Thursday, July 31, 2008
I would also love this for travel. My husband works for the airlines and we fly for free, so our family tends to fly at the spur of the moment and it would be great to have this wonderful cuddler for traveling. It is not only a warm blanket, but it has an inflatable pillow that inflates easily. The pillow is a big plus for me because I have a phobia of germs. And not only is it almost impossible to find a pillow on the plane, you never know where it’s been, how old it is and if its ever been cleaned, yuck -- so this way I get to have my own pillow with my own germs and that I can live with.
So between football and travel, I can’t think of a better companion to take along then the Cabin Cuddler, oh, besides the husband, of course.
Susmitha Subbaraju, the artist behind the Etsy shop artbysusmitha has a variety of lovely pieces in her shop from polymer clay sculptures to jewelry to photography. These are a few of my favorites. The above necklace is a beauty and the leaf and accent beads are made by hand from Susmitha from polymer clay. The photo below is full of hauntingly beautiful colors that only Mother Nature can create and that are brought to life through Susmitha's camera lens.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
ACEO - Rhino Love, May 2007
I love these prints found at WonderfulWorld, taken by Jody Thompson, a fellow Etsian and EFA (Etsy for Animals) member. I especially love her animal and insect prints! In her Etsy shop you'll find prints, notecards, notepads and ACEO's.
Butterfly No. 4, May 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The Pomeranian Crystal Flower Pendant depicts a hand-sculpted Pomeranian in golden and white. She sits on an oval base, there is a metal spiral stem extending out from the top side ending in a floral centered with a Swarovski crystal.
Approximate size of the pendant is 1-3/4" long from bail to bottom and 1" side to side.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Happy Butterflies with Dramatic Garden
If you're an ACEO collector, you'll want to stop by rkdsign88. I love the sweet and simplistic style of this artist. When I look at her artwork it brings to my mind when I was a child and life was easygoing, simple without a care in the world, it both touches your soul and warms your heart.
Happy Kids with Love
Sunday, July 27, 2008
These are just a few gifts I have received over the years that were given to me by family and friends who know how much I love my Lena. I have plenty more sculptures, pendants and various other Doberman Pinscher pieces that were given to me by various family member and friends -- they know where my heart lies. I am always thrilled to receive a gift from the people who know me the best and give me gifts that are given from the heart.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Chinese Crested Art Tile. The art tile depicts a Chinese Crested hand-sculpted from a beautiful lavender polymer clay, etched and highlighted with a dark purple paint. At the top center of the tile is a large Swarovski crystal charm. The pendant hangs from two bails on either side of the tile. This tile can either be hung on the wall or worn as a pendant.
Size is approximate:
2-3/4" long top to bottom
Friday, July 25, 2008
I came across these sweet little wristlets made by DeAnne DeSigns and thought I'd share them with you. I must admit I am envious of people who can sew. Now I mean I can sew by hand, use a machine, somewhat and quilt yes, but to actually sit down at a sewing machine and construct something as beautiful as these totes and wristlets, not gonna happen for me, I came to that realization a long time ago. So when I came across these I couldn't help but share them with everyone.
Art Nouveau Tote
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I'd like everyone to meet Crystal of Vivid Crystal who I met through my Flickr group Dogs and Art and since have come to find out that she's opened up a shop on Etsy. So a very big welcome to Crystal for joining in the Etsy neighborhood. Not only is Crystal a huge animal lover, but she's also a great wood burning artist. She has many wonderful signs that she creates and looking through her photos it was hard to pick just one -- as was it hard to pick just one of her pet photos -- they were all so adorable! I hope you'll stay for a moment and get to know Crystal the artist behind Vivid Crystal, meet her pets and get to know a bit about her art.
1) Tell us your name.
2) What breed of dog do you have? Five Pitbulls.
3) How long have you had your dog/s and how did they come
to be your dog? Four years is the oldest in our pack. We got our first one when the last of our 2 senior Shepherds passed away at the age of 15 (we had had them since puppies). The last dog to join the pack was on his way to the Edmonton S.P.C.A if we didn't take him. I don't even know if they would have placed him up for adoption, as he has the beginnings of hip dysplasia.
