Handmade Artists Forum Featured Shop: JMLArt

Jane M. Loedding of JMLArt loves color and whimsy, and that fact is definitely reflected in her art.

Along with her beautiful acrylic canvas creations, Jane also offers a variety of home decor items such as magnets, ACEOs and note cards. As an extra bonus, her wall hangings come ready to hang, and her wall art has painted edges so framing is not necessary. All of her decorative canvas wall art is created using non-toxic materials and paints. Just take a look at a few of her colorful and happy designs:

Decorative Art - Set of (6) Hand Painted Magnets - Peace, Love and Flowers
Decorative Wall Art - Floral Wood Burned Wall Art - Original Colorful Floral Design
Decorative Wall Art - Hand Painted 12 x 12 Canvas Wall Art - Lady Bug 'N Daisies

To see more of the works of this talented artist, visit her shop on Etsy:

Presenting: HAFteam Hotties!

GlenIllustrates on Etsy

I came across this, uh, Valentine, on Etsy, and I couldn't resist sharing him! Click on the link above to see more wonderfully funny illustrations from this slightly left of center shop!
Beat around the bush greeting card Valentines Day
I'm pleased to be featured on this beautiful blog by Tuscan Road

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce the illustrious founder of the Handmade Artists Forum, Andrew Kitchen on his 40th birthday. We at HAF are all just so gosh darned proud ... ;)

AndrewBday by glasschicky.

Handmade Artists Forum Featured Shop: Kitzbitz Art Glass

Jolene Wolfe of Kitzbitz Art Glass is a UK based lampwork beadmaker, glass artist and jewelry designer who is fascinated by the flow and movement of glass in the flame. She is also a proud member of the Frit Happens Forum Etsy Street Team and the Handmade Artists Forum Etsy Street Team.

In her Etsy shop  http://www.etsy.com/shop/kitzbitz you can find fabulous handmade shards, murrini and twistie and a one stop shop for furnace glass frit.  But enough talk, her gorgeous products and materials speak for themselves:

Desert Heat Bracelet - Carnelian and Citrine sterling silver bracelet with extender chain
Visit Kitzbitz Art Glass BlogMint Pastilles - lampwork bead set

HAFteam Challenge: Frozen Moments

These Crystal Ice Earings are my entry in the Handmade Artists Forum Etsy Street Team's Challenge, "Frozen Moments."
Please click the title above to stop in and cast your vote for your favorite. Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a prize!
Crystal Ice Crystallized Swarovski Elements Earrings

Timeless Journey

I found this beautiful OOAK bench through Etsy's Ode to the Farm feature, and I just had to share it with everyone.
SALE One of a Kind Barn Wood Bench
To take a further stroll down memory lane and see all the wonderful, nostalgic items in this shop, check out Timeless Journey on Etsy by clicking on the title above.

Jenni20 on Etsy

Hmmmm, I learned how to share as a child, but I haven't been doing a very good job of it here on my blog. I have hundreds of favorite shops and artists on Etsy, and I have only shared a few of them with my readers. Well, that stops right here and now!

May I present Jenni20 and her Eco friendly accessories and gifts. Jenni20 designs began as a quest to create functional and Eco friendly laundry bags for self and friends and soon blossomed into a thriving business. Her products not only serve a very important purpose--I think we're all for using fewer disposable products these days--but the vivid colors and patterns in her materials are chic and unique. 

Here are just a few examples of her fabulous products, and if you'd like to see more, just click on the title above for a trip to her shop on Etsy.  

Travel Bag Set Handmade 

with Heather Bailey Pop Garden 

Laundry and Shoe/Lingerie Bag

 Travel Bag Set Handmade with Heather Bailey Pop Garden-- Laundry and Shoe/Lingerie Bag

Hand Embroidered 

Ladies Handkerchiefs

Hand Embroidered Ladies Handkerchiefs

Pink Perfection Luxe Towel

for Kitchen or Bath

Pink Perfection Luxe Towel-- Great for Kitchen or Bath READY TO SHIP

Lynwood Jewellery

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Featured Shop
Bright blue pearl shell beads on sterling silver braceletetsyfreeshipping  Arabian style bracelet made from sterling silver with Swarovski beadsSterling silver and turquoise bracelet

