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Miniature Poppy Hair Comb Photo courtesy of Flauxers
Greetings everyone, and welcome to another Terrifically Talented Thursday! Today it's all about flowers and photos. Really, the two go hand in hand. I know that I certainly can't stop myself from taking photographs of all the flowers I can find. And as much as I love flowers, I am highly allergic to certain blooms (especially sunflowers) and need to admire them from afar. So how wonderful it is that a delightful shop like Flauxers exists!
Bridal Pink Tea Rose Earrings Photo courtesy of Flauxers
Meet Tanya, the creator of Flauxers! Flauxers is the combination of faux and flowers - and is pronounced flowers. Tanya has always loved flowers. She has enjoyed creating floral arrangements since she was a young child. She fondly recalls collecting wildflowers from her parents' backyard to make special arrangements for her mother. She also made barrettes and other handmade creations incorporating flowers with her mother and grandmother.
Miniature Sunflower Keychain Photo courtesy of Flauxers
Like so many of us, Tanya became quite discouraged when her pretty floral arrangements wilted. So she decided to create artificial arrangements that would, like your memories, last forever. During her first year of college, Tanya worked at a flower shop near her hometown where she honed her arrangement skills and learned to craft corsages and boutonnieres. Tanya even created all the floral designs for her own wedding. You can find Tanya's amazing floral creations online at Flauxers' own dedicated website and also on etsy. There's an amazing range of products at Tanya's shops - from wreaths and baskets to home decor and centerpieces to super-cute jewelry and accessories. Need something for a special occasion? Tanya will work with you to customize a "bouquet" that is just right for a bridal shower, baby shower, holiday or birthday that will incorporate your favorite blossoms and fit your budget.
Off-White Gerber Daisy Baby/Toddler Headband Photo courtesy of Flauxers
Each month Tanya holds a sale called "Monthly Booms." July is all about daisies! Throughout the month you can receive a 10% discount on all daisy-related products at both Flauxers shops. You can always find gorgeous faux floral creations using sunflowers, mums, roses, lilies and so much more! In addition to her shops, You can also find Tanya on twitter, facebook and myspace.
Listen Photo courtesy of Allie Art 4 Children
I'd like to introduce you now to Allie - the proprietress of Allie Art 4 Children. After practicing pediatrics for five years, Allie is currently a stay-at-home mom to four beautiful children. Being at home has provided Allie the opportunity of pursuing her dream of finally "doing something" with her photography. Allie finds immense joy in taking photographs and creating them into works of art for others to enjoy. The majority of her photos feature nature and children - two of her favorite subjects.
Fleeting Photo courtesy of Allie Art 4 Children
Allie's photographs possess an ethereal, dream-like quality. Each print is artistically rendered and comes to you signed by the artist. Not only can you purchase prints, but you can also take home Allie's gorgeous images on magnets, cards, ACEOs and photo blocks. But there is something else that is quite special about Allie's shop. Allie has chosen to use her talent for photography to further her desire to advocate for children worldwide. Currently 15% of any purchase from Alllie Art 4 Children goes directly to the Reach Out Childrens' Fund - a non-profit benefiting children living in remote communities in the Andes mountains of Peru. Allie's shop also features a special Breast Cancer Awareness Section. A generous 50% of the proceeds from each sale in this section goes directly to the Susan G. Koman Foundation.
Gossamer Photo courtesy of Allie Art 4 ChildrenAllie hopes to include more charitable organizations as relationships are developed. Her ultimate goal is to offer customers a choice of charitable organizations to choose from when they make a purchase. You can learn more about Allie and her work on facebook, twitter and her blog. Allie also contributes to the Ordinary Matters blog and has a flickr page.
Enter Photo courtesy of Allie Art 4 Children
Giveaway Time! Allie has been kind enough to gift one lucky reader with the print of her choice (the print no larger than 8 x 10)! This offer is open to participants worldwide. How do you enter to win one of Allie's beautiful prints? Simply visit Allie's shop and comment here about which image appeals to you and why! The deadline for entries is Wednesday, July 7 by 10:00 pm EST. PLEASE remember to include your EMAIL ADDRESS in your comment to be considered (especially if you do not have a blog). If your name is selected, and we have no way to contact you, your entry will be forfeited. Good luck to all! One name will be selected via random number generator.
And now I'm happy to announce the winners from last week's fabulous double giveaway! The winner of the Vampires Kisses Phantom of the Opera necklace is Olivia! Congratulations, Olivia. And the winner of Zen and Coffee's armwarmers/fingerless gloves is Amanda Leigh! Congrats, Amanda!
Stayed tuned for another wonderful Terrifically Talented Thursday next week! But I will be back this weekend to update you on my goings-on and to let you know the winners of my Mad Tea Party giveaway!
Til next time,