Sunday, March 31, 2013

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Today I wanted to offer something just a bit different.  Yes, I am still a crafter, yes I continue with my jewelry creations and the crochet work.  I have added quilling to my list of passions now as well and you will be hearing more about all of that.  But....

This is a first installment of what could turn out to be a lengthy tirade regarding our public education and the government that is forcing things down our throat.

Today I wanted to talk about the education of our children.  I know that I may offend some of you, maybe many of you, perhaps even all of you.  But you know what, so be it.  My mother always told me that "the truth hurts".

To put it succinctly, I am sick and tired of being asked or required (by taxes) to support a public school system that refuses to support ALL of the children that are being sent to them. Some say that makes me a radical, some say I am asking for trouble, some even say I am just plain crazy.  You know what I just don't give a damn. Why you ask?  Well because I happen to believe that children should be taught, not controlled.  Our government is sponsoring a core curriculum which has now been adopted by 45 of 50 states which does not offer much in the way of true education but rather a method to control these children when they become adults.

We have our children for only a little while and I believe that each individual child is given to a specific parent by God for a specific reason.  Do we know what that is, no not necessarily, but does it matter what we know or do not know of God's reasons?  No, I say that it does not.  We are charged to raise our children to the best of our ability to become God fearing, responsible, empathetic, contributing adults.

Now back to that core curriculum for a moment.  Yes for those of you who have not been paying attention, it is changing.  You really should take a look at it.  Does this curriculum educate our children as we would hope, or does it put our children at risk of being controllable?

I will leave you for now to try to answer this question for yourselves.  I will be back again soon with another installment of this current pet peeve of mine.

Be Blessed
Pam

Friday, March 29, 2013

Doing a Bit of Updating

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I have been reading a lot of bits and pieces about Google Reader and it seems that this is going to be cancelled.  Sooooo, I have decided to make a little change.  I am adding bloglovin to my blogs for my friends to follow me.  Please check it out and follow me there just so that you don't miss anything.  You never know what might pop up here so be sure to check it out.  I highly recommend it.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to click on "Follow me on Bloglovin" to be able to keep up just in case  Google does the deed and gets rid of the reader.

Be Blessed
Pam

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

NEW FEATURE


Our blog ring feature for the week is A Bead Thing at Handmade Artists shops.  So since this happens to be my shop, I decided that I would not "toot my own horn" this time and instead give you a view of some of the shops of my friends there.  Now mind you, I can't possibly show you ALL of my friends, but I will give you a taste of the company I keep there.  Trust me and I do mean TRUST ME, when I say that you will want to grab a cup of coffee, maybe a danish or two and make sure the kids are set in front of a really entertaining movie on TV with a stack to continue on because you are going to need a bit of time to see everything that you will undoubtedly want to take a look at here.

First, let me show you just a taste of the items you will find.

MulchandMore has been crafting for most of her life beginning her learning curve with her father who had learned to knit in grade school knitting scarves for WWI soldiers and then learning to spin her own yarn from her mother, lessons she has never forgotten and continues to use while learning new methods/techniques and other crafts.  She also pours her own soy candles.  Talk about handmade.

Then here comes WyndwalkerCreations who really loves creating beautiful pieces where it is jewelry or leather bags or many other items.

OK, let's keep moving along here to BlackbirdMetalworks.
Take a look
This artist also has another shop at this wonderful site TheAlchemistsVessel.  She does some amazing chainmaille and not only is it amazing, it is mini-maille.  She works with some of the tiniest jump rings.Here is one of her creations.

Then of course there are many many others.  Trusk4u. 
With her variety, you could probably find many items to suit your fancy here plus she has a brick and mortar shop for all the local handmade artists in the Mebane, NC area, so if you are close to there, be sure to stop by and say hello and tell her Pam sent you. First take a look



Looking for something to spruce up your home, well look no further than MyEuropeanTouch for some delightful mosaic items or some decadent decorated frames.




















Or you may like to see some of YankeeBurrowCreations beautiful items. Here is just one of what you will find here.


Or take a look at MakintheBestofIt for some beauties like this

And don't forget to stop by Uniqlets for some delectable delights. From steampunk to recreating vintage.  You will want to make sure to stop by.

Had enough yet.  Oh no there is more, much much more.

Just click on this link and have yourself a grand ole time Handmade Artists.   Oh yea and don't forget to register for the site, it is free and check out the forum where you can meet and chat with many of these artists, one to one.  Or prefer to talk to several at once, come to Thursday evening chat night, yep. You will find us there.

Ya'll come back ya here.

Be blessed.
Pam

Thursday, March 21, 2013

FEATURING HANDMADE ARTISTS FORUM

This is without a doubt one of my favorite places to visit.  I visit the Handmade Artists Forum everyday and I do mean every single day.  You will find me online there many, many times each day.  WHY?  Well if you have to ask why, then you obviously have not visited and you must absolutely correct that situation immediately.

I have found some amazing friends on this forum, and though we have never met, I know that I can count on them for their support, comfort, and giving me a hip, hip hooray when I need it or deserve it. The folks there are simply amazing.  All are very nice.  I don't think I have seen one (no not one) negative comment on any of the many, many threads in this forum since I began my daily jaunts there over a year ago. Trust me when I say, that for there to never be negative comments, is saying something indeed.  I have visited many forums and other social outlets for groups of people and without fail, there are always a few who just simply can't be happy for themselves much less anyone else and therefore are always making negative comments about one or another thing.  Well not on the Handmade Artists Forum.

