Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Blogger's Unite - On Fire for Handmade featured artist - Luna Essence

Luna Essence

Luna Essence

Featured Artist Share the Love, Blogger’s Unite

Diana Marie LaRocca Saputo  of Luna Essence is This Weeks Featured Artist on Share the Love, Blogger’s Unite Gemstones intrigued me , of course what girl doesn't love jewelry? At Luna Essence you will find Handmade Earrings, Bracelets , Pendants , Vintage, Necklaces and Handbags. All ship within one business day . Jewelry comes in Gift Boxes . Plus once you make your purchase -You will receive 10% OFF with a TULUNAESSENCE COUPON CODE on Purchases of $20.00 or more

Stunning Designs for a more stunning you!  

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Stocking Stuffers from AFPounce #2

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Heat Up Cool Yule with Red!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Weekly Spotlight - Natalie Hermawan

I am so pleased to present Natalie Hermawan.  Natalie makes incredible decorative party items that are personalized and so creative. AdorebyNat on Artfire.

From Natalie herself:

For as long as I can remember, I always love papers. It started with me collecting stationery when I was in elementary school. I bought and traded beautiful and cute designed papers. I truly enjoyed looking at these beautiful papers. In early 2004, I tried to make my own handmade papers. This hobby however did not last long. I realized that if I wanted to continue making papers I needed an open (and bigger) space to do all the mixing and drying where small apartment might not be ideal in this case. Around the same time, a co-worker invited me to a stamping party. Since then I’m hooked in card making and scrapbooking. In the beginning, I sold mostly cards and occasionally gift tags. As I make more gift tags, I received more custom requests to make tags for certain themes. My shop has slowly evolved from making favor tags to other party decorations such as banners, cupcake toppers, door signs, napkin rings, teabag favors, stickers, invitations etc. My target audience are moms with little kids, or grandparents and friends who plan for baby showers, as well as brides-to-be for wedding stationery and decorations.

We travel so much between Canada and Indonesia. Both are our homes at this point of life. My shop remains open wherever we are at these two homes. My items are not necessarily made in Canada all the time as I do sometimes reside in Asia. Maybe I can refer to it as “made by Canadian”? My products are unique because you pretty much can personalize them. Custom orders are welcome.

It is hard to pick a favorite as I do love each one of them. Each cute design makes me smile and that’s why I love what I do. It is not hard to be in a happy mood when you work with celebration-related items. Two of my popular items are Alice in Wonderland Teabag favors that are perfect for a baby shower or wedding and Adorable Owl Cupcake Toppers for a birthday or baby shower party.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Share the Love - Blogger's unite Featured Artisan

Caty Anns Creations Featured Shop

Caty Anns CreationsFeatured Artist

Share the Love, Blogger’s Unite

This Weeks Featured Artist on Share the Love, Blogger’s Unite is Cathy Cooley of Caty Anns Creations Truly one of a kind pieces of stunning jewelry can be found in Cathy's Shop! Handcrafted Jewelry you will love to wear! A Must Have for every Jewelry Box!  
Find Caty Ann's Creations on:
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Weekly Spotlight - Lori Coats

class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> I am so happy to introduce Lori Coats who is one of the people I have met through my crafting and who is very talented!  

She designs some incredible jewelry with incredible gemstones and beautiful metal work.  

From Lori herself: 

I am originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have been a rock hound since childhood, and have always been fascinated by Mother Natures little gifts. I moved south as a young adult, and have been living in Central Florida for over 30 years.

I began making my own jewelry due to my love of gemstones, my inability to wear base metals, and in large part due to my shallow pockets. It occurred to me that I could make good quality jewelry on a budget.  Many friends and family suggested I sell my creations but with holding down a full time job it wasn't high on my priority list. So I began to planning this little endeavor for a retirement activity.

I became unemployed after more than 26 years with the same company early 2012, and found myself forced into life changes I wasn't prepared to make. So, Pretty Rock Shop was born!

I wish to share my love of beautiful gemstones at affordable prices.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Weekly Spotlight - Sharon Gilnack

I am so happy to have this week's spotlight is on Sharon Gilnack who is a wonderful knitter who creates wonderful homey and warm hand knit items for your home.  

Words from Sharon herself......

HollyKnitterCreations has been on Artfire since March 2011 when I needed something to do after retiring in 2009.
My grandmother’s encouragement started my journey into the love of fiber.  
In college I taught myself how to knit and enjoyed creating a hooded sweater
with cables and popcorns for those cold New York winters.

I am visually challenged and cannot read printed material and through innovation and computer software allows me to use a screen reader that audibly reads information from my computer.
My favorite aspect in knitting is to create small cloths where the knit and purl stitches form a picture.
I have over 150 picture patterns to fit every occasion from simple apples to quilt inspired designs.
When making cloths for special orders, I try to work with the customer to make something special for them The Antique Car cloth and the Golf Cloth were originally special orders and have become customer favorites. The Ninja cloth, Skateboard, Bulldozer, and Butterfly were originally made for my grandchildren. The Ballerina Dancer was a special gift for my nieces and friends. 
I also designed a special towel with hand knit topper that has ties instead of the traditional buttons and I have just branched out with machine embroidery to make special towels such as the Chocolate Labrador on White with a Brown topper. (I have a friend that does the embroidery).
I am starting to expand into more baby Afghans, scarves and hope to increase this line next year.

The designers I work with are awesome to provide me with patterns in a specialized format in addition when needed will modify a pattern to fit special requirements. I do respect copy write and always get permission from the designers to sell items created from their designs
My Artfire studio is a combined effort from start to finish. I could not have a business in Artfire without the help of family and friends. My husband is my photographer and my friend from college helps me list my inventory. The Artfire mentors and artisans have been helpful and supportive.
In conclusion my love of knitting brings me joy, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment whether knitting for charity, family or my business.

“Discover the hand crafted difference”

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Weekly Spotlight - Crafts of the Past

I am thrilled to introduce Anna Garner - owner and creator of Crafts of the Past.  Anna brings forth the historical artifacts and creates amazing unique jewelry.  She has a vast variety of incredible items, you just have to take the time to browse through her store.  Crafts of the Past on Artfire

Please take some time to look at her incredible talent!

Directly from Anna:  Though I had used the modern form of modeling clay for making seal impressions for publication for quite a while, I had not dreamed of actually creating pendants, beads and whole sets of jewelry from the material. But my work with the Bactria-Margiana bronze stamp seals led me to create bronze metal pieces from polymerized bronze powder bearing the stamped images of the antiquities.

From my work with bronze clay I became attracted to polymerized art clay for making models for my bronze jewelry. That lured me into exploring the possibility of hand sculpting art clay jewelry from the latest forms of polymer clay, a medium that is both durable and beautiful. My exploration landed me into a new endeavor with a new identity for my studio's products: Polly Ceramica. Many of my products are stamped with the Polly Ceramica logo. 

I enjoy the chameleon quality in polymer clay. I can shape it however I wish it to be or I can let it show me how it wants to be shaped -- known as the organic method of creating art clay ornamentation. I enjoy using the organic technique of creating my Polly Ceramica jewelry pieces. Here are some of my recent creations:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Boulevard of Artsian - 3