Lynwood Jewellery's unique handmade jewelry is part of Lynwood Designs, based in Stocksfield, Northumberland, in the UK. Lynwood Jewellery handcrafts necklaces, bracelets and earrings in sterling silver and semi-precious stones and beads. "We create jewellery that is eye catching and unique, for women who appreciate individuality. We work in sterling silver, even our findings are made of sterling silver and we use semi-precious stones and occasionally Swarovski crystals too."
You can read more about Lynwood Jewellery  here: 


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Felted Heart in a Box
Unrequited Love
Hand Beaded Blue Heart Pin or Brooch
Libby of raven333 is an artist in search of the perfect medium. She dabbles in a bit of everything, but has a special love for felting and dyeing roving. Aside from her busy life as a microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control, she belongs to the SouthEastern Felting Guild, the Tangled Threads Doll club and many other groups on Yahoo. Libby is currently back at school to achieve a diploma in Web Design. "It is hard for me to get back into the learning groove, but I am enjoying it. Studying and homework are taking up most of my time these days, art has taken a background seat for awhile." 
To visit Libby's shop on Etsy, click on the title above.

Rose Tresor

The beautiful, shimmering 6mm dusty pink pearls in this design are from the Crystallized Swarovski Elements collection. The look is simple and elegant. The findings and French hook ear wires are sterling silver.

These earrings are a tribute to the women in my life who are currently fighting or have survived breast cancer.

My Heart is Blue Pendant Necklace

This beautiful heart pendant is carried by a complimentary and feminine 20 inch silver plated chain. The nickel free pendant measures 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches and features five faceted aqua blue glass beads. Dropping down over the top of the heart are 4mm amethyst, 4 mm honey and 6mm aqua AB Czech glass beads. Necklace closes in back with an easy to use lobster claw clasp.

Heather's Haven

Heather is another talented member of  the Handmade Artist's Forum.

Heather says, "I have this dream to one day wear long flowy skirts and big bold jewelry and play hostess at my own cafe/art gallery. For now I just play waitress, Suzie Homemaker and Martha Stewart.
My honey and I are both artists. We have six kids, two dogs and a couple of ex's. In our spare time we create our art. It's theraputic.

You can visit my blog to see what I'm working on - leave comments - I love the interaction! www.heathershaven2.blogspot.com"

Frosted Delight - Mixed media necklace
Bright blues and silver are showcase in this 18 inch beauty.
The Blue lampwork donut focal piece is upcycled from an acquired stash of goodies. It has a luminescent transparent blue color and the bubbles and nicks give it charm, reminiscent of ice. The wire-wrapped fire-polished beads and bicones are offset with a 3 inch piece of spiral beadweaving in silver and blue. The piece is completed with a very shiny siver plated chain and lobster claw clasp.
Fall Reflections necklace
Bead Embroidered pendant on a beaded necklace. 
The pendant was inspired by the large leather and mirrored beads of the necklace. The center of the pendant is a vintge button with three small mirrors underneath. 
Pendant is backed with ultrasuede and signed.
The necklace measures 20 inches with the gold tone toggle clasp.
The pendant is 4 inches long and 2 3/4 inches wide at the widest point.

Click on the title above to visit Heather's Haven on Etsy.

Daily Tip From Craftzine.com:

Use big funnels to store rolls of ribbon. Hang the funnels on the wall with the ribbon pulled through the spout for easy access.

Speranza Jewelry

Another talented member of the Handmade Artist's Forum, Lisa of Speranza Jewelry says, "I believe jewelry is more than just a fashion accessory – it’s an object of beauty that pleases the eye and feels good against the skin.
It’s a form of self expression.
The goal of Speranza is to create quality, affordable jewelry – a simple pleasure that anyone can enjoy. Each item listed in my shop is made with care and attention to detail."

And that attention to detail is one of the things that makes this artist a standout jeweler. To see more of her beautiful jewelry, you can visit Speranza Jewelry on Etsy by clicking on the title above.

Smokey Quartz and Gold Vermeil Necklace
Faceted smokey quartz bead choker with an elegant gold vermeil 
Bali focal bead and gold vermeil accents. 
Bali beads imported from Thailand.

 Agate Drop Pendant Necklace
A deep rust colored agate drop with black stripes is flanked by 
black heishi crystals on a tarnish resistant Argentium silver chain.
Handmade and hammered sterling silver swan clasp.
Approximately 20 inches long, but can be worn shorter.

