Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Two Heartisans with a Unique Idea and Tons of Heart!

We met Melissa Van Leeuwen and Melanie Larsen at The Backyard Boutique last weekend and were so impressed by what these two ladies are accomplishing! They have started a business called kharisma, an online import store that will be filled with unique, handmade items from the people of Bali. Melissa and Melanie have recently visited Bali Indonesia where they searched for the most unique items they could find to bring back to the US and sell on their website and at boutiques. Their first shipment will be arriving this summer, so if you'd like to join their mailing list for the big event, email! We love what kharisma is doing! Such a unique and fun way to share the Bali culture with us! Not only do they buy these amazing handmade items from the people of Bali, they also give a portion of the money they make back to the Balinese Orphanage. Read this awesome bio written by Melissa and Melanie:


Balinese Orphanage

This beautiful orphanage in Denpasar, Bali-Indonesia, sits on a slope of a mountain side overlooking vast rice patties. At any given time there are roughly 95 children who live in this home, ranging from ages 2-24. Each has an individual set of circumstances, some motherless or fatherless & some have no parents at all. By living at an orphanage, these young children are offered the chance at a better life through education and religion. The home is run by Sister Esther, a “seasoned nun” in her late 60’s. She keeps them on a tight schedule: up at 400am, chores, scripture study, school, more chores, playtime, and before you know it bed time again. The children raise frogs to sell for extra money (as this is a delicacy there).

Upon our arrival, we were greeted with warm smiles and hugs. The children had a special program prepared with songs in both English and their native tongue. It brought tears to our eyes to hear their sweet angelic voices sing praises to God and thanks for all they had. After sharing our gifts with them, (which were donated by our generous clientele), we were given a tour of their home and watched them play with their new toys. It was a sad departure, BUT we know it will forever be a top priority to visit them each time we return to Bali.

We have been given a deep sense of appreciation for our luxuries here in the United States. And as we continue to know the people in Bali, we feel this is a small way to give back to their community.

Thank you for your interest in our plight and for any way you are able to help contribute.

Our website is set to launch this summer, and we will always have a section to update you on these children and the efforts being made.

Terima Kasih

(thank you)

Melanie & Melissa


We are honored to present the Boutique Frenzy Heartisan Award to Melanie and Melissa of kharisma. We are excited for their upcoming launch and can't wait to be involved in this humanitarian effort!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Agi Receives Heartisan Award For Creativity and Style with Raw Foods!

We met Agi, creator of Agi's Raw Foods, at the Wheeler Farm Maydays Festival last month and were literally dumbfounded when we saw and tasted her products. We could not believe that such healthy food could taste so great! Mikey and I are big into flax seed, so we had to try her flax crackers and they were delicious!

Agi is extremely deserving of the Heartisan Award for her creativity and knowledge of raw foods and how to make them taste and look sooooo good!
Just take a look at these scrumptious've never seen or tasted anything like this. So delightful!

