Artisan Inspiration: Air Friend

AirFriend is a small shop in L.A. where magic happens with air plants. You can find all kinds of gold dipped crystal air plant, air plant holder, air planter, air plant terrarium, boho decor, office desk accessories, air plant gift for best friend, long distance boyfriend gift, long distance friendship gift, birthday gift, wedding favor, bridesmaid gift, engagement favor and much more!

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Fairy Garden plants, Moss Covered Quartz Crystal Air Plant

This moss covered quartz crystal miniature fairy garden looks so adorable with a live air plant! The whimsical look of this air plant crystal garden makes this a cute desk accessory, rustic shelf decoration, or a woodland gift for that nature lover!

Growing air plant is fun and easy! You don’t need a green thumb to keep your plant healthy and beautiful. Air plants do not need any soil. They thrive on some filtered sunlight, good air circulation, and a couple misting a week. They make wonderful indoor houseplants and add a vibrant touch of green to your fairy garden, mini garden, or forest themed home decor collection.

Air plant is also known for its amazing ability to remove toxic agents in air. This rustic decor can double as a natural air purifier while adding a touch of green to your space. Quartz crystals have long been associated with balance, inspiration, positive energy, and healing.

Source: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AirFriend

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Artisan Spotlight: Eileen Jewelry

Tell us about yourself
Hi ! I’m Virginie, 33 year old from France. I’m the owner/maker of Eileen Jewelry. I’m a pretty normal girl who loves simple and natural things.  I’m happy to be able to work for myself and do what I love to do everyday, and I hope that my jewelry reflects that 🙂

natural pink arrowhead pendant gold filled necklace
natural pink arrowhead pendant gold necklace

Where are you from  ?

I was raised and lived in Paris until my 28 year old when I left my job and apartment to travel for a year. I always was a big city lover but my trip changed everything. And when I came back from that freedom and exploring, all that I’ve wanted was to keep nature as close to me as possible. I now live outside of Paris surrounded by a beautiful little forest inhabited by shy and cute wildlife.

Twin crystal 14k gold filled necklace
14k twin gold filled necklace

How did you start creating your artwork, and how long have you been doing it ?
I started making my own jewelry 3 years ago when I broke a beautiful necklace bought on Etsy. I couldn’t find it for sale anymore and the shop owner never replied to me when I’ve asked her if she had a repair service. I was bumped because that was my all time favorite necklace. So I’ve told myself that if people can do it, why not me ? So I’ve looked online how to fix it and that was it. I was hooked. I started making and wearing my own necklaces and got compliments from friends and coworkers that finally convinced me to open a shop. And here I am. Turns out bad customer service can sometimes be a blessing 😉

14k gold filled necklace
14k gold filled necklace

Where do you get your inspiration from ?
Sometimes ideas comes out of nowhere, while walking in nature or before I fall asleep, then I have to send myself a note with my phone so the ideas are not lost forever after a good night sleep 😀 Some other time, by playing with my supplies, browsing suppliers shops or looking up for crystal rarities.

stackable ring
Stackable Ring

What do you love most about your craft/business ?
Freedom!  Falling asleep every night relaxed and happy instead of being stressed and exhausted by a day at work. Waking up naturally every morning and not by an awful alarm clock. Getting ready knowing that I can take my time. And then working on orders placed by people that loves what I’m doing and not because they just want the next trendy thing.

If I want the afternoon free to do something else or just to do nothing and enjoy some lazyness, I can just finish up the orders in the morning, go to the post office and then have time for whatever I feel like doing for the rest of the day.
I love the way things are working right now. I feel like « I’ve  made it », but I also feel free. I have enough orders to keep me busy, but not too much so I don’t have time for myself anymore. Which wouldn’t be the point of doing this, I’m not looking for being rich, or making 200 necklaces or rings a day. I want my jewelry to be special and made in small quantities. I want to be able to take the time I need for each piece, so they can be as I would like to received them if they were meant for me. If I’m not happy with something I’ve made, I never hesitate and start again from scratch. No matter the time spent and materials used, I wouldn’t ship something that doesn’t make me happy or that is meant to break after a few days because it was made in a hurry. I’m my own boss and that gives a lot of freedom 😀

natural Crystal Quartz 14k gold filled necklace
natural crystal quartz 14k gold filled necklace

Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing ?
Traveling, walking or being lazy in nature, taking photos of the beautiful spring light, gardening and learning to make new things. I also love to collect old books and have some kind of fetish for first editions. Being outdoor is what I love the most. In summer, I can spend every day outside and I never ever get bored, not doing anything special, just enjoying the elements 🙂

4 ring set Rainbow Moonstone
4 ring set rainbow moonsoon

Is there anything else you would like to share ?
I recently opened a new shop on Etsy called « Stones and Moonlight » where I’ve included everything I love : Natural beads, crystals and stones, my love for plants and their powers, beautiful treasures that I find on my everyday adventures and travels, and my passion for photography.
Whether I use antler tips that comes from natural shed or stones that were brought to me from the other side of the planet, they all carry life and adventures. And I feel lucky and happy to be able to use these unique pieces in my jewelry everyday.

