Friday, October 30, 2009

Today's Artfire Crazy Train Rider is......

Charpirit. Char has a huge variety of handmade items in her studio. I'm something of a purse freak, so I'm going to show you a picture of one of her cool purses.

She also has some cool handmade book covers, too. Like this one.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

SATeam Wrist Candy Holiday Giveaway

If you look on the right side of my blog, you will see the list of links that are participating in the SATeam Wrist Candy Holiday Giveaway. If you make a purchase from any of those shops, your name will be entered to win that fabulous charm bracelet. To see the bracelet, click on the link for the SATeam blog.

On the Artfire Crazy Train today we have.....

Nightmaiden- A studio with jewelry, photography and home decor. There is some pretty cool stuff in this studio, too. So click the link and check it out for yourself.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Justice for Somer-and all the other children

Somer Thompson was an adorable little girl and by all accounts, a sweetheart of a child. Taken from her family by some predator who should not be on the streets. This is becoming an all too common occurrence in our world and we need to do something to stop it. Here is a link to Somer's story if you aren't familiar with it.

Before I go on with this, I need you to realize that when I speak of sex offenders, I don't mean over hormonal teenagers who got caught making bad choices with their girlfriends and end up on the registry because the girlfriends family pressed charges.

People who are considered serious sex offenders and sexual predators should not be out on the street. The law puts them there and as long as they don't live within a certain distance from a playground or a school, they can live their lives. If a predator is determined, do you really think a sign on a door on Halloween-No Candy Here-is going to stop them from preying on a child? Be real. If a predator is trolling for prey, he will troll until he finds what he is looking for.

I know the prison system is overcrowded. Let the white collar criminals out. I would much rather have a person who writes bad checks on the street than a child molester.

If you have children that you love in your life, be they kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews, start urging your legislators to enact new, much tougher laws to protect our communities from the people who prey on our children.

I don't know who killed Somer, but I would be willing to bet that there is some sort of "preying on children" history. If laws had been tougher, little Christopher Barrios would still be with his family about to enjoy Halloween and Christmas, so would Jessica Lundsford-and these are just the few names that I can remember from this area.

Christopher is in the process of getting justice for his death. The Edenfield father has been sentenced to death. The son could be when his trial comes around. Mama Edenfield won't get the death penalty-she cut a deal and told what her husband and son did. I think she is far from blameless, but she will probably spend the rest of her life in prison. Here is a link to Christopher's story.

Jessica Lundsford has gotten justice, too. Her abductor and murderer died in prison (from cancer) while waiting on the death penalty. Here is the link to her story.

These are awful stories to read, but if it's what it takes to motivate you to contact your Congressman and Senator, then good. These children should be remembered in legislation that would put a halt to to others ending up like they have.

Please go online, to your states Sex Offender Reigstry and see who is living near your home and your child's school. The results are broken down by the crime in most states, so you will know if it's just a kid who made his girlfriends parents mad or somebody you should seriously watch out for.

Now, go hug your kids and tell them you love them.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Today's Artfire Crazy Train rider is.......

a very talented card maker-butterfly-crafts. She makes the neatest cards-and for all ccasions or no occasion, just because. You really do have to checkout this studio. You will not be disappointed and will end up saying to yourself "Hallmark-who need 'em" after you have seen this studio.

So, I'm going to show you the pictures, then you just have to click the link to check out this shop.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

For the Artfire Crazy Train rider today....

we have D's Ardent Gifts. This studio has wickless candles, pottery and more. I bet this Orange Blossom wickless candle would smell so sumptious.

This vase is great, too. So click the link and go check out this shop for yourself. You will enjoy it for sure.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Today's Artfire Crazy Train rider is ........

M2bC- A studio full of wonderful jewelry made using all kinds of techniques. Maureen does chainmaille-and quite colorful chainmmaille at that. You can also find Kumihimo braided jewelry and jewelry made from different stones in her studio. It's a great place to look around at beautiful work.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Riding the Artfire Crazy Train today.....

is craftnique-a studio that has a little bit of this and a little bit of that. She has beautifully painted items, polymer clay, jewelry and much more in hr studio.

You know the drill by now. I show you a couple of pictures and then you click the link to go see the fabulous things in her studio yourself.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Today's Artfire Crazy Train rider is.....

This studio has some seriously fabulous flip flops. These are the wildest, coolest flip flops I have ever seen-and believe me, being a southerner, I've seen plenty of flip flops in my life. It's all we wear practically. LOL!


Friday, October 16, 2009

On the Artfire Crazy Train today we have....

jinx1764 Feathered Friends Momentos.

This shop has the most beautiful feather jewelry I have seen in a very long time.

She also offers free shipping.

I had a hard time chosing a couple of favorites to show you, but I managed. Be sure you click on the studio link and check this shop out. If you love birds, or know somebody who does, this is a perfect place to shop for their Christmas present.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Riding the Artfire Crazy Train today is....

the very colorful studio of aimeewhite. When I first went to this studio, the huge color variety of her items caught my attention instantly. Not only is there a great feast of color, but a variety of items from hair scrunchies to jewelry to original artwork.

Here are a couple of pictures of things I like in her shop. Then, you can click the link and go see for yourself.

This colorful headband just rocks!!

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Today, on the Artfire Crazy Train is...

a really super cool studio called eclectic oddities. There is so much cool stuff in this studio, I don't know where to start. There is original art, handmade clothing, jewelry, pouches and totes,handbags, wearable fiber art and so much more. You just have to check out this studio. She calls herself a "Jill of all trades" and that is a perfect description.

Here are a couple of pictures to whet your interest (boy, did I have a hard tme picking just a couple, too.)

So, I give you one of the many zippered pouches she has and a beautiful handbag.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Riding the Artfire Crazy Train today is..........

dragonfly atisan studio, aka Cora's Blissfull Natural Products, LLC.They are a mother and daughter team of soapmakers. This is such a yummy shop full of wonderfully scented soaps and goodies. I can almost smell them thrugh the computer.
So here are a couple of pictures, then, you cick the link to the shop and enjoy your visit. I know I sure did.
This Lavender Blossom soap has to smell as beautiful as it looks. I'm sure the White Tea and Ginger soap is a knockout, too.