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Spirals, Knots, Bumps and Curves - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade - December 23, 2015

The theme of this blog post came about because I listed a new pair of earrings that feature hand painted copper spiral rectangles by Kristi of KristiBowmanDesign.  Whenever I see spirals, I start musing on their ancient . . . and modern . . . appeal in designs.  Then knots, bumps and curves came to mind, all of which, along with spirals, can be found pecked or drawn or carved in the sides of caves, on boulders, painted on pottery and used in contemporary pieces.  These designs will never go out of style.

 

A Little of This, A Little of That - All Handmade

Many months ago, a team of wonderful artists pulled together to form a group called the Cross Partners in Promotion.  It's a group that not only heavily promotes each other, but also offers congratulations, offers support, offers sympathy, offers interesting and entertaining articles, and abounds in cheerleading efforts . . . and comforted each other after unexpectedly loosing a dear team member.  Most of us have known each other online for years and have become an extended family.  I decided to share a wide range of lovely handmade items from my artist friends who have checked into the group in the past seven days.  I hope these beauties are enjoyed as much as I have enjoyed picking them out and sharing them!   

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade - December 16, 2015

Yikes, according to the CHRISTMAS CLOCK, there are only 8 days,18 hours, 30 minutes and those ever descending seconds until Christmas is here.  Because of that I wanted to pull together an eclectic sampling of artisan handmade items that are perfect to buy for last minute gift giving.  There is still time . . .but not much.  Purchase these mostly one of a kind items NOW!

Gorgeous Handmade Greens for Christmas Gift Giving - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday - December 8, 2015

 

Christmas is drawing ever nearer.  Because of this, my Wonderful Handmade Wednesday blog last week featured artisan made items in red.  This week the color chosen is green - red and green, traditional holiday colors.  But then I started wondering, “Hmmmmm . . . where did the tradition of red and green being “Christmas colors” come from?”  An inquiring mind wanted to know so the google search began.

Not So Simply Red - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade - December 2, 2015

With Christmas fast approaching (can you believe it's already December?), the color red was chosen to be highlight of this post.  Just think of everything that red is associated with during this holiday season:  Santa's red suit, Rudolph's red nose, the red of holly berries, red poinsettias, red ribbon, red apples as some of the first Christmas tree decorations centuries ago, and many more.  This post is called "Not So Simply Red" because red is definitely not a simple color.  Just look at all its various blazing shades and nuances of red in the handmade artisan creations below . . . and in the reds you see all through the Christmas season.

Countdown to Christmas - Week 11 - Handmade and Vintage

Can you believe there is only 1 (yes, only 1!) more weeks left of this year’s Countdown to Christmas 2015??? Thanksgiving has come and gone and now Christmas is looming.  Less than a month now!  According to the Christmas Clock (at the time this post went live), there are only 23 days, 18 hours, 12 minutes and those rapidly descending seconds until Christmas is here . . . again!

 

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