Tuesday, February 28, 2017

cookiesbyjulie - Cookies and Sweet Treats by Julie

Julie Beaver mixes up these delights in Andover, Massachusetts.  I can't wait for the lavender to begin blooming again this year, so of course I chose her lavender lemon cookies to show you.  But she has many more varieties available for you to try by clicking on this link to her store: cookiesbyjulie


TheTikiQueen - Tikis & Talavera: Ceramic Art by Susanna B. Chilnick

Susanna B. Chilnick has a way with surface design in Salem, Massachusetts.  And it takes a great deal of talent to throw beautiful bowls, especially ones that fit together like this set does.  You should see all the other designs by using this link to her Etsy store:  TheTikiQueen
Or by using this link to her website:  thetikiqueen.com


Monday, February 27, 2017

AandBDesignStudio - Functional & Fun Modern Home Decor & Gifts

Angela Curtis hand makes items for your home in Rio Rico, Arizona.  I love her crocheted owls, but I also love baskets!  I hope you use this link to see what else she has made for you:  AandBDesignStudio


Sunday, February 26, 2017

RusticPelican - Rustic Modern Wood Furniture Designs & Home Decor

Marilyn is building the perfect home decor for you in Miami Beach, Florida.  This is just one of the brilliant bathtub caddies she has built.  To see the others, please use this link:  RusticPelican


bridgespottery - beautiful ceramics for the kitchen, table & home

Patricia Bridges works with ceramic clay in Port Washington, New York.  Isn't the rim of this bowl fabulous?  You can use this link to her Etsy store to see more:  bridgespottery  Or go to her website by using this link:  bridgespottery.com


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Everygoodcolor - Modern impressionism colorful paintings

Peggy Johnson uses every good color in Seattle, Washington.  I chose her shop because she has such a way with bright colors, it just makes one happy.  I want to be on this boat watching birds fly over her colorful water in a beautiful sky.  You can read more about her and her process by using this link to her store:  everygoodcolor


Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm - In the Upcountry region of Maui

Ali'i Chang was given a lavender plant and the next thing he knew, he was growing acres of lavender on the slopes of Maui near Kula in the state of Hawaii.  The climate allows them to having blooming lavender year round!  You can read all about him and what he accomplished by using this link:
aliikulalavender.com

What a wonderful destination for your next vacation!


DaylilyNursery -

Merrill Hitchcock grows wonderful items for you in Rock Island, Tennessee. They specialize in day lilies, and of course I had to choose their lavender to show you instead, but you can use this link to see what a wide range of plants and flowers they have available.  Time to start planning that garden! DaylilyNursery


AndromedaEnterprises

Andromeda uses naturally occurring materials for her creations in Olympia, Washington.  Like nuts and shells.  I love lockets and such, so I really enjoyed this use of a nut!  Check out her store by using this link:  AndromedaEnterprises


itselemental - Inspired, Naturally!

Colleen McLaughlin creates handmade paper in Burlington, Vermont.  She has wonderful colors for your next project.  Check out her store by using this link:  itselemental


Today's posts are going to be short and fast too make up for a week lost to power outages from the west coast storms.  New storms will probably bring more outages as more trees are going to fall...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

More West Coast Storms

Hi, We are having more storms out here and high winds that are taking town trees left and right.  Yesterday I woke up to no power and when I tried to leave our little valley to at least recharge my laptop, the way out at the main road was blocked in both directions with downed trees.
  This morning there was still no power, but I was able to make it past the trees which had been cut just enough to let cars through single file in several places.  Now I am finally in wood shop class on the Cabrillo College campus and fortunately, we have power here!  Wood shop goes on!
  I love wood almost as much as I love clay and making fine wooden boxes has always been a dream of mine.  Three boxes are currently in progress.  One will be maple, cherry, and walnut.
  Meanwhile, as soon as I have power again, I will begin posting artists again.  All of the files to do this are on the home computer, not this laptop.

Thanks!  Catherine

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Georgiegirlstudios - It's All About the Curb Appeal

Darlene Cini-Erickson fabricates her designs of metal in Menifee Lakes, California.  The sea turtles on this way cool mailbox really grabbed my attention, but use this link to go see what you like the best:  Georgiegirlstudios


BlueFishStudios - Blue Fish Studios ~ Glass Creations by Kyle Schumacher

Kyle Schumacher does his glass work in Seattle, Washington.  I love boxes of all kinds, so of course I chose one of his cool glass boxes.  You can see much more by using this link to his store:  BlueFishStudios


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

KentuckyStickChairs - Comfortable, handmade, folding chairs.

