Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wine Country

Last weekend we drove south to Santa Cruz, which is famous for its many wineries.  Our cute little bed & breakfast was just on the outskirts of town.  On Friday we drove to a little nearby town, Lolol to visit a small craft museum featuring each region of Chile with the handicrafts from there.  Next stop, lunch at one of the local wineries.  Our friend and her husband own a beautiful restaurant in Santa Cruz, so we wined and dined there for the two nights. The beet ravioli was delicious! We didn't get to do everything, but it is worthy of another trip or two back.
Our B & B Posada Colchagua

An embroidered tapestry - winery scene - from the museum

Viu Manent Winery

Vino Bella Cafe, Bar, Ristorante

Horses at Viu Manent

Etsy has a wide selection of wine related items - check these out!  

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

BESTteam Feature of the Week - Ardent Reverie!

Check out Ardent Reverie, a cool shop owned by "two crazy sisters who work like crazy" to see some totally awesome and unique accessories! This shop is full of accessories, necklaces, hats, scarves, and solid perfume. 

Intertwined Cowl

Denim Blue Knit CowlI am crazy about scarves - these are my favorites:

Brick Red Chunky Cowl
I also love necklaces and these are so darling!Red Velvet Infinity Scarf Garden Mosaic Necklace - Amethyst Mademoiselle of Versailles NecklaceThe Garden Mosaic is so different, pretty, and feminine!  I love the medley of pearls, stones, Czech glass and other ornaments that are artistically places onto a square pendent!

 Solid Perfume Necklace - Jasmine 
These solid perfume necklaces are too adorable!  The handmade solid perfume is contained in a decorated tin and hangs on a gunmetal chain. The removable sliding cover allows you to easily change the color/design if you own multiple necklaces.
The scents available include Jasmine, Sweet Pea, Honeysuckle, Meadow, and Vanilla. Refills are available as well.

These "crazy sisters" are also very clever!

This is just a little peek at all the items in this etsy shop - so click here and have a look around! 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

BESTteam Feature of the Week - Your Daily Jewels

HUGE SALE-15% off Today Multi Jewel Tone Glass Bracelet with Recycled Beach Glass BeadsApril is Autism Awareness Month. 10 Percent of proceeds to be donated to Autism Society of AmericaYour Daily Jewels has a glamorous collection of handcrafted sterling silver and gold filled jewelry with colorful semi precious gemstones. Norah is offering a 15% discount today and free shipping within the US always. Also, during the month of April, 10% of sales proceeds will be donated to the Autism Society of America in support of National Autism Awareness month. Everyone loves to support a cause and who doesn’t love a sale?
Norah became a serious designer when she discovered that her young patients loved her jewelry and the little stories behind each piece. 

HUGE SALE-15% off Today Baby Blue Boro Beads and Genuine Chunky Aquamarine  Bracelet in Spring Pastels
Blue handmade boro lampwork bead organic shaped faceted aquamarine nugget beads!

HUGE SALE-15% off Today RED Balls  Festive and Elegant Holiday NecklaceApril is Autism Awareness Month. 10 Percent of proceeds to be donated to Autism Society of America
Gold, red, and Winter white Lampwork beads, Czech glass beads, hand blown glass, Italian hand made Aventurina beads play off each other as they are suspended from a beautiful gold plate chain.
HUGE SALE-15% off Today Oodles of Pearl Necklace with Fresh Water Pearls, Crystals and Silver
Ivory, bronze, and taupe freshwater pearls of all shapes and sized are accented with crystals and Bali silver accents to result in a detailed pendant full of motion.
HUGE SALE-15% off Today Round Rainbow Mother of Pearl Earrings with Bali Silver Accents
Balls of color-enhanced mother of pearl-shell earrings are capped in Bali Silver.
HUGE SALE-15% off Today Marquise Shape Sparkling Blue Goldstone Dangle Earrings
Marquise Shape Sparkling Blue Goldstone Dangle Earrings
HUGE SALE-15% off Today Sparkling Cream and Blue Swirling Handmade Lampwork Bead Earrings
Lampwork beads are combined with Creamy Czech glass beads in these really unique earrings.
I love how bright and colorful her pieces are! There is a vast variety of styles of bracelets, earrings, and necklaces to choose from. Each piece is so unique and different.   You will find numerous colorful semi precious stones, lampwork, Czech glass, Swarovski crystal, pearls, made into stunning, artistic jewelry perfect for day and/or night! You can also read more about Norah at her blog.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

BESTteam Feature of the Week - Cerlandia

Cerlandia (Serh land de a ) or the Land of Sarah is where you will find crafter Sarah’s etsy shop!  Sarah has been knitting, crocheting , and sewing for many years. Her shop features handmade totes, bags, purses, hats, cuffs, and other accessories.  She recently began working with Charles Taylor – together they are creating some awesome silkscreen items to include in her shop.
 camera man hand bag

I love this silk screened cameraman bag – I have had an obsession for cameras for a while now and this is just too cool!  It is a sturdy canvas making its uses unlimited! Think eco-friendly!

aviator hatWhat a great hat – an aviator made with a wool blend yarn!  This would keep you warm during the cold winter!
Set of 3 crocheted dish clothsA colorful set of crocheted dish cloths might brighten the dreary chore! 

You can also stop by Sarah’s blog.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ancient Oils - A Besteam Feature

Solar Plexus Chakra - Athena, Greek Goddess of Intuition  Salt Bath -     10 oz
Bast - Egyptian Cat Goddess Nail Formula    (Improved Formula)     10 mlDead Sea Mud w/ Aloe Vera gel  (6 oz)
Lavender Essential Oil - Undiluted Therapeutic Grade          1/3 ozAncient Oils’ shop on Etsy has a wonderful collection of handmade products – representing aspects of a variety of goddesses: Artemis for strength, Gala for grounding, Coventina for purification, plus others. Some of my favorites are Bast, Egyptian Cat Goddess, which nourishes and restores your nails – this is a necessity for the cold, dry winter weather. I also like the Dead Sea Mud Mask for hydrating and exfoliating the skin. There are four different scented pure therapeutic grade essential oils, which are known for their healing and spiritual properties. According to the shop owner, “The blends are uniquely design to enhance the Goddess principals within you, remove blockages in energy centers, and lift your spirits.”