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‘ BOHEMIAN BABE’ by Bohemianredjewelry

Beautiful Bohemian Fashion. Enjoy all these hot treasures !!!!!!!


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SUNDAY FINDS ON ETSY

Why do I love Etsy?  There are so many wonderful handmade and vintage items, you can find something for everyone on your gift list!  The best part is that your purchases are helping artists make their dreams become a reality.

Here are some gorgeous items I have found from some awesome Etsy shops, I hope you will take a moment and visit their Etsy shops, you wont be disappointed!

I found this beautiful sterling silver midi heart ring by MinimallyMeJewelry

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Minimalist, thin, delicate heart ring. Lovingly hand forged, soldered and polished.
I’m not sure about others, but to me it works perfectly as midi ring, pinky ring and toe ring. 3 in one kind of ring 🙂   The interior diameter of this ring is 1.5 cm – size 5. Please convo me if you need a different size.  My daughter loves hearts. I love my daughter. Therefore, math says I must love hearts…
Part of my “Heartbeat” collection.

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If you are a lip balm fanatic you will love the Lip Butter from VictoriasBoutiqueArt!

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WHAT IT IS
Luxurious lip butter with orange flavor goes on super smooth and adds a *mild* tint to bare lips or cheeks. With a variety of nourishing butters and oils, this lip balm is sure to become a must-have in your daily routine.

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Get cooking with these awesome wood burn spoons from HummingbirdCraftsLLC!

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Give the “cook” in your life a unique gift with handmade wood burned kitchen spoons. A truly special gift that will be remembered daily with love. This makes the perfect housewarming gift or hostess gift! A great addition to any kitchen! Wood spoons are strong, look nice and are able to handle high heat. Each spoon is wood burned by hand with a Pyrography pen and given special care to ensure a unique design and effect. A Hummingbird Crafts LLC original design! Hand washing is preferred. Both spoons have been sealed to protect.

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I know many of you love your pets and pampering them is a must, you will love these adorable cat beds from CatHouseRU!

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Cat bed easy to fold, you can take with you to the exhibition of cats and dogs, as well as on the road.- The lower part of the pet bed sewn from Raincoat fabric, which is enough to wipe with a damp cloth, if stained. – Pet mats Inside two layers of Padding polyester, making the pet bed soft and warm. – The upper part is made of strong Coarse calico, it is environmentally friendly, long does not spoil. – Pet bed is bright, colorful, practical – your Pets will be happy!

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I have a confession…I am a tea fanatic!  When I saw these beautiful tea post from CeramaStudio I had to share with you!

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This Black Owls tea set made of clay and painted by hand.
The owl is a symbol of prosperity, wealth and wisdom. It is believed that the image of an owl protects people from excessive and unnecessary spending.
Tea kettle with pottery mugs – a beautiful and useful things in everyday life, a nice gift.

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I love art prints, and anything that is unique and has to do with coffee!  This BT FIRST COFFEE print from MyColorMood is a must have!

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BUT FIRST COFFEE printable poster – ampersand sign digital print. This modern and minimal black and white typography print with an “Ampersand girl” drinking the tastiest morning drink will be an excellent decor for your living room or office. Start your morning with coffee, start your morning with ampersand, start your morning with beautiful printable wall art! 🙂

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Need a unique gift?  These teacup planters from flowerfilledweddings are beautifully unique!

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Grapevine teacup planter with grapevine forming a saucer and cup attached together. Rim and handle are covered with green moss and trimmed with natural rope. Sewn in liner.
Create your own tea party, bridal shower, luncheon or gift floral centerpiece with these trendy planters.
Set of two teacup planters.

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For the music lover why not a Music Notebook by Sunbrilo.

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Music notebook, Moulin Rouge, Handmade recycled LP vinyl record notebook, vintage vinyl handmade journal music, retro wedding guest book.
This original vinyl record journal is completely handmade with love by me.
It could be a perfect gift for a musician, a music lover or anybody who loves making notes on paper and appreciates handmade objects!

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I hope you will visit these wonderful Etsy shops and show your support by buying handmade!

#HASHTAG hell, not anymore!

When somebody clicks on a hashtag that is posted on a social networks they’ll mechanically be shown all different public posts that embody a similar hashtag. Hashtags are unbelievably valuable for your Etsy business, why? It can expose your content to a wider and more diverse audience, and facilitate your business being found. If somebody searches on a social network, or Google, for a hashtag you used, what you have posted and even your profile  will be found.  Without the use of  such hashtag the likelihood of the person searching would not have been directed to your post.  There are so many people who are unaware of how hashtags work that they are left in the dark, and thus not promoting their business as well as they could.   Hashtags are an excellent way to explore for content inside social networks and search engines, which suggests hashtags provide you with a good way to promote your shop ahead of potential customers while not paying a dime for advertising.