David Carman is working with wood in Delaware, Ohio.  And he has what you need to get ready to enjoy those spring and summer days outside.  Don't these chairs look comfortable?  See more by using this link to his store:  KentuckyStickChairs


8BellsScrimshandry - Handmade scrimshaw jewelry

Shaun Slifer is working out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in a craft so ancient, we have no way of knowing how far back it goes.  Although the art of Scrimshaw refers to what was once the art of sailors working with whale bones and/or ivory, the art of carving on bone goes back much further than that.  A dear friend once made a pair of feather shaped earrings for me out of carved bone and then used the art of Scrimshaw to work an inked feather design into their surface.  So I am glad to see Shaun has continued in an ancient tradition.  To see more of his pieces, you can use this link:
8BellsScrimshandry


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

MotherNaturesStash - AMERICAN MADE STONES & MINERAL ITEMS, JEWELRY, AND MORE

Barbara Caswell is kicking off the new Stone page here and hails from Gold Beach, Oregon.  She has not only used beautiful stones to create her jewelry, she also has cool specimens for you.  Check her store out by using this link:  MotherNaturesStash


Monday, February 13, 2017

stoneleaftile - Stoneware Art Tile & Doorbells

Jeanette Dubela works with ceramic clay in Stratham, New Hampshire.  Wouldn't a beautiful leaf like this be perfect for your doorbell?  You can visit her Etsy store to learn more about her by using this link:  stoneleaftile
Or use this link to her website:  stoneleaftile.net


Saturday, February 11, 2017

papermajik - Making Hand Made Paper Products Since 1990!

Pam Granger Gale loves making handmade paper in Ashville, North Carolina.  If you have never made something with handmade paper, this is a great opportunity to experience the difference.  You can learn more about Pam and her process by using this link to her Etsy store:  papermajik


Purple Haze Lavender - Certified organic lavender products.

Mike and his family grow lavender in Sequim, Washington.  They not only grow lavender for products you can find in their gift shop and via their website, you can stay in their beautiful three bedroom farmhouse vacation rental.  You can also have the outdoor lavender garden wedding of your dreams there!  Plus, did you know that Washington and Oregon have a Lavender festivals every year?  Yes, they do!  I will be telling you more about this and all the lavender farms and events involved as I add more lavender sites here.  Meanwhile, please visit the website for Purple Haze Lavender by using this link:
purplehazelavender.com


Friday, February 10, 2017

SanFilippoLeather - We are experts in custom leather design from concept to creation.

The San Filippo family in Salem, Oregon make custom leather designs for you.  I chose one of their awesome leather aprons to show you, because I work in wood and ceramics, so one of these would certainly be a wonderful and very useful item to have.  Please take a look at what else they have made and learn more about them by using this link to their Etsy store:  SanFilippoLeather
Or use this link to their website:  sanfilippoleather.com


Thursday, February 9, 2017

lynnefrenchdesigns - Original fine art

Lynne French creates her beautiful fine art in Kissimmee, Florida.  She paints original fine art impressionist oil paintings, studio and plein air landscapes, and still life paintings.  I hope my selection will inspire you to use this link to see more:  lynnefrenchdesigns


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

HeavenlyEarthGifts - Heavenly Earth Gifts Exquisite Crystal Specimens

Hilda Naccarato looks for incredible crystals and gemstones for you in Toronto, Canada.  This one is a Smoky Congo Citrine Cluster.  She has more beautiful pieces like this for you to see by using this link to her store:  Heavenlyearthgifts


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

BeeLovelyBotanicals - Bee Lovely Botanicals

Jodie Kieliszewski harvests honey in Unionville, Michigan.  Bee Lovely Botanicals is a small family business that specializes in raw and infused honey.  They also make natural beeswax lotions and lip balms, and honey cold process soaps.  Of course I chose the lavender honey to show you!  But you can see by using this link to their Etsy store:  BeeLovelyBotanicals
Or by using this link to their website:  beelovelybotanicals.com


Monday, February 6, 2017

JaneHicksQuilts - Each stunning and colorful art quilt is personally designed and crafted by the artist.

