Monday, October 24, 2011

BESTeam Feature

Here is a little known fact about me: I like elephants! I never realized I did until I somehow acquired a few figurines, a large picture, and a small rug the size of a door mat. Okay, the rug is technically not mine, but I kind of like to think of it that way. Anyway, how did this happen? It's hard to say. I'm not saying I want to become a major collector, but I do think these super sweet mini 1 inch figurines (sold by Redemption Art) are adorable, and I wouldn't mind seeing them in my stocking, hint, hint!

Other things that are pretty neat? Having nothing to do with elephants and everything to do with being absolutely awesome, check out this intricate red necklace by Las Flores del Sur. There are even matching earrings!

Moving along, how about some silver earrings with just a hint of turquoise, by Beader Bubbe. Reminiscent of the Southwest, they'd look great on anyone from anywhere.

Are you enjoying reading my features? Would you like to write some of your own, and be included in similar stories? Consider joining the BESTeam on Etsy!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

BESTeam Mixed Feature!

I am feeling the Fall Spirit! I have been indulging in some fall foods, from hot spiced Chai tea, of which I have never had before and may now be in love with, to McDonald's new pumpkin pie dessert, which was better than expected. Etsy is also getting Autumn oriented!

From Mossy Creek Soap is this delightful sounding Pumpkin Spice Soap:

This pretty Carnelian Necklace by Jaynemarie follows the color scheme of fall perfectly! I love anything in these earthy colors, and the extra sparkle bits are just great.

This gorgeous Scarf from Our Home to Yours combines some of my favorite colors, rust orange and brown. :) Doesn't the ripple effect look great?

Finally, this neat Mini Journal by The Orange Windmill would fit perfectly in your purse, with colors reminiscent of Halloween. I don't know about you, but if I don't write it down, I don't remember it, and if I don't have paper handy, I don't write it down!

Check out these great shops for lots of other yummy smelling, pretty items, great for yourself or as gifts during the upcoming holiday season. Heck, why wait for a reason? Gifts should be spontaneous and thoughtful, and anything here should meet its mark.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Time Management

I just wanted to have a quick post so you'd know I haven't completely left the building! I have a lot going on right now, and I am currently working on a plan for time management. Last year as soon as September hit, I sort of dropped off the radar until May, and I am trying very hard for that not to happen again this year, although clearly I've gone back to a few of my bad habits!

I am trying to figure out a regular schedule where I can post here twice a week: one feature as I've been doing lately and the other about the arts and crafts that I'm up to. I hope that the days I post here, I will also post something new to Facebook.

I'm going to write down a schedule I think I can stick to, and we'll see how it goes for a while. I think the visual reminder to make this a priority will help. As with many of you, I imagine, I sometimes have trouble balancing all the different aspects of my life, from my family and house care to my full time day job to trying to make Absolutely Kismet a better business.

Happy blogging!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ms. Formaldehyde Feature

Today's feature is on Ms. Formaldehyde on Etsy, created by Kelly. This shop comes to us from San Diego, CA. As the shop name suggests, Kelly creates a lot of things with skulls and spiders, with a focus on earrings and hair accessories. She also has a lot of flowers and feathers to balance what may be a somewhat macabre look. These 3 inch matching orange hair clips are perfect for those looking to get a head start on October revelries.

I realize this white flower is neither skull nor spider inspired, but Kelly also specializes in classic wedding hair accessories. I'm a sucker for any pretty clippie for my hair! Just send her an email, and Kelly will be happy to customize accessories for wedding parties or any other special event needing a little extra panache.
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