Featured Afternoon Artist~ Annie Howes

In the spirit of Handmade and my Native American Heritage I would like to introduce to you my Featured Afternoon Artist..
Annie Howes

I met her at Etsy and love her personality and friendliness.. and then I went to her shop and truly fell in love.

Native American Pendant-Wedding Prayer

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on the reverse..

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Isn’t it beautiful? A wonderful Native American Gift, Trust me! I’m a Cherokee Woman and during my wedding my mother read a similar prayer. ( it brought the house down!)

From Annie’s description..

Native American Pendant-Wedding Prayer

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6857186
This romantic pendant measures 1″ x 3″ and portrays a Native American bride and groom on the front. The couple are Francis Schlall (Paiute) and Princess Elizabeth Badroads (Umatilla), both 19 in 1929 when this photograph was taken. They were married in Burns, Harney County, Oregon. The pendant is also embellished with the ceremonial wedding pattern typically found in Native American art.

The reverse side of the pendant features one of several Native American Wedding Prayers. The wedding pattern is repeated and an image of a gold feather charm adorns the back.

The standard Native American Wedding Prayer on the back reads:

“Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be
shelter to the other.

Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be
warmth to the other.

Now you will feel no more loneliness,
For each of you will be
a constant companion to the other.”

All of our pendants are created with a silver ring through which a ribbon is strung and will be shipped with an organza pouch. This item is embellished with turquoise and a pewter feather charm. These photographs represent the actual item. This item is lead-free and has a silver tone finish.

This text is customizable and you are invited to provide your own text for the reverse side of the pendant. Choose the standard wedding prayer, or create your own personal message for the reverse side. Please contact us if you wish to have a personalized pendant and we will do what we can to accommodate your wishes. If you wish to have customized text we will recreate the pendant shown for you.

ABOUT ANNIE HOWES

Annie Howes has been a designer for over 15 years working in a variety of creative industries. Her first stint at design was working for a small stained glass company in downtown Lafayette, Indiana at the age of 14 where she was entrusted with her very first soldering iron. Through the course of her career she has served in the United States Navy, has designed for advertising agencies abroad, and was an in-house designer for a CLC Licensed screen printer. In addition, she has spent many years producing work as a freelance designer. To date her most inspiring position has been creating beautiful custom books and designs for Jenni Bick Bookbinding.

Annie Howes has recently relocated from the island of Martha’s Vineyard to the verdant rolling hills of central Kentucky. She can be reached in her studio most days where she continues to expand upon the creative possibilities of her personalized photo keepsakes.

CONTACT ANNIE:

annie@anniehowes.com
www.anniehowes.com
800-381-9544

Isn’t it amazing the wonderful talent on Etsy? I’m humbled daily by the beauty that is handmade right here in the United States.

Shop Handmade, Shop Etsy, Support your local Artist.
Thanks again for reading,
Wado,
Renita~vintagemomcreations~aka. Denver’s Girl
http://vintagemomcreations.etsy.com

Featured Artist of the Day~ Jujuw~Baby it’s Cold outside..

I have a friend that handpaints the CUTEST baby items.. You gotta see these booties…

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Oh my goodness.. Aren’t these the cutest?

From the description..

Cute lil slippers to keep a little one’s foot warm on those cold days and nights, all while doing it in style…A GREAT gift for that special little one.

Each slipper is soft suede like fabric with furry trim around the top and inside to keep a little one’s foot nice and warm

*ALL designs are trademarked under the name of ‘JuJu’Designs 

These slippers were hand painted (NOT stenciled)by me, ‘JuJu’ Designs, using non-toxic permanent paint.

Find them here 

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8063918

 

And for the baby top?

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6,12,24Mo,4,5 Sweatshirt – Train – Red- Handpainted
 
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7937334

Description
Every guy needs a sweatshirt for those chilly days and nights, and THIS one with the train is PERFECT to keep him nice and toasty all while looking adorable at the same time. Great for company or just hanging around the house, this sweatshirt is sure to please.

Combined shipping rate available for purchases of more than one item.

Sizes: 6MO,12Mo,24Mo., 4T, 5

Please specify size desired

The sweatshirt was handpainted (NOT stenciled) by me, ‘JuJu’ Designs, using non-toxic permanent fabric paint. Machine Wash & Dry.

50/50 fleece sweatshirt.

 

About the Artist..

I live in a small town on the Connecticut coastline. I’m a born and raised Connecticut gal.

I have 3 children, one of which is a chef…YEAH…I HATE to cook…2 boys, 1 girl…and then there’s my pup of 14 yrs. who’s my best friend, and most of the time, best kid. He takes great care of me and without him I’d be lost.

