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Wonderful Wonderland of Hats and Bows

Meet Amy Ryan of Amy Wonderland

Amy is a crazy talented lady that I’ve had the privilege of knowing now for over 3 years, and have had the great fortune to have worked with her on several collaborative themed projects.  Her deep love of art has manifested itself in many different forms through the years.  She named several things she’s enjoyed, get a load of all these skills: writing, drawing, painting, sculpting, styling makeup and hair, photography, stitching, knitting, crocheting, singing, trumpeting, and body modification.  She says that for as long as she can remember she’s always adored making things with love and giving to others.  And that she does…

I wanted to show you a small demonstration of one of our collaborative efforts several years ago.  We did an Alice in Wonderland themed collection together.  At the time I was working with perfumery.  Here is a promotional banner which shows the fabulous hat Amy made and she wrote this awesome poem about our collection:

How cool is that?  And look at that hat!  Hey, I can rhyme too!

And speaking of hats, here are a couple that she’s designed recently.  These are Fascinator Hats from her CMTA Collection:

There’s something else you should know about Amy.  Amy is an amazing and giving person, and it goes way beyond her artistic abilities.

Amy bravely lives with a disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth.  She says, “It’s the most common disease you’ve never heard of.  CMT is a hereditary motor and sensory neuromuscular disease which causes pain, loss of sensation, and death to muscles in the body.  It can effect hands, arms, feet, legs, diaphragm (breathing), skeletal structure (scoliosis), memory, brain function and other parts of the body.”

And you know what?  Instead of giving in, Amy works hard.  Not only having the will to continue with her hat and bow making, but also donating at least 10% of her monthly gross income to the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association’s STAR Research Fund.  She says, “This fund works tirelessly; researching treatments and, hopefully one day, a cure.  I smile knowing that every item I make for my Etsy shop is durable, beautiful, enjoyable, and supportive of a worthy cause. I currently sell hair accessories, and will be adding different items to my shop whenever I can. I sell a collection of blue and orange items, which are the official colors of the CMTA.  50% of the proceeds of those items go directly to the CMTA charity.”

Amy works towards raising awareness and money for the CMTA (cmtausa.org), and continues to be a super courageous person who, despite wearing leg braces every day, using a wheelchair to get around, and can only use her hands for short periods of time – does all she does!  Such an inspiration…  She is a loving wife, a superhero aunt, and a very loyal friend who has a giant heart (to be sure) and loves to  smile and laugh.

It’s people like Amy that make this world go around much more beautifully, with her kind and warm spirit and gorgeous items that we can all wear and enjoy.  I myself own beautiful designs made by Amy.  Here is a collage of some of her recent hats and bows:

I truly hope you’ll stop by and see Amy.  She is the most friendly person you’ll ever get a chance to meet.  She also does custom orders, so drop her a line and tell her what you’d like to wear to brighten up your style and day.

You can find her online shop at: www.amywonderland.etsy.com

And her Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/AmyWonderland

It’s been a pleasure sharing Amy’s art with all of you, and I appreciate her sharing her personal story with us all.

To find out more about CMT, visit cmtausa.org 

Till next time, Stay Wonderful!

Jfay, Studio 3B

Originally posted on Yum Factor 10, American Crafted.

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Bold and Beautiful meets Quirky Cute

And that headline, ladies and gentlemen, describes Sweetiepips.

Geometric Jewelry by Sweetiepips

Sweetiepips is one of my favorite jewelry shops with it’s wide range of styles and beautifully bright colors.   It’s run by a very fascinating lady name Katrien, who is an awesome artist and absolutely loves what she does.  It definitely shows!

