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August 2014 Crazy Train Riders

1 Aug

THE SUNNY SIDE BIZ

”  In the early 70’s, I made long dresses from colorful cotton bedspreads printed in India, macramed belts and jewelry, denim bags and muslin peasant blouses and sold them in the shop my mother, my aunt and I owned and operated in Brielle, NJ called The Deck House. Those were halcyon days at the Jersey Shore. Now that I have discovered that same entrepreneurial spirit and the time to sit and sew and create whatever I want, my obsessive creative disorder and I are on The Sunny Side. “

TROCHE WOOD DESIGNS

” I am a young Old Guy who retired at 62 and have not looked backward even 1 day, and find that there are still not enough hours in the day to get the things done that I want to.My week days start at 4:30AM. I am a member of the Rome, NY YMCA and play racquetball 3 days a week and do the treadmill/bike and jacuzzi 2 days. I take off Saturday and Sunday but usually get up early on those days too. The rest of the day is spent in my “shop”, blowing snow, or mowing the grass depending on the season. I really take great pleasure creating something useful from a piece of wood that will last for years. The most rewarding thing about my woodworking is to see a “happy person” with something I created. Nothing leaves my shop until it is in perfect condition. I have “unique” Cutting Boards/Cheese Boardsthat come in the shaped of an Apple, piece of Bread, Moose, Wine Bottle, Sailboat, Owl to name a few, There is also a number of “Mini” Cutting boards for you to look at. A selection of “Coasters” are also out there in addition to many other items. Please contact me with any questions or requests. “

VDR FAMILY

” precious and glass beads with traditional and modern centerpieces and crucifixes. I design my rosaries and chaplets for both for everyday use and for their unique design.  “

ANDRUS GARDENS

”  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 main inspiration for my fabrics and art.
I began writing and selling patterns for my gift items so that others can make them with their own fabrics and creative styles (find them in my AndrusGardensDesigns shop here on ArtFire or at Craftsy.com). I love sharing creative knowledge through my blog, teaching workshops and lecturing. “

ARTISTIC CREATIONS BY ROSE

“I have been Creating Art as long as I can remember… I remember drawing the cartoons when I was a Very Small child.  I’ve always loved to Create Beautiful Things.  Anytime I can take something ordinary and turn it into a Beautiful piece of Art,  it is so Amazing!  I am a self taught Portrait Artist,  but I love working with all types of mediums,such as Pencil, Acrylic, Oil, Ceramic, Wire, Stone, just to name a few…. All of the Jewelry on this site is Handmade by myself… I really enjoy making Original, Artistic “One of a Kind” Jewelry! When I wear my Pendant Necklaces, Sooo many people say to me…….  “I LOVE your Necklace!” “It’s Really Different!”…

AUNTIE CHRIS QUILT FABRIC

” AUNTIE CHRIS AFFORDABLE QUILT FABRICS 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. We strive to find beautiful, interesting and quality fabrics for less. We 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!! “

  AYA DESIGNS

” I’m an Army Brat who was born in France to a U.S. Dad and French Mom. I grew up in Europe and Turkey and was lucky enough to have traveled all over the world. I still love the traveling and seeing the fashions and styles of other countries … which I love incorporating into my “style”. “

 ANDREA DESIGNS

” 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 $1000 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”

BEAD SOUK

” 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”

BITS PEACES

” I am a Rag Quilter. I have been experimenting with traditional quilting also. I love to mix both styles.”

 CLASSY ART GLASS

” Our home is in Lake Mary, Florida and we have been married for nineteen years. My husband Jack, has over thirty three years experience as an award-winning Art Director with various design and advertising agencies, then for his own successful graphic design firm. He puts his talents to work now by making lampwork beads and jewelry. I (Mary) have always been attracted to anything that sparkled, and what sparkles as much as jewelry? “Glass”. I was very lucky to find a friend that taught me how to create beautiful beads, starting out with a glass rod and melting it like butter. Form it, roll it, and add more color! I then passed what she showed me to my husband and look where it has taken us! Visit our gallery of Classy Art Glass to see the beautiful glass he has created. What could be more fun doing something you love?!! “

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Riding the Crazy Train March 2014

7 Mar

ARTISTIC CREATIONS BY ROSE

“I have been Creating Art as long as I can remember…

I remember drawing the cartoons when I was a Very Small child.

I’ve always loved to Create Beautiful Things.

Anytime I can take something ordinary and turn it into a Beautiful piece of Art,

it is so Amazing!

I am a self taught Portrait Artist,

but I love working with all types of mediums,such as Pencil, Acrylic, Oil, Ceramic, Wire, Stone,

just to name a few….”

POSTCARDS IN THE ATTIC

“I was born and raised in small town Wisconsin; land of the frozen tundra and cheese.  Growing up in the rural Midwest could have been considered boring but I had always filled my days with adventure.  Treasure hunting and day dreaming of tropical get-aways were my favorite hobbies.

Now am living my dreams; living, working, and playing in the hot desert sun of Palm Springs California.  I love being a Cali girl but of course you can’t take away my roots and I still have a huge place in my heart for treasure hunting and cheese.”

TREASURES 81

“My name is Jennifer and I found out my grandmother used to paint china. All of her work is stunning but what is amazing is that she had multiple sclerosis. I didnt know her well but know I am proud she was my grandmother. I pull inspiration from her and her strength.”

AYA DESIGNS

” I’m an Army Brat who was born in France to a U.S. Dad and French Mom.  I grew up in Europe and Turkey and was lucky enough to have traveled all over the world. I still love the traveling and seeing the fashions and styles of other countries … which I love incorporating into my “style”.”

BITS PEACES

” I am a Rag Quilter. I have been experimenting with traditional quilting also. I love to mix both styles.”

CLASSY ART GLASS

“Our home is in Lake Mary, Florida and we have been married for nineteen years.    My husband Jack, has over thirty three years experience as an award-winning Art Director with various design and advertising agencies, then for his own successful graphic design firm. He puts his talents to work now by making lampwork beads and jewelry.    I (Mary) have always been attracted to anything that sparkled, and what sparkles as much as jewelry? “Glass”.  I was very lucky to find a friend that taught me how to create beautiful beads, starting out with a glass rod and melting it like butter. Form it, roll it, and add more color!    I then passed what she showed me to my husband and look where it has taken us! Visit our gallery of Classy Art Glass to see the beautiful glass he has created.    What could be more fun doing something you love?!!”

SHANGHAI TAI

” My name is Roxanne Coffelt.  I make all the jewelry that you see here in my studio.  I use many techniques, including fused glass, precious metal clay, wire-wrapping and sometimes just plain old stringing.

As a child I was exposed to lots of crafty things.  My mother sewed.  I learned Indian seed beading, made potholders, did leather work at camp, etc.

