Wednesday, December 29, 2010

BESTeam Feature - Our Home to Yours

Our Home to Yours is a "mother/daughter" team operation. They love to create, and the shop is an outlet where they may make some money doing what they love best!

Debbi (the mom) is a "professional" mother. I have biological kids, foster kids, and a newly adopted kid. Art is her stress reliever and favorite hobby. Her mother was an exceptional artist and Debbi only hopes to be half as good as she was. She is thrilled and proud to be having this shop with her own artist daughter.

Amanda (the daughter) is a stay at home mom of a toddler and life is never dull. She has a Bachelors in Graphic Design and is currently in a Masters program. Fine Art is her background and hopefully she will be able to offer her drawings for sale along with her crafts one day.

I know Christmas is over...but I have been listening to Christmas songs on the radio since it is a little hard to let go of the Christmas season and I just couldn't help noticing the adorable Christmas items left in their shop (which just happen to be 50% off) 

This cowl looks so warm and cozy, you just might have to beat me to their shop!

SALE Holiday Cowl in Red and Gold
 And if I happened to have a little child to buy for these would be mine too!!  So cute!
SALE Child Size Santa Scarf and Mitten Set the holidays are just about over so lets see what else is in this great shop....

As a knitter, I can't help be drawn to fibery goodness...but there are a variety of items in this shop so you need to check it out for yourselves!

Skinny Eternity Scarf in Creamy Beige

limited time only handmade yellow-purple zippered pouch

simple black and white wedding banner

vintage crochet collar

And you can also follow them on their blog at

Thursday, December 23, 2010

BESTeam Feature - Off the Wall Expressions

Merry Christmas!!

The year has flown by, not to mention December?!?  And it is Christmas once again.  I love this time of year....I have been listening to Christmas music on the radio since Thanksgiving and it always makes me so sad when on the 26th the radio station goes back to regular music.  Anyway...trying to enjoy the last little bits of Christmas...and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year in 2011!

This week I am featuring Off the Wall Expressions.  Off The Wall Expressions is a vinyl lettering and wall art design company. A husband and wife design team specializing in high quality vinyl graphics for the home and business.  Mick has been a designer of signs, graphics, catalogs and everything in between for over 20 years. And Tina is the idea person, blogger, order packer, e-marketeer and corresponder. They even put their kids to work helping out when they aren't busy playing sports, music or video games.

Here are just a few of the ones that I liked from their shop....course there are so many it is hard to definitely need to check it out for yourselves!!

With Christmas right around the corner I couldn't help but pick this one....

Welcome to the North Pole vinyl decal holiday sticker

Vinyl Wall Mural Large Blowing Cherry Blossom Tree

Whippy Birds, vinyl decals

Fairy Tales vinyl decal

Cherry Blossom Branch Tiles, vinyl wall decals
 Check out their shop to see more of these great vinyl decals!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

BESTeam Feature - You Are My Sunshine

This week I am featuring You Are My Sunshine which specializes in handmade fabric flower brooches, fabric flower hair pins, rings, earrings, bracelets and statement necklaces in a rainbow of colors to bring sunshine to your day!

Nina was born and raised in the Philippines and now lives in Florida with her husband and 2 boys.

Here are a few things that caught my eye in her shop...

Fabric Rose Flower Ring, You Are My Sunshine

Wild Flower Brooch, Deep Blue Sea

Frayed Roses Fabric Flower Necklace in Ivory and Gold

Lavender Sachets Mint Green In The Garden No. 1

Pretty Mums Bobby Pins in Vibrant Magenta
To see more of her great items in her shop please visit her at
And to learn more about her you can check out her blog at

Thursday, December 9, 2010

BESTeam Feature - Mystic Wynd

This week I get the pleasure of featuring our group (BESTeam)  leader, Karen, Mystic Wynd.  Hopefully I will do her shop justice :-)

Karen was born and raised in the Windy City (Chicago, IL), and was fortunate to have grown up in a culturally diverse, ethnically rich, "neighborhood" where everyone knew everyone else.  Where they were able to keep their doors unlocked, girls actually couldn't wait until their Moms or Grandma or Aunt Sally taught them to crochet or knit or do any of the other handcrafts that used to be passed on from one generation to the next.

