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All Creatures Great and Small - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade - January 27, 2016



I have always been a huge lover of animals, whether they have hair, feathers or scales - always have and always will.  Growing up on a small ranch in the Texas Hill Country, all of the usual suspects were there:  dogs, horses, cats, goats, cows, chicken, ducks, geese, pigs, rabbits and many others.  As a science teacher, my room housed many animals, from a huge boa to fun Madagascar hissing cockroaches, from parakeets to African hooded rats, from punk rock guinea pigs to flying geckos, and many other creatures.  And my life has always been shared with dogs, all adopted or "strays that came to stay."




Playful Scotty dogs accessory gift set handmade by Donna of SewAmazin




A favorite saying has always been about loving "all creatures great and small," which is actually from a hymn written by Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander, first published in 1848 in a collection of hymns designed to raise money for deaf-mutes.  The first two verses are here:


All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful,

The Lord God made them all.


Each little flower that opens,

Each little bird that sings,

He made their glowing colours,

He made their tiny wings.  




Whimsical owl ceramic pendant necklace in turquoise and brown handmade by Linda of Linda Landig Jewelry 




Then James Alfred Wight, writing under the pen name of James Herriot, used the line as the title for the first of four books in a series about his adventures as a veterinarian in Yorkshire.  He went on to use the other three lines in the first verse for the other books.  I was in heaven reading about all the animals (and the people) he attended. By the way, his daughter thought the first book should be titled, "Ill Creatures Great and Small!"


So, this week’s Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade deals with animal-inspired creations from very talented artists.  I hope you enjoy them.




Monkey fist paracord keychains, made to order, you choose color, handmade by Nancy of Jazz it Up with Designs by Nancy


Dog bone lampwork beads in medium amber glass handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads


Prancing ponies copper 3 hole component, 1 pair, handmade by Kristi of KristiBowmanDesign


Kyoto koi pond dichroic fused glass pendant handmade by Jo of Umeboshi


Old Crow Brand vintage-look tea stained jewelry / soap bags, set of 13, handmade by Jacki of Christie Cottage


Cute bunny sends Easter wishes on this card handmade by Lisa of Cards by Li Be!


Monarch butterfly hand painted hair bobby clips, set of 3, handmade by Michele of Michele My Fairy


Leopardskin jasper and sterling silver teardrop earrings handmade by Pamela of Pebbles at My Feet


Red malachite elephant pendant necklace with red creek jasper handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs


I hope you enjoyed these animal-related selections!  If you would like to make my day and the day of the artists featured, please leave a comment.  And any promotion you can do will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!






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What a fun theme! Lots of

What a fun theme! Lots of beautiful handmade items.

Thank you, Diane!

How nice of you to drop in and leave a comment, Diane - thank you!

I loved the James Heriot Books

I loved the "All Creatures Great and Small" books and PBS series (that's a while ago!) and I love your animal inspired collection this week. Thanks for sharing the second verse of the hymn. Paws!

Thank you, Pamela!

I read the James Herriott books over and over again, Pamela - and watched the BBC series over and over again, as well. Yes, it was a good while ago!!! Dates us, doesn't it? Many thanks for leaving a comment (:


There are some great items featured here! Thank you!

The bone beads are cute!

I tweeted.


Thank you, Jacki!

I love those bone beads, too, Jacki. Made a pair of earrings with a pair of the smaller beads . . . and they sold within 5 minutes of the opening of an Arts Festival I sold at. The lady was thrilled with them. My pleasure to share your Old crow Brand bags. Many thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment!

Thank you!

I love animals too, but I'm not sure I could have dealt with hissing roaches and a boa in my classroom!! However, I bet the students learned so much from you and from having those critters in the room! Thanks Catherine for including my Easter bunny card!

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