Though I was not there at the beginning (my loss) the Handmade Artists.com site began only as a forum and it has now grown to include shops for handmade artists to present their art for sale to the public in a completely handmade arena.  Nothing is allowed except handmade items whether it is bath and beauty products, candles, journal books, jewelry, clothing or crochet and knitwear.  It must be handmade or it is not allowed.

Now back to the forum, everyone is welcome.  You don't have to have a shop there to become part of the forum or to participate in any of the threads.  You simply have to register and then you can participate to your hearts content and you will love it.  You will find all sorts of topic threads to view.  There are general discussions in which we have a thread entitled "What are you doing today?".  This  is probably the favorite for many as we can post what we have lined up for the day or questions for one another or just vent about an issue the day has placed in our path.  There is always advice or just simply someone to say, "sorry you are having a bad day"

And the greatest part of the whole thing is the site owners.  They are two of the most caring and loving individuals that I have had the pleasure to deal with ever in my professional life of over 40 years.  They really care about handmade and the people who create it.  There are there on the forum at some point each and everyday checking in to see if they are needed, answering questions, sharing your art and just saying congrats on a job well done.  You don't find that anywhere else.

You can post pictures of what you are working on or perhaps even something you are looking for if that is what you want to do in a thread you start yourself.  Need to destash so that you can restock with fresher or newer materials especially if your art is heading in a different direction, well you can start a thread and just put it out there and yep, you are sure to be able to find someone who needs it.  What could be better?

Well, I could ramble on and on and one about the forum, there are such wonderful things to see there and so many wonderful people to meet.  For instance, you absolutely must meet Monika of MyEuropeanTouch.  She does the most amazing mosaics.  You will also want to meet Larissa and Eric of Reef Botanicals where you will find wonderful soaps, candles and more all from their own recipes and never using poor quality fragrances.  Then of course there is Debbi at Yankee Burrow Creations where you will find items for your home, or a scarf or hat for yourself and even some delightful jewelry.  Trust me when I say you want to meet Debbie and John of ThunderRoseLeather who have beautiful leather handbags, pipe bags and more.

Now when you click on any of the links you will be directed to their shops, however, just click on the forum and most anytime you will be able to actually speak to anyone one of the above folks and many,many more that I am honored to call my friends, like daydreamz, wyndwalkercreations, thealchemistsvessel, iknitquiltsew just to name a few more.

So be sure to stop by and take a look around.  I just know you will find friends there and you will be as hooked as I am on the Handmade Artists Forum

Be Blessed
Pam

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Handmade and Its Creators

Today, I want to tell you about HANDMADE and of course the artisans who create.  I will not be telling you 'how to' anything, nor will I tell you that we raise our own sheep, shear them, create our own wool and weave it into yarn or material.

What I want you to see is some of the work that is created by some really wonderful people and give you a chance to look for yourself at the many beautiful things you will miss in your life if you choose to purchase from the big box stores just because it may be cheaper.

Why do we create handmade.  Well simply put, we can't help it.  It is who we are, it is in our spirits and in everything we see around us.  How else can you explain someone who can take a little pile of beads and some thread and turn it into this by Wyndwalkercreations.


Then you have the artisans who look at a rock. Yes, a simple little rock and imagine how amazing it will look when they have finished their handiwork.  For instance, the lapidary artists at Rasmussengems comes up with beautiful creations such as this beautiful fire opal hand cut in his lapidary shop with a self designed stone to minimize blocking the appearance of the stone.


Then we come to those who take a little pile of tiny, tiny beads and some thread and the end result is to me a beauty in beads like this from my shop A Bead Thing. A beautiful red ruby swarovski crystal and seed bead bracelet.


Then of course there are all the creations that have nothing to do at all with beads, wire or stones.  Some of these artists are my greatest heroes.  Their talent is simply inspiring.

Take for example this wonderful T-Rex scarf designed and created by FabricofmyMind.

Isn't this just awesome. This was made as a gift for a family member and then so many people were simply awestruck by the talent that she made another for her shop.














Or you can find teddy bears at the wonderful shop of my friend Debbi at YankeeBurrowCreations.  I just love these teddy bears.


Now you know of course that this is simply not everything.  I could never show you even one item from all the wonderful artisans that you can find at the Handmade Artists site.  There are literally hundreds of creative designs located there.  You just must go take a look around.  You will find all that you could possibly need somewhere and from someone on this site.

Take care and enjoy your shopping spree.

Be Blessed
Pam

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Create or Rest

I think this is an age old question.  When that stupendous idea hits you and it is late in the evening, what do you do?  Stay up and start the process or go to bed?  It is a difficult situation, especially if you have little ones running around the house very early in the am.  They want their breakfast, need to get to school, errands have to be run.  How do we manage?

I think most of us run on a half empty tank much of the time.  There are so many things that pull in so many different directions. As for myself, since I am a bit older and the 'experts' say that as we age we don't need as much sleep anymore.  That seems to be true for me anyway.  I am generally up late in the evening, til the wee hours of the morning and that is when I get things done. Besides, what is that saying "you can sleep when you are dead" .  Well I am not planning on that anytime soon but this is when my creativity flows or tries to.  That is the time that the house is quiet and still and nothing but the occasional noise from the guinea pigs can be heard.  It is peaceful and I can research my thoughts for designs or any techniques that I may need a bit of refreshing on, all without a single interruption.

So tell me, how do you handle the question, Create or Rest? How is your time divided between your creativity and your family or the daily requirements of your life.

Let me hear from you.  Inspire me.

Thanks for reading.

Be Blessed
Pam