Thursday, October 31, 2013


The theme of this fourth and final week of the fall blog ring is True Blue.  I think that it is a very appropriate theme.  I may have a bit of a different take on it than most, but hey, what is a rebel like me to do right?

For me the folks at Handmade Artists generally prove to be "True Blue" in the truest sense of the word.  They invite you in, help you when you need it and are always there for you.  Whether you need to vent about your day, your life or whether it is something more creative, they are always there with answers or tips that you can try.  It is for one reason and one reason only, to help each other, to be there for each other, to be "True Blue".

So here are some things from some of my "True Blue" friends.  I hope that you enjoy it and that you come over to Handmade Artists and take a look around.

From Sandi at  IKnitQuiltSew. 

 These adorable cowboy baby booties are just a sample of the creative flow from this talented artists.  Not only does she sew and knit and quilt as her shop name implies, but she also has time for everyone on the forum.  No matter if she is heading up a huge craft show and at the same time producing her own crafts for the show, she is still around to answer questions or just give a spot of advice to those who need it.  Kudos to Sandi and I am glad to be able to call her a "True Blue" friend. Thanks Sandi

Another "True Blue" friend is John and of course his lovely wife Debora.  He does not show up everyday and he not all that chatty on the forum, but you know what, he is there and so is Debora when you need them for advice and he creates some of the most beautiful work I have seen.  His lapidary work is phenomenal and his metal work is just as stunning along with his wire wrapping to create the most beautiful necklace pendants you will find.

Just take a look at this sapphire and you will see what I mean.  

Thanks John and Debora

Next on my list is Lisa at Uniqlets.  

There is nothing simple about Lisa's work, it is complex and spiritual as well as being just down right beautiful.  Her style is eclectic and steam punk but you won't find any more amazing pieces anywhere you look.  Trust me.  Lisa has give of herself to so many people while traveling back and forth to care for her parents.  For me, she reached out and helped with my grandson when I just could not figure some things out about this adorable, tyrannical, charming and gifted child.  I will forever than Lisa for her advice and her willingness to help.

Here is a piece of Lisa's that I simply adore.

Then there is April, the Brooklyn Bead Goddess.  She creates her own lampwork beads and not only does she create the beads, her creations include her creations.  Yeah, say that one 3 times fast.  Yes, she creates beautiful jewelry using her own creative lampwork beads.  She is "True Blue" to her one true passion, lampwork.  She is a true artisan and it shows in her beads and how she uses them to create her spectacular pieces.  I love earrings, so here is one of the multitude of her creations that I just adore.

Another of my favorite "True Blue" friends is Debbie of Yankee Burrow Creations.  You can find her by clicking on the name which is a link to her shop at CraftStar.  Debbie has been what I consider a real "True Blue" friend.  She is a very wise lady and has helped me tremendously to see myself as I really am and she has inspired me to do more.  Her advice and friendship are invaluable to me.  Since I live within a block of the beach, I chose one of her items to show you what living near a beach means to me.  Yep, relaxation.  When it is cool enough to have the windows open, I lay awake at night and listen to the endless crash of the waves on the beach. It soothes me to sleep without fail.  Thank you for being "True Blue" Debbi.

Last but not least is the Colette Collection.  This is some of the most magnificent wire wrapping that I have had the pleasure to show on my blog.  The detail and the precision is a work of art.  This Charlemagne Wire Wrapped Necklace is so beautiful, but there are so many others that you need to take a look at.  Just take a browse through her shop and you will be astounded at the magnificence of her work.

These are my "True Blue" friends and some of there "True Blue" works of art.  I hope you have enjoyed hearing about my friends and taking a peak at their artistry.

Have a blessed day.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

My Favorite Things

This weeks theme for our Handmade Artists blog ring is about "My Favorite Things".  Well that could encompass many different types of things.  I will try to show you some of those from those participating in our current blog ring.  (psst, they are fantastic artists, btw).

Of course you can't go wrong with any of the items from Sandi's shop over at IKnitQuiltSew.  I have not seen much that this particular artists cannot do.  But as I have shown you before, one of my FAVORITE things from her shop are the curly scarves.  I think they are simply divine.  Take a look for yourself.  Here's a few and you can also tell here that this deep red or crimson is also one of my favorite colors.

