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Archive for February 2009

I am very big into decorating and I have a very ecclectic sense of taste.  I love things that have a vibrant flair to them.   Anyone that knows me will probabaly say that they know my favorite color is black… Well, that is true but I also love colors that pop especially when doing interior design.  I worked in decorating so I also know how color can affect a room.  I love how different colors can make a room just right.   Well, this artisan has something for every room and every taste and I can attest to the fact that her pieces are amazing.  I have one of her plates in my craft room just so I can look at it every day that I go in and work.  It has made the room perfect and has given a new life to this small part of my house.

Her switchplates are made with fabric so that it gets a much smoother covering and is a lot easier to work with.  This also creates an almost limitless selection of styles for you to choose from.   This plate is just adorable and if you love pink and/or cats then this is perfect for you.  At least these cats don’t shed….

MOD KITTY DOUBLE LIGHT PLATE SWITCH COVER

MOD KITTY DOUBLE LIGHT PLATE SWITCH COVER

She also does a lot more than just switchplates.  Her other items are just as well made and just as amazing.  She has mousepads, coasters as well as lampshades.  This one in particular is such a cool design and especially if you are like me and just can’t wait to get money in your hands so you can shop and spend it…

 	 SHOPAHOLIC LAMP SHADE

SHOPAHOLIC LAMP SHADE

Now, looking around your house I know you see some stuff that you can update and now you know where you can go to get it.  I love my new plate and I know you will too.  So just click on her plate and be ready to get carried away…

3zArt ArtFire Shop

3zArt ArtFire Shop

If you like this shop then check out her mom’s and grandmom’s while your at it.

EvE ArtFire Shop

EvE ArtFire Shop

Nonnie ArtFire Shop

Nonnie ArtFire Shop

I am so excited to see that Spring is nearing and that means the flowers are beginning to sprout up out of the Earth and make the land full of rich colors and textures.  I love photographing flowers and especially just looking at beautiful photos of flowers.  This way I can have flowers all year long, regardless of the weather.  When I look into this photo,  I can just feel the warm Spring sun on my face.  I forget that it’s only 30 degrees outside and that we may be under a blanket of snow and won’t see green grass, let alone a flower, til mid June…

 	 FABIO TULIP

FABIO TULIP

I have family in the Western part of Pennsylvania and I remember driving up when I was younger and seeing some of the old mills.  That always struck a cord with me as I saw them as such a beautiful landmark.  The ones running with Hydroelectricity was always a favorite of mine, watching the turbine wheel being pushed around by the force of the water.  This photo just takes me back to those days and whereas the buiding is slightly different the feelings and memories are the same.

 	 CEDER CREEK GRIST MILL

CEDER CREEK GRIST MILL

So, these photos have you longing for more?  There here is your key into a wonderful world…

NikiMadeIt ArtFire Shop

NikiMadeIt ArtFire Shop

Having been making jewelry for about 5 years, this artisan’s eye for amazing designs is superb.  The amount of work that she puts into each piece is evident when you look at the complexity of the designs.  Take this piece for example, the Unakite chips were coiled onto copper wire.  She wrapped matching bicones with the same copper wire to make a chain so she could finish it with a copper toggle clasp.

 	 UNAKITE PENDANT NECKLACE

UNAKITE PENDANT NECKLACE

I have been known for my specific style of Rosary bracelets.  I have seen some amazing bracelets but some of them just never really catch your eye…  This bracelet does just that, it catches your attention.  The stones that she uses are very symbolic to this piece and really speaks to the soul.

 	 SACRED HEART RED ROSARY BRACELET

SACRED HEART RED ROSARY BRACELET

So if this has intrigued you enough to see what other goodies are in store for you, here is the heart to her shop.

Suzbax ArtFire Shop - Jewelry to Keep

Suzbax ArtFire Shop - Jewelry to Keep

Being a photography student, I can always learn from others photographs.  I keep my eyes open for that special something that just pops out and makes you look at it in a whole new light.  Well, viewing this photographers work will do just that.  The crispness and cleaness of the shot, makes the photos a treat to look at.

I have seen sunsets that are beautiful, I have even photographed some.  However, I don’t think I have ever seen a sunset this majestic.  Just the cloud layers and the colors that are lighting up the sky make this a sight to see.   This photo was taken by Whitney Beach.

 	 SITKA, ALASKA SUNSET 8X12 ORIGINAL ART PHOTOGRAPHY

SITKA, ALASKA SUNSET 8X12 ORIGINAL ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Now, I personally am not the best when it comes to architectural photos mainly  because every time I do take one for some odd reason the building is falling over…   Unlike me, this shot is beautifull captured inside the Basilica Cistern.  The lovely leading line shot taken looking down between the numerous columns just draw the eye right with it.

