Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Blue Highways - Featured Artisan

 You really are going to have to go to Handmade Artists Shops and check this artisan out.  Her journals are absolutely gorgeous.  She has so many varieties of fabrics to choose from that you may have a hard time choosing just one.

Blue Highways - Featured Artisan

I am truly honored that I get to spend time with her on the forum at Handmade Artists Forum.  She gives great advice, has a beautiful product, promotes others selflessly and she also enjoys a good chat on Thursday nights as well..  Stop by and check her out.  You will be sooooooo happy that you did.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Getting Frustrated with Your Beading!!!

Have you ever had a day when you had just a teensy bit of beading to do and it would finish a project that you have had laying around for a bit waiting to be completed.  Yeah, well me too, except that today, I decided this is the day I am going to get this piece done.  It is a beautiful necklace made with what is called the Chenille stitch.  I really like it and want to get it listed in my shop

Let me just say that I have never been a quitter, so I don't usually give up.  But today, I think I may have to.  Not quit, just give up for today.  Problem is, my spirit is telling me that "you can do this, it is just a simple peyote stitch".  Yeah, OK, that's true and I have done plenty of peyote stitch in recent months.  This piece in particular calls for a tubular peyote stitch to create the end cap for the necklace in order to have a place to attach the clasps. I have done tubular peyote as well, many times.

So what's going on today.  I am just not sure but it is very frustrating.  I have started this end cap, oh let's see, I think I stopped counting at 10.  I tried it holding it with my fingers (I have pretty big fingers and long nails), that did not work.  I tried getting it started and placing it on a skewer so that I could bead around it until I had several rows done, then it should just be a snap to finish.  I mean I only need like 8 or so rows, for heavens sake.  Nope, nothing working. 

So I decided to put it down, take a break, do a little blogging and you got it, this is what comes out, so again, I think, no, gotta really take a break.  I went to sit with my daughter for a bit and we discussed a very recent order possibility that came through Facebook, watched a little TV.  Nothing really interested me, so after discussing the details of the order and what we needed to get, I decided to come back to my little corner of the world where I create my jewelry, do other odd jobs and see if it would work this time.  But you guessed it, I decided to just give it a rest. 

The way I look at it is this, there is obviously a reason why I am having such a hard time with such a simple stitch that I have often completed without problems.  I think there must be something else that needs to be done. Therefore, I have decided to complete this blog, take a trip over the to forum at Handmade Artists Shops, check my shop, make some adjustments or add a piece or two and then turn in for the night.  Since I am a notorious night owl, this will be very early turn in for me.

I hope you enjoyed my little trip of frustration and hopefully, you might find some insight from my troubles with a teensy little stitch today.  If nothing else, I get a really good laugh at myself for not paying attention to that tiny little voice in my head that tells me what to do.  I know better, I will do better.

Enjoy the blog, take a look around and do leave comments or suggestions as to how you overcome these silly sorts of days.

Love to all and may God Bless you richly.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I just have a few words to say today.  I wanted to put it out there for everyone to see and bookmark it and shop it and don't forget it.  Handmade Artists Shops.  I have been on this site for quite a few months now and at first I just posted a few things and then sort of forgot about it.  Then one day, I am sitting in front of my computer and working on my website and decided to check on my emails.  Well one of the emails was a reminder of a "chat" scheduled for that very night at Handmade Artists, and I said to myself, "Self", self said "huh", Self said, "ought to go check out the chat room for a while before it's too late', self said "ok, no prob".  So I did and wound up having a wonderful conversation with several people and truly enjoyed the time that I spent on that chat.  But more than that, I came away from it after only maybe 15 or so minutes with a new, hmmm, I don't know what you might call it, 'drive', 'spark', 'initiative', but whatever one might want to call it, I have been on the site and the forums everyday since then, many, many times per day and often til wee hours of the morning.

I have added more of my product to the shop Bead Thing and even though I have not yet had a sale, I am not worried so much about that, because I so enjoy being on the site and conversing with the other artisans.  It is truly a one of a kind site, there are ONLY handmade items there and those folks who create them, are true artisans. There are those who create painted art, crochet art, jewelry, photography, to name a few.

