Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Circe's House Handmade Jewelry on etsy.

From Circe's House's Bio:

"Whitney is an Art Institute of Chicago-educated writer and jewelry designer/beader whose interests include bead embroidery, beadweaving, painting, books, animals, and psychology. Her beadwork has been sold and displayed at art shows and artisan markets in Chicago and Kentucky. She also occasionally hosts beading classes. She recently began teaching writing at the University of Kentucky, after living and teaching in Chicago for six years. She lives with her husband and three great cats."

Wow! What a gorgeous cuff! I love the colours. I can't imagine the amount of work that when into this and all of Whitney's creations. Click on the picture to see more of them. 

Fearless Bead Embroidered Cuff on Etsy--Luxury Bead Embroidery by CircesHouse, with Swarovski Crystals

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from fellow HAF Team member Rojagato Designs.

From rojagatodesigns's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to my shop! Most of the jewelry sold in my shop is new and 100% hand-beaded by me, but I do offer vintage pieces.


What a spectacular necklace and for such a great price. You must have a look at her shop for some awesome deals. Now is the time to buy. Click on the picture to see all the great deals and designs from Rojagato Designs.

Swarovski Crystal Necklace and Earring Set

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Blue Bayer Designs on etsy.

From Blue Bayer's Bio:

"Blue Bayer is a self taught New York-based artisan. He has traveled the world living solely from his work for the past 20 years.

His signature series, Assemblagio, is a kaleidoscopic journey through the landfill of classic Americana, personal ornaments comprised of found objects, television tubes, clock gears, turn of the century tin-type photography. The results are completely one-of-a-kind accessories that pit the seriousness of Victorian jewelry and the elegance of Art Nouveau, against the hard edges of the SteamPunk aesthetic and the kitsch of street vendor culture. Enhanced by modeling clays and aging solvents, these pieces seem as if they have been excavated from any decade of the last century."

What a fabulous locket. It really appeals to my love of dragons. Blue Bayer sells some truly unique and wonderful designs. Click on the picture to check them out.

Orange Dragon Snake Eye Locket Unique smaller version.SteamPunk Eye of Protection. On a nice chain. Lotr. Made by hand in NYC. Comes to you in a gift box.

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

The Handmade Tweet for today comes from Decarlo Woodworks on etsy.

From decarlo's Bio:

"Hi, welcome to my shop! I've been woodworking for over 25 years and have made unique items for many people. The conversations always start with, 'you know, I've looked everywhere for this and just cannot find it'. I usually say, 'draw me a picture or if you can bring me a picture of something close to what you want'. After hashing out the details, I make a workable drawing to figure materials and what the final cost would be. In the end they get exactly what they were searching for at a resonable cost.

Check out my Etsy store and for more items I have made go to my website ."

This is such a great idea! It would be great anywhere but it's especially perfect for a small apartment. Think the opening would have to bigger for one of my cat's though. Click on the picture for more great designs by Decarlo Woodworks.

Cat Litter Box / Cabinet w/Shelf

Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Little Shameless Self Promotion

Time for a little self promotion. I'm having after Christmas sales in both my Etsy and ArtFire shops. Everything in both shops are marked down by 20% from now till January 9th. In addition all items in the Sale section of my Etsy shop are now 30% off.

Now is the time to purchase that special something that you wanted for Christmas but just didn't get. Or maybe you are looking for somewhere to spend that money you got for Christmas. I'll be adding more items through the next two weeks so check back often.

Buy Handmade

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from fellow Canadian Marta Pasierbek from Passion Made Beauty on etsy.

From martapasierbek's Shop Announcement:

"Things I do, I do for pleasure. And it make me very happy to see that someone take pleasure in seeing creations of my imagination.
I invite you onto a journey to picturesque world, where you can find unique hand made objects, which will appeal to anyone looking for a perfect gift."

OK a box for boxing day may be a little cliché but my mind is too fried to come up with anything more original. Besides isn't it lovely? The butterfly handle is stunning. I'd be happy to receive anything that was boxed up in this. Click on the box for more beautiful painted and decoupaged items from Passion Made Beauty.

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

The Christmas Handmade Tweet comes from Midnitemuse on etsy.

From Midnitemuse's Shop Announcement:

"Hello, and Welcome to my Shop.
I'm a new comer to Etsy and thrilled to be here. I've sold for years on ebay and had a blast. Etsy however feels like more my cup of tea. I'm a crafter, and artist by nature, and this place fuels my passion!

I hope everyone that comes to visit can embrace their Darker side...either just for fun, for hobby, or for Passion!
Liberate yourself and enjoy."

