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Thursday, January 26, 2012

BESTeam Trio

Where has January gone?! I've felt incredibly overwhelmed and keep thinking the feeling will pass soon.  I've started a new schedule at work...after three years I am finally back to a Monday thru Friday schedule.  As much as I have been wanting this, it is definately taking an adjustment to not have Tuesday off to do my "chores". 

Aside from having Tuesdays for chores, I had been trying to do my BESTeam blog features on Tuesdays.  Better late than never??  Without further ado, I present to you three fabulous BESTeam shops.




Patty's Dream Designs has a variety of jewelry sure to delight anyone who loves to accesssorize.  The color combination of blue and yellow is a family favorite of mine.  When I say this, I mean my parent's house was predominatly in a blue and yellow color scheme as it was all of our favorite colors at one point.  The loud blue and yellow flower wallpaper was recently replaced by a much more subtle taupe.  These earrings remind me of home :)

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Two things I love, typography and being more eco-friendly combined for this awesome fabric clutch!  I mean, seriously, any graphic design/typographic nut would love this fabric alone.   Stitch Princess, Faith, has been sewing since the age of four specializing in dresses, skirts, aprons, purses and small quilts. She also dabbles in photography which can be seen in her Etsy shop.
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Connie's shop, Redemption Art, is always filled with new and awesome vintage and ecclectic finds.  Another reminder of home is this milk bottle.  My parents have a collection of antiques which include several milk bottles.  Now, if some island air and warmth could be packaged in this bottle I'd be set :)     

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

BESTeam Trio

2012 came in a lot less calmly than I would have hoped.  I intend to write a blog depicting how I rang in my New Year's celebration.  To summarize, minutes before the stroke of midnight, two teenagers broke into a large, historical building and set fire to a boat that was being stored in it.  The resulting fire spread destroying a large portion of the building and lasting almost a full week.  How did this have anything to do with me and my celebration?  I happened to be with three co-workers/friends...a sports editor, a reporter and chief photographer.  Somehow this graphic designer became a spot videographer that night.

After the chaos of this terrible event waned, I finally had some time to think about where I'd like to see 2012 take me.  Do you make resolutions?  If so, do you keep them?  One of my hopes is to transfer my blog to a new address (which is already reserved with a banner just waiting to be used).  I want my blog to be more of a reflection of the business I am doing now with the name that is meaningful to me.





I don't wear a lot of bracelets because I feel like they get drug across the desk while I'm working, but this bracelet is to die for!  Riorita handcrafts artisan jewelry in silver and gold - original, one of a kind and limited edition items can be found.  You can easily create a gorgeous complete accessory ensemble with Riorita creations as she lovingly makes necklaces, earrings, hoops, rings, bracelets and bangles.

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It may come as a surprise to a lot of people, but blue was my favorite color up until the last few years.  Despite the fact that hot pink practically consumes my life these days, I still have a special place in my heart for blue and these earrings are no exception.  KC Dragonfly also has beautiful jewelry pieces as well as parasols and purses
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When I was a child there was a television show called "Mapletown".  A vast majority of people my age do not recall this show, but I loved it and had several of the figurines to prove it.  This adorable Mommy Fox reminds me of one of the characters from the show. With forty years of experience, Coldham Cuddlies handcrafts adorable animal creations and rejuvenates those that have been aged with love.   

Happy New Year!
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

BESTeam Trio

Call me crazy, but it hardly seems as though Christmas happened.  The weather has been unseasonably warm in Illinois.  There hasn't been snow and the temperatures have been fairly steadily stayed in the 40's!  


In a few days we will begin a new year.  I'm not really one for resolutions, but I do have some goals and plans I'd like to execute as I'm sure many people do.  One thing that will not change in the new year is my love for discovering new Etsy products!  Today I am featuring items from three wonderful BESTeam members. Enjoy!


This reminds me of the vintage-inspired lamps I have seen a lot of in more recent years.  In fact, I bought one at Hobby Lobby and put greenery and a candle in it for the holidays.  I can see this vintage light from Redemption Art easily being converted to be one of these decorative lamps as well. The best part?  Free shipping in the US!

