Have you ever heard of ConjuredCardea?

Reading her intro to her shop is like a fresh breeze, I love her add to the end “If you find yourself in need, give first, then you will receive.”

 Where is your center of craft life? Where is your business? 

I work from my home in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I did “backdoor conjure” for many years. As in, someone needed something, they’d come to the back door, we’d have a consultation and I’d give them what was needed. A mojo, gris gris, a reading etc.  Later on, they’d bring by some groceries or something else useful. I only accepted barter for over 10 years, until a close friend made me realize I could serve more people on-line. Now, I have over 4000 clients in over 50 countries.

 How did your store come to life?
I was raised in this tradition and craft and knew at about the age of 12 that I wanted a store to share my culture, crafts and belief with others. I never thought about going on-line, a friend convinced me of that. I hope to open a brick and mortar store within a couple of years. That idea is very exciting and terrifying as well.

What is the story behind your Shop name, how did it get it and why?
Conjure means “To appear unexpectedly” and Cardea is an ancient Roman Goddess of doorways, hinges and thresholds. I wanted to use the word conjure and pairing the Goddess Cardea with it was a wonderful way to describe my shop. It supplies those who are at new thresholds in their spirituality and those who accept the spiritual nature of life. New doorways appear unexpectedly all the time in life. My items can help you give honor to those or help you transition through them.

 What kind of material do you work with and why?
On an average day in the shop I will work with oils, herbs, seeds, roots, woods, bones, soap, wax, fabric, incense, charms and much more. I love nature. I love the energy and the power that natural items possess and I love making items that people will use daily such as soaps, oil and candles.
 What/ who got you into creating?
Most likely, my grandma Kay. I lived with her a lot and she was an avid seamstress and crafter. Even as a child, the other neighborhood children would come to my fence with their concerns and problems and I would give them trinkets and charms to help them feel better.
where do you find your inspiration?
Nature, religious books (I took a vow 15 years ago to only read religious materials, other than current events) and from the deities and spirits I serve. I forage a lot for the herbs I use in my work. What’s in season or what I find a healthy abundance of, determines the types of items I will create from it.
what do you do when you get a crafting block?
That hasn’t happened yet. If anything, I have more ideas than what I can create! Not that I’d ever complain about that.
how do you get the word out about your business?
I don’t really. I have a Facebook page, Twitter and Pinterest for my business. I suppose it’s word of mouth from my clients.
 describe yourself with 5 words
Uninhibited, passionate, determined, short, ridiculous.

where do you see your shop/ items in the future?
Having had 27,000 sales within 5 years on my last site, I am excited and expect wonderful things from my new sites. I look forward to expanding to a brick and mortar shop so I can serve my community. I want to hold cultural classes and classes that offer folks the opportunity to learn the traditions of this craft so they may apply it to their own lives and spiritual paths.

the places you will find Sarah are:

What do bikes have in common with Jewelry?

You might think that they have nothing in common but Karen found a way to marry those two into beautiful jewelry.
She is just opened her shop in Zibbet and is sharing her treasures with you
I started out making jewelry for myself. Mostly because I couldn’t find any jewelry that I liked or I would see an earring and wanted it in a different color. So I would design and make that earring for myself the way I liked it.
When I was dating a mountain bike downhill racer (now my husband) I started making jewelry out of his race winning bicycle chain after he broke his chain.
(recycling it) People liked them so I made some for them too. Then I thought that chain would look cool with a gemstone on it. Then I started making bicycle chain jewelry with gemstones which sold out at the bike shows.
I learned from my grandmother to recreate something from items that are wasted. She would make Christmas ornaments out of things people throw away and they would sparkle just like store bought Christmas ornaments. I still have a few and enjoy them every Christmas on my own tree.
I have just started making BMX chain jewelry, the bike shops always cut off a bit of chain when they are fitting the chain to the bike for the customer and throw that small part of chain they cut off away.   So it’s new chain, I am (upcycling) the chain and making jewelry from it. BMX chain comes in many beautiful colors too. I also have just started making Motorcycle chain jewelry from my husband John’s Ducati M900s motorcycle.
I have sold a tiger eye gemstone and a Hematite gemstone motorcycle chain bracelet to two people who live in the US so far this year.
Because I love natural gemstones soooo much. I always try and find (not dyed) natural gems for my pieces. I have also been making gemstone jewelry with Swarovski crystals and sterling silver. Silver is so much easier to work with I love it. I am naturally creative and love designing making new jewelry designs.
 How did your store come to life?
I was watching Oprah and saw the founder of Etsy on so I thought hey I should have a online store on Etsy.
What/ who got you into creating?
I would say my Grandmother who taught me to make craft, I would help her at some of her craft shows and my husband John.
describe yourself with 5 words?
Biker, nature lover, naturally artistic
where do you see your shop/ items in the future?
I see my shop evolving into ever changing unique jewelry and crafts made from gemstones and a variety of different metals as I am inspired everyday to make new items.
Those are the places where you can find Karen online:
Thank you Karen for sharing your talent and your shop with us.
I have a friend who loves cycling, so I will share your links with her.