This has to be my all time favorite, the color is fantastic and the look is great.
Above is another hot little number with variations in the hue, I just love this because it gives lots of different opportunities to pair it with other colors.

To the left is a classic look I think.  It is gorgeous, not red but still would fit great into my wardrobe.

Moving along now to another of my favorite artists, we find an expert in gemstones.  John has an amazing background in different fields but his first love is gemstones and he does a wonderful job of wire wrapping them as well. These vary in style and look, but they are in my list of favorite things because I just love cabochons.

This tourmaline has a simple but beautiful wrap.  This is a wonderful stone which also happens to be the stone for the state of Maine.  This one is transparent with two black tourmaline crystals, but these stones can also be found if vivid colors or even multicolored.

This beautiful piece is custom made from sterling silver and then a faceted blue topaz gemstone is attached. These Star of David pieces are made upon receipt of an order from the customer.  The sizes of the stones can vary but this can also change the price.  But hey, who cares right, this is a piece that you will wear often, and absolutely will be handed down through the generations of your family.  It is well worth the dedication that John gives to his craft.

The picture agate to the left is simply stunning.  I love this particular type of agate cabochon because there are all sorts of things to see within the stone.  What do you see.  John has done a superb job with this stone with a simple drilled hole for the attachment to a chain of choice and the stone is completely the center of attention here as it well should be.

For today, I will end with one of my most favorite things, PURSES.  Yep, ladies, I just love purses and of course shoes.  But as I have grown older the idea of wearing some of the styles of shoes today just make me cringe in fear.  Years ago, I would never have given stiletto heels a second thought, but now, well, give me a comfortable pair of flats or better yet a could pair of flip flops.BUT, now a purse, that is a horse of a different color.  I love a good purse.  I am extremely picky however, so this one just tickles my fancy and maybe one day I will gather the courage to pull out my crochet hooks and give it a try, but for now Debbi at
YankeeBurrowCreations is its creator.  She did if from a pattern but hey, it is so beautiful and she has lined it with a gingham fabric to match.  What more could you want.  This clutch is a simply must have in any woman's collection.

Well, that's it for this week's theme of MY FAVORITE THINGS.  If you would like to see more of my favs, just take a stroll through Handmade Artists Shops and you will find loads and loads and loads of my favs and I bet you come away with a few of your own.

Take care, enjoy life and be blessed.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Lordy, Lordy I Wish I Could Do That

This week's theme is as you can see "I Wish I Could Do That".  Let me tell you, there are so many things in Handmade Artists that I wish I could do.  One of our friends on our forum there does some spectacular wire wrapping and has her own site.  Colette deserves to be showcased here along with other handmade artists because her work is so stunning.  Here are a couple of her pieces.

This wrap is perfectly done and I truly
wish I could do that.

And another show piece from Colette is

As I said before there are so many things that I wish I could do that really I can't possible show them all, you will just have to visit Handmade Artists and check them out for yourself.  Be sure to check the highlights on the site for grand selections of all the many products there.

Other examples are stitching, knitting, which this artist does so magnificently.  Sandi is the owner of the shop IKnitQuiltSew and she knits, sews, quilts and probably hundreds of other things that are too numerous to list here.  She makes these adorable dolls, some rag dolls and some really soft squishy beautiful dolls that would be the delight of any little girl.

This doll is completely handmade, the soft acrylic yarn of the hair is hand sewn in as are the bows which do not come untied, the eyes are handpainted and the mouth is done by embroidery.  Isn't she beautiful?

Another one of Sandi's items is this beautiful curly scarf.  I have tried to do these and it seems that it just is not possible to do them justice when you can only crochet passibly well.

Then of course there are the rocks.  I don't know of anyone who can take a rock and turn it into beauty the way that John of Rasmussengems can.  This picture agate is just one of many pieces that are to die for.

The next photo is of a beautiful moonstone that John has also wire wrapped to perfection.

