Leather bead art custom bags in white

It’s been awhile since I blogged anything. I keep thinking about it but some days are so long I am just not feeling it in the afternoons. It’s Saturday morning and I just finished working on our new online store thunderrose.co. It’s a work in progress but I a happy with the new store. It will take some time to get all the products we offer up but of course we do have our Etsy shop (Thunder Rose).

In Arizona we have been having an extreme heat wave that seems to be breaking this week. It has been so hot. We are feeling grateful for a break and praying for rain. It’s been a really tough garden year for sure. The heat, squirrels and gophers have been a huge challenge. So I just said well enough of that. Comes to be a point in time when it’s time to be done. lol…. At least for now.

We have been very busy in the shop making some custom white leather bags this week. Each one has it’s own uniqueness.

Beaded pipe bag
Beaded pipe bag

I love the long flowing fringe on this white beaded four directions pipe bag.

Four directions beaded rosette
Four directions rosette

When I do a four directions beadwork for our customers I always ask where they would like the direction colors to be. There are many tribes and each person likes their colors to fit with their tribe.

white leather wedding bag
white leather wedding bag

This beautiful white leather bag is a special wedding bag. We feel so honored to have our work be with someone on their special day.

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white leather wedding bag
white leather clutch
white leather clutch

Our fringed leather clutches are so cool. I love the bigger size of this one and the simple beadwork makes it elegant. Love all the fringe.

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white leather clutch with a beaded rosette
white leather bag
white leather bag

This white boho bag is so unique. We looked for a while to find this beautiful turquoise center piece and finally found just the right one. This white custom bag turned out really beautiful.

This is what John and I have been up to this week among other things. I really love how all of these have turned out. They are all on their way to their forever homes.

If you are looking for a custom bag for a special occasion or for your everyday life come by and contact us. You can find us here.

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Blessing to you all!

Debbie and John

Boho leather handbag

Today I would like to show you one of our latest creations. This handbag has real long fringe on both the front and back of the bag and a beaded turtle done in beautiful earthtone fall colors. The crossbody bag measures 9.5 inches tall (not including the fringe) , 8.5 inches wide , and 2.75 inches deep. It has an extra pocket inside and one on the back of the bag. The tied fringe is 20+ inches long.  Not everyone wants their fringe that long so we always make our bags the way you prefer them to be. We are happy to make your bag with shorter fringe , another color and a longer or shorter shoulder strap. The shoulder strap on this bag measures 48 inches making it a great crossbody purse.

The beaded turtle has beaded eagle feathers in the center of the bag.

Here are some pictures.

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Boho fringed leather handbag with beaded turtle

 

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A boho leather crossbody handbag with a beaded turtle totem.
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Beaded turtle

For more information on the handmade boho leather handbag go to our Etsy shop Thunder Rose 

To see the whole store go here: Thunder Rose

We make many custom leather handbags. You can contact us on Etsy and we will be happy to help you create the bag of your dreams.

We also have some ready to ship bags of all sizes. Go here : Ready to ship bags

We also make baby and children’s moccasins, medicine bags, pipe bags, leather clutches , phone bags , belt bags and custom designed bags just for you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Debbie and John

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Beaded leather bag, A week in motion

This week I created a small burgundy leather bag that has a sweet pink and purple heart on it.

I love hearts and decided to bead around this beautiful opaque pink mauve heart that I found in my friend Janice’s shop Flutterbye Bead Supplies .

Next to the heart I added some amethyst Czech fire polished glass beads ( from Flutterbye bead supplies )  and then some beautiful pink and purple glass seed beads that we have have in our bead and leather supply store Thunder Rose Leather.

A few years back after creating many leather handbags and adding beadwork to some of our bags we opened up a leather and bead supply store. Thunder Rose Leather

It has grown a lot and now we sell scrap leather, leather laces , glass seed beads, deer antler tips and a few antler beads. Thunder Rose Leather

Now with that said this week we put together a couple bags with beaded rosettes.

This one started with this sweet beaded heart.

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Beaded heart work in progress
beaded burgundy leather bag
Work in progress leather bag and beaded heart

These are work in progress pictures of the heart beadwork I did before attaching it to the burgundy leather bag.

There are so many steps that go into making a handmade, hand stitched leather bag with a beaded rosette.

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Beaded leather handbag with a heart center piece

This small leather bag measures 5.25 inches tall x 4 inches wide . The usable space is 5 inches tall x 3.75 inches wide.

The shoulder strap is adjustable and 48 inches long.

This leather bag is ready to ship.

This small handbag is in our Etsy Shop

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This is our finished product shop that is full of many different leather handbags, totes medicine bags, beaded totem bags, pipe bags , messenger bags, and baby moccasins.

To see this small burgundy leather bag go here Burgundy leather beaded bag

Thanks for stopping in!

Blessings!