#HASHTAGS! Use hashtags on all of your social networks, but be sure to not go overboard! Too many hashtags wont help you reach more people, in fact too many will hurt your engagement and might get you un-followed. In fact, after you use 2 hashtags, your engagement drops by a median of seventeen p.c.  Remember the old saying “less is more.” this is true with hashtags.  Be sure that you choose hashtags that relate to your item.  For example if you have a gold sapphire ring use a hashtag like this #ring #Sapphire, remember that it’s best to hashtag the keywords that area unit associated with your business and trade.

When you optimize conversations, content, and updates with hashtags, they become abundantly more visible to others on social media platforms and search engines. A straightforward click or rummage around for a hashtag can show that hashtag in your post to an audience with common interests.

PROMOTING: When promoting yourself keep in mind that when you support your fellow artists, shops and team members to comment with something genuine.  Instead of commenting LOVE or AWESOME try using something like “What a gorgeous color! Such a great gift idea!”  This not only shows that you took the time to actually look at this persons shop item, it shows you are a genuine person and will get you more followers and return comments in the future.

COMMENTING with Hashtags,#JUST DO IT!  Do remember to use hash tags in your comments as well, for example “What a gorgeous color! What a great gift idea!” #Fashionblog #Eveningdress   This redirects the post to a whole other audience, that means more views, more sales and new followers.  When you do this for someone else more often than not they will return the favor.  The added bonus, it feels really amazing to do something to help another person out, it only takes a minute of your time and would be appreciated more than you could imagine.

POPULAR #Hashtags to try:

#love #TagsForLikes #TagsForLikesApp #TFLers #tweegram #photooftheday #20likes 
 #instago #all_shots #follow #webstagram #colorful #style #swag #amazing #smile
 #follow4follow #like4like #look #instalike #igers #picoftheday #food #instadaily 
#instafollow #followme #girl #iphoneonly #instagood #bestoftheday #instacool
#Handmade #EtsySeller #Fashionblog #HandmadeNation 


Now check the stats out on these #Hashtags:

#instagood – 97,570,915 photos  #me – 80,693,198 photos   #tbt – 75,411,509 photos
#cute – 75,047,873 photos  #photooftheday – 70,995,806 photos  #beautiful – 54,570,181 photos   #picoftheday – 53,776,027 photos  #instadaily – 51,313,415 photos
#follow – 46,372,281 photos  #happy – 43,360,681 photos  #summer – 42,718,347 photos
#bestoftheday – 40,202,550 photos  #picstitch – 34,965,202 photos  #nofilter – 34,196,209 photos   Followme – 33,865,057 photos   Fun – 33,069,338 photos   #smile – 30,236,252 photos   #like – 29,636,123 photos  #pretty – 27,687,567 photos   #food – 27,409,451 photos
#instagramers – 26,197,524 photos  #friends – 26,182,561 photos   #christmas – 19,542,006 photos  #blue – 18,489,451 photos   #pink – 17,953,933 photos  #art – 17,538,396 photos
#hot – 17,384,494 photos   #tagsforlikes – 17,089,894 photos  #amazing – 15,979,281 photos   #repost – 15,893,445 photos  awesome – 15,292,933 photos
#red – 15,223,775 photos   #followback – 13,602,164 photos    #white – 12,911,807 photos
#style – 11,470,768 photos  beauty – 11,016,473 photos   #best – 10,271,100 photos

Now that you know about #HASHTAGS and how to use them what are you waiting for?

Peace, Love and Hippie Chic Jewelz

Julianne

Saturday Salute to Etsy Texas Artisans

Tonight I wanted to do something special for all my Texas neighbors on Etsy.com
I was not born in Texas, but spent my early childhood growing up in Midland until I married and relocated to Rankin, Texas. If you look Rankin up on Google, you will see that its a TEENY, TINY desolate area that is home to around 500 people, including yours truly. So, to all my Etsy friends who live in Texas, this wonderful Christmas Salute for Saturday night is for you!

I am going to start of this Christmas feature with a well known saying: “Everything is BIGGER in Texas” and I can tell you that when it comes to Texas Artisans, the enduring charm of cowboy culture goes above and beyond!

