Tuesday, October 26, 2010

BESTeam Feature :: SwingStationStudio

I am so very excited to introduce you to SwingStationStudio this week! Heather from Fort Collins, CO creates purses, clutches and housewares in fun fabrics and original designs. Aside from crafting she enjoys cooking, painting, reading and sleeping which I am personally a fan of all of these things :) If you happen to be in the Fort Collins area you can view SwingStationStudio pieces in person at Mama Said Sew. On November 13 in Broomfield, CO she will be in a show called Santa Cellar which is a holiday themed show. I wish I was closer to Colorado because that sounds like it has potential to be a great holiday shop spot!

As described in her Etsy listings, all of SwingStationStudio's items are created in a smoke-free, pet-friendly home. Designer fabrics with professional machine-sewing thread and attention to durability are used in all items.

This Dinosaur Pocketed Large Zipppered Pouch makes me wish I was a kid again because I would LOVE to have this adorable item to take to school with me! The colors are so bright and fun I think this would be the envy of all the class if this was pulled out of a desk with pencils or other essential items in it. Or why not just make yourself feel like a kid again and use this for your keys, jewelry, cosmetics or any other items you can think of :)

This beautiful made to order Weekender Travel Duffel Bag would make traveling so stylish. You get to choose the colors and fabrics so the bag will be sure to reflect your personal style. The bag features a two-pull zipper on the main compartment, as well as another two-pull zipper on the pleated end pocket as well as an open-top side pocket.
If you are like me and love fun fabrics and prints, be sure to stop by SwingStationStudio's Etsy Shop {click here}. Also become a Facebook fan www.facebook.com/SwingStationStudio. Follow Heather's blog at www.SwingStationStudio.blogspot.com and find her on Twitter http://twitter.com/SwingStation*Feel. You can also contact Heather via email: SwingStationStudio [!at] gmail.com and last, but not least join SwingStationStudio's mailing list http://tiny.cc/i0hqr

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Have you remembered to just breathe?
I went to see Life As We Know It and was excited to hear Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe" from their most recent album, The Fixer, featured during the movie. I think, and I may be wrong, that Pearl Jam is a band that has been around long enough that even if you aren't a fan or don't think you know their songs, you have probably heard a song or bit of one somewhere. "Just Breathe" isn't the rocking song you may expect, but rather a beautiful and raw song about life and cherishing those in our lives. Check out the lyrics {here} It's almost hard for me to write much more about the song as it simply speaks for itself so make sure you give this one a listen!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

BESTeam Feature :: Omni Presents

With a passion for handcrafted jewelry's unique and expressive nature, Omni Presents creates accessories combine different looks with new age techniques. The combination of these two passions can be seen in her beautiful handcrafted jewelry that also serves to "increase energy and enhance the spiritual health and well-being of the wearer through the materials used". Different lines have been created in her collections to acheive happiness, encourage the feminine energy to come forth, aid in balancing, resonate with the colors of the primary chakras and keeping one young. It is amazing how every element has some symbolism and purpose behind it.
I think this "Key to My Heart Necklace" is so beautiful. It is made of real pink coral beads with two sterling silver heart-shaped and key pendants. Coral has healing properties which is great with stress relief and bringing peace. Who doesn't need some of that in their life?! The combination of color and feminine pendant make this such a romantic piece that would be perfect to give to someone you love.

My eye was drawn to these "Quirky but Classy Wire-Wrapped White and Turquoise Howlite Earrings". I had to investigate what they were all about because they certainly look one-of-a-kind. These earrings are hand-worked wire-wrapped of dyed white and turquoise Howlite with brown flecks. Howlite as a gemstone is calming. It aids one in relieving stress and it also helps to regulate calcium levels in the body and fight insomnia. I think I could use some of these! I could see these earrings being worn with jeans and a plain shirt for a casual look which can draw out the gorgeous blue color, but would also work as a standout statement in a dress.
You can expect to have your new accessory from Omni Presents delievered in this packaging. I love when sellers take the time to make the buying experience personalized and I think this ribbon with a cute little handmade charm would make the arrival of one of these beautiful pieces even more special.
Hurry over to Omni Presents Etsy shop {click here} for your quality handcrafted new age jewelry delievered with a personal touch. Also be sure to follow her blog become a Facebook Fan and follow her on Twitter

