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Tantalizing Turquoise Blue - Artisan Handmade Creations

 

Turquoise is a color, in all its glorious shades from light to dark, that is greatly beloved by most people.  It is a combination of blue with a small amount of yellow, fitting in the color scale between blue and green.   In color psychology, turquoise is used to heal the emotions, creating emotional balance and stability.  It seems to radiate peace, calm and tranquility coupled with an uplifting quality.  Metaphysically, if it is a favorite color, you are said to be seeking spiritual fulfillment and are often seen as evolved or an “old” soul.

Breathtaking Blues and Greens - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

Maybe it’s because I spent a good part of the week before last in a much greener part of the state, but blues and greens have been much on my mind lately.  In the Desert Southwest, the color blue is extremely well represented with our huge, ever changing blue skies.  But since the monsoon rains have been virtually nonexistent so far, the desert is still a toasty brown.  I long for the rains and the land to green up like it normally does this time of the year and be a perfect complement to the blue skies.

First Handmade Item, Second Page - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

I just got back from a week stay in Dallas yesterday afternoon, a long 10 hour drive with my four-footed copilot, Seamus.  As you can probably imagine, the city is still reeling due to the sniper who shot and killed five policemen during a peaceful rally.  Residents of Dallas kept apologizing to me for what happened.  Many are truly grieving at the insult.  I told most of them that there was no need to apologize - that with the crazy world we live in now, the shooting could have taken place anywhere . . . unfortunately.  My heart and soul goes out to the families that are left behind and to the policemen and other people who are left dealing with the horrible aftermath.  And my heart and soul goes out to the families of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and the many others around the nation who have been unjustly shot and killed by the very men who are supposed to be there to protect us.

Colorful Doors to Adventure

 

 

As long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with unique doors, whether they are ancient, colorful or beautifully carved . . . or all three at once.  An urge to see what lays beyond the door comes over me, what adventures are beyond.  Needless to say, I have a Pinterest board dedicated to doors, gates and windows - but mostly doors seem to get pinned.  This blog post is dedicated to 15 of my most favorite, which was a very hard to choose.  I could have gone on and on.  Photographers are given credit where credit is due, but, even with a google search, I came up blank on who took many of these.  Also, if the information was given, I included where the door was found.

Handmade Jewelry - New at Shadow Dog Designs

 

 

The past few weeks have been very busy creating handmade jewelry, mostly earrings and necklaces.  I'm trying get my Shadow Dog Designs online store stocked up well before the show season starts again on Labor Day and the start of the Christmas buying season.  Shared below are six new pairs of earrings and two new necklaces.  Two "oldies but goodies" round out everything to make an even ten.  If something catches your eye, be sure to click on the link below the photo to be taken to the listing for more information.  I hope you enjoy these one of a kind handmade beauties!

First Class - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

If you want first class handmade beauties, look no father than this post!  Each of the items featured below is the first listing in the online stores of Indiemade artist friends.  But don't stop at the first . . . browse all the items in each store, many of which are one of a kind pieces.  Each handmade selection has more than a bit of the heart and soul of the artist who created the piece.  So be sure to click the link below each photo for more handmade delights.

A Bounty of Beautiful Handmade Bracelets

 

 

Right behind earrings, bracelets are one of the most popular forms of body adornment.  The origin of the term "bracelet" is from the Greek word "brachile" meaning "of the arm."  The earliest identified bracelet was discovered in 2008 by Russian archaeologist in Denisova Cave in the Atai Mountains of Siberia.  A finger bone fragment was found along with other artifacts, including a beautiful bracelet created from polished green stone.  The items were carbon dated to around 40,000 years ago.

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