Mosaic Art by Myeuropeantouch

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How much “handmade” does it really have to be to qualify?

How much “handmade” does it really have to be to qualify?
 
This question arose for me when I looked at some of the so called "handmade websites" around the Internet and was surprised what I found.
Does it have to be at least 60%, 80% or 100% handmade to be called that? So  that the outcome is that of a “handmade item of superior Quality”? To be part of a "Handmade Website" for sale?

Hanging a purchased ear wire on a purchased pendant or putting a purchased pendant and a purchased necklace together is absolutely not handmade for me, buying clothes at resale stores and sewing on a purchased applique is not handmade for me. Taking a vase from a florist and sticking some artificial purchased flowers into it is not enough handmade for me.
 
So who defines this, who clarifies this “what is handmade”? Use your own judgment when you look to buy and look for the “superior quality” which is worth spending a bit more money on! It is unfortunate that Handmade Websites keep allowing just the "assemblers" on there and the "superior quality" suffers greatly and/or the "handmade folks" find themselves having to compete with cheaply made items from commercial sellers!
 
The definition of Handmade- made by hand not by machine, its pretty clear, but where do these “put two purchased items together and call it handmade” fit in? In my humble opinion – nowhere in handmade. 
 
Here is another definition: 
“Made by hand, not by machine, and typically therefore of superior quality”  Well, the purchased pendant and ear wire
put together, does not fall into handmade for superior quality, especially when purchased at a foreign country.
Purchasing  a vintage resale shop item and sew on a application on this item is not “handmade superior quality”.
Imported items made by hand in a factory setting by others, in a foreign country for cheap labor and material; and then
sell it in
the USA
is certainly not “usually handmade
superior quality” and it takes the jobs away from the USA peps that are unemployed.
 
Handmade is knitting, crocheting from the very first stitch, sewing from fabric creating a totally new product is, making candles or soap from numerous ingredients is handmade for me. Making jewelry designs by stringing pearl and special stone designs is handmade for me. Handmade is taking wood and making a totally new product out of it. Quilting is handmade, making dolls and  bears from scratch is handmade, making books and cards from scratch is handmade, drawings, paintings by the artists is handmade, spinning wool by hand is handmade, leather tooling is handmade, I could go on and on, .....and am expressing just my humble opinion here. 
There are some that just need to be excluded, just for the basic definition that the outcome is not a “usually handmade superior quality” of the finished product.
 
With the holidays approaching, I find myself looking for unique, up cycled or handmade gifts ideas.
Something made form scratch, becoming a totally new item.
Handmade gifts are of superior quality, can be personalized, are thoughtful, and avoid the waste and consumerism most associated with this time of year.
So purchase with care this year and really all other times too.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Shabby Chic Handmade Teapot Centerpiece, Table Decor





Shabby Chic Handmade Teapot Centerpiece


I left this Teapot in it's original condition, lovingly used for who knows how many generations.


Shabby Chic Handmade Teapot Centerpiece
The silver plate gone some, however awakened again with Venice Lace, Rose Garlands, a bit of bling rhinestone, porcelain roses, handmade clay roses, mulberry roses, pearl strings in ivory and light pink, pink cameos and more... tulle and satin roses, vintage brooch, a truly vintage revived teapot.
Shabby Chic Handmade Teapot Centerpiece


This Teapot Center Piece is more beautiful as it perhaps was in it's original condition and use.


Shabby Chic Handmade Teapot Centerpiece
 A fabulous Wedding Center piece, the table in the garden room, the next tea party it will be the talk of the town...
Available in my shop now....here is the link.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Custom made, handmade Tussie Mussie's, Victorian Cones

Remember those?


Handmade Tussie Mussie Victorian Cone gift tussie mussie cone


“tussie-mussie” is the name from the early 1400’s for small, round bouquets of herbs and flowers with ­symbolic meanings. A lovely, quaint, endearing term. The word coaxes smiles from everyone, and many people are delighted to discover this archaic custom.  I understand that people today treasure the notion of tussie mussies because each one is personal and unique; and used for totally different reasons.
Victorian custom made Christmas tussie mussie paper cone gift


Today you find them on Christmas Trees, filled with goodies, given as gifts for every occasion filled with sweets and sometimes even with practical things. A Victorian Cone or Tussie Mussie was orginally a small flower bouquet, also called a "nosegay" typically given as a gift. They have existed in some form since at least medieval times, when they were carried or worn around the neck, head or bodice.
Victorian custom made Christmas tussie mussie paper cone gift


These are handmade by me and available in my store for purchase. After it’s original use is over - it can just be used as d├ęcor in every place you wish in your lovely home.


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Friday, September 19, 2014

Clothespin Dress, available in my shop



French Toile Fabric lined Clothespin Dress, handmade.

