Welcome to fall

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.

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Our rose bush

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. ūüôā

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Morning glories

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.

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Boho fringed leather handbag with turtle totem.

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.

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This is my Native flute with one of our flute bags.

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.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a beautiful day and a lovely fall!

Debbie ‚̧

 

 

Life is precious

Good Morning! It’s Wednesday morning and sun hasn’t came up yet. I thought I would sit down and write something. I would love to start writing here more and sharing the things that make my life a little better in my days. Of course my family is everything to me. God, Great Spirit , the universe that lives inside me and teaches me each day how to overcome the hardships that are in life is my “go to “when my mind is heavy with sorrow. You see when the people are suffering I feel the suffering too. I have to say I have felt the suffering lately. I turn to my spiritual teachers . I guess you could say I have no one religion I have love and compassion, love and compassion is what I learned from Christ and Buddha. They live in my heart. I have been taught to be kind and have compassion. To be still and gentle. When the world is upside down it is very hard to stay in a place where love and compassion are strong. But the more you practice the more easy you stay or come back to it. My life has been full of moments to practice letting go and coming back.

When I sit quietly and talk to them the holy ones, the holy spirit, they come and show me the way of peace and gentleness. I am so grateful!

That doesn’t mean that my life is easy. But I have learned through the most difficult experiences how to go deeper. How to find the place to be so I can be at peace.

I  had to bury two children this time around on this earth. It was a long time ago  but I really had to find my way. It felt as if the rug was pulled out from under me. I was groundless. My spirit went directly to god, the great spirit, the universe and I prayed and cried and felt what I felt each day. There was no escape from the deepest pain I had ever felt in my life.

“LIFE IS PRECIOUS”

As time passed I found my way. That doesn’t mean that I don’t miss them so very much but I have come to accept that life is life and things happen that we can’t control. I am very grateful for the living teachers that are on this world right now. The Dalai Lama , Pema Chodron , Ajahn Brahn , and many more. I am also so very grateful to the ones who came , learned and shared what they learned so long ago. Christ , Buddha, Lao Tsu.

I also find refuge in nature. Right in my own backyard. I listen to the birds and find joy when the hummingbirds come to visit. I love when they dance around me as I water the garden. I love animals. My fur baby Rosie is a joy in my  life. Mother earth is my refuge. The Great mother nourishes my body , mind and spirit.

I love to do my art, beads and leather and am grateful that this is a part of my life. I listen to dharma talks and music as I bead and sew for the world.

I have so much to be Grateful for. My husband and lifetime partner , my beautiful daughter and 4 Grandchildren.

I love and adore all of you. I am so very thankful you are with me always in my heart.

My friends, old ones and new ones. Some who are still here and some who have gone.

I am Grateful.

Blessings !

Love and Peace!

Debbie

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Rose from our garden

From my heart to yours

Welcome to 2017! I sincerely hope we all have a very  beautiful year! Staying focused on the positive and what we love in our lives. Being close to nature and nourishing our spirits with the love of the universe and giving thanks for how much love and guidance we receive everyday. Living a life in gratitude  for what we have and being content with what we have. Letting go of all that hurts us and makes us suffer. Letting go of the thoughts and actions that no longer serve us.

May we be free from all this sadness and find ourselves basking in the love of the Great Universe , the love of the divine within us and all around us each day!

May we find peace in our hearts for each other and the world, letting go of the hate and prejudice that creates suffering for ourselves and others and does nothing to help the goodness of this beautiful earth we live on.

May we come to know nature and the beauty of this earth who gives us so much everyday to be grateful for. The beauty of nature , the rain and the wind , the food we have for our bellies that nourishes us.

May we find it in our hearts to be kind to the four legged , winged ones , fishes and all living beings on earth. To find compassion for the journey they are on .

May we always try to do better to help heal each other and not hurt each other. Giving of ourselves without expectations.

May we come to know our sisters and brothers without feeling like we need to change them but just love and accept them for who they are and where they are on the wheel of life.

May we let go of using each other and come to a place of gratitude where we can see where we can help and be kind enough to do so.

May we let go and be free knowing no limits and go deeper in love and compassion everyday!

May we start this journey for ourselves this day!

I love you !

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Christmas Snow

Good morning friends. A little while ago I changed my blog address. I upgraded to thunderrose.info so today I am claiming my new blog address on Bloglovin. I have now moved all my awesome followers to his address. Thank you to bloglovin for their help.

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Now with that said let me continue to show you what we woke up to on Christmas morning. My last blog post for my Etsy team Rainbow Artists was I am dreaming of a white Christmas. It was amazing , we did get snow. So Grateful….

When it snows there is a beautiful silence that come with it and the air is so crisp and clear. I love it! Nature is my sanctuary! My place to quiet my mind. I don’t have to go anywhere. Just out to my garden and I am there.

We got snow on Mingus Mountain in Arizona.

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Mingus Mountain
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Mingus Mountain

What a beautiful site this was. Christmas is done and we are headed into the new year.

I want to thank all the people who come by and share with me and support our business and our blog. It means a lot to me and John.

Have a beautiful day today and a

Very Happy New Year!

Love Light and Peace.

Debbie

 

Be Yourself

Good morning! It’s the middle of the week and so much is going on I am just gonna write. A lot of people like to plan out what they are gonna say or do on a blog but myself I just go with what comes in the moment. Usually when I make a plan it changes right in the middle of it all anyway. ¬†Just like this post I started yesterday and I made it this far and a friend called and I changed direction. So here I am again today one day past the middle of the week. ¬†What got me thinking about planning and blogging is Etsy is teaching about the best way to blog , how to’s . I’ll just weigh in and say be yourself. You and your life no matter what that looks like is where you are and that is good enough. Not everyone has all the perfect words , perfect pictures , perfect studios and whatnot.

Like John and I , ¬†we are ¬†minimalists. We live within our means and we really don’t try to be anything but what we are. Now in our society that may be seen as not ambitious or whatever but I have watched the illusions that people have put out their about themselves to the point where they are even fooled about who they are. So be yourself .

I mean I have been in business for almost 30 years now. I have a successful business that was started before the internet. I had no idea what a blog was. After getting online one of the things Etsy was saying back then was get a blog. So I did. I had no idea or clue.

I still learn something new all the time but all in all ” be yourself.”

My first camera came from my beautiful daughter Shannon. She had more than one. We used to take all our pictures with a vintage camera. The digital ones are pretty cool! We have now upgraded and bought a new one.

There is all the new and improved programs to different sites but I have to say

” not always so” improved for who?

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So it is fall now and the hummingbirds have migrated south and the fall air is magical as always. I will be happy to see them again in the spring.

This week I have been busy with a few projects.

I have some new beads in the house that I am stoked about.

I have these beautiful mint green beads

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Mint green beads Czech beads size 11

When I first looked at these beads I was in love. A very soft healing color of green that would look good in some of my leather and bead projects. As a matter of fact the other morning when I woke up I had an inspiration waiting for me right up front in my mind. I am looking forward to playing with these. I bought plenty so I put some in our bead store to share with you.

Here is a link to these beads

Mint green beads

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Also I was able to get some pink beads . They are real pretty too! They are a little darker than my last ones but I really love them.

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Pink seed beads Czech beads size 11

These pink beads are so soft and pretty. They are size 11 just like most the beads I work with. I really like that size. Just works good for me.

You can find these in my bead and leather store .

Pink beads

Our bead and leather shop THUNDER ROSE LEATHER is a small Etsy shop. We always have boxes of lace and scrap leather in our shop at home. We have way more than we have time to get in the store sometimes because we are busy making bags and purses. So if you have needs just contact us in our Etsy shop and we will be happy to help you.

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Leather laces Scrap lace for craft projects

Here are few of our laces we have for sale in our bead and leather shop

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Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Much love and light!

Debbie

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One of my beaded turtles……..by thunderrose

Thank you to my friends

It’s Wednesday evening and I have been brainstorming all day on how to best share friends. ¬†I came to the same conclusion I did a long time ago. ¬†Brainstorming? ¬†Yes…..I came to find out that I have always thought that the best way for me to share my friends art is by blogging and social media. I really love to blog others. Just makes my heart sing . Art is my passion helping and being kind and compassionate is my life goal . ¬†This and family love is all what makes life worth living. So tonight I am going to reciprocate the love by making a treasury for my dear friends who support John and I through social media and treasuries. ¬†There are so many of you but 16 is all I can fit in the treasury!

Thank you!

‘Thank you treasury’ by thunderrose

A big shout out and thank you to all of you who share our shop on social media and include me in your treasuries. It means a lot to us. Peace and Love! Debbie


Twilight Woods #180 (ARTIST …

$7.99

Christmas Ornament Dress Gre…

$22

Green-Eyed Beaded Leather Ea…

$32

Small bunny, miniature bunny…

$11.9

the Artist, hand knitted mou…

$32

FLASH SALE Large Larimar Cab…

$134.81

Cowl in Sherbet Shades FREE …

$28

vintage Woodpecker Woodware …

$24

Bisbee Malachite Pendant – S…

$115

Winter Folk Art, Primitive H…

$24

Handcarved deer antler Eagle…

$2

Pottery Mug, Handmade Stonew…

$24

Large Natural Dream Catcher,…

$50

Country Heart Charm Necklace

$35

The Dragon Drusilla – OOAK -…

$240

Soft toy House with the tree…

$40

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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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Welcome Winter Heart and Spirit

Today is the first day of winter. So I am welcoming in this beautiful time of year. A time of reflection and hibernation. A chance to search my spirit and listen to the guidance of my friends from the spirit world. As I walk along my path on this life’s journey I have been through so much and have chosen to learn from what has been along my path. Not easy but necessary for growing and changing. It has been quite a journey this time round to say the least.

One of the most important things is to find self love. To accept ourselves and love ourselves and be gentle with ourselves through all the things that we live with and grow with. To cut ourselves some slack when we make a mistake and give ourselves the love that we would give to one of our best of friends.

When we do this we have a more open, compassionate heart with others. We understand that everyone makes mistakes and finds themselves in difficult times.

Instead of always trying to hold up this illusion that society puts on us to give a false sense of perfection we are being ourselves learning as we go and loving others.

Getting real!

The further along you get, the closer you are to getting there.

Be your own person

Know your own self

Live in the present moment

Drop the struggle

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May you be blessed with peace and comfort

Much Love and Light

Debbie