I started painting kid’s clothes almost 30 yrs. ago when the kids were little. My husband was out of work at the time and began sewing aprons and painting on them. I entered myself into a local craft fair and made a whole $40…from there a few of the neighbors asked me to paint over the stains in their child’s shirts, and hence, a business was born…it mushroomed and developed a life of its own until I was selling to 10’s of stores in the NYC metro area and doing very large juried craft fairs in NY and CT.

After several years of working 18/7, my husband’s new job transered him to Atlanta…which is when we decided it was more important for me to spend my time with the kids rather than a business so I shut it down. I dabbled in painting off and on over the years.

I’m a hypnotherapist and a reiki practioner but have always loved painting…ALL kinds of painting…houses, walls, furniture, clothes, it doesn’t matter.

Things that are important to me are family, friends, simplicity in all things…and humor!

Thanks for stopping by to meet me. If you’d like to chat just send me an email…I’m always open for a good convo and meeting a new friend.

 

I’m here to tell you.. juju is the way to go. She’s a postive lady that never forgets your name. Let’s get those sales rolling into her shop!

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5142675

 

Buy Handmade.. It’s worth it.

Thanks again for reading,

Renita~ http://www.vintagemomcreations.etsy.com

Introducing Beauty to you.. Featured Afternoon Etsy Shop~BelleBeads

I know I’ve said this a hundred times but I am shocked by the absolutely stunning talent running rampent on Etsy.

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Aren’t those beads GORGEOUS???

I am absolutely stunned. I have found a glass treasure!
A mother, a daughter and a granddaughter make up the team of Bellesbeads and I am just flabbergasted at the TALENT these ladies have! Be sure of this, I, as a jewelry maker will be back to this lovely shop!!

Mariannes IRISH MIST Artisan Lampwork Beads SRA

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Find them here..
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8112209

And.. The Description from the shop~

Twists of designer colors engage in waves under crystal clear encasings… loaded with silver accents! This is a beautiful set of larger sized beads to create with 🙂 There are 7 beads in this set. The smallest are about 8mm (spacers), and the largest measures in at about 17mm high. These beads are wound on 1/16″ mandrels. They are paired except for the largest focal.
*Photos are taken in natural light, enlarged to show detail. Colors may vary slightly from one monitor to another.*

 Oh.. But wait.. That’s not all!

Adriannes CANOPY TOPS Artisan Lampwork Bead SET with Unique Tree Focal SRA

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Find this treasure here..

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7517051

And from the description.. 

Beautiful Teal glass over silver make these babies sparkle. They remind me of laying down under the trees and seeing the sun shining thur the leaves when I was a kid. To this day it is one of the prettiest things I have ever seen. There are 11 round beads in this set ranging 8-13mm in diameter. The tree focal is unflipable and hand shaped (no press used)It measures 16mm wide (hole to hole) and 21mm tall (top to bottom).

*Pictures of actual beads, taken in natural light, enlarged to show detail.*

All are nicely shaped, quality beads, hand made on 1/16″ mandrels.

All of my lampwork beads are individually made by me in my home studio. I use Moretti glass from Italy and MAPP gas for ultimate color. All beads are kiln annealed for strength and durability.

 Last but certainly not least, BelleBeads has more than beads!!

VIEW FROM THE PORCH Artist Silkscreen Print reproduction

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This is a reproduction of an original silkscreen print by award-winning artist Carole A. Brender. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7814448

This reproduction measures about 7.25 inches high by 10 inches wide, and is professionally reproduced on 8.5 inch by 11 inch heavyweight archival paper.
All of Carole’s reproductions will arrive signed, and in shrink-wrapped packaging for protection.
Please note colors may appear slightly different from one monitor to another. Also, reproduction colors may be slightly different from an original screen.

 I am in love with this shop.. and I hope you love it too. During this holiday season please support handmade.

Thanks for Reading, Renita~vintagemomcreations

http://www.vintagemomcreations.etsy.com

 

The Artist hidden inside your mom…Featured Artist FireTickChick

When we are children we take advantage of our moms. It’s just a fact. We just think of mom as a little weird.. a person that cooks for us and cleans for us and loves us unconditionally.

Well I’m here to tell you , WE are more you little mommies monsters! We are.  Here.. take a look!

Today my featured artist is Firetickchick…

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She can Make YOUR Big Girl Bike out of Glass!

And.. look at this..