Do you still dry your clothes out in the fresh air, this is the perfect companion to do so, handy, filled with clothespins ready to use.
https://www.thecraftstar.com/product_details/160159/clothespin-dress-filled-with-wooden-clothespins-handmade-french-toile-fabric-lined/


It walks/ slides with you on the enclosed hanger while you hang your items on the line to blow in the gentle wind.



Handmade, machine sewn





Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Alix of TheAlchemistVessel, a shop full of twisted rings and much more




Alix is a “twister of rings” as one has stated in the past. But that quite does not cover the versatility of this lovely woman and fabulous Artist. I personally wish I could afford one of her “beautimus” creations. (I had to use that word, Alix)

 Aren't these the prettiest things.....
Turquoise Chainmaille Genuine Gemstone Earrings

This is how she describes herself and shares what she does:
 
Specializing in Chainmaille, Sterling Silver and Gemstone Jewelry. Thank you so much for stopping by to view the hand crafted offerings. Like what you see but don't see what you like? Custom work is available. All items are handmade with love and attention to detail. We believe that our customers are unique, and so is our jewelry.
Infinity Chainmaille Gemstone Necklace
GASP....just gorgeous....isn't
 
Eclectic and fun, I try to bring a sense of whimsy and femininity to the pieces I create. As a self-taught artisan I find that not being confined to the traditional allows me to be freer in my designs.

The word alchemy means to turn something common into something extraordinary. Alixandra of The Alchemists
Vessel strives to turn the mundane into extraordinary and beautiful, wearable art. Fascinated with color and texture she tries to let the elements inspire the creation instead of forcing them to be something. Born from necessity, The Alchemists Vessel came into being because the hobby had overrun the house. She is a Certified Jewelry Designer and Repair Technician. She has found outside employment as a Jewelry-Making Instructor at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, as well as private Group and Club lessons.

I just love, love her work....look at this one....
Chainmaille Peek A Boo Red Glass Bead Bracelet

https://handmadeartists.com/product-details/Chainmaille/Bracelets/Chainmaille%20Peek%20A%20Boo%20Red%20Glass%20Bead%20Bracelet/?pid=201303112141520dcc5

As the sole proprietor Alixandra does everything from answering the phone and taking custom orders, and creating them,
to running the package to the post office and everything in between.

Each item at The Alchemists Vessel is made with meticulous care and attention to detail. Jump Rings are hand spun,
cut or sawed, and assembled into the beautiful chainmaille pieces she has on offer. Gemstones are hand set or mounted, chain is polished and made to shine. On occasion a vintage piece or Estate piece of jewelry will be available, Alixandra has usually "up-cycled" these pieces, repaired, or re-designed them in their entirety for a completely new piece.


Two Ringy Dingy Sterling Silver Plated Chainmaille Ring
Amazing, don't you think.....
https://handmadeartists.com/product-details/Chainmaille/Ring/Two%20Ringy%20Dingy%20Sterling%20Silver%20Plated%20Chainmaille%20Ring/?pid=20130113141000ca423

Alixandra is also the owner and operator of Little Shop of Artists, a retail venue for local artists in Boise, Idaho to display
and sell their wares. She is also the author of "In Chains", a forthcoming e-book with 18 fun projects for you to make.

I think I need to shop very soon....

Dragon Tears Micro Maille Earrings

My love of nature and the outdoors has inspired many of my creations and I try to offer only the finest quality natural
Gemstones, glass beads, and other high quality materials. As a designer I would like customers to be as happy and pleased with the pieces they purchase as I am in creating each unique one. Each piece is handcrafted made with love, meticulous care and attention to detail, with a sense varying styles, beauty and excitement.

Please go and check out her shops, it is really worth it.....Monika

You can find her here: 
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Still handmade, upcycled, recycled....

Handmade shabby ornaments all in my store now.....


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Thunderroseleather, a fabulous shop to get your next gifts for your loved ones

Meet Debbie and John of Thunderroseleather, Artists of Handmade Leather and Bead work

Hello all, meet Debbie and John, they are the owners of the Thunderroseleather Shop – present on Handmadeartists.com.
They are creating handmade old style leather work and bead work, one piece at a time, by hand, with tremendous attention to detail. They are buckskin and beadwork artists living outside Sedona, Arizona in a little community called Cornville. They have been working with leather and beads for more than twenty years now. They truly enjoy making beautiful pieces of functional art for their customers and always hope you enjoy your new creation as much as they enjoy making them for you.
handmade leather purse
I for one love this warm looking piece with the turquoise accent.
You can order one of their standard items or ask for something special. They develop their own designs and are able to work with your ideas, include you in the process of creating your handmade item/art piece. All of their work is handmade in Arizona and guaranteed by them. Most of their work reflects the styles of the old west, western, mountain man and native American cultures.
I am somewhat familiar with the Indian culture and love this piece of Art.