My journey in jewelry-making began in Shanghai, China.  While living there I learned about pearls; first buying pearl jewelry while shopping with the other tai tais (wives), then designing my own personal jewelry and having it made by the shops there, and buying a variety of pearls.  With my family I also traveled extensively in China in addition to other parts of Asia.  After returning to the U.S., I began taking jewelry classes in order to use the large supply of pearls I had accumulated.  My shop is named “Shanghai Tai” because one tai character means “too”, as in “too much”, “too expensive”, like “extreme”.  Two of the same character together though, is tai tai, which means “wife” or “Mrs.”  To me, Shanghai Tai represents the (slightly excessive) lifestyle that western expat women live in Asia.   My designs often have an Asian influence as a result of my many travels and exposure to Eastern cultures.

Though my degree is in accounting, I have taken many classes and workshops to improve my jewelry-making skills,  including classes from Chris Darway, Mark Nelson and Holly Gage, among others. In 2009 I became certified in precious metal clay.   As you can see, I also like to work with fused glass.  So far I have only exhibited my work locally, but have won some awards:”

ANDRUS GARDENS

”  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 main inspiration for my fabrics and art.

I began writing and selling patterns for my gift items so that others can make them with their own fabrics and creative styles (find them in my AndrusGardensDesigns shop here on ArtFire or at Craftsy.com). I love sharing creative knowledge through my blog, teaching workshops and lecturing”

AUNTIE CHRIS QUILT FABRIC

“AUNTIE CHRIS AFFORDABLE QUILT FABRICS  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. We strive to find beautiful, interesting and quality fabrics for less. We 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!!”

BEAD SOUK

”  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”

CREATIVE CRITTERS

” I have been an artist since I was child with my first lump of Play Doh.  I have always enjoyed working with clay and discovered polymer clay in my late teens.  I love animals, nature, and the world of fantasy and this is reflected in my sculptures.  I also enjoy a large variety of crafts, and like to try new things.  Several years ago I started making cloth dolls, which have been a huge hit with my nieces and friend’s children.  I even had one of my dolls featured in “Today’s Creative Home Arts”.  The dolls make wonderful gifts for children or doll collectors.  Recently I began making jewelry with polymer clay and a variety of beads.  I’m inspired by bold colors and interesting shapes.  I also make very detailed miniature polymer clay houses surrounded with beautiful landscaping.  One of my log cabins was featured in the October 2008 issue of Polymer Cafe magazine.  Fantasy has always lighted a creative spark in me, and many of my sculptures sprang into life with that spark.  Fairies, wizards, gnomes, trolls, and dragons have all been sculpted over the course of my artistic career.  “Scorch the Rockin’ Dragon” was featured in the February 2009 issue of Polymer Cafe magazine.  My most recent work would be the World of Warcraft plush characters.  While I don’t play myself, my mother and brothers do and they prompted me to try my hand at recreating these interesting creatures.  I try to put as much detail as possible into my work, and spend many hours getting it “just right”.  I also strive very hard to provide excellent customer service and communication.  I try to use recycled materials as well- everything has a use!  I never throw out clothing, old purses, or trinkets that could be turned into something new.”

 

To see more check out the links provided and if you are interested in more by us,Entwined Vines, check us out on Artfire or if you are in the Portland, Oregon area you can find our products at the local artisans co-operative “Artisitic Portland”

Riding the Crazy Train for February 2014

7 Feb

JAMJEWELZ  http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/JaMJewelz

“Jeffrey and Michele Evans began making gift baskets and candy dishes to give for convenient and fun gifts to family and friends on special occasions in 1998 from their home in Washington, DC. People began asking the couple to create baskets that they could purchase and thus, J & M Designs Gift Baskets was created.

In 2006, Michele was looking for the perfect accessory for a gown. Unable to find what she wanted, Michele went to a local craft store and made a necklace, earrings, ring and bracelet set. The jewelry was pegged unique and received rave reviews when people began asking for custom pieces and so, jewelry was added to the designs.

While JaM still creates gift baskets for every occasion, with a growing number of jewelry designs ideas and lines, the couple changed the name of the company to simply JaM Jewelz. JaM operates and sells their designs from their in-home studio located in Richmond, KY as well as their online gallery and store: http://www.jamjewelz.com. JaM offers unique and quality products, each made with love, individuality and ORIGINALITY at an affordable price. We create WEARABLE ART for the body and soul. JaM also creates all natural bath and body products including shower gels, body lotions, beauty bars, salt and sugar scrubs, body butters, oils and scented candles called JaM Body Essentials.”

PATTY ANN  http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/PattyAnn

“I grew up surrounded by antiques, family heirlooms with interesting stories attached to them and other treasures from days gone by.  My mother’s side of the family, mostly, and I learned to appreciate the history behind such things early.  My father is the one who took me to the flea markets, auctions and antique shops and taught me how to restore and refinish antique furniture.  He called me Patty Ann.

My dear husband and I have been married 35 years, have two grown sons and we both still love auctions, flea markets, yard sales, estate sales and interesting trash piles.  Our first major “find” together – an old oak pedestal table with claw feet – found it in pieces in the trash.  It had many coats of paint and a 1941 newspaper stuck to the last top layer.  It was a mess but we could see it’s potential.  After weeks of hard work, we sold it for $400.00 to an antique dealer.  Trash to treasure and money in our pockets?  As thrilling to the two of us as knowing that we had saved this beautiful oak table.

We were bursting at the seams with vintage guitars and all kinds of cool stuff from the past by the time Ebay came around and started selling online in 1998.  For the next 10 years, we earned  100% positive feedback, had a lot of fun creating the listings and following our Ebay auctions.  Best of all, we managed to make money – and buy more cool stuff.”

SAMS STUFF http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/samsstuff

“I love to create one of a kind stories in a variety of mediums. I started making things at a very early age, taught by family members & a variety of very creative teachers. I love to travel & my influences are many & varied. Any questions? Feel free to ask. I’d love to hear from you! SAM    Stop by my Etsy stores:  samsstuff- eco friendly, handmade & vintage jewelry, accessories & clothing shellseye- photography & fun little embroideries”

 

GILRUTH DESIGNS http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/GilruthDesigns

“I started beading and designing Jewelry about 5 years ago.  I make beadwoven jewelry with small seed beads by hand (not on a loom).  I enjoy this the most, but also make other types of beaded jewelry including strung, wired and knotted.  My favorite materials are silver, gold filled and niobium wires, seed beads, crystal beads, pearls and gemstones.  Please take a look around my shop.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.    Lila Guenther  Gilruth Designs  http://www.gilruthdesigns.wordpress.com”

SHY MOUSEE CRAFTS http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/shymouseecrafts

“When I make something, I try to be creative and original.  If you look at some of the candles in my shop, you will notice they have designs on them such as colors down the sides, on the top or embeds.  Some even have different color layers and different scents on those layers.  I will try anything crafty once.”