Vintage Style Necklace by Sweetiepips

Katrien describes her work as “Unique, Bold and Beautiful Bits “N” Pieces”.   She says that she loves to ponder, experiment, design, and create unique and beautiful things.  “Taking inspiration from past and present, vintage and contemporary fashions and styles, my bits ‘n’ pieces then unravel and evolve quite organically.”
Gypsy Bohemian Necklace by Sweetiepips
And showing off her whimsical side, you have to love these cute and sometimes quirky designs:
Bright Pink Cat and Meow Earring Designs
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Fried eggs on toast anyone? Earrings that is….
Fried eggs on toast earrings by Sweetiepips
And I really love these cute rain cloud brooches:
rain cloud brooches by Sweetiepips
I hope you’ll stop by and visit Katrien and Sweetiepips very soon.  You never know what treasures you’ll find there!
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Coloring for Adults! Relaxing Fun

These are too fun!  Oh how I miss coloring.  How about you?

Check out these fun coloring sheets for adults from LaSoffittaDiSte.

 

Coloring Book Page for Adults

 

A great way to enjoy a favorite childhood pastime again, and perhaps have your own masterpiece to hang with pride.

Adult coloring book page

 

They have many fun pages to choose from with very intricate drawings that look like a ton of fun to color in.

Gecko Lizard coloring page

 

I’m loving this fun Gecko coloring page.  I may need one of these for myself since we call our home Casa de Gecko.

Cat coloring book page

 

I’m ready to break out my colored pencils, how about you?

Here’s the link again to LaSoffittaDiSte.  You can download a copy of these plus other funtastic pages for only $1.92 ea.

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Sweet Designs

Sweet Pastries Ring

How cute is this ring?

I absolutely fell in love with this Sweet Pastry Ring Design from GeschmeideUnterTeck in Kirchheim, Germany.  This is made by artist/designer Isabell Kiefhaber.  Isabell says that she loves to  design and work with her hands to make unique jewelry.

And because of this love, the idea to “Geschmeide unter Teck” was founded.  (“Jewels below Teck”)
Teck is a lovely castle at the edge of the “Swabian Alb”, which she sees in front of her window.

This must bring her much inspiration, because her designs do not end with sweets, Isabell has many many different types of jewelry creations.  I’ve picked out a few of my favorites to show you here.

Sewing basket ring

This Sewing Basket Ring is so darling!  Look at the details she puts into her work.  There’s even a piece of thread in the little needle!

And here’s one for all you Knitters out there:

Knitting ring

These are just too fun!

Isabell also accepts custom orders.  You can choose your ring color, size and what contents you would like in your ring.  Custom orders do take about 3 weeks to produce, but oh so worth it!

Be sure to visit Isabell’s lovely shop where you can find these rings as well as earrings and necklaces.

So much Yum for your eyes to take in when you browse through  GeschmeideUnterTeck!

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Elegant Upcycle

This is so clever!  A modern statement necklace made with gray pearls and steel safety pins!

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Heather of BluKatDesign always creates the most imaginatively stunning statement pieces for her shop using unexpected and fascinating items.  She puts them all together so beautifully.  It’s always a treat to see what she will come up with next.

Heather describes this safety pin design as edgy but elegant.  A modern pearl necklace that can be dressed up for an evening out or worn with just jeans and t-shirt.  This is all held together with an  ultra modern 18″ steel wire cord with screw clasp.

This is all handmade by Heather, and arrives in a decorative box ready for gift giving.  Snag one for yourself and a friend!

Bright Baubles!

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Gorgeous Handmade Dichroic Glass Earrings by HanaSakuraDesigns! $23+

These are absolutely stunning works of jewelry art.  Pictured above are the Cherry Drop and Bella Rosa designs.  Exotic earrings that spring to life in dichroic glass, poised to add a hint of spice to your day!

You really must visit their shop to see all the designs — Outstanding!

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This Easter, Inspire Creativity!

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From TheJazzyJewelzStudio

A Darling DIY Jewelry Making Kit /Easter Basket Set – $10.66

What a fabulous idea this Spring/Easter!  Give the gift of inspiration and creativity!

The perfect Easter treat for a budding beader. No candy involved!

Beginner beading kit from their Inspired2create line. Contains enough materials and findings to make several items of jewelry.

A 130g selection of funky acrylic beads, glass pearls, seed beads, silver charms & novelty ceramic beads; plus thread and findings in a cute Easter bunny basket.