Copper Magic

I love how Copper changes over time. For me copper even though it is a metal ,has a warm feeling. And you can find copper everywhere, even in our bodies.  And also on our bodies as Jewelry. From wonderful Artists like Poppy.

This is her shop , and a little bit about herself.

Where is your center of craft life?

I live in the SF Bay Area (CA)

 

Where is your business?

My little dining table in my little kitchen is where the magic happens.

 

What kind of material do you work with and why?

I have always been very earthy, organic, Nature loving person. Anything that comes from Mother Earth is what I get the most joy from. I incorporate natural fibers, copper, semi precious stones, etc.

 

Why do you craft?

I love to create, see things come alive in my hands. When I am working on my jewelry pieces I have my devotional music playing and I have my Himalayan Sea Salt Crystal lamp on. I am totally immersed in my craft and I feel closer to the Creator! It’s my Zen time!!

 

How did you learn?

In the early 80’s I took my first earring making class at a local bead shop. That gave me the basic knowledge. Four years ago when I became serious about making jewelry, I purchased tons of books and watched every YouTube video I could find. That’s how I learnt.

 

What was the inspiration for your shops name?

Since my name is Poppy and I live in California I decided to go with that.

 

 

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials?

I cannot live without copper wire!

 

 

How would you describe your style?

Contemporary bohemian with a touch of ethnic, a dash of rustic, and a sprinkle of tribal.

 

What do you do to make your work space an enriching and inspiring place to be?

My creative juices do not flow without having my devotional music around me. I need plants and music around me in order to work.

 

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now?

Right now I am very much into copper. It’s a simple metal but so rich and intriguing. I love to see the rainbow of colors that emerge when you heat it up.

 

Where do you look for inspiration?

Most of the time I let the stones, beads and metals talk to me. Sometimes it can take a long time. I am also very much influenced by Nature and other artists.

 

 

When do you feel the most creative?

Early in the morning or very late at night when the world is resting! But unfortunately, I cannot pound on my copper wires at that time of night so I will usually form my copper piece but wait until the morning to do the pounding.

 

What are your future plans?

I would love to take some metalsmithing classes and my goal is to be able to make a full-time living from this craft.

My links:

Poppyjohaljewelry.etsy.com

Zibbet.com/lord-and-poppy-copper-jewelry

Facebook.com/goldenpoppyjewelry

Twitter.com/poppyjohal

Pinterest.com/poppyjohal

http://instagram.com/poppyjohal

 

 

 

Thank you Poppy for sharing your wonderful craft with us.

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Do you know who is behind Stormy Designs?

The first time I got introduced to the rubber bands bracelets was about two years ago through my kids. They brought them home from School and soon began making their own.

Gail takes these bands to a whole new level, she does stunning work. But see for yourself.

Where is your center of craft life?
I work from my basement apartment in a town in central Virginia.
What kind of material do you work with and why?
I currently work with my rainbow looms and bands. I like the rainbow loom because it’s portable. I can throw my looms & boxes of bands in my tote bag when I go to either of my daughter’s house to visit.
Why do you craft? 
I have crafted all of my life, I’ve beaded, painted, done woodwork, and worked with polymer clay, to name a few. I just have to have a project that I’m working on or I feel out of sorts.
How did you learn?
I learned how to use the rainbow loom by watching videos online, there’s loads of tutorials to choose from. I’ve gone on to the more advanced tutorials and I’m having fun learning new things.
What was the inspiration for your shops name?
I’ve had that shop name for years at other venues. It’s based on my nickname, Stormy.
What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials?
My looms and bands, I have to have them. If I see new colors of bands, I order them. There are so many pretty colors, like the metallics and Persians and medieval.
How would you describe your style?
My style is sort of modern funky I guess with a little country thrown in. I have always marched to the beat of a different drummer, as my Home Ec teacher in high school once told me, so it’s hard to actually pin down a
certain style
Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to?
There are a few on You Tube that I follow that are really good, Yarn Journey is my current favorite.
What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be?
I live in a small basement apartment and can’t decorate much, but my boxes of bands are sitting on my worktable, right in reach at all times.
What sorts of things are inspiring you right now?
I’ve been thinking of the holidays and found some cute buttons to incorporate into my bracelets.
 