Really, what are you waiting for, get over there, check us out.  Make a purchase, leave some feedback, share us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.  You won't be sorry, you will come back time and time again.

As they say "Trust Me".

See you there.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Newborn Baby Moccasins

I saw these in a highlight on Handmade Artists today. They are so adorable. ALMOST makes me wish I had another baby to wear them, yeah ALMOST. Tell you what though, my son Wayne and his wife are trying to have a baby and if they do, I know where I am going. This would make the perfect baby gift.

Click this link below. I am sure you will love this.  I just had to share these because I think they are the most adorable handmade item I have seen in a while and trust me when I say that I see a lot of handmade items. I check them out on my Facebook page, my Twitter account, my Handmade Artists account.  I share them when I find things that I absolutely love and when I know that there is someone out there who is going to see my page or blog who will adore them as much as I do.

 Be sure to click on the link and take a look at all the treasures in her shop. While you are there take a look around at all the shops, you won't be disappointed. There is not one single thing in any of the shops that is not HANDMADE. Handmade equals quality, love, passion, you name it. I myself am a handmade jewelry artisan and I know that there is nothing I would rather do than create. So when you buy something handmade you know that what you are getting is made with loving care and that the artisan has put their heart and soul into it.

Beaded baby moccasins Newborn baby moccasins Buckskin baby moccasins on Handmade Artists'

If you are a crafter or designer of beautiful handmade items, take a look at the Handmade Artist shops and see if you wouldn't just love to have your items showing up nearly everywhere.  Most of the artisans who list on this site are adamant about promoting others as much as they promote themselves. 

Check it out.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Handmade Artists

I just thought it was about time that I did a little "back patting"  I joined Handmade Artists and opened my shop several months ago.  I listed a few items and went on my merry way.  At the time I was still using Artfire but the economy was beginning to cause me to have to crunch numbers and I decided that after 2 years on Artfire, I had to remove my shop from there due to lack of sales.  I thought about going to Etsy, but decided against it for now.  I was not sure where else to go and then I started really looking at my Google+ and kept seeing these posts by Andrew and well.  I decided to check it out and then noticed some things being posted on Facebook and then I went and really started checking it out.  It seemed like a really good deal.  The cost is minimal, only $5.00 per month or if you do like I did then you pay $50 for the year.  So I thought, that is that. 

However, I decided to drop in on a forum about a month or so ago and signed up for a tweet ring.  I agreed to do all the tweeting that they asked.  And yes, my ADD decided to kick in about then and I totally forgot about it.  But then a couple days ago, I am checking my email and noticed one from HAF (Handmade Artists Forum) noting the time of the chat for that evening.  It was an hour after the start time but I decided to check it out and wow, I was surprised there were still some folks there and I really enjoyed chatting with them.  Since then I have been reading the forum posts, old and new and have found that I have stumbled into a group of handmade artisans that really do care about each other.

It does not matter that they may have never met, it does not matter that many create the same type of work, though you really have to check the shops there.  There are items for everyone from accessories, to home decor and I mean you name it, you can find it there.  But I digress, me I do handmade jewelry, so do many others there, but that is the point, it does not matter that we are basically competing with one another.  The fact is that on this site, we are also striving to promote each other and in so doing we are actually promoting ourselves.  Promotion is what it is all about right?  Well I don't often promote myself, maybe once a month I will put some newer things on my boards at Pinterest, I post a new piece to facebook when it's finished, but that is about it.  However, I find that I do much more promoting of other people.  Why, because it feels good to do so.  When I see something that I like, I share it.  Some of my friends on facebook may not like my style but they may very well like a style by someone else.

Suffice it to say, I will be spending a lot more time on Handmade Artists site and my shop as well as tweeting the folks there and sharing on facebook all of those fine people there who deserve to be seen everywhere by everyone.

So come on over, take a look around, sign up, share your work, or make a purchase from one of our sellers.  You can't go wrong, I promise you.

OK, enough.  I know that this post is a real ramble, but it was a spur of the moment post and my thoughts are not totally together, so forgive my transgression here and I promise to try to do better next time.  Hopefully, perhaps, maybe not, but you get the message, I just want people to see what I see and get involved.

With all God's grace, may He bless you all richly and abundantly.