Riding the Crazy Train for September 2012

21 Sep

Entwined Vines tries to stay active in a number of guilds on Artfire. One of the guilds that we absolutly love being a part of is the Crazy Train Guild. The memebers of this guild do many activities to help each other along and one of those includes running two day crazy train rides. Every other day we pay special attention to one of our guilds studio’s. Todays blog we are show casing all of the September riders and we hope you enjoy checking all these amazingly creative and skilled studio’s and then leaving comments about some of YOUR favorite studio’s and items.



“I make handcrafted, homemade products and custom designs. We also take original digital photography and make cards and signed prints as well!”



“We carry quilt shop quality fabrics without the quilt shop prices,affordable quilting/sewing kits and patterns.Quality fabrics will make a difference in the appearance and longevity of your finished projects.I strive to find beautiful, interesting and quality fabrics for less.I have hundreds of items to populate my shop,please check back often.Affordable heirlooms start here.  Will happily ship a fat eighth to a whole bolt if that’s what you need.  Always adding new items and surprises!!”



“Crafting has been my passion my entire life.  I have dabbled in many different things; sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, woodworking, beading, metalsmithing.  I am now retired from the business world and able to devote my time focusing on jewelry crafting and metalsmithing along with cold weather accessories.”



“A degree in horticulture, and working in that industry have greatly influenced my art. Most of the fabrics I use in my original designs are hand painted and(or) sunprinted by me to achieve colors and textures that can not be found in stores. Sunprinting on fabric can give many surprising results- the paint never dries the same way twice (It really can be fun to watch paint dry), and my gardens supply me with the many flowers and leaves I use for the sunprints. My photos of flowers and more from gardens or in the wild, are now finding their way into my art after I print them onto fabric.    The beauty of this earth we have been given to live in, with it’s flowers, gardens and rock formations is the inspiration for my fabrics and art. I also produce my own Reproduction Prints and Note Cards of my quilts on quality papers with archival inks.”



“I have a large collection of silver beads, gemstones, some crystals and cabochons. New items added every day. My goal is to provide buyers with unique quality beading supplies and sell them in smaller quantities. I am also a jewelry artist specializing in unique handmade jewelry in a variety of styles and colors. My jewelry pieces can be found at: http://dianesdangles.artfire.com”



“I make jewellery, mostly earrings and greeting cards. Please contact me if there is anything in particular that you would like”



“I have made soap for more than 12 years but only for me.  Christmas 2009 I was so discouraged by the lack of nice gifts available to fill my boxes with I made soaps and lip balms as presents for my relatives and kids.  The raves were wonderful.  My mother in law loved the goats milk so I gave her more.  Then I decided to open a shop.  Although I haven’t sold much in my shop I do send boxes of soap to my friends and they sell it at meetings, etc. I also make sugar scrubs and bath salts and they have been popular.    Some comments I have gotten from my products:  “I love it, doesn’t dry my skin like regular soap does”  “WOW! This is better than what I pay US $25.00 for”  “The perfume oil is wonderful””



“It gives me a great deal of happiness when someone loves something I’ve made.  I’ve chosen to focus on my jewelry in this shop.  Since I love wearing jewelry, especially earrings, this has been a labor of love.”



“I was introduced to jewellery making, once again, by my mother.  On her trips down south for the winter, she would learn the techniques and bring home her finished products.  Each year was looking more and more interesting, so I tried it myself.  I picked up a kit from Michaels, and found that I enjoyed it.  There are many avenues you can take with jewellery, but I quickly realized that I was addicted to chain mail and loved to work with wire.  With chain mail, there are so many weaves to learn and metals that can be used.  I like to incorporate crystals and or seed beads to many of my designs to add colour and sparkle. I do not make my own rings, but have researched a premium ring maker located in Saskatchewan called Metal Designz.  My wire work includes “The Tree of Life” which has Swarovski Crystals forming the branches, and I love making finger rings.”



“I started working with wood in college, but was stymied for a few years. After we moved into our house, I took over a good portion of the garage.  We’ve since added on to the garage and created a separate shop for my tools. I’ve built a number of items for use around our house, including a king sized bed, in solid cherry.  Most of my work, currently, is on the lathe.  I enjoy the short turnaround time from raw wood to finished piece.    I’ve been working in stained glass for a number of years.  I’ve done a number of pieces for friends, family and myself.   We’ve got gorgeous, colorful glass hanging in almost all of the windows in our house. I’ve done a little work in chainmaille, but worrying about the links getting swallowed by my four footed companions has reduced my work in that area.    If you’ve got an idea for a custom piece, don’t hesitate to drop me a note.”