So be sure to stop by all these shops and take a look at many other artists there who are also doing all sort of things that "I Wish I Could Do".

Take care, enjoy and be blessed.


Friday, October 4, 2013

Seeing Red

My first blog post for the new blog ring on Handmade Artists Shops starts today.  We have a theme and it is a beautiful thing.  I love red and read on a see some truly beautiful "Seeing Red" items from our fantastic artists.

The first is my friend Debbi of YankeeBurrowCreations.  You can find her shop at CraftStar.  I just love this little beauty here

I also have found a beautiful item from my friend Lisa at Handmade Artists. 
Her shop is called Uniqlets and her items are truly unique.  Give her a shout and let her know you stopped by.

My next friend, Monika generally works more in the pink family and I will show you that as well but today I want you to see this beautiful frame she has created using various colors but the red just pops here.Monika has done a great job here, don't you agree. You can find Monika at MyEuropeanTouch.

One of my favorite lapidary artists is John from Rasmussen Gems and here is a shot of one of the pieces you can find there.  He does custom work as well and you will not be disappointed.  John is an artisan in the truest sense of the word.

I have to tell you that there are many more artists who I would love to feature here, but I also just want you to go over and take a look for yourself.  Check out the highlights on the site as well and you will get a close up look at many great artisans and all their lovely work.

Come back next week for another installment of our fall blog ring.  Hope to see you here.

Be blessed

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Featuring Emerald Green

This weeks featured artists is supposed to be me, however, I think I will "toot" a few other horns today.  I will be happy for you to stop by my shop and take a look around.  You can find me at Handmade Artists.  I happen to think that I have lovely things.

BUT, there are so many other talented artists who hang their hat at the Handmade Artist shops that you just won't believe what you will find.  Let's take a look shall we.

First, I found these beautiful emerald green earrings.  I love earrings, don't you and these would be a must have for any wardrobe.

You can find these at Colette's Boutique

Then I found this beautiful sun catcher also in our featured color emerald green.
This you can find at a wonderful shop at Reflections

And of course there are the must haves for our everyday living, you know handbags, scarves, just the usual needed items.  Find those here ThunderRoseLeather
Isn't this beautiful?

And this? Found at Donna's Therapy

I just love the variety that you will find in all of the shops at Handmade Artists.  There are so many wonderful artists that you will have a difficult time deciding which piece to buy first or how many you will want.  Oh, don't bother with the details, get as much as you like.  

Thank you for looking and be sure to stop by and look at ALL of the beautiful work you will find there.

Be Blessed


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Ooops, I almost did not get this published in time,I thought I had it in my schedule but oh well, let's talk about our Featured Artist week from the Handmade Artists Forum.  Alix of TheAlchemistsVessel. Our theme for this week is Vacation.

Alix is one of the most talented artists that I have seen in a long time.  She is dedicated to her art and she also happens to be my friend.  How does that saying go "a rolling stone gathers no moss"?  Well let me tell you that there is no moss growing on this artist.  She is one busy lady.  Below are a couple of things that just remind me of some vacations I have had in the past. 

First is the "Plum Good Glass Bottle with Plum rice".  First of all I simply love this color and secondly, vacations are just "plum good" don't you think.When I am on vacation, I tend to wear more of this type of jewelry because it is light and whimsical.

Now for the second item, there is this beautiful ring that Alix created using Malachite and sterling silver.  I love the elusiveness of the design on the ring and the color of this genuine gemstone reminds me of the waters in the Bahamas.  Now that is a vacation to die for.  A cruise to the Bahamas would be really nice right now wouldn't it.

Another item that is a must have on any vacation are hair accessories.  Now me, I hate leaving the beach til the very last minute and a quick shower is all I usually allow myself time for on vacation before heading out for some good eats in a vacation location.  So stretchy knotted hair ties are just the trick.  Just pull up that hair, tie it up and off you go.  You could also pick up a few extras, just to wear as bracelets.  They are that cute.  My personal preference are the blues. You can get these from PineappleSpiceGirl at Handmade Artists Shops

If you have shorter hair or thinner hair, sweep your hair up on one side and clip it with the lovely "Pretty In Pink" paper quilled hair clip by yours truly A Bead Thing.  These are very sturdy and coated to allow you to use them in damp hair.  Now don't go running out into the rain with them however. 

