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Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Discovered Treasures

My adventure in creative discovery and blogging began April 27, 2010 with my first feature, Rebecca of PeadenScottDesigns, and her delightful pop-up cards. Over this past year I featured 71 amazing artists, and was introduced to several new art forms. Those publicly following my blog have grown to 340, and I average 27 views a day from a wonderful international audience!

This has been a year of growth and change for us all. I recently went through the features making sure all their links were active. Sad to say, but several of the Discovered Treasures have closed their shops, while others have taken their creative expression in new directions. I edit the links in my posts keeping them current when I become aware of changes, since keyword search traffic finds some of my features everyday, and I want my posts to remain relevant.

Your comments encourage me in my weekly hunt for those amazing shops that have gone unnoticed, and I am sure they are very much appreciated by the featured artists. The creative energy I have seen online is awesome, and I hope you have found the Discovered Treasures to be inspiring.

Are you ready for another year of discoveries?

Spread the word - These exceptional artists deserve a greater audience for their unique craft, and if you missed a few, browse the Past Discovered Treasures!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Adventures in Quilling

It is my pleasure to introduce an extraordinary quilling studio, QuillingbySandraWhite, on Zibbet. With nearly 40 years of experience, this artist has distinguished herself in the quilling community by evolving the unique style we enjoy in her shop today. Sandy places a cutout of the shape she wishes to capture over a strategically quilled background. The quilling becomes the brush strokes adding a layer of texture and interest to her one-of-a-kind 3D masterpieces.

Sandy constructs traditionally quilled keepsake wedding invitations and birth announcements, and will work with you to create a beautifully framed, uniquely quilled remembrance. She has an exciting line of cards that combine the elegance of quilling with the beauty of handmade papers and are suitable for framing.

There are also stunning quilled Christmas ornaments that would make wonderful gifts. Your thoughtfulness will be remember each time they hang it up and marvel at its design.

Sandy’s creative corner is in New Hampshire, she ships to the United State, and has her own website. Like me, she sells on multiple venues and additional shops can be found on ArtFire, Bonanza, and eCrater, where you will find a collection of vintage craft magazines and books. To think the magic is all done with paper!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Creative Crochet

The colorful basket weave crocheted afghan at LovingHandsCrochet, an Etsy shop, caught my eye. I have seen this interesting design done before in fabrics, but never knit or crocheted. What a warm blanket this must be, and her stained glass blanket reminds me of one I made many years ago to put away loose ends. Her shop has a wonderful selection of machine washable afghans ready to adorn your rocking chair and wrap you in handmade elegance.

A strong passion for crochet is this lady’s driving force, but I don't know where this homeschooling mother of five finds time to make all her delightful creations. She has the cutest little outfit and animal hat patterns available in her shop, and a very nice shamrock afghan pattern. If you love her designs, but don’t have the time or inclination to make it yourself, she will crochet one of her patterns for you. The elephant hat would be so special for your little one to wear as they tour the zoo!

She magically twists her yarn in Colorado and ships internationally. I first ran across her treasures on zibbet, and she can also be found on Facebook. I can truly appreciate the time she invests in each of her crocheted masterpieces. If you don't see your favorite color, just ask and she will be happy to work with you.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Reindeer Bracelets

Maravilla is a very unique shop on zibbet where I discovered a wide array of interesting items, but the one that made me pause and take notice were the reindeer leather bracelets. Available in five colors of leather, Kelly decorates her attention commanding jewelry with woven pewter and copper wires. These pleasing designs can be enhanced with reindeer antler, silver beads or leather cording.

Kelly also fashions buffalo leather bracelets decorated with aged bone and sterling silver beads. If Steampunk is to your liking, be sure to see my favorite, the dragonfly necklace. This multi-talented lady doesn't stop there. She has beautiful punched tin and copper work, including prayer boxes holding your notes to the Father. Her copper light covers must look enchanting in the dark. You can even order a custom hatband for your favorite cowboy hat. What a unique and interesting artist!

From a studio nestled on a mountain in northern New Mexico, Kelly creates her treasures and ships internationally. She can be found on Etsy and has a website dedicated to her tinwork, with a second website where you can place custom bracelet orders. If you have any questions or special requests, don't hesitate to contact Kelly. She looks forward to working with you!