I couldn't have just any old Santa for my Christmas day feature. In case you hadn't noticed I'm not so much into the cutesy snowman jolly santa kinda stuff. This is more my kind of Christmas. What are the holidays without a little blood and carnage? Well at least that's my childhood memories. Click on the picture to embrace your darker side. There's no turning back now!

ZOMBIE CLAUSE Christmas Ornament-
Limited Edition

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes all the way from Istanbul from Shiny Days on etsy.

From ShinyDays Bio:

"Welcome to my etsy shop...
I hope you'll like my listings, because they are all made of love.

All of the pieces are hand crocheted or hand knitted with great care, in a smoke-free, pet-free home. Never been worn. (Except modeling)

All orders are beautifully packaged for immediate gift giving."

Aren't these adorable?! I never wear plain socks. Why should I when you can find ones as cute as these? She has adorable slippers too. Click on the picture to see more.

All unique pattern handknitted socks

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Bead a Bead Jewels on etsy.

From BeadaBeadJewels's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to Christine Perry's gallery of original artisan jewelry, featuring heirloom quality wearable art in a variety of colors, sizes, styles and themes.

~For lovers of fine quality everywhere~"

What a rich beautiful necklace. I've always loved tiger's eye. She also has earrings to match, as well as many other beautiful designs. Click on the picture to check them out.

Tiger's Eye Necklace

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Clutch That on etsy.

From ClutchThat's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to Clutch That! My name is Rosemary. I offer high quality clutch bags. I specialize in Peacock fabrics and designs but also offer many other styles. Each bag is made by me with the greatest attention to detail. Custom listings welcome and monogramming is available. Please read my policy section for more information."

All of Rosemary's bag are so elegant. How perfect to take to a New Year's Eve party. Click on the picture to check out all the beautiful colours and designs she has to choose from.

Peacock Blue Clutch with Handbeaded Detail

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes all the way from Amsterdam from Barbwire & Roses Leatherware on etsy.

From BarbwireandRoses's Shop Announcement:

"Barbwire & Roses is a small two-man venture who create leather items ranging from armour to agenda's and bags to magician's aids. Other than leather the occasional prop or casting may be found such as 'spell-books' or a half-face animalistic mask made of latex. Our foremost passion however, is leather.

We have catered for the larp-industry, reenactment market and specialised corporate requests. One of the main features of our items is that they need to be both beautiful and practical."

I love medieval costumes, especially when they're leather. Click on the picture and check out the other views of this armour, the embossing on the back is amazing. Be sure to browse around for other great creations by Barbwire & Roses Leatherware.

Green leather armour with celtic dragon embossing

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

The Handmade Tweet for today comes from Sandra Healy on ArtFire.

From Sandra Healy's Bio:

"I've been carving animals since 1975. As my skills developed, so the style evolved. As my knowledge increased, so the species multiplied until now I make over 250 of them. I studied art in college, but my main skills of carving with knives and chisels, and airbrush painting are self-taught."

Is this not one of the cutest things you've ever seen? It amazes me how someone can take an ordinary piece of wood and bring it to life. All of her adorable animals have such personality. Click on the picture to see what I mean.

Emperor Penguin Wood Carving

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from fellow HAF Team member Red Fox Jewelry.

From redfoxjewelry's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to Red Fox Jewelry. Look around. Stay awhile. Kick off your shoes, and check out the merchandise. As you can see I like to offer new and different techniques and items all the time. I also like doing things just a little different than everyone else. So I hope that you will find something here that trips your trigger, so to speak."

I love wire wrapped stones and this one is fabulous. The pink wire works great with the leopardskin jasper. Click on the picture for more beautiful creations from Red Fox Jewelry.

Pink Leopard Beetle Wirewrapped Leopardskin Jasper Cabochon Pendant with Pink Aluminum and Sterling Silver Wire

Friday, December 18, 2009

Etsy Bloggers Blog Carnival

It's time again for Etsy Bloggers monthly Blog Carnival. This month's topic is "What are your favorite color combinations? What do you create using those colors?"

I love warm rich earthy colours and since most of my creations are made from found items, especially watches, I use a lot of brass, copper and patinated metals.

Even in my stone jewelry I tend to choose warm coloured stones like amber and carnelian and then wrap them in copper or brass.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Australia from Bling Jewellery on ArtFire.