4) Do you find that you've come to favor a certain breed of dog and if so, what are their unique characteristics that you've found to be so wonderful? I love all breeds of dogs, but I do side towards my Bullies. I find they are extremely emotionally intuned with their owners. They are loyal, loving, and just so willing to please. If you want to be a couch potato, they're happy to cuddle and be lazy, but if your active and love to do outdoor things, they can definitely keep up. The breed is also extremely smart and easy to train.
5) Any favorite stories you'd like to share with us about about your dog? I have many. But the latest is when I got a bunch of huge beef bones from the butchers. I just scatter them around the yard and let the dogs have at . Anyways, the chickens thought the bones should be theirs to eat, so here would be these little chickens chasing the big Ol' bad Pitbulls away from the bones.
6) Are there any other pets in the home other than dogs? Oh yes :) !!!!! Where do I start. Three cats (plus a new litter of kittens) thanks to Skittles a cat I rescued, that is blind in one eye due to being left with an untreated abscess. She came to us pregnant. Three ferrets , one of which was a rescue, and another that came to us due to the owner no longer being able to care for him. A chinchilla, a corn snake , two red eared slider turtles, two African Greys (1 Timeh and 1 Congo), five horses (two rescued from the meat man) & chickens :) We did have two skunks that we rescued last year, but we released them in the spring.
7) What kind of art do you create, i.e., paintings, plushies, photography, sculpture? Custom made plaques, using the art of Pyrography (wood burning).
8) Is your main focus on dog art and if so, what made you choose the dog as your main subject for creating this type of art? Yes and no, even though my main focus is not dog art, that is mainly what I get custom orders for. Which suits me fine, as I am a avid dog lover :)
9) Do you create or make anything other type of art/craft that's not dog related? Yes, I've done many signs that are people related memorials, as well as various other types.
10) If you sell your artwork, where can we find your pieces for sale? I recently opened up an Etsy shop Vivid Crystal Wood Signs, but my website, Vivid Crystal Wood Signs, is the main place I sell my pieces, located at http://www.vividcrystal.biz.
Cally and Co
time2cre8 is a wonderful Etsy shop run by Mary Lou and filled with lots of handmade goodies. The first time I came across MaryLou was through her blog and started looking at her beadwoven jewelry, but then I started to browse around her shop and realized there was way more to Mary Lou than I imagined. She also creates many other items such as greeting cards, gift tags, rings, but her ACEO cards are one of my favorites. They showcase Mary Lou's artwork which is bright, colorful and oh so whimsical -- and a lot of them depict animals, a subject that's near and dear to my heart.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Afghan Hound Art Tile -- The art tile depicts an Afghan Hound. The art tile is hand-sculpted from a beautiful aqua blue/green polymer clay, etched and washed with a light green paint to give it an aged appearance. At the top center of the tile is a large blue Swarovski crystal charm. The pendant hangs from two bails on either side of the tile. This tile can either be hung on the wall or worn as a pendant.
Size is approximate:
3" long top to bottom
Monday, July 21, 2008
Soap Saver Socks
I love these crocheted items for the home and they come to us from Deb of Debz Creations, a fellow Etsy member and WIST (Wisconsin Street Team Member). Deb has various crocheted pieces in her shop that she calls "crocheted functional art for your home and body." I especially love these Soap Saver Socks, just slip a bar of soap in and start washing -- it's such a great idea! Deb also crochets various other pieces including totes, shawls and mittens. Stop by and check out Debz Creations and feast your eyes on all of those lovely crocheted pieces.
Sunflower Dish Pot Scrubbie
Sunday, July 20, 2008
One thing I never mastered was knitting, let alone spinning my own yarn and so I was intrigued when I came across Bobbi, the artist behind the Etsy store kittygrrlz and her hand spun yarns. I love her use of color combinations and textures, so if you are someone who loves to knit or crochet, check out these luscious yarns at kittygrrlz.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
When I go visit relatives in Florida I always get a car rental from Advantage Rent A Car instead of driving my own car. I do have a car, but it's an older car that I wouldn't trust to take on such a long road trip so I like to rent a car instead. It’s extremely easy to pick up and drop off, so why not. Instead of putting all those miles and wear and tear on my own car I figure it’s a great alternative and like I said my car is not up for the challenge of a long road trip. They have some really sweet deals going on right now and if you really want to ride in style Advantage is offering a 50% discount on Luxury and Convertible car rentals -- now you can’t beat that.