Where do you look for inspiration? 
I get inspired by nature, by colors of beads & buttons and such.
When do you feel the most creative?
I never know when the need to create will hit me, but I usually spend my evenings and weekends crafting.
Thank you, Gail, for sharing a little bit of your crafting life with us.

ARTIBILITY

Let me introduce you to Anna from Artibility .

A few months back I won a necklace from her on a FB giveaway. And I love it, I wear it nearly every day. It has it’s own special meaning to me and is dear to my heart.

For this reason I wanted to share with you what wonderful items she creates.

She is a  U.S. Marine Corps Veteran,
for that reason you might see some EGA’s and USMC stuff on her page.

Where is your center of craft life?

My center is physically is in a studio otherwise it’s in the center of my family.

Where is your business?

I have 2 small studios in Chicagoland suburbs.

What kind of material do you work with and why?

Majority it is metal – it’s very forgiving. I smash it the wrong way and it becomes something different all together. But when it comes down to it I can work with anything – I love taking other people’s scraps and making anything out of it.

 

Why do you craft?

Main reason is to make things that we can give back with to others. That is a huge reason why it keeps me going. It started partially as a therapeutic tool (it still is) for me after a couple strokes and an ongoing process for SLE/Lupus as well as for our son with Asperger’s – it’s great for the mind and soul. I really like making something that others will enjoy especially if I can give it to them as a gift. I didn’t want to just do the minimum but the most as I could to feel better. Along with the physical therapy i wanna to add something creative since my brain always craves for that. Our son is now older but is majoring in Art right now and is eager to open his own Etsy shop. He still helps me with tasks that are getting harder for me to do or when we give to charities. He puts the items all together with his lil brother – it’s a bonding experience. Things we make went to support art, supplies and events for other kids with Autism, Lupus Organizations, as well as to support the arts for Disabled Veterans. We also help with donations for Kids with Cancer, Relay for Life, MS Foundation and local programs.

How did you learn?

although I was an art major in school it was mainly for drawing and painting – i never even touched a jewelry tool until i had nothing else that kept me engaged. Scrap booking went too fast. Painting was too messy while I was on bed rest and I had a hard time drawing or coming up with anything creative. Then I grabbed some pliers – some broken jewelry and never stopped. i just upgraded to hammers and drills 🙂  youtube and trial and error was my teacher.

 

What was the inspiration for your shops name?

ARTiBILITY – it is ART focus on Individual ABILITY not disability. It was something that just resonated with me that ART comes from within even if sometimes you have to yank it out Sometimes when you have challenges you just have to release that anger or frustration…..I put it on paper, or into metal or simply into a quote of the day.

 

 

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials?

Before it was just an empty room so i can burn, drill, hammer everything but now it is the “2nd hand tool”, the jump ring opener closer ring and a stamping pedestal that my husband made for me.

How would you describe your style?

Free. Everyday it is different. I tend to create items that are clean with a lil bit of vintage or aged look. It is my favorite. One of the 3 best sellers – The tree of life Necklace, The Nurses Necklace, The Fall Fly Necklace all were created due to an error on an order that i had to fix to salvage the piece. Go figure.

Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to?

Way to many to list but I think my favorite is nature….it is the hardest to mimic and most beautiful.

 

What do you do to make your work space an enriching and inspiring place to be?

That is a hard one. My place is a disaster at this time. Both of them – one is completely over filled with supplies and metal and beads (which i can use as a blanket if I had to and would be ok with it) The other was a blank slate which i am itching to get finished. What i do while I create is turn up the music – it is so good for the soul to mix art and music. Plus when I need the help of my kids it’s so inspiring to see them create or add their touches – it just inspires me to keep working at it even if it’s at a slower pace and lots of mistakes.

 

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now?

creating items to motivate and inspire others—whatever that might be. If I can inspire just one person per day to get going on their dreams and then to help inspire another person – that would be the ultimate goal.

 

Where do you look for inspiration?

