Thursday, October 31, 2013

TRUE BLUE

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.

Pam



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.

Pam

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.

Pam

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
Pam