ADORE BY NAT http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/adorebynat

“Adorebynat offers high quality handmade party decorations and supplies. Banner, gift tags, teabag favors, invitations etc”

ENTWINED VINES http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/EntwinedVines

“Our philosophy is that every person deserves to have a special and unique piece of jewelry.  While our techniques on multiple pieces may be similar, we strive for one of a kind piece(s).  This is accomplished with the materials we use.  Each piece of natural semi-precious gemstone is unique.  Our hand torched lampwork designs are rarely duplicated.  Making it easy to design and incorporate unique elements in each piece”

GIESE DESEIGNS http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/GieseDeseiGns

“I grew up in a rural community where I learned to sew, knit, and crochet at an early age. In High School I made and sold doll clothes around the Holidays. I was even featured on a local TV station with my creations. I studied Art, Home Ec., and Design in college. I have always been intrigued with creating things. I have always worked in some aspect of fiber arts. My husband and I live in California. I spend many of my days working in my studio on some project or other. We do quite a bit of traveling and while he drives I knit. He might like me to drive too, but, my skills are better at the needle than the wheel.”

Riding the Crazy Train for January 2014

6 Jan

We at Entwined Vines Jewelry try to stay active in our craft and within our guilds. This monthly blog is part of this work.

 

TORALLY BEADS

“As a jewelry designer i know how frustrating and difficult its to find the right color, the right size, the right anything. So I have decided to open a store wher a beader can find any desires for his creations. I am at the beginning but with your help I hope soon to reach my goal.”

11/0, 10 g orange seed beads

silver lined orange seed beads

MAD MORAVIAN

” 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.”

mahogany end table

Mahogany table

MANY HORSES JEWELRY SUPPLY

” Your One-stop Bead Shop since 1999! Let us be your main source for all your jewelry making supplies, beads, findings, tools of the trade, shawl pins and accessories, and more!”

ear wire

copper tone ear wires

O SEBASTIAN

” Hello, and welcome to O. Sebastian!  My name is Karen and I am the artist responsible for all of the original creations you see here.  I am a stay-at-home mother of two and have been an avid crafter most of my life.  Aside from the pieces you see here, I also make one-of-a-kind chain maille purses and am always happy to work with you to design something special.  Just about any of my creations can be adapted or re-worked, so contact me if you\’d like to make changes to something you see or if you have an idea that you\’d like to have created just for you.  I live in Aubrey, Texas with my marvelous husband and our two children.”

Chain Maille Earrings

Twisted Sister Chain Maille Earrings

 THE GYPSY COTTAGE

“Welcome to The Gypsy Cottage! My name is Dianne Busby Edwards and The Gypsy Cottage is my “brainchild”. I was born & raised in southeast Louisiana. My “cottage” is nestled in the woods about an hour north of New Orleans. I have been happily married to my husband Clay for over 20 years and have 2 daughters, 2 sons, a grandson, a grand-daughter and a multitude of kids who call me Mama. My life is all about family.

I am a self taught seamstress and crafter. I inherited my love of sewing and beautiful fabric & trims from my Grandma Spears and my love of quilts and gypsy style from my Grandma Busby. I am a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University. I have done a multitude of things from accounting to hosting Extreme Cowboy Races and everything in between. I hope you enjoy our work and your visit to The Gypsy Cottage!

My partners are my daughter Cally:

I am a 19 year old art student at Southeastern Louisiana University. I do multiple things with my art. I enjoy charcoal drawing, graphite drawing, wood burning and making jewelry. I help my mom by collaborating on the designs for her clothing and modeling. My daughter is what drives me to do my best work. I hope you enjoy my creations!

and my best friend Dawne:

My name is Dawne Mitchell Howell. I have been happily married for 20+ years and am the mother of twins. My son who is in the Army National Guard and has recently married. My daughter who has recently graduated from college.

I was born in Lombard, Illinois where I lived until my father was transferred to Atlanta, Ga. when I was 13. I went to beauty college and became hairdresser there, which is where I met my husband, also a hairdresser. We married and had the twins. When they were 1 year old we moved to his hometown of Amite, LA. We wanted to raise them in a small town atmosphere, which turned out to be a good decision as they have both grown to be adults we are very proud of.

As for my sewing career I started sewing when I was 9 with no training, I guess I was a natural. I took every sewing class offered at school. My senior year I was the only one signed up for the advance class and was given my choice of projects. I chose a prom dress. The teacher said it was too complicated but was over ruled by the principle. I finished by lovely yellow dress of chiffon, lace and silk ( looks like Belle’s dress from Beauty & the Beast). It was sent to GA State to be graded. I received an A and it was put on display for all to see. My confidence was increased and I got my first sewing job with a local alterations shop. I learned all the ins & outs there. My next job was with an interior design workshop where I learned all their tips & tricks. We moved to LA and I met Dianne. Our husbands worked on the road together and we quickly became friends. We shared our love of sewing and soon opened our first business with me doing alteration and her sewing from scratch. It grew and I was soon doing alterations for 17 cleaners with several employees. In 2003 I gave it all up to become Mom, Dad, grounds keeper, taxi and everything else when my husband was deployed to Afghanistan. After he returned I went to work for a friends bridal shop doing alterations. After 7 years she closed to raise a family and I went back to work as a hairdresser. I am now an assistant manager of a local chain.

Dianne & I put our creative heads together and are once again working to create the items for our online store. I hope you enjoy our wonderful, fun items and your visit to The Gypsy Cottage!”

4 pairs of custom arm warmers

arm warmers

THE SUNNYSIDE BIZ

” In the early 70’s, I made long dresses from colorful cotton bedspreads printed in India, macramed belts and jewelry, denim bags and muslin peasant blouses and sold them in the shop my mother, my aunt and I owned and operated in Brielle, NJ called The Deck House. Those were halcyon days at the Jersey Shore.  Now that I have discovered that same entrepreneurial spirit and the time to sit and sew and create whatever I want, my obsessive creative disorder and I are on The Sunny Side.   Welcome to my Artfire Shop,  TheSunnySideBiz.

I’ve been married for 37 years to the love of my life.  We have two grown sons and 2 dogs – a Mini Schnauzer and a Yorky. Life is good!”

Tribal Batik Duster

Tribal Batik Sarong Duster

TROCHE WOOD DESIGNS

” I am a young Old Guy who retired at 62 and have not looked backward even 1 day, and find that there are still not enough hours in the day to get the things done that I want to.My week days start at 4:30AM.  I am a member of the Rome, NY YMCA and play racquetball 3 days a week and do the treadmill/bike and jacuzzi 2 days.  I take off Saturday and Sunday but usually get up early on those days too.  The rest of the day is spent in my “shop”, blowing snow, or mowing the grass depending on the season. I really take great pleasure creating something useful from a piece of wood that will last for years.  The most rewarding thing about my woodworking is to see a “happy person” with something I created.  Nothing leaves my shop until it is in perfect condition. I have “unique” Cutting Boards/Cheese Boardsthat come in the shaped of an Apple, piece of Bread, Moose, Wine Bottle, Sailboat, Owl to name a few,  There is also a number of “Mini” Cutting boards for you to look at. A selection of “Coasters” are also out there in addition to many other items. Please contact me with any questions or requests.”

trivets

set of 2 wood trivets

UNIQUE DESIGNS BY TAMMY

” I have been making jewelry since 2001.  I use natural stones, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver for much of my work.  I have  been involved in art and craft shows in the southwest and locally.  Juried shows I have participated in are Artworks Lateral 58 in Glendale Arizona, Covered Bridges in Indiana and Cedarhurst in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  June 30, 2012, I opened an arts and crafts vendor store in Centralia, Illinois that enables the very talented local artisans to sell their handmade crafts.”

Necklace

Crystal Waterfall

VIA DELLA ROSA

” viadellaRosa is M. Tina Alvarado.  I am located in beautiful Westborough, Massachusetts, located just between Boston and Worcester.  Before I relocated here in 2003, I did not even know this area existed — now I cannot imagine living anywhere else (except maybe on a lush island in the Pacific.)

I have been creating rosaries and jewelry part-time since 2006, right after the birth of my daughter.  I make my rosaries and chaplets with a unique flair, incorporating beautiful semi-precious and glass beads with traditional and modern centerpieces and crucifixes.  I design my rosaries and chaplets for both for everyday use and for their unique design.

Many crafts persons try to find that one special product or style that speaks to them.  I let my jewelry style reflect the eclectic part of my nature.  I create whatever my brain can imagine and my hands can make real.

I can go from traditional, classic styles of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, to modern and romantic “period” pieces.  I create all of my pieces with an eye to detail, and with a desire to make my treasures unforgettably yours.”

Wooden Chotki Orthodox Prayer Rope

Prayer Rope

BAYSIDE PHOTOGRAPHY

” Photography started as just a hobby I later combined it with another favorite pastime, riding my motorcycle. I now take long rides with my wife looking for interesting photographic opportunities.

My camera is always with me be it on my motorcycle or in the truck. My eyes and my wifes eyes are always looking for that interesting shot.

Recently I was approached by a store owner in an ocean resort town near where I live about putting my photos in her store. I have and they have been met with a good reception.

It makes me happy to see that my work is admired by others and that my photos are hanging in others homes and offices for them to enjoy.”

Bayside Pier

The Pier

LIL BIT O LOVE

” A LilBitOLove is run by my husband and I! We love working together and have the opportunity to share the love and passion we have for creating a decal, card, etc that you will love! Your satisfaction is our guarantee!

Our Graphics business is called Grey Dog Graphics. We had our Scrapbook Card and Decal Shop on Etsy first under Lil’ Bit O’ Love (Lil Bit is the nickname my husband calls me) ”

Dream Card

Dream Card

MELEK DESIGNS

” 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 after I was introduced 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. ”

Seed Bead Necklace

Heavens Messenger

MICAH 5 FIVE

” My name is Zelma, I started making jewelry after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in Feb 2007. That was a very hard time for me and making jewelry is very therapeutic and gets me through my bad days. Making Jewelry is my new passion in life along with God and my wonderful family. I have 2 beautiful children and a wonderful Hubby of 12+ years who are the world to me.”

Semi precious stone watch

Sodalite Watch

PALEMOON CREATIONS

” I am a stay at home mom who got laid off and decided to take my love of jewelry making to the next level.  I have tried selling on eBay but I did not like it.  I found Artfire and absolutely love this site!   I specialize in chunky charm bracelets but do create other items as well!”

Flowers Galore

Hibiscus Chunky Bracelet

THE CROCHET CUBBY

” I have been crocheting for about 20 years on and off. After my second child was born I found myself crocheting at night more and more. Fast forward a few years and I can’t not crochet at least a row or round a day. I started thecrochetcubby at the urging of friends and family. When I am not creating with yarn I am a wife and mother to a great husband and two preschool aged kids. I also enjoy reading and camping with my family.”

handmade crocketed red bag

Red Crochet bag

BEADED NECKLACE SHOPPE

” One of my Avatars is a teacher and that makes me a seeker of new knowledge. Some aspects of learning involve pattern recognition in everything around me. In my imagination jewelry captures the rhythms and vitality of the blue skies, flowers and other natural things that exist in this world. I have a great appreciation of nature and its beauty. I love this beautiful but fragile planet.

In an attempt to capture and preserve some of the natural beauty that surrounded me I have been involved in art from my early days. I do shell art, paint, make paper flowers, soap, candles, tie and dye t shirts and batik among other things. The designs that I use to make them come from Mother Nature.

I find gems and beads fascinating due to their endless colors and shapes. As I watch the enchanting play of colors as light passes through them I start hearing John Denver songs in my head.

I collect gems and have read a lot about their chemical composition and molecular structures. There is still so much to learn. I also love gardening and have a nice but small  garden.

I am an ardent customer of everything handmade.  Since I like jewelry of all types I wanted to make some myself. I took classes in Syracuse University and Munson William Proctor Art institute in jewelry making, enameling, lapidary, cold connections and metal working.

I also took some beading classes and found myself enthralled with the variety and variations in the beaded necklaces that I was able to create. I designed a few pieces from drawings that I created of my grandmother’s jewelry and many Mughalai pieces I had seen in some museums and magazines. I could not stop.

I have chosen Shrishti as the brand name for my work. It means creation in Sanskrit. I attach a small tag with the this brand name to the pieces I create.

I hope to market some of my work to support my jewelry making as a standalone activity. I hope you find my pieces attractive and well priced and encourage my efforts.

I make only one of each of the beaded necklaces that I list. My designs may appeal to people who like rich colors of the tropics and designs not found in stores. I can personalize them for your gift giving occasions. They will make great gifts for folks who love jewelry.

I constantly look for new patterns to add to my repertoire and I am open to ideas.”

Set

Pupa Look

September Crazy Train Guild Riders

6 Sep

SMOKY MOUNTAIN ACCESSORIES

“I actually didn’t start crafting until I was a teenager but I’ve always loved animals as I grew up having a pet constantly. I have a huge heart when it comes to them. Earlier 2013 I decided to merge the two things I love most by creating this business to help animals. I take a portion of everything I sell and donate it to area rescue groups and no kill shelters so they can continue doing the wonderful work they do for our four legged companions. These organizations rely on donations to provide basic needs and other items to unwanted or misplaced animals. I take great pride in being able to help them do this.”

 

THE CROCHET CUBBY

” I have been crocheting for about 20 years on and off. After my second child was born I found myself crocheting at night more and more. Fast forward a few years and I can’t not crochet at least a row or round a day. I started thecrochetcubby at the urging of friends and family. When I am not creating with yarn I am a wife and mother to a great husband and two preschool aged kids. I also enjoy reading and camping with my family.”