From BlingJewellery's Studio Announcement:

"Like icing on a cake, it is often the accessories that make the difference. From your head to your toes make a statement"

I couldn't agree more. There are just so many beautiful things in this shop it took me forever to decide on which one to feature. I don't know if it's what she had in mind but this one looks very Egyptian to me. I've been thinking about going to the King Tut exhibit in Toronto sometime soon and this made me think of it. Click on the picture for many more marvelous pieces by Bling Jewellery.

Aqua Glass, Swarovski Crystal & Turquoise Wire Necklace

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Pretty Panda on etsy.

From prettypanda's Bio

"Welcome to Pretty Panda!

Hi! I am originally from Seoul, Korea but came to the U.S. to achieve my M.A. in ESOL Bilingual Education at UMBC. I met my husband in the U.S. and we have lived in Ellicott City, Maryland for two years.

I love animals, Panda bears, children, home decorations, and making and buying jewelry. That's why I came up with idea of Pretty Panda Jewelry Shop for babies, children, and mommy pandas:) I will upload more beautiful accessories for children.

My husband calls me a Panda because I look like a Panda bear with my smoky eye makeups.

I hope my shop will provide pleasure shopping to both Mommy and Baby Pandas.


What a lovely scarf! Better yet she offers it in several different colours but this one is just right for Christmas. Click on the picture to see all the lovely colours and designs from Pretty Panda.

Holiday Sale with Free shipping

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from ThreeRingCircuits on Artfire. What a great name!

From ThreeRingCircuits Studio Announcement:

"WHEN YOU ORDER ANY ITEM LISTED WITH A FREE GIFT TAG you will automatically receive a RECYCLED CIRCUIT BOARD KEY CHAIN - a CA $2.63 value - free! Welcome to THREE RING CIRCUITS- Handmade geekery made from recycled printed circuit boards (PCBs) and a division of Debby Arem Designs. We have been a 'green' company since 1992. None of our recycled circuit boards have ever been stuffed and all have been hot air leveled for smoothness. Our product line includes jewelry, clipboards in all sizes, pencil boxes, bookmarks, clocks, key chains, picture frames, wall switch plates, pill boxes, and even Judaica!"

Now this is a Christmas pin I would want to wear. I'm not so much into the cutesy snowman, santa stuff. All of their products are awesome but I especially like the jewelry. Click on the picture to see what I mean.

RECYCLED Circuit Board ANGEL and STARS Steampunk Brooch Geekery Jewelry with Vintage Beaded Dangles

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from ZenBreeze on ArtFire.

From ZenBreeze's Studio Announcement:

"Welcome to my gallery, featuring art by California Artist Laura Milnor Iverson. Working in both traditional and visionary styles, my primary theme is to express the spirit or spirituality in Nature. In addition to painting, I also offer my handmade art jewelry. Each piece is one of a kind."

What a perfect moment of solitude. Something we could all use during this busy season. This just made me feel all warm and peaceful when I saw it, plus I love cats. For more beautiful, fun and relaxing artwork from ZenBreeze just click on the picture.

Siamese Cat in Autumn Glow - 8x10 Zen Fine Art Print

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's oh-to-cute Handmade Tweet comes from Noadi's Art on etsy. Love her tag line "Squid & Science Inspired Jewelry & Sculpture"

From noadi's Shop Announcement:

"Inspired by a love of marine animals, science, and all things weird and wonderful. Noadi's Art is the creation of artist Sheryl Westleigh. Polymer clay jewelry creations and mixed media sculptures. If you love cuttlefish, octopus, trilobites, or other strange creatures I've got something for you."

I find I'm developing a fondness for cephalopods, not something I thought I'd ever hear myself say. They really do grow on you thought and being so into steampunk I see a lot of them. These little sculpted one are just too adorable how can you not love them? I love the gears in this little guys head. The perfect steampunk Cthulhu gift. Click on the picture for more wonderful little creatures by Noadi.

Gilded Steampunk Cuttlefish Necklace -
Handmade Jewelry

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

I've been having so much fun making trades on ArtFire's Trading Post Crazy Trading Day that I just had to feature one of my trading partners. So today's Handmade Tweet comes from She's That Girl.

From She's That Girl's Studio Announcement:

"Thank you for stopping by my Studio Storefront.

I love to dabble in all sorts of artistic mediums. You will find an assortment of my favorite projects, all created by me."

Kelly has such beautiful jewelry I'm so glad she decided to trade with me. I can hardly wait to get my beautiful bracelet. Here is another one of her fabulous creations. Click on the picture to see more.

aLtErEd ArT Garden Goddess Charm Bracelet

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

The Handmade Tweet for today comes from LoriBelle Designs on ArtFire.

