European Tapestry – Guest Post by Charlotte Wakefield

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The Best Way To Decorate With A European Tapestry

 One of the most attractive pieces of wall art available today is a European best tapestry. This type of wall is well received by friends and family. It offers a unique perspective that few other types of art can offer in terms of historical value. So what is the best way to decorate with a beautiful tapestry? It is really quite simple. Just select a wall and then decide upon the colors that you wish to match. The next thing to do is to pick a theme that suits your needs the best. From medieval to floral and castle scenes, tapestries come in many shapes, styles and colors. They offer the perfect interior design edge that many rooms are missing today. In short, a European Tapestry is the most elegant way to “dress” a room.

Respected Provider Of The Best In Tapestries From Europe

 What makes these works so impressive is the fact that they are hand woven and manufactured by expert weavers in Europe. From Belgium to France and Italy, weavers that follow age-old tradition create the most amazing pieces of art found anywhere. The best part is that anyone can own these genuine works at a deep discount. By simply going online it is easier than it has ever been to find great deals on hand woven tapestries. There is a one online retailer that has been providing quality wall art for several years running. SaveOnTapestries.com is a trusted and respected provider of the best in tapestries from Europe. Deep discounts on some of the most beautiful wall tapestries are what buyers can expect from this wall art expert. Go online and visit SaveOnTapestries.com to learn more.

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Personalize and Customize: Out the Box Creations

I love handmade items. Not only are they crafted with care, but also by someone who is passionate about what they do, and I dig that. As most of you already know, not only do I sell on Etsy, I shop there too. It’s my go-to online marketplace where I find unique, eye-catching products that display fine craftsmanship and creativity. Recently I did a mini-review on a beautiful shop called Out the Box Creations.  You may remember the onesies and the maxi dress that I featured. I’ve really noticed how the brand was developing and expanding in a very positive direction. One that can be summed up in a great word: Custom!

Firstly, I’d like to mention that Spring is just around the corner, and I’ve been looking for some fresh statement pieces for my wardrobe. While browsing the shop, a gorgeous Chevron Clutch Purse popped out at me right away. I’m really into colors and patterns, so this instantly stood out to me. The wonderful thing about these clutches is that there are different colors to choose from:  aqua, navy, gold, hot pink, grey or burnt orange. You are also able to choose your own inner lining color, and have the option of adding a monogram, initials or name. The Spring Clutch Purse is also very pretty and fresh for spring! It comes in 4 different fabrics, all very fun and colorful. These can be customized too, with a flower or button accent, or a different lining or monogram as well.

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Next on my list…infinity scarves! I love infinity scarves so much, so when I saw that these were offered, I got all giddy about it! The Mother/Daughter Infinity Scarves are an adorable idea. These comfortable cotton scarves are made to order, and come in 9 specialty colors, any solid color or 6 chevron patterns. These come in different sizes, depending on who you are ordering for. toddler, tween or adult. They are also available separately, if you just want one for yourself or for a child. This makes a great gift, and you can custom make it to fit your own personal style.

ImageLast, but definitely not least, I completely adore both the Bowtie and Tie Onesies and Personalized Baby Girl Onesies. As an auntie, I feel the burning desire to spoil my nephews with gifts and the cutest clothing. They bowtie and tie onesies come with optional vest, buttons or suspenders. Super adorable, right? These onesies are not your boring plain white ones! Have a baby girl in mind? How about a personalized onesie for her too?! You could have her initial made of buttons, a little necklace design, colorful flowers, or any of the other creative and colorful designs as you can see from the photo! There are so many to choose from. There is so much room for customization and personalization, that these items are just really unique. You’ll be sure to capture a lot of attention and compliments with these cute onesies, and they make a perfect gift.

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All in all, I’m impressed with the new items in shop, and the direction they are taking. Some shops aren’t open to custom orders, but , with Out The Box Creations, if there’s a different color or size you need, that’s great! If there’s an option that’s not listed, she will try to make it happen for you! Items tailored to your every need! Need I say more?!

My Cat Adopted Me and my Mum!

ImageI’ve always been a fan of cats, and we’ve had cats for most of my life. When I moved out on my own, I really enjoyed coming home for visits so that I could see my kitties again. I always wanted my own cat, but my room mate wasn’t really that fond of felines. He had grown up mainly around dogs, and I had both in my home always. Things get interesting when I come home one day from work, to an almost empty apartment. Here’s the story of how I met my kitty.

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I came home one day from a long day at the call center I worked at, unlocked the door to our basement apartment to find that my room mate was not back from his job yet. I put my backpack down on the floor, but still bent over, something jumps on my back and lays on it like it’s a bed. I immediately know that there is a cat on my back, but am confused to why there is one on my back. Where did this thing come from? Did it accidentally come in the door with me, from outside? I carefully remove this thing from my back and am looking face-to-face with a gorgeous long-haired grey and white cat with the pinkest little nose, a long body and the most gentle demeanor that I have ever encountered.