Times have changed...and Karen now lives in Arizona - and is a mom to 3 great kids, 3 great stepkids and 6 adorable grandkids and she still loves to do all those crafts she learned as a child.  Jewelry is her current passion, and she hopes that people enjoy her designs. And since she does like variety, you will see her adding other items as well in the not-too-distant future!

Here are some items that caught my eye!  To see more of Mystic Wynd's creations check out her shop at or check out her blog at

Faux Pearl, Crystal, Red Rose Necklace - Scarlett O Hara

Bookmark with Bird Charm in Silver and Blue - Let Your Dreams Soar

With the holidays upon us, I couldn't help but check out some of her holiday items. 

Christmas Tradition Ornament Earrings in Red/Green/Gold

Littlest Christmas Tree Crystal Earrings in Silver

Snow Buddies Glass Pearl Earrings 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

BESTeam Feature - Little Peach Fuzz

Little Peach Fuzz is the creation of Rachel, who is a newly wed (married less than a year...still counts!) and a fairly new crafter.  She has drawn for many years and is currently teaching herself to knit (as a self taught knitter myself, I love hearing about other knitting adventures!).  She also started making jewelry because of her little sister, who seems to love the idea of having Rachel at her disposal :-)  With that being said, Rachel actually really enjoys making jewelry and it has become one of the calming things in her life at the moment.

With the holidays upon us I couldn't help but pick out some festive holiday items from her shop.

Felt Flower Hair Clip - Red Green White Christmas Festive

Button Dangle Earrings - Baby Blue Pink Shiny Metallic

Felt Christmas Pinwheel Hair Pin - Red Green Holidays Festive

And here a just some other things that caught my eye.

Nesting Bird Necklace - Metal Charm Glass Bead Red Orange

Crocheted Beaded Necklace - Green Peacock Colored

Felt Flower Headband - Bright Pink Blue Dark Purple Fascinator

To see more of Little Peach Fuzz's great items check out her shop at

Or check out her blog at

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

BESTeam Feature - Mya Bruce Designs

This week I am featuring Mya Bruce Designs.  Mya has been designing customized photo invitations and announcements for her kids for years, and finally gave in to offering this service for others. She loves working with photos in order to make special occasions more personal. Her images are offered as a high resolution jpg. You send her your photo (if applicable) and the information you want included. Colors and fonts can often be changed if you have a preference. She can adjust to make the image an invitation, an announcement, a Thank you, or just note cards or stationery. She will send you the image for review, and once approved you can purchase and download and print yourself - as many as you need!

Personalized Invitation or Announcement

Personalized Invitation or Announcement - Sophia Collection

Photo Collage - Customized Gift Idea

Personalized photo Thank you card
To find out more about Mya check out her shop at or find her on Facebook

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

BESTeam Feature - Write Owl Designs

This week I have the pleasure of featuring Write Owl Designs.  Write Owl Designs is a new etsy shop featuring supplies and products to spark creativity.  Jean was inspired to write by her mom when she was eight years old.  Her mom took a pack of office paper, a box of crayons, a needle and thread, and some construction and contact paper and made her a book making kit. "You can make your own story," she told me, like the books that came with the American Girl dolls that all the children her age were getting.  That gift changed her life and is why she makes books today and how she became a collector of stories.  Her goal is to give something meaningful back to people, to connect with them, and to encourage them to make their own stories.

She has dabbled in a bit of everything. Her favorite projects are those born from a spark of inspiration that may seem a bit off-kilter at first but transform into something wonderful. She has been known to make lighting instruments from kitchen utensils and wall hangings from (clean) food packaging.

She is a believer in functional beauty, and she hopes that her pieces are used, rather than set out to display and gather dust. Furthermore, she hopes that the pieces she creates inspire another person’s creations.

