I got a visit from a dear friend from Canada. We love to sit in the garden and catch up. She always brings me a four direction medicine package. Not only does it look beautiful but it smells awesome. She picks her own sweet grass and makes the sweetest bundles. I won’t be sharing pictures of the gifts I received, I just want to share the goodness of true friendship with sister friends.
Just being real, real to who we are along our journeys. Not perfect, just real, honest….
I also received a beautiful package from a very dear sister friend with one of my favorite dried flowers (roses) . Not only were the flowers beautiful but the glass canning jar added to the beauty of the whole package. My sweet sister friend who always knows what to say. She has supported me kindly with her heart for several years now. We even got to visit each other this past year. I don’t have large groups of friends but the ones I have are really beautiful people. I am so lucky to have found them.
I wanted to write about this today because I was so deeply touched by the warmth of my friends this week.
Life isn’t always easy as we all know. So just a little loving kindness goes a very long way in my world. Isn’t this what we all truly want and need in our lives? To love and be loved in an authentic way. Just being yourself, not holding anything up. Respected for who we are.
I am feeling grateful for this!
One of my favorite tea blends. Hibiscus , oatstraw , and green tea.
This tastes so good and is good for you if you get along with the herbs. I pull the green tea out after a few minutes and let the hibiscus and oatstraw sit for hours in the glass canning jar , pulling out all the vitamins , minerals and good stuff.
This week I think I will add a few rose petals 🙂 ❤
This full moon was fantastic! It not only was beautiful but the energy around it was intense. I’m sure different for each of you. It’s always a joy in life to watch the moon, in all phases really. Everytime I see the new moon I feel it’s a new beginning as I do with each new day. On this cold February morning I looked out my window and saw this sunrise sky.
As I was walking back to the house I saw the Moon big and beautiful as she is setting in a brilliant colorful sky.
I love to see the sky when it looks like this at sunset here in Arizona
and as the sun goes down the full moon was rising
This week I was lucky to capture these cool pictures with my little camera right from our acre of ground here in sunny Arizona.
It’s a true blessing to be alive , to be able to learn , grow and enjoy in the beauties given to us by the Great Spirit . What a beautiful show that we can all share from all over this beautiful earth, all walks of life, all beings, being in the moment.
Taking a moment to enjoy the love given freely by God , the divine, holy spirit that lives in our hearts and is always there to go too . I say thankyou , thankyou , thankyou. I love you , you are my rock, you are my go to, in all ways , all days!
It’s Friday again and we are almost a week into the new year . Happy New year to all ! 2017 treated us well , sometimes it was a wild ride but that is life. Comes and goes. We just ride the waves.
John and I decided to simplify our life , which is pretty simple anyway but sometimes online life and wearing so many different hats can really be a hoot of an experience.
I probably told you about starting up a new website last year. Well because of not being able to find ourselves in search we had to make the decision to move. Honestly if you can’t find yourself in search , well you are not gonna get found. Even though starting over is sometimes hard, it is also necessary. So that is what we did. 🙂
We love our Etsy shop. It’s our baby and does well for us. We also have a need to not have all our eggs in one basket due to so many reasons. We learned this lesson a long time ago in business. We also enjoy having a site that we are in control of, so when the winds of change happen , and believe me they do, we have something to fall back on.
I have been working on some new beadwork designs that I hope to get done sometime in the next few months. I am looking real forward to creating them. Right now they are being cultivated and grown in my heart and mind lol 🙂 .
We for the first time have introduced fuschia ( pink) leather. Wow , it is really pretty. Take a look
One of our favs this year has been wolf paw medicine bags.
I created this one in black leather with a blue wolf paw for one of my customers. This is a work in progress picture. I love doing work in progress pics.
Good morning friends! I hope everyone had a beautiful day of giving thanks! During these holidays John and I really try to stay at a steady pace. So everything we make is very well made and there is no OMG stress. In our online stores most everything is made to order. But this year we have some “READY TO SHIP SECTIONS”. We have been making the things we make for over 25 years and have learned there is no way to have every single thing we make sitting there ready to ship out .
This year we have ready to ship leather handbags, beaded handbags , medicine bags wallets, and a few pair of baby moccasins. You can find all of these sections in our ETSY SHOP THUNDER ROSE , in the first three sections after the ON SALE section. Just so you know we are running a sale. When you buy $30. or more you receive 20% off.
