Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
So, while I was gone, the stops on the train were:
WooleyCreek-Tribal and Ethnic jewelry. http://www.artfire.com/users/wooleycreek Really beautiful jewelry. I love to promote other seed beaders work because seed beads often get overlooked in the overall scheme of things and each beader has his (yes, there are some really good male beaders out there) or her own style when it comes to those itty bitty beads.
Creative Cove Jewelry-http://www.artfire.com/users/creativecovejewelrydesigns working from her studio in the beautiful state of Alaska, Creative Cove makes wonderful jewelry. I love her color and stone combinations. They are super!!
So now, the schedule is all caught up. The stop tomorrow will be a regularly scheduled stop. Are you in for a great surprise.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
She also has some beautiful wire crochet. I can crochet like the wind-with thread or yarn, but I don't think I would make much progress too fast with wire. I love this crocheted Copper Wire Victorian Look Bracelet. the black and cream cameo is so beautiful.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
This dragonfly soap is so beautiful and I can almost smell the tuberose scent.
My skin feels softer at the thought of this Aloe and Tea Tree Goats Milk Soap-doesn't yours? If you do have skin that is still dry from winter weather, check out the lotion that Pattie has.
Just make sure that you Shine Your Hiney today!!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
If you like things made from vintage fabric, you are in the right place. DJStoreroom is full of little wristlets and zippered pouch purses, all made by a SAHM. The colors are so bright and cheery, you can't help but smile when you see them. these are 2 of my favorites
This adorable little Lamb Mirror. That would look so cute in a little girls room-or a big girls room, too.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Ok, here are links to my faves at 3zArt. I've been trying for over an hour to get pictures poted and have run out of patience. the sparkly, cool light switch cover is http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=ViewListing&product_id=188582 .
I love this colorful lampshade. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=ViewListing&product_id=20947
This blue Wave mousepad is a double favorite-it's my favorite color and it reminds me of where I grew up. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=ViewListing&product_id=86959
3zArt also has double and triple switch plates and switch plates for toggle switches too. It's amazing how just changing out those things in a room can give it a little shot in the arm. Easier and more economical than a coat of paint.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Among some of the super cool things in this studio is the elegant Gold and Brown letter opener-a perfect gift for that hard to by for guy in your life.
This silver and lampwork wine bottle stopper is a great gift, too. I love lampwork and things made with lampwork.
There is so much more in Gottjoy's studio. I mean, she has ceiling fan pulls made with lamwork and other beads, beautiful lampwork and crystal jewelry. Stop in and see for yourself. I dare ya!! LOL!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
It perfectly describes the artfire train.
Our next stop on this scenic tour of the handmade world is Alisuns Artisan Studio. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&seller_id=18031 One of the neatest pieces in her studio is http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=ViewListing&product_id=179055 - a knapped agate eagle necklace that would make a cool Father's Day gift. I love agates and this multi color eagel agate is gorgeous. Speaking of agates reminds me of jasper, which I also love and this jasper, moss agate and jade choker is beautiful. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=ViewListing&product_id=179037 just in time for Mothers Day, too. Alisuns is having a sale until Mothers Day. Check out her studio in the first link and you will see that all prices have been marked 15% off. If you live in the states, first class shipping is free, too. Not a bad deal at all. Alisuns studio also has a great custom piece that would make a great gift for grandma or mom. It's a 3 Generations Necklace or Bracelet. It's beautiful!! Made from your choice of Swarovski crystals in birthstone colors. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=ViewListing&product_id=58458 So why not hop off the train and stretch your legs in Alisuns shop.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Amy and a couple of family memebers also handcraft gorgeous jewelry like this Malachite Bracelet. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=ViewListing&product_id=174113 Stop in and have a look around the studio-you will enjoy it.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Remember, when you buy handmade, you are buying something original and unique.
BTW, I'm off tomorrow and since I don't have net access at home, this post is a day early.
So much of society has gotten used to running to the local huge discount store and getting whatever they need in close to an instant, that they have forgotten about the creativity and love that go into handmade goods. When you run into that huge superstore and buy a gift, you forget that 10,000 other people, or more, have the same item. I grew up in an era where individuality was important, not mass produced clone clothes, toys or other stuff. I've always marched to my own drummer-especailly when it comes to fashion. I wear what I like and what's comfortable-not what's "in". My son once called my style "hippie surfer flower child chic". ( I will admit that I was thrilled when bell bottoms came back in style. LOL! )
There is a huge movement of people making handmade items now-everything from little baby hats, to jewelry to funiture and everything else in between. For the vast majority of those of us who create unique, one of a kind things, we do it because we love it. Great care is put into each piece from creating a design to selecting color and material. Many people are now choosing to be organic as possible with their materials. It is then made with much attention to detail. All this results in a fantastic product that you will not see on somebody when you run to your kids school for something or anywhere else you go when you run errands.
Yes, sometimes handmade also means a little more money. Didn't your mama ever tell you that you get what you pay for? A handmade product is bound to last much longer than a mass produced one because people make better things than machines do. It's worth the little extra money. Yes, I know there is shipping and handling. It isn't that much unless you order a 200 lb. chair from somebody. Besides, with the economy now, a lot of people who make small , easily packaged things are offering reduced shipping or even free shipping. Since I sell online, I've started buying more online. One thing I have noticed-shipping costs are less than the cost of gas it would take me to run around looking for that "whatever" I am looking for.
So, the next time you need that special gift for that special person or pet in your life, look at some of the handmade selling venues first. Artfire is great, etsy is good and there are others-silkfair, indiepublic, etc.. (I'm not talking about that huge yard sale they call Ebay/feebay.) You can sit back, chill with the beverage of your choice in the comfort of your own domicile and shop till you drop without going anywhere. Try it, I think you will like it.
The first shop is http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&seller_id=10174 -PixiePirateCrew. I love her stuff. Since I'm a first time grandma, these hats, /http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=ViewListing&product_id=62036 ,http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=ViewListing&product_id=162631 appeal to me for the new grandson, as did these cute baby leg warmers. Don't get me wrong, she's got neat grown up stuff, too. This http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=ViewListing&product_id=163649 beret is neat and she has more, too. Click a link and visit her shop-you might find something you really need to have-especially if you live where it's still winter.