 Here are a few of my favorites that I found while checking out her shop.  I love journals and would love to be talented enough to fill them with amazing writings...but my talents don't seem to want to cooperate with my desires...but these journals just may inspire me to try again to write a masterpiece!  :-)

This Bingo Journal may just be my lucky journal...
Bingo Hardback Journal
 Blue things always catch my attention.....
Professor Plum Mustache Coptic Stitch Journal
 This Do-It-Yourself Journal Kit is a reminder of the book making kit that was given to Jean when she was 8 years old from her mother...which started the whole adventure!
DIY Coptic Stitch Journal Kit
 And who doesn't love cupcakes?!?!?!
Pink and Brown Cupcake Hardback Journal
 This would be a great travel journal....and a good reason to start traveling!
Romantic Vintage Postcard Hardback Journal -- Red Spine
So many adorable journals....and she does custom work if you don't see something in her shop you convo her and she would be happy to work with you to create a journal of your dreams.

To find out more about Write Owl Designs:
Twitter: @writeowldesigns

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

BESTeam Feature - ElizabethMD Jewelery Designs

This week I am featuring ElizabethMD Jewelery Designs.  Elizabeth is the daughter of two wonderfully creative parents. She is a self proclaimed fashion lover. And has been drawing and designing her own clothes and jewelry since she was 15. She graduated from Fashion Merchandising at Fanshawe College in 2004 and has slowly turned her love of design, into a love of one of a kind handmade beautiful jewelry. She started designing jewelry when she wasn't finding the kind of jewelry that made her excited to wear it and ElizabethMD Jewelry Designs was born.

Elizabeth is also offering FREE SHIPPING from now until the end of the would be a great time to get some holiday shopping for jewelry loving people on your list...or for yourself.

Butterfly Silvers- 2 inch earrings

Red Berry

Summer Sun meets Dessert Elegance Necklace

Vintage Locket Necklace with Denim Lapis

To find out more about ElizabethMD Jewelry Designs check out her blog and follow her on Facebook and Twitter:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

BESTeam Feature - Blue Forest Jewellery

Blue Forest Jewellery is run by Alison, who is a jewelery addict! She has been making jewelery for as long as she can remember, mostly adapting pieces she had bought up until a few years ago when it got more serious. She makes things she would like to wear herself so it's often difficult to part with her creations.  

Her grandmother was a very creative lady, and she thinks her love of making things came from her. She has tried her hand at all sorts of crafts - making clothes, lace, applique, tapestry, cards etc, but jewelery is her current favorite.

The shop name, Blue Forest Jewellery, comes from the remains of the Forest of Arden in the middle of England where she loves to walk her dog. There are a variety of trees, many very ancient, including silver birches and firs. In the right sunlight, they reflect the lovely blues of the sky and in the spring the deep purply blue of the bluebell carpet.  Her aim is to string semi precious beads in stunning color combination to make statement pieces.

Here are some of my favorite pieces...there are so many to choose from you must check out her shop for yourself.

Orange and yellow agate nugget and leaf charm earrings

Pink Lucite flowers bag purse or mobile phone charm

Stunning gothic red glass bead and gray crystal earrings

Beyond bold acrylic multi color earrings

Handmade green and brown blister freshwater pearl and chain necklace

Handmade berry pink aventurine, rhodonite and plum jade necklace
To find out more about Allison and Blue Forest Jewellery follow her on Twitter and check out her blog:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

BESTeam Feature - Leo and Junie

Leo & Junie has handmade jewelry that is flirty and fun. A little modern with a vintage feel. Leo & Junie jewelry features charms, gemstones, crystals, sterling silver, brass, vintage & vintage inspired pieces. Each piece is designed to tell a little something about the person who wears it.   All pieces are handmade by Christine, in her teeny, pet friendly, smoke-free studio located in eastern Pennsylvania.  Christine loves finding one of a kind vintage beads and charms/pendants and is always on the hunt for them!

Christine has been making handmade jewelry and beaded hair accessories for almost 6 years. She worked in the fine jewelry industry for over six years and never lost her love of jewelry. She is a self taught jewelry designer and is  always seeking new adventures in jewelry design.

I have enjoyed poking around Leo & Junie's shop and here are some of my favorites but you should check it out as well and you too might find some favorites!

Cafe Latte Flower Hair Pins

I Fall for Leaves - Amber Glass Leaf and Sterling Silver Earrings

Vintage Moonglow Ring

Custom Swarovski Pearl and Crystal Bracelet
Like to see more of Leo and Junie?
Find her at the following sites:
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