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Buttons and earth tones are a couple of my fall/winter vices.  This wrist cuff is such a great alternative to a bracelet.  If you need a pop of color in your wardrobe, GMaEllen Crochet Gifts offers this in other colors as well as several wonderful crochet crafts.



Every time I visit Poison Garden I find something new that catches my eye! Steampunk and whimsical accessories abound.  This fascinator is no exception to the truly unique pieces you will find. 

Happy New Year!
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As a member of BESTeam (Boosting Etsy Shops Team) myself, along with the members of this team promote each other by blogging, Twitter, Facebook, in treasuries, etc. For more information please visit: Boosting Etsy Shops Team or the Etsy team page.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

BESTeam Quartet

This past weekend, after over a month of "trash talking", a few of my friends/co-workers and I had a Christmas decoration contest.  We had a great time having our decorating skills put to the test and indulging in food and holiday movies afterwards.  When the party ended I was thinking about how I had just finished decorating days before the contest and will have to be taking those same decorations down in a very short time.  Where has the time gone?!  


I'll be finishing up the next two days of work before packing up and heading home for our family festivities.  Although, it's a little too late to add items to my wishlist, I have decided to share some items I would love to have in my stocking!

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I love the smell of brown sugar.  Whether it be baking cookies or one of my favorite lotions, the smell of brown sugar is one of my favorites.  This soap from Sandy Vern would be the perfect addition to my stocking!  Sandy has a variety of soaps, stitch markers and earrings to offer.

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 I've gained a liking for owls.  The popular bird has been popping up in several places and I would love to have this gorgeous necklace as an accent to my earth-toned wardrobe.  This owl is in good company amongst a beautiful variety of oriental inspired pieces at Blue & White Wear



I've seen people wear beanies and make them look so awesome.  I'm not sure I could pull the look off, but I love this beanie.  I especially love the mustard color - it is one of my absolute favorite fall/winter colors.  An assortment of knit accessories and adorable felt bows can be found at Knitful Dezigns .
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As the people closest to me know, I am insistent on giving cards for major holidays and some time just because.  I treasure the cards with handwritten messages in them.  That is why this card, or any card, from Empty on the Inside would be perfect for me!  
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Safe travels and Happy Holidays!
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As a member of BESTeam (Boosting Etsy Shops Team) myself, along with the members of this team promote each other by blogging, Twitter, Facebook, in treasuries, etc. For more information please visit: Boosting Etsy Shops Team or the Etsy team page.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

BESTeam Quartet

You would think that at my age the excitement of the holidays wouldn't cause me to become so excitable and lacking focus. I've found myself at work having a horrible time focusing on doing actual work. It finally dawned on me that it can be attributed to my excitement for the fast approaching holidays. A company Christmas party tomorrow, a decorating contest with co-workers Saturday and the obvious celebrations with family have me giddy with excitement and anticipation. In honor of these celebrations, I've gathered up some great "red" BESTeam items for you to enjoy!

These earrings remind me of holly berries and would look great dangling from any ear at a holiday party! Busy mother and grandmother, Agnes of Beader Bubbe, offers a variety of jewelry sure to please a variety of shoppers.

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LinkEarthy Warm Colors Hand Painted Charmeuse Silk Scarf - Red & Brown

You will be the talk of the party in a beautiful hand painted scarf from Joy Flower. Scarf styles are based on seasonal trends, fashion and Joy's personal inspiration.



Tucked amongst the cool, icy jewels and earthy accessories of ck Silver, these beautiful holiday earrings are a real attention grabber. Cindy's specialty of sterling silver can be seen in these elegant earrings.
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Your hair can not be forgotten and this feather accent is the perfect accessory! Ms. Formaldehyde offers accessories you won't find anywhere else. If you are someone that loves to have a piece that generates a buzz, but not everyone will have, this is the place to shop

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As a member of BESTeam (Boosting Etsy Shops Team) myself, along with the members of this team promote each other by blogging, Twitter, Facebook, in treasuries, etc. For more information please visit: Boosting Etsy Shops Team or the Etsy team page.