From LoriBelle Designs Studio Announcement:

"LoriBelle Designs presents you with handcrafted one-of-a-kind and limited edition teddy bears in mohair, faux fur, specialty fabrics, needlefelted wool and recycled furs, all designed and created by me, Lori Pappas. I specialize in custom heirloom fur bears and memory fabric bears which continue to bring me the most gratification, knowing how much joy these bears bring my customers!"

I love classic mohair teddies. I use to make them, many years ago, and I still collect them. Tulla here is just fabulous. I love the use of the contrasting fabric on his body and paws and what a wonderful expression on his face. Don't you just want to cuddle him? Click on the picture for more cuddly creations from LoriBelle Designs.

Tulla, Handmade Mohair Teddy Bear

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Featured EtsyBlogger

It's time again for the featured etsyblogger. This month it's the team of Kathy and Carrie from Calkat.

From CalKat's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome! In our shop you will find OOAK pieces of jewelry. We use only sterling silver components, gemstones, semi-precious gemstones and Swarovski crystals in our designs."

I love semi-precious stones and these are two of my favorites. Their jewelry is just gorgeous and I love the fact that they offer gift certificates. Great for husbands like mine. Click on the picture to see more beautiful jewelry from CalKat.

CalKat, however, is only one of their stores. You can also find them at:
Ametista Artist Offerings
The Clay Shoppe

And check out their blog at:
CalKat The Jewelry Junkie

Wow! These two are way too ambitious for me.

If Ametista look familiar it could be because I already featured the shop on the Handmade Tweet. It's definitely worth another look. The Handmade Tweet Oct. 19th 2009

Citrine and Pearls

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from fellow Canadian Moi Minerals on Etsy.

From moiminerals's Shop Announcement:

"♥Free Makeup Offer on FB HUGE DEALS For FANS,
Its Time to Make The Right Choice !
A Healthy Choice ! A Safe Chemical FREE Choice !
Moi Mineral Cosmetics Uses only the Highest Quality 100%Natural Mineral ingredients ! I NEVER use Fillers,bismuth, talc, Or any chemicals, these are what cause skin breakouts , infections, skin itch etc... These ingredients are what you will find in the (store brand) Cosmetics..
So Take a STAND! Say NO to Fillers,Talc ,Chemicals & all bad ingredients!
Say YES to A SAFE alternative 100%Natural Moi Mineral Cosmetics you won't be disappointed
Safe for ALL Ages,Skin types & Skin Conditions!
♥♥♥The Absolute Best For Sensitive & Acne Prone Skin♥♥♥

I love these colours they're so vibrant and fun. All of her mineral colours are fabulous. I have very sensitive eyes so these might be just the thing for me. I'm definitely going to order some of these. Click on the picture to see all the wonderful products from Moi Minerals. You can also visit her on ArtFire at Moi Minerals on ArtFire

Want the Look..Totally Wicked Collection...
F R E E Mineral Shadow Brush ....Moi Minerals

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Flight Fancy on etsy.

From flightfancy's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to Flight Fancy! Each artful piece of jewelry is designed to highlight the natural beauty of the materials I use in my unique designs. Come on in, and find your own fancy!"

I love stones and wire wrapping and this is such a stunning example. Just gorgeous! Click on the picture for more unique and beautiful jewelry from Flight Fancy.

Golden Goddess Wire Wrap Necklace

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet will guaranty you'll love having a green Christmas from The Moss Shop by Warm Country Meadows.

FromWarmCountryMeadows's Shop Announcement:

"This shop is the home of the GARDEN IN A JAR, AND HEALING GARDENS. In my shop will find great LUCIOUS GREEN MOSSY TERRARIUMS for your HOME, OFFICE, OR A SPECIAL GIFT FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE: A Friend, CoWorker, Mom, Grandma Sis, ect. I also make Live Moss Pendants and Charms. I guarantee my mosses to be always fresh and green. You will never find any brown or drying mosses in my terrariums."

What a unique idea for the naturalist, gardener or tree hugging hippie on your shopping list. A terrarium on a tree. Seriously, these are really beautiful and great to add a little life to your decorating if you can't have a real Christmas tree. Click on the picture to see other lovely terrariums and even terrarium jewelry.

DIY Living Ornament for Your Tree, REINDEER MOSS ,
A Keepsake For Years To Come

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

The Handmade Tweet for today comes from Sherry Dole Art on etsy.

From Sherry Dole Art's Bio:

"Throughout my career as a professional artist, my work has been in shows & galleries all over the United States.Hundreds of my images are at home in private collections in the U.S. and in England,Scotland, Ireland, France and Costa Rica. It takes many hours to create one of my original paintings so the Giclee process of creating reproductions works well for allowing many people to own one of my images. You really can't tell the difference."

