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It’s almost time for the STAT Team BSP (Barter Sales Promotion)!!! The BSP will increase the number of “sales” in our shops and get your products in the hands of other STAT Team members…talk about great promotion! Plus, it is so much fun…it’s like shopping (early Christmas shopping perhaps?!) Get your “BSP” $5.00 item listings up soon because our BSP will kick off on Monday, July 25th!!!

Here is the link for our STAT Team BSP sign up…Add your name and shop URL to the bottom of the post:

Remember to sign up by July 24 11:59 p.m….

This blog post was contributed by Jessica of Eco-Friendly Freckles; one of my dear friends and one of the team leaders of the AWESOME Etsy STAT Team!
You can find Jessica on Etsy here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ecofriendlyfreckles

My Earl Grey Tea addiction…

Hello, my name is Hippie Chic Jewelz and I am addicted to Earl Grey tea….. in mass quantities…. I can’t tell you how this happened or why, but I can tell you when it happened and what I have learned from my 13 cups a day habit. Most everyone who knows me will tell you I used to be a “Water Only” drinker, occasionally indulging in a glass of milk from time to time or an occasional “Peach Tea” while dining out. It all began when I was feeling a bit under the weather, my throat was sore and I headed to the kitchen to raid my sons stash of herbal teas his grandparents gave him.
I was actually hunting for some “Oolong tea”, it is my hot tea of choice, however I was totally bummed when I found that there was not a single packet of Oolong to be found. Drats, so I found a few packets of Earl Grey, you must understand that I will only drink super stout tea, if the spoons stands up by itself when I place it in my tea-cup, then its perfect! I put my mug of water in the microwave for 2 minutes, burn my hand from the hot water sloshing around, say a few choice words and decide to add three Earl Grey tea bags…. all I can smell is a floral note that reminds me much of Lavender… I happen to love lavender so I am thinking to myself this Earl Grey tea can’t be all that bad. Five minutes of steeping, a dash of Splenda and a teaspoon of lavender infused honey and I am head to my studio desk to contemplate being creative. The cup of tea is staring at me, the lovely floral notes are calling my name…. I wonder to myself if this tea is going to compare to my occasional treat of hot Oolong tea, by far it surpasses my expectations…. I am immediately addicted!
I am intrigued by the many flavors of this tea, it is so different and fascinating. I grab the lap top and immediately head to Etsy, and find some Earl Grey tea that I just have to have! I find an Earl Grey Creme tea from Teasandtapestries An absolutely delectable tea! Imagine, the sour flavor of bergamot oil in Earl Grey tea softened by a background hint of cream. This mellow tea tastes great hot, with a pinch of sugar. The cup delivers profound depth, making the balance of bergamot and cream completely lovely.
I decided I wanted to know more about Earl Grey Tea and its many health benefits, I was amazed at what I had learned!

Earl Grey Tea as an Antidepressant
Bergamot, the key ingredient in Earl Grey tea, is often used to treat depression. The Crystal Garden in Florida reports on the aromatherapy benefits of bergamot. It is used to treat depression, stress, tension, and fear, and consuming it in tea form may offer some soothing and relaxation during troubled times.

Earl Grey Tea as an Antioxidant
Black tea has long been consumed for its antioxidant properties, and Earl Grey is just one of black tea that works well in complementary medicine. Antioxidants are important for reducing the amount of damaging free radicals in the body, so consuming just one cup per day could ward off infection, disease, and illness.

Earl Grey Tea as a Fever Reducer
The American Botanical Council reports on the history of bergamot in Italian folk medicine, and the plant itself is grown exclusively along the coast of Calabria, Italy. (Source: American Botanical Council ) Bergamot is widely used to reduce fever and intestinal problems, and may even improve digestion for a weak immune system. If you’re suffering from a fever, a cup of Earl Grey tea can provide instant relief with its soothing, fever-reducing properties.

Earl Grey Tea as a Relaxant
Many types of Earl Grey tea contain hints of lavender with bergamot, which can be especially relaxing and soothing. When you need to de-stress in the middle of the day without falling asleep, a cup of Earl Grey can be the perfect choice. The caffeine in Earl Grey is minimal, so it won’t create the heart-racing effect of coffee or espresso but will provide clarity and focus instead.

Earl Grey Tea to Improve Oral Health
Bergamot is also famous for its antiseptic properties, and may reduce the risk of oral infections to improve overall oral health. Although black tea can stain your teeth, the antibacterial and antiseptic properties can promote a clean and healthy mouth. The Tea Palace of the U.K. explains that bergamot can help fight halitosis and oral infection (Source: Tea Palace).

Earl Grey Tea for a Caffeine Kick
Perhaps the most obvious reason to enjoy a cup of tea is for the caffeine; Earl Grey contains a about half the amount of caffeine as a standard cup of coffee, and this can be enhanced by brewing a cup with multiple tea bags. You can further amplify the effects with sugar or honey.

From reducing stress to boosting your mood, Earl Grey tea is a valuable choice anytime you need some soothing and comfort. When you need just a hint of caffeine to get through a slow afternoon, a cup of tea may be just what you need to get through your day in a healthy way.

I can only tell you that I feel much better having started drinking Earl Grey tea, my overall mood has lifted and I feel ready to take on the world! If you are searching for a tea, I highly recommend Earl Grey!

The littlest angel

I have to admit I was in a creative rut…. so I gathered up some paint, polymer clay and decided to try painting to get me back into the swing of things. I must say although painting is fun, I really enjoy creating jewelry much more!!! lol!

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Meet the arist behind Oddball Art Co.

If you are looking for original & unique, one of a kind art work that you can call your own, then look no further, meet the artist of Oddball Art Co.!

Elizabeth Matlack is the talented young lady behind the amazing artwork you see here on my blog. She is  a Cancer survivor of  26 years, who  celebrates life in through her art. Her paintings are beautifully bright and vibrant, true works of art that are bubbling with life!
Inside Oddball Art Co. you will find original art work that is made with only the finest quality materials. Pride is taken in each and every piece and hand painted with care and special attention to every detail. You can take comfort in knowing that you are buying a quality piece that will stay in your family for many generations to come. Elizabeth does not make numbered prints or duplications of her work, which is her policy and guarantee. Oddball Art Co. offers original, one of a kind Acrylic paintings.
Elizabeth works out of a small, hot pink studio in her home that she shares with her husband Adam in rural Ontario, Canada. Elizabeth says that this gives her a perfect setting to finding her inspiration, in nature and in everyday life.

At three years of age, Elizabeth was diagnosed with a very rare and terminal cancerous tumor at the base of her spine, the doctors gave her only a 10% chance of survival. She had undergone multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. She is a true miracle and inspiration to those who are diagnosed and living with cancer.

26 years ago The Canadian Cancer Society was there by her and her families side, this is something she says that she will never forget. Elizabeth donates a portion of every one of her sales to The Canadian Cancer Society to help find a cure to this horrible disease that affects so many.
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Recent freelance work includes:
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January 2011 Exhibit at downtown Windsor ON. Terra Cotta Restaurant; Raised much needed funds for The Canadian Cancer Society

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A collaboration among many artist to publish a newly illustrated version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland which can be purchased through Amazon.com by following this link…..


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As well as the 29th Annual Doin’ The Louvre Exhibition @ Artcite Inc Gallery Dec. 7-23 ’10

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