Tuesday, August 30, 2011

One way to feel better about the economy...Buy Local!

While on Facebook today I had a friend who posted this cool website http://www.independentwestand.org/ and this website is promoting buying local in your own community.  All you have to do is enter your zipcode to find businesses that are in your local community and if YOU ARE a BUSINESS you can add it to the list.

For instance I wanted to see the impact on my Community of Warner Robins Ga and this is what it said:

If Every Family Spent An Extra $10 A Month Locally, We Would All Feel Better About The Economy.

Just think. If every family in the country spent an extra  $10 a month with a locally-owned, independent business instead of a national chain, over $9.3 billion* would be directly returned to local economies. That means better schools, better roads, more support for police, fire and rescue departments and stronger local economies.
Find out what kind of economic impact you could make by doing the same in your metro area.

If every family in the Warner Robbins metro area spent just $10 a month with a locally-owned, independent business instead of a national chain, over $4,306,114* would be directly returned to the Warner Robbins community. That means better schools, better roads, more support for police, fire and rescue departments and stronger local economies.

Try it out for yourself and post your response..it would be cool to see how much of a difference we can make!

Friday, August 26, 2011

BESTeam Feature on Beader Bubbe

Meet Agnes,from Brooklyn New York, she is a jewelry designer with 5 kids and count them…six grandkids! I just bet those grandkids keep her busy dreaming up new projects for them to do. But her one steady passion is Jewelry making and her Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeaderBubbe.

Butterfly Necklace by Beader Bubbe on Etsy
An avid blogger too…http://beaderbubbe.blogspot.com.  She loves to keep it interesting with recipes, tips and my personal favorite a little glimpse into her life. I don’t know about you but I absolutely love to find out about the person behind art~  

Unakite Accent Bead Bracelet by Beader Bubbe on Etsy
You can also follow her on Facebook www.facebook.com/beaderbubbe  Or on Twitter: www.twitter.com/beaderbubbe   Right Now she's offering FREE SHIPPING for all new orders!

Have a Great Weekend and if you have a shop on Etsy you should think about joining our group called BESTeam..  Boosting Etsy Shops Team..: http://www.etsy.com/teams/5645/besteam-boosting-etsy-shops-team

Monday, August 15, 2011

I believe in Holistic Medicine.. Do you?

Holistic Medicine is defined as the art and science of treating the whole body rather than treating conditions and symptoms.  I personally had to venture down this path many years ago when I developed carpal tunnel. It was a dark period in my life but I managed the pain with traditional medicine and then tried acupuncture. What I found comforting was the fact that the Acupuncturist took an entire 2 hours with me to determine the best course of treatment. I felt that this had to be the way over traditional procedures for pain management. I soon began to heal and because of this my entire lifestyle changed. Because my experiences, I believe in Holistic Medicine and Aromatherapy is one of them. Aromatherapy is defined as the practice of applying the healing benefits of essential oils. Have you smelled something and then immediately it brought back a memory attached to it?  Do you know that your sense of smell can detect over 10,000 different odors and many of which can certainly be mood altering!  Check out the http://www.senseofsmell.org/index.php for some fun facts and to understand why odor can be mood altering..

Or you can just go see an aromatherapist such as Lilly DelValle K, of Ancient Oils.  She formed the company Ancient Oils back in 2009 and is a master of Metaphysical Sciences from the Metaphysical Science Institute in California.  Her shop on Esty is called Ancient Oils, she carries many Essential Oil blends which you can view here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AncientOils.

She is also a Holistic Life Coach where she can help you focus on integrating mind, body and spirit. And help guide you to overcome self imposed barriers and be the best person you can be.  Some of which includes aromatherapy both to help calm you down and energize you when you need it. On her Etsy Shop she features some of these fabulous blends.....

This one helps to calm and bring peace with Lavender, Chamomile, a hint of Tangerine and Peppermint.  Sounds lovely doesn't it?  You can view it here:  Peace & Calming Roll-On

Or try this one which will help your sinus and uplift your spirit with peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary. You can view this one here: Breathe Deep Roll-On 

My personal Favorite Dead Sea Mud~  Do you know that the Dead Sea contains the greatest concentrations of minerals than any other Sea? This mud infuses the skin with minerals providing a better looking and feeling texture.

You can view it here: Dead Sea Mud 9oz

I hope the next time you are not feeling your best and traditional medicine isn't working for you?  Try going Holistic... It just might help you too.

Thank you once again for stopping by and you can hire Lilly as a 
Holistic Life Coach on her website @ http://www.livingvibrations.co/
visit her blog on LivingVibrations.blogspot.com

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Southern Flowers

In the south we have many southern flowers~ Magnolia, Dogwood, Peach Blossoms..all with a sweet scent that reminds me of home. I just changed my logo to reflect that as well... so when I tell you that there is another creative artist by the name of Las Flores del Sur with an awesome shop on Etsy! You'll be happy to know that Las Flores del Sur really means southern flowers in Spanish~

A graphic artist and web designer from Buenos Aires, now living in Montevideo, Uruguay. The woman behind Las Flores del Sur, Marisa Kraiselburd, is a true creative spirit that has been creating since she's been a little girl. She has a few shops on Etsy I would love to share with you: The main on today will be Las Flores del Sur but I would love to mention she also has another one called Crafts and Pixels where she offers PDF beading tutorials. Stop by her shops to purchase these lovely items~

Autumn Shades Bracelet

Double color felt bouquet 

Green-Violet-Fuchsia Ribbon Rolled Hair Pins

Thank you once again for stopping by 
Please stop & shop at www.lasfloresdelsur.etsy.com for these beautiful  works of art

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Face Behind The Art

Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging items (often with symbolic significance) in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions and intellect. (according to Wikipedia) But what is it exactly? Who creates art? I firmly believe it is the sole expression/creation from an individual who has the need to express their inner fire and soul.  Haven't you ever noticed how two pieces can look very similar but one is much different than the other? You can see a small piece of their soul in each piece... It's what connects us to their creation and what better way than for us to share these wonderful Artists with each other.

I would love to introduce you to another one of my BESTeam members from Etsy.. Her name is LeAllyson Meyer from Colorado, she creates beautiful works of art in Jewelry in her Etsy Shop Plum Beadacious. I am a big fan of her earrings and the crystals she's chooses to create her works of art with. She wears many hats~ "A Jack of All Trades".. Besides creating the gorgeous pieces below she also has designed her own website and works as a risk analyst by day.  It was her daughter that shared her passion of Jewelry making that got her interested in designing her own pieces of art. Her jewelry is a wearable piece of artwork that you can enjoy all the time.

Aqua Necklace with fresh Water Pearls

Blue Green Mother of Pearl Earrings

Contemporary Modern Silver Earrings

In this gorgeous piece she has used Czech Glass Crystal which are attached to silver ear wires. 
Can you see the graceful curve of the wire and elegance that it eludes? 

Stop by her Etsy Shop Here:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/plumbeadacious