Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Blessings Part 2

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
In reading through some of the ArtFire forums this morning, it was quite obvious how we artisans are blessed by being a part of this community.
There are postings where members provide outreach for the shops of other artisans. This morning I received and email from Andrea saying that my shop was the featured shop on her blog. (To see it go to Andrea has such a beautiful blog and it is so neat that she is willing to share with others. Another example is Michele's blog at Nature Manipulated. (To see her blog go to She too shares her gift with others.
The ArtFire community is one in which the members really support each other. In many instances it is obvious that their thought is that it is more blessed to give than receive.
When you have a minute browse through some of the sites and their blogs. You'll meet some very interesting, gifted and caring people on your journey.
Have an awesome day!


Saturday, November 21, 2009


Greetings everyone!

Today is one of those days where I truly recognize the many opportunities that I have been blessed with. I live in a country where I'm free to pursue so many different things like creating jewelry to share with others, the freedom to write this blog to express what's going on in my heart and mind.

Thanksgiving is next Thursday. Some of us will be with family and friends. Others will be alone...some without food or shelter, others without family or friends. I just can't image how it must feel.

This is the day of the Boy Scouts food pick-up. It's just one of the ways we who have can share with those who don't. Please take some time to see what you can do to share your blessings with others.

I'm going to take time this week to share some of the blessings I've received from the ArtFire community. I hope that you'll join me.

Have an awesome day!


Monday, November 16, 2009


It's been a busy time for me. There's so much going on and I want to share it in small chunks.

The big news right now is that our shop is being featured in a blog giveaway. The two pieces pictured here will be given away at the end of this week.

Glass and Wire Gems is being featured as the Monday Giveaway and Feature on Nature Manipulated's blog. You can see it at The rules and instructions for the giveaway are listed there.

When you have a minute, check out Michelle's site: She has some awesome gift ideas.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon.



Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sweet Whimsy Rides the Crazy Train

Sweet Whimsy is today's rider on the Crazy Train.

In the introduction to her studio she says: "My items are fun and whimsical and I hope they bring a smile to your life."

In looking through her studio, you can't help but smile. She has a number of fun pendants as well as other whimsical pieces.

When you have a minute, check out the studio of this very talented mom.
You can find her at

Have an awesome day!


Friday, September 18, 2009

Riding the Crazy Train

Today's Crazy Train Rider is Hook, Yarn and Inker.

This is a unique shop that combines several handcraft skills together with a concern for the environment. Many of her products are recyclable and reusabe. She also does custom work as well. You just have to ask.

The "Inker" part of her business includes journals, stationary, memory books, etc. She describes this art on her Etsy site as follows: "My Stationary is 100% made by hand from 100%recycled cotton from my friends who live in India. Nothing is mass produced. Each item is individual and no two items are exactly the same."

Check out her Art Fire studio by going to: She has a link to her Etsy shop on this site.

Have an awesome weekend!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Art Fire Crazy Train

Riding the Crazy Train...

Today the train is stopping at Cherilynn Fine Art Artisan Studio at Art Fire. Cherilynn has a "deep love for watercolor" and a "passion for animals." This gifted young woman combines both to create a customized keepsake for the pet owner.
Her collection is unique. She displays original art work as well as prints. The expressions she captures on the faces of her animals just make you want to give them a cuddle. For an animal lover this is priceless.

Cherilynn also does watercolor abstracts and stilllifes and has started creating cards using them.

Visit her Art Fire Studio at This link will take you to her studio where you can learn more about Cherilynn and see her beautiful work.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A New Experience!

Hi! Welcome to Glass and Wire Gems!

This whole concept started as a hobby and as my friends and family say, "It grew wings!" I love working with glass and wire and have to say the I'd rather be doing that, but I'm seeing that there are other skills that I need to learn as blogging.

As a member of Art Fire's Crazy Train, I'd like to share some of the awesome handcrafted items that are available from my fellow Crazy Train riders. So I'll post photos and info about their creations.

I'd also like to share a little bit about my items and the process it takes to create them. We'll see how this all evolves.

Thanks so much for taking the time to join me.

Have an awesome day!