 

MELEK DESIGNS

” 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 after I was introduced 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.”

 

PATTY ANN

“I grew up surrounded by antiques, family heirlooms with interesting stories attached to them and other treasures from days gone by.  My mother’s side of the family, mostly, and I learned to appreciate the history behind such things early.  My father is the one who took me to the flea markets, auctions and antique shops and taught me how to restore and refinish antique furniture.  He called me Patty Ann.

My dear husband and I have been married 35 years, have two grown sons and we both still love auctions, flea markets, yard sales, estate sales and interesting trash piles.  Our first major “find” together – an old oak pedestal table with claw feet – found it in pieces in the trash.  It had many coats of paint and a 1941 newspaper stuck to the last top layer.  It was a mess but we could see it’s potential.  After weeks of hard work, we sold it for US $400.00 to an antique dealer.  Trash to treasure and money in our pockets?  As thrilling to the two of us as knowing that we had saved this beautiful oak table”

 

BAYSIDE PHOTOGRAPHY

” Photography started as just a hobby I later combined it with another favorite pastime, riding my motorcycle. I now take long rides with my wife looking for interesting photographic opportunities.

My camera is always with me be it on my motorcycle or in the truck. My eyes and my wifes eyes are always looking for that interesting shot.

Recently I was approached by a store owner in an ocean resort town near where I live about putting my photos in her store. I have and they have been met with a good reception.

It makes me happy to see that my work is admired by others and that my photos are hanging in others homes and offices for them to enjoy.”

 

BEADED NECKLACE SHOPPE

” One of my Avatars is a teacher and that makes me a seeker of new knowledge. Some aspects of learning involve pattern recognition in everything around me. In my imagination jewelry captures the rhythms and vitality of the blue skies, flowers and other natural things that exist in this world. I have a great appreciation of nature and its beauty. I love this beautiful but fragile planet.
In an attempt to capture and preserve some of the natural beauty that surrounded me I have been involved in art from my early days. I do shell art, paint, make paper flowers, soap, candles, tie and dye t shirts and batik among other things. The designs that I use to make them come from Mother Nature.

I find gems and beads fascinating due to their endless colors and shapes. As I watch the enchanting play of colors as light passes through them I start hearing John Denver songs in my head.

I collect gems and have read a lot about their chemical composition and molecular structures. There is still so much to learn. I also love gardening and have a nice but small  garden.

I am an ardent customer of everything handmade.  Since I like jewelry of all types I wanted to make some myself. I took classes in Syracuse University and Munson William Proctor Art institute in jewelry making, enameling, lapidary, cold connections and metal working.

I also took some beading classes and found myself enthralled with the variety and variations in the beaded necklaces that I was able to create. I designed a few pieces from drawings that I created of my grandmother’s jewelry and many Mughalai pieces I had seen in some museums and magazines. I could not stop.

I have chosen Shrishti as the brand name for my work. It means creation in Sanskrit. I attach a small tag with the this brand name to the pieces I create.

I hope to market some of my work to support my jewelry making as a standalone activity. I hope you find my pieces attractive and well priced and encourage my efforts.

I make only one of each of the beaded necklaces that I list. My designs may appeal to people who like rich colors of the tropics and designs not found in stores. I can personalize them for your gift giving occasions. They will make great gifts for folks who love jewelry.

I constantly look for new patterns to add to my repertoire and I am open to ideas.”

 

CRAFTED JOY

“I’ve made jewelry for ten years, which I’ve sold on Artfire and Etsy.  I have also loved photography for many years and have decided to focus on that online. I traveled to 20 cities in 5 countries this year and took some photographs that I love.

I am offering the photos as jpeg files so that customers can print them to frame or use on t shirts, as well as for screen savers and wallpaper on their computers.  I hope that someday you are able to see these places in person.  What a beautiful world we live in.”

 

CREATIVE BY DEFAULT

” I’ve always been a creative person, making this and making that. Many people I know have encouraged me to sell my art, so here I go!

Mainly I create creative and colorful jewelry, but I like to dabble in all art forms, so don’t be surprised to see a cute plushie or an art print in my shop sometimes. ^_^”

 

DISCORD THREADS

” I have been sewing since I was a little girl when grandmother piqued my interest. She taught me to sew in her back bedroom sewing area.  I then moved on to sharpen my skills in the costume shop at college and then a tailoring shop later in life.  Always learning new things I learned smocking when my Mother gave me her Pullen pleater and tend to put a unique touch on every creation.”

 

MICAH 5 FIVE

” My name is Zelma, I started making jewelry after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in Feb 2007. That was a very hard time for me and making jewelry is very therapeutic and gets me through my bad days. Making Jewelry is my new passion in life along with God and my wonderful family. I have 2 beautiful children and a wonderful Hubby of 11+ years who are the world to me.”

 

ANDREA DESIGNS

” 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”

 

PALE MOON CREATIONS

” I am a stay at home mom who got laid off and decided to take my love of jewelry making to the next level.  I have tried selling on eBay but I did not like it.  I found Artfire and absolutely love this site!   I specialize in chunky charm bracelets but do create other items as well! ”

 

SHY MOUSEE CRAFTS

” I like a variety of crafts.  I can sew, crochet, cross stitch, and make candles.

When I make something, I try to be creative and original.  If you look at some of the candles in my shop, you will notice they have designs on them such as colors down the sides, on the top or embeds.  Some even have different color layers and different scents on those layers.  I will try anything crafty once.”

 

STAINED GLASS WV

” I am Sherri Rhodes; Tamarack Artist from Culloden, WV.  Graduated from Marshall University; studied music & art edu.  My husband and I have a Stained Glass & Custom Picture Framing Studio in Charleston, WV.  We camp, fish, prospect for gold, & attend bluegrass festivals whenever we can.

My designs are inspired by the wildlife and landscapes that surrounds me in my beautiful home state of WV: truly, a hidden treasure. I am also a certified Picture Framer and I love to create original and functional art combining wood and glass. This combination of mediums makes my art unique and gives me an increased range of design. I specialize in custom stained glass and custom framing designs and love to create original custom designs”

 

STITCH CRAZY SISTERS

” Greetings from the Stitch Crazy Sisters.  We are that, sisters that LOVE to stitch!”

 

Entwined Vines Jewelry

” Tina and Tammy met through a different business and in time we became friends.  We found we have similar interests and discovered we both have a passion for creating jewelry.  After much discussion and deliberation we decided to combine our talents, share skills and teach each other what we know and form Entwined Vines Jewelry.  Occasionally we will take the same classes to learn or refine a skill, as well as classes on our own, we both our life long students and constantly learning.

Combined we have a total of 50+ years’ experience in creating jewelry.  While we both use similar techniques we each bring our own personal perspective to the table when it comes to designing pieces.  Each of us has our preferred specialty in design and choice of semi-precious gemstones, though we both work with them all.