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Friday, July 18, 2008
Poodle with Pearl Earring
I would like to introduce everyone to Haley of Haley's Handmades. Haley makes some wonderful handmade cards and her themes are so creative. She designs her cards, which are based on famous works art and incorporates her beloved poodles (I believe Sunny is her muse) . I hope you'll stay for a moment and get to know Haley, her pets and her vibrant and innovative works of art. They will definitely put a smile on your face.
1) Tell us your name. How many dogs do you have, the name of your dog/s and how old are they? My name is Haley A. Ping. I have one dog named Sunny. He'll be 2 years in November.
2) What breed of dog do you have? Standard Poodle.
3) How long have you had your dog and how did they come to be your dog? I've had Sunny since February. We were looking for a standard poodle for about a year before that wasn't a puppy, local, and not outrageously expensive.
4) Do you find that you've come to favor a certain breed of dog and if so, what are their unique characteristics that you've found to be so wonderful? I love standard poodles because they are intelligent, athletic, and great companions. They are dogs who love people and want to be with them.
5) Any favorite stories you'd like to share with us about about your dog? When we first brought Sunny home, he saw his reflection in the mirror and barked at this "other dog." He then realized that the reflection was himself because the other didn't make any noise when he barked!
6) Are there any other pets in the home other than dogs? We have a cat named Mollie. She apparently has unusual coloring with her red classic tabby pattern.
7) What kind of art do you create, i.e., paintings, plushies, photography, sculpture? I create mostly greeting cards and other paper products, but I made a yellow kitty plushie recently.
8) Is your main focus on dog art and if so, what made you choose the dog as your main subject for creating this type of art? My theme is poodles in famous art. It came about because I had to find an art theme in college. I liked it so much it stuck.
9) Do you create or make anything other type of art/craft that's not dog related? The other half of my business is to make invitations and do calligraphy.
10) If you sell your artwork, where can we find your pieces for sale? You can buy my art on my website, www.haleyshandmades.com or on Etsy at haleyshandmades.etsy.com, the AKC Museum of the Dog (St. Louis), A Floral Gallery (Clayton, MO), and various craft fairs and other events in the St. Louis area.
Poodle Grande Odalisque
Thanks so much Haley for the interview!
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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Here is he, introducing Pugsy the Pug, brother to Pugsta Gangsta and this Pug is just as cool. He is sporting a new gaffer hat that is embellished with a skull and crossbones. He is also wearing a new silver chain with a brand new medallion and he's got a heart tattooed on his arm.
He's one tough cookie (not really -- as you can tell by his sweet expression he's really a softie).
Size of sculpture is approximately:
1-1/4" wide front to back
1" wide side to side
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Midsummer Nights Dream
Ever since a friend of mine made me an amulet bag, which I absolutely cherish, I have been intrigued by beadweavers and their art. I came across Patrizia, the Etsy seller behind Triz Design and I have to say that her work is absolutely amazing. I find myself browsing through her shop -- she has one of those shops where you want to look at everything because all of her pieces are so special. So if you have some time take a look at Triz Designs, but be prepared to spend some time there -- you won't be disappointed.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Mighty Morgan - Weiner Dog Looking for a Home is another lovely necklace by cooljewelrydesign. She is made from polymer clay and rests on a polymer clay heart. Attached is a chain of copper and antiqued brass.
Raspberry Lime Sorbet is a another wonderful pair of earrings she also has in her shop -- love the colors on these!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I would like to introduce everyone to Shannon of Whip-E-Wu Designs. Shannon is a fellow member of my Flickr Dogs and Art Group and a fellow animal lover. First let me start off by saying that Shannon has two of the most beautiful Whippets Lisa and Elliot (photo below). They are absolutely gorgeous dogs and she also cares for five cats -- now that's a lot of loving! Shannon also paints purses, jackets and other items with her original artwork of various dog breeds. They are truly lovely creations. I hope you'll stay for a moment, get to know Shannon and stop by her website to see more of her very special items.
1) Tell us your name. How many dogs do you have, the name of your dog/s and how old are they? Shannon Holzem. Right now we have 2 Whippets. Liza and Elliot. Liza is 2 and Elliot is 4. We are getting a Springer puppy this summer. He was just born this past July 2nd.
