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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

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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.

If you are like me then you enjoy the little things that can just make you smile as soon as your eyes fall on it.  When I feel like I am about have a bad day, I sit back and flip through one particular ArtFire shop and it takes all the doom and gloom away.  In a matter on moments, it can all be puppies and kitties…. Okay well ninjas and paranoid bunnies but hey it works…

My all time favorite has to be Auntifranni’s Paranoid Bunny patch… I mean how much cuter can things get.  So cute and cuddly unless you are planning to steal his carrot, then he might just to nibble your toes off.

THE PARANOID BUNNY PATCH/APPLIQUE

THE PARANOID BUNNY PATCH/APPLIQUE

If you need more than bunnies to shake your bad day then you should try out something that you could have sitting right next to the computer all day long…  This bottle koozie is perfect for almost all crafters and if you craft like this then you are perfectly bad assed enough to display this at all times.

 	 CRAFT NINJA BOTTLE KOOZIE NAVY

CRAFT NINJA BOTTLE KOOZIE NAVY

Just tell me that that won’t make you perk up at least a little…  She has tons of goodies that you can use anywhere.  She makes patches, koozies, lip balm and chapstick cases and even cases to carry your flash drives in.  She has such amazing products that I am sure that you will find something there that will make your day.

So, now you have just a taste of her fun stuff you say that you just HAVE to go and find the perfect thing for you…. Well, you can find here it all right here:

AuntiFranni

AuntiFranni

Just remember that you can click on all the photos to be taken to the product listing and you an click on her avatar with her name to be taken straight to her shop…

If you are looking for some great stuff to make bath time really dun then you have to checkout this artisan, PegasusSoaps!   She makes Cold Process Soaps, Hot Process Soaps, and Bath and Body Products.  What person on Earth doesn’t love Bath and Body stuff…?  Just check out this beautiful Whipped Soap.  This is a Cold Process soap and is made a little differently than some other soaps.  This is so it gets this lovely whipped look.  Plus, it floats…. How cool is that!

WHIPPED PINK LEMONADE HANDMADE SOAPS

WHIPPED PINK LEMONADE HANDMADE SOAPS

You honestly can’t get any better than Handmade Soaps.  The texture and especially the unique scents that you would never find at any big chain store.

If you have trouble getting your kids, or any kids for that matter, into the tub for bath time then you have to try this…  These bath Bombs are so perfect to make the tub fun!  They will foam and bubble into a lovely bath.  They come in a wide variety of scents including Clean Cotton, White Tea and Ginger, and even Monkey Farts!  (I so have to try that…)  She even has them in scents for the manly man….

6 BABY BUBBLE BATH BOMBS

6 BABY BUBBLE BATH BOMBS

You son’t have to be a kid to enjoy these items.  They are fun for everyone. So just go ahead and click on those photos and get ya some…

Plus if I have intriqued you, then jus check out the rest of her shop.  You won’t be disappointed:

PegasusSoaps

PegasusSoaps

Just remember that you can click on all the photos to be taken to the product listing and you an click on her avatar with her name to be taken straight to her shop…

How amazing would it be to be able to have the perfect tea…   This amazing artisan creates loose leaf teas ever since her favorite shop went out of business.  She then decided to take matters into her own hands and began to research and learn as much as she could.  In the process teaching herself how to flavor and blend the teas.

Her unique blends will leave you begging for more.  Especially when you see what blends she has in her store…

This particular blend is for those of us that enjoy homeopathy remedies and all natural ingredients.  This tea is actually for those who suffer from allergies and I know I may just have to try this because I get severe allergies.  Anyhoo, this tea is flavored with all natural herbs and blended with Peppermint.  This creates a lovely flavor and acts as an anti-inflammatory.

ALLERGI-TEA HERBAL TEA BLEND FOR ALLERGY RELIEF

ALLERGI-TEA HERBAL TEA BLEND FOR ALLERGY RELIEF

For those of you who don’t need anything to make you feel better but just want a nice relaxing tea then you just have to try her La Vert Pear Flavored Green Tea… Wow, its a must try!  A beautiful blending of a natural earthy flavoring with the sweetness of a pear.  How yummy does that sound, huh?  This is one of those teas that you can serve hot or cold, double the pleasure!

LA VERT PEAR FLAVORED GREEN TEA

LA VERT PEAR FLAVORED GREEN TEA

You know you want to go and check out these wonderful teas, which you can click on the photos and it will take you right to that item…  Also, I know you want to know more about this shop so you can see her full inventory of yummy teas, so you have to click her shop right here:

LiberTeas

LiberTeas

Now that I have your tastebuds all salivating at these yummy goodness, why don’t you go and buy some and discover a new favorite tea.