Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sports Fans!

One of the first places we went to when we arrived in Santiago was Mall Sport - this place is amazing - all sports! Every sport you can imagine has a shop with equipment and clothing. Not only that the mall has a wave pool, skateboard park, climbing wall, skating rink, and an air walk.

For those of you who are sports fanatics or who know some one who is - stop by these Etsy shops and check out their unique sports related items!  Great gifts for anytime of the year!

Monday, December 13, 2010

ElizabethMD Jewelry Designs - BESTeam Weekly Feature

Crystal Locket Earrings
 Meet Elizabeth MD Jewelry Designs – a self- proclaimed fashion lover who has been designing her own clothes and jewelry since her teen years.  Her etsy shop has a wide variety of unique jewelry. She incorporates different materials and styles so there will be at least one gorgeous piece that will appeal to everyone and anyone.  Lampwork, silver, copper, semi-precious stones, crystals, and shell are just some of the materials that are used to create her exclusive designs. Here’s a peek at some of her jewelry. You are one of a kind, so why shouldn't your jewelry be?

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Simple Silver Flower Pendant

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Blue Forest Jewellery - BESTeam Weekly Feature

Are you addicted to Jewelry?  Blue Forest is an etsy shop that will help feed this addiction!  Gorgeous, colorful semi-precious stones are strung into stunning handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. These pieces will make a statement! You will find a variety of semi-precious stones such as howlite, turquoise, agate, jasper, mookite, carnelian, tigers eye, amethyst, aquamarine, and various colors of freshwater pearls.

Stop by and take a look - You will find something that you will not be able to live without!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

As You Like It - BESTeam Feature of the Week

As You Like It by DiCarlos has handmade jewelry, cards, and artwork.  I love her jewelry - very feminine and pretty with a unique edge.  The pearls are gorgeous!!! They'd look fabulous for an evening out or any special occasion. A perfect gift for a special lady.
You'll also find her acrylic and mixed media artwork and original handmade prints.  The cut paper cards are really sweet and versatile. They could be used for a variety of occasions and the blank inside allows you to customize your own message.  If you are Christmas shopping, this is the place to start! 

Sunday, November 28, 2010


We had a new employee outing today - horseback riding through the hills. What a beautiful sunny day for a ride!  After riding for awhile, we stopped on the hilltop for a b-b-que and lunch. This gave us time to visit and catch up with everyone! The horses are so handsome and well-trained.  They were quite accommodating to our large group.

Stop by Etsy to check out these awesome gifts for your favorite horse fan.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

BESTeam Feature of the Week - Bits n' Beads

Bits n Beads by Gilliauna will add a little color to your life with her lovely jewelry!  Rich in color and high in quality – these stunning earrings, necklaces, and bracelet will add pizzazz to your wardrobe!  You will also find eyeglass chains, beaded lanyards, charms, zipper pulls, and rosaries.  With Christmas just around the corner, this is the shop to purchase the perfect gift for that special woman in your life. And while you’re there, you should get a little somethin’ just for you!
If you’re feeling a little festive, check out the Holly Cluster Earrings, Holly Charm BraceletGolden Angel Earrings, Guardian Angel Charms, and Holiday Hoop Earrings.  Can’t decide what to buy? Not a problem, there are Gift Certificates ranging from $10 to $150.
Guillauna is an accomplished jewelry designer with over 20 years experience. Her designs are sold on Etsy and Artfire as well as on her own website.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Parque de Las Rosas

What a gem this little park is!  It is located in Lo Barnechea - a suburban area on the outskirts of Santiago.  There are so many varieties of beautiful roses.  There are little wagons similar to the stagecoaches of the old West that appear to be little shops that sell handicrafts and food. They were closed while we were there. Other than a couple of gardeners watering the plants, we were the only people visiting. I hope you enjoy the photos.



This treasury of lovely rose related items from Etsy was inspired by my trip to the Parque De Las Rosas this morning. The roses are so beautiful - all colors and different varieties!  Stop by, leave a comment, and visit these awesome shops.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

BESTeam Feature: You Are My Sunshine!

You Are My Sunshine is packed with lovely handmade flower brooches, fabric flower hair pins, rings, earrings, bracelets, cuffs as well as some items for your home! Many of Nina's accessories would be perfect for a wedding or bridal party. You can’t help but feel this designer’s love for vintage in her newly created items.