My first featured artist is from Killeen, Texas; KayzKreationz. This shop is full of Stained Glass Mosaics, Art Glass, Fused Glass, Beaded Bookmarks, Wire Jewelry and more. One item I fell in love with this Mosaic Stained Glass Bird-feeder! Featured in Birds and Bloom magazine, her bird feeders have TEXAS size style! Looking for a unique birdfeeder for your garden or as a gift for a gardening friend? This is it. It is a mosaic birdfeeder with stained glass, set in grout. It is 8 1/2″ across the top from rim to rim. It has a yellow star, blue and white bluebonnet and mosaic Texas as it’s design. Sure to attract lots of birds to your yard and lots of looks from all your envious neighbors. Have a unique Birdfeeder for your garden that’s not like every other feeder in the stores and people’s yards. This birdfeeder could also be used as a small birdbath in your yard, if you like. The grout has been sealed, but is safe for the birds.

Corpus Christi is home to my next featured shop GirlieGals who offers you sparkle and shine Texas style! What would make a better gift for someone special than this Gold Pandora Christmas Bracelet with Poinsettia Charms, to tempt you even more, this bracelet is on sale! Price reduced by over 20% Dec. 3rd only. Free gift with this purchase!
Extremely beautiful – these pandora style gold plated crystal studded beads and clear crystal faceted beads will dazzle all on their own. Then add the lovely poinsettia and gold plated fluted round bead charms and you have a bracelet that’s not only stunning but is also very sparkly and brilliant. It’s a Bling Thing! Each charm hangs from an antique gold tube bead and has a dangling silver lined red seed bead for extra shine.

My next featured artist quidditydesigns is in Georgetown, TX. Her shop is full of beautiful Texas style flair like this Copper Flower Pendant Necklace with White Freshwater Pearls and Silver. Five softly burnished copper petals surround three pistil/stamens made of white freshwater pearls on fine silver headpins. The copper flower is about 1.75 inches, so it makes a statement. I made the necklace long so that it would fit over a turtleneck sweater.

I think Killeen Texas must be a popular place to reside, another resident from there is jdfootloose. It doesnt usually get too cold in Texas so her items are perfect for the winter months, like this Autumn Patchwork Scarf! A great Autumn statement piece. Crocheted in multi colored & Golden yellow yarn in various size squares to give it a patchworl look.

Houston, Texas is home to my next featured artist BirdsBeadsTX, her shop is full of delightfully fun jewelry! Check out this great necklace made up of matte, faceted black beads and printed shell tiles in orange, blue and silver with a toggle clasp closure. It measures approx. 34 inches in length.

My next featured artist is from Dallas, Texas. Her shop is full of TEXAS style home decor that will warm up your home or that special someones heart! This Personalized Family Name Sign, Last Name Sign, Wall Art with Photo would make a perfect gift for that hard to buy for person! Beautiful personalized wood sign includes photo, first and last name, and optional established date. Medium and dark brown in color, sign is painted front and back in satin brown. Made of solid pine with decorative routed edge, Sanded edge adds detail and a vintage look and Sealed with a textured coating to protect and preserve the print. Saw-tooth hanger included, no vinyl used!

Here is a town I have never heard of! Bastrop, Texas; home of my next featured artist NMCJewelryDesign. Feather earrings are all the rage this season, surprise your BFF or that special someone in your life with these beautiful Wild Turkey Feather earrings! We don’t usually see turkeys this way, especially during this time of year..and especially wild unadulterated ones…for their beauty. These are feathers from a wild turkey and have been cleaned and assembled into an amazing set of earrings. The pattern looks near that of a tiger with the black and orangey brown stripes. They are topped off with a tigers eye gemstone and black crystal just waiting for you to show your wild side. Due to the natural materials (and the fact that the feathers were discovered on a walk) these are truly one of a kind.

Victoria, Texas, a town I have actually been to is home to RomanticThoughts. Dazzling Texas style jewels to dazzle your special someone with this Christmas! The glass Blue and Green Pendant is the centerpiece of this unique creation. The necklace is comprised of Blue and Green Swarovski crystal beads. This striking piece is designed to be noticed.

Texas is actually wine country, a great many wonderful wines are produced in Texas, who knew?! This brings me to a great Etsy shop CorkyCrafts from Fort Worth Texas. This shop has some very unique Texas style gifts that will delight even the hard to please! This wreath makes a nice gift for the wine connoisseur in your life! It is like a wine lover’s scrapbook of happy memories. It is very versatile, add a pillar candle or a vase of flowers for a lovely centerpiece. It is a great way to extend a warm friendly welcome for visitors and neighbors in a entry way, dining area, bar, Tuscany themed kitchen, and makes a great gift idea for those who love wine! Compare prices and save by purchasing it here!

