Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HAF Blog Ring Week 2

We enter the second week of our holiday blog ring for Handmade Artists.  First on my list this week is ThinkEco2, a shop from the ETSY venue.  Brian Behncke and Jules Lavallee produce wine racks and other wood products employing multiple craftsmen to make the products.
While a majority of the products offered in their shop are wine racks, I was particularly attracted to this herb garden.  It shows many possibilities for use in apartments or in an urban location.  This shop being located in California makes good use of recycling woods.

Second on the list this week is Deeliteful Jewelry. Dyanne Everett-Cantrell is located in Arkansas and produces unique jewelry.  As an example of this, I chose a pair of wire wrapped dangle earrings.  This piece shows a beautiful and unique style of wrapping wire around a focal piece of glass. 

Just in time for the holidays, these shops show the versatility of the Handmade Artists Forum.  They sell their products on another venue outside Handmade Artists Shops.  While HA has its own venue, we as a group support all artists, who create their own pieces.  Visit these shops for beautiful and unique gifts.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Reef Botanicals and Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry

The holiday blog ring has started for Handmade Made Artists Forum.  This week, Larissa and Eric who are Reef Botanicals and I are the featured shops.  So I have lucked out, I only have to write about one shop.

  Reef Botanicals -- We are a husband and wife team, Eric and Larissa, who discovered our mutual love for making things from scratch. Between us, we cook, bake, brew, craft, paint, photograph... and that doesn't take into account our other hobbies! We've got one dog, three cats, and four fish. Reef Botanicals was named after our 4th cat, Reef, a feisty, loyal sweetheart who is remembered fondly. 

This description is copied from their profile at their shop.  From personal interaction, I know that Larissa is well educated and has multiple abilities.  I have chosen three items from their shop to show here, but you absolutely need to visit the shop to see all that is available.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Approaching the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, we are seeing several changes in our life.  Two new grandchildren this fall: McKenna Scott was born in August, and Rowan Rasmussen two days ago.  This makes ten grandchildren, one is not with us, he is in an adoptive family.  His story is for another day.  Rowan is to the right and McKenna is to the left.  At this early age it is difficult to determine the sex of the child in a picture.  

During the coming two months, we will be traveling to Greenville County for two different craft shows.  The first will be the Saturday after Thanksgiving at the YMCA (Eastside) and the second on December 14th at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery.  We have been to Swamp Rabbit twice before and had a great time.  If anyone is in this area, please feel free to stop in and say hey.  

Elder daughter and daughter in law have birthdays in the next two weeks.  Daughter should have her present already.  I finished the jewelry piece for daughter in law this evening.  The stone is primarily olivine (peridot) with small vugs filled with quartz crystals.  I decided to use copper for the frame instead of silver.  The metal is 20 gauge square and half round half hard wire fashioned to complement the stone.

Handmade Artists Forum will be starting a blog ring featuring the holiday season; we will be participating.  Hopefully, all will enjoy our contributions to this ring.  Until next time, I remain.....

Monday, November 11, 2013

Catching Up

The weather person on TV has told me that we might actually have snow Tuesday night.  Of course, he tempered that with the idea that there would be no accumulation.  Here in South Carolina, any snow, even as little as one flake predicted, means that every grocery store will be bought out of milk and bread.  Oh well, I'm not going out to purchase perishable stuff.  But I have finished a couple custom projects for customers.  

First was a necklace and cuff link combo for the mother and father for the customer.  Peruvian Blue Opal was used as the couple were married in October.  These will be Christmas gifts for mom and dad.

The cuff links were made with Sterling silver to form the bezel, to which Sterling silver stud was soldered.  The cabochons were cut as a single oval stone, which was then cut in two.  The pendant is a free form cabochon which was suspended from a Sterling silver Venetian box chain.  

The next little project was for my former EMS partner.  We worked the night shift on an ALS unit based at a local hospital.  Our primary purpose was to transport critical patients from the smaller hospital to the larger downtown hospital.  He has recently become engaged and needs a pair of simple wedding bands.  These were made from half round Sterling silver 10 gauge wire.  
That's bringing me up to date.  Starting another custom project, with an emerald cut stone and two trillion side stones.  That will take a small bit of time.  More to follow.  I hope everyone has an enjoyable Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.