Hi I am Tina, I have a full life the helps to inspire me through each new adventure. I have 4 daughters that live with my husband and I, ranging in age from 21 down to just turned 14. My husband has a passion for working with metal to eventually have his forge fully up and running.  So I am always thinking of items that might combine his passion with mine, in the realm of jewelry.

On top of running my home, cooking most things from scratch, preserving food, and the like, I also run an in-home child day care. As I type this all my little ones (today ages 9 month and up) are sitting at the table making jewelry from the skills I have passed on to them to make gifts for family. I gain inspiration from my daily life and from nature although I tend to be a linier thinker jewelry forms in my mind to be created usually while I sit outside watching the children. My how life is grand yet simple even if you live within 10 minutes’ drive to the “big city” (mine being Portland).

Hi I am Tammy and while I have a very full life, it can be a quite one as I am single with no children.  I love kids, and spend a great deal of time with my 2 nephews and 4 nieces, and about a dozen adopted nieces and nephews.  This happens as time allows between creating jewelry, gardening, knowledge pursuits and my full time job in corporate America. I have always found children to be a constant source of both amusement and inspiration; because they look at the world so differently than adults.

Managing my home includes a large backyard that allows me to garden till my heart’s content, which I is not only inspirational but relaxing as well.  While creating jewelry is a primary passion and focus.   I also enjoy hiking, camping, reading, movies, bellydancing, photography, archery, working with clay, & painting. Though my absolute favorite pastime is a good meal with close friends, I have a small but close supportive circle of friends.  Each and every one of them I value for their unique personalities as well as their individual perspective’s about life.  While I prefer to live simply, I do not feel short changed. Each day is filled with new adventures.”

Taking the Crazy Train for August

5 Aug

LIL BIT O LOVE
“A Lil’ Bit O’ Love is run by my husband and I! We love working together and have the opportunity to share the love and passion we have for creating a decal, card, etc that you will love! Your satisfaction is our guarantee!

Our Graphics business is called Grey Dog Graphics. We had our Scrapbook Card and Decal Shop on Etsy first under Lil’ Bit O’ Love (Lil Bit is the nickname my husband calls me)”

WENG MART

ANDRUS GARDENS QUILTS

“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.”

JUST FOR YOU JEWELLERY CREATIONS

” come from a family of crafters, so creating comes naturally to me.  As a little girl, my mother taught me how to sew my own doll clothes and knit a scarf.  As my creating passion grew, I took up needlework and candlemaking.

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 also do some bead work.  A popular weave is made of gemstone chips for a chunky bracelet or part of a necklace.  For a fancy bling bracelet, I will incorporate round beads and seed beads with crystals.

I have been making jewellery since 2010, and now have expanded to other accessories.  I love both making and selling what I have made.  It is so nice talking to customers that tell me about all the compliments they have received.”

O SEBASTIAN

“Hello, and welcome to O. Sebastian!  My name is Karen and I am the artist responsible for all of the original creations you see here.  I am a stay-at-home mother of two and have been an avid crafter most of my life.  Aside from the pieces you see here, I also make one-of-a-kind chain maille purses and am always happy to work with you to design something special.  Just about any of my creations can be adapted or re-worked, so contact me if you\’d like to make changes to something you see or if you have an idea that you\’d like to have created just for you.  I live in Aubrey, Texas with my marvelous husband and our two children.”

THE SUNNYSIDE BIZ

“In the early 70’s, I made long dresses from colorful cotton bedspreads printed in India and macramed belts, bags and necklaces and sold them in the shop my mother and I owned and operated in Brielle, NJ called The Deck House. The experience of managing a business, while it lasted, was one of the greatest gifts she gave me.     I’ve worked for many business owners and characters with character since then as their receptionist, personal secretary, administrative assistant, executive assistant, bookkeeper, marketing assistant, sales rep, account executive, assistant manager, project manager, office manager, and website/network administrator. Many hats, some fit better than others.     I built my first website in 1996 and have worked with many small business owners and entrepreneurs on theirs since then.  In 2004, I quit my day job, set up my home office, built my website, and formed an LLC in pursuit of that comfortable balance between making a living and having a life.  The Sunny Side Dot Biz, LLC.  http://www.thesunnyside.biz.     I was in my office one day and with alot of time on my hands, started to organize boxes of fabric and unfinished sewing projects.  I remembered thinking – Someday I would love to have the time to sit and sew and create whatever I want.  That someday has apparently arrived.  Welcome to my Artfire Studio.        I’ve been married for 34 years to the love of my life.  We have two grown sons and 2 dogs – a Mini Schnauzer and a Yorky. There’s no place like home and sewing is what I love to do when I’m not taking care of my family, my clients or my garden.     “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” – Confucius said it and I believe it!.”

ROCHE WOOD DESIGNS

“I am a young Old Guy who retired at 62 and have not looked backward even 1 day, and find that there are still not enough hours in the day to get the things done that I want to.My week days start at 4:30AM.  I am a member of the Rome, NY YMCA and play racquetball 3 days a week and do the treadmill/bike and jacuzzi 2 days.  I take off Saturday and Sunday but usually get up early on those days too.  The rest of the day is spent in my “shop”, blowing snow, or mowing the grass depending on the season. I really take great pleasure creating something useful from a piece of wood that will last for years.  The most rewarding thing about my woodworking is to see a “happy person” with something I created.  Nothing leaves my shop until it is in perfect condition. I have “unique” Cutting Boards/Cheese Boardsthat come in the shaped of an Apple, piece of Bread, Moose, Wine Bottle, Sailboat, Owl to name a few,  There is also a number of “Mini” Cutting boards for you to look at. A selection of “Coasters” are also out there in addition to many other items. Please contact me with any questions or requests.”

UNIQUE DESIGNS BY TAMMY

“In February 2010 I married a wonderful man!  He is an artist as well and so supportive of my love of beading and photography! I also have 3 children, now adults and all on their own.

I have been making jewelry since 2001.  I use natural stones, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver for much of my work.  I have  been involved in art and craft shows in the southwest and locally.  Juried shows I have participated in are Artworks Lateral 58 in Glendale Arizona, Covered Bridges in Indiana and Cedarhurst in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  June 30, 2012, I opened an arts and crafts vendor store in Centralia, Illinois that enables the very talented local artisans to sell their handmade crafts.”

123 GEMSTONES

“Making jewelry is a form of art work.  Coral is one of my favorites along with Black Onyx and Jade.  Working with metal beads and wire wrapping makes for a unique look in jewelry.  I try to keep my pricing reasonable so it is affordable for all.  Check my website for many different selections.”

