From the Blogosphere – Week in Review 07/17/13

Fresh off a whirlwind six-island tour at the beginning of last month, things are finally starting to settle back into a sense of normalcy.  Yes, we recognize we’ve taken a bit of artistic license with the use of that term!  Nonetheless, we are currently busy working at tweaking a few site issues, chatting with some awesome beach bums through social media, and working to develop some great new products.  And for the next 60 days it’s full speed ahead planning for our maiden voyage to exhibit at Surf Expo.

Today we thought we’d take a step back, and share a few of the postings we found from some of our favorite Island bloggers.
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Soggy Dollar Bar
               Soggy Dollar Bar

Bahama Bob Leonard dropped in to tell us about the Beach Bash held to celebrate the 43rd Anniversary Party at the Soggy Dollar bar on Jost Van Dyke.  If you’ve ever stopped in for one of the infamous Painkillers, you’ll want to read the details of this Day on the Beach!
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Loblolly Bay, Anegada
              Loblolly Bay, Anegada

 

From our friends at Rum Therapy, they say it’s really not that easy to get to Anegada in the British Virgin Islands.  But in this great post, they share some of the great beaches that await.  If you love stunning images of beautiful beaches like we do, check out Loblolly Bay, Anegada.

Pssst, you might also want to check out the revamped site over at RumTherapy.com.  Great job guys!
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Ever wonder what the locals recommend for favorite activities to the friends and family visiting the islands?  Then check out San Pedro Scoop’s Catamaran sailing from Ambergris Caye to Caye Caulker.  One of the better photo essays we’ve seen in a while.
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One of the things we really enjoy about island life, is their more direct manner of speech.  No harm and no offense intended, they simply speak more exactly what they mean.  Political correctness takes a back seat.  Found in St. John, is this stunning example of what I mean.  Find out where it’s located in the story from On St. John.

 

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Everybody likes free, and this time the opportunity is X2!  Simply sign up for the Anguilla Beach Lovers Newsletter, and you are eligible to win a $200 Blanchards Gift Card.  Run by Bob and Melinda Blanchard, their two popular restaurants, the high-end Blanchard’s Restaurant and the low-key Blanchard’s Beach Shack next door, offer top Anguilla dining experiences.  And if you’re curious about the island transition, check out the story of their move to island life in A Trip To The Beach.

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Be sure to check out our Caribbean blogging friends.  These guys truly help to put us in an island state of mind!  And until next time, get…

Lost in a Lifestyle,
JVbytheSea

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From the Blogosphere – Week in Review 041313

Slackards!  That’s us, just a bunch of lazy beach bums.  But we’re back again, with a bit of news from the best Caribbean bloggers on the web!  We save you the daily grind, and we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you.  Filtering through the many bloggers we follow, here’s some interesting site postings we found through the past week.
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If you’re a foodie, or a spirit aficionado, you’ll want to check out the newest release from Carlton Grooms of Coastlines & Tanlines.  His newest book Rum & Contemporary Cuisine is now available on iTunes.  It’s a cooking show and a cookbook combined into one, and now available for your iPad.

 

 

 

 

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Our friend Patrick from Uncommon Caribbean introduced us to Sandy Point Beach.  The Bennett brothers are always proud to show off their home island of St. Croix, and their home-town pride comes across loud and clear in this Wallpaper Wednesday special.

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Wendy at My Irie Time wrapped up a really great alphabetical survey of all things Caribbean with this final posting in the series, “Z is for Zymurgy”.  We really enjoyed this series.  If you missed it, go to her site and check it out, and follow the Caribbean from A-Z.

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And finally, highlighting a Lunch of the Week is this St. John favorite at Skinny Legs!  This Burger of the Day” features smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese and a thick slice of pineapple.  Bon Appetit!

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As always, we encourage you to check out our blogging friends.  Follow along with the ones that pique your interest, and soak up a little bit of the island vibe!  And until next time, go get…

Lost in a Lifestyle,
JVbytheSea

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Week in Review – From the Blogosphere #2

In our blogosphere update this week, we look back on another great week of travel writings.  From an historic look back at Saba, to a Celebration of National Rum Day, it was another great week to read from some of our Caribbean friends.

Our friends at Uncommon Caribbean have done it again!  Take a journey back in time and experience Saba from the 1930’s.

MySeaStory Sees All!

 

Joana at MySeaStory reminds us in this dive story, that sometimes what goes on beneath the water can be just as exciting as above the water line!

 

 

Kirani James wins Gold!

 

 

From a Track and Field Stadium completely destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, read how this island nation celebrated Gold in London 2012.

 

 

Well they finally did it!  After months of planning, Ken and Chery from Mid-Life Cruising got the house on the market, and they’re ready to pull the plug.  Could you do this and really get off the grid?

It looks like the cat is out of the bag.  On-St. John features a video tour of beautiful St. John.

 

Celebrating National Rum Day, Eatocracy gives us a run-down of this historically Caribbean spirit.

 

Take a moment to check in on some of the best travel writing from the week that was!  And by all means, if you have a favorite blogger you’d like us to feature, be sure to drop us a line!

Live the Life,
JVbytheSea

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From Passions to Business

Thanks to inFlow Inventory Software for contacting us to be a part of their Customer Spotlight Blog.  We were thrilled to be selected for the story and are happy to share how our island inspired art and gift company got off the ground.  Click on the link below for the full story.  Thanks inFlow!

How passions for art and travel created an online small business.

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JVbytheSea

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Our Grand Entrance

Hello Travel Junkies!

We’re excited today to launch the very first edition of the Island Art blog.  Thanks for taking the time to make the inaugural step with us.

A proper introduction of who we are is probably in order.  First and foremost we are just a couple of mid-western souls in search of a salty piece of land.

They say the human body is 60% water.  If that’s true, then I think that in my case it must be saltwater.  From a very early age I was exposed to the beaches of California and Florida, and I was hooked.  Since that day, I have been drawn to the salty shores of the Caribbean islands.  Just another chorus from a favorite Chesney song, “He’s an Island Boy…”

Just an Island Boy

I started Island Art & Treasures in 2007 as a way to share our love of Caribbean art and it’s artists, and to expose their works to a larger audience.  And hey, who doesn’t like business trips that involve lazy days spent on sunny beaches on exotic locations.

Over the years I have traveled to numerous countries and to countless states across the United States.  But nothing scratches my nomadic itch quite like time spent in the islands.   I love all things Caribbean, and everything that these islands have to offer.

Island Art & Treasures gives me the opportunity to travel, exposing myself to more of the characteristics and distinct personalities of each island.  Along the way, there are numerous stories, experiences, and characters that we meet.  This blog will be an occasion to share some of our travels and experiences as we seek to Live the Life With our Toes in the Sand!

Cheers!

While reading our blog please remember a couple of things:
1.  We write from our perspective. We hope you enjoy what we have to say, but remember that these are our experiences alone. Not everyone may have the same thoughts or experiences with the same locations. And that’s okay.
2.  Grab a map or pop open GoogleEarth if you’re unfamiliar with the location discussed. It helps to drop in a proverbial pushpin and know where we are.
3.  If you get really bored, drop in on our retail site MyIslandArt.com and do a little shopping! Our Island-Themed gifts are the perfect seasoning for your life.
4.  Check back often for all or newest items and blog ramblings.

We hope to see you soon, Down Island Way!
Island Art & Treasures