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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Heart Wood Gifts

Found a site that has some fantastic wooden creations that may interest you!   check out  its  Heart Wood Gifts!

They have been around for over 6 years -  since 2006.   The business started out as a small local gift company based in South Surrey British Columbia, and have since become a popular website for clients around the world especially in Canada and the USA.  

Look at some of my favorite wooden creations I found when browsing their site.   

 First is this TOTALLY Cool collapsible bowl/basket!!  (to right)   Love how it can be flat for storage but becomes a really neat sculpted basket in 3D design.  


Next is this balancing wine bottle holder.  Seems to defy gravity!   I love things like this.  They make such unique gifts to give for the holidays or even as a wedding gift!  



Last but not least are the beautifully carved jewelry boxes.  They are sooooo beautiful.   The intricate carvings in the top and on the sides are amazing.  They are beautiful as they are or would be even more amazing with some stain to bring out the wood grain.  I've posted the website below in case you want to take a gander at all their great gifts for your self.  Have fun  :) 





Website:    http://www.heartwoodgifts.com/



Note: I am not compensated for writing about any of the Featured Artists in this blog. I do this simply to share with you what I find... and I hope you will enjoy the works of these artisans as much as I do. email@hand-craftedcreations.com for possible submission of your site in our blog. OR if you are a vendor who doesn't want your info posted - please email & it will be removed ASAP.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Canadian Wire Wrapped Jewelry from Nova Scotia

MJ Gauthier
rose bud wire wrapped jewelry
Beauty... is Found in Simple things.

Let me introduce you to a fairly new artist to the circuit.  MJ Gauthier has been creating wire wrapped jewelry for just about one year now.  She first started creating her jewelry in December 2011 in her Halifax studio.

Many of her piece are made from unique findings that she has collected on the shores of Charlos Cove in Nova Scotia.  The simple beauty of beach glass and sea stones are a favorite material of choice.   These items are incorporated into unique and one of a kind embellishments.   The hand crafted and creative items include beautiful rings, pendants, bracelets, brooches, and dangly earrings.  I have a few samples to show off here.  They are so pretty.

Beautiful Aqua blue beading with the wire wraps make this ring stand out.

Love this Christmas season design.  If you haven't noticed, the green holly leaves on this brooch are made from beach glass.  This is a unique piece and perfect for those who like to recycle.

Totally cool looking ring.  Very sexy if you ask me. 



This pendant (left) is cool.   It incorporates beach glass with mussel shells to make a lovely beach creation with a modern feel to it.

The brooch (below) is made from wire and sea pottery.  It's a cute design in the shape of a woman's shoe.











There is so much more on the site including bracelets and necklaces.   The necklaces are right here

I encourage you to browse MJ"s website.  Her prices are very affordable and it's easy to place an order.  All you need to do is find the creations you like,  then make note of the item numbers and email her about what you want. She'll reply with instructions.


Website -  http://handmadebymjgauthier.wix.com/handmadebymjgauthier#!home/mainPage



Need a Jewelry box to store all your rings, bracelets and necklaces?
  

If you are looking for precious gem stones and gold jewelry check out Sams Club too. 


Note: I am not paid any money for writing about any of the Featured Artists in this blog. I do this simply to share with you what I find... and I hope you will enjoy the works of these artisans as much as I do. email@hand-craftedcreations.com for possible submission of your site in our blog. OR if you are a vendor who doesn't want your info posted - please email and it will be removed ASAP.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Simple Design changes can make a big difference

Somtimes people don't realize that they can change up the ribbons on a design they like and have a totally different feel.   take a look at the three sample photos of a pillow I created a few years back.   It's all the same pillow with embroiodered names and date...  the only difference is the ribbons.    What a difference it does make! 

You can do the same with any design on my site as well.



Friday, February 10, 2012

Happy Eleventh Birthday HCC!

WoW  It has been 11 Years since I first started my business!! 

How far things have come from that first little creation I made back in 2001.    These 8 Garters that follow were some of the very first garters I ever made.   such a far cry from the amazing things I have ventured into over the decade.   

~*~*~*~*~ THEN ~*~*~*~*~


  

 

 





~*~*~*~*~ NOW ~*~*~*~*~

 

 

 



 


And this isn't even IT!  this is just a tiny bit of what I've done.   over 15,000 Creations!  it's amazing to me, how one craft project to create wedding accessories for my neice could lead into this!  

I Thank God for letting me find success in this endevore I have chosen to undertake. 



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It's all Cracked up!

Marjories Cracked

Marjorie submitted her work back in 2009.  Her submission was lacking info so it was added to the rejected email list.   Sometimes in going over past submissions that were rejected for lack of enough info, I find out-of-date and out-of-business links.  It's sad to see that someone's dream hasn't worked as they had hoped.   I'm happy to say Marjorie is still in business now and looking great I might add.   Marjorie's Cracked Plate Jewelry is designed from broken pieces of china, porcelain, ceramic or crystal, as well as some creations using authentic Jersey Shore Sea glass - Not tumbled glass. 

I really enjoyed looking around Marjorie's website.   She has so many unique, beautiful and fun items.  She even added a new mens section, where she has sets of cuff links and tie tacks.  

Marjorie has lived on the Jersey Shore all her life and works full time as a paralegal.  She's a grandmother, animal lover and has a fondness for crafting.  Two of her favs are crocheting and making jewelry. 

