Monday, June 21, 2010

Texas Talent

You gotta love a creative mom! Tammy; owner, operator, designer, and all around talented lady; of TamsJewelry is one such mom. She calls Texas home along with her loving husband, two daughters, and stepson when he is around.

Tammy creates jewelry that is such a treat to look at. Some are just so simple and elegant that you could litterly wear them every day and never look out of place while others are so unique that you will definitely get noticed.Some of the most eye watering work is with seed beads. Now, I've worked with seed beads in the past and know the patience and concentration that it takes to create something beautiful. Just the strain on your eyes along should earn her a medal!

Want to see more? Of course! You can find Tammy on the HandmadeArtstistsShop, Etsy, Artfire, and read about her passions as well as her wonderful feature of other handmade artisans on her blog. Don't say I didn't warn you when you start to drool on your keyboard.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Magic Lady

Every once in a while you stumble upon a lady that has taken a talent and created something like no other! I met Brenda, AKA ATouchOfGlass, on the HandmadeArtistsForum a while back and couldn't believe what she is able to do with glass and much so that I am the very proud owner of one of her ladies.

What is so special about Brenda's work? Well, many people work with fused glass and many people can paint...but how many are able to combine the two and create a fantasy world of ladies with individual personalities?

I love to check out her newest pieces and try to see the story...of course, mine might not match what she had in mind when she was created, but isn't personal interpretation half the fun of art? These are a bit different in that they are digital prints of her original work attached to a domino pendant...not just any domino, but a hand painted one!

As if her painted ladies weren't enough, Brenda has started a new line which she calls Snooks which stands for Sweet Novel Original One of a Kind Sensations! These adorable pieces combine her painted faces with found pieces resulting in glittery one of a kind pieces of wearable art!

Ready to check out more of Brenda's work for yourself? Of course you are...and I dare you not to oooh and ahhh when you are scrolling through the sites! You can find ATouchOfGlass on Etsy, ArtFire, and on the HandmadeArtistsShop! You can read more about the artist behind this amazing work on her Blog as well as check out some of the other handmade artists that she has so generously supported.

Well, why are still here? Go! Check out these beautiful ladies and create your own story for the way, it has been discusses many times that her fortune teller refuses to offer up lottery numbers. Maybe she was cooked a bit too long or maybe she just hasn't found the right person? Are you it? If she reveals her secret, can you please share it with me?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Vacation Inspiration

It is always amazing to me when we go on vacation that my mind is so much more open to new ideas...things that I would look at and shake my head over at home are suddenly wonderful new adventures. This phenominon is exactly how an amazing jewelry designer got her start! DreamAgainJewelry was on a holiday in Santa Cruz, California when she wandered into a bead shop. Struck by all the beautiful strands of beads she had to have what? With no jewelry experience to lean on she began with simple beaded, leather cords and soon was hooked!

DreamAgainJewelry, Stephenie in real life, is a member of the HandmadeArtistsForum who grew up in a small California town surrounded by animals and a loving family. She was a self confessed spoiled child who grew to love pretty, girly things.

She is a completely self taught artist, who has worked from the relatively simple style of a beginner, to much for elaborate works of wearable art over the last 17 years. Her designs have a beautifully, romantic feel to them and are pieces that you could wear every day and never tire of them.

She also does something near and dear to my own heart...Chainmaille! While maille is an age old art, designers will usually put their own spin on their pieces. Stephenie mixes metals in a wonderful way to really bring out the beauty of the weaves.

Want to see more? Of course you do! You can find this talented artist on Etsy, twitter and on facebook as well as get to know the lady behind the jewels on her blog.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sock and Chalk!

I just adore talking to multi-talented artists. I know that some think "Jack of all trades but expert at nothing," but some of the amazing people on the HandmadeArtistsForum will prove this statement wrong! They are amazing artists in so many mediums that you wonder if they are twins (triplets, quads?).One such artist is Kazumi, a Japan based artist that is definitely one of those multi-talented types. She makes these amazing chalk drawings! Now I love to paint and doodle, but I've never tried chalk other than when I was a kid on the chalk board, and certainly never managed to come up with anything like these.

Kazuimi introduced us on the forum to these incredible wedding welcome boards that apparently are common in Japan. I know that many banquet halls put up a board outside the reception to direct guests to the right room, but I've never seen any like this. Kazumi's boards are so much more rich and personal looking...Calling all brides! You can have a wedding welcome board that has some personality to it!

Not into chalk? Ok, how about fabric? Kazumi has access to these darling fabrics which she turns into really cute little clutches, coin purses and bags. These are so much cuter than the ones you find in the store, and because they are bright, I might even be able to find it in the bottom of my black hole of a purse!

Now, everyone remembers Sock Monkeys, right? They were great to cuddle and I love the way they "flop." Kazumi has a twist on her about Amigurumi? Don't know what that is? Well, it is a way of crocheting in which you don't go back and forth but crochet round and round. I've tried it and it is fun...though I never came up with anything as cute as this. Calling all brides (again!) rather than a traditional cake top, how about a pair of wedding sock monkeys?

Want to know more...Kazumi has got some serious web presence. Here are some of the many places to check out...Her Etsy shop for chalk drawings, Etsy for all things sock monkey and fabric related, Socky's World (yes, the monkeys have their very own site!), Cafe Press, and Zazzle shop. Still want more, well you can read up on all the doings of this new friend on her blog (yes, some of it is in Japanese, but that really just adds to the fun!), and flickr site.