John and I started this supply store in 2013. We have been making leather bags and doing beadwork for a long time and we sold some of our leather scraps and lace in our finished product shop on Etsy (thunderrose) . We make so many scraps that it was time to create a new shop so our handmade, hand stitched art bags and beadwork art didn’t get taken over by boxes of leather and hanks of beads. So we proceeded to give it a try and are very happy with our decision.
This blog post is from my friend Deanna and it really touched my heart. It was so fun and cool to meet her and Kent. We had good times and I am so grateful for our friendship. We look forward to more good times up ahead! Love you Deanna! Thanks for the Love! ❤
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.
For more information on the handmade boho leather handbag go to our Etsy shop Thunder Rose
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A special shout out to some of our Rainbow Artists Team members who have some awesome handmade items to show you for Valentines Day. Handmade gifts that have been made with love and are ready for you.
For those of you who love to make your own gifts and have those diy projects you have been waiting to try you should check out our teams suppliers. They have great prices and so many fun beads and so much more.
Click on the picture and go to our team page and you will find these special gifts and so much more
We are having a giveaway! To enter go to our facebook page thunderrosecreations and at the very top of the page you will see a picture of this bag , you can enter the giveaway there or on the left hand side of the page where it says Giveaway. Just click in and follow directions.
This is the leather handbag that will be given away on January 31st 2017.
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!