Handmade Custom Leather bags and beadwork , baby moccasins , medicine bags , beaded pouches
Author: Thunder Rose
I am a bead work and leather work artist living outside of Sedona Arizona with my husband John and our fur baby Rosie. We have a beautiful daughter and 4 Grandchildren that we adore. I created this blog for our business Thunder Rose Leather and for heartfelt moments in time. We do old style leather and bead work , one piece at a time, by hand, with attention to detail.
We develop our own designs and can work with your ideas.
At the end of the day we think each handmade piece is unique, practical and made to use and enjoy for many years.
I have made many friends along the way and it is so fun to enjoy each others company while making art and doing business.
I want to say thanks to all my friends that I have made along the way. I am so grateful for you. You truly enrich my life.
Our summer rains are here and it makes everything feel so much better. Of course the high humidity before it rains is a bit uncomfortable for us Arizona folks. The rain storm that moved through a couple days ago really gave us a good soak. As far as gardens go I really had to switch everything up this year. We have so many little squirrels ,they ate all the vegies as fast as I planted them. So I decided to go with flowers . Preferably ones they don’t really like.
They love morning glories . I had lots of those coming up from last year and they ate them before they put on their third leaf. Now with all the rain there are bunches of them coming up all over the place. * Don’t tell the squirrels*. I ended up planting honeysuckle and other vines for the fence. But I was also able to have parsley , sage and lavender. For some reason they don’t care for any of those plants.
Gardening in Arizona is a challenge. So I am going with flowers . The geraniums I got for free at home depot are doing great. *Not squirrel food*.
One day I walked into home depot and this nice man said see all those racks of plants over there? They are all free. They won’t last long. So I went and picked some out. They are mostly pink flowers and one red one.
Our Rose bush is really getting big . It has been blooming all summer. Considering how dry it has been I was surprised. It is more geared up for the Arizona weather.
Other than that John and I have been making our leather goods and bead work and trying to stay cool.
Oh and yes there are bunches of night shades growing around my buckets. But I am not worried about that. I love going out and setting with the birds drinking my morning coffee and watching the hummingbirds.
Sometimes the hawks come by to say hi and Rosie gets to chase the squirrels when they come out to see if we have left.
So I’m not trying to win some kind of competition with my garden. Never was into it for that. I love playing in the dirt and I love sitting outside with the birds and any friendly faces that come by. Even the night shades have pretty little purple flowers.
I love Mother Earth and she loves me!
This is before in the spring.
Here are a couple of our neighbors the squirrels and the rabbits.
Our sweet fur baby Rosie. Sweetest girl in the world! Love her so much! ❤
So I have said enough.
Would love to hear from you. Comments are welcome but I do moderate. So as soon as I see you I will post your comments.
Good morning! My blog has a new look. I found out that my old theme was going out so I had to decide what theme to use. It’s not that easy to pick one. Long story short, tada! Hopefully when I publish all will look great. In the world of computers there are always changes to keep up with. Just like life……. 🙂
A while back I posted on our facebook page a beaded turtle work in progress picture. I have finished the beaded turtle and made a tote for it to live on. That is what I would like to show you today. All the pictures have a link back to this bag.
This bag has recently SOLD. If you would like a custom beaded bag contact us here Thunder Rose Leather This leather tote is all hand stitched. It all started with a work in progress turtle. See the pic below.
The beaded turtle has a beautiful turquoise cabochon in the center as a focal point. The beads next to the turquoise cabochon are fire polish glass beads I purchased from Janice at Flutterbye Bead Supply on Etsy. The seed beads are size 11 and I sell them in our bead and leather supply store Thunder Rose Supplies.
It all started right here .
Measurements on this tote are 10 inches tall x 10 inches wide x 2 3/4 inches deep. It has an extra pocket inside. This leather tote makes a great everyday bag. I carry one this size and love it.
As you can see there is a lot of room. I wear mine crossbody and I find it very easy to open and close with the antler tip closure. It is very easy and convenient to get in and out of and the antler tip closure is very secure.
This beaded leather tote is waiting for it’s new home.
Good morning! We are enjoying a nice spring here in Arizona. We could use some rain as always but the things are blooming and the garden is coming up.
We have been adding some boho bags to the thunderroseleather.co website along with some other items like handmade baby moccasins and more purses and accessories. A little at a time and it is growing in a zen kind of way. Slow and steady , one thing at a time.
🙂 *We are now offering free shipping on all orders on our website.* 🙂
This boho bag is done in white leather and features an extra pocket inside and one on the back. It has an a adjustable 4 point braided strap and long fringe front and back. This bag is all handmade and hand stitched. For more information on this bag go here:
We have been working on some new projects . Today I would like to share one of our new , ready to ship deadhead art bags. This one is done in palomino buckskin and has a beaded stealie with dancing bears and a turtle on a glass cabochon for a focal point on the front of the bag. I beaded around this beautiful cabochon with green and purple beads.
This bag measures 7 inches tall x 5.5 inches wide and has a 48 inch four point braided shoulder strap. This deadhead art bag has an antler tip closure on the front of the bag.
This picture shows that this leather bag would be a great place to keep your phone and few other things when you want to travel light and take a few items with you. This crossbody bag is light and the fringes can dance with you.
This is a closeup of the beaded rosette I did for this bag. It is one of my smaller deadhead art bag rosettes. I will be making more of these in different styles and look forward to sharing them with you. So stay tuned! 🙂
This is one I did a while back it has found a new home but I will be making more up ahead so stay tuned. If you want to order a custom deadhead art bag from us just contact us.
We have been enjoying Grateful Dead music for many years and are so Grateful that they have evolved into Dead & Company to keep the music going. ❤ 🙂
❤ 🙂 Thanks for stopping in! ❤ 🙂
Come by our website to see more pictures and information on this bag.
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 🙂 ❤