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

 

Last minute gift ideas from Thunder Rose

For those of you who are still looking for some last minute gift ideas we have a ready to ship section in our Etsy shop that has gift ideas for family and friends.

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Leather handbags and pouches.

Above you see some of our multi color handmade leather handbags and medicine pouches. Some bags have fringe and some are non fringed. Two of these bags have antler tip closures. It is easy for us to add a closure at no charge if you would prefer one. Please contact us or leave a note at checkout.

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Handmade bags , pouches and children’s moccasins.

Above you see a beautiful purple leather handbag with an antler tip closure , beaded and plain children’s moccasins and three different medicine pouches. Two of the the medicine pouches have beaded chevrons  and one has a beaded dragonfly. These leather bags and moccasins are all handmade and hand stitched by John and me . I do all the bead work in the family.

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Handmade leather handbags , clutches and children’s moccasins

Above you see more beautiful leather handbags done in burgundy leather , a navy blue clutch with an abalone button, a turquoise leather handbag with long fringe , a pair of beaded newborn moccasins and a pair of toddler’s moccasins. If you take a closer look at the clutch you will see that it has a beaded edge.

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Navy blue beaded leather clutch

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Newborn moccasins , drawstring medicine bag , fringed leather handbag , children’s moccasins and a beaded turtle bag.

Above we have some white buckskin newborn baby moccasins, a drawstring leather pouch with double cut fringe , a beautiful black leather fringed handbag more baby moccasins done is saddle tan elkskin and palomino elkskin and a beautiful fringed green leather turtle bag.

Under each of these pictures you can see the price of the item. If you click on the picture you will be taken to our ready to ship section where you can see all the information for each item. Everything here is one of a kind and ready to ship.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop in and take a look!

Thank you to all our awesome customers who have been so very supportive this Holiday season! You are so appreciated!

Blessings to all!

May your life be filled with joy and light!

Debbie and John

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Handmade gift ideas from Thunder Rose

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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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

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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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