Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Surprise Feature - Quilling by Sandra White

For this week at Handmade Artists, our blog ring leader has decided that we are to do a feature on a surprise artist.  Now I am not saying that this artist work is a surprise, but her work is amazing and since I also do some of this type of work, I was completely surprised by the detail in her work.  Obviously, I need to practice for many more years before I could claim to be an artist in this realm.

The artist I am speaking of is Sandra White of Quilling by Sandra White.  Click on the link and it will take you to her shop and you can see for yourself the awesomeness of her work.  I had been playing around with this age old art of quilling for a while, but when I saw her work, I was inspired to do more study and much more practice.  There is no comparison that I have found to the detail and beauty of her work.

Sandra is from New Hampshire and she has been creating these beautiful pieces since 1975.  As she says, times have changed from her first show, selling ornaments to what she does today.  You can clearly see her love for the outdoors in her work.  Nature and quilling have never come together quite so beautifully as they do in Sandra's work.

Let's take a look and you will see why I admire this artist so much.  She in undeniably the most talented quilling artists I have ever seen.

I found this beautiful piece on her Facebook page.  Go take a look, you won't be disappointed.

This gorgeous Puffin, aahhhh-maaa-zzzing

Can't you just see this Loon in flight?

I can see this Monarch butterfly flitting around my house, can't you?

I hope that you enjoy looking at all the beautiful things Sandra has to offer and be sure to check out her links. 

Handmade Artists Shop

Be sure to visit Sandra and while you are there check out all the other amazing artists. You will find only handmade on this site.

Be blessed,

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Featured Artists

This week I would like to introduce you to an exceptional gemologist John Rasmussen and his wife Debora.  Together they are Rasmussen Gems.  You can find them by clicking on the link.  Their shop is on our wonderful Handmade Artists Shops

John has mastered several different careers in his life thus far.  He was educated in Geology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.  and he began a teaching career in geology.  Ten years or so of that and he decided that medicine is where he wanted to take his professional life and worked in emergency medical services until he retired when he turned back to his first love, rocks.  He has also studied at Gemology and Jewelry Design and Repair at: International Gem Society, Gemological Institute of America and Penn Foster Career School.  So to say the least, he knows what he is doing and loves doing it which is the absolute best combination in the world.

Debora previously designed swags and wreaths custom made for home decor.  Since she is now disabled she creates the beautiful beaded jewelry that you find in their shop. Personally, I think that makes for one dynamic duo.

Let me give you a taste of their work, just a tad to get you hooked then you can visit them and find the piece that you can't live without.  If not, no worries, just contact John through his shop or at one of the contacts listed below and he will gladly create your ideal piece for you.

Oh my, I almost forgot, silly me.  John also works with all types of metals creating beautiful pieces.  His wire work with some of his gems is outstanding as well.  You will be glad when you visit his shop.

This piece is 8 gauge wire, can you believe it, dapped and forged with silver solder.  Amazing, beautiful are just a couple of words that could be used to describe this piece.

Just look at how beautiful this tiger eye cabochon has become.  To the untrained eye, like mine, in its original form, the comments would have been something like "oh, what a pretty rock".  Now look at it after John has done his magic.

This banded Agate is amazing.  I just love agate, don't you. You can find it in his shop.
Of the tons of stones that John has, this one is my favorite Carnelian.  It is just stunning.

This Dendritic agate with the copper wire work John has created a beautiful pendant. The copper wire just makes the lines in the agate pop don't you think?

This one is called Potpourri Beaded bracelet.  Maybe potpourri, but beautiful.  The colors are fantastic together, there is glass, metal, rhodocrosite and quartz.  Imagine.

And in one of my favorite colors, Debora has created this beautiful necklace and earring set.

Talk about dressing up that little black dress, how about this jasper and onyx necklace and earrings. Wow!
You just gotta love playful pinwheels.  This necklace is wonderful and colorful and there are earrings to match.  Love the blues and reds together.

Ok, so maybe I did a little more than a tad, but hey, there is so much more to see at their shop, not to mention, they are eager to create your special item, just ask, that's it, just ask.

Find them at the following locations.

Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry, LLC

You can also message John through his shop at Handmade Artists.
I hope you enjoy taking a look around his shop, but while you are there, be sure to check the hundreds of other artists there on the site.  They are all dedicated to entirely handmade products.

Thanks for visiting.