Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Reef Botanicals, A Great 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.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Handmade Artists Shops

Handmade Artists Shops is an extension of the original Handmade Artists Forum which was founded (and owned) by Andrew and Kimberly Kitchen of New Jersey.  The Kitchen's had a dream of showcasing all forms of hand made crafts and the artists that create them.  The shops are available to craftspersons/artists who work with their hands and produce unique items.  The large variety of shops and their wares are shown at 

Andrew and Kimberly have their own shops and are active in promoting all the artists and each of the shops.  Andrew works primarily in chain mail.  His shop is titled Chain Maille by MBOI.  Follow the hyperlink to see these and other works that he has produced:

Kimberly (shown second here, but not necessarily so) also runs a website devoted to promoting all hand made creations.  It is titled "It's Better Handmade."  On the Handmade Artists Shops, Kimberly is known as: Makin the Best of It.  The IBH website is not limited to only Handmade Artists Shops, it features any artist on any venue.  Likewise the Handmade Artists Forum is not limited to members of the Shops.  Follow the link to Kimberly's shop to see these and many other wonderful creations:

I would like to personally thank the Kitchens for all that they do.  And for having a venue that I have found to be honest and ethical, so they have my conficence and my shop.