Archive for March, 2009

Unique Handcrafted Earrings

I’m an earring fanatic at heart and love finding earrings unique both in their design, as well as the materials used to create them.  Check out the following fabulous finds from the Etsy stores of Intrinsic Imagination and Marcia Palmer.


There are feather earrings and then there are Spiked Elegance earrings created by the owner of Intrinsic Imagination.  I’m definitely feeling the funky hoop shape of these feather earrings.  How about you?

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  • a.  Spiked Feather Earrings (Black), $16.00.  Size:  2-1/2 long, 1-1/2 wide. I created these stunning earrings using black Goose Biot feathers. They look dangerously prickly but I asure you they are actually soft.  **For other colors and findings available, please see note from seller below. 
  • b.  Spiked Feather Earrings (Purple), $16.00.  Size:  2-1/2 long, 1-1/2 wide.  
  • c.  Spiked Feather Earrings (Red), $16.00.  Size:  2-1/2 long, 1-1/2 wide.   

**Note from seller:  Earwires are surgical steel.  I can add sterling silver for $2 more, just send me a message before purchase and I will adjust the price of this listing for you.  Other colors:  White, Red, Pin, Green, Violet, Electric Red (bright), Neon Orange (really bright).

  • d.  Teardrop Peacock Feather earrings, 3″ long, 2″ wide, $18.00.  Available with Surgical steel or steel earwires.
  • e.  Green Goddess Feather Hair Clip, $18.00.  Each clip has a leather back that is attached to a changeable metal hairclip.  This one is created with bright and beautiful peacock feathers. Size:  About 3-1/2 long & 3/4″ wide.

Intrinsic Imagination is offering FREE shipping on any pair of Spiked Elegance earrings especially for Mature Natural Blog readers.  Just type the word “BLOG” in the Message to Seller box during purchase, and the shipping will be refunded within 24 hrs.  How cool is that? 

Check out this seller’s other store, CAPTURED IMAGINATION, for jewelry, some really fly hats, and more beautiful hairclips and earrings.


Did you catch your breath yet?  Yep, that was my initial reaction too when I first stumbled upon these beauties on Flickr.  Ms. Palmer does polymer clay like nobody else.  Don’t believe me?  Just check out her amazing designs below. 

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  • a.  Primitive Elegance Earrings, $18.00.  These earrings were created using polymer clay discs and copper wire.  These earrings measure approximately 2.0″ (5cm) from the bottom of the ear wire.
  • b. Primitive Elegance Earrings, $18.00.  These earrings were created using polymer clay discs and copper wire.  These earrings measure approximately 2.0″ (5cm) from the bottom of the ear wire.
  • c.  Primitive Elegance Earrings Lite, $18.00.  These earrings were created using polymer clay discs,and copper wire.  These earrings measure just over 1.5″ (3.75cm) from the bottom of the ear wire.
  • d.  Primitive Elegance Squared, $18.00.  These earrings were created using polymer clay square beads and copper wire.  These earrings measure just over 1.5″ (3.75cm) from the bottom of the ear wire.
  • e.  Exotic Gold and Black Earrings, $18.00. This is a delightful pair of exotic look earrings.  The gold and black colors are the perfect accent to that fun outfit.  The polymer clay pillow beads are so light you will hardly notice you are wearing them.  Measures 1.25″ diameter (3cm) and 2″ long from the top of the earwire (5cm).

Marcia also makes amazing bracelets and pendants, so make sure you visit her Etsy store.  She is also a proud member of the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE), North Georgia Street Team (search “Team NorGA” in tags to find more of our members’ items), Etsy Artists of Color Street Team (EAOC), and Etsy Interior Design Team.


Budget Friendly: Designer Fashion

The new trend of designer lines (makeup, home, fashion) in stores like Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, etc. are cropping up everywhere.  With the state of our current economy, it’s nice to be able to find quality fashion that is easy on the wallet.

Norma Kamali:  Walmart

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Elle: Kohl’

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**Tip:  I prefer visiting the store, but when ordering online, reading customer feedback and reviews on items you’re interested in, especially in regards to sizing (item smaller or larger) and quality (fabric thin, poorly made, etc.), helps.  

Budget Friendly: Lustrasilk Cholesterol Conditioners

It’s hard to believe that Lustrasilk cholesterol conditioners have only recently become popular on the hair boards, and most likely the reason it’s frequently out of stock at Sally’s Beauty Supply.  However, neighborhood beauty supply stores always seem to have it in stock.  The Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholesterol is a multipurpose product for me.  I use it as a leave-in, deep conditioner, and styler.  The Aloe Vera cholesterol is the most moisturizing for me.  Lustrasilk cholesterol conditioners are budget friendly because they’re cheap ($2.79 to $3.99), readily available (online and offline), and get the job done. 

Find Lustrasilk cholesterol conditioners at Sally Beauty Supply,, Texas Beauty,, and neighborhood beauty supply stores.  I’ve also found Lustrasilk cholesterol conditioners in limited supply at CVS and Rite-Aid.

lustrasilkaloe1Lustrasilk Cholesterol Aloe Vera Hair Cream Super Detangling Formula.  Ingredients:  Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol and Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cholesterol, Aloe Vera Gel, Silk Amino Acids, Rosehips Extract, Soybean Oil, Safflower Oil, Peanut Oil, Vitamin E, Mineral Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Yellow 5, Fragrance.

lustrasilkherbalLustrasilk Cholesterol Deep Conditioning Cream Enriched with Carrot Oil for Dry, Damaged Hair.  Ingredients:  Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol and Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, carrot oil, tocopherol, rosemary oil, sage, arnica, burdock, stearalkonium chloride, cholesterol, mineral oil, distearyldimonium chloride, methylparaben, DMDM hydantoin, yellow # 5, yellow # 6, fragrance.

lustrasilkteatree1Lustrasilk Cholesterol Tea Tree Cream Intensive Therapy.  Ingredients:  Deionized Water, Stearalkonium Chloride, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol , Tea Tree Oil , Soybean Oil, Safflower Oil, Vitamin E, Peanut Oil, Rosehips Oil, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol , Stearyl Alcohol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Silk Amino Acids, Cholesterol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Blue No. 1.
lustrasilkshea  Lustrasilk Shea Butter Cholesterol Creme.  Ingredients: Water, Stearamidopropyl, Dimethylamine, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Shea butter, Mango seed butter, Cholesterol, Soybean Oil, Safflower Oil, Wheat GermOil, aloe VeraExtract, Fragrance, Vitamin E, Methyl Paraben Propyl Paraben, Phosphoric Acid Sodium Chloride DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA, Yellow #5, Yellow #6.
lustrasilkoliveLustrasilk Olive Oil Cholesterol Creme.  Ingredients: Water, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, olive oil, cholesterol, soybean oil, safflower oil, wheat germ oil, aloe vera extract, fragrance, vitamin e, methyl paraben, propyl paraben, phosphoric acid, DMDM hydantoin, disodium EDTA, yellow #5, blue #1.