ACADIENNE

“I really am a female Acadian by heritage, on both sides, and moved to the desert from the northeast coast almost 26 years ago.  Currently working night shift at a small elder care facility and have a lot of time to create my needlework. An equal number of items go to local charity each month, preemie clothes, dolls, and chemo hats. There aren’t too many techniques I don’t know how to do in needlework, including  hardanger, and I almost never go anywhere without a project. I put my work down for church choir, work, and to drive my visually handicapped husband wherever he needs to go”

 AMELIA ORIGINALS

” Art and fine crafts have been a passion for over 45 years.  Life has taken me in many directions to include being a military Air Force wife, mother of two and most recently a grandmother to a wonderful and talented granddaughter.

Upon graduating from the University of West Florida, I joined the teaching staff of Dallastown School District in Dallastown PA.  For two great years I was fortunate enough to teach elementary art.

At this point my husband re-enlisted in the Air Force and we started our military travels, which took us to South Carolina, England, UK, and eventually to Maryland.  During this time I was active in military spouse activities but always engulfed in some type of arts and crafts.

Upon arrival in Maryland I finally returned to my first love of being totally immersed in the arts.  I started out as a contract teacher with an adult arts and crafts program on Andrews AFB.  Shortly afterward I was hired to manage the sales supply store and teach. Then eventually I was promoted to the Assistant Director position and finally the Director.  This was the perfect job.  Where could one earn money to encourage and assist others in finding peace of mind through creativity?  Unfortunately this program was closed and my life changed putting my artistic endeavors into a hiatus, to only be brought out for the occasional handmade gift that was needed.

My inner desire to create rushed forward earlier in 2008, and a burning desire to delve into something constructive, developed into this passion to create jewelry.  I have always been fascinated with color, form and line.  I had longed to find a craft that I could become passionate about.  My mother was an avid knitter and loved to crochet, I had longed to learn but always intimidated by the patterns.  All those numbers and abbreviations were daunting.  I attempted to teach myself knitting and soon became frustrated.  I needed a creative outlet after a very stressful full-time job.

But how to get started was the big question.  I soon went to the craft supply store and perused the isles.  Of course, the bead and jewelry isle beckoned me immediately.  Having no learned skills in the media buying lots of books and materials put me at a loss.  What to buy?  To make it simple I purchased a kit to make earrings and a basic set of tools.  I was hooked.  Browsing the internet one afternoon I discovered wire wrapping and the urge to create consumed me.  Using wire wrapping took jewelry making to a new level.  Before I knew it the supplies flooded the living room and soon I special place had to be dedicated.  The rest is history and here I am online sharing my wearable art.”

AMY CRAWLEY

“Amy A. Crawley is a polymer clay-mixed media artist who creates functional and fine art that is inspired by the spirit of ancient cultures, nature, and her travels around the world.  Her work can be found across the country in small galleries and in private collections.  Amy has exhibited her work with the Bolton Artisans Guild, the Central Massachusetts Polymer Clay Guild, at the Peabody Historical Society Museum, and in the Art House Co-op, and the Women’s Caucus for Art Artwaves International Sustaining Our Environment Project.    She received First Place and Honorable Mention Awards for work exhibited in the National Polymer Clay Guild’s Progress and Possibilities International Juried Exhibit. Her work has been featured in the National Polymer Clay Guild’s newsletter, Polyinformer, The Crafts Report, The Bolton Common, and in the Boston Globe. In September, 2010, Amy’s artwork will be featured in Patti Digh’s upcoming book “Four-Word Self-Help”  Amy has studied with several pioneers in the field of polymer clay, including Kathleen Dustin, Gwen Gibson, Nan Roche, and Cynthia Toops.  Amy’s path to art was not linear.  She has a B.A. and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and a Certificate in Technical Communication.  Amy currently lives in Bolton, Massachusetts, a town known for its rolling hills and apple orchards, a winery, and preservation of the environment”

ANGELQUE CREATIONS

“I have lived on my sail boat Angelique of Vancouver for 19 years and in 2008 my husband and I sailed our Coast 34 down the west coast of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California and the Baja coast.  We stayed 6 months in the Sea of Cortez where I was inspired by the beauty of the sea and sea life.  My passion for beading started in a cafe where I took my first weaving class from another fellow sailer who had been sailing the sea for 20 years and incoporated beading and sailing together on her 48ft sail boat.  I though this could be me, so when we returned to Vancouver I started learning from the internet, magazines, etc. and now it is my passion”

FABRICS I LOVE

“Hi, my name is Gina.  Welcome to my shop!

I’ve been sewing since about age 6.  I can remember making clothes for my Barbie and Midge dolls.  This was before mom would let me use her sewing machine, I made them with just a needle and thread.  I think they were the best dressed Barbies in town!

Over the years as I’ve become a better seamstress, I’ve also learned that using high quality designer fabrics make all the difference in the outcome of my projects.  This quality can not only be seen, but can also be felt!  So yeah, call me a fabric snob!  But it is a title that I wear proudly!!  Needless to say I will only sell high quality designer fabrics in my shop, not those big chain store type fabrics.

Since I do love to sew, I started selling fabrics as an excuse to be able to buy even more!  So welcome to my shop!

Hugs,
Gina”

MAD MORAVIAN

“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.”

Riding the Crazy Train for June 2013

7 Jun

Entwined Vines tries to stay active in a number of guilds on Artfire. One of the guilds that we absolutely love being a part of is the Crazy Train Guild. The members 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 studios. Today’s blog we are show casing all of the Novembers 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

 

ADORE BY NAT

“Adorebynat offers high quality handmade party decorations and supplies. Banner, gift tags, teabag favors, invitations etc”

 

 

GREEN FAERY CENTRAL

“It all started with the simple desire to have one of Katwise’s creations and the bright idea that Dinie could make one herself. A year and a half later, after having cut up sweaters on the spare room floor for a year and a half, Erin told Dinie she had a serger and could put it together! We had a lot of fun (and frustration) and decided to make more.

We began constructing bags and purses and jewelry out of some of the upcycled materials we found in our sweater searches. Green Faery (previously just Erin) became a burning desire to go to the public and see if they’d be interested in our creations!

We’re just two ladies having fun in our spare time and hoping to make a little extra money to boot!

We hope you enjoy our sweaters and upcycled items as much as we do! It’ll be hard to let them go, but we most certainly will! ;)”

 

 

 

HCL TREASURES

“My wife Lola & I live in Garfield, NJ. Lola has loved doing all sorts of crafts for many years and our family and friends have enjoyed all the different things that she has done from ceramic pieces to crocheted scarves and baby blankets as well as her home cooking! Mmmmm.. We are semi retired now and I have also become involved with crafting and quite enjoy it. I especially enjoy designing our bracelets and brainstorning new ideas. With the encouragement from our family and friends we have been doing Craft Shows, Festivals, Home Parties and E-Parties.   I hope you enjoy our work and come back to us over and over again!”

 

 

 

ORIENTAL FINDS

“Hello! I’m Faith. I have been designing my own label of ecofriendly handbags for the past 4 years. Prior to being full time in my small business since last year, I have been a general physician for ten years. I’m putting my profession on hold for now so that I can have more time to be a mother, wife, sister and a daughter to my cancer survivor mother and aging father, and at the same time pursue my passion.

