Wednesday, March 28, 2012

BESTeam Feature: She's So Unusual


not usual,  common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional: an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.
1575–85; un-1  + usual

un·u·su·al·ly, adverb
un·u·su·al·ness, noun

extraordinary, remarkable; rare, strange, singular, curious, queer, odd.

What She Does:
Handcrafts necklaces, bracelets and earrings using Chinese blue-and-white beads and semi-precious stones.

Why She's Unusual:
Each piece is one of a kind and totally unique.  Bright, bold and full of color.  American-born, Claire has called Bangkok, Thailand and Santiago, Chile home.

Where You Can Find HerShop || Blog || Twitter

Tangerine & Green Stone Bracelet.

Tiger Eye & Turquoise Necklace.

What She Does:
Hand-sews fuzzy, furry and dressed toys.  Isobel has been creating lifelong friends for kids and adults alike for the past sixty years. 

Why She's Unusual:
There's a reason why Isobel's toys have found homes around the globe. You won't find anything like these cuddlies from anyone else.  And she even has a Soft Toy Clinic so you can rehab your love-worn family friends.

Where You Can Find HerShop || Blog || Facebook || Twitter

Melissa and Melinda Mad March Hares.

Plush Mommy Hedgehog.

What She Does:
From her workshop in paradise, Irith crafts gold and silver jewelry studded with gems or etched with lines, swirls and unique textures.

Why She's Unusual:
Irith's pieces combine the primitive with the elegant for eye-catching necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets to complement any look. 

Where You Can Find HerShop || Blog || Facebook || Twitter

Freeform Silver & Opal Ring.

Silver & Peridot Earrings.

As part of my BESTeam commitment, throughout the month I will be posting short features of several of the fabulous shops and talented artisans who comprise the team. What is BESTeam? It's The Boosting Etsy Shops Team and our goal is to give support to each other and to help promote each others' Etsy shops through blogging, Facebook and other social networks. If you are an Etsy shopowner and are interested in learning more about BESTeam, please visit the team page on Etsy or have a look at the BESTeam blog.


  1. As usual, I LOVE your writing and the way you bring out the best in each feature, those peridot earrings are TDF! And who wouldn't want to cuddle one of those adorable plushies! And one more thing is that I LOVE is the tangerine bracelet by BlueWhiteWear!


    1. Thanks, Joy! I just love Irith's work - it's always stunning. And yes, the colors from BWW, amazing. Isobel and her cuddlies have a special place in my heart! So this was a fun post to write.

  2. WOW I I really love the angle of your post! A great approach, UNUSUAL original and FUN!
    and some great pics too!!!

  3. Bless you Annie - great boost, as ever. Good to be part of the team, and have you as a friend and mentor.

  4. I love your feature - very clever and unusual! Thanks!

  5. Most UNUSUAL and FUN is what came to mind first, and then I saw that Borettoart has written exactly how I felt about it, before me! Thank you very much!

  6. unusual and it. great besteam feature, as always. tweeted and shared.

  7. Such beautiful things! Wow! Lovely post :)

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