I love all her images so much, they are all so full of colour and whimsy, it was very hard to decide on just one to feature. I finally decided to go with one of my favorite things, cats. What a beautiful portrait and I love the fact that all the cats in the painting are rescue cats. Click on the picture for more of Sherry's beautiful animal paintings and prints.

Home at Last...Giclee reproduction of original acrylic painting

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Tulips Treasure Box on ArtFire.

From Tulips Treasure Box's Bio:

"Jewelry Designer and Artisan with active membership in the Florida West Coast Bead Society.

My creations are simple and complex, always one-of-a-kind, using quality gemstones, semi-precious, sterling silver, gold-filled, well-known Swarovski crystal, thai and bali silver, ethnic finds, and much more."

What a stunning necklace I love the rich colours. This would take way more patience to make than I'll ever have. Click on the picture for more incredibly beautiful jewelry from Tulips Treasure Box. All of her work is just amazing.


Friday, December 4, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

The Handmade Tweet for today comes from Voodoo Lounge on etsy.

From VoodooLounge's Shop Announcement:

"Voodoo Lounge. A little shop on Etsy dishing up the special creepy sauce with a heaping side of vintage whimsy.

I sell both my own vintage inspired hand made designs as well as actual vintage clothing. Most from the Victorian era through the 1950s. I've worked in the vintage clothing biz for 10+ years and I have a degree in fashion design/pattern making. I draft and size all my patterns the old fashioned way BY HAND so I can custom fit clothes for each customer. All the clothes in my KUSTOM VOODOO section can be ordered and custom made in ANY SIZE! Plus size ladies, no worries! Curves are always welcomed and encouraged here! *wink*"

Like it or not the Christmas season is upon us again and you are going to need something to wear to those dreaded Christmas parties. This should do fine for those of us who are less traditional. The heck with demure little dresses and red and green sweaters let the real you come out, no matter what your mother-in-law thinks. ;) Click on the picture for more uniquely you clothes and accessories from Voodoo Lounge.

Custom Made in YOUR SIZE
Femme Fatale Steampunk Burlesque Bustle Train Skirt

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Cre8tiveDesigns4u on etsy.

From Cre8tiveDesigns4u's Bio:

"Some day I am going to open a shop and start sharing my passion....

This is my someday....

I love to cre8te! My passion is Interior Design, and through this etsy web site I am hoping to share my cre8tions for decorating. I have been an Interior Designer for 10 years, but have always been a crafter fanatic in my spare time. Wedding decor is my newest fascination, I love bringing together all the design elements a wedding requires, to me it is just like designing a home, but for one special day!"

Well here it is, my first Christmas item feature. I held off for as long as I could but it is December now so I guess it's time. This is a great one to start with though. It must be hard to sell kids on Santa arriving by chimney when you don't have one. This is a great way to solve that problem and it makes a pretty decoration too. For more pretty decorations, Christmas and otherwise, just click on the picture.

Santa's Magic Key Door Hanger

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Stellas Knits on etsy.

From StellasKnits Bio:

"Hi and thanks for stopping by StellasKnits! My grandma Stella was a first generation Norwegian immigrant and taught me how to knit when I lived in Minnesota over 40 years ago. When I opened my Etsy shop I named it after her and dedicate my work in her memory. I love working with all different textures of yarn and seeing what I can create. Thanks again for stopping by and I look forward to working with you on whatever knitted item your heart desires!"

This is just too much fun. With all the hysteria over H1N1 we could all use a good laugh, at least I could. Believe me I work in a drug store and I could use a laugh and a break. Do you think people would get upset if I wore this to work? Probably yes. Is it just me or does this remind anyone else of an old Twilight Zone episode? You would have to be as old as me to remember it. Click on the picture for more lovely, if not nearly as funny, knits by Stellas Knits.

Hand Knit Swine Flu Mask -
Surgical Mask Style - Hot Piggy Pink

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Radiance Art on etsy.

From RadianceArt's Shop Announcement:

"Here you will find my original Tiffany style stained glass designs, as well as my watercolor art, prints, and my NEW series of clocks.
I love fantasy art and geek craft of all kinds! International shipping."

Now this is just the perfect thing for all the dull gray days we've been having lately. This would brighten up your window and make the sun shine all the time. What beautiful vibrant colours. I can just imagine the reflections it would cast on a real sunny day. Click on the picture to see more of Radiance Art's fabulous designs.

Stained Glass--Sunburst