Green Sumo Salad with Thai Dressing on side
Agi's Raw Vegan Pizza To Go
Includes: Living Pizza Crust, Tarragon Tomato Sauce
Pine Nut Cream Chesse & fresh vegetables for topping
Sprouted Quinoa Salad, Ginger Lime Dressing on side
Left to Right: Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta, Brazil Nut Veggie Pate on gluten free Essene Bread
Our GLUTEN FREE flaxseed crackers are sprouted then dehydrated to preserve vital nutrients. From left to right:
9 Veggies, Peas & Parsley, Ginger Beet, & Summer Corn flavors.We also have a new flavor, Indian Curry and
5 Flavors Assorted Package.
Living Pizza Crust fresh from our "oven"
(Excalibur Dehydrator)
Hazelnut Brownies
Rainbow Quiche on Garlic Herb Almond Crust
comes with Raw Horsey Sauce on side
Living "Burger"
Raw Soups, from left to right: Creamy Carrot,
Extra Zinc, Summer Corn Chowder, Green Pea Avocado,
Russian Borscht, & Creamy Cauliflower Soups.
Fresh, un-pasteurized juices & drinks, from left to right,
top to bottom: Green Smoothie (this smoothie was a huge success at the farmers markets this past summer, the most important ingredient being WHEATGRASS JUICE), Vanilla Almond Nog, & Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice.
Salad Dressings, from left to right: Orange Tahini,
Raspberry Vinaigrette, Horseradish, Fresh Herb Spirulina
Green Ranch), Rosemary Thyme Dressings. New Flavors:
Thai & Ginger Lime Dressings.
Here, at Agi's Raw Foods we're growing our wheatgrass at
the store. The temperature and the light are perfect, providing the exact conditions the organic wheat needs to grow and mature.
At the peak of the growth we juice the
grass and immediately freeze it in 2 ounces containers.
It is available for our customers to buy a week's worth (or more) of the frozen juice. This is a convenient way ofhaving wheatgrass juice available to put in your green drink, anytime, any day.
Certified Organic Goji Berry

Dancing Berries Cereal, raw, gluten free, no cooking
needed. Soak, rinse, and serve.
Wake-Up-Time Cereal, barley based

Need I say more? You can see why Agi is a Heartisan Award winner! Fantastic job Agi! We will be by soon!

Go visit Agi today at:
Agi's Raw Foods is located on 2255 N. University Pkwy. # 15 Provo, UT 84604
(Next to Sally's Beauty Supply & Albertson's)
phone # is: 801-471-8383

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Brooke Mortensen-A Boutique Frenzy Heartisan!

I was really impressed when Brooke, owner of Ritzy Misfit, sent an email telling me that Jillian, on this season's The Bachelorette will be wearing one of her pendants on the show. I love Jillian and The Bachelorette, so I had to find out more! After emailing back and forth and checking out Brooke's pendants and her blog, I must say this girl has style! Definitely an artist with heart! It was an easy decision to give Brooke Mortensen the Heartisan Award!

This is what Brooke told me about herself:

"My name is Brooke, and I love to make almost anything. I get obsessed with figuring out how to do things, and it seems I try it all. I sew, make jewelry, decorate, re-finish furniture, and use all the big boy toys to make my creations. I don’t, however consider myself a “real artist” because if you ask me to draw a sketch of any of the things I make I couldn’t do it to save my life. You’d have a hard time guessing what it was. I respect artists and their talent so much, I just don’t feel I’ve earned the title as of yet.

I really like to be unique, and think outside the box. With as many amazing and beautiful things there are out there these days, that becomes more and more of a challenge. But I’m up for it.

The way my creative process works is usually this: I will see something, whether it be a piece of metal, some old weathered wood, or a simple glass jar, and an idea sparks. Sometimes this spark is inspired by someone else’s work, but I make it my own by tweaking it or even doing it the complete opposite way they did. But I love to be inspired by other people’s creativity. One of the things that makes the world go round, I think.

So as far as my pendants, which are so much fun to play with, it all started with a gift I got for my birthday. I was inspired, and the rest is history. I’m very blessed because people have had such a great response to my pieces.

These pieces really can tell you a lot about yourself. I have found, and hopefully will continue to, that people will choose pendants that reflect themselves as a person, down to their wonderfully unique soul.

I feel I have described this well in my description on etsy:

“No one is perfect, but we are all beautiful. These pendants give the feeling of being beautiful, unique and rough around the edges all at the same time. My work reflects the wonderful, flawed idiosyncrasies in us all. And it makes us breath-taking.”

My style is asymmetrical, quirky, and sometimes dark. And sometimes… sparkly. I love all things vintage, and if my things don’t incorporate something old, they tend to have that older, nostalgic feel. I definitely don’t hold back when I like something though. If it’s made completely of glitter and sequins, and I happen to love it, then so it is. Again, outside that bow, I guess.

