Friday, October 18, 2013

My Favorite Things
In the Blog Ring this week on HandmadeArtists, the topic is My Favorite Things!  This will be such fun!!!  It's been a crazy busy week...  I wish I had more time for this one!
I visited John's shop first...  RasmussenGems.  This is a tough one!  John's shop has over 160 items in it!  What to choose, what to  choose ............ 
I finally selected this stunning red garnet and gold pendant.  The clarity and light in the stone just captivated me.  You can read more about this beautiful piece here.
Then, I visited Debbi's shop, YankeeBurrowCreations, to show you this adorable crochet bunny.  I just love handmade toys - they're the ones that seem to last forever and get handed down and played with.  This little bunny is so precious.  I can just see it being a little girls best friend and the one thing she wouldn't go to sleep without!  YankeeBurrowsCreations has a wonderful assortment of things - scarves and purses and decor items - well you will just have to check it out for yourself!

And for those of you that enjoy a glass of wine with a meal, don't you just love this Lampwork Bead Wine Stopper?  This is from BrooklynBeadGoddess - the lady that plays with molten glass and fire!  I love that the beads she chose for this piece are kind of wine colored.  It's just so pretty!

If you would like to see more "Favorite Things," check out this thread on

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The theme for the Blog Ring on this week is Wish I Could Do That!  Oh, boy...  there are LOTS of things that fall into this theme for me...........
Quilled Hair Clip from BeadThing  $10
It's hard to believe that this lovely hair clip is made of paper...  no kidding!  The technique is called quilling and the whole process just fascinates me.  Miles of tiny, narrow strips of paper, wound and shaped to the artist's whim.  You can read more about the piece here.  And yes...  I wish I could do this, but I doubt I have the patience.  It is so lovely - don't you think?

Arabian Lantern Wire Wrapped Necklace  $62
If you've read my blog for long, you already know how much I appreciate wire wrap.  Wire of any metal is so unforgiving; one errant tweak and the work is permanently flawed.  It takes a magical touch for wire wrap to be delicate, flowing and simply perfect.   Colette Kimon, owner of the Colette Collection, is such an artist.  Aren't you simply in awe of the intricacy of this necklace?  I don't even have an idea of where you would even begin to create such a stunning piece, starting with little more than wire.
And then there's this remarkable lady...  April of BrooklynBeadGoddess.  April plays with fire and glass, taking molten glass in
Lampwork Earrings   $20
various colors to create some of the most amazing beads you will ever see anywhere.  Her blog states that she creates wearable art...  No argument there!
I could go on and on...  there are so many things that I wish I could do.  Check out this week's blog ring and discover what other artists chose to meet this week's theme, Wish I Could Do That!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Seeing Red!

You gotta love the color red!  I joined a new blog ring and this is the theme this week.  So let me share my favorite red things from some very talented artists!
Click HERE to see more of this terrific necklace!

This fun necklace is from RasmussenGem's shop.  Strung with red, white and blue beads, it would be a great compliment with so many outfits!  the best news...  it's liquidation priced at $7.50!  What a great bargain!!!

Click HERE for more information on this cake stand!

I love visiting Monika's MyEuropeantouch shop.  Monika takes old china, cuts it into pieces and makes something new from it.  She is truly an upcycler!  I love this pedestal cake stand with its tiny pearl beads and pink and red roses.  It would be a shame to put a cake on this as you wouldn't be able to see the beautiful mosaic any more!

Click HERE for more pictures of this beauty!

I just grinned when I saw this terrific scarf in Debbi's shop, YankeeBurrowCreations.  Not too long ago, I wrote a blog post about crocheting with this type of yarn instead of knitting it.  Debbi commented on that post that she would have to give it a try...  Guess it worked!!!

I hope you have a great time exploring these shops and all of their beautiful pieces....  even the ones that aren't red! :}