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
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.
Our bags are custom designed just for you. This one measures 20 inches long ( not including the fringe) and 8 inches wide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…..
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.
It’s Thursday afternoon this hot summer day in Arizona and I just finished this beautiful chocolate brown leather bag / fringed boho bag with a beaded dragonfly. The dragonfly is beaded in silk purple , forest green, silk green and silver lined gold seed beads. The background is purple leather. This boho / gypsy style handbag has long fringe that is decorated with purple glass crow beads. The bag measures 6 inches tall and 5 1/2 inches wide and has a 48 inch 4 point braided strap that is perfect for wearing crossbody. Of course if you would like you strap shorter or longer please just contact us and let us know we are happy to help you out.
The dragonfly totem makes this leather bag magical. It would make a great phone bag , medicine bag or perfect for going out and only carrying a few things.
As you can see from the pictures I added some gold glass beads around the dragonfly to express how magical dragonflies are. It gives it a little extra light.
It’s a beautiful afternoon in sunny Arizona. There has been a lot going on here at our home. The gardens are in. We have some new bags to show you but today I would like to show you this one. I love this bohemian, tribal , handmade handbag. This bag has lots of long fringe and is made in soft palomino leather. I love the way the beaded bear paw sits in the corner of the bag. I beaded the bear paw in black and brown glass seed beads.
Beaded bear paw
Now a little something from our garden.
Squash and tomato
This year John and I put a fence in the front of our home. We decided to have a container garden along the fence but leave it open so Rosie can run and play. A zen garden. We did plant in our raised beds in the back and I will show those in another blog post.
We are all really enjoying this new space we created. It will be fun to watch it grow and change over the years.
A leather messenger bag with a beaded turtle would be a great bag for a special gift for someone who loves to travel with their laptop and some other important papers or for those of you who really enjoy a large bag.
Our shops are all made to order so you can order this bag with a bead work of your choice or no bead work at all. The flat strap can be made at any length you are comfortable with. This bag is for a man or a woman. It is a very sturdy and functional handbag made of elkskin leather.
Good Day! It’s Saturday morning and I thought I would do a small blog post. I’m new to blogging on WordPress but I have decided to learn more about it. My name is Debbie and I am a buckskin and bead work artist living outside of Sedona, Arizona. My husband John and I have been doing this for over 20 years now. John designs custom handmade handbags and does leather work and I do bead work and leather work. We make a variety of different things from leather handbags, leather totes, beaded baby moccasins, flute bags, pipe bags, leather cuffs and much more. Here are some photos of what we do.