 She has a very unique way of making her jewelry.  It's pretty cracked up if you ask me!    We love the idea of reusing the broken china and glass. it's  so "GREEN"!  In making her unique embellishments... each plate, teacup or mug is broken into pieces and then they are filed to be smooth.  Varnish is applied for a glossy and protective coating. The cracked piece is hand-wrapped with wire.  This is artisan jewelry, designed with style & creativity.   Definitely not mass produced costume jewelry.

The  bracelets, necklaces, and chokers are hand crocheted with thin wire.  I must say I LOVE this crocheted wire look!!   Very neat.    I wish she would take some close-up shots of her wire crochets to show them off more.    This photo shows a bit of the chochet.



 

This lovely design was featured on her site in the wedding section.  
The wire embellishing the china is dreamy.


Website -  http://www.marjoriescracked.com/ 

Blog - http://marjoriescracked.blogspot.com/

Twitter - http://twitter.com/marjoriecracked

Facebook  -  http://artist.to/marjoriescrackedplatejewelry




Note: I am not compensated for writing about any of the Featured Artists in this blog. I do this simply to share with you what I find... and I hope you will enjoy the works of these artisans as much as I do. email@hand-craftedcreations.com for possible submission of your site in our blog. OR if you are a vendor who doesn't want your info posted - please email & it will be removed ASAP.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Winter Time Weddings and Engagements

Happy New Year! And congratulations to all the excited brides and grooms who recently became engaged. You may be planning a wedding for this coming spring, summer or fall... or perhaps for next winter. What ever the case - Good luck with all your planning!



Winter time is the perfect time for a wedding. It can be a magically time of year. Glistening snow and dreamy snowflakes. If your planning your wedding for this time of year we want to remind you about the pretty winter garters which you can custom order in any color or style you like. check them out at


Memorial Keepsake Boxes

Keepsakes and Memorials
A while back the owner of "Keepsakes and Memorials" sent me an email hoping to be featured in the HCC blog.   The only problem was,  they had not included any pix or description, therefore that email was rejected for blog submission.  As I have time... I've been going through old rejected submissions to do some research.  

I had some time to dig around on their site.   What I found was some really great things! 



Now not all the items on the site are handmade but the ones that are...

memorial keepsake box for little girl - box opens for
storing ashes, or other special heart felt memento.
They are truly keepsakes and some even brought TEARS to my eyes!! 
Originally I went to the site and checked out the wedding related items, since this is one of my specialties.  But upon further browsing of the custom items I came across some very unique memorial items.  I never realized such things were out there, since I haven't had any need for them.   The memorial boxes are so touching.  Especially the ones created for little girls and boys who will be dearly loved and missed.  My heart ached for those who would need such memorials... but at the same time, it was so wonderful to know that such a special product did indeed exist for those who wish to have them. 




Though it is not shown here in my blog,  you may add your loved ones photo to the box as well.  it's  not just a regular photo, it's specially processed image imprinted onto fabric so it actually becomes a permanent part of the box.  It can go on the inside lid. 


Memorial box created in the design of a fancy sofa.
opens to reveal a place to keep photos or memories.




This little Kitty on the couch design was shown in a different color on the
testimonials page, for a client who lost their kitty cat.   The kitty on the couch
was a representation of her cat and mementos and photos of the actual cat can
then be kept inside the box.  


 

Note: I am not compensated for writing about any of the Featured Artists in this blog. I do this simply to share with you what I find... and I hope you will enjoy the works of these artisans as much as I do. email@hand-craftedcreations.com for possible submission of your site in our blog. OR if you are a vendor who doesn't want your info posted - please email & it will be removed ASAP.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Bridal Card, Ring and Keepsake Boxes

Keepsakes and Memorials

Handmade Lace Keepsake Boxes: by Sandra

Perfect to keep small  wedding mementos like Jewelry or your garter.  Not only are they great for weddings but also for your little  girls first  Holy Communion. 
They are perfect place for photos, jewelry and other mementos.  Each Box is handcrafted and upholstered by Sandra, with fine laces, satins, pearls and silk flowers.

I just found this website in the list of emails that came in about 2 years ago.  It didn't have any photos or description included, so it was not considered  for submission.   Now that I had some time to do some digging, I decided to research some old submissions and this little diamond came up from the rubble.   I love the creations that Sandra does.  She is very creative and many of her items are unique and NOT wedding related.   I'll be doing a different feature on them next week so be sure to check it out.
In the mean time -  Let me  show you a few of the highlights of the wedding keepsakes I found simply lovely.  You can order different designs and I'm sure different colors to coordinate with your wedding colors. 

This card box is stunning and would be gorgeous in any color satin or lace  -  the possibilities are endless when it comes to custom orders.  



I specially loved the Ring Boxes that Sandra creates!   They are amazing, I wish I could have had something special like this when I was married about 18 years ago!    Below you'll see a few boxes that are stand alone, one of which is perfect for a beach wedding!   It's stunning with all the beachy shells encrusting it. Also  I thought the tiered box was really creative.  It looks like a mini wedding cake.    Then there is the ring pillow with the fancy box attached to it.  Perfect for your ring boy to walk down the aisle with.    


 

 





Note: I am not compensated for writing about any of the Featured Artists in this blog. I do this simply to share with you what I find... and I hope you will enjoy the works of these artisans as much as I do. email@hand-craftedcreations.com for possible submission of your site in our blog. OR if you are a vendor who doesn't want your info posted - please email & it will be removed ASAP.