Thursday, September 1, 2011

Knitting Envy

I love to knit, but admittedly never made it past the most basic of projects such as potholders and blankets.  That is why I am so envious of those talented people that can sit down and knit up a pair of socks!  There is just something so comforting about a really thick, hand knitted pair of socks that this artists has made me determined to try it one day...well, maybe...or maybe I'll just buy a pair of hers!


After all, wouldn't these happy colors make any cold day seem better?



Dahlish is a member of the HandmadeArtistsForum who recently joined us on the newly relaunched HandmadeArtstistsShop which a lush shop full of hand knitted items the almost make me excited for colder weather.



While her real name is Gina, I will always think of her as Dahlish.  She is a BUSY mother of 2 that lives in North Dakota and plays piano.  This multi talented woman loves to spend time with her family and still finds time to pop into the forum and write for her own blog.



If you are a knitting fan, either knit yourself or just love the idea of a hand knit treasure, check out her shop.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sometimes Haff is more than enough!

If you have ever tried Polymer Clay then you know how hard it really is to do right!  I started out thinking that it would be like play-do, and in some ways, I was right...my designs looked just like a kindergartner made something with school clay!



Then there are people like Haffina who make the most amazing things with clay that they have to be seen to be believed.  She is a multitalented mom from Australia who somehow finds the time to make the most amazing clay beads, jewelry, and now miniatures!


Haffina is a jewelry designers dream that appreciates adding other's handmade treasures into their own creations.  Everything from beads to clasps to buttons...all made from clay.


Ready to drool...er see more?  Well, Haffina is easy to find as she is all over the web!  You can check out her HandmadeArtistsShop page, on Artfire shop or the other or the other or the other !  I told you she was busy!  To get to know more about the artist behind all this talent, you can visit her blog and see more pictures of her amazing work.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Lifetime of Handmade

Teresa of Trusk4U has spent a lifetime loving DIY!  She comes from a crafty family that encouraged her love of creating.  She worked for a time at JoAnns and quickly discovered the bead isle!  After spending countless breaks browsing and dreaming, Teresa bought a book and a few supplies and has not looked back since.



Now, from those simple book designs, Teresa has blossomed into a full blown jewelry artist that has to be seen to be believed.  Moving on to more complicated bead work and eventually to wire work, Teresa has found her passion and the world gets to benefit with wonderful creations.



Teresa is a longtime supporter of the HandmadeArtistsForum and joined us on our relaunch of the HandmadeArtistsShop.  Her shop is full of wonders in colors and textures, and as she adds more it will just get better!



It is one thing to sit in your studio and create works of wearable art for sale, but Teresa takes the love of handmade one step further.  She opened a shop in her hometown of Mebane, NC that specializes in handmade works from local artists.  Teresa loves to talk to her customers about each of her artists and how their work is special.



Ready to check out more from this wonderful lady that goes by Trusk4U?  Easy, you can check out her shop on the HandmadeArtistsShop, on Etsy, her blog, and facebook.  If you are interested in checking out what a truely handmade brick and morter shop is all about, check out Hollyhocks and see why Teresa is so proud of her artists.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Clean Couple Fun!

There is something near and dear to my heart...watching a couple work together to create a business that works!  Much like my own household, Larissa and Eric of ReefBotanicals have combined their talents to clean up the dirty bodies around the globe!


Larissa has been a long time member and supporter of the HandmadeArtistsForum and HandmadeArtistsShop as well as a tireless supporter of the DIY and handmade lifestyle.  More often than not, you can find a post where she has up-cycled and re-purposed a piece for their home or is in the process of learning a new craft.



Larissa is more than a soaper; she is also a lawyer as well as an amazing face painter that I am so dying to have come to my son's birthday one year!  Her designs are amazing and she is always trying out new looks to add to her impressive collection.  If you like stuff like this, I would encourage you to check out her blog.