Debbie and John

Beaded hummingbird pipe bag

It’s a beautiful Monday morning with lots of rainy weather here in Arizona. I have a new beaded hummingbird bag to show you today. Hummingbirds are so beautiful  and over the years I have beaded many. I do jazz them up with beautiful colors of the rainbow. On some of our custom orders our customers give me their favorite colors to work with and then I put them into the hummingbird. This week I created this one . My friend loved turquoise green , and some softer pastel colors. I decided in order to bring out these lighter colors a darker shade of turquoise would help bring it all together. This beaded hummingbird went on a pipe bag. She had just made a sacred prayer pipe and needed a special place to keep it. I feel honored that our art can be a functional part of someone’s life. To bring them joy for many years to come.

Many people have the hummingbird as a totem. What a beautiful totem ! Every year as I sit in my garden I watch the hummingbirds dance around me I feel joy. They love to play. Sometimes when I am watering they come right up to the water coming out of the hose and just sit in mid air and look at me. It makes me feel so happy having them so close. The simple pleasures in life make the best moments.

I am so Grateful for their presence every year. I plan to plant a bunch of flowers for them this year. Hummingbirds are dear to me.

Here is the pipe bag  with a beaded hummingbird we created this week at

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hummingbird pipe bag
Pipe bag with a beaded hummingbird..

This pipe bag is made in soft palomino leather and has double cut fringe off the bottom of the bag. The braided drawstring closure keeps the pipe very secure inside the bag. This bag is handmade and handstitched.

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Beaded hummingbird pipe bag.

Our bags are custom designed just for you. This one measures 20 inches long ( not including the fringe) and 8 inches wide.

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Beaded hummingbird by Thunder Rose.

Blessings of love and light to all!

Debbie

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Beaded leather bags > Ready to Ship

The last time I did a blog post I shared my latest beaded turtle bag that I did with the abalone cabochon.  At the end of my post I showed you what I was working on. It was a beaded green turtle that I added to a forest green leather crossbody bag. It is ready to ship in our Etsy shop.

Take a look.

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Green leather beaded turtle bag

This crossbody leather bag is a fun size for traveling light.  I like this style for the times when you only need a few things  a phone , camera, keys and small journal. Lets say you are going to the beach or the creek to sit and meditate and you really don’t want to carry a lot of stuff. That’s what I’m talking about.This is that bag.  It would also make a great festival bag.

This fringed leather bag measures 8.5 inches tall and 7.5 inches wide not including the fringe. It has a 48 inch strap length.

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I also have a purple beaded dragonfly in our ready to ship section on Etsy.

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Purple leather bag with beaded dragonfly

This small purple medicine bag measures 6 inches tall x 5 inches wide. It has a double drawstring closure and a beaded dragonfly on the front of the bag. For all of you who have dragonflies as your medicine totem or if you really love dragonflies this is the bag for you.

I can also see this really making a little girls day!

Our ready to ship section has a variety of different items that are always changing. So come by and see if there is something there you might like.

Most of our leather bags and purses are made to order and Christmas is around the corner so come by and get your orders in now.

We also make a very wide variety of handmade , hand stitched leather bags , baby and children’s moccasins in all kinds of styles and sizes.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Have a beautiful day!

Debbie

Inspiration turtle bag

 This bag started on day when I received  some abalone cabs and was looking at them.I was stunned at the beauty and thought about what would be the perfect rosette for this. My mind went right to a sea turtle. It was very fitting. Everyone who knows me knows how much I love beading turtles. Turtles really mean something to me. I feel I have learned from them in this lifetime. For one they are so ancient and represent Mother Earth who I love dearly.  Their wisdom teaches to slow down and be in the moment and enjoy life. For me when it’s time to go inside and be quiet then do so. Be still and go within calming the mind and refreshing your energy. In water they can move fast and gracefully. So the wisdom in life for me is when life is moving fast and intensely be sure to breath and move mindfully  through life’s intensities. If you get off track come back and start again from where you are.

 I looked at this beautiful abalone cabochon and picked out the beads I thought would look best with it. So this is the turtle.

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Beaded turtle totem with abalone cabochon

Once the turtle was finished it was time to make a choice on what color of leather would bring out the abalone. I looked at some smoke leather, chocolate leather , green leather and then the burgundy leather came in. WOWZA! It was perfect ! It totally brings out the colors in the abalone cab.

Take a look

Burgundy leather turtle bag

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Beaded turtle handbag with fringe

This burgundy leather bag is ready to ship in our Etsy shop.

I decided on this style bag because in the meantime between making the turtle and the leather purse I had another inspiration flow though me.

 So many of us love to journal these days in different ways. Some of us like to sort out our minds this way , some like gratitude journals , dream journals,  you get the drift. I have enjoyed journaling mostly by writing a prayer , poem , inspiring thought and gratitude thoughts. I love coloring in mine . It’s fun and makes the journal pretty.

