Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BUNNIES FOR MY SWEET GIRLS

Some of you may know already know that I have a thing for bunnies.   I started making bunnies when my grandson was about 3, he's 14 now and has 3, and wanting another one, but  a very specialized one.  Really!
My oldest granddaughter who is only 4, was recently diagnosed with Leukemia, fortunately the curable kind.  But, she still has to go through hell to get it done.  I decided she deserves and just may need a special bunny, so that's what I did.  My sweet little Evie loves pink, and she can often be found with a pink dress on, with ruffles around the bottom playing with cars!  When it comes to dressing, she is ALL  girl! Here is Evie's bunny
 I know that Evie often just wears her clothes when she goes in for treatments, but I thought it may be fun to make a "hospital gown" for the bunny, only this one does a good job of covering up parts it should cover!  Evie usually wears leggings under her dresses, so I thought it was only right the bunny should at least have bloomers.






The white with pink polka dot rompers  are an item I came up with many years ago, by sewing the bloomers to the  dress bodice top.
This one has gathers in the bodice, not something I often do, but I wanted this to be a special bunny with special outfits.
I have a dress for her in the works, hopefully it will be done soon.
I gave the bunny to her about 2 weeks ago, but still needed to take pictures of it, so she gave it back to me so I could do so!  What a sweety!
For  various reasons, I wasn't able to give it back to her  until yesterday. Mom and Evie came by for just a few minutes and both remained in the car.  I sat in the back seat with her and handed it to her, she hugged  and snuggled up to it, and was sound asleep within minutes.  Her hug and snuggle was thank you enough!

The other bunny is for my other sweet 3 yr-old granddaughter, Namine'.  This bunny is  special too.   It's made from one of my Dad's robes!  All 3 grand kids will have one now.  I'd post pics of the other 2, but they were on my computer that I no longer have access to.

The white on the feet is from the arms of the robe, I sewed some "fancy" stitches on it  to add something a little extra special, and the white part needed some reinforcing .

Unfortunately, I won't be able to see her get the bunny as I will be mailing it to her.  Hopefully mom or dad will take a few pictures!
So, these are my bunnies for my special girls.  They're so fun to make!

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Have a very wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

RASMUSSEN GEMS AND JEWELRY LLC

Jewelry, looking for something a bit different than what every store in your local mall carries. If so, I highly recommend Rasmussen Gems & Jewelry LLC on Handmade Artists Shop.  Here, you will find
 jewelry and gemstones  handcrafted in John and Debora's  shop. Debora does the designing and beading necklaces, anklets, bracelets, ear rings, and key chains. John does lapidary to cut the gemstones, metalsmithing (silver and copper) to make the jewelry and wire wrapping.
 If you want a custom design, just send them a message through the shop.. Custom orders are always accepted.  Gem identification and appraisal services are also available. How cool is that?

John isn't your typical self taught lapidary grinding away in the garage type person.  He was educated at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.  He also taught geology for ten years, and after switching careers for a while, he is back to his love of rocks, minerals. and gems.  John has also been educated in Gemology including jewelry design and repair at the International Gem Society, Gemological Institute of America and Penn Foster Career School.

Looking for a cool stone cabochon for a special something you want to create? You will find 6 pages of a variety of stones and cuts including this lovely Mossy Agate Cabochon. Gorgeous!

Or perhaps a classy facet cut? He has those too!  This Citrine Checkerboard Gemstone is amazing!











Besides cutting these beautiful gems and stones, he also makes some very nice jewelry too.  Besides using cast settings, he also does some very nice wire wrapping.  Love this Forest Agate Sterling Silver Pendant.






John's wife Debora, does all the bead design & crafting.  She doesn't make just necklaces, she also makes matching earrings sold with her gorgeous designs. 
This Necklace and Earring Set 1053 really caught my eye. Such wonderful colors!









This very sweet pink Necklace and Earring Set 1034 reminds me of my very sweet granddaughter, Evie.  But, she'll have to wait since she's only 4!

Remember,  Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry LLC also do custom orders as well as gem and stone identification, just send them a message through the shop.