Jane Hicks carefully pieces together her remarkable quilt designs in Staunton, Virginia.  Each one is a unique and one of a kind OOAK piece of art.  Breaking from traditional patterns to create this awesome wall hangings.  I know from experience, the time which goes into each one.  Please use this link to see her other works: JaneHicksQuilts


kenyonorganics - Queen Bee Heirloom Seeds

Carolyn Kenyon cultivates her seeds in Salt Lake County, Utah.  I chose this one because I love my cooked greens and I especially love Swiss Chard!  In many areas, even where it freezes, it will grow year round.  In my book, everyone should have some growing in their gardens or even in a container on your porch.  It is so easy to grow, there is no reason not to.  And the leaves are beautiful!  Does this rainbow assortment inspire you?  All of her seeds are NON-GMO, heirloom, or open-pollinated varieties of the highest quality.
See what else she has in store for you by using this link to her store: kenyonorganics


Sunday, February 5, 2017

GrandpasStainless - Grandpa's Stainless Workshop

Greg Schmieler is one proud and talented grandpa in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.  I went looking to see what I could find in the way of hand crafted mail boxes and am very glad I found his store.  You can read more about him and see more of his work by using this link:  GrandpasStainless
Or by going to his website here:  grandpas-stainless-workshop.com


DebsWoodshop - Handcrafted Wood Accents and Décor - All Ready to Ship

Deb Gaunt is handcrafting fine wood items for you in Twentynine Palms, California.  Creating a wooden bowl like this is no simple skill and this bowl is just one example of what she has in store for you when you use this link: DebsWoodshop


NorthernLitesJewelry - Semi-Precious Gemstone Jewelry

Susan Dysinger designs her jewelry in Central Pennsylvania using beautiful stones.  I really like this one because I love lavender and purples. I hope you will use this link to see what else she has made:  NorthernLitesJewelry


CrystalDaeDreams - Water - Always Better in Glass

Amy Rae etches beautiful designs onto glass vessels in Bellingham, Washington.  Giving you the option of a reusable water bottle instead of plastic.  A great idea for those trying to reduce and reuse.  Take a look at the other designs she has available by using this link:  CrystalDaeDreams


Saturday, February 4, 2017

peterpiperpicks - Peter Piper

Ruth Moskell hand makes these beautiful papers in Brooklyn, New York.  She also has a talent for Tie Dye.  But you will have to visit her store using this link to see! peterpiperpicks


SecretStorage - BK Custom Leathers

Garrett Reich hand crafts these fine leather cases in Brooklyn, New York.  And he has been getting very happy reviews!  Please read more about him and check out his other ones by using this link:  SecretStorage


rebeccalowery - Rebecca Lowery Ceramics

Rebecca Lowery creates awesome one of kind ceramic pieces like this one in Bloomington, Indiana.  As well as many other pieces you should see.  You can visit her at her Etsy store by using this link:
rebeccalowery
Or visit her website by using this link: rebeccalowery.com


Friday, February 3, 2017

JonathanDay - We Are Beautiful

Jonathan Day creates these beautiful illustrations in Alpine, Oregon when he isn't hand crafting beautiful books.  His store announcement reads: Art by Jonathan Day -- paintings, drawings, etchings, relief prints, watercolors, art prints -- art full of the artist's joy in the beauty of human beings, and the beauty of the Earth we're so lucky to live on.
Please take a little trip and use this link to see his other pieces:  jonathanday


Thursday, February 2, 2017

YourZenZone - Organic Lavender Wands

Eva Miller grows organic lavender in Canada and weaves it into multi-colored lavender wands.  I am very impressed with the ones she makes using more than one color of ribbon because I know from experience that it is not an easy thing to do.  The Victorian ladies began weaving the lavender from their herb gardens into wands to preserve the lavender and use it to scent their homes.  Only fresh lavender can be used to make these. The flowers are still on the stem when they are woven, so the when the flowers dry and fall off of the stems, they are all held safely in the ribbon basket which has been woven around them.  To release the scent, just gently roll the end with the flowers in it between the two palms of your hands.  These can last for many, many years!  I hope you visit her store by using this link:  YourZenZone


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

TaleCookies - TALECOOKIES • Hand Decorated Cookies for ANY Occasion!

Tanya Dur and Gregory whip up and then decorate these extraordinary cookies in Gardena, California.  Of course I chose the lavender themed one to show you, but you really need to see the others!  You can also watch them on YouTube here: YouTube.com/c/TaleCookies
Then visit their store on Etsy here; TaleCookies
Or go directly to their website here: talecookies.com