I hope that you have enjoyed my trip and that you will visit these shops to take a look around.  You may just find some of those "must haves" to take on vacation with you.

Be Blessed

Monday, June 10, 2013

Newest Endeavors

Hi there,
I have a few posts that need to be written today, but I think I will start with this one.  I have for the last few months been working on a new art.  Well it is certainly not a new art by any stretch of the imagination, but it is new for me.  I am always looking for new things to do and learn.  For now it is quilling, yeah right, been around for eons hasn't it.  Wonder why I just heard of it a few months ago.  I have been practicing and have started decorating my jewelry boxes with it as a treat for my buyers.  I have done a few cards here and there and in fact am working on one right now that should have already been in the mail.  Oh well, what can I say, I'm a bit, nah I won't say it.

Unfortunately I did not get photos of the boxes that I sent out or the cards that I gave but I did get a few photos and this is my newest listing on Handmade Artists.  I just love these.  I have few more in the works.  The quilling is actually the easy part. Take a look.

For this hair piece, the beads are wired through the quilled flower and onto the clip on the back which also has just a dab of glue there.  It is very sturdy.  It has been coated to make it more sturdy and also to enable it to withstand damp hair.  Now don't go running out into a Florida rain shower without your umbrella because I can't guarantee that it will make it through that but damp hair from your shower, yeah, it will be fine.

Here are just a few other pieces have made.  This first one is going to be finished off as a brooch. 

Of course this is not yet complete, it does not have its beads and oh yes the curls have been tightened up a bit to the flower to make it more sturdy.  I'll show you again when it is completely finished.

The next one is a little framed candle, I made one of these without the candle and did it reversible with a white side and put them together with a photo of my grandson for a birthday treat for my BFF.  I like it with the candle in it as well.

Now the next ones are just a couple of things I did to put on cards and managed to get a photo of them before I placed them on the card.  Right, the before but not the after.  Beautiful little flower and the butterfly sits right next to it on the card.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my latest endeavor and that you will give a little shout out that you like it or not.  I love doing this type of art and the more I do the better I get as you can easily see.  The order here is last one done to first one done so you can see there is a significant difference in the quality of the work.  I'll keep practicing, you just keep buying.  Deal!!  :)    Have a wonderful day.

Be blessed

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Let's Continue PEACE

This is week 2 of our blog ring.  I featured Colette last week and I would like to continue to feature her extremely talented and artistic wire wrapping skills.  But that is not all, you will also see 3 different highlights from Handmade Artists Highlights that speak to me of PEACE.  So let's get started.

This beautiful onyx bracelet does have some wire wrapping, however, it just says beauty to me.  Personally I can have no PEACE without beauty, so here it is

Love speaks of peace like nothing else I know and these delicious earrings just say LOVE.

Now be sure to click on the link for Colette here and take a look at all the luxurious pieces in her shop.

For our highlights this week I have chosen one new highlight that I created and 2 others that have been created by two of my very good friends.  Please take a look and see what you see. Let me know how these pieces make you feel.  I would love to hear your perception of handmade artisan products.

Unfortunately, for me.  My laptop does not afford me the ability to do what I would like here and that is to give you a screen shot of all the highlights that I have here.  So what I have done is to give you a link through the titles to each highlight and a few photos of products that you will find on the highlight.  My apologies for this lack of technology on my part.
AH HA, I figured out how to get a photo of the highlight here.  Use the link to take a up close and personal look and to select a specific item to view.
Soaring & Singing

Love, still the most important thing all over the world

My Soul Shall Sing

Enjoy the browsing.

Be blessed


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

My Newest Feature is Colette

Our theme for this feature is PEACE and our artisan for the feature is the Collette Collection, Click on the link and you will find an amazing blue topaz. You will see a beautiful necklace.  This is amazing.  The wrap at the top of this pendant is delicious.

Collette has several places where you can find her amazing jewelry.  I will list them below, but at this particular site the pieces are stunning.