My  inspiration is it would be great to have a very special bag to keep a small purse size mini journal in for when you go for a hike or want to sit by the creek , ocean , river or sit in your yard like me and watch the birds.

I needed a bag that would also be big enough for your cell phone and  keys.

 This is the kind of  mini journal I am thinking of. My friend Carola Bartz makes and sells these in her Etsy store

Carola Bartz Small Journal

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Blue starfish mini journal

I really love Carola’s Etsy shop.

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Moving on this this week…..

This week  I got in some new mint green beads and created  this smaller size turtle.

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Work in progress turtle
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Work in progress turtle all finished and ready for a new leather bag

I really love how this creation turned out. I haven’t decided what color of cross body bag this will go on yet. It is still a work in progress.

Thanks for taking the time to stop in and read about my art life!

Love , peace and blessings!

Debbie

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Southwestern Art from Thunder Rose

Do you love the southwest? That is where we live. We live near Sedona, AZ. and our art has been influenced by all of nature and experiences we are having here. I started beading long before moving here but the Southwest really opened me up to a whole new world.

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John and I have been involved in many artist community events and Native American tribal ceremonies that have been so very interesting . Many stories have been told around the fire and our kitchen table with people from all over the world.

The beautiful red rocks and magic of this area is known far and wide. People travel from all over the world to enjoy the beauty and magic of Mother Earth here. When we did art shows some years ago we met people from all walks of life and from all over the world.

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Red Rocks , cool tree and me

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This is one of my many bead work rosettes I have made. This beaded rosette is done in beautiful southwest colors.

The thunderbird  is considered a supernatural being of power and strength. It is especially important, and frequently depicted, in the art, songs and oral histories of many tribes.

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Beaded Thunderbird
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Leather tote with a beaded Thunderbird by thunderrose

This leather tote is a great size for an everyday bag. It measures 10 inches tall x 10 inches wide and 2 3/4 inches deep. It has long tied fringe down the sides and they are decorated with turquoise blue glass crow beads. It has a antler tip closure at the top and a comfortable flat strap that can be worn crossbody or over your shoulder.

Our leather and bead work is mostly custom , made to order so we can get your bag just right for you. We can make it in any color of leather you see in our shop or in our color chart. Come by and talk to us anytime.

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 It’s sure is a beautiful day and fall is right around the corner. We are feeling the cooler temperatures in the nights. What a blessing!

Have a beautiful life!

Debbie and John

White fringed beaded leather clutch

Good morning friends! It’s Monday again . Today I would like to show you a very special clutch I made last week. It was a process like all of our bags. The bead work on this one was fun and I love the way the orange sunflower turned out. The turquoise background really makes the beaded flower stand out. I love beading! Anyway here is the clutch…..

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Fringed leather clutch
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White leather beaded clutch
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One pocket clutch
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Beaded orange sunflower

This white leather clutch with a beaded sunflower and long fringe front and back measures 4 inches tall , 7 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep. The leather is soft and strong . This leather clutch purse is decorated with turquoise blue glass crow beads and the closure is a leather tie that wraps around the clutch. This is a one pocket bag and fits a phone and a few other things it just depends on what your needs are.

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This was a really fun clutch to make from start to finish.

Come by our Etsy shop and take a look . If you would like this clutch in a different size , color or even a different bead work please feel free to ask.

We do custom work ! Making something special just for you!

Blessings!

Debbie and John

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From my shop to you

I have been working on this project and decided to take pictures along the way. We got a new camera and it is fun and very helpful. I even shot my first video this week. That was all about my garden I will do a blog about that later and stay focused this morning on the beaded bag project I did.

I must say I love my shop my big desk , my sewing machine that John just fixed up for me. We have one in the big shop and now I have one in my little bead shop. I do bead work and small projects in here and big , large leather projects in the big shop. Just for fun take a look. So here you are seeing my machine that is used for very small medicine bags. Most of our bags are stitched by hand as you will see in the pictures below.  Next to the singer sewing machine is my bead desk. I have my special medicine bear and hummingbird Kachina that my friend John carved for me while he was staying with us. He carved the bear out of a rock and the Kachina out of wood. He is Hopi Tewa and a great friend and awesome artist. Big thank you to John!

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Singer sewing machine
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My desk

The bead work you see is the one I made for this custom leather crossbody bag. First, lets take a look at  a couple work in progress pictures.

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Cut out and ready to sew
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All laced up
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Bead work attached
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Handmade leather bag finished
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Singer sewing machine

A link to the leather handbag

LEATHER CROSSBODY BAG

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So there you have it. It is a journey from one end to the other in this little shop. Of course all the cutting happens on the big leather table in the big shop. Here is a picture.

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We have been doing all this for over 25 years now. It has been an awesome part of our journey.

When I started this blog post I was just going to share this leather crossbody bag I made this week. It evolved into a little more. Hope you enjoyed the journey. Isn’t that what life is all about.

Love and Light

Debbie

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