You can also find them on their blog and facebook
Blog: http://rasmussengemsandjewelryllc.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rasmussen-Gems-and-Jewelry/123028303885

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Have a bright and sparkly day!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

REEF BOTANICALS & FABRIC OF MY MIND

One of the fun things about being a long time member of HandMade Artists Forum is watching some of the other artisans grow and branch out.  One such artisan is Larissa, creator of Reef Botanicals and Fabric Of My Mind.  Actually, it's a husband wife team, of Eric and Larissa who discovered a mutual love of making things from scratch.  Between the two of them, they cook, bake, brew, craft, paint, photograph, knit, sew,  create candles & skin care products. and oh, both of them hold down full time jobs. Whew! Oh wait, I forgot, Larissa's face painting and their recently added bee hives, which Larissa has lovingly painted with Winnie The Pooh characters!
Painting the bee hives has led to painting other things too, and Larissa plans to expand this into painting murals.
It all began with Reef Botanical'sShop with high quality all natural handcrafted soaps and other indulgences.
Such as this soothing and skin radiant Honey & Oatmeal Soap

They also create lip balms,  bath salts, scrubs,  other bath products as well as lovely candles.















Fabric of My Mind eventually evolved, with knitted scarves & hats, toys, as well as some sewn toys and creations.  Many of these creations are from Larissa's own patterns such as this fun Designer Knitted Green Dinosaur Scarf

Larissa also creates such classics as this beautiful Deep Blue Celtic Knot Hand Knitted Scarf













One of my favorites is her Flossie The Cow creations such as this one in Black & White.




These are all the places you can find Larissa &/or Eric.
 
Larissa does some awesome face painting too!  
 
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HARMONY

Harmony is not only a pleasing arrangement of parts to one another, but also an agreement
in action, feeling, sentiment or the like. Harmony is about agreement, accordance, unison, melody concordance.  We most often think of harmony in terms of music, but harmony also comes into play in any art form.
When I look at Andrew & Kimberly's work, I see harmony.
Where does harmony come from?  I think it can come from many "places", but I believe it primarily comes from love.
Love for what you are doing, or creating.  Andrew & Kimberly are creating so much more than their jewelry, painted glass and other art.
This harmony is also a major component of Handmade Artists Forum & Shop.  I believe it may  come from their love of each other, the love of handmade and a shared commitment.

Besides her work outside the home, taking care of 3 "boys",  co-running HAF & HAS as well running On Fire For Handmade, Kimberly creates some beautiful sea glass pendants, as well as some awesome altered art using books you can find in her Handmade Artists Shop, Makin The Best of It
Love this Sterling Leaves Sea Glass Necklace


  And of course this awesome Cobalt Blue Message Pendant









Kimberly also creates some wonderful hand painted glass that you can find at MakinTheBestOfIt
















Besides holding down a full time job and co-running HAF &HAS, Andrew does some pretty special chainmaille jewelry by "twisting rings" that you will find at Chainmaille By MBOI.  Not only does he put all those little rings together, he creates most of them, if not all of them!
One of my absolute favorites is this Sterling Silver Roundmaille Bracelet
















Chainmaille, sort of boggles my brain, but this Copper Elfsheet Chainmaille Bracelet really does!









This Stainless Steel Persian Unisex Necklace is just totally awesome!
You can also find these awesome chainmaille creations at Chainmaille By MBOI
If you look at handmade creations in a different light, you will see the harmony, especially when it's a creation by either one of these two very special people.
You can also find them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/KimberlyAKitchen



Harmony.


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Monday, June 16, 2014

HANDMADE ARTISTS

So, of course I'm late for my 1st blog ring post in quite a while! Better late than never though, right?
One of my favorite places on the net is Handmade Artists Forum & the Shop too of course!
Kimberly & Andrew started the forum early Spring 2009, and it's been growing ever since.
It's a friendly place.  We have discussions about our handmade creations, promoting, styles, tools, techniques, and even one thread devoted to "What are you doing today?" - that's my favorite thread! There are threads to post you creations with sections for art, jewelry, knitting, sewing & crochet, and one for creative creations for everything else.  You can post your creation and get supportive comments, feedback, and maybe other ideas if that is what you are looking for.  Posts aren't closed, it's a pretty free nice open discussion.  Differences of opinions happen but they are kept on a friendly basis.
Before too much longer the HandMade Artists Shop was created.  This is sweet!  For a mere $5.00 a month, you can list as many items as you can create!  And each of those items will be either tweeted, put on Facebook, google +, Pinterest,   or all of the above!  Many people also promote other shops &/or items on their blogs, Facebook pages, & tweet etc.  And if you need help with something, Andrew or Kimberly are a mouse click away, and you will get a quick helpful reply!
I highly recommend investing in a shop and becoming a member of the forum if you make handmade creations to sell. You can  come hang out, share you're creations, join in other discussions, and well, just hang out!
And to give you a peak at some of the wonderful creations on HAS:

Green Sea Glass Stack by Makin The Best Of It



Sterling Silver Daisy Chain Necklace by Chainmaille by MBOI











Night Music Throw by Sewdifferent

Got your curiosity going??? these are just a very few wonderful handmade creations you will find on HandMadeArtists Shop.  Other categories include: Bath & Beauty, Candles, Crochet Knitting & Needlecraft, Metal Craft, Mosaics.......and much more!
Sit back, relax, and go shopping in your jammies while sipping a cup of your favorite brew, or cold one!
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

NICE SURPRISE

I got up to a very nice surprise yesterday, one of my fellow artists, Monika of MyEuropeanTouch had written a very nice feature on my shops on HandmadeArtistsShops. I was on my way to the forum, and there before my eyes was one of my small watercolor paintings, in my reflections shop. This one is a series of paintings "On The Bus" I did on the bus between Albuquerque, New Mexico & Colorado Springs, Colorado.
So after going to the whole feature I was surprised with all the different items my dear friend Monika featured.  I agree with Monika, this Ivory & Lace Crocheted Cloche is one of my favorites from my lisianblue shop too.

And on that note, I'd like to return the favor and feature some of Monika's work from her shop MyEuropeanTouch.   Monika grew up in Germany,  during and after WWII while her parents were reusing, recycling & reinventing, Monika caught the creative bug around the age of 5.  She started sewing, crocheting, knitting & cross stitching doll clothes, making candles by melting candle stumps in her little doll oven using yarn as candle wicks. Monika went on to making clay vases, drawing a painting. Now living in Florida, Monika's interests and talents have evolved over time, and now creates Mosaics.  Now, these aren't you're "typical mosaics", not at all! Monika "reclaims/reinvents unwanted  items & breathe(s) new live/usefulness in them" creating fabulous pieces of art.  Her mosaics are created with  precise cut/nipped fine bone china & stained glass mosaic pieces.  I love this Shabby Chic Mosaic Mirror
https://handmadeartists.com/product-details/Mosaic/Wall%20Art/Handmade%20Mosaic%20Mirror%20Shabby%20Chic%20Large%20Mosaic%20Wall%20Mirror%20shabby%20cottage%20beach%20Mosaic%20Mirror%20/?pid=20140330192012a4238
Pink is not on my list of colors that I like, but this lady's mosaics makes me love pink!
Imagine putting your loved one's picture in this awesome Mosaic Picture Frame that also includes a little bit of jewelry. Although this Vintage Designer Mosaic Cake Dome is sold, I just have to show it to you. She has other cakes domes, that have also sold, but she will happily create one just for you.

Gorgeous isn't it?
Monika works with a client to involve them in "Their" Art Piece.  
Oh Yeah,. it seems that Monika used to draw.  Check out her Drawings&Paintings, such as this quill & ink drawing of Tesdorf Manson in Germany.
Monika & I got to know each other a little better while she was translating a 3 page document in German my dad brought back from Germany after WWII. Monika is a super nice lady, who creates some awesome mosaics,  & does a lot of promoting for fellow artisans. I encourage you to visit her shop MyEauropeanTouch on HandMadeArtistsShops, if you haven't already.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

FINALLY

HELLO!
WOW I finally got a new computer! YAY!  My very sweet son got it for me! Super son! I am now living in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs and have a fantastic view of Pikes Peak right out my living room window.


I admit, I have a love hate relationship with my apartment!! I love the layout, the great dishwasher & self cleaning oven, and it's pretty soundproof! Except for it facing one of the busiest streets in the city, it's a great location, 2 blocks to 2 grocery stores, a Radio Shack,  an Ace Hardware, & Hancock Fabrics & a few other shops.  Hobby Lobby is a short bus ride away, but honestly I don't know if I can even get to a Michael's or JoAnn's! The biggest drawback,  I lost 75 square feet from my last apt in Albuquerque, and that one was verging on being too small! This really is taking some very creative storage solutions.  And, I'm still working on getting things in place (2 months later!)!  Also trying to figure out how to make some games work on my grandson's part of the computer and not just mine!
I'll be back, but it may be in about a week, hopefully sooner. I am checking my shops frequently and   will get back to HandMadeArtists forum and doing some promoting soon.
Have a god one everybody!
My lisianblue.com site got kind of messed up............................ it now goes to a not so great site.  Ugh!  I updated my card info and hopefully will manage to get it straightened out soon.