The new Holiday Gift Guide 2009 for the New Romantic Market is up! The theme this year is Old Hollywood Glamour. Gale, of Fatalattraction, did such a wonderful job. Her pairings are beautiful! So if you are looking for some unique holiday gifts, you should check out the guide.
I am thrilled to announce that I have opened a shop at 1000 Markets. This venue is a beautifully designed shopping experience with juried artisan shops. Each market has its own theme. I am honored to join The New Romantic Market and to be in the company of such talented artisans. I love this market! You have to check it out! http://www.1000markets.com/groups/newromantic
Feast your eyes on these vivid watercolors by the talented artist, Laura Trevey. I had a lot of fun browsing her shop. I love them all but my favorite is Caribbean Flair, the bottom one. You can find these beautiful paintings and many more at: http://lauratrevey.etsy.com
Today I'm excited to showcase the pottery of Liz Kinder because I think she is still undiscovered. She doesn't have many sales yet, but I'm confident she soon will! She is inspiring me to redecorate my kitchen. I just love the set with the white and the touch of yellow and green, very fresh and clean. You can find her at: http://lizkinder.etsy.com
Today I am showcasing the lovely hand embroidered pillows, tea cozies, jewelry rolls and other treasures from Bridget Davies. Each of her pillows artfully tells a different story. My personal favorite, however, is the passport holder with the stacked suitcases. You can find her at:http://bridgetdavies.etsy.com.
Now that I've bolstered my art gallery collection in anticipation of the busy summer season, I am determined to get back to blogging. I have hearted many shops in the interim and I'm excited about giving them some well deserved exposure. Some of them already have some measure of success, but I post whatever appeals to my eclectic taste, regardless.
Today I bring you the exquisite clothing designs of Sandmaiden. I think her designs are sensual and comfortable, classic, yet modern. Enjoy! You can find them at http://sandmaiden.etsy.com
Browsing the Just Listed category on Etsy this morning I came upon these brightly colored leashes and collars. They are unusual and whimsical and the prices are reasonable to boot! If you find these a little too foofoo I've included a well made leash that isn't embellished with the flowers. My male German Shepherd might prefer that one. But I think these other ones are much more fun. You can find these goodies at: http://thecoolpuppy.etsy.com
Now that spring is finally here I have been hunting down items that would give my garden a little pizazz. I happened upon these lovely hummingbird and butterfly feeders. They are all fused glass and one-of-a-kind pieces. They would make terrific Mother's Day gifts. You can find these garden treasures at: http://gloriousglassgarden.etsy.com
As a jewelry artist I am always on the lookout for unique jewelry. I have had my eye on Alona Lahav for a few months now. I was trained in a jewelry factory in Israel and I lived there for many years and visit often with my Israeli husband. Israeli jewelry design has a distinct flair, however, Alona's designs are different. She uses cold pressed clay, hand stamped and painted. I love her color scheme and her style. In fact, this is the first time I've seen work from this process. She has done well for herself on Etsy and I can see why. Although I try to find artists that have limited exposure, once in a while I find artisans that deserve a feature even though they may already be somewhat successful. These designs fall into that category. You can find Alona's work at: http://rafya.etsy.com.
Today I bring you a touch of whimsy: paintings on pillows. Each pillow depicts a woman with a story to tell. They are vivid, interesting, and my favorite touch, most are embellished with jewels. They are not meant to be used as actual pillows; they come with stands and they are only 8"x8" and ready to be displayed on a shelf. You can find these creations at: http://priscillamae.etsy.com
Today I bring you another jewelry artisan whom I feel excels in uniqueness, craftmanship and aesthetic appeal. Initially, the concrete and silver lemon slice necklace caught my eye. I was compelled to check out her shop. She works with precious metal clay and adds her own special flair. I love her handpainted pendant designs. You can find more of these treasures at: http://lulubugjewelry.etsy.com
You may have wondered why I haven't featured a shop in a few days. I have a good excuse! Have you ever been so excited about something you bought for your art that you become so absorbed in creating that the rest of the world fades away? I'm giving you a little window into my jewelry making obsessed mind. I finally bought a good solder system and have been totally engrossed in metalsmithing experiments. For 3 days I haven't done a lick of housework, the laundry has piled up and I've barely made time to feed myself. Luckily, my husband is an excellent cook and that has been his creative outlet lately, so the kids are well fed. After several melting mishaps, I've finally created a ring with my new soldering toy.
Here's the peridot ring.
The next pictures are of my studio workbench, the new solder kit and the old torch. I can't believe I was using this old torch for 10 years! What was I thinking?
Tomorrow I will feature a new shop, I promise! I have a few good ones lined up.