Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Featured Artist: Pseudooctopus

I would like to introduce you all to a lovely person and artist.  Her name is Georgia and she is the artist behind Pseudooctopus on Etsy.  She makes beautiful, unique, and whimsical artwork.  My all time favorite work of Georgia's is this one called "Enchanted Moon".

For me, this piece holds so much feeling and beauty.  It brings me back to my childhood, growing up in Pennsylvania.. Love this!!

I asked Georgia if she could share a little bit about herself.  I love how she describes nature, reality, magic, & how they all can blend together.. she describes so well what personally draws me to her work.  For me, looking at her art, is like stepping into a picture book.. I can see the story unfold in my head as I look at her work.

In Georgia's own words:

 "I grew up in Rhode Island surrounded by the forest and the beach, and hence many of my works are framed by sky, water, or trees. When I draw and paint I tend to focus more on what I would like reality to be than what it is, and I tell myself stories as I scribble away. When sketching an Octopus reading a book and enjoying a cup of tea, I'm envisioning the moment just after, when his underwater doorbell rings and he must put his book aside and lumber down a sea coral hallway on all eight tentacles grumbling in a drift of bubbles. I love the blend of nature and storybook, bears taking to bicycles, hedgehogs remembering their umbrellas, penguins testing flight with balloons. The people I draw have often accidentally stumbled upon strangeness and are either encountering this nature-magic, or magic themselves. It's rare that I draw from life, because I feel like there are plenty of paintings of fruit in bowls and far too few of owls knitting socks! 

These days I live with my fiancee (I'm getting used to saying that, I was just proposed to on St. Patrick's day last week!) and our many pet rodents and cats which serve as constant muses for the creatures in my work."

Congrats on your engagement, Georgia! We all wish you much happiness :)

Here are a few of my other favorite pieces.. be sure to check out Pseudooctocpus & find which ones move you!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wash The Day Away Shop on Etsy

I would like to introduce you to one fabulous shop on Etsy called Wash The Day Away.  This shop makes all of its natural body products from scratch.  Wash The Day Away fills the needs for those of us who want simple, natural, organic ingredients.  If you are looking to be impressed by customer service, care, and product quality, all you have to do is browse through this shop's feedback and it is easy to see that quality products and good communication keep loyal shoppers coming back for more and more.

I was lucky enough to get to try and now review (for you!) Beach Goddess Dead Sea Salt Spray for the hair.  Ok, 1st off, how can you not love a product called Beach Goddess! I have been using this product in my hair for several day now and I am hooked.  First off, I am very, very picky about scents and smells. I don't like to be overpowered by aromas, and I don't like overly "perfumey" or sweet scents.  Beach Goddess Dead Sea Salt Spray has an amazing scent~ delicate and delicious.  It is one of only two scents that I have ever tried that truly remind me of the beach and the sea.  Love it, love it!

Onto product results.  I have fairly straight, non-thick hair. (Interpretation: I have thin hair with little to no body. There, I admitted it!) I sprayed Beach Goddess Dead Sea Salt Spray into my hair (all while taking deep breaths because I love that scent!) and scrunched my hair with my hand.  I could not have been happier with the results.  Not only did add texture and wave to my hair, but I did not have that feeling of "product" left in my hair.  I have also sprayed, scrunched, and then blown dry my hair upside down with equally satisfying results.  I look forward to continuing to use this product.  I love the fact that it does work so well that I can spray, scrunch and go, knowing that my hair will dry with body and texture. I especially love this since with two tiny tots (and one on the way!), I am always short on time.  Unlike other products I have used, I love that my hair dries soft, not hard & "crunchy."

Wash the Day Away has a wide variety of products. Don't see what you want?  Looking for a specific blend of essential oils?  Wash The Day Away is happy to work with you and make custom orders.  This is a very professional business with over 10 years of experience in essential oils and skin care.  You can shop with confidence at Wash The Day Away.

*****Be sure to use the coupon code WAVE20 and SAVE 20% off your purchase*****.  Here are just a few of my  favorite items from this shop:

This 1st one is high on my list to buy, as my nearly 1 year old has very sensitive skin and is prone to diaper rash.

It is that time of year again where we are shedding the layers and need skin that is ready to face the world.  A good body scrub is the way to go to get skin summer ready!  

With such a busy schedule, I love this dual purpose balm; moisturize your lips while adding color & "finish" to your look with a quick swipe of this pretty, soft, and neutral shade.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Beguiling Vintage Shop on Etsy

Who doesn't love vintage? BeguilingVintage on Etsy has fabulous finds & is a must visit if you appreciate quality vintage finds.  I absolutely love this vintage golden metallic part dress, so classic & fun!

And I am in love with these cowboy boots!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New Necklaces Now Online

A couple of new listings up at the Wave of LIfe Surf Studio Shop on Etsy :)

And one new beer ring and cozy set in Red Riot:

Monday, March 7, 2011

NerdFire On Etsy

I would like to introduce you to a great little shop on Etsy called NerdFire.  What does NerdFire mean?  Well, NerdFire came out of an artist duo's best description of what they create.  In their words "we create nerdy fired arts".  It makes for a fun name, doesn't it?  Here are some of their lovely creations:

So stop on by and check out Nerdfire's Etsy shop today!  Hope you all are having a great day :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Movie For A Rainy Sunday

It is pouring outside.  Gray, rainy and wet.  A perfect day for a good movie.  I finally got a chance to watch 2010's Robin Hood starring Russell Crow.  What a great flick!  Great acting, great filming and editing,  and a great script.  I like the fact that this film actually told the story of how the legend of Robin Hood came to be.  I also like the fact that, unlike some movies nowadays, the actors were nearly all in their 40's and up.  This made the film more believable, gritty, and non "Hollywood".  I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and hope you do to!  Hope you are all staying warm and having a great day :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Lily Pad Prints Photography

I wanted to introduce you all to a very talented artist.  Her name is Tracy and she is the artist behind LilyPadPrints on Etsy.  She makes gorgeous, one of a kind blank note cards that speak without words.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Be sure to check out LilyPadPrints on Etsy!!


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