Melange - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade - August 19, 2015

Since I got my weekends wrong - I actually have the first Arts Festival of the season this weekend instead of the weekend after, WHOOPS! -  I decided that this week’s Wonderful Handmade Wednesday post will be a melange of a wide range of interesting handmade items.


But, because I have an addiction to words, I wanted to quickly give you the etymology of melange, which, by the way, rolls off the tongue so beautifully. The word melange first appeared around the 1650s in France from the 15th century word meler (to mix, mingle).  Meler, in turn, came from the Old French meslance or meslinges (set of diverse elements).  So, according to The Free Dictionary, the modern word means “a collection containing various things.”  Which is the perfect definition of the variety of handmade items I found from Indiemade artists and am sharing in this post:


Long, hammered texture copper earrings with green turquoise handmade by Pamela of Pebbles at my Feet



Pink rose flower crown for weddings, brides or flower girls handmade by Michele of MicheleMyFairy



"Artisan's Palette" dichroic fused glass jewelry brooch / pin handmade by Jo of Umeboshi



Old Yemen goat hide headband with silver coins and red coral beads offered by Anna of Anna's Faire 


Green and amber purple borosilicate glass horse head pendant handmade by Breanna of Untamed Rose



"Autumn Splendor" hand knit shawl / wrap in wool / silk / polyamide blend handmade by Nancy of Jazz it Up with Designs by Nancy



Coral color ceramic spike earrings with brown wood bead handmade by Linda of Linda Landig Jewelry





Happy Birthday gift card holder and greeting card handmade by Lisa of Cards by Li Be!




Copper Sea urchin swivel bail earrings with lampwork glass beads and turquoise handmade by Kristi of Kristi Bowman Design




Moss green lampwork glass beads with a silvered ivory band and fine silver dots handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads



Om / Ever New Joy ceramic pendant necklace with orbicular jasper, sunstone and bone discs handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs


I hope you enjoyed this melange of wonderful handmade items!  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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Love this one! My favorite

Love this one! My favorite colors are in the autumn and this is just a beautiful display of them! Thanks for including my autumn splendor wrap. All items pinned and tweeted.

Thank you, Nancy!

Autumn colors are a favorite of mine, too, Nancy - as is your fabulous shawl! Thank you for all your promo!

Thank you!

Thanks so much for including my Swivel earrings in your beautiful Handmade Collection. :)

Thank you, Kristi!

Hi, there, Kristi! Those earrings are amazing and were a perfect pick for the "melange". Thank you for stopping by!

A very pleasing mixture

Thank you for sharing these very original designs, Catherine. A vibrant variety indeed.
Sharing now.

Thank you, Anna!

I agree that the selections are vibrant, Anna. Thank you!

Love your selection, such a

Love your selection, such a variety of designs and color.

Thank you, Diane!

Thank you for the kind comment, Diane!


What a lovely melange of handmade beauties! :) Le Gonze sends a treat melange magnifique to Le Moosie for le gobbling!

Thank you, Mary!

Le Moosie will love to gobble the treat melange from Le Gonze, Mary. Le Moosie says "Woof!" translate to thank you!

Well Done

Well done, Catherine. A lovely display of truly colorful and unique creations. Treats from Blu to his friend, Seamus


Thank you, Julie and Blu!

Seamus LOVES all the treats he's getting from his internet buddies (: Thank you, Julie and Blu, for the tasty treats and the comment.

Beau Melange!

Such a pretty assortment of handmade goods you've collected for this melange blog. While I love your themed posts, there's something about a melange that is very pleasing. This one, in fact, seemed to find its own theme of pinkish copper, green, and turquoise teal accents. Thank you so much for including my earrings in this fabulous collection.

Awesome Finds

These are awesome finds! Each piece is so special and well crafted! Thans so much for including my brooch. All pinned!

Thank you, Jo!

Your brooch was the inspiration for the post, Jo - such a dazzling melange of colors!

There is quite a melange of

There is quite a melange of great talent over there on Indiemade! So impressive. Thanks for sharing, Catherine!

Thank you, Barbara!

Yes, I agree, that the melange of talent on Indiemade is huge. Thank you, Barbara!

So many pretties...

Great collection as always......will share.

Thank you, Kathy!

Thank you for the kind comment and the share, Kathy!


Gorgeous selection of handmade creations! Thanks for including my moss green and ivory handmade lampwork band beads.

This is Beautiful!

And I Love learning!
LOVE the Opal like quality of the Dichoric, fused Glass, Borosilicat and Lampwork!
A Wonderful "Melange" of old and New!
Thank You Catherine for including my Flower Crown!
Will promote!

Thank you, Michele!

Welcome, Michele. Am sure this blog post featuring one of your items will be the first of many. Thank you for stopping by, commenting and promoting (:

Really nice!

Those are really nice items! Thanks for sharing. Now it's my turn to share :-)

Thank you, Nat!

I agree about the items, Nat! Thank you for sharing.

What pretty things!

All the items featured are beautiful! Off to investigate whether the moss green beads would fit on a pandora bracelet now :)

Thank you, Sarah!

Many thanks for the kind comment, Sarah. I'm sure Charlotte can fix you up with a Pandora lampwork bead in that glorious color. Hope you contact her (:

Love this collection of beatiful things!

What a lovely collection of beautiful items! I love all the jewelry, and that shawl is just gorgeous! I'm a knitter and would love to know the name of that pattern. Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful objects!

Thank you, Donna!

Am thrilled you stopped by, Donna, and for the kind comment. I'm sure Nancy will be glad to share the name pattern if you contact her.


Catherine, you stole my word of the week! LOL I used this word for the first time ever this week. I was cruising through the dictionary looking up the definition for a work and saw melange. Since I didn't know what it meant I read the definition for it and used it that day. So funny how coincidences work! Love the great handmade items!

Thank you, Sharon!

Hahaha . . . you know they say "great minds think alike", Sharon! It's a great word, don't you think? Thank you for stopping by and for the comment.

What a beautiful collection/melange!

Thank you so much Catherine for including me in this beautiful melange - and for the etymology of the word!

Thank you, Lisa!

Glad you enjoyed the etymology, Lisa! Thank you for the kind comment.

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