Tuesday, November 24, 2020

BarabarasClayMagic - Handcrafted Cake Toppers and Specialty Items

 Barbara Padgett is creating imaginative cake toppers in Arizona.  Just in time for winter weather, here is an example one of the ones I liked the most.  You can visit her Etsy shop to see them all here:  BarbarasClayMagic

This post can also be found on the Special Page above.

You can also see all of the artists in this entire blog by visiting the Pinterest board, ArtisansOfAmerica.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Where Have I Been? Wow, No Posts Since March 2020!

 Hi, I realize there have been no new posts for Artisans Of America since March of this year.  But as you all know, this has been one crazy year, right!?  With a world wide pandemic going on and todays mortalities having the highest count ever for this year.

  Right after I went into shelter-in-place mode in March, I fell and broke my wrist.  Which may not seem like much, but if you put one hand on the forearm of your other arm and then wiggle the fingers of that other arm, you will feel all of the muscles and tendons in your forearm moving.  All of that finger action goes through your wrist...

  So breaking your wrist also means that you cannot use your hand and your fingers.  I literally could not even pick up a piece of paper for a long time.  It took a lot of physical therapy just to get to the point where I could fully close my hand.  Typing, even just using a computer mouse (which still hurts) was out of the question.

  Stranger still, I am not the only artist I know to have broken their wrist this year!  Weird, eh!?

  Part of my therapy was forcing myself to use my fingers and hand even when it was so painful after the cast came off by crocheting.  I tried teaching my other hand to crochet but it refused!

  I do hope to get back into searching for and featuring artists/makers/crafts people soon!

  Meanwhile, I decided to make a few crochets gift bags or soap savers or sachets.  What ever people choose to fill them with, they will come filled with lavender in little organza bags.  Then I was cruzing Pinterest and discovered fingerless gloves and got hooked (ha, ha) on making some of those for this winter using a wonderful yarn made from a blend of bamboo and cotton.  It is the softest yarn I've ever used!  You can see those on Instagram in the near future.  They are there now, but new posts to hashtags are being suppressed for the moment due to the elections and the need to prevent hashtags from getting hijacked for propaganda.  

See you again soon!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

DabblerPerfectionist - Just an easy going hobbyist who needs to get it right.

Matt Magee is creating musical instruments in Portland, Oregon.  I hope you visit his Etsy shop to encourage him to make more! DabblerPerfectionist

This post can also be found on the Musical page above.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Indiandollartworks - Mixed Media Art - Assemblage & Art Dolls

Carla Trujillo is creating with mixed media in Cincinnati, Ohio.  I love seeing how she combines items into these cool dolls.  I hope you visit her Etsy shop:  Indiandollartworks
And you can follow her on Instagram:  instagram.com/carlatrujillo07/

This post can also be found on the Mixed Media page above.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

CrosbyandTaylor - Artisan-made pewter goods

Deborah Chapman is creating with pewter in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  Don't you know a cook or two who would love a set of measuring spoons like these?  
Visit their shop on Etsy to see more:  CrosbyandTaylor
Or visit their website:  crosbyandtaylor.com
And you can follow them on Instagram:  instagram.com/crosbyandtaylor/

This post can also be found on the Metal page above.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

CattailCreekSaddlery - Hand Tooled Custom Leather

Robert is creating with leather in La Center, Texas.  He has been practicing this art for a long time and you can see more of pieces he has available in his Etsy shop here:  CattailCreekSaddlery
I was hoping to find him on Instagram as well, I think people would love to see his works in progress, wouldn't you?

This post can also be found on the Leather page above.

Friday, February 21, 2020

LuckeyRoadLavenderCo - Lavender products grown in Ohio.

Kylee and Scott Wongrowski are growing lavender in Pemberville, Ohio.  I am glad to see I am not the only one putting real lavender into beautiful pendants!  I hope you visit their Etsy shop:  LuckeyRoadLavenderCo  to see all of their other lavender items.
Or their website:  luckeyacres.com
And you can follow them on Instagram:  instagram.com/love_and_lavender
This is after all, the Year Of The Lavender!

This post can also be found on the All Things Lavender page above.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

CMacDesignsJewelry - One of a Kind Wearable Art. Statement Jewelry.

Cynthia McCarthy is designing one of a kind wearable art in Ashburn, Virginia.  I really enjoy the elements in this piece and I hope you visit her Etsy shop here:  CMacDesignsJewelry
Plus, you can follow her on Instagram:  instagram.com/c._mac_designs/
And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cmacdesignsusa/

This post can also be found on the Jewelry page above.

Friday, January 17, 2020

ApricotMint - Color makes life beautiful

Ivy is creating with glass in Brea, California.  Isn't this jellyfish awesome?  I hope you visit her Etsy shop to see her other pieces:  ApricotMint
You can also follow her on Instagram:  instagram.com/apricotmintart/
And Facebook:  facebook.com/apricotmint

This post can also be found on the Glass page above.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

MulberryPatchQuilts - Handmade with love ...

Jane Weier is making handmade quilts in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin.  This one has my favorite type of landscape theme, a pathway.  And even better, a pathway to the beach!  I hope you visit her Etsy shop:  MulberryPatchQuilts
Or even better, her website:  mulberrypatchquilts
And you can follow her on Instagram:  jaweier

This post can also be found on the Fiber page above.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

untamedconfections - Wild & Delicious All Natural

Linda and Tom Williams are creating delicious wonders in Tubac, Arizona.  These are lavender caramels!  Check out their Etsy shop to see what else they've made:  untamedconfections
Or their website:  untamedconfections.com
And you can follow them on Instagram:  instagram.com/untamedconfections

This post can also be found on the Culinary page above.