Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Erika Price Originals on etsy.

From ErikaPriceOriginals' Shop Announcement:

"My passion is making beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry! Each of my handmade creations is unique, and designed & handmade by me using the finest quality materials. Every piece is gift-boxed and I ship worldwide. I also donate all profits from my jewelry sales to charity. Please see my policies and profile for further details."

Mmm butterscotch, my favorite. These beads look good enough to eat but if butterscotch is not your favorite flavour click on the picture to see all the beautiful jewelry in her shop. I know you'll find something more to your taste. Also check out her other shop Erika Price Designs  You'll have a hard time choosing your favorite. Remember that all of her profit goes to charity so if you see something you love you'll also be supporting a good cause.

Butterscotch Lampwork Glass and Gold Vermeil Necklace

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Handmade Artists Forum Blog Ring - Featured Artist

The featured artist for this week is Creative Minds.

From Creative Minds website:

"We live in VT and have been making jewelry for 5 years, and have been adding other crafts over the last few years.  We enjoy crafts so much that we have decided to make a business out of it.  We came up with our business name, Creative Minds, while working on one of our many creations.  We also greatly enjoy kids.  We hope to one day be able to open a craft store, both selling a wide range of craft supplies and a place for kids to do crafts, and kids craft classes."

What a lovely necklace. The colour of the beads is so rich and fabulous. Creative Minds offers a variety of handmade jewelry and other creations. Click on the picture to check out their website. You can also visit them on their blog Creative Minds

Raspberry Swirls Necklace

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

I've been a little remiss in keeping up with the Handmade Tweets lately. The fact is I've just been too busy. It's heading into con season again and I've been madly working on steampunk costumes for myself and jewelry for the art shows. So, I probably won't be posting every day but I will have a new feature at least several times a week so check back often.

Although the featured artists may be lacking in frequency they more than make up for it in quality. Here's a great example from A Little Character on etsy.

From A Little Character's Bio:


I have 16 years of hands on craft-ing and art-ing experience and 15 years of *practice* before that. Oh dear....I've just given my age away......

If you heart my store, you may want to subscribe to be notified of new additions. Just look in your favorites for this option."

OMG! I will definitely be signing up for notifications. I love these! It was so hard to pick just one to feature. I chose this one because, not only does he have the most adorable face, but he reminds me of the house hippos commercial that I enjoyed so much and of course the Telus Christmas commercial. I'm usually not fond of Christmas commercials but I kept singing that one at work. I kept everyone entertained. If you haven't seen either of them you can check them out here:
House Hippo
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
I bet by the end you'll want house hippos to be real too.

Be sure to click on the picture and check out all the other amazing characters in A Little Character's shop. They are all too wonderful for words, good thing there's lots of photos.

Charles Bongsworth the third, a Hippopotamus

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

The St. Patrick's Day Handmade Tweet comes from Netta Beads on artfire.

From nettabeads bio:

"Thanks for stopping by to check me out. I am a jewelry artist who works in glass and metal. I live in the beautiful mountains of northeast Tennessee.
I started out making lampwork glass beads and then that evolved into metalworking. I use only recycled copper in my creations. Instead of depleting the Earth's natural resources of copper, I use the copper that we already have here. I use old electrical wire, copper washers and roofing material.

I love creating unique pieces of wearable art. I hope you enjoy my jewelry as much as I enjoyed making it."

This pendant really made me laugh. If only I had seen it in time to order it for today. Coming from an Irish family St. Patrick's Day has always been very important to me, and loads of fun. So I wanted to feature something fun and unusual for one of my favorite days. When I saw this I knew it was the perfect thing. Click on the picture to see more Irish, and not so Irish, jewelry from Netta Beads.

Repurposed Scrabble Tile Pendant - 
Green Magically Delicious

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Handmade Artists Forum Blog Ring - Featured Artist

This weeks featured artist is T.Rusk4u on etsy.

From T. Rusk4u's Bio:

"I have been a creative and resourceful person ever since I can remember.My first real crafting love was sewing,and I have tried countless other crafts. Jewelry making started as another hobby, but has grown into an obsession! I love everything about it from choosing the materials and actually designing something beautiful! I am always looking to learn new techniques and expand my knowledge and skills. I am happily married ,have 2 grown children, and two dogs.
I am a proud member of the Etsy HAFteam! Support handmade!!"

A woman after my own heart. I love everything about making jewelry too, except parting with it, sometimes. I certainly wouldn't want to part with this beautiful bracelet. In fact I wouldn't mind having anything in her shop. Click on the picture to see for yourself. You can also find her work on, among others, on her blog T.Rusk4u

Brass and Iris Brown Czech bead bracelet, Victoria

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Orangyred Ink on etsy.

