Monday, March 22, 2010

Creative Minds

I love to sit for a time and scroll through people's shops. Their fresh ideas help to jumpstart my creativity! One such shop is a hand made artist who makes simply elegant designs that can be dressed up or down!

Creative Minds is a Vermont based business who's owner, Sara Wolfson, is a valued member of the HandmadeArtistsForum. Her goal is is to make a business out of her creativity and eventually open a brick and mortar shop complete with handmade creations and classes for adults and children.

Sara works with everything from glass beads and gemstones to handmade fimo creations. She also works with paper beads...remember those? These updated versions are a far cry from those clumpy, lumpy ones we used to make as kids!

Her website is full of jewelry for every part of you and her blog shows her love of handmade! Check her out and show her some love!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Treasure from Trusk4U

Some people are just born to create! Teresa is just such an artist. She is the heart and creativity behind Trusk4U in addition to being happily married and the mother of two grown children and to furry ones! Her work has included many materials, but her heart lies in jewelry...woman after my own heart! She has turned her love into an obsession; everything from picking the perfect stone to creating an imaginative frame of wire.

Teresa is also a wonderful blogger! She fills her pages with a unique combination of personal information, such as some amazing pictures of an Ireland trip in honor of St. Patrick's Day, as well as features of some really talented handmade artists. Her support of handmade extends to being an active member of the HandmadeArtistsForum where she is always ready with an encouraging word for other members.

Now, take a few seconds and check out Trusk4U on Etsy as well as on her blog and feel free to drool over her imaginative creations for yourself.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sunshine Award!

I am happy and proud to say that my blog has been given the Sunshine Blog Award! I must thank T.Rusk4u for passing this on to me. If you haven't visited her blog, you should! It's wonderful to say the least!

The conditions when accepting this award:

* Put the logo on your blog or within your post.

* Pass the award onto 12 bloggers.

* Link the nominees within your post.

* Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

* Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

I'd like to nominate the following blogs:


Monday, March 8, 2010

Couple of Talents

I love it when I hear of a husband and wife team that creates together and this team does it with flair. PleasantPeasantry is a multitalented couple that currently focuses on ceramics and macrame; though in the past they have played with such arts as woodwork, ceramics, sketching, sewing, painting, and graphic arts, paper making, macrame, beadwork, shrink plastic, web design, wood burning, book binding, sewing, sketching, and writing. Boy, tired yet? They are active members on the HandmadeArtistsForum, offering support and encouragement to crafters around the world.
Their blog is full of fun pictures and posts showing not only the amazing work in their Etsy shop, but also some of their experiments in progress. The latest post features an adventure in book binding! Stop by and show them your appreciation for their crafty living.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Out with the Old? Remade into New!

Once I finished school I was left with a ton of books from various literature classes. Now I love books, but I am being buried under the stacks of school books that, though some of them were loved, I will not be reading again. The bookstore will only give you pennies to sell them back and I don't have anyone that is interested in reading what to do! Make ART!

I took a few of my books and cut them apart and began designing small art pieces around the stories. It took quite a bit of trial and error to get the looks that I wanted, but the results were worth it. I put them into small (5x7) shadow boxes that allowed the designs to pop. I am thrilled with the results!

I have plans for a few more of my books in the future so stay tuned to see what I come up with.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Wearable Wood!

Ok, we all know that I am a sucker for pretty, shiny things...I may be part crow because I can be cruising along through my day and something shiny catches my eye and all of a sudden there is nothing more important than checking it out! Recently, though, I have found something new that catches my eye...Wood!

Janelle has been an amazing member of the HandmadeArtistsForum almost from the beginning and is a huge supporter of handmade. She loves to work with beads and crystals, but recently found a new love for working with exotic woods...and the results are amazing! She begins with raw wood with lush names like Purpleheart, Tulipwood rosewood, and Kingswood rosewood. She cuts and shapes them into interesting shapes and even bangle bracelets and then sands and finishes them until they shine! I'm not kidding! These treasures almost seem to glow from within!

Got you drooling yet? Her work can be seen, and purchased, through her Etsy shop or her brand new HandmadeArtistsShop. If you want to delve a bit deeper into her other intersts, check out her blog where Jan features not only her own work, but the work of other hand made artists.