We are no longer making promises for things to get to you by Christmas that are made to order. But the ready to ship items go out in one or two days. No problem.
Sometimes we are running a little ahead of schedule but not always. In the end we just want to make sure everyone gets something quality made. So that is what we do.
Here are some things that we have in our ready to ship sections.
We have some beautiful ready to ship leather handbags, totes and medicine pouches at Thunder Rose
The first four sections of our shop are devoted to ready to ship items. We have many made to order bags that you can choose from. Everything in the end is one of a kind, all hand stitched and some are beaded by me with the beadwork having a fine beautiful leather lace around the rosette. We also have a wide variety of made to order handbags , totes,medicine amulet bags, flute and pipe bags, clutches and baby and children’s moccasins. Be sure to get your orders in soon for Christmas. This is our busy time of year and we are handstitched one at a time with attention to detail.
For today here are the bags I would like to show.
Below are the individual pictures of each bag and a description. Click on the links for more information or to buy the bags.
Large leather shoulder bag. This handbag is made of soft saddle tan leather and is 12 inches wide, 12 inches tall and 3 inches deep. It has an extra pocket inside, a pocket outside on the back and a comfortable 31 inch shoulder strap. Ready to ship
A soft brown leather tote. This handbag is made in soft mahogany brown leather with an antler closure. It is 10 inches tall, 10 inches wide and 2.75 inches deep. It has an extra pocket inside and a comfortable 48 inch strap. A nice size for an everyday bag.
A brown medicine pouch that is hand stitched and measures approximately 3 inches tall x 2 inches wide and has lapis blue color glass beads on the front of the bag. The neck strap is approximately 36 inches long. The leather is soft and beautiful. This small leather pouch is perfect for a small tone or crystal.
Ready to ship.
Yesterday I was looking at these beautiful pink hearts I got from my friend Janice at her bead store. I had just finished a beautiful black buckskin medicine bag and decided to put an opaque pink mauve glass heart in the center of the bag. When I laid it on the bag it was so simple, minimalist and elegant I just had to sew it on.
It feels like good heart medicine that someone out there will cherish.
A black medicine bag with a glass heart focal piece. The medicine bag measures approximately 3 inches tall x 2 inches wide and has a 36 inch neck strap The heart is a opaque pink mauve Czech glass heart bead. I sewed the heart onto this necklace bag. The pink heart adds a simple , minimalist elegance to the leather pouch. The leather is black buckskin.
This blue leather clutch is a simple soft leather clutch. The navy blue leather is soft and durable for your everyday needs. What I love about this clutch is its small yet functional in a multi purpose way. It has an extra pocket inside so you can keep all your cards, money and a phone . You are organized all in one place. This small leather clutch is ready to ship and for sale in our Etsy shop (Thunder Rose).
This blue clutch is all handmade and hand stitched.
This is a picture of the inside of this beautiful clutch. As you can see there is an extra pocket inside.
TGIF and welcome to fall! We are feeling awesome fall weather today in Arizona. The very long hot days are coming to a close as the days move by very fast. I woke up this morning to clouds too! Extra special for us.
The rose bush John gave to me last year is still blooming. It has bloomed all summer! It has grown so much and seems to be a very happy camper here.
The morning glories are doing well too! I didn’t think I was going to have any this year because the squirrels ate them all spring but finally after the rains they started popping up in the front garden and the back! So there will be plenty of seeds for next year. 🙂
Of course the art world is our world in so many ways. Everyday we create and create some more. I have to say I really feel grateful for what I do everyday.
In celebrating fall today here is a beaded leather boho turtle bag we created that really brings out fall colors.
What an amazing leather handbag this turned out to be. Our customer wanted really super long fringe. It turned out super cool !
I have decided to learn to play my Native flute. Here is a picture of it.
When I sit in our garden I love to bring my flute. I have started to just breath and blow and make some pretty sounds. I haven’t learned songs. I might not. I might just play with my heart and see how that goes. ❤
Another of my goals is learning how to blog more. Have more interesting content. It will be mostly from my garden and my home right here in Arizona. I am a very simple woman with a very simple life. That is something I am grateful I have cultivated in this lifetime.