Her little poker chip pendants are so unique – and would definitely make a statement!  These pendants have vintage dictionary pictures such as hinges, an albatross, microscopes, opera glasses, anatomical human eye, human ear, and acorns. These are just a few examples.
She incorporates recycled and reclaimed fabrics as well as vintage and new components.

This shop has a special place in my heart!  “You Are My Sunshine” is the song my grandmother used to sing to me hundreds of years ago.
If you love vintage – don’t miss Nina’s second shop at esty, mysunshine vintage.

You can also find You Are My Sunshine here:
(upcoming handmade and vintage items are posted here!)



Sunday, November 14, 2010

Vividly Violet

Here is a TREASURY collection of beautiful purple items that have been created by the members of the BESTeam at Etsy.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

BESTeam Feature of the Week - Moonangelnay

Moonangelnay – an Etsy shop that specializes in Original Home Decor Altered Photography & Photo Jewelry. Naomi creates fine art & contemporary digital photography prints to adorn your walls! Her unique style has an abstract outlook on nature.  Her work is inspired by animals, flowers, landscapes, vintage, dreams, vibrant color and favoring styles of macro, bokeh and lomography.

Her extensive shop has something for everyone – with the holidays around the corner this is a great find!  I love her photo jewelry.  Her collage tile sheets are great for a variety of craft projects - such a brilliant idea! The flower and animal photography as well as all her art is exceptional! Stop by and shop!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

This Week's BESTeam Feature

Turquoise Angels at Etsy is a family owned company specializing in infusing art and clothing. They provide ever evolving, stylish printed and handmade apparel and accessories.  This mother-daughter design team covers the generation gap by combining unique patterns and prints fashionable for all ages. You will find the sweetest hair accessories and tutus for the darling little girl in your life!  This mother and daughter team is ready for the holiday season with colorful Christmas and Hannukah hair bows and headbands!  The pretty, colorful tutus make a perfect gift for your little princess or ballerina. Now is a good time to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tibetan Inspiration

My new Tibetan Collection of jewelry was inspired by my trip to this remote mountain area. All of the beads, medallions, Buddhas, and prayer wheels were purchased at the local markets.  The Tibetan women carry  the brass medallions with them all the time. These medallions have the animals of the zodiac and symbolize protection for the wearer's loved ones.  The women pin the medallions to the blankets in which they carry the babies on their backs.  They are also pinned them to their clothing.  The little white and brown beads which are used as prayer beads were purchased in Shigatze - they are bone with little bits of red and turquoise inlaid. The medallions and beads were found in the market in Lhasa.
Here's a sneak peek of my newest pieces. They'll be uploaded on Etsy soon.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fashion Wire

This week’s feature is Fashion Wire.  Connie is a wire wrap artist and jewelry designer who works magic with wire. Her jewelry is gorgeous! Her combinations of silver or copper wire with gemstones, pearls,  or coins create unique rings, pendants, and earrings! Check out her etsy shop or her ebay storefront! If you want to learn some of her techniques, you can purchase her tutorials.  Her newest creations are posted on her facebook

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Welcome to Sandra of  Midnightchalk who recently joined the BESTeam and is fairly new to Etsy as well.  Stop by and check out her lovely photos and art work.  Her blog displays her latest pieces and tells the story behind each one.   You can feel the beauty of nature in her photos as she captures the flowers and countryside in England. Enjoy her lovely work!

Monday, October 11, 2010

BESTeam Feature: Wayfaring Magnolia

Looking for an eclectic shop – visit Wayfaring Magnolia at Esty. This young college graduate has a wonderful collection of treasures! There are a variety of vintage items: small plates, vintage shoes, skirts, clutches, and buttons – just to name a few. 

There is also a collection of adorable picture frames, which always make a great gift. Add a personal photo and you are all set to go with a perfect present!
Amanda finds new inspirations daily so stop by often as her shop will change along with her interests.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Love Elycia

Elycia is an engineer turned crafter!  Her Etsy shop is full of creative and cute things: headbands, vintage, and prints as well as some Halloween headbands. Her headbands are cleverly whimsical – each one would be fun to wear.  I love the moustache! It’s a headband or a disguise!  
She loves knitting, crocheting, drawing, and  sewing.  She also loves searching for vintage items.  When her closet gets too full, she might be willing to part with some of them so keep an eye on her shop for some great pieces.
You may want to stop her cool blog "Every Girl Has a Story" to Veg Out with Elycia and participate in National Vegetarian Month. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.