Now I know that there are a lot of soapers around, but there is something special about the care that Larissa puts into her product.  Am I just saying that?  No!  I've been a long time user of their Purity soap and can confidently say that I have never found a product that feels so good on my face as well as cleans away my day completely (yes, including that darn waterproof mascara!).



In addition to soap, Larissa also makes scrubs, candles, bath fizzies (love the sound of this one!), lip balms, hair products and has a few specialty items that are created just for men.



Ready to see all this and more?  Check out ReefBotanicals to see her full line as well as her blog to get to know the extremely talented couple behind the company.  I am positive you will be as hooked as I am.




Monday, August 8, 2011

Center of Attention

A lot of my work is done for brides that are planning their big days and are looking for custom work in custom colors to make their wedding day one of a kind.  I love this type of order since I get to be a small part in a once in a lifetime event.

This was just such the case with a recent bride who was planning her day and had a clear idea on what she was looking for.  Alex was on the hunt for a large vase to put on her guest book table in a rather large entryway to her reception.  She found the pattern that she liked, just perfect in her words, but I was unable to get the frosted vase in a large enough size.

...and so the search was on.  After combing all of my sources, and finding a few new ones, I was able to find a clear vase that stood a very proud 19inches tall!  It was shaped like a giant champagne flute and seemed perfect, except that it was clear and not frosted.

After a lot of playing with the pattern, I was able to give the bride the piece she was after.  A tall, statement vase, covered in blue and white morning glories to show off her entry table.  This vase was a bit more delicate than I usually paint and I had my fears while packing it up to ship.


Now everything can not be easy, right?  Of course the first vase broke in shipping...the poor bride opened the box to find shattered glass.  I felt so bad!  I immediately painted another vase for her and held my breath yet again as I packed it up to ship.  The result?  Alls well that ends well.  Today I received a stunning picture of the reception entryway featuring the most gorgeous flowers and the vase.


The moral of the story?  If you are willing to search and ask questions you will be able to find what you want to make your day a one of a kind event that you can remember happily.



Monday, August 1, 2011

Gems to Color the World

"When I sit down to work with gemstones and metal, it quiets my mind and reminds me that in a world fraught with conflict, art can be a universal language and a bridge between cultures."  Truer words were never spoken, er, written!  This is one line from the profile of an amazingly talented jewelry designer that revels in color and interesting combinations.






SperanzaJewelry is a one woman show that lives and works out of Annapolis, Maryland.  During the day she works for a television news agency, but at night becomes jewelry designer extraordinaire!  Sounds like some sort of superhero!  One of the most interesting things, besides the amazing jewelry that is, is how carefully she chose her business name.  According to her bio, Speranza means hope in Italian which is definitely a feeling that comes alive in her happy designs.






Speranza works in a variety of metals and gems; basically if it is pretty and adds a bit of color to her world, it will be incorporated into her designs.




Ready to see more?  Well, she is easy to find!  Check out her ArtFire Shop, Etsy shop, and for a more personal look at the lady behind the gems, check out her Blog.  But, be prepared to drool!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

From an Early Age - AlchemyAtelier

There are some people that just have to create from birth and Shannamarie is one of those people.  She began as a child "sewing" doll clothes with construction paper and staples!  Her mom quickly got her a plastic sewing machine that just couldn't hold up to Shannamarie's creative nature and died after only a week.  The result?  She was allowed, under her mom's watchful eye, to use a real machine and the rest is history!

This early encouragement led Shannamarie to grab every bit of knowledge she could about tailoring, patterning and fashion history and later to become a costume technician; what a cool job!  Her focus, while always on fashion, is now geared towards jewelry and accessory design using bright materials in unusual ways
 
 Shannamarie has taken inspiration from her travels, like her trip to Taiwan recently where she soaked up the culture and even grabbed some beads!  You can read more about her trip on her blog.

Ready to see more?  Check out Shannamarie's blog to see some amazing pictures from her trip as well as links to her stunning jewelry!