“I was born and raised in New Mexico.  After I graduated from high school, I moved to North Carolina.  What a beautiful state.  So after going to college and working in a job that I really was not happy doing, I decided to follow my dream and went to the police academy in 1991.  After graduating with honors, I was hired on with Hickory Police Department and was sworn in on June 1, 1992. During this time I had been married and divorced once.  I dated on and off until the fall of 2000. I was seeing someone that introduced me to the home computer.  I had no experience with computers so I signed up for everything from email to ICQ.  Now I could go on and on but to make this long story short, the first guy I had fallen for in high school (I was 13 when we met) found me on ICQ.  After several months, we had decided that I would move back to NM and start our life together.  We were married on Valentine’s Day, 2001. Because of numerous health issues, I am now 100% disabled.   I started out making jewelry in 2004.  When I first started, I used the cheap plastic beads.  I didn’t want to purchase the expensive beads if I didn’t like making jewelry.  Now I make one of a kind pieces using real stones, glass beads, sterling silver, and stainless steal. I have improved in my techniques over the last 6 years and I have found that beading wire is a lot stronger and will not break like thread.  Then in 2008, my mother passed away and I needed something different to do because I was suffering from a deep depression.  I took my first quilting class and I found that it came really easy to me.  Now I make a variety of quilts including stained glass, applique, mosaic, and foundation paper piecing. I am still learning new techniques every day. I have done custom work which have included two stained glass Denver Broncos wall hangings and king size quilt, a Celtic king size quilt, and a Messenger Bag.  Just to name a few. If you would like something special, I do take custom orders.”



“Melek Designs is based in sunny Corpus Christi, Tx, where it is as gorgeous as it is hot and humid!     I began my business in 2006 with unique, handmade creations, after my sisters-in-law introduced me to beading, and a whole new world opened up to me!    Each piece is made with carefully selected materials and great attention to detail.   If you would like a matching pair of earrings and/or a bracelet with a particular necklace, just let me know, and it can be arranged. All orders will be packaged with the greatest of care, ready for shipment via USPS Priority Mail within 48 hrs. with a tracking number, except for custom orders, that may require a little more time.    I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have, just contact me.    Thanks for visiting!”



“Starting out as a hobby in 2006, DianesDangles LLC was established in January, 2012. Making gemstone beaded jewelry satisfied my love of color and design and was my avenue for unleashing the hidden artist in me that I never knew existed.  I quickly learned the skills for making beaded jewelry and then went on to working with sterling silver my favorite metal.  My silversmithing skills were acquired over two years of attending classes. With these newly acquired skills, I could now design and make my own pendant and then add a beaded necklace.

After the loss of my day job, I decided to work on my jewelry projects full time. Initially, art and crafts shows were my selling venues. Then, I decided to offer my products exclusively here on Artfire. Many of my jewelry items are made with gemstone beads. There are also many sterling silver gemstone pendants that I have designed and handmade.  I have been working on a new line of jewelry that consists of coin pendants and bracelets where all of the bezel settings are handmade out of gold filled or sterling silver. Many of these coins represent the places that I have visited.

LLC status was obtained beginning in 2012 and I am very excited to have my own business.  My business goal is to continue to offer beaded designed jewelry and expand on my sterling silver design pieces. Artfire will currently continue to be my selling venue. Eventually I will expand my online presence by launching my own website.”



“Sue Andrus creates beautiful art with fabric, paint and thread; using flowers, gardens and her surroundings as inspiration.”



”  Welcome to my shop. My name is Andrea, I was born and raised in Lima-Peru, Southamerica. I love to knit and create different things like jewelry, cards, you name it. I design scarves, ponchos, shawls, baby clothing etc. In general I handknit,  however sometimes I used a knitting machine.   I was a knitting machine instructor. I did  all my clothing, including dresses, jacquets, sweaters, pants, baby clothing, and more. When I got married (21 years ago) and  came to the USA, I did not bring my knitting machine with me (big mistake); after several years working as a Call Center Supervisor, I thought I could buy a knitting machine to do stuff for me and my husband, and have a small busniness. I started to  research in my city for  places to buy  one, I found out in the States the knitting machines are very expensive, more than US $1,000.00 dollars, depending on the brand, and very difficult to get one in my own city, checking in the internet I got a seller 35 miles from my city, and I got the knitting machine from her. First of all, I wanted to start making scarves, but the end product was not what I was expecting …because I did not know were to find yarn in my city; I again started searching  the internet for places, brands, and..I discovered a new world…I fall in love with yarn that I could not use in my knitting machine, in order to use the yarn that I like it so much, I will need  to  use the needles and crochet again….I design gorgeous scarves, shawls, ponchos, baby clothing, scarfette using beautiful yarns combining differents types of textures, that is soft to the skin, light, comfortable, elegant and breath taking.  My goal is reached when my customer is happy with the product she has chosen and tells me  she was asked… .WHERE DID YOU GET THAT? IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL.!..  I am in the Master Knitter Program  to become a Master Knitter”


One Response to “Riding the Crazy Train for September 2012”

  1. Andrea W. September 22, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    Wow! love the way you present each studio, great post! It was shared on FB and Twitter. Thank you!

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