Beaded leather sunflower bag

I created a different beaded rosette this week and love the way it turned out. First I got all the beads and stones I wanted to use . As you can see I started off with a simple yet elegant turquoise stone cabochon. Around the turquoise I added some glass fire polish beads in a turquoise green color that went with the turquoise cab. From there it was some of my favorite colors of glass seed beads that I thought would look real pretty in this colorful sunflower.

Once I had the rosette done I decided what color of leather this beaded rosette would look good on.

We have a variety of hides in the shop so I take the beaded rosette off to the leather shelf and start pulling hides down. This time I picked a wonderful mahogany color hide. It is one of my favorite colors. It reminds me of the red rocks in Sedