Friday, November 16, 2012

Birthday Surprise Challenge Reveal

One day I received a wonderful surprise in the mail from Therese of Therese's Treasures.  I opened it up to see some wonderful handmade beads and a cabochon along with an invitation to join Therese and a few others for Therese's Birthday Surprise Challenge.  Therese sent this to all of the women that she has been able to meet in person in the beading community.  I was lucky enough to get to meet her earlier this year, it was a fantastic trip and Therese is as nice in person as she is on her Blog.

Therese was actually one of the first Blogs that I started to follow and I love seeing her lovely work and reading about her life.  She is always so helpful and inspiring to me.  This Hop, in fact, is a wonderful example of that.  You see, today is Therese's birthday, and she sent all of us these wonderful Bead sets from Golem Studios.  Personally I cannot say I know many people that would send someone else a present on their birthday, that is how awesome and kind she is.  She is always there with an encouraging word or gesture when you need it and often times when you don't.  She truly has a heart of gold!  I <3 you Therese!  I wish you many blessings, not only for your birthday, but for every day that you have!

Here is what I made:

I had to have a photo with the infamous chair!
With Ribbon Closure

It just ties on!

I have to admit that I really had no idea what I wanted to do right up to the last minute.  I started this piece on Wednesday at about lunch and finished it just in time to take a photo of it at dusk on Thursday.  The beaded beads I used in the band were designed by Kelly Dale.  I am a big fan of Kelly and for all the she does for the beading community.  Kelly runs a YouTube channel called "Off The Beaded Path" where every week she uploads a new video tutorial.  I have to admit I would have never been able to pick up beadweaving like I have without Kellys wonderful video tutorials.  Kelly last month uploaded a video called "Meridian Earrings" that was made using these beaded beads and joining them together with Crystal Montees.  These beaded beads remind me of little pillows and they are really simple to weave up.  That is when inspiration hit!  Right at the very last minute!  Yay!  I did not use the large round beads that matched the cabochon because I had planned to try to make some earrings with them.  However I just ran out of time.  I am so sorry Therese!  I do promise to use them sometime in the near future and share that design as well as soon as it is finished. 

Thank you all so much for visiting us for this wonderful blog hop in Therese's honor!  Be sure to take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and please wish Therese a Happy Birthday!  She is truly deserving of it!  Don't forget to check out what the others made in her honor as well! 

Kristen Stevens

Lola Surwillo 

Marla Gibson  <----You are here

Therese Frank   <--------- The Lovely Birthday Girl!

Peace and <3

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Window Shop Holiday Hop

Welcome to the Window Shop Holiday Blog Hop!  This wonderful idea came from the lovely Rita of Jewel School FriendsShe challenged us to create a "Holiday Window" for our shop -- share our handcrafted shop information, product line, and links to our online stores for the Holiday season shoppers.  Sounds pretty simple right?  Unless you are like me and my shop is still closed.  /sigh.  I had surgery on Halloween and it has pretty much put me out of comission on getting my shop back up and running again.  That being said I have been busy creating stuff to stock the shop with.  So since I do not have a shop I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite handmade shops.  So grab a cup of hot chocolate and if you just happen to find something perfect for you or a friend, tell them I sent you lol!

The first shop I would like to introduce you to is RoEnchantedDesigns on Artfire.  Rose makes really lovely jewelry and I just happen to own several of her pieces.  In fact I recently bought a necklace from her to send to my mother for Christmas.  RoEnchanted Designs is truly enchanted and I love the bits of whimsy and romance in each piece.  Oh and did I mention how affordable her work is?  Her handmade art pieces are a steal!

Navy Blue Jeweled Flower w/Antiqued Lacy Silver filigree Bracelet $10.00
RoEnchanted Designs
Blue Azure Leaf Pattern Pottery Cuff Bracelet w Brass & Agate Charms $20.00
RoEnchanted Designs
Vintaj Brass Dragonfly Necklace w/ Leaf Charms & Chunky Front Clasp $20.00
RoEnchanted Designs
Be sure to stop by and see all the other wonderful work she has HERE.  And everything she sends comes in Amazing Gift Boxes that are a piece of art alone.  I am planning on having her make me some to use for my shop once it gets going again.  

Next up is Janet of
Pink Poppy Studio.  I just love love love her jewelry.  Her work is understated pieces of art that often feature gemstones and other fine materials that is inspired by nature.  I do not own any of her work yet, but I have several of her pieces on my wishlist.  (hint hint ha!).  I am going to let her wonderful handmade jewelry speak for itself.  

biwa freshwater pearl, london blue topaz, and sterling silver starfish gemstone necklace. OOAK charm necklace.  $38.00
Pink Poppy Studio
buddha pendant, london blue topaz gemstone, and sterling silver necklace.  $68.00
Pink Poppy Studio
gemstone and porcelain sterling silver dangle earrings with keishi pearl and crystal quartz. OOAK. $37.00 
Pink Poppy Studio
Isn't her work amazing!?  Be sure to check out her shop by clicking HERE.  I really love her nature inspired work, and what woman is not a sucker for natural gemstones and sterling silver.  These beautiful organic pieces would be fantastic under a Christmas Tree or in a stocking!

And last but not least I would like to introduce you to TangleWood Thicket. by Kasey Sorsby.  TangleWood Thicket is home to most things winged, magical and whimsical. Here you'll find OOAK (One of a kind) Needle Felted Soft Sculptures.  This is another shop that is on my wishlist.  I just love the bright colors and sweet faces that her pieces has.  Once again I am going to let the pictures speak for themself.

OOAK Pinkberry Neddle Felted Dragon Fantasy Soft Sculpture Plus Wool Art Doll $175.00
 TangleWood Thicket

OOAK Custom Made Needle Felt Goblin Fantasy Fiber Wool Soft Sculpture Art Doll $150.00 
TangleWood Thicket
OOAK Labyrinth Inspired Black Fiery Goblin Needle Felted Wool Fiber Fantasy Soft Sculpture Plush Art Doll
TangleWood Thicket
See what I mean?  Ah-maz-ing!  I would love love love to own one of these wonderful custom made pieces of art.  I love the vibrant colors, all the details, and the fantasy theme (I love dragons)!  One day I will have one of these babies sitting on my bed waiting to greet me when I go to bed.  You can see more of her custom work by clicking HERE.  

I could go on and on sharing all the wonderful shops that are out there that make amazing handmade pieces of art.  Handmade artisans put so much love and time into their work.  By buying handmade you can buy with confidence.  No more worrying about sweat shops and child labor.  And while I cannot speak for every handmade artist, I feel pretty confident that most of them will stand behind their craftsmanship 100%.  So this Holiday Season, spread the love by buying handmade!

Be sure to check out the other blogs that also joined along @

P.S.  All photos belong to the original photographers!
Peace and <3