handmade leather pipe bag
They are always moving forward and learning, so the needs of contemporary lifestyles have become a part of their designs.  At the end of the day both of them think each piece they make is unique, practical and made to use and enjoy for many years.
Isn’t this a beautiful clutch?Elk skin is their primary choice of leather. Buffalo, deerskin, deer tanned cowhide and other leathers are available for your custom made piece. All bead work is done by them by hand and is available on most items. All you have to do is asked if you wish for a specific design. They oppose and never use production bead work. Everything a customer can think of is not always possible, although they will do their best to accommodate your needs.
handmade leather clutch
Here is something for the lil ones….in Thunderroseleather shop.
handmade leather moccasins
What an offer! Only possible in HANDMADE! Right here on Handmadeartists.com
Everything in their shop is made to order. You will not receive the piece you see in the photos, they will specifically make it for you in a similar fashion. Your very own one of a kind Designer made, handmade item. All of the hides they use are unique and one of a kind .Therefore the color and texture of each hide will vary. Elk hides are a product of nature, blemishes and imperfections are a natural character of the leather. They state, that from time to time a particular color may become temporarily unavailable. Because each hide is different and unique the lids and overlays on the handbags and shoulder bags will not be exactly the same as you see in the picture in their shop, as yours will be made to order.
handmade purse
They also state that if you see something you would like in a different color, size or style in their shop, please contact them. Both of them thank you for buying handmade.
They invite you to look around in their shop Thunderroseleather, and look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to contact them. You can find their shops and the links below and can contact them via email
thunderrose(AT)ymail.com
Debbie and John
http://www.handmadeartists.com/shop/thunderroseleather
http://www.zibbet.com/thunderroseleather
http://www.facebook.com/thunderrosecreations
http://www.thunderroseleather.blogspot.com
http://www.thunderroseleather.com
It was my great pleasure to introduce you to such fine artist as Debbie and John at Thunderroseleather shop here on Handmadeartists.com

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Your Hands

This story is dedicated to all Artist’s working with their hands

Grandpa, some ninety plus years young, sat feebly on the patio bench. He didn’t move, he just sat with his head down staring at his hands.
When I sat down beside him he didn’t acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat, I wondered if he was OK. Finally, not really wanting to disturb him but wanting to check on him at the same time, I asked him if he was OK.
He raised his head and looked at me and smiled. “Yes, I’m fine. Thank you for asking,” he said in a clear strong voice.
“I didn’t mean to disturb you, Grandpa, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK,” I explained to him.
“Have you ever looked at your hands,” he asked. “I mean really looked at your hands?”
I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them over, palms up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really looked at my hands as I tried to figure out the point he was making. Grandpa smiled and related this story:
“Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have served you well throughout your years. These hands, though wrinkled, shriveled, and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to reach out and grab and embrace life. They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back. As a child my mother taught me to fold them in prayer. They tied my shoes and pulled on my boots. The made numerous usefull, functional or pretty things in my life. They have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent. They were uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son.
Decorated with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone special.
They trembled and shook when I buried my parents and spouse and walked my daughter down the aisle. They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the rest of my body. They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried and raw.
And to this day, when not much of anything else of me works real well, these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue to fold in prayer. These hands are the mark of where I’ve been and the ruggedness of my life.
But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out and take when he leads me home. And with my hands He will lift me to His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of Christ.”
I will never look at my hands the same again. I remember the day that God reached out and took my grandpa’s hands and led him home.
When my hands are hurt or sore from cutting china plate rims and glass I think of Grandpa. I know he has been stroked and caressed and held by the hands of God.

I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His hands upon my face, one of these days.
Monika of Mosaic Art by Myeuropeantouch
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Wine and Canvas Evening on the Town

 I recently went to a "Wine and Canvas" evening .... Well, we didn't "Wine" but stayed with our Water, but....
Ha! Did I have fun....(you know I have been painting and drawing a lil, so I decided to try my hand)
Upon arrival “horse devours” were served, a lil marinated tuna and shrimp with sea grass.....(pfftt...pffftt, spit, spatter... Sea grass) then came the hot wings with pine apple, and the class was started....
Every one sat in front of a real wrapped canvas on an easel, next to a large paper plate with dollops of acrylic paints, water glass and different paint brushes.....
The painting we were to replicate was a light house on the ocean in rolling hills of green.


The artist and owner of this establishment, started to give us instructions on how to go about to paint this "scape of a Light house" and on we went. All in all it was so much fun, dinner was served while we were painting and we took a bite here and there.
A 3 hour event, and even if you are not an artists one can have great fun at this event.


I will post mine here and I think I did not to shabby, having never painted with acrylics.... I don’t think I did too bad....
I might think of bringing a lil group of friends there down the road.

Lighhouse Painting Acrylic Painting
Listed now in my shop for purchase



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