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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Totally stoked

Hi there friends. My blog is now ad free. I didn’t have to start all over and I registered a domain thunderrose.info. I really thought I was gonna have to start over but yea, no, I didn’t. I was just about to and my friends at wordpress wrote and helped me out. So I can keep on with this one. I am so grateful because I have put a lot into this one and starting over even though that can be cool, right now I would rather keep on trucking with this one. Plus I didn’t really need another blog.I have blogged myself and others here for many years now. Just feeling very Grateful right now!

It’s Monday and it’s a beautiful day in Arizona. Our fall weather is here especially at night. Did you all catch the harvest moon this weekend! It was so fantastic. It came up so big , bright and beautiful.

This week I made a cool turtle. It is a work in progress turtle. The turtle is all finished but I haven’t made the bag yet.

Here is the turtle

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Beaded turtle totem with abalone cabochon

I am pretty sure I have decided what kind of leather bag I want to put it on. It will have lots of fringe. I love fringe!  When it’s all done I will do a blog post to show you.

So that’s it for now…. Fall is only a couple days away. Happy fall to all!

Blessings!

Be sure to stop in to our Etsy shop and say hi. There is a SALE going on right now.

Debbie  from

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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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From the heart

When I woke up this morning the first thing I noticed was a bank of clouds. The sun was just  barely showing. I decided to sit at my computer and make a treasury and as I was sitting there the sky was lighting up from my window. I got up and looked out and this is what I saw.

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I didn’t crop it our change it just wanted to show the magic of this morning.

Here is the treasury I created for 16 of my Etsy friends!

‘From the heart’ by thunderrose

This treasury is from Artisans of Beauty and Rainbow Artists Teams!It features Kent Olinger from Images by Kent.Have a beautiful Thursday!


Handmade oxidized copper hor…

$30

Necklace Gold Silver Flowers…

$39

Labradorite dangles

$32

pink lace , Barefoot Sandals…

$24

Beaded Leather Earrings, Cap…

$32

Bath and Body Gift Set, Spa …

$34.75

Blue gemstone bead soup brac…

$27

B-DAY CARD Double Accordion …

$100

Womens gift Handmade noteboo…

$10

Pet Portrait – Pitbull Custo…

$49.99

Beaded Blues Statement Neckl…

$32.99

Pixieland Nuno Felt Vest

$255

All Occasion Gift – Set of …

$12

Dream Catcher Mobile – natur…

$125

Ink drawing – Neon summer – …

$120

Fairy house, Morrowind inspi…

$25

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Now the sun is shining real bright and I am feeling so grateful that I got up and caught this all. What a beautiful day it is going to be.

The weather is very warm this morning and the weekend is around the corner.

From my desk!

Debbie

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Leather Handbags

Leather and Beads

Today in Arizona at sunrise it is so very cold outside and the fire in the wood stove is burning warm and strong.

It has been really fun around here lately , getting in some new colors of leather to play with and some new seed beads too! The goal is to work on some new projects. But in the meantime as usual we are creating one of a kind special orders.

Our bead and leather supply store has a variety of colors now in size 11/0 seed beads and some new boxes of leather scraps and leather laces.

The new colors of leather are  Purple, navy blue , red , burgundy , forest green. They are so soft and beautiful!  You can see some of our work if you go to our Etsy store

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Red Leather Handbag

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Purple phone bag

Purple Leather Phone Bag

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Burgundy Leather Messenger Bag with A beaded Turtle

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Navy Blue Tote

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Forest Green Handbag

So this is a sample of all the different colors we have been working with.

Here a few beads to check out!

Love my beads!

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A selection of seed beads, leather scraps, pony beds, leather laces and crow beads.

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A selection of our handbags, purses, baby moccasins, children’s moccasins , clutches, pipe and cedar bags and much more!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Have a beautiful week!

Debbie

New Beginnings

It’s a beautiful Sunday morning and I have made changes this weekend. I have been missing having an Etsy Team so I created a new one. This is the first of many treasuries I will create for my team.

Best wishes to all my team members!

‘New beginnings’ by thunderrose

Beautiful finds from Rainbow Artists. Have a beautiful Sunday!Debbie


Turtle Dream Catcher – turqu…

$35

Bead Art Necklace – Eagle Dr…

$149

hand carved antler bear trac…

$2.5

Turquoise Mermaid Journal, B…

$15

Veg tan leather braces/suspe…

$90

DIY Miniature Beach House Gi…

$29.99

Opalite Bracelet, Copper Wir…

$34.99

White Buffalo Turtle Shell S…

$65

Picasso Jasper Natural Quart…

$20

Spirit Bear Vessel Spirit Be…

$88

Purple crystal beaded charm …

$29.5

Native Inspired Porcelain Be…

$15

Chunky Statement Necklace – …

$108

Unisex Leather Wrap Bracelet…

$15

Native American Style two dr…

$30

Chevron Statement Earrings, …

$15.9

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Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking a look at all the beautiful handmade finds I found today.

Blessings and best wishes!

Debbie

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Fringed Leather turtle bag
Fringed Leather turtle bag

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It has been a while since I have posted here. So I thought that today I would post a couple of our new bags we have in the store. I am really grateful to everyone who follows me and supports my blogs and work. We are going into a busy season and I look forward to creating beautiful handmade art for all our friends and fans.

Fall is coming real soon and we would love to create a new leather handbag , tote or special medicine bag for you. Also we have several different sizes in our baby and children’s moccasins.

Take a look!

Fringed leather bag
Fringed leather bag

This chocolate brown leather bag has long fringe that are decorated with glass crow beads. It has a crossbody strap that measures 48 inches. This leather shoulder bag measures 8.5 inches tall x 7.5 inches wide. It is a perfect size for your phone , keys, cards, passport and a few other things.

You can find this bag in my Etsy store

Small chocolate brown bag

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If you are interested in a beaded leather bag with a  lot of fringe, take a look at this beaded turtle bag.

Fringed beaded turtle bag
Fringed beaded turtle bag

This designer shoulder bag that can also be worn cross body is a large brown leather bag. The chocolate leather is soft, durable and stunning. The beaded turtle totem is beaded by me. This leather handbag has fringe all around front and back and measures 11 inches tall , 10.5 inches wide and 2.75 inches deep. It’s a great size for an everyday bag. If you would like a different kind of bead work come by and contact us we will be happy to work with you.

You can find it here.

Large fringed turtle shoulder bag

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For the children and babies in your life check out our baby moccasins and children moccasins.

Newborn baby moccasins
Newborn baby moccasins

Newborn moccasins

Children's beaded moccasins
Children’s beaded moccasins

Beaded moccasins

We have a wide variety of moccasins in different sizes and colors, beaded and plain.

To see more of our work go here:

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Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. If you see something you like come by our shop we are happy to help you.

Blessings!

Debbie