Saturday, January 2, 2010

Who is Nadia? And where does she get her Beads?

You see those earrings in the picture there? Those are "Nadia Earrings in Grape Soda" and I want to know who Nadia is, because Nadia has some terrific style. Just look at them and try to deny it. You can't; you know you can't.

So who is Nadia? Well, it appears she's the woman behind kiwisaskatoon's shop, "Nadia's Rose Garden" on Etsy.

It's a beautiful little shop that sells a range of beaded jewelry and bookmarks, many of which like the one pictured in this post, are absolutely gorgeous! She even has a few hair accessories tucked away in her Rose Collection.

Although not a large shop yet, she has a wonderful selection of jewelry and I'm especially a fan of her earrings. Take a peek and see for yourself, you might just find yourself a fan too!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT NADIA'S KIWISASKATOON SHOP OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Bag that Will Go to the Ends of the Earth With You and Back

Made from FAIR TRADE coffee burlap sacks and ORGANIC hemp canvas that has been environmentally dyed black.

This is a bag that I don't think I can do without. And if I can? I don't want to.

The Wren has a lot of bags I don't want to live without though, and I particularly love the burlap sack designs that have been created and are for sell there. It's a terrific way to recycle and I find the colors and fabrics very visually appealing, not to mention durable!

The artist who created this wonderful bag, Wendren, is a surface designer by paper (aka textile designer or graphic artist) from Cape Town, South Africa who started designing bags in December of 2007 and has since then grown to include a label "Wren" an a rather large customer base, both on and off Etsy!

The Wren now sells not just bags of all sizes and shapes but clutches and pouches as well!

TO VISIT THEWREN'S SHOP YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Masks are not just for Mardi Gras

"Here you will find a treasure trove of beautiful, hand made leather masks and other mementos from an unusual journey into the worlds of imagination and spirit."

A treasure trove is right!

Here's a shop filled with fantasy and beauty. An artist who creates jewelry and masks. Pilgrimage is a beautiful display of a very talented artisan who has worked in a number of different artistry inspired fields.

The masks, in particular, caught my attention as they're not just beautiful but they're made for more than just display.

Each mask is made following the ancient tradition of the Venetian mask makers out of light-weight leather to be both durable and comfortably wearable! They are each carefully shaped, finished and painted by hand, with no laser cutters, airbrushes, vacuum formers or anything involved other than paintbrushes and a few simple tools.

For me, this brings an entire new level of "wearable art" to forefront.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT PILGRIMAGE'S SHOP OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sensuality is Perfection

My bedroom needs this painting. In fact, my soul needs this painting.

For 20 years now, Kimberly Dow is a professional gallery-represented artist that works with a variety of subjects, but tends to concentrate on figurative paintings in oil in recent years.

As a nationally recognized award-winning artist with a following as well as well known collectors, most of her work is sold through galleries, This said though, she also offers prints and the occasional original for sale on her Etsy shop, which is where I discovered her beautiful work.

A number of Kim Dow's pieces are nudes, so I feel it prudent to warn you ahead of time that the link to the shop for this artist is for mature audiences only.

That said, if you or who you are shopping for is a fan of beauty, oil paintings and artwork that reaches in to caress the soul? You really need to check out Kimberly Dow's work and website, which can be found through a link in her shop.

TO VISIT KIMDOW'S SHOP YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Scatterbrain Tees

Do you know someone in your life, or are you that someone, that is the jeans and t-shirt type?

I am. And, I do, too! In fact, there's a college full of people who's style is just that right down the street and another across town and many more all over the world!

Everyone has someone like this in their life, and I've found the perfect shop for them, and you, if you're searching for a gift for them.

Scatterbrain Tees has a variety of men's and women's tees in all sizes and shapes with a wide variety of unique, original art silkscreen printed with a quality guarantee. They specialize in artsy, quirky, wearable designs in the form of artistic t-shirts, graphic shirts and other such creative clothing as well as art prints. And all his shirts are sorted by sex and size for ease in shopping.

The shop is ran by Michael Phipps who is an artist and illustrator that has been drawing and creating all his life. He's a recognized artist that has created illustrations for book covers, magazines, CD covers, posters, web sites, and more.

Whether what you're looking for is masculine or feminine, quirky, artsy or just plain cool, Michael's shop could be just what you're looking for.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT PHIPPSART'S SHOP OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Just... WOW!

Although I personally work with beads and love creating jewelry, I never mastered the skill of bead weaving, which I found to be too close to sewing for my personal talents.

As I've stated on this blog before, though, I'm a huge fan of
those who -can- sew and do it well.

MaryTDesigns is one of those people who's found a way to combine my love for beads with a talent that I could only dream of possessing.

As a wife, mother and accountant, Mary aspires to one day quit her day job and bead full time, and with the talent that I see in her beautiful pieces? I have a hard time not seeing this to be a part of her future!

Her cuffs and bracelets are truly magnificent, and not just that, but reasonably priced too! That's two things that are definitely in her favor and you can count me as number three since I'm rooting for her success.

TO VISIT MARYTDESIGNS' SHOP YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

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