Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Amazing!  Artists With A Special Touch
INTENTIONAL STONES

The first thing that I did when I arrived at Intentional Stones website was mumble, "Wow!"  It's a remarkable and stunning page on a black background.  So many places and people who supposedly "know" always tell you NEVER to photograph on a dark background...  keep it light and bright.  This site blows that advice away completely!

The description on that first page reads, "Intentional Stones is SimbelmynĂ« and Mina, a two-woman beading and metalworking studio creating original hand-crafted works of art in gemstones and silver." I think these two have a knack for understatement, too!  Here's why...

The symmetry in their pieces is wonderful.  Their choices of color and shape are so unique and unusual.  In my opinion, they are definitely creating works of art!

In addition to their beautiful site, they also have a shop on Artfire, a blog, a Facebook page, and both have Twitter presence (SimbelmynĂ« and Mina).  I'll leave you here with one more remarkable creation of theirs, hoping you'll visit them and find yourself in awe as I was!

 
This weeks Featured Artisan for Share the Love is Ruth - RSS Designs in Fiber. Ruth has beautiful creations to decorate your home! Stop by RSS Designs in Fiber and see for yourself! You can find Ruth on:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

 
 
This week's featured artist for Share the Love is Vaudeville Gypsy.  I just love her shop byline: "Jewelery and Accessories for 21st Century Vamps and Tribal Goddesses."  All of the pieces in this shop are one of a kind.  It's just full of gorgeous and unique hair accessories mixed in with vintage jewelry!  You can find Vaudeville Gypsy on:

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Amazing!  Artists With A Special Touch
T.Rusk4You

Oragami pendants
Hand Knotted Anniversary Pearls
I've written about Teresa Rusk before, but a good thing is certainly worth mentioning again!  Teresa's byline on her shop on Etsy reads, "Handcrafted Jewelry for Every Woman." So true!  From bold, striking and colorful oragami pendants to the classic elegance of a string of pearls, Teresa's shop has something for everyone!  

She also has some truly elegant wire wrap pieces.  This skill is something that has always eluded me, and I'm so in awe of those with this special 'touch.'

Teresa works only with high quality materials - sterling silver, fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones.  The workmanship is superb, and you can see her craftsmanship and pride in her work in every piece.

But Teresa is not a one trick pony, as the old saying goes.  She also owns a brick and mortar store called Hollyhocks LLC in Melbane, North Carolina.  It's a consignment shop featuring a myriad of diverse artisans.  Teresa writes, "We are dedicated to selling handmade to support local artists, our economy, and encourage local shopping." 

You be completely entertained by her blog, too!  And you can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.  Teresa is a tireless promoter of her fellow handmade artisans as well, although I can't imagine how she finds the time!  Please visit her sites - I know you will love them all just as I do!

Friday, April 15, 2011

 
 
This week's featured artist for Share the Love is Hazel of MY GEMSTONE DESIGNS.  Not only does Hazel have beautiful pieces in her shop, she's a genuinely delightful and sharing person!  You can find Hazel on:
 
And two shops on Artfire!

 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Amazing! Artists With A Special Touch
Karina of Kabi Designs
Karina hails from New York.  She discovered polymer clay in 2006.  Since then, she's been doing some very interesting things with this material!
I must admit that when I first saw this piece (and others similar) in her shop, I shuddered, cringed, and mumbled "ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww."  Obviously this pendant wouldn't be my choice of jewelry.  But I am marveling at the attention to detail in this piece, all in polymer clay...  the joints in the legs, the coloration of the body.  It's just amazingly striking!
 
From realism to fantasy, this mermaid pendant is so charming.  The pendant is a polymer clay base with shells and a vintage mermaid image, all sealed with high gloss.  Looking at the two pictures, most people would guess "different artists."  Not the case here - but I'm not done yet!
 
Karina's shop also has these delightful stitch markers!  These are so much more fun than the plain white plastic circle markers most of us knitters/crocheters use!
 
And if that isn't enough variety, Karina's shop also has a nice selection of these fantasy art figures.  Same polymer clay - completely different look and application!
Karina's shop, KabiDesigns currently has 46 items in it - talk about squeezing a LOT of variety into a small inventory!  I noticed immediately that her prices are incredibly reasonable - from $10 to $25!  She has a Flickr album, too, if you're hungry to see more of her work.  Pay a visit to this very creative lady's shop - you'll be so intrigued!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Need an Adventure?  
A Visit to Reef Botanicals Blog Is Just That!

You never know what interesting things Eric & Larissa are up to, so it's always a surprise to visit their blog!  Before starting this post, I spent almost an hour just catching up!!!  From cake decorating and furniture refinishing, to candle scents and incredible soaps, to Mardis Gras in June parties - well it's just a delightful read!
 
Of course, links are posted to their own Reef Botanicals site and their Handmade Artists Shop - both worth a visit even to just enjoy their gorgeous photography (and I just HAD to include a
couple of pictures here to make my blog look so wonderful)!!


Reef Botanicals Blog is definitely one worth following -   Well written, entertaining, informative and just good old-fashioned fun!

 
 
 
 This weeks Featured Artisan for Share the Love is Jewels by Trish - beautiful creations by a beautiful person. Trish uses a wide variety of gemstones, pearls and crystal in her creations! You can fine Jewels by Trish on: