Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Life's about the Ability, not the Disability

Ability, not disability.


I like this title, for it focuses on what we can do as opposed to what we cannot do. A simple statement said, yet one that many people drown within, unless faced with a disability themselves.

At Etsy, one will find a blend of artisans with abilities of all kinds and types. Some abilities are easy, some are difficult, but one thing is apparent and that is that everyone is an artist in their own way.

Ability, not Disability


Each artist in this Treasury has special abilities that are present in their lives and lifestyles. It is my hope that many will visit this Treasury and take note that just because a person lives with altered abilities and differences, we are all here together, and artistic creativity still shines through!

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First we visit a friend of mine, Cindy. I always get caught by Cindy’s art, mainly because she, like me, has a fondness for paua (also known as abalone) and other nautical treasures. She especially loves red and blue Paua!

Deep Blue Sea Shells


She also likes volcanic basalt (lava) and enjoys making jewelry from it. Cindy comes from Alberta, Canada, and her shop is called Peacock Jewellery. Cindy is known around Etsy as “cindylouwho2” and is very knowledgeable in her field, and not only sells her beautiful jewelry, she also works with business statistics, and even volunteers in a shop called LoveForJapan, in support of Japan disaster relief.


Next, I steered my Magic Carpet southward to California’s Silicon Valley area to a town named Mountain View, and I found a cute shop named “muddipuppy.” Amberlin in an artist of many medias, she says, and I found that to be very true. I absolutely fell in love with her “For the Love of Animals” cards!

For The Love Of Animals


Not only does Amberlin screen print, she also makes some pretty crochet necklaces. She also has a blog. Check her out!

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The creator of this beautiful Treasury “Aid For Abby” is known to me because of their affiliation with Team Etsy For Autism and also for their membership in Createability Team in which we are both members. Bonnie and Abby offer papercrafting and beautiful watercolor paintings for great low prices. I have a special connection with two of her works of art:

One, I call Stained Glass,


I call this Stained Glass


and the other I call Sunrise.


I call this Sunrise


Both are beautiful and I urge everyone to check out their shop and consider how nice her art would look in your home.

From our shop, Bonnie chose Sarahbushka’s (Our Autist Artist) colorful Art Career’s beaded necklace called Rocky Road. Sarahbushka made this necklace of blue, green, black and white conglomerate turquoise and howlite with black graduated disks. Sarahbushka is a member of Art Careers, an adapted recreational jewelry class of adult students with cognitive, expressive, and communication disabilities, all of which have been developmentally swerved from the beaten path…

We thank Bonnie and Abby for including us in their gorgeous Treasury today!
Sarahbushka sends her Thank You's, too!

Sarahbushka


wiresNpliers & MiSFiTS

Friday, June 24, 2011

Anastasia Dreams........A Treasury

Isn't inspiration a great tool to opening the mind to a broader canvas? Last week's Ramblings has led to this week's:

My Dreams
By Lovisetto


My Dreams Treasury


Anastasia from Lovisetto has created a gorgeous imagery filled Treasury, jam packed with items that she dreams of.

For her Treasury we find several familiar items and some new items too!
So my journey begins…

Right out of the door, or should I say, while the page was loading, I started to receive glimpses of a item briefly flashing up my screen. I had to squint and be patient as the page loaded, going through the various virus scans, bot seekers, anti spy and related searches for nefarious behaviors which hinder what should be the smooth and seamless appearance of any web address I key into my browser.

As the virtual world cleared before my eyes, and my screen's images now all stablized and settled in, I saw what at first had caught my attention. It looked different that anything I have ever seen before. At first, I thought it was of marine origin, a photo of an item from an exotic undersea garden, the type that undulates in rhythm with the tidal surges day in and day out. It had an definite flow pattern, and yet the expected structure was not present.

I was drawn to it the very moment I saw it…. Did I mention that I also see this item as having possibly come from the Underworld or from Middle Earth?

And my finger had to click it first, just to see what I was looking at.

Yellow Savannah felted shibori

Nuno Felted scarf shibori
Yellow Savannah


Whoa!
Well, shut the front door…… I quickly pulled out my tape measure and calculated its length, since 140cm doesn’t quickly come to mind, as an American stuck in the system I am familiar with...

I am entranced…because this shawl is felted Merino wool, and we all know how nice a soft, wool scarf can feel. This scarf is a good size for those evenings out, when a cool breeze threatens to make chills apparent at the least expected times. It also circumvents that knitted effect while accenting the unique category. I can visualize seeing this scarf locally!

So I pulled out my Magic Carpet and took a quick ride to GalaFilcs Shop, as it was a distance being in Poland… Besides, what good is a Magic Carpet if I don’t get to take long trips occasionally?

Grey stones Grass Felted Bracelet



Oh man, I walked in and there were some of the most interesting shapes and colors, and everything in wool. So where did my eyes go first? Why, they went directly to her felted wool bracelet called: “Grey stones Grass” and that’s exactly what it is ! It looks like grey stones and a little bunch of grass! I love it. Imagine my surprise when I realized that Gala Filc also had a matching necklace on page 3 of their shop.

Then I found something that made me hasten my step, and as I approached, my being suddenly froze for a moment in time, as I fell in love with an item of hers, but I am not telling you what it is.
(filing this URL in my personal secret bookmark list)

I definitely recommend taking your magic carpet out (dusting it off, if you haven’t used it in a while) and going for a ride to Poland for the evening, and visit GalaFilc. Tell her hi for me.

I really enjoy this Treasury as the usage of fiber arts is so well displayed. I absolutely love scarves and the texture and color combinations are usually what catch my attention. Anastasia has captured just about every medium here in her Treasury, whether it physically, mentally or even emotionally, and I am happy to have had the pleasure of being included within it! Check it out!

There’s even a Diving Bell helmet!
Diving Bell


Lovisetto, or Anastasia Lovisetto, comes from the UK, and in her shop I found beautiful bib necklaces, and especially nice were her butterfly bibs and her netted bib necklaces. She incorporates many different textures into her work and I found it rather enlightening.


Butterfly Bib Necklace


Of course myself, having been considered by some as being a bit outside the box, know that I’m fully aware that I can get away with this, when I say, “Ooh, I wonder what it would look like, to have a necklace of bees………or clover…hmm.

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Anastasia chose my Golden Fritter Farfalle necklace to join her other pieces of art and handmade goodies today.
I thank Anastasia for including us in her beautiful Treasury!


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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Featuring "Ramblings" by Etsian Ariadnes Creations

Ramblings

A treasury of Ramblings, by AriadnesCreations

This beautiful Treasury features some very nice artwork and is very pleasing to the eye. Yes that's it, my eyes literally rambled all over it. nice!

As my eyes rambled over this nice Treasury, I was initially swept by an image of an old house, a house from my dreams, recurring dreams, where I have been given this huge house, and I wander from room to room, each room different from the one before it, and each being full of treasures to find. Things I had not taken a moment's notice of beforehand, now lie before me to discover in my endless days. An old house with many memories that live long past its inhabitants.

I love the perspective Teresa Chipperfield used with her shot. It really does look like the house from my dreams. Old and uninhabited, until you peer closely and notice that there are crisp linen curtains hanging in the windows that might catch the breeze if it eddied through. What appears old and without life on the outside just may neat, clean, and new, on the inside. PhotosByChipperfield

Upon my gazing of this beautiful older home I have come to the conclusion that if I ever have the chance to remodel a house like this, I shall finish it in the natural wood shade that can be seen under its wearing whitewash paint. Somehow, I think that this house would look Grand no matter what color it wears. It looks Grand to me, here, right now..... and it seems that I was correct, when I thought it looked like something from my end of town; yup, right here in the NE Pacific 'rainy' Playground of America.
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Well, once I got over my dream state I took a broader look around Ariadnes's "Ramblings" Treasury and there they were, the cutest earrings I have seen in quite a while!



"Clustered Cups"

Rustic White Copper Enameled Earrings

These are so cute, and at first I thought I was looking at little shells (which always catch my attention), and I had to look closely, and then get my stronger reading glasses because these cups have such a unique look to them, that I had to see more. I went right to TekaandZoe's shop to see these up close and personal, and within the spectrum of my ears.... I love these unique earrings. I hearted them for later too, unless someone else beats me to it, I may be wearing them myself very soon..... (btb - they have more cluster cup earrings in additional shades, too!!)

This Pretty Treasury has many more items to look at and drool over, but who am I to put my dreams into your head? Hmm? Click on the Link and take the trip to the Ramblings Treasury by way of the WiresNpliers Magic Carpet~~~ride~~~



AriadnesCreations:
I entered Ariadnes studio and looked around. All around me I noticed beautiful soft colors and hues of assorted gorgeous girly girl jewelry, until my eyes came to rest on this: WOW!