Next is my very own leadeer from my Etsy team “STATTEAM”, she is responsible for the huge success of “The STATTEAM Spotlight” which runs Monday-Friday, she does an amazing job! Lubbock, Texas is home to BeckyHelmerDesigns. Her shop is full of Texas style beauty, like this Red Flower Ring! It is adjustable so it would make the perfect gift for practically anyone on your holiday shopping list!

Last but not least brings me to little ol’ me, based here in Rankin, Texas is this hot pink bangle with zebra print crosses. A TEXAS style statement piece that is sure to get some “Yee Haw’s” when you give this as a gift!
This gorgeous bracelet is a OOAK, you wont ever bump into anyone else wearing a bracelet exactly like this one! I started with a wooden bangle an applied 4 coats of Hot Pink paint, applied crosses that I created from polymer clay and then hand detailed the zebra print. For a finishing touch I added brilliant and dazzling rhinestones and a clear coat gloss to waterproof this lovely creation. This would make a wonderful gift to give someone special or to keep for yourself!

I would like to send a big ol’ Texas hug to all of ya’ll out there!

Peace, Love & Hippie Chic Jewelz

Keeping it Weird

Have any of you ever read the Etsy pages of KEEP IT WEIRD? Well, this month I have created a challenge for my Etsy team “STAT TEAM”

****************August Snakeskin/Reptile Skin Challenge**************

My team members were challenged to create an item for their Etsy shop that includes either snakeskin or another reptile skin.
My first contestant entry came from DragonPop:
Rainbow Serpent Poppyrock Ring
My inspiration for this simple yet classy little ring was one of my favorite flowers, the poppy. This is one of my favorite looks I’ve created. I was trying to simulatehe reflective quality of snakeskin done my way 🙂 I used striking jewel tones in the flower and in the crystal I chose for the center. It is set on a lead-free, silver-plated, adjustable ring base. The diameter of the face is 1 1/2″.
*This ring base, though adjustable, is a more comfortable fit for a slender ring size. I would not try to wear it larger than a 7 1/2 or 8.


Rainbow Serpent Poppyrock Ring
My inspiration for this simple yet classy little ring was one of my favorite flowers, the poppy. This is one of my favorite looks I’ve created. I was trying to simulate the reflective quality of snakeskin done my way 🙂 I used striking jewel tones in the flower and in the crystal I chose for the center. It is set on a lead-free, silver-plated, adjustable ring base. The diameter of the face is 1 1/2″.

The next entry was submitted by yours truly…. me… HippieChicJewelz:

Chinese Dragon and Hot Pink Snakeskin Bracelet
I created this wooden bangle bracelet first with multiple layers of hot pink snakeskin textured paper, I sculpted a dragon from black polymer clay and added green and gold mica powder for depth, the dragons eye is a small, glass handmade chevron bead.

As a finishing touch I added Jet Black and Clear rhinestones. Inner diameter is 2 5/8″. Medium Size

This particular piece is unique and unusual, bright and gorgeous a conversation starter!
This is a one of a kind creation, if you like this bracelet I can custom create one similar for you. This would make a fantastic gift, or as a special gift to oneself!

The next entry was submitted by JohnnieBelinda:
Unique snake shed no 2 pendant
2 1/4 dia. mixed media pendant OOAK handmade unique one of a kind. Naturally shed snake skin mounted on a wood base. Hand formed casing . Has been coated in a protected sealant, is water resistant not 100 percent water proof.
Makes a perfect unisex gift, for women and who love tribal,animal print,snakes and being unique in there style
I have been collecting sheds for several years, some found and some purchased thru etsyshops. My friends and family think it’s weird, but i a nuture girl spending hours roaming in nearby woods and fields. Finding bones turtle shells, teeth and arrow heads.
I am a bit squimish when it comes to snakes, but i love the beauty of the sheds, diamonds and texture .

The next entry was submitted by BlackFridayStudio

Cobra Indiana Jones Snake Skin for the STATTEAM Keep it Weird Reptile Skin Challenge

Print measures 8×10 inches and was created using Kodak Gloss Photo Paper.
All 8×10 prints are matted and in a cello sleeve.

The next entry was submitted by BlackFridayStudio
Paper mache skull painted with snakeskin pattern. Sealed with matte finish.
Skull is slightly larger than a softball.

The next entry was submitted by TableTopJewels


“Slithering my way into your heart.”