URL of your shop.
http:// eileenhcjewelry.etsy.com
http:// stonesandmoonlight.etsy.com

Artisan Spotlight: ToysByHand

First off, tell us about yourself.

Hello my name is Mari and I am a fairly new mommy. I have a 9 month old daugther named Cataleya. I’m fortunate enough to have a hubby who makes enough for me to stay home five days (I do work two days). I am a SoCal native but found my home here in the Bay Area with the hubby.

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Where are you from?

I was born in Ventura county. Specifically in Port Hueneme California (it’s a small beach town near Catalina and Camarillo). I have moved over 11 times but all within Cali so I would say in pretty familiar with the state lol. I’ve lived in San Diego, mammoth Lakes, Camarillo, San Francisco to name a few!

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How did you start creating your artwork, and how long have you been doing it?

I began sewing way way way back when I was still a child; my mom taught me! But I began sewing toys while I was pregnant with my daughter I wanted her to have sturdy safe toys that I knew exactly what they were made of plus it’s so much cooler to have toys hand made/sewn. Plus I was able to decide exactly the function and look of the toys. My family kept bugging/pushing me to open up a shop bc they loved my toys so I did last October (2015) I’m still fairly new.

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from my daugther: watching the way she plays, figuring out what she prefers, coming up with toys that I could use to educate her with, and the color combos/contrasts she likes… Really helps to have my own model/tester lol.:

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What do you love most about your craft/business?

I love the fact that I am not only able to make my daugther happy but other babies/children too. And I love knowing that they are playing with safe fun educational toys!

Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing?

I am mostly an outdoorsy person: hiking (though it’s way to cold right now), sight walking, swimming, and my job (jcrew worker) and now that I’m not pregnant anymore I can actually work on the window displays again!

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Is there anything else you would like to share?

I always always welcome custom requests: I love working with customers to create just the prefect toy for them and their kids!

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ToysByHand

Artisan Spotlight: Hiffycakes

First off, tell us about yourself! My name is Hifza Mohammed, I’m originally from London but moved to Kuala Lumpur in 2013 when my husband got a job here. I started attending leather workshop as a hobby and I fell in love with it. The craft allows me to be creative and think of new ways to put leather designs together.

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How did you start creating your artwork, and how long have you been doing it?

Only in recent months I have started making purses and wallets and giving them to friends as gifts. I’ve been asked many times if I make bags and when I say, ‘its only a hobby’ they convinced me otherwise.

In November I opened shop ‘Hiffycakes’ , handmade leather bags & accessories. All my collection is made in my studio in KL and each bag is designed & hand sewn using the best quality materials.

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

I get inspired by artisans and craftsmen that are around Malaysia and beyond. It takes a skilled craftsmen to create something beautifully aesthetic and which will last for a long time, such as a leather bag.
My mother has also inspired me to design, she’s a skilled dressmaker who designs and make her own clothing collection.

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What do you love most about your craft/business?

What I love about what I do is when I get to speak to my customers and have a connection. I have been doing ‘craft fairs’ for Christmas so I get to meet them in person to talk about the collection and get vital feedback. But most of all I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for the world.

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Outside of crafting what else do you enjoy doing?

In my spare time, I love to read on the balcony with my current book ‘ I am Malala’. I am a keen baker and my speciality is ‘ Profiteroles’ & ‘Sticky toffee pudding’.

Shop URL:
Website: http://www.hiffycakes.com
Instagram: @hiffycakeslondon
Facebook: hiffycakes
Blog: hiffycakes.wordpress.com

 

Show off your handmade work

Handmade around the globe would love to hear from handmade artisans, crafters and designers from around the world interested in showing off their handmade work.  

If interested, please follow submission requirements below:

SUBMISSION QUESTIONS

  • First off, tell us about yourself.
  • Where are you from?
  • How did you start creating your artwork, and how long have you been doing it?
  • Where do you get your inspiration from?
  • What do you love most about your craft/business?
  • Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing?
  • Is there anything else you would like to share?
  • URL of your shop.

Also, submit via email to handmadearoundtheglobe@yahoo.com links to 3-4 images of your favorite photographed work or attach images to your email with handmade feature as the subject.  Be sure to subscribe to handmade around the globe to receive notification when your feature is.

January Birthstone: Garnet

Garnet, the birthstone for January,  signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend.  Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed.  References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays jewelry.  Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites.  Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India. Source: americangemsociety.org

Below are my favorite handmade finds featuring garnet gemstone.

Garnet Earrings Cascade Earrings Romantic Long Dangling Red Gemstone Earrings Sterling Silver Gemstone Jewelry
AerideDesigns
Tiny Garnet Drop Earrings - On 14K gold filled hooks - simple red everyday wedding jewelry
TwoLittleDoves
Red Agate Garnet Copper color Leaf bracelet Elvish jewelry Dangle Charm Gemstone Cluster Bracelet Charm bracelet Red rustic wedding berries
PetraLis
Bella Bella Bracelet - Garnet, garnet bracelet, stone stretch bracelet
SerenityJewelry
Tiny Garnet Necklace - Garnet Trio Necklace - Gold Garnet Necklace - January Birthstone
SongYeeDesigns
Garnet ring| Sterling silver| red faceted gemstone| January birthstone| Medieval style
BarronDesignStudio
Garnet Necklace Red Gemstone Jewelry 14kt Gold Filled Natural Stone Beaded January Birthday Birthstone 18th Anniversary Artisan Handmade
JewelryBySS

Artisan Inspiration: BeauMiracle Jewelry

Handmade jewelry by BeauMiracle – decoupage on wood, polymer clay and fun custom jewelry with a distinctly rustic, bohemian, shabby chic and beachy flair. Summer jewelry, fashion jewelry, and one of a kind pieces.