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I skipped a few Thursdays (I'm sure everyone was extremely disappointed, lol). This Thursday I bring you a song worthy of listening to on repeat...and I have. "Kids" by MGMT has been stuck in my head, in a good way, for the past several weeks. This was a song I knew about and had filed it away. However, when I saw Weezer a few weeks ago they did a cover mash-up of "Kids" and Lady Gaga's "Poker Face". Sheer genius in my opinion.

Back to MGMT...described as a psychedlic pop band, they are an American band based in Brooklyn, New York. "Kids" was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals. The music video, in my opinion, isn't something I would rush to go check out as it is quite different. The beginning opens with a Mark Twain quote set over flames and transitions into a small child in his crib. Then things turn weird and some alien/monster-like creatures appear and seemingly frighten the young child.

A fun little thing for all artists out there, if you head over to their website you can upload your art to be used to "Design" their website. The art can be used as the background of the page!

Hope this is a song you can ad to your colllection :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Start your holiday shopping with a little help from Danizabeth. Buy one, get your second (third or fourth) item of equal or lesser value at 50% off . Here's how it works: Send me a convo on Etsy of the prints you would like and I will set up a reserved listing for you reflecting the combined sale price. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

BESTeam Feature :: Paradise Purls

I have an appreciation for people who can knit as it is something I would like to learn myself. Paradise Purls is a self-taught knitter learning from a "how to" book and a little help from friends. After leaving the corporate world and becoming a stay at home Mom, she found that an outlet to express her creativity was necessary. Initially, knitting was not something that interested her despite several friends enjoying the craft. Curiousity got the best of Elizabeth and she now creates beautiful items from scarves to knitted bracelets!

I'm amazed by the fact this is a crocheted bracelet! This particular bracelet includes gold, black, pink and pearl-like white with a silver plated toggle clasp. The size is suitable for a teen or small-wristed woman, but a custom order can be placed to fit any requested size.

The yellow of this neck warmer makes me smile. It is just the perfect shade to brighten your day. The wide rib allows for the warmer to be stretched over your head. Wear it scrunched or folded like a turtleneck. From top to bottom it measures 7.5" and is appr. 7" in diameter and made of 100% cotton.

It's not much of a secret that I LOVE hot pink so this scarf instantly caught my eye! This dual purpose scarf will not only keep you warm, but can also be the perfect fashion accessory in those chilly months. It is hand knit with a wool/soy blend yarn in stripes of pink, plum and tan.

If you like these items you'll be sure to love the other items in Paradise Purls' Etsy shop {
click here} If you have a little one, be sure to take advantage of her knit cotton baby hat sale for $12 each! Don't forget to read her blog at and become a fan on Facebook. Also check out her beaded jewelry shop

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

BESTeam Feature :: ElizabethMD

Hailing from our neighbors to the North, Elizabeth of ElizabethMD Jewelry Designs creates one of a kind jewelry for one of a kind women. Her love of fashion led her to a degree in Fashion Merchandising. From this evolved her love of design into a love of handmade jewelry. Her frustration in finding jewelry that made her excited to wear it has now become your opportunity for a great unique piece!

ElizabethMD creates her pieces with silver, Swarovski crystals and natural stones. If there is something you see and love, but have an idea for customization simply send Elizabeth a convo or email and she'll make what you are looking for.

I LOVE this Chainmaille Charm Bracelet! The toggle clasp makes for an easy open and close. The agate rounds trimming the edges are the perfect accessory for Fall.

If you love this bracelet as much as I do, be sure to head over to ElizabethMD Jewelry Designs [click here] for that perfect new accesory to compliment your outfit.

Don't forget to become a fan on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMD.Jewelry.Designs and follow her on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ElizabethMD as well as subscribing to her blog http://elizabethmdesigns.blogspot.com/