Saturday, April 28, 2012

Wine Charms and More from Absolutely Kismet

Have you ever been at a party or function where you put your wine glass down and then, when you look for it, there are a whole bunch of them together and no way of knowing which one is yours????

Well, my blog this week features AbsolutelyKismet, because this shop has the answer for you with her charming wine charms. What a great hostess gift!

I've chosen to show you Bow Tie Wine Charms w/.22 Shell Casing Dangles - Set of 6
Using .22 brass shell casings with a colored bicone in place of the bullet she has created a beautiful dangle which is attached to a ring of crystal beads.The bicones come in dark blue, light blue, purple, red, green, and amber.              
Try these for your next dinner party - they will be a real conversation starter!

Necklace - Bright Orange Shell 17.5"/44.5cm

If you've noticed the new summer fashions, you will see that orange and coral clothes feature very prominently. This beautiful bright orange necklace  is made from dyed mother-of-pearl shell. The length is 17.5 inches (44.5cm. It will be a perfect accessory for your latest fashions.

Turquoise Bracelet for 6.5" (16.5cm) Wrist

Another popular spring/summer color is turquoise and I love the simplicity and elegance of this bracelet. Keep it in mind next time you go clothes shopping and need something to add a dressy look!
Such a fun shop! Don't forget to visit the next time you need a gift.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Experience Hawaii Through RedemptionArt

When I look at Connie Haskell's shop,  RedemptionArt, it evokes fond memories of a dream vacation in Hawaii many years ago.  This shop has a distinctly Hawaiian flair with its unusual and interesting  range of vintage, hand made, re-purposed and unusual products.

Seashell Vase Ceramic Hand Made Vintage 
I chose this item as it made me feel like a walk along one of the glorious beaches I remember with nostalgia. The delicate colors enhance the natural flowing lines of the shell. What a great conversation piece on your coffee table!

If you love vintage copper and 1950s pieces, this Vintage Copper Pitcher West Bend Moscow Mule would look great filled with some of the beautiful spring flowers that are bursting out in bloom all around us!

This type of pitcher was typically used to mix Moscow Mule a vodka based drink and you can find the recipe on Connie's shop, RedemptionArt.

Are you planning a beach vacation this summer? If so, you will definitely need this Vintage Purse Sunny Hawaii Bamboo Summer

What a gorgeous tote to really celebrate the summer with!

I hope you have enjoyed visiting this fascinating shop with me. Next time you need an unusual gift, remember to visit RedemptionArt.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Featuring Borettoart

In  this blog I'm going to feature a very accomplished artist, Lesley Boretto from Sydney, 

Australia. On her website you will find a variety of art works to delight 

your senses. 

Lesley, who grew up in an artistic family, surrounded by art,  creates her unique and
eye-catching paintings using her favorite mediums: acrylicmodelling compoundpaperlinen canvasoilinkgluefoam boardgold lief

The first painting for you to see is Alien Models 

chose this painting because I love the flow of movement expressed by the figures and the vibrant use of color.

 This is an original acrylic painting on canvas.

Because the beginning of summer has us all looking forward to the holidays, I want to show you Manly Retro, a fine art print of Manly beach. Notice the attention to detail and all the activity taking place on the beach.

I chose this last acrylic painting on canvas, 
Flower Bouquet, to show you how versatile Lesley is in her choice of subject matter.

 Again, I love the use of color here and the pleasing arrangement of the subject matter. Because she loves flowers so much, but they do not last in a vase, she decided to give them the imortality they deserve by painting them.

Please go to her website - I'm sure you will get as much pleasure from her art as I did. Good luck, Lesley, you are truly a very talented artist!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DeeDeeDzyn: Daffodil Season

DeeDeeDzyn: Daffodil Season: This is such a beautiful time of year. Everywhere I look blossoms are appearing, flowers are bursting into bloom and the air is so frag...

Daffodil Season

This is such a beautiful time of year. Everywhere I look blossoms are appearing, flowers are bursting into bloom and the air is so fragrant.  I'm reminded of a William Wordsworth poem I studied long ago in an English literature class: 

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

In this blog I will be showcasing three shops, Joyflower, Yankee Burrow and Ancient Oils.

To celebrate this season, I've  chosen a stunning Spring Fashion Hand Painted Charmeuse Silk Poncho by Kristin Joy Light at Believe it or not, this silk poncho is actually a silk square that can be worn in a variety of ways. I love the rich coral red and magenta colors. If you check this out on the website, you will see illustrations of how to tie it in different ways to achieve different effects. You can also see a brief video overview of the process of silk painting at 

Having just returned from South Africa, I was immediately drawn to Debbi and Amanda's shop, Yankee Burrow where I found this beautiful  African beaded necklace, brown and green created by Debbi for

Perfect for spring, the green and brown beads are interspersed with silver and wood to add to the African feel of this unusual piece.  

I love chocolate so, when I saw Mint with Chocolate Swirls Luxury Soap by Lilly DelValle, I was blown away! Imagine bathing in chocolate mint!
This soap is made with real Cocoa butter, peppermint essential oil and real cocoa powder for swirls. Whether you are using this in the day or at night, it is sure to soothe you and leave you with a feeling of well-being. Lilly  works with Essential Oils due to their Healing and Spiritual properties. Be sure to visit her shop for a delicious experience at

I hope that you have enjoyed this blog and that it will heighten your spring experience.