2)How long have you had your dog/s and how did they come to be your dog? I got Liza when she was 13 weeks from a breeder and Elliot came to us after he was returned to the breeder by his owner. I started showing Liza a bit. I started her off in UKC for practice. She earned her UKC Championship in one weekend. Now we will be showing in the AKC.
3)Do you find that you've come to favor a certain breed of dog and if so, what are their unique characteristics that you've found to be so wonderful? After having mainly sporting breeds I chose the Whippet because of the lack of grooming. They are really a great breed. Very cat like. Very quiet, clean and for the most part lazy. They love to go out and sprint in the yard but then right back on the couch.
4)Are there any other pets in the home other than dogs? Yes, We also have 5 cats. Two have a disability. One has 3 legs and the other has one eye. We also have a cool bunny named Sally.
5)What kind of art do you create, i.e., paintings, plushies, photography, sculpture? I do paintings. I started painting on purses, then did some jackets and other clothing. Right now my most popular item is the hand painted sports chairs.
6)Is your main focus on dog art and if so, what made you choose the dog as your main subject for creating this type of art? Yes. I mainly do dogs. I have done some horses and I love kitties. For some reason I love to try to capture the expression in dogs. It is behind those eyes that you can see so much. And find so much to love.
7)Do you create or make anything other type of art/craft that's not dog related?
Not really. I am a dog groomer, so I guess I "make" dogs look better.
8) If you sell your artwork, where can we find your pieces for sale? I just made a website, and a lot of my pieces can be seen on my Flickr page.
Friday, July 11, 2008
This Greyhound in Profile Pendant was first hand-sculpted, then stamped to resemble peacock feathers. The entire piece was painted in golden brown and blue/green colors and sits in a gold tone setting.
Size is approximately 1-1/2" around
Hand-sculpted from polymer clay.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I would like to introduce everyone to Jennifer of the Etsy sthop jenrosesgrest. Jennifer is a fellow Etsy member and a member of Dogs and Art Flicker Group. She has a love for all animals and her artwork reflects that, it is done in bright, beautiful and bold colors with very a sweet style to it.
I hope you'll find her story as inspiring as I do. I have to give Jen props for caring for of all those critters -- I know how much responsibility that goes into caring for one dog so I can imagine the dedication that goes into caring for all Jen's animals. It's a wonderful thing to have angels on earth like Jen who care for so many of our animal friends! I do hope you'll read on and get to know Jen a bit and take a peek at some of her wonderful artwork.
1) Tell us your name. Jennifer Rose-Segrest
2)How many dogs do you have, the name of your dog/s and how old are they? Okay, this is going to be quite the list - five Basset Hounds
Popeye- 4 years
Mini Dauchsaund- Tiny- 2 years
Black Lab-Belle- 8 years
Lab-heeler mix-leyla- 7 years
Terrier mix-JoJo-3 years
Terrier mix-Notso-3 years
Terrier Mix-Slick-3 years
Rott Mix-Gypsy-6 years
lab/shepard/ mix, Hank-2 years
The Dingo Fam(4)
a lil of this a lil of that mix-
dingo 1-2 years
dingo 2- 2 years
Sally Dingo-2 years
shepard mix- Sally-3.5 years
Pitbull/Boxer Mix- Sister- 3 years?
Pitbull/Boxer Mix- Mother-3 years?
3) What breed of dog do you have? LOL, we have Basset Hounds, a mini weinie, a lab and a wide variety of mixes.
4) How long have you had your dog/s and how did they come to be your dog? Cooter and Lulu are the two dogs we have had the longest. We purchased them, a year apart from each other, while we lived in Austin. They moved down to Brownsville with us and then (bows head down in shame) Lulu got pregnant and had 13 pups. She was birthing pups for about 12 hours, it was a long, long long night. We will never put her through that again and we have learned our lesson. We are now very firm supporters of spaying and neutering our pets. Through the pregnancy we gained Blue,Popeye and Lili. We went through great lengths to make sure we found adequate homes for the rest of the lil pups.