This all occasion, blank white greeting card is embellished with hand crocheted motifs. The motif is crocheted with fine gauge cotton thread, size 10 and affixed to a reptilian design card stock.
The card measures 5 x7 and could easily fit into a standard frame. A great idea, give the empty frame as a gift with the greeting card as a gift tag!
The card includes the TableTopJewel shop information on the back and hand signed and dated.
The card ships in a clear archival photo sleeve.

The next entry was submitted by KuhlWhip

“Mermaid Cove” alcohol free moisturizing hair and body spray 2 oz in a cobalt blue glass spray bottle.

Sometimes Mermaids discretely come up from the deep to lounge on warm, soft, moss covered rocks, and bathe in the sun in a gorgeous floral vine covered cove.
They sing their special songs, and watch Sailors pass on their great wooden ships, and giggle as the Sailors wonder where the songs are coming from. Never seen, nor discovered, no one will ever know…Their secret forever safe in the Cove. Mermaid Cove fragrance has been made with a heady blend of Wisteria, Lilac, & Frangipani, followed by lush green Oakmoss, and Ocean aquatic notes.
The Body Sprays are made with an Alcohol free, moisturizing base and can be sprayed on both the body and the hair but, are not meant to be sprayed on clothing.

Interview with Elizabeth Matlack from Oddball Art Co.

My interview with Elizabeth of Oddball Art Co.:

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your shop?

Well I am an artist that is very passionate about original artwork! I love to create one of a kind unique pieces that will never be duplicated cause I feel that everyone deserves to hang an original on their walls. I don’t believe in prints which is why you will never find an Oddball Art print, only originals, hence the chosen name ‘Oddball Art Co.’ each piece is truly an oddball, one of a kind unique piece.

What inspired you to open your shop?

It has always been a dream of mind to be a working artist, I finally took the leap last summer and bought my domain name and attempted to set up a shopping cart on my own website. Creating the website was a cinch, adding the shopping cart to it, not so much and it was during that time that I discovered Etsy and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! So I opened up shop and connected it to my website and everything has gone exactly to plan since.

Besides designing & creating things, what do you do?

I have a wonderful and supportive husband named Adam and 5 fur kids, Isabelle a golden Doodle, 3 cats and a rabbit that keep my hands very full and other then that I try to spend as much waking time in my studio as possible! I absolutely love to paint and there is nothing I would rather be doing with my time ever.

Where, who or what does your influence come from?

My influences come from nature mostly, I live out in the country in such a small town that all we have is a gas station but I love it this way. I live in a very old house that sits in a beautiful yard with alot of old big trees and lots of gardens, well in the spring/summer theres lots of gardens and I have 2 big windows in my studio which btw is painted hot pink, and I find that this gives me the perfect setting to find my inspiration in nature and in everyday life.

What inspires you to be creative?

I find the wonderful feeling of self accomplishment that I feel after I have created my vision makes it all worth while, not to mention the total relaxation that painting gives me, hours fly by that feel like minutes.

How do you get out of a creative rut?

If I feel like Im in a creative rut I simply take Isabelle out for long walk in the country and usually within minutes I can feel the creative energy rush back through me.

When did you first discover that you were or wanted to be an artist?

I first discovered that I wanted to pursue art as soon as I was old enough to make art! I remember as a child I was always creating and setting up a table in my parent’s front yard to sell my creations at the side of the road! I actually sold quite a few pieces back then surprisingly!

Can you describe your creative process for us?

My creative process starts with and Earl Gray tea, my old records on the record player and my incense or a nice smelling candle going and then I paint whatever I am feeling at that moment but I always have to have that same setting to do it for some reason.

What is your most cherished handmade possession?

Well, my Papa was an artist as well and he is long passed away but I have his old sketch book full of all his nature/wildlife sketches some just in pencil some with ink and they are all just beautiful but you can tell its old as the paper has sort of yellowed and the cover has fallen off of the book over time but I have all the sketches perfectly in tact and in a protective place and I will always cherish it.

Where do you see or want your shop to be this time next year?

I would like to see my shop bringing in enough income to support myself with my art by this time next year, I only opened my shop this past November and February has just been my best month yet, and since each month just keeps getting better I am hoping that it shouldn’t be a problem making that a reality by this time next year.

Where would you like to be in ten years?

In ten years I would like to be a recognized artist that is making enough money from my art to live comfortably where ever I would like and be able to buy a house that is big enough and has a big enough property to start an animal sanctuary for homeless and abused animals to go and be saved.

What is your best advice to newbie Etesian’s just opening their shops?

My best advice to newbie Etsians would be to be as active in the Etsy community as they can be, consider themselves a sponge and just absorb as much info from Teams, forums, blogs, facebook pages everywhere, as they can, you never know enough and there is always something to learn.