Thursday, May 26, 2011

This Week's BESTeam Feature - On Behalf Of

Who cannot love a shop that is all about helping others! And On Behalf Of at etsy is all about that!  Ninety percent of the proceeds will go to various organizations that provide clean water in developing countries, free modern day slaves, care for orphans, or provide medical help to those with HIV.  Although the owner claims to not be a professional artist, she has an artistic flair and a great eye! She is also passionate in “using beauty to fight against the ugliness in our world and fighting back against the forces of injustice. “
Her artwork reflects multiculturalism  – I love her altered photographs and rich, colorful paintings. 
Hope Makes One Live (Print)Take a peek –buy a little something for yourself and help make the world a better place!Esperanza (Print)

Your Side of the World

Red Dress Altered Photo

Clean Water Brings Life

Here are the organizations this shop helps to support.
Lahash International:
Blood: Water Mission:
Not For Sale Campaign:
John M. Perkins Foundation: http://
Shaohannah's Hope:
A Beautiful Idea: http://         

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Classic Black from the BESTeam

Black is always in style and makes a classic statement.  You will never go wrong with black. 
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sir Paul Still Rocks!

Paul McCartney's Up & Coming Tour is AMAZING!  At 68 the man has retained his boyish charm and gives an energetic performance that brings the house down!  Three hours of nonstop hits from the Beatles and Wings! Three encores! Fireworks! When he played the early Beatle hits, the screen flashed photos of the young fab four!  He also played a tribute to John and another for George - awesomeness! This was a show I did not want to end! It was truly a night to remember!

Monday, May 9, 2011

BESTteam Feature of the Week - Sandy's Handmade Soaps & Things week's featured shop is Sandy's Handmade Soaps & Things at Etsy.Sandy uses an old-fashion cold press method of combing oils, butters, and lye in the perfect amounts to create a luxurious soap.  For quality control, the soaps are made in small batches, cured for 4-6 weeks, hand cut and individually packaged.  The cold press soaps are available in almond, oats & honey, vanilla, lavender, blueberry, and toasted coconut. You’ll find a variety of molded soaps that are made from goat milk, shea butter, oatmeal and honey bases.  Make a summery soap dish collection with the darling flip flip, sunflower, ice cream,  and popsicle soaps!  Too cute!  If you’re an animal lover – there is a Labrador, horse, and pig!

Watermelon Soap PopsicleSandy has also added knitting stitch markers and earrings to the shop! The stitch markers come in a really cute themes: ice cream cones, turtles, sailboats, dragonflies, cupcakes, bumble bees, and my favorite – Summer Vacation!
Summer Vacation Stitch Markers
Summertime Beach Stitch MarkersSummertime Fun Stitch MarkersI've got summer on my mind!  Stop by and take a peek !  You can also visit Sandy’s blog.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Chile - Thailand

Zanzibar in Santiago
I can't say that I miss Thailand very much, but for some reason Thailand has been on my mind a lot today. For Mother's Day we went to Zanzibar Restaurant for a late lunch.  A good choice, as the menu has a variety of foods from all over the world. Enjoyed a pisco sour in honor of the day. Then ordered Pad Thai!  Not as great as the dish is Thailand, but hit the spot and was rather tasty! Better than I had anticipated. Hope you have all enjoyed your Mother's Day.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Sir Paul!

Paul McCartney will be performing in Santiago on Wed!  How excited am I!  Mark this one one off the bucket list!  Here is a collection of Sir Paul items that are available on Etsy:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

BESTteam Feature of the Week - Jewelry by Jaynemarie

Romantic Sterling Silver Pearl EarringsHandmade White Pearl Earrings on Artisan Gold earwiresHandmade Filigree Pearls and Crystals Earrings
Romantic Pearl Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings                                      Jaynemarie creates beautiful artisan jewelry with high quality pearls, crystals, and gemstones. Wedding pieces are her specialty. She can customized any of her pieces in her shop to meet your needs as well as match your color scheme. She is also willing to work with you to create your very own dream piece. Here are a few of her exquisite bridal earrings and necklaces.

Handmade Pearl Flower Earrings

Her shop also features jewelry for any occasion. I love her gemstone pendants:  moonstone, citrine, moonstone, topaz, smoky quartz, and garnet.  Beautiful stones and fine workmanship! You can also visit Jaynemarie's blog.
Handmade Moonstone and Blue Topaz Filigree Necklace Handmade Sky Blue Topaz Earrings Handmade Lapis Chrysocolla Gold Fan Necklace

Mother's Day - Gifts from the BESTeam