"Tribal Summer"

....a beadwoven Cuff, of beautiful opposite colors: orange and blue, with beautiful wooden beads woven right into the mix.

I swear I even saw a spirit bead......

But maybe I am wrong. Either way, Ariadnes has created a gorgeous Cuff, an item of her jewelry that had no "rambling" to it whatsoever. It just grabbed into my psyche and held my attention right there, in its tight grip! All of her jewelry is uber beautiful, but this Cuff, in particular, caught my attention.


There's no mistaking a beautiful work of art when it has you in its grip.



The item Ariadnes has chosen from the wiresNpliers studio to exhibit in "Ramblings" is one of our Farfalle necklaces:

"The Golden Fritter"

Dark Gold and Gold Lined crystal Jablonex farfalles beaded into a necklace which features a center transparent focal bead, its girth completed covered in a matching dark golden frit which gives this necklace a unique look.

Farfalle beads, like the Italian name infers are bow tie shaped seed beads, also known by some as butterfly beads. The dark golden beads in this necklace are also "cut" beads which have the appearance of being slightly faceted, and reflect light in suprising angles.




"Thank You's" are heartily extended to Ariadnes, and for the journey she has bestowed upon me, today! Thank you.

May her Treasury receive many many comments and accolades!

AriadnesCreations

Friday, June 10, 2011

Like A Day at the Beach, Without the Beach!

That's right, A Day at the Beach without the beach, yet still discovering a Treasury waiting to be found by others!

Sheryl has collected all of these great "beachy" items together in this pretty Treasury! <~~click that, to go there!

It's a beautiful Treasury!




And she chose one of our items, the Turquoise Nugs (danglers) to be found within her Treasury!
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A beach without the beach, that's aptly put for my neighborhood. We've had hardly any summer. I think there has only been 2 days over 75 degrees farenheit (that's 25C), so far this year. Of course the flowers love it, all the rain then some sun only to lead to cool days no scorhing sun to burn the petal and fresh young leaves like the flowers and leaves handpainted on Sheryl's flutes, at her Hand Painted Petals Etsy shop.




If you love keepsakes like I do, you'll have a great time as you peruse her pretty goodies.
First thing you'll find as you enter her virtual shop, are her hand painted
martini/marguerita glasses (just looking at them make me crave a jalapeno martini). They are quite pretty!


Another angle of the Turquoise Nugs chosen from my shop for Sheryl's Treasury "Like A Day at the Beach, Without the Beach!"




It's been a Fun Treasury and I thank Sheryl for the chance to be presented in it!







wiresNpliers



Etsy



ArtFire

Friday, June 3, 2011

It's Green Salad Season!

Featuring Summery Greens and Green Salad Lettuce This Treasury has been created by MagnoliaSurprise and she aptly named it:









Yours Till The Lettuce Peeks To See



One look and it is clear, her well made Treasury is exactly like the tossed green salads of summer, with a little of this, and a little of that, and some spice here and there, and then it’s all held together by the leaves of salad greens and a big bowl.
So without further adieu, here is Sarah’s Treasury:


One more look at Esty’s MagnoliaSuprise and I was immediately drawn to her hand crocheted apple coasters, cute red stemmed coasters some even with apple blossoms. I could envision them on my patio table!



Another fascinating item in Sarah’s shop that drew me, was this pretty Bridal Keepsake evening pouch. These are beautiful, but I have to admit that when I first saw it, I thought it was a purse that I had seen my mom use when I was a little girl. They were all the “rave” back then, pouch style white woven cord draw string purses.
Sarah’s of course are dainty and feminine, and crocheted (no tassles) with an elegant flirty style that doesn’t even need to be lined. You really have to see them.





Sarah has a cute shop full of exciting and fun crochet and knitted items, of all kinds and styles. She even has some toast coasters! I love it!
Oh, and here's her blog with even more in it.



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From our Etsy shop wiresNpliers, Sarah chose a necklace named Celery and Greens Salad Necklace, made by our Sarahbushka, in her Art Careers class, an adaptive recreation program in our city. We are so proud of our Art Careers Artists!





We (Sarahbushka and I) thank MagnoliaSurprise for including us in her beautiful Treasury today, and hope to be included in many more of her Treasuries in the future!!
Thank you, Sarah

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