All the fabrics I use are either handwoven, hand loomed or crocheted by local hand weavers from different parts of the Philippine. Hand weaving is the livelihood of many farmers here in the Philippines when it is not sowing nor harvesting season to put food on their tables. I want to help them by buying their fabrics. I think the fabrics are the most beautiful parts of my handbags. I’m proud of our local handwoven fabrics and I want to promote them to the world.

I have a small team actually: Charles makes the handle, Glorienda makes the body of the bag, Eden makes the top zipper and embellishments while I design all  my bags and buy all the stuff we need for the handbags. I am also helping these 3 people because they don’t have work anymore. They used to work in my auntie’s handbag factory which closed in 2006 due to global recession.

I believe each of our handbag is beautiful because it is a result of a collaboration of talents.”

 

 

PEGGY WICKHAM ART

“My name is Peggy Wickham. I’m fairly new to selling my paintings. Although I have a Bachelor’s degree in Art, I spent many years as Mom to my family of 5 sons- and when they grew up and moved out, I worked as an Activity Director in a retirement home. I painted during this time but only began to sell my work when I took a course with a local artist on how to do just that. She encouraged me, and “showed me the ropes” – and so here I am!”

 

 

PINKSAFFRON

“Well, let me see…I guess you could say that Im a crafter of all trades:)

I love love love to create beautiful things, so I seldom limit myself to one specialty. I sew, crochet embroidery paint and make jewelry. In the past I was an avid stain glass and mosaic maker, however my poor hands started to get worn quickly. In my spare time, I love to get outdoors and photograph nature. I enjoy walks on the beach, quiet sunsets and watching birds.

Always changing like the seasons while staying true to myself and others!”

 

 

PRINCESS POSH BOUTIQUE

“Princess Posh was born after the birth of my daughter in 2009. I loved dressing her up in decorative headbands & she always received so much attention (her chubbylicious cheeks may have had something to do with it too). I started making them and all of a sudden my company was born to a stay at home mom. Once my son arrived in 2010, I put my business on hold due his colic and sporadic sleeping habits 🙂 In February of 2013 I decided I was ready to get back to work, especially to the work I love so much.

I have a couple of other passions, including … shoes!! Many may say, “What woman doesn’t?” but I am obsessed!! I adore shoes! So….. I developed my private label shoe line & am using my obsession to create your dream heels blinged with genuine Swarovski Elements. They are absolutely stunning!! You will be the talk of the town and the hit of the evening!

I am constantly working to create new posh items for babies to women. I have recently added my bling pacifiers and wipey cases and am working on new items as I write this. I hope you will come back to see what is new.

Last but not least, my other passion is the 4-legged babies of our world. I am heavily into dog rescue and will do what I can to help an animal in need. My dream is to have a dog rescue so I can just “go get them” (as my daugther would say) so no more animals have to die. In the meantime, 5% of all retail sales go toward the rescue of dogs in need.”

 

SAMSSTUFF

“I love to create one of a kind stories in a variety of mediums. I started making things at a very early age, taught by family members & a variety of very creative teachers. I love to travel & my influences are many & varied. Any questions? Feel free to ask. I’d love to hear from you!”

 

 

THE DUCK TAPE DIVA

” I started making Duct Tape purses about ten years ago. My friend was sitting in her apartment, bored and in absentmindedly glancing around the apartment (as one does when they are bored) her eyes came to rest on her boyfriends wallet and a roll of duct tape. Due to her current state of boredom she proceeded to cover the wallet in duct tape. Oh, but she didn’t stop there. She covered her purse in purple duct tape and then mine as well. She had succeeded in providing herself with entertainment for the day and succeeded in providing me with the idea that I am currently producing. I thought; “Why cover something? Why not just make it from duct tape all together?”. And so I did.  I enjoy providing outstanding pieces of duct tape fashions. It is always a joy to have someone come up to me and ask me about my purse. When I tell them it is made from duct tape and they are completely blown away, well, it gives me an extra skip in my step. I like taking something that isn’t beautiful and making it beautiful. Thereby showing everyone that there is beauty in everything. You just have to know how to see it.  I do all things made from Duct Tape with some fabric, vintage jewelry, vintage ribbon etc. used in the mix.  I make Purses, Totes, clutches, journals, folders, pens, roses, wallets, change purses, messenger bags, etc… i make things for the boys and the girls!”

 

 

TRINKETS AND TREASURES

“I saw a flyer for a silver art clay class and thought it would be fun, I loved it.  I wanted to add  beads to one of my metal art clay pieces so I took a class in beading. I just kept taking more classes, wire wrapping, pearl knotting, chain maille, and fused glass, lapidary, metalsmithing. I took a few more silver art clay classes &  I decided to become a certified instructor in silver art clay.  I am always taking some kind of class, I love learning. I made a studio in my home and spend all my free time creating something, learning new ways and new things to create.  I also love the beach, fossil hunting, rockhounding and reading.”

 

 

VIRTUALLY YOURS

“”Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” – Confucius said it and I believe it.   For me, graphic and web design is that left brain, right brain, exhilarating combination of logic and creativity “job” that keeps me on The Sunny Side.   I can spend hours playing around on Photoshop and am really enjoying making banners and avatars. There are a zillion image files on this computer that I’ve created over the last 5 years.  Plenty of new listings coming.  You do not have to fully understand the internet to take advantage of all the opportunities out there.  You just need someone you can trust.   If you need a banner, avatar, website, a redesign or someone to update an existing site, I would love the opportunity to help you make it happen.   Virtually yours, Trish Cox  The Sunny Side Dot Biz, LLC”

 

 

ANGELS

“Welcome to my collection of patterns and handmade items.

I welcome comments and suggestions about what you see, I’m not too old to learn new things.  I love to create and make things from scratch.

Please feel free to ask for more pictures of items.”

 

 

AYA DESIGNS

“I’m an Army Brat who was born in France to a U.S. Dad and French Mom.  I grew up in Europe and Turkey and was lucky enough to have traveled all over the world. I still love the traveling and seeing the fashions and styles of other countries … which I love incorporating into my “style”.”

 

 

BEAD SOUK

“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.”

 

 

FORGET ME KNOT TREASURE

“The name of the store (forget me knot treasure) is in honor of my late companion, friend and pet. I originally opened my business as Forget Me Knot Pet Sitting. I closed my pet sitting business and converted it to a home business when my fur friend started to get sick. He was with me for 15 1/2 years. He was truly my treasure and I will not forget him. I’ve been into sewing, arts & crafts since I could remember. I started my own business making custom gowns, children wear, clothing, house wares, accessories, jewelry, basically anything that caught my interest. I love mixing art mediums and fabric textures. All of my products are custom made. My workroom is a clean & smoke free environment.”