Let’s go and have a trip to a fun place in Oregon

where you can find some real fun and cute creatures.

The first thing you see when you visit her store is her cute store banner

who wouldn’t want to cuddle with those fun monsters.

Now come on with me and let’s find out what Anne creates in her fantastic  shop and chat a little with her.

Where is your center of craft life? Where is your business?
My shop is based in Portland, Oregon, and my creature studio is part of my home.
Blue Pumpkin
My shop announcement, which sums up my creations, is:  Weird geeky monsters. Silly playful stuffed animals. Funny plush creatures. Bizarre one-of-a-kind aliens. Each is handmade, unique, and filled with goofy humor and good energy. Perfect gifts for quirky, whimsical people.


How did your store
come to life?
I’ve been sketching goofy monsters, geeky aliens, and whimsical creatures ever since the second grade. About ten years ago, when many of my friends started having babies, I decided I wanted to make something personal for their babies’ nurseries, so I decided to turn my sketches into stuffed creations. (Many of my friends still have those first experimental creations, and my style and the quality of the finished product has definitely evolved over time!)
I also realized that—after giving these gifts—many of my friends took their baby’s creature for their own enjoyment—propping it next to their computer at home or taking it to their office. (They said that the baby was too young to fully appreciate the creature!) I realized that many adults still enjoy having a goofy stuffed companion to keep them company throughout the day. So, now, my creatures are designed with adults, teens, and older children in mind.
Initially, I sold my creations through word-of-mouth, but in 2008 I opened my first online shop. I moved my shop to Zibbet a couple of months ago, and am very happy to be there.


What is the story behind your Shop name, how did it get it and why?

I named my shop CreaturesNorthwest to include the Pacific Northwest in the name. I was born in the Midwest, but have lived in Oregon for 13 years now, and I consider it home.

Higgs Boson                                              He is so cute
What kind of material do you work with and why?
Most of my creatures consist of 60-90% recycled materials, including recycled sweaters, gloves, buttons, hardware, costume jewelry, and other interesting ‘findings.’ I enjoy working with upcycled materials as it not only gives my creatures more character and history, but it also keeps these items from being thrown away.
Honeycut                                love his teeth
What/ who got you into creating?
My mom sewed when I was a kid. I don’t remember her ever actively teaching me anything when I was young, but I do remember watching her. I was surprised when I bought my first sewing machine as an adult how much I remembered (tips and techniques) simply from having watched her all those early years. That said, I’m constantly creating and experimenting with new ideas, materials, and methods. This means each creature is quite unique.
Ignatious                                                 he needs a friend
Where do you find your inspiration?
Whenever I’m doing something that I enjoy in a relaxing place, I’m inspired with new ideas. More specifically, I find inspiration in taking road trips, perusing book stores, beach walking on the Oregon coast, camping, hiking, and visiting art museums. I also study people’s faces and translate them into creatures sometimes (although I don’t tell people I’m doing this).  *smile*
Lucy        I wonder who she was inspired from, just too cute
Describe yourself with 5 words.
Quirky, Introverted, Whimsical, Spiritual, Curious
Pinball                                                ah, the nose!

And she even has a coupon for you:blog readers can use the coupon code of “L2EYGU” for a 10% discount on their creature purchase (the discount does not include shipping) through December 3rd.

Thank you Anne for sharing your wonderful monsters and your story with us. It was a pleasure to meet you.

