort in seeing his face among the many captured moments encircled by pieces of wood and plastic.  You never know how important that meaningless snapshot is until that person is no longer there to photograph. 

So my challenge to you is take photos like there's no tomorrow this holiday season.  Catch your Uncle Joe making faces, or your Aunt Ruby in that ugly Christmas sweater she loves.  Take the everyday and make memories last.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

BESTeam Wednesday Wonders!!

Welcome to the first segment of Wednesday Wonders!! This week's Etsy seller is dicarlos. With this seller you get to peruse two wonderful shops consisting of jewelry, cards and one of a kind pieces of art. Here are a few selections below.

A teacher from Boston her shops offer so many cool styles  I loved the fact that you can own an original artwork for a very affordable price. I'm also a lover of literature and what it can inspire.  The unique cards included her second shop Unexpected Knock is a great reflection of this, because it shows dicarlos great love of Emily Dickinson.  So if you are looking for something special to send a friend then Visit Dicarlos.  You can also follow her many talents on her blog and for fun a treasury that has featured her work.
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