Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Acrylic and Steel

In their shop announcement it states:

"This is Adam and Erica's hodgepodgity of eclectic goodness. :)"

This is so true! There is such a variety of hand created items in this shop. From art, to baby items, to hand forged knives.

First lets get to know our wonderful artists in their own words:

"We are a husband and wife team. I am an artist, fashion designer and general crafter. Adam makes hand forged knives and beautiful jewelry. I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember and I have a degree in fashion design. You may not know that by looking at our shop since we do not have much in the way of clothing, but I do custom clothing orders. Adam took a knife making class and that is when he started forging knives, he does really beautiful work. We started selling on etsy shortly after my daughter autumn was born (she is 15 mo now) . I thought about it for a very long time before we opened our shop. Selling on etsy has been an excellent experience. I have made some great friends, and I am always surprised that we actually sell things!

I also play Roller Derby and Adam is a referee. We also enjoy rock climbing and hiking. I also love biking.

I love this painting, and it is a great price:
This is my favorite knife:
and I also love these:

Thank you so much for your interest in our store!"

As I browsed around, I was in awe of what I found! Erica's paintings and art are fantastic. Then one discovers all the cute baby items she makes. Every page of their shop displays a new treasure to discover! Adam's knives are truly works of art! Some people might not think of these as art, but you must see these!

My words can't do this couple's work justice. You just have to see it!


Monday, February 8, 2010


Looking for wonderful Sea glass jewelry that is eye catching but friendly to today's budgets? Check out JoyfulD*signs!

Each piece is so special. Denise takes such care with every detail. I was truly in awe as I browsed her shop. I would think I had found my favorite and then I would see another of her beautiful creations!

Let's get to know her a bit better in her own words:

"I have been walking beaches and collecting things since I was a little girl. I used to pick up stones and shells - if only I had known then that the Great Lakes and oceans produce these beautiful gems called mermaids’ tears. What a collection I could have had! I discovered mermaids’ tears, better known as sea glass, while walking the beaches of South Florida ten years ago after my 20 year long marriage ended. During those long walks, I picked up sea glass while I talked to God, fascinating by the beauty and mystery of the frosty gems.

Creating and crafting is a way of life for me. So it wasn’t long before I decided that I needed to design something with my quickly growing collection. I was inspired to start my business by my loving and creative mom, Joyce, the JOY in JOYful D*Sign. I hope she’s really proud of the work I’m doing! Although she is gone, her love and inspiration live on in my work. My favorite medium is sea glass and I am obsessed with dragonflies which often land in my work.

My style is light and airy - you won't find anything overbearing or overstated in my shop. I want the beauty of the sea glass to speak for itself. I gravitate toward the colors of the ocean so you will see lots of blues, greens and aquas. But I don't discriminate - I love COLOR! I was fascinated by the Crayola 64 Box of Crayons when I was a kid. If you don't see a color combination you like - contact me and we can design it together!

Long walks on the beach hunting for sea glass are always a must – for relaxation and to shore up the supplies so I can keep the creations coming. My sea glass is all authentic and unaltered, found along the coasts of South Florida, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Canada, and England. Major thanks to my boyfriend, Tim, who hunts with me (and on his own sometimes) and who does all the drilling for my projects! When I’m not making jewelry or some other hand beaded creation - my other specialty is kaleidoscopes, I love to knit, crochet, cross stitch, and enjoy my 16 year old puppy, Peanut."

There are so many beautiful creations in Denise's shop, it is hard to choose a favorite! The Victorian Pearl Dragonfly earrings are gorgeous! The Victorian Valentine red and white sea glass necklace is also a stunner! It is so dainty and feminine. I could go on and on!

She also has a newly created $10 section of earrings that are wonderful!

Check out Denise's shop at http://JoyfulDsign.etsy.com.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Cappy Sue

It's been a while since I have had a feature, but this one is a gem:)

Cappy Sue is an artist. Truly an artist. She has an eye for the unusual. Cappy also has an eye for beauty that most wouldn't catch at first glance. I am amazed at her creative spirit.

Let's get to know her in her own words:

"I am 31 and happily married. All my kids are the furry kind. I create my work mostly from my dreaming which I have every night and are very vivid. Most would think of them as nightmares but for me I find inspiration there.

I love to laugh more than any thing so often my work takes a comical turn trying to spread that laughter.

My hobbies are a little odd to. I spend my free time reading random weird books and listening to music. My music is any thing from 1920s rare recordings of Shine on Harvest Moon to AC/DC to Adele truly I have yet to find a kind of music I don't like. Other than that I have little collections my current favorites are Mary statues in all sizes from the 3 inch plastic to a foot tall concrete. I am working on a spot for them all in my art cave.

In my shop I have so much stuff straight from my heart. My favorites would have to be Night of Haunting http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=39244880 because it was my first item on the front page of Etsy.
I also like Mourning Mermaid http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32433160 because some thing is so sad about her and I see some thing beautiful in that.
I am also fond of the Plus Size bracelet http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33039800 because it was my first big try at making jewelry and I thought it came out well."

I am love to browse Cappy Sue's shops and see what new inspiration has struck her. There is something for everyone's tastes!

Cappy has four wonderful Etsy shops. In one you will find all her wonderful art creations, in the second you will find some of the coolest clay creations around, the third houses her vintage treasures, and the fourth is a supply shop for your creative needs.