THE BASILICA CISTERN 8X12 ORIGINAL ART PHOTOGRAPHY

THE BASILICA CISTERN 8X12 ORIGINAL ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Such beauty from this photographers eye can not be missed. Neither can you miss out on Grandma Groen who likes to knit, crochet and sew.  So you have to see those items as well… So don’t forget, just click on the cute little Rainwolf persona, it’s okay she won’t bite, unless you poke her in the eye…

Rainwolf ArtFire Shop

Rainwolf ArtFire Shop

Whether you are on Etsy or ArtFire, I’m sure you would have run across this artisan of course she goes by a slightly different name on either site…  To those at ArtFire she is known as Ignisfatuus and to those on Etsy Dwaallicht.  Now for those who are intrigued in finding out how some come up with their names, then this is for you… Both of these words mean Will-o-the-Wisp.  Ignisfatuus is Latin whereas Dwaallicht is Dutch.  Pretty cool huh?

Well, this first piece is just so fun.  I love the colors and the beautiful flowers and plants.  This paper was atually taken off of an old box and the inside is all 100% recycled paper.  All the ,aterials in this book are both acid free and recycled the only things that are new are the thread and the headbands.

HANDBOUND FLORAL NOTEBOOK

HANDBOUND FLORAL NOTEBOOK

Now, not everything in this shop is made by her, she does have some help.  All of the little felted creatures are made by her grandmother.  She is 86 years old and spends her time spinning wool and making these little adorable animals.  I just love this little guy.  He is so precious and looks so fluffy, just like a little sheep cloud…

LITTLE FELT SHEEP

LITTLE FELT SHEEP

Now that you have an idea of the adorable things that are a waiting inside this shop, just click away at her little lantern and start shopping.

Ignisfatuus ArtFire Shop

Ignisfatuus ArtFire Shop

As I jewelry artisan myself, I have no problems giving credit where credit is due.  If someone makes something that is just outstanding, I’m gonna say so.  Well, that is the case with this next artisan.  Her jewelry uses the best of materials in lampwork beads and gemstones.  Her designs are always so intriging and fun.

This particular bracelet is designed to get you in the mood for Spring and it does just that.  The fun colors and beautiful lampwork beads (which were made by Jill Symons) just screams out that we want to frolick in the warm waters of the Ocean.

HAPPY SPRING BRACELET

HAPPY SPRING BRACELET

These next earrings are so amazing not only in how beautiful they are but they also have a deeper meaning.  Carnelian is a stone with history and energy.  It was once strictly a stone for the noble class of a high social status and these people were most often buried with this stone.

It is also used to aide in various healing ways.  It is a stone to aide in energy, if you feel like you are running low on energy carry a carnelian with you.  It is also the stone for the sign of Virgo as well as being for the Second Chakra or Sacral/Spleen Chakra.

CARNELIAN EARRINGS

CARNELIAN EARRINGS

These earring are so beautiful and the copper and brass just compliment the piece and the stone perfectly.  The adventurine adds a bit of a blending color that just takes the whole piece up to absolutly stunning.

Want to see more of her beautiful designs and find just the right piece to mesh with you then click on her little avatar below…

Whimsy by Mari ArtFire Shop

Whimsy by Mari ArtFire Shop

Being a native of Alaska, this artisan has been knitting for over 15 years and taught by her mother.  In Alaska, it is a part of the culture to knit, weave and sew not only for warmth and survival but also as a way to tell who belongs to what family or tribe.  Bringing a sense of this culture and background into her works means that she puts her heart and soul into each piece that she makes.  Everything is done to a pristine level of quality.

If you have babies then you know how hard it is to keep their little feet nice and toasty warm.  Well, these knitted booties are just perfect for that stylish little bundle of joy.  You can just slip these on over their little socks and they will have nice warm toes.

 	 KNITTED BABYS FIRST PILUGUKS/MUKLUKS/BOOTIES/ FUZZY SOCKS

KNITTED BABYS FIRST PILUGUKS/MUKLUKS/BOOTIES/ FUZZY SOCKS

Now I just couldnt resist these…  These are going to be the most popular item in this shop.  If you are a woman then you know you can’t resist this either and if you are a guy, well then they make the best gift for any female in your life.  Give one to you mother-in-law or even your grandma… Of course, I am not responsible for certain ways they may thank you.

DILDO BAGGINS

DILDO BAGGINS

This little baggie, measuring between 9.5 and 10 inches long and 4 inches wide (when laid flat on one side) will fit most dildos or vibrators. It even has a drawstring to cinch it closed so you can hang it anywhere.  She even has several different colors, so there’s no excuse to not buy one.  She will even make one special for you or your intended recipient, if you would rather have a different color scheme or perhaps a larger size.

Now that I know I caught your attention, there is not one reason that you should be sitting at your computer still reading this when you should be here:

BugEater ArtFire Shop

BugEater ArtFire Shop

So just click this cute little adorable guy and pick you up something special.