Like the one on the home page.  It is called Chantilly. This beauty was made by using beautiful grade AAA grade blue topaz and sterling silver.  Can't you just see this hanging around your neck?  I can. It is said that topaz promotes peace and calms the emotions as well as to soothe physical pain.

Here we have another piece called Celia. This amethyst is just to die for.  I love amethyst. Being a jewelry artisan myself and having done some wire wrapping, I can tell you that this is sheer perfection. Not one hiccup in this wire wrap. Now for the amethyst we are told that it helps to increase vivid dreams, relieves depression, promotes calm, serenity and spirituality.  It has also been know to help with addiction and stress.  Now that is what I call PEACE.

Shall I go on?  Oh yes, let's.  Here we have the Eclipse.  A wrapped focal using 12mm grade AA faceted smoky quartz and sterling silver along with some silver beads added for dimension.  It is a petite piece and hangs on a 16 in chain which is also sterling silver. And again we have a stone that promotes PEACE by its ability to aid in meditation and visualization.

This says it all and you will want to go see the amazing pieces on her website.  There is just not enough room here to show all of the products that my mouth was watering over. What's more, I had chosen the pieces that I wanted to share with you prior to even considering what the stones properties were so I think that is ultra amazing.

 The Second Portion of the Blog

 Now typically the second portion of the features are our own shops and I would love to show you some of the things that I have created, however, I want to be a tad different. I am going to try to showcase several of the other artists that I drool over.  How's that?

Well this piece reminds me of the song "Silver and Gold" on the movie Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer sung by Burl Ives.  This brings to me thoughts of Christmas which in turn showers peace over my soul, not because it reminds me of Rudolph, but because it is a reminder of the reason for the Christmas season which is of course Christ our Lord and personally, there is nothing more peaceful than these thoughts. This piece can be found at Handmade Artists Shop in the shop of Sterling by Dix.  Stop by and take a look around.

For another wonderful artist, I have chosen another Handmade Artist shop.  This one is by Soapmarked.  There are the most amazing scents offered here. Lavender being one of the most relaxing scents that I have ever used, this was the one I chose to showcase.

Now one more and again it is lavender but if spraying your linens or your room is more than you can handle and for some it is and I understand that, then you will want to try this for a lasting fragrance that is just a hint of scent leftover after your invigorating scrub.  Meet. the artists Norma of  Norma's Bath and Body.  First of all a sugar scrub is just downright heavenly and the scent of lavender again to me is just amazing.  Try it.

OK, that is it for me today.  You will want to definitely try out some of the links I have posted and be sure to go see Collette Collection here.

I'll be seeing you around the shop I hope, register and stop in the forum and say hello, you may find that you really like hanging out with us.

Be blessed

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Honor

I just wanted to take a moment to honor those who have died in wars in this country.  They have either died for our liberation, our choices, and now to prevent others in the world from being conquered or from attempting to conquer us yet again.  I am not a believer in war, but I do respect those who have fought and died for us.  I spent many nights writing letters and putting together packages for those in Iraq and Afghanistan and possibly thousands of dollars overall.  I would do it all again.  Those serving deserve it. But out support of them while they are serving does not end there, it needs to continue.  The service men and women come back changed people and rightly so. It is hard for them to re-enter "normal" society, hard to not look over their shoulder, hard for them to forget the noises, the silences, the fears.  Many cannot ever forget because they have live with the physical daily reminders and they all also live with the emotional daily reminders.  They simply don't forget but many of us do. Let us NOT do that.

With permission from a friend on my facebook page I would like to add a few pictures to just bring an end to this day for us.  Let us always remember that Memorial Day is a day to honor the dead who have given us the life we lead today.

Thank you Matthew Thomas Zeimer.  Your sacrifice is honored today and I will always remember the things that you gave your life for.

I will always remember you.

I am sorry for what you have endured and I will see you on the other side.  Thank you to all those who gave their lives for me and the rest of us in this country.

Let us never forget.  Thank you to Sparrow Six-Five for the use of the pictures from her facebook page on this oh so personal blog today.

Be blessed