Spotlight Friday: Stars

This week I would like to look for some Stars on Zibbet. Just a few days ago you could see the rocket in the evening sky  that was sent up into the sky with all those satellites.

I love watching the night sky with all its miracles up there, the flickering and bright spots.

Some times in the Summer we would just lay in the grass at night and watch the night sky and start dreaming.

I am pretty sure you know this song

Cover version by Pequinito.
Words and music by Lee Pockriss / Paul Vance

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket
Never let it fade away
Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket
Save it for a rainy day
For love may come and tap you on the shoulder
Some starless night
Just in case you feel you wanna hold her
You’ll have a pocketful of starlight
Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket
Never let it fade away
Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket
Save it for a rainy day
For love may come and tap you on the shoulder
Some starless night
And just in case you feel you wanna hold her
You’ll have a pocketful of starlight

[Pocketful of starlight…mmm-mmm-mmm-mmm-mmm]

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket
Never let it fade away
Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket
Save it for a rainy day [Save it for a rainy, rainy rainy day]
For when your troubles start multiplyin’
And they just might
It’s easy to forget them without tryin’
With just a pocketful of starlight

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket
Never let it fade away
Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket
Save it for a rainy day [Save it for a rainy day]
Save it for a rainy day.

so now let’s go find some Stars in www.zibbet.com

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Galaxy Collage Poster – Stars in Space Photography Art Print
by BySamantha

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Goodnight Moon Baby Owl Glow in the dark mobile
by Sastaras

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Bohemian Garnet Star Brooch
by BeautifulAntiqueJewelry

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Girls Pinafore Dress, Wrap top, Girls Shirt, The Chocolatine Tunic – Sizes 12 months to 6Y
by ChocolatineBoutique

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Starfish Pendant / Silver & Aqua / Beaded Starfish Necklace
by WrappedToPerfection

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Set of Three Red and Gold Tatted Christmas Tree Decorations
by TataniaRosa

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Shoot for the moon even if you miss, you will land among the stars” hidden message bracelet by DandLDesigns4U

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At Twilight
by silentgoddess

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Stained Glass Star / Snowflake – The Stars of Today 1 Suncatcher
by GlassbrookDesigns

so did you find you very own star?

Spotlight Friday: Childhood memories

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Dandelion wish stud earrings , real dandelion seed and silver post earrings
by RubyRobinBoutique

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Fabric Buttons, Children Buttons, Little Red Riding Hood, Animal Buttons, Childhood
by Retronana

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Hand Drawn “Where The Wild Things Are” Coloured Moleskine Notebook
by ValkyrieHarper

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1927 Sweet Childhood Memories Rotogravure ~ Batter Up!
by PetitPoulailler

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Primitive Wood Sign- Memories
by scaredycatprimitives

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Family Memories Box
by monkmama54

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The GOOD OLD DAYS 3-Ring Binder Chipboard Scrapbook Album with Flip Up Swing Out Accordion and Removable Elements
by Papersilly

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Past Time Memories – 2.625 inch circles – 2 Digital Collage Sheets CG-69 for Pocket Mirrors, Buttons, Magnets
by CobraGraphic

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Memory Keepsake Box, Small Beaded Jewelry Box, Turquoise Blue Toothfairy Box, Beadwoven Box, Art Deco Jewelry Box
by TheCanaryBlossom

I didn’t know what I should write about or look for today. I ended up on youtube watching videos about the different areas I grew up. One of them was from the Bavarian Forest. I lived in Regen and spent most of my teenager years there.

well I didn’t live in the woods, but we spent a lot of time in the woods with my family hiking through those woods or cross country skiing in the winter time.

This is the little Town where I lived for a few years, sorry it is in German.

I also lived in Munich for a long time once while growing up and then later when I was already working. Loved living there.

I had the privilege to spend a few years in Papua New Guinea in the late 70’s early 80’s

This is a video from the Coastal areas. My parents lived in the  Western Highlands while I went to boarding School in a little Town called Wau, which was about 420+ miles away from my family. I flew home about 4 times a year in a little one propeller machine.

This is a little insight about the Highlands

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This Weeks Featured Artist on Share the Love, Blogger’s Unite is Lynette Long of Yarned Together!
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