My family, Nature and within others. Pulling inspiration within myself – now that is the most difficult when you have to overcome obstacles daily. Overcoming the mere frustrations of those obstacles is a daily challenge …. but so worth it in the end even if it’s as simple as polishing metal.

 

When do you feel the most creative?

at night. I am not an early bird by no means and it seems as thought creative thought come and go as I try to sleep. Sometimes I will have a great idea right as I fall asleep and think I will remember in the morning and …..I never do. Now i jot it down in notes 😉

What are your future plans?

My future plans are to just keep doing what we’re doing but to get more Artists and crafters that have their own challenges be part of our team. Everyone is an artists – they might not know it just yet.

 

here are the places where you can connect with Anna and find her wonderful work of art:

 

FB             http://www.facebook.com/artibility

Twitter      http://www.twitter.com/artibility

Web            http://www.ARTiBILITY.net   and  .com

Etsy            https://www.etsy.com/shop/ARTIBILITY

Pinterest    http://www.pinterest.com/artibility

OPENSKY   https://www.opensky.com/artibility

 

Thank you Anna, for being such an inspiring Artist and sharing your story with us.

Now to my readers, which is your favorite item from Artibility, would you mind sharing in the comments ?

What would you do with strings?

I think Christina from CSLdesigns  could tell you. It is amazing what she does with “just” strings.

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

The centre of my craft life and my business is at home since I work from home. I have all my stash stored and organised in my home, which means I always have easy access to all my things and it really helps keep the business costs down as well.

 

 What kind of material do you work with and why?

Give me any form of string, thread or cord and I’m happy, because my main passion is macrame and micro macrame. I think it is because I am just so fascinated with what can be made with something as simple as thread. I have more recently started working with wire as well, which I really love doing as well, and I especially love mixing the two mediums for something new and different.

 Why do you craft? How did you learn?

I craft because it is a part of me. I couldn’t not be creative and do something crafty with my life. I grew up with being crafty pretty much since birth as it was and still is something my mum and I share. When I started university, some years ago now, I went through a few years of not really being creative and it was the most miserable years in my life, and then thankfully I rediscovered it and I have become much happier again. It really is almost like a form of therapy as it has helped me get through and cope with so many things.

 What was the inspiration for your shops name?

The inspiration for my shop/business name is really quite simple. I wanted to make sure that it was something that was easy for people to remember, recognise and spell, but at the same time something personal to me. And therefore I came up with CSLdesigns, where CSL are my initials.

 

 

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials?

My can’t-live-without craft-room essentials is a tough one, but for my materials it would have to be my cord/thread and wire and for tools a scissor and my basic wire tools.

 

 How would you describe your style?

I think my style is a mix of many things, but one thing I love is colour and trying to look at colours and colour combinations in a different way, and I think it is modern, unusual but still wearable.

 

Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to?

There are a few people that I admire for their skill and creativity and then probably most importantly, the quality of their work and how they finish it off down to the last detail. And within jewellery making, which is my main area that would be people like Rachel Norris and Nicola Beer, who are both wireworkers, and they always bring a quality to what they do. And that is something that is really important to me, to always try and bring the quality and finishing into whatever I make

 

What do you do to make your work space an enriching and inspiring place to be?

I am unfortunately quite limited with my options at this moment in time as we live in a small place, but I do what I can to keep things tidy and organised as clutter and messiness gets to me. That is the best way for me to help myself stay motivated and inspired at the moment.

 

 What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration?

I look for and get my inspiration from everywhere and it can jump into my head at any time. Sometimes I purposely work on a design, but other times something just pops into my head, so it is very different, but something that always inspires me without fail is nature.

 

When do you feel the most creative?

I feel the most creative all the time to be honest. I constantly have many things/ideas flying around in my head. The problem is that there isn’t enough hours in the day for everything.

 

What are your future plans?

My future plans are to continue to grow my business and just be able to do what I love doing and also aspire to help others do the same to the best of my abilities, as there is no better feeling and nothing would make me happier.

