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Happy Tuesday everyone.  Its time for a little stroll through Etsy.  Shall we….

First up are the darling designs from Carambatack Design.  Each piece is created by Annette Mangseth from Norway, and has a one of a kind feel.  Prints, original illustrations and ACEO (art, cards, editions and originals) kept me clicking and clicking, I just love them all.  And if you fell in love with Annette’s shop, stop by her Flickr photostream where you can find her paper and crafts, carved stamps and tons of drawings.

Now this next shop is geared more toward the little guys and gals.  More and more of my friends are having babies, and its important to give your little one a colorful place to lay their little heads.  Barking Bird Art has cute and colorful creations designed by Rebecca from Portland Oregon.  These are sure to make that kiddo smile and stimulate creativity.

And last but certainly not least are the designs over at Maryink.  I am a total tee shirt and jeans kind of girl, but its so hard to find something that is age appropriate and worthy of wearing.  I could so see myself in these shirts, and most are 100% organic cotton so you know they feel fantastic! Each shirt is created using found vintage items, original illustrations, clip art and photography and are then printed by hand.  And, everything in the store is on sale!

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Its Tuesday and you know what that means!  Etsy Top 3 Tuesday!

First up is a little shop filled with adorable little sketches. Flapper Doodle, run by artist Kate Gabrielle from New Jersey, is loaded with little doodles of “Eloise and Ramona” out on the town and strutting their stuff.  Be sure to check out her whole collection, they are darling and if you are crunching your pennies these days, don’t fret, Kim is offering a fantastic little deal.  Now until 1/21, all her 4×6 mini doodles are only $1!  So please browse and buy… a few of these little guys would make a darling little collection.  Just saying! And check out Kate’s blog to stay up to date on all things Eloise.

Next up is the talented Geninne from Geninne’s Art Store.  Now, Geninne is no stranger here on the blog, her work was also featured here, as well as this totally helpful video she shot on making a rubber stamp.  Can I just say, after watching the video, it inspired me to start making my own!  Anyway, her shop is just filled to the brim with colorful images that are just begging to make a new home for your walls.  And do check out her blog for amazing inspiration and shots from her hometown in Mexico City.

And rounding out what seemed to be an all art Tuesday is Yellena‘s colorful shop.  You know me and my love for all things color, Yellena has an amazing eye for detail and patterns.  Organic and whimsical shapes must fill her brain to get these little masterpieces.  And she doesn’t stop at prints and paintings.  Check out her amazing light fixtures for School House Electric, they are divine!

I might just have to snatch up “Spore” (above right).  I seriously heart it.

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Its Tuesday and you know what that means, my top 3 etsy shops for the week!

First up is the beautiful photography from Irene Suchocki, an amazingly talented photographer.  Irene plays with a variety of techniques to create these amazing shots, and her attention to detail is just lovely.  Subdued colors mixed with bright pops of contrasting hues make me swoon over every piece, that little Twitter piece is just darling!  And now until January 15th, Irene is offering a 25% off on selected prints!!  Not looking for art for the walls?  She also has charming Valentines Day cards available, its never too early to start collecting goodies for your loved one!

Twitter:::Penny Farthing

Paris Calling:::Letting Go of Time

Love is in the Air:::Sentimental Journey

Valentine Card:::All is Love

Nest up are the adorable creations from Lila Frances out of Tennessee.  I don’t know of any other way to discribe these little guys other then adorable.  Clearly made with love, this little shop provides customizable wire hangers (even as I type that I think of Mommy Dearest and her no wire hanger talk!) that are perfect for a little gift or make for a great dress photo on your wedding day.  And that heart, Valentines day, that’s all I’m saying.  There is currently a waiting list for these lovelies, so be sure to stop by and order yours today!

Rounding out this week is the beautiful views from GBrosseau Photo.  Not only is this shop filled with sweet and charming shots, most are of subjects we take for granted like motels, lakes and old architecture.  Sure we see it everyday, but do you really look at it?  I think I love it all!  And did I mention the shop is offering free shipping!  Do check out the artists Flickr photostream, absolutely gorgeous.

Motel:::Lakeview

This Old House:::Lighthouse

Marsh:::Purple

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Its Tuesday and Etsy Top 3 is back!  Took a short break from Etsy since most of the fun shops were closed, but everything is open and ready to sell!

First up today is the Happy Papers shop run by Natalia and Ana from Argentina.  They have created an adorable one stop print shop for your downloading fun.  Everything comes in a PDF form and you can print till your little heart can’t take anymore!  And with a large variety of designs, there is something for everyone!  From calendars and invitations to gift tags, stationary sets and even a to do list, Happy Papers is one fun shop.  And do stop by their sister store, Maria Lunate, where you can find even more adorable downloadable’s.

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Next up is the handy work from husband and wife team David and Meegan Cuzick over at Circles and Squares.  Clothing made from organic cotton for women, men and children, these shirts and sweaters are perfect for a day out and about.  Each item is hand silk screened with love and ready to ship!  And from now until February 1st, everything in the store will be marked 20% off!

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And last up for today is the lovely work from Melissa Beach Photography.  If you have any blank walls, or are in need of some lovely imagery for the new year, you must check out Melissa’s shop.  With inspiration from nature, her shots are stunning and vibrant, why not add a couple to your art collection?  And, if you are as into photography as I am, check out her blog for some amazing natural inspiration.  I am just loving that little yellow flower!