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I love it!! And it’s fresh and it’s glass and HOW MANY OF YOU CAN DO THAT?? 😉

 FireChickTick Original Design – Fused Art Glass Pendant – Peppermint Stick Cluster Pendant
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8128271

It looks good enough to EAT! A peppermint stick fused glass charm with white glass, topped with red stripes…drilled and wire wrapped, and ornamented with swarovski crystal, glass cat’s eye beads, and red and green seed beads…all securely, neatly wire wrapped.  

About the Artist..
Hi, I’m Karen, I’m a married mom with a bundle of children. I’m a stay at home mom, a glass artist, a firefighter, and EMT, and a proud parent of an autistic son.

All of my work is handmade in my in studio, in my “free time” hahaha. 🙂

I have always had a fascination with glass, thank you to my dear grandmother, who is a gifted stained glass artist. Thanks, GG! When I was a tiny little girl, My GG would allow me to mess around with her glass and her tools, and show me all of the wonderous and fascinating things about glass. She pointed out beautiful things that other people would never notice, always. A flower in her garden, a funky antique china cup, an old jar.

**My GG passed away on January 8th, 2007. I am going to miss her so dearly, and I’ll always be so grateful to her for changing my life, and for making me notice beautiful and unusual things. I
wouldn’t be me, if it weren’t for her. I dedicate all of my art to my beautiful May. *kiss*

I hope you adore the things I make.

Karen

Visit Karen at http://www.firetickchick.etsy.com  and her blog! at http://firechicktick.blogspot.com

As I always say folks.. if you haven’t been to Etsy.. you have to come. http://www.etsy.com 

Fresh Artists, great prices..

Many Blessings and thanks for reading yet again~

Renita~ http://www.vintagemomcreations.etsy.com

 

What to buy a Teacher or Coach or Librarian for Christmas?

Did you know that teachers are seriously tired of getting apples for Christmas? It was a grand idea in the beginning of time.. The apples for the teacher~keeping the doctor away and such ( please.. apples.. I am definately not trying to offend you.. but COME ON we won’t stop eating you in pies, We just aren’t giving you to our teacher this year!)

How about something the teacher will use? How about something to hold their keys ? Something to keep the keys near their hearts and away from children that want to unlock that drawer and find the test answers?

From Vintagemomcreations.. A Christmas Lanyard……

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From the description..  

“Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go!
Before long it’ll be snowing here, and we will all be enjoying the Christmas Season… The Red of the holly, The green of the pine and the Silver bells will be ringing!

This Lanyard/Badgeholder is made for the season.

A mix of beads are used…. Green and Red glass, rounds, bicones, swarvoski crystals, silver spacers.. If you look at this one long enough you will find a little of everything.

Hook is very secure too!!

Lanyards are great for teachers, coaches, nurses, cheerleading advisors.. anyone that carrys a whistle or a badge! ( Or even for your keys!) A wonderfully thoughtful gift!

Hung with a sturdy and secure hook for your item ( badge or whistle or maybe a name card?) I use professional quality nylon coated wire for all of my items!

This holder measures approx 36 inches round (including clasp)and hangs ( depending on neck size) at about or below the breastbone.

This lanyard is double crimped for added security!”

 Find the lanyard here~ http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6644447

Or, If you are looking for a great gift without the added mumbo jumbo of the christmas holiday how about the Vivid Dream Lanyard?

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Description
SUPER SALE!I named this lanyard Vivid dream because it is absolutely dreamy! It’s made with a delightful blend of glass beads, silver beads and gorgeous lampwork beads.
I also added an extra little charm with a blue glass bead and two little seed beads ended with a silvertone charm that reads “follow your dreams”.

A wonderful gift.. for a friend that happens to be a teacher, a nurse, a coach..a seamstress that wants to hold onto her scissors? Really anyone that carrys a badge, a name tag, a whistle or a set of keys! OR better yet, Make this lanyard a gift for yourself! You work hard right?

This lanyard hangs approx. 21 inches down. Measures about 36 inches around beaded area.

Securely made with professional grade beading wire and double crimped for security! This one passes the tug test well!!!

Find Vivid Dream here~ http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6596731

Both of these wonderful items are at a low price of under $10.00.. A perfect price for a child to teacher gift! Can be wrapped or boxed, Please see store for details!

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5190417

Many Blessings and Happy Holidays from Vintagemomcreations

Stress FREE Christmas!

More and more now as technology overwhelms me and I throughout my dreams I hear the phone ringing instead of the wind blowing I just want to SCREAM when someone mentions Christmas. I wanna be stressfree. I wanna sing christmas carols and hug my children close by and giggle merrily like I did when I was a child.