ImageI really wasn’t sure what to do at this point, so I decided to wait until my room mate got back home and go from there. We played for a good 20 minutes, got tuckered out, and my room mate came home to use snuggle-sleeping on the couch together. When I wake up, it is revealed to me that we are cat-sitting. His friend moved to a new place and couldn’t have the cat unless he was neutered and declawed. After weeks of having this handsome kitty (whose name is Damien, as I later learned) I find out that this person could not afford to pay for these things and was going to give Damien up to the local shelter. I was almost in tears at this point. I’ve become so attached to him and knew that my room mate didn’t really like cats.  I was in distress. I finally got the courage to talk to my room mate about possibly adopting Damien, and he felt the same way. He’d also grown to like cats.

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I was really frugal for the next couple months because it was really important for me to take him to the vet to get him neutered, vaccinated and have his ears checked out (ended up he had ear mites). After that, I just had to keep giving him his ear medication and the rest was pretty much done. He was a healthy boy, about a year old or a little less than that.

ImageI had to give my boy up to my mother when I moved in with a boyfriend who was severely allergic to cats (I am no longer with him). He keeps my mom good company and I get to see him a lot too, so I can’t complain. I feel like it’s a perfect story of how he found us. He is the most laid back, cuddle-hungry cat that I’ve ever met. I just really wanted to share the heart-warming tale of Damien, my big boy!

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Free Earrings Giveaway!

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As a lot of you already know, I run a handmade jewelry shop on Etsy.com called Earth and Soul Designs. I am pleased to announce that I’m having a giveaway for a free pair of earrings! If you’d love to win this pair of romantic flower earrings, please be sure to check out the contest details to enter!

How to Enter:

  • Visit Earth and Soul Designs on Facebook
  • Find the post about the giveaway (it’s pinned to the top so it should be the first post, always)
  • Click on the sharing button (public sharing) to share the photo/contest
  • Leave a comment below the picture, so I know you’ve shared it
  • ‘Like’ the photo itself
  • ‘Like’ our page if you haven’t yet

Drawing on Feb 14th! Good luck!

What I’m Wearing

I see tons of blogs and articles showing what you’re wearing and decided today was that day day to reveal my crazy outfit. If there’s any day to share what I’m wearing, it’s today. It’s a bit mixed in patterns and isn’t something I’d usually reach for, but I was going for something fun. I also got a red wig in the mail that I ordered, so I decided to go all out on this one.

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Black skirt, peter-pan neck top with a bow pattern on it, a short sleeved cardi on top, belted with a bow belt, polka-dot leggings and a red wig. Not my usual outfit, but I was feeling quite bold today and wanted to experiment. I don’t even care if the patterns match. I was feeling so quirky and fun today. I’m not even going out anywhere. I just love playing dress-up!

Etsy Finds: KB and Friends

KB  and friends is a beautiful shop I’ve run into lately, and that I’m excited to tell you about! It’s a mother-daughter run shop that sells all kinds of vintage, retro and whimsical digital and paper products. I’ve always been into vintage items and paper ephemera, as well as digital art. This shop really pulls these two loves together in one place! There are items for both kids and adults, with flash cards for kids to recipe books and scrapbook products. All including a cute, whimsical and vintage look.

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        My favorite items are the albums/recipe books.

My favorite items are the albums/recipe books. They are embellished with flowers, ribbon, and little bits and pieces of vintage. They are so unique and am absolutely in love with these. I also really love the flash cards because they remind me of my childhood with the colorful vintage characters. The bingo cards are really neat as well; I remember playing bingo in school to help learn letters and numbers.

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 I also really love the flash cards

There are so many other goodies here too, and I just really fell in love with them. The digital listings are great, since there is no waiting for mail to arrive, just print as desired (or view them from the computer). Pretty handy, right?! All in all, I think that if you love the shabby chic, vintage style, and are looking for paper and digital products, I highly suggest KB and Friends. The prices are reasonable and the products are beautiful!

Etsy Finds: Out The Box Creations

I came across the shop Out the Box Creations and it really stood out to me. I don’t have children myself, but I have 3 little nephews who I just adore, and I love looking at children’s clothes and gifts. What auntie doesn’t love to spoil their nephews or nieces! Basically, LaKesha, the owner, has a knack for style. Her items include different outfits for babies and small children. Personalized onesies, College team dresses, little booties, football team baby clothing and even a tutu set! Stuff for boys and girls alike. I love that they have seasonal items like Christmas and Thanksgiving onesies. No kids to buy for? No problem! There’s something for baby, woman and even the dog of the family! Here are a few of my favorites (click on the photos to view the items).

ImageThis is TOO cute. Really. Just too cute.

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Love your dog? Love Valentine’s day? (but really, your dog needs a wardrobe too).

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Something nice for the lady of the house! Love this long patterned maxi dress!!