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Sorry for the slow posting this week guys, been a little under the weather.  I am finally strong enough to sit up so why not drop by and say hi to everyone!  Hope your week has gone a little better then mine.  Anyway, I am so hoping I am 100% healthy by this weekend for the 2nd annual Unique L.A Holiday shopping extravaganza!  If you have never been to a Unique event, guys, you are seriously missing out.  This weekend the California Market Center will be the home for over 300 local artists showing off their goods including green designs, clothing, accessories, paper goods and tons more.  It only costs $10 and you even get entry into the show both days plus an exclusive tote to carry around all your purchased goodies.  Ok, must get better, this is just too good to miss!

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As you all know I am a huge fan of Twitter, its such a great way to get to know people from around the world and last week, Shelly from Mystic Pieces sprung up in my inbox.  Well, lets just say, after a few clicks through her shop I just knew I had to share her amazing jewelry with you guys!

The Interview

So Shelly, how did you get started?

At the age of 7, my journey began in the art world when my Mother enrolled me into an oil painting class.  As the years continued my art background includes an art history major, traveling to many art events, working in a museum and now my favorite – creating delightful jewelry to adorn.   Jewelry creating started 12 years ago when I had a strong desire to create something.  Since then it has evolved into my Etsy store, local art shows in Phoenix, and selling my creations to boutiques in the Valley of the Sun.In the last three months, I have started creating full time.  I have envisioned this path for so many years and am tickled pink that I have finally arrived at one of my many on going destinations.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Inspiration for me comes in way too many places to list just one.  I am constantly fascinated by what other artist, jewelry designers, writers and musicians can create!  Talent and inspiration is everywhere.  I’m fascinated by design whether it be in an ad, billboard, interior decorating, or clothing.  Composition and materials are always running through my brain.

My current inspiration is to look for the positive in all events.  There is a reason and season for everything.  I’m constantly on the look out for quotes that encourage one to better themselves or to inspire to push the limits of one’s potential.  I think in life as with my jewelry its finding the right pieces of the puzzle to fit together to create something wonderful.

One of my favorite quotes:  “Life expands or contracts in direct proportion to one’s courage” ~Anais Nin

You mention Steampunk often, what exactly is it?

Steampunk is a genre of time traveling to an era of steam powered engines, Victorian motifs and attire, industrial, and mechanical (thus the watch parts) themes.  It’s a life for some including dressing the part, events and creations.  It completely fascinates me, however it’s a little warm in Phoenix to be wearing all those heavy Victorian clothes.  Steampunk to me is a time of romance and luxurious items.  The Victorian era is rich in details from the intricate Victorian homes to the elaborate laces, dresses and furniture.   I just love it all.  You can see more here.

What is your favorite piece available now?

One of my favorites is the Steampunk French Bee Necklace. (shown above, it was one of my favs too!) I love the composition, the many different components and the uniqueness of this piece.  It incorporates a time that once was from the vintage pieces, plus a little fun with a French bee and flower.  It’s just a delightful piece.

Have any favorite shops around Etsy?

I love The Home Centric.  Love her choice of materials and composition.  Just scrumptious!

Tilly Bloom, love all the unique images.  The black and white themes add to the richness of her whimsical and fun pieces.

A true Steampunk artist, Winona Cookie, features imaginative individuals with Victorian flair, love her work!

And of course, Stiletto Heights, a favorite photographer on Etsy, the richness of colors and romantic themes are gorgeous!

Be sure to stop by and say hi to Mystic Pieces over on twitter and facebook!

And a Giveaway!

That’s right, one lucky reader will be a seriously lucky winner!  Mystic pieces has graciously selected the Delicate Steampunk Crystal Vintage Necklace for one of Our Designed Life’s readers!

How might you enter to win this lovely little guy?  Well, its quite simple, and there are several ways to get entries!

~Hop on over to Mystic Pieces, find a piece that tickles your fancy.  Come back over here and leave me a comment about it.

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~Tweet about it, make sure to include @Ourdesignedlife so I see it.  Be sure to come back to the blog and leave me a comment letting me know about it.

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~Blog about it, again leave me a comment here on Our Designed Life!

That’s it.  Three possible entries per person!  Be sure to always leave me a comment, I will be picking a winner Sunday, November 29th at midnight, PST.  Winner will be selected using Random.org, so make sure your comments are all here!  This giveaway is open worldwide, so please tell your friends!

Happy giveaway and a huge thank you to Shelly at Mystic Pieces!


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Its Friday, and well, its been a long week hasn’t it!?  My to-do list is till a mile long, but oh well, its Friday.  I figured a great way to end a week is with some fun, and a little quirky jewelry from Chocolate Steel. I am a huge fan of anything that will bring a smile to my face, and without fail, quirky and irony always win with me, I was all kinds of excited to get this “Stunning Diamond Necklace” from my then fiance a few years ago.  And all the findings over at Chocolate Steel are so fun, they are sure to make anyone smile.  Designed by the lovely Christine Street, each piece is made from reclaimed silver that she molds by hand and creates these little gems. So do stop by her store and pick up a few things, I don’t know if you heard but Christmas is coming.  And stay in the know with Chocolate Steel, the blog, for more info and what Christine is up to.  Absolutely loving the Eames Plywood chair, hint hint hubby!

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