Handmade in  AUSTRIA, BULGARIA

Green Earrings, Leaves Earrings, Dangle Earrings, Tribal Clay earrings, teardop earring on Sterling Silver Hooks

African Earrings, Africa Woman Earrings, Tribal Large Earrings, Orange and Brown Jewelry

 Summer Fashion Jewelry, Shabby Chic Bracelets, Wood Bangle, Vintage Flowers in Pink and Blue, Eco Friendly, Floral Jewelry Set of 3

Coral Mint Bracelet,  Arrow Neon Bangle, Tribal Geometric Jewelry, Summer Fashion

 Set of Skinny Bangles, Geometry Dark Wood Bracelets in Mustard, Gold, Copper and Black on Dark Wood, Tribal Bangles

 Roses Bracelet, Rustic Brown Bangle, Flower Jewelry, Floral Wood Bangle

Shop:

http://beaumiracle.etsy.com

Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/BeauMiracleJewelry

Twitter

http://twitter.com/beaumiracle

Artisan Inspiration: BeautySpot

Vintage style and modern motives in Handmade jewelry by BeautySpot

“Just like 4 years ago we create each our piece from the very start – the idea. Then we find or create the right images, right materials, beads and findings. And then we put it all together and make it real with our hands.
It’s the most exciting part – your have something in your mind and then you do the “magic” work, wait a little bit while resin dries and you already can hold that idea in your hands, turn it into the gift for the dear friend, associate it with some great moments of your life. That’s what handmade is about for us – making and keeping it real.”

Red Poppy earrings - Bridesmaids jewelry  (E060)

Mint bird ring - Winter jewelry - Pastel trend - Adjustable ring (R040)

World Map necklace - Traveler's jewelry (BN014)

Tribal earrings - Indian deer - Ethnic jewelry  (E098)

Caramel Leaf earrings  (E031)

Mandala Ethnic earrings - Tribal jewelry - Tribal earrings (E030)

Long Green earrings - Autumn jewelry (E034)

 Antler necklace - Deer jewelry - Bones  (BN016)

 

Artisan Inspiration: Handmade handbags by Daphne

Handmade handbags by Daphne on Etsy

“I founded Handbags by Daphne with the idea to create a line of creative and original ageless handbags. By this I mean that I design my collection for women of all ages who like me, think outside the box. I create handbags for women who appreciate the look and feel of fine fabrics and textures, and appreciate originality, creativity and unique designs. My bags are for women who feel comfortable wearing impossible to miss bags.

Because I am both a designer and an artist, I strive to create works of lasting beauty that are also functional and versatile. In order to create my handbags, I am constantly searching European markets for the finest and highest quality fabrics and textiles. I then exquisitely handcraft each bag in my studio in order to create a one-of-a-kind or limited-edition collection.”

 ultrasuede bag ,small and sexy purse, handbag, mini tote Burnt orange

Yellow large handmade pleated bag

 vegan wristlet bag, ultra suede purse, handbag, clutch, evening bag, cocktail bag, light olive

 vegan backpack- handbag- messenger bag - tote bag- purse -cross body bag

 bag, small and sexy purse , handbag, shoulder bag,  small tote, holiday fashion

 orange purse , small and sexy bag , handbag, shoulder bag , mini tote

Original, Vintage & Rare Maps on Canvas by Seaphloor

SEAPHLOOR is a geography obsessed company based out of Columbus, Ohio that sells original, antique maps mounted on gallery canvas. They decorate each piece to be one of a kind and obviously have a thing for gold leaf and constellation charts. Boasting a collection of over 4,000 unique maps, they can create custom works of any destination and do so quite quickly! If you haven’t run across their feed, do so for the outrageous captions if nothing else. They often describe their brand as never too serious, but always too beautiful.

Go here to see more..
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SEAPHLOOR

Handmade Support Group for Social Media Engagement

Do you need help to increase your Social Media Engagement? I recently created a group called Handmade Support Group for Social Media.

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Handmade Support Group for Social Media

 

Handmade Support Group for Social Media is a private Facebook support group for Handmade Artists and designers around the Globe. The goal of this group is to provide a community, promote engagement and support for each other on Social Media. We do this by dropping links in a specific threads to share, like, follow, re-pin, re-tweet or comment. By dropping your links you are expected to participate and reciprocate to others as well.

Spamming and Self promotion is not allowed.

Join Handmade Support Group for Social Media today to be a part of a community that promotes and supports each other.

A platform for handmade artisans, crafters around the Globe to be featured and showcase their unique handmade creations

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