As I push through the christmas blues and stress this year I find myself happily easing into a stress free life. It’s called Etsy everyone! I can click away.. ordering happily online from other people that care about their things. Product is handmade with love and humor and eases my pain of STRESS.

I found the stress RELIEVER!! Wanna See?

From Black Rose in London~ The Dammit Doll!!

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From Black Rose.. A description…. 

“Here is another version of the popular stress reliever doll, using my own pattern

Not sure what to get as a present for a friend, family member or work colleague – well here we are!

Dammit Doll is made from a 100% cotton fabric – which I’ve handstitched and stuffed throughout with supersoft polyester fibre filling. His/Her hair is made of merino wool. Buttons have been used for the eyes and mouth.

Dammit Doll is further embellished with a red satin heart upon which sits a striped tabby cat (button)

Dammit Doll measures 10.5″ (27cm) in length

find the Dammit Doll right here… 

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6742695

 

How about that for some stress relief??

Of course if you’d rather go the more gentle stress relief.. especially for the men in your life that are trying to run everyone over in traffic..How about the..

“Lets Hear It For The Boys Lavender Herb Sleep Pillow”

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from Black Rose 

“For centuries, people have stuffed their mattresses, pillows and sachets with natural herbs and flowers,to give the area they sleep in a lovely aromatic smell, ward of illness and evil spirits and also to help them relax and fall asleep. The most popular herbal sleep pillow is a lavender herbal pillow.

Lavender balances the emotions, reduces stress, tension and conflicts. It lifts the spirits and yet relaxes both the mind and the body.

Here is one for the boy or man in your life (or indeed, yourself). 100% cotton fabric handstitched and decorated with 2 small buttons and then filled with a generous amount of dried lavender herb infused with lavender essential oil.”

Find the pillow here.. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7914531

Ladies and Gents, Whatever you end up doing for your holiday season, try to remember to be kind to one another. Many people allow stress to overcome them this time of year. Let’s try and keep things simple yet beautiful. Let’s support your local artists and try to be as many homemade goods as possible.

I know as a artist/jewelry maker/crafter myself that I am honored each and everytime someone buys from me and I put my whole heart into making sure you are happy. Do the big guys with the huge shopping carts do that? no.. not anymore.

Buy Handmade, Buy Etsy

Renita~vintagemomcreations

http://vintagemomcreations.etsy.com

What should I buy everyone for CHRISTMAS???

Hang around.. I’ll help you! Let me tell you about this magical place.. the magical land of Etsy.

Etsy isn’t just a bunch of women just hanging out and sticking junk in their shops for the latest auction. Etsy is truly the land of wonderfully talented artisians. I’m amazed each and everyday when I look around and see the FRESHEST items!
Sometimes I’ll see something that catches me totally off guard and makes me just laugh right out loud. Folks, there’s talent at Etsy and creativity that is totally unbeaten. Look at this from Rachealanilyse.. (I burst out laughing when I read the description!)

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( ok.. now look at the photo..and the little gingerbread faces and read on.. )

from the description:

“Oh, the holidays. Hot cup of cocoa, a plate of cookies. But look out! The gingerbreads are being eaten!!! The shock! The horror! The praying for mercy! The missing limbs!”

The Stats:
• Set of 5 cards and envelopes from my original illustration
• Each card is made from white Strathmore textured paper, blank inside
• Cards measure 5×7 inches
• Envelopes have small red and green ornamental design printed on the back
• The edge of each card is deckled (I also have an assortment that aren’t deckled)

 see what I mean? Not only beautiful cards.. but they made my day. I smiled, I laughed!!

Get them right here! ( you have to look at this shop!!)

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5134462

 

And then I was looking for something else that was functional, something for the babies of the family. ( or maybe even something that makes mommies life easier) And look at this.. Have you ever heard of Diaper Dust?? Again.. The creativity in names and product amazes me!

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From Sweet Beans
Diaper dust Rosie Rose

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5338062

again from the description…

“This elegantly simple diaper rash remedy will amaze you with its power. Sprinkle Sweet Bean’s Diaper Dust on that heartbreaking rash, and watch it disappear in short order! Sweet Bean’s is a traditional home remedy trusted by mothers for generations for safe and effective healing.

Sweet Bean’s Diaper Dust comes packaged in a charming miniature “flour sack,” constructed from calico in “Rosie Rose.” The look is retro and sweet!”

I’ll tell you , come on over to etsy and just spend a few hours. ( guarentee if you come.. you’ll stay and never leave!) You are darn sure to find something that will make all of your gift giving much much easier!
Blessings from Vintagemomcreations,
http://vintagemomcreations.etsy.com

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