Friday, October 26, 2012

HandmadeArtists Blog Ring
Featured Artist

I would like to introduce April, also known as BrooklynBeadGoddess.  April is a native New Yorker, growing up in Brooklyn.  She creates lampwork beads from molten glass, and then jewelry from those beads.  Her work is so colorful and unique!
Lampwork Bead Bracelet
Take this bracelet for example.  It is a celebration of whimsy and a virtual color explosion!
Lampwork Bead and Coral Necklace
How about this lampwork bead necklace?  It includes 15 lampwork beads surrounded by coral and sterling silver.  Talk about an eye-catcher - this is certainly a showstopper!
Lampwork and Swarovski Crystal Earrings
These wonderful earrings include lampwork beads and Swarovski crystals, suspended from sterling silver ear wires.
BrooklynBead Goddess can be found on her own website, her shop on HandmadeArtists, or her shop on EtsyThe holidays are coming.  Any of April's beautiful pieces would be treasured gifts! 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Click here for all the details on this Red Ladies Headband!

It's fall and winter is coming.  I can hardly keep RED Ladies Headbands in my shop!  So there's one back in my shop again today.  These headbands are all hand knit.  They are adjustable for a perfect fit, closing in the back on one of two buttons.  Easy care is something I definitely keep in mind when choosing my yarns.  All of my headbands can be machine washed and dried.

I have headbands without flowers, too, for those of you who would prefer.
Click here for all the details on this purple headband and cowl!

Not into headbands, but looking for something to keep your neck warm?  Because they are adjustable, my headbands can double as a cowl!  This pair is in my shop now, too - you can buy just one or buy both if you'd like a set!

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read my blog...  I really appreciate it!  You can visit my shop by clicking here.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

HandmadeArtists Blog Ring
Featured Artist
I had to share Debbie's profile picture with you before I get into her beautiful leather work.  How can you not want to work with this happy, laid back, dog-loving lady!  I have never met or spoken to this artist, but feel as if we are friends.  Debbie and her husband, John, live just outside Sedona, Arizona, with their dog, Rosie.  She's an avid gardener and loves communing with Mother Nature.  As their shop name implies, she and John work in leather, but not just leather ...  hand beaded leather.  Each and every one of their pieces is entirely handmade when ordered.  But just from the pictures, it's well worth the 3-4 week wait while they create something especially for you.

This is a medicine bag made from soft elk skin, their leather of choice.  The bag itself measures 3 by 4 inches (not including the fringe) and is the perfect size for storing a small treasure.  What a terrific gift this would be!  The beaded bear claw is so distinctive.

I think every baby should have a pair of moccasins - how about you!  These beautiful tiny moccasins are for a new to 6-month-old baby.  They're made from soft, white deerskin and feature rainbow-colored glass seed beads. 
Native Leather Flute Bag
This native leather flute bag is also made from elk skin.  It has long, flowing fringe and a drawstring closure to keep your flute in the bag and safe.
It's so easy to see the rustic influence in all of Debbie and John's work.  The attention to detail is incredible.  Their pieces exude old-fashioned craftsmanship and their personal pride in their handcraft.  This couple is the epitome of, "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well." 
ThunderRoseLeather shops are on HandmadeArtists, Etsy, and their own website.  They also have a terrific blog, and a Google+ presence.  If you are in the market for leather anything, this is the first, and last, place you need to look.   

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

HandmadeArtists Blog Ring
Featured Artist
YankeeBurrowCreations consists of the mother/daughter team of Debbi and Amanda.  They are truly a multi-talented duo, offering everything from jewelry to home furnishings. 
Crochet Dish Cloths
The simplest things in their locations are just lovely.  This delightful set of four hand-crocheted dish cloths lists in their shop for just $15.  They are created from 100% USA grown cotton yarn and measure a generous 9 x 9.5 inches.  These are almost too pretty to use!  And with the holidays coming, what a delightful accent for a kitchen or bath!
Straw Floral Wreath
When I first landed on their shop's home page, I was so taken with their latest listing - this straw floral wreath.  Anyone can purchase a wreath base at a craft store, but it takes a special touch and flair to end up with such a well balanced and striking display piece.  Offered at $25, this is an accessory that is both beautiful and affordable.
Red & Purple Swirl Ornament
This glass ornament has the paint inside.  It measures 4 inches to be a striking piece on a tree.  It's also mentioned in the description that this ornament could be set in a bowl to be a holiday centerpiece.  What a terrific idea!  You can own this ornament for just $6!
The YankeeBurrowCreations Blog is a simply delightful read.  You can find out more about these talented ladies, read about other artists, see their latest projects, and read the latest chapters in Debbi's The Power of Love.  They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
This duo is amazing!  Visit any of their sites soon and see for yourself!