As far as Ritzy Misfit, it has just grown in such a wonderful way! I’m blessed to have been contacted by some wonderful people who have helped me so much by giving support, and opportunities for growth. I’m pretty shy when it comes to showing people my work and telling them it’s great, so it makes it much nicer when they find me. Etsy has been such a wonderful tool in helping me to get started. I’ve been featured in several awesome blogs, had invitations for consignment around the country, and my pendants are actually going to be on this season of the Bachelorette! Worn by the beautiful Jillian. I have big hopes for Ritzy Misfit, and hope to continue to grow and evolve."

Awesome job Brooke! Love the pendants...very unique and stylish! I think that you are definitely an ARTIST!

You can see Brooke's pendants at

Check these neat!

Jillian, "The Bachelorett" wearing one of Brooke's pendants with a "J"

Monday, May 11, 2009

First Heartisan Award goes to Lauricia Grimshaw-Cox

The first time I saw Lauri's artwork, I was stunned to say the least! I loved the uniqueness, the creativeness and style! When I met her, I was even more impressed! See for yourself...

The following was taken from Lauri's blog Epiphanies of an Art Girl:

She knew she was strange and peculiar- A little diddy about an ArtGirl

I am a self taught mixed media artist living in Salt Lake City Utah with my love, Dwight, my two children, Sheldon and Madi and step-daughters Julia, Megan and Erika...and two pugs and a very fat cats.

I got my start selling my offerings years ago at the Downtown Farmers Market for three years. I moved and travled from show to show aspiring to be a full time art show gypsy. Exhausting physically, financially and spiritully but OH so much fun! I have never let go of my dream and vision of when I will make my living full time the "creative play way"........creating, teaching, organizing shows, inspiring women and girls through creativity and the many other business ideas and life enrichment ideas I have!

Since my 1st market I have been honored to be in many wonderful home boutiques and holidays shows and amazed to be represented along side remarkable artists in fine art shows such as Jackson Hole Arts Fair, West Coast Artists in Palm Springs, Art In Kayenta, Sundance Harvest Moon and Trails Village in NV. My work adornes the homes of many around the US as well as in India, Sweden, Columbia, Moldova, Costa Rica and Poland.

I have been a part of many shows and also organize my own annual backyard boutique, The Garden Of Art, which displays the works of local women artisans in the whimsical Garden Of Joy, an outdoor art boutique-y show.

In 2005 I was thrilled to be an invited intructor with Woman Create, an event hosted by Chapelle ltd Publishing Company, which brought together teachers and artists from across the country in addition to many long loved HGTV and DIY show hosts, authors and speakers. It remains one of the most pivotol, bittersweet yet influential moments in my life for which I will always be grateful for.

April 2009 launched my leap from Artgirl to SpaGirl as I ventured into a partnership with my mother, Marcia. Bungalow 8 Day Spa will now be the home to my own artwork as well as continuing to support my favorite thing, local art! The bungalow also provides me a venue to teach my own creative workshops, Soul UnLeashed! Bungalow 8 is now open!!!

I am a kindred spirit with many who adore and own my work. My thrill and reward comes from the reactions of people who embrace the work I create to the soul it tickles inside themselves.

My art contains oddness and magical whimsy combined with inspirational and empowering thoughts and appeals to little girls all the way to great grandma's.

Although a challenge at times, I strive to embrace the imperfection and realism of life and do so by creating imperfect and whimsical art which adds charm and organic originality to each piece I make.

I strive to live my bliss, my creativity allows me to live that and is play for me as I strive to embrace the oddness's and whimsies of life that surround us and truly live my joy.

Artfully yours,
Lauricia Grimshaw-Cox
The Happy ArtGirl and NOW SpaGirl

Check out Lauri's beautiful artwork at the Bungalow 8 and on her website and blog listed above.

You can also purchase Lauri's Artful Goodies at these fabulous shops:

Thanks for making the world more beautiful Lauri!!!

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