 

 

 

And by the way, here are the links to all my online places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/csldesignsuk

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CSLdesigns

Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CSLdesignsuk?ref=search_shop_redirect

Tumblr: http://csldesigns.tumblr.com/

 

 

Let us take a trip to Melbourne, Australia

What are we going to do there, you might ask.

Australia is a wonderful country, I had the pleasure to live there for a 1/2 year. I was only 7 then, but still have many wonderful memories of that time.

Today though we will visit a Zibbet shop that is located in Melbourne.(if you click on it, just a little visual so you know where we are going to)

So who are we going to visit?

http://www.zibbet.com/ChinniAbhi is the shop address.

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

ChinniAbhi: I am located in Melbourne, Australia.
I did start my journey in craft here in Melbourne. I do sell locally and internationally too.

 

What kind of material do you work with and why?
I use a variety of materials. From swarovski crystals, glass, clay, wooden beads to paper beads. I make gold toned, silver toned and even bronze toned earrings. And sometimes necklaces.
I am also into card making.
I always get fascinated as how any item can be used for jewelry making. Every time I discover a new type of material it just gives me an idea of creating absolutely new piece of jewelry with a new look.

Why do you craft? How did you learn?

ChinniAbhi : I am a full time working mother of a beautiful girl. Craft is a good mode of relaxation and a very good way of enjoyment too. I have always been interested in crafting but never got into it as much as I am now.
I got into jewelry making only a few years back. My dear friend/colleague did take me to a bead shop where she demonstrated how to make earrings for our selves. That’s how I really got introduced to jewelry making. I instantly fell in love with this art and have been following ever since.

What was the inspiration for your shops name?

ChinniAbhi : My daughter is the inspiration for my shop’s name. She too loves making jewelry and she has designed some really good ones!

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials?
ChinniAbhi : Beads of course. I would have a tough time without them

How would you describe your style?
ChinniAbhi : I have my roots coming from India. Hence the influence of Indian culture can be seen in my designs. I would describe my designs to be a fusion between ethnic Indian look and modern trends.

Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to?
ChinniAbhi : I still feel I have just begun my journey so I am always looking up to all designers who make wonderful pieces of art!

What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be?
ChinniAbhi : My work space is still small, but i ensure the same to be open and organized.

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now?
ChinniAbhi : Right now I am more interested in beading with seed beads , paper beads and paper bead jewelry .Recently i have started venturing into clay beads as well.

Where do you look for inspiration?
ChinniAbhi : I mostly do my research on Internet. A few magazines and even store fronts help to. I usually design my earrings first before I actually start making them Hence the design is triggered from various things i see in daily life.

When do you feel the most creative?
ChinniAbhi : Usually I keep working on my designs in my mind all day .I put my designs into action at next available time of the day

What are your future plans?
Chinniabhi : My plans for future is to make my hobby to be my full time activity. Am hoping to grow my own handmade business and hopefully my own website. Well these are my goals. .I just hope that I can achieve it.

These are the places where you can find her:

My fb page:https://www.facebook.com/TheChinniAbhi
My twitter link is : http://www.twitter.com/divvisafstudio
My blog :www.chinniabhi.wordpress.com

 

So how was that for a trip around the world?

 

Are you still cold?

While I was enjoying a nice warm and sunny day yesterday, I didn’t like hearing the news about the weather change that was going to happen today. Yes it will be below freezing again.

This is when hand knitted items come in handy. They make you feel nice warm and cozy.

Some of those items you can find in Aprils Zibbet Shop 

 

 

 

Where is your center of craft life?

My center is home in my living

room because that is where my grandmother used to knit and crochet

Where is your business?  I am located in Clockville, NY

What kind of material do you work with and why?  Acrylic yarn because it is easy to work with.

Why do you craft? To relax and I love creating things for others to enjoy.

How did you learn?  Well, my grandmother tried to teach me when I was young.  I thought that knitting and crochet were for “old people” so I never learned to do either.  One day, my husband and I were at a craft store and I came across the Knifty Knitter and taught myself.

What was the inspiration for your shops name?  I wanted it to encompass hats, scarves and everything warm and cozy, hence the name Knit Me Warm and Cozy.

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials?  Yarn, yarn and more yarn.