From orangyredink's Shop Announcement:

"Unique Ink designs that are as nice as a tattoo chest piece, but a lot easier to remove...:)

All "Eriginal" designs are hand painted, hand drawn and hand designed by me. No cheesy ink jets here :) Color tweaks, lettering and custom chain length always complimentary.
Want Something you dont see? Please read my policies and convo me with any custom requests."

This tattoo pendant is not only a lovely piece of jewelry it's also a wonderful piece of irony. That forever love that didn't quite last forever no longer requires surgery to help you forget. For more beautiful, and easy to remove, tattoo jewelry just click on the picture.

Yellow and Orange Rose with Custom Banners NEW

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from The Queens Dowry on etsy.

From TheQueensDowry's Shop Announcement:


There's a tale of a queens sunken treasure, lying scattered upon and buried within the oceans floor, all await for discovery. This appeals to me firstly because I was born under the sign of the fish. Secondly, because all my life I look for such "treasure". Most of the pieces found here are a result of hours, and sometimes weeks, searching high and low for that special piece, which is off the beaten path, appealing to the eye, and unique!

I hope you enjoy your visit wandering through these unique treasures found..."

Browsing this shop was like a journey through the looking glass. There are so many wonderfully fanciful things to see, like this greenman. It's a beautiful casting on its own and the accenting pieces she's added finish it off without overwhelming it. Click on the picture to see more fabulous and fanciful creations from The Queens Dowry.

Handsome Greenman - 
vintage forest spirit renaissance necklace

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from fellow etsy blogger Rustic Goth.

From Rustic Goth's Bio:

"Hi There,

Thank you for visiting my Rustic Goth Shop.
My dark and dreamy paintings and prints are rather sad and surreal in nature, at times a little whimsical and weird.

You can find my Rustic Goth originals only in this Etsy Shop.

"Creating art is what I is how I live... how I connect with the world that exists
outside of my I connect with my own feelings.

It is my hope that each work of art that I create, invoke a reaction, of some kind, in the
viewer....and a special connection with it's owner."

Well these works of art definitely invoked a reaction from me, I adore them! I have such a love for unique and unusual artwork. This one really spoke to me because it reminds me of the night my husband and I were sitting on our back porch watching hundreds of fireflies flying around a bush in our yard. It was so surreal that at first I thought I was imagining it. I had to ask my husband if he was seeing it too.
If you love whimsical artwork as much as I do you simply much click on the picture and check out Rustic Goth's shop.

Catching Fireflies --- Whimsical Dark Art Print

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Featured EtsyBlogger for March

This month's featured Etsy Blogger is Vicki of DizzyDragonflies.

From DizzyDragonflies' Shop Announcement:


I have always loved creating items. My main love has always been yarn, knitting and crocheting.

By accident I started selling my handknit items, people offering to pay for me to make them something that I had on or had given to a friend. This eventually resulted in the birth of this shop.

Now I have tried my hand at spinning, and hand dyeing yarn and love them both. Once again, I find myself making something that I love and am able to sell it."

It is wonderful to find something you love to make is appreciated and desired by other people. We are all very lucky to have this creative outlet. I've recently begun crocheting and I can see wonderful possibilities for Vicki's yarn. I love the vibrant colours she uses, I'm never been much for pastels. You can find more beautiful yarn, plus some wonderful hand knitted items in her shop. Just click on the picture to be taken there. You can also follow her creative process by visiting her blog. knittingdragonflies

Tropical Waters

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Kim's Jewels on etsy.

From kimsjewels' Bio:

"I specialize in customizable sterling silver wire and gemstone jewelry. I also have a website at if you would like to take a look to see more about what I do, and I'm loving it here on etsy!"

I was browsing etsy when this ring caught my eye ;-) What an eye catcher this would be to wear. I'm going to keep my eye on this artist. OK I'm done with the puns now it's out of my system. Seriously this really is a fabulous conversation starter. I'd love to wear one to work just to see the reactions I get. Kim also has many other beautiful wire wrapped creations. You can check them out by clicking on the picture.

Slate Blue Glass Eye Silver Wire Wrap Ring ANY size

Monday, March 8, 2010

Handmade Artists Forum Blog Ring - Featured Artist

This week's featured artist is Pleasant Peasantry on etsy.

From PleasantPeasantry's Bio:

"We are a husband and wife team who enjoy creating hand-made items! My husband designs ceramics using clay and porcelain and enjoys experimenting with glazes. I, his devoted wife, enjoy experimenting with hemp to make unique creations. Our desire is to create items of artistic expression that please our customers. Any input would be great! Tell us what you think of our items and why. :) We always want to know what YOU think!

"Pleasant" comes from our enjoyment of the simple things in life, while "Peasantry" comes from our frugal lifestyle and love of all things old, natural, and hand-made."

I've always been fond of handmade pottery, I wish I could afford to replace all my dishes with handmade. This is such a beautiful jar. I love the shape and colour combination, actually it is the colour of my dishes. Maybe when I became rich and famous, or at least rich, all of mine will be so beautiful. Until then I'll keep dreaming and buying lottery tickets. Click on the picture to see more beautiful creations by Pleasant Peasantry. You can also see their latest experiments on The Craft Journals

Porcelain Jar - Little Sapphire

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from fellow Etsybloggers team member Miss Millificent's Mesdamoiselles.

From MissMillificent's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to Miss Millificent's Mesdamoiselles: dolls that live in a world in which oversized heads, big eyes, long necks, and odd lives are the norm. In our alternate reality, these dolls are inspired by my artwork."

These wonderful, slightly creepy dolls are so very Burtonesque. (Do you like that word? I just made it up;) You really have to read the stories that go along with the dolls, they are very entertaining. Click on the picture to see more of these awesome creations. You can also find her fabulous artwork at Miss Millificent's World

Adelaide Aylesworth Art Doll

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's fabulous handmade artist is Bubbles & Frown on etsy.

From BubblesAndFrown's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome, all, to my haberdashery shop. I hope you enjoy browsing around and that you find something delightful with which to decorate your head. All the hats here were made with inspired love and care,hand crafted by yours truly. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have or just send an email to say hello!"

I'm a great hat fan, I don't wear them nearly often enough. I especially like this one because it looks perfect for St. Patrick's Day and it appeals to the Irish in me. If you're not as fond of green as I am, or even if your are, check out Bubbles & Frown for a huge selections of fabulous hats and other creations. Just click on the picture and get ready to drool. 

Bartelby B. Bat... A-Symmetrical Mini Top Hat, Muted Green Faux Suede with Rusty Metal Bat and Beading

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

The Handmade Tweet for today comes from FANTASY DESIGN on etsy.

From fantasydesign's Shop Announcement:

"Created with Love, Designed with Peace, Adorned with Joy, Perfected with Care, Pictured with Anticipation, Listed with Hope, Sold with Pride"

What a lovely sentiment. She can certainly take pride in this fabulous necklace, and all her beautiful creations. This one fascinates me because the flower is real! Isn't that amazing? No wonder it looks so delicate. It's not only beautiful but it would be a great conversation starter. There are many other flower creations as well as beautiful gemstone jewelry in Fantasy Design's shop. Click on the picture to see them all.

Flower And Stone Pocohantas necklace

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Fantasy Clay on artfire.

From FantasyClay's Studio Announcement:

"Fantasy comes alive in clay and fills my shop! All items are 100% hand made, no molds are ever used.
I welcome custom requests, so feel free to ask. Each piece is one of a kind, but similar items can often be made."

Dragons and steampunk, two of my favorite things! This little guy is pretty special, he's just full of personality. In fact all of the characters in Fantasy Clay's shop have their own personality. Click on the picture to see what I mean. 

Steampunk Polymer Clay Tan Dragon

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Handmade Artists Forum Blog Ring - Featured Artist

This week's featured artist is Jan from Jewelry by Janelle50 on etsy.

From jewelrybyjanelle50's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome, I am glad you found my shop. Come in and browse, you just might find something you can't live without! I design jewelry using exotic woods, gemstones, both precious and semi-precious, all types of glass beads, Swarovski crystals, and just whatever happens to strike my fancy. If you don't see something you like right away, please return, as I am always adding new items. Custom orders are welcome."
Jan has a wide variety of different designs in a variety of mediums. She enjoys trying experimenting with new ideas, a woman after my own heart. All of her work is unique and unusual and it was hard to decide on one item to feature. Click on the picture to see more of her wonderfully unique creations.

Honduran Rosewood Neck Cuff

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's amazing featured artist is Ware-able Art on etsy.

From wareableart's Shop Announcement:

"I believe that owning a custom piece of jewelry is wearing a piece of art - it should be as creative as you are.

I create in Copper, Argentium Silver, Sterling Silver, & 14K Gold Filled Wire.

I ship all items in a gift box ready to give or receive."

This is some of the most beautiful wire wrapping I've ever seen. And the stones she uses are fabulous. I just love natural stones. I chose this one to feature because the stone is incredible I've never seen one like it. The wire wrapping is done perfectly to accent the stone without hiding it. Such a stunning piece, truly a work of art. Click on the picture to see more of her stunning work.

Flowering Tube Onyx Wire Wrapped Pendant