Sunday, November 27, 2011
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On Fire for Handmade's newest featured artisan of the week is:
Sunday, August 21, 2011
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This week's featured artisan:
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
This weeks Featured Artisan is Allurynn - Creations by Moonlight! Alluryn has wonderful creations in her shop! A Must have for every jewelry box!! You can find Creations by Moonlight on: Etsy Website Twitter Facebook You can grab the code for your blog here: http://www.box.net/shared/flrg7uret9
Some truly lovely things to be found here! Please have a look.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Traditionally, I take a bus or a train for my road trip every summer. This year will be a little different. I'll actually be on the road. It's my first time driving long distance by myself so it's an adventure of some magnitude for me. But the destination is familiar and I've taken the route before with family and friends. I'm confident I can make it on my own.
I'm headed out to Colorado for a little Rocky Mountain high fix. I have family there in the mountains and I try to get out there at least once a year to visit and get away from the real world for a week. It's always good to see Mom, too.
I've been there many times before to visit family and to attend one of my favorite dance festivals of all time: Elevation. It's held in early spring in Golden Colorado and it is so much fun.
So that's my story. I'll be out and about and hopefully there will be photographic evidence. See you when I get back!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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Monday, May 2, 2011
With classes ranging from Make-Up 101 taught by Bellatrix Ali and Zills taught by Siham Ali to classes about mehndi, hooping, musicality, adding drama to your dance and others, there is likely to be something for everyone. The Warrior Weekend Showcase in the evening will present a variety of dance styles with performances by presenters and participants alike.
At the writing of this blog, several class spots are still available. If you find yourself with a free weekend, you should consider heading over to Lees Summit. I know they'd love have you.
You can register for classes here: warriorweekend2011.eventbrite.com
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Please allow me to introduce this week's On Fire for Handmade's Featured Artisan:
Friday, April 22, 2011
It's finally spring here in the heartland. I can tell because I have started getting invitations to Renn Faires and other bellydancing venues. I enjoy going to watch my friends dance and I often bring my drum along so I can take part. I've become a fairly good novice drummer.
Another way to tell that spring is here is by the number of orders I get. Usually starting in late February, they start coming in. Dancers all over are filling up their summer schedules and putting together new costumes for the season. For new costumes, they need new pieces to add to their wardrobes.
I think it also helps that it's tax time and, I don't know about you, but when I get whatever refund I have coming, I tend to spend it on those things I don't normally buy during the year. I remember the first year I started dancing. I used my tax refund to buy the most exquisite antique textile hipscarf. I took it home and added my own touches of cowrie shells and some brass bells for extra jingle.
Here's a picture showing my scarf in action. I love that hipscarf and even though I'm not actively performing, I don't think I'll ever part with it. I wear it to almost every performance. It's become a part of me. Just like the dancing.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Please join us in celebrating this amazing talent!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I belong to a group on facebook called On Fire for Handmade. In this group, we work together to make collections for the participating artisans from Artfire and treasuries for those of us who are on Etsy. It's a lot of fun to see what the others are up to and it gets the word out about all the great things happening in the handmade world. I wrote about the woman who started and runs this whole thing on my other blog Curiosity's Piqued. My thanks to Anne for her hard work making this happen.
This weeks Featured Artisan is Edi's Little Treasures. True Treasures indeed.. Edi has wonderful creations! A Must have for every Jewelry Box!! You can find Edi at:
Etsy - http://edislittletreasures.ets
Artfire - http://edislittletreasures.art
Bonanzle - http://www.bonanza.com/booths/
...Twitter - http://twitter.com/edistreasur
Blog - http://mareditreasures.blogspo
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/
Please go check out Edi's stuff in one of her many venues!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
1. The structural hair stick.
These are the kind you see women with really long hair wearing. This style requires a bit of skill and some serious artistry to pull off. There are several nice youtube videos on the subject. Usually, they are of simple construction with perhaps a bit of carving or a painted design on the ends. I rather like the way this girl does it:
2. The decorative hair stick.
These are usually worn as an accent to an up do. These will usually be constructed of a thinner material like metal or plastic or bone with a larger, more intricate design on the end.
3. The Tribal hair stick.
No holds barred, all-out decorated hair sticks! Worn as an accent for the Tribal dancer hairstyles loved by dancers all over the world. Some are simple with a few cowries or beads dangling from the end. Others are more elaborate with longer falls comprised of macrame or braided fibers.
I tend toward the latter creating hair sticks with unique designs and Tribal flair. I use coins, shells, beads, yarn, fabric, more shells, etc. Anything that will thread onto the strands or sew securely to the falls is fair game.
I have made many different colors and styles over the years and I usually make them in pairs. Lately, I'm starting to think of unique, individual hair sticks more often. When I make them, I really enjoy making the first one. But then I really trudge through the second one trying to make it 'match.'
I think I'll stop worrying about that so much and just enjoy making the hair sticks.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
I sat down last night and did that very thing.
For the last few months, I've been on a hiatus from dance. For many reasons, getting together with my dance friends has not been feasible for me. I miss them and I miss dancing.
But that hasn't stopped me from creating more things for dancers to wear. After all, half the fun of dancing is the costumes. Face it, ladies. It's the clothes. I can't seem to stop making them. It's an obssession.
For personal reasons, I've decided to make some changes in my Etsy shop. That shop will be exclusively for custom items. You will still be able to get the new choli you've been wanting or the skirt you'd like to have. You'll just have to tell me what you want. Talk to me and let me know.
My one-of-a-kind creations will now be showcased in my Artfire studio. There you will find the accessories that I love to make. You can also get the custom stuff there, if you are so inclined.
I am pleased with the Artfire process. You don't need an account to buy something so there is one less site with your financial information saved. I've also expanded my payment options to include Amazon Payments and Google Checkout for those of you who prefer not to use PayPal.
The new year is a time for change and planning for the future. Let us begin.