  Graphic Feldspar Necklace
Marquise shaped graphic feldspar beads, with smokey quartz spacers.
Sterling silver accent beads.
Approximately 25 inches, adjustable to a shorter length.
This necklace makes a dramatic statement, in versatile neutral tones.

Chained Heart Lariat

Ever feel like your heart is wrapped up in chains? This lariat necklace can say that and more. The 21" chain is made up of intricately woven gray metal links, connected by an offset metal heart and ever so delicately decorated at the bottom with a drizzle of sparkling 4mm AB Czech glass vitrail rounds. A dainty asymetrical heart dangles from the very end of the chain. Necklace has a lobster claw clasp.

I Heart You Necklace

This beautiful antique brass necklace is for romantics only. A delicate 17" antique brass cable chain with brass metal rounds and antique bronze glass heart insert holds a circle pendant adorned with ivory glass pearls, amber freshwater pearls, copper Crystallized Swarovski Elements pearls surrounding a gorgeous Tiger Eye quartz round. An antique bronze glass heart takes center stage on the pendant. Necklace closes in back with an antique brass lobster claw clasp.
Quartz that is formed not of one single crystal but a number of finely grained microcrystals is known as chalcedony. Tiger eye is a member of this beautiful group of semi-precious chalcedony.

Spiritual and Healing Properties of Tiger Eye:
Tiger eye is a balancing stone that helps to calm fears and give perspective to upsetting circumstances. It can also help you become more attuned with planetary energies because it serves as a bridge linking sky and earth energies. Tiger eye offers light to dark energies.
Remedy Benefits of Tiger Eye:
Gives clarity
Balances solar plexus chakra
Promotes intuition
Yin yang balancer
Reflects light

Seedlings: Jewelry Because, by Sharon Paradiso

Artist Sharon Paradiso of Seedlings: Jewelry Because is another talented artist from the Handmade Artist's Forum (HAF). She says her handmade jewelry is inspired by and created from nature (argentium sterling silver, copper, pearl, shell, glass). She strives to use recycled, fair trade, eco-friendly, and green materials when possible, and 20% of regular purchases go to Heifer International. She also raises money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. You can read more about these causes in the "Because" secton of her blog, http://seedlingsjewelry.blogspot.com/ and you can see her beautiful line of jewelry by clicking on the link above.

Highlights from the Handmade Artist's Forum

Etsy: A Place for You & Your Handmade Items

Drop Ship News

If you have a particular hobby or passion such as sewing, making jewelry or any number of other artsy-craftsy things, and wish you could quit your boring 9-5 job to earn a living doing what you love to do---go for it!

Perhaps mankind is growing weary of mass produced, sweatshop cookie cutter junk and is turning back to hand crafted items produced by true artisans.

Maybe in this age of fast food restaurants, microwaves, fast lanes and faster lifestyles, people are simply feeling a desire to slow down and savor things that don’t come with instant gratification.

Things, for instance, that have been lovingly hand made by artists and craftsmen and women who don’t try to rush or hurry the process of making something beautiful…. A one of a kind item that will stand the test of time…an heirloom in the making.

We might speculate on all the possible reasons for the success of a relatively new website that sells all handcrafted items: Etsy.

But, for whatever reasons there may be, the cold hard facts are that Etsy’s sales soared dramatically from $26 million in 2007 to an astounding $87.5 in 2008, with over $100 million in sales up to December of 2009.

That’s one heck of a jump in sales!

There are undoubtedly some war-weary eBay sellers who have jumped the eBay ship and taken their handmade wares to Etsy, due to the much lower fee structure and seller friendly atmosphere on Etsy.

Etsy charges a mere $0.20 per listing and a very modest 3.5% commission on items sold. Contrast that with GreedBay’s outrageous fees that often run close to 20% overall, depending on the category, and it’s easy to understand why the eBay sellers who could make the transition are doing so in droves.

Etsy caters to the unique and authentic items that can’t be found in the cheaply made, sleazy crapola that is taking over eBay.
Obviously, contrary to what the big dogs at eBay seem to think, buyers really are interested in this type of item and will buy it when it is offered.

The gigantic growth spurt in sellers, products and sales on Etsy are ample proof of that!

So, if your friends, relatives and coworkers all beg for one of your hand knit sweaters or scarves, maybe you should seriously consider starting your own little cottage industry business by making the things you specialize in at home and selling them on Etsy.