Tiny came later, my husband's grandfather gave him to us. He is a cutie and a sweetie. The rest of our family are all rescues in some shape or form. For example, we found Mother and Sister dog abandoned on the side of a road, Mother was pregnant so we are assuming that is why they were abandoned. Not long after having adopted these two girls, mother had 12 pups. The dingos are the remaining pups from this litter, we managed to place most of the pups. The dingos are a crew of sweethearts, they are all spayed and run happily through our property.
Some of our other children are walk-ons. Hank and Gypsy are both walk-ons to our home. As great as it is to have as many dogs as we do, it is a big responsibility and a full time job in itself. We have to rotate dogs from free running to kennels, and then there are dogs who get along with some dogs and not others etc, etc. Then we have some dogs who freak out when it is going to rain so we have to take special care of them during these times(Belle our black lab is notorious for predicting the weather). We also make sure that all our dogs are spayed, nuetered, and vaccinated.
5) Do you find that you've come to favor a certain breed of dog and if so, what are their unique characteristics that you've found to be so wonderful?Basset Hounds, they are just so sweet and loyal. Their eyes are so soulful. They are stubborn but so smart. Lulu our matriarch is so sweet and gets along well with all of our other pets.
6) Are there any other pets in the home other than dogs?we have two cats, Bullet and Bill (both are tabbies.) There are also some goats on the land and Jack our pot bellied pig.
7) What kind of art do you create, i.e., paintings, plushies, photography, sculpture? I paint, sculpt, draw etc. I normally use prints of my drawings and paintings for cards, pendants, magnets, etc.
8) Is your main focus on dog art and if so, what made you choose the dog as your main subject for creating this type of art?My sculpture work and painting focuses more on dogs. Most of my sculpture works focuses on animal rights specifically those of dogs. Spaying and neutering and stray pet overpopulation are key in my work.
9) Do you create or make any other type of art/craft that's not dog related?Yes, i have a lil line of whimsical animal renditions that I have come to call Jen-I-Mals.
Notecards Diego the Purple Burro
10) If you sell your artwork, where can we find your pieces for sale?
jenrosesegrest.blogspot.com - My Blog
Thank you so much, Jen, for doing the interview.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
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Monday, July 7, 2008
Hand-sculpted polymer clay Bloodhound art tile depicting a Bloodhound in profile surrounded by peacock feathers and a dragonfly.
The tile was first sculpted from clay, stamped and painted in gold and brown colors and highlighted in blue and green. The tile hangs from gold tone reclaimed jewelry chain with two handmade matching clay 'peacock' beads and two turquoise colored acrylic beads.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Angel's Gate is a hospice for animals. They care for many animals with special needs. I first heard about Angel's Gate from my sister who had seen a segment on the Oprah show. Then last month Angel's Gate was our charity of the month through a group I'm affiliated with Etsy for Animals (EFA) and I made a small donation.
Angel's Gate replied with a sweet e-mail thanking me for my donation and attached was a photo of a recent member of their community - Toby. Toby is blind in both eyes, his eyes were removed due to a very bad infection, but he has a great disposition. You can see how sweet he is in the photo above, it just melts your heart.
It's this type of caring that first drew me to Angel's Gate. If you haven't had the chance to visit Angel's Gate website, please do. They care for many animals, not just dogs, but all animals in need.
HAPPY 4th of July everyone. Keep your pets safe and away from those firecrackers. And if they're scared of firecrackers make sure you have them in the house or if out walking safely on a leash so they don't get away from you!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Little Molly is the sweetest and teeniest mermaid in the ocean. She has many friends who love to stop by and see what she's up to and sometimes she even goes for a swim with all of her fish friends.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Pussycat & Peacock Feathers Pendant is a hand-sculpted polymer clay pendant depicting a pussycat residing beside a bouquet of peacock feathers.
The pendant was first sculpted from clay, stamped and painted in gold and brown colors and highlighted in blue and green. The pendant hangs from a gold tone reclaimed jewelry bar with two handmade matching clay 'peacock' beads and a turquoise colored acrylic bead.
Size of pendant is approximate:
1-1/2" square (including the top bail piece hangs approximately 3-1/4" long.)
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Little Yorkie head bead hand-sculpted from polymer clay.
Size is approximate:
3/4" vertical (top to bottom)
1" horizontal (ear to ear)
5/8" horizontal (front to back)
The bead is pierced vertically from top of head to bottom.