 How would you describe your style?  Modern

Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to?  Not really, I think everyone that knits and crochets is an inspiration to others.

What do you do to make your work space an enriching and inspiring place to be?  I make sure it is cozy and welcoming.

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration?                   I recently became a grandmother to a boy and a girl.  they are my inspiration.  In fact, I am working on an afghan for my grandson.  I am making it big enough so he can use it well past his toddler years and hopefully it will become an heirloom.

I look on the internet for inspiration.

When do you feel the most creative?  During the winter when it is too cold to be outside.

What are your future plans?  I hope to build a clientele here on Zibbet to be able to upgrade to a premiere account so I can offer customers more items.

 

Where to find me: 

Zibbet  http://www.zibbet.com/KnitMeWarmandCozy

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Knit-Me-Warm-and-Cozy/207323166142154

Pinterest  http://www.pinterest.com/knitmewarm/

Wanelo  http://wanelo.com/knitmewarmandcozy

Blog  http://knitmewarmandcozy.blogspot.com/

 

 

So let us hope the cold days will be over soon and we can enjoy some warmer days again. Until may you have something to keep you warm and cozy, inside and out.

 

 

A Lady with many talents

Are you ready for some ArtsyCraftery?

Visit Sandi’s Shop and get inspired, I am pretty sure there is something for you in her wonderful shop.

 

Now grab your favorite cup of liquid and let’s see what Sandi is up to during her day and discover what she creates.

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

My studio is in my home. I hope to move and have a room dedicated to my work.

How did your store come to life?
Around the year 2000, I became aware of the potential for me to sell online. I had been creating for much longer than that.
What is the story behind your Shop name, how did it get it and why?
I chose Artsy Craftery because I am not just an artist or just a crafter. Since I had difficulty pigeonholing myself, I chose a name that reflects that I am an artsy crafter and a crafty artist. In additional to creating crafted items, I am a mixed media artist. I also paint watercolors and acrylics, as a self-taught artist, using traditional art techniques.
What kind of material do you work with and why?
I use a variety of media and techniques. My first love is papercrafting and watercolor painting, but I also use beads, wire, fiber, glass,  clay and acrylics. Some of my fav techniques include altered art, mosaic, papier mache and stamping. I like image editing and provide graphic and other creative services.  I also enjoy desktop publishing and bookmaking.
 What/ who got you into creating?
I fell in love with art supplies in kindergarten. It was through 2 years of art classes in jr high where I first learned traditional art techniques. Since then I’ve been self-studying art and crafting techniques.
where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere and through everything. I’m blessed with a nice library of craft and art books that I’ve gleaned from supermarket book bins, library sales, thrift stores, Edward R. Hamilton overstock/liquidation bookseller, Barnes & Noble bargain racks, etc. I love looking through my books. I like looking at Pinterest boards and Interweave and Stampington magazines like Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Somerset Studio.
what do you do when you get a crafting block?
I never have them. I have a continuous stream of ideas. The only problem that I encounter is when I try to rush myself to complete a project rather than allowing the project to move at its own speed. I also feel anxiety when I am beginning a project. I see the finished project already, in my minds eye, so I feel overwhelmed at the beginning. I don’t know how I’m going to get to the finished piece. When I calm down and focus on baby steps, the process just happens through me. My work creates itself. I just have to let go and let it happen, and not be aghast along the way. A work in progress can look terrible, but it almost always comes out right. It creates itself when I take a deep breath, have faith and put my hands to it. It rarely looks exactly like the original vision. It’s better.
how do you get the word out about your business?
I use regular social media, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin and Google+. I participate in forums at my venues and occasionally may enter a contest. I also promote the work of others and I blog. I look for unusual or under-used places to promote myself, like Craigslist and online classifieds.
drescribe yourself with 5 words
Creative. Joyful. Adaptive. Communicative. Faith-filled.
where do you see your shop/ items in the future?
I see myself settled into a handful of online venues, selling specific lines of products and services that I’ve finally developed, and selling at the occasional artist market/street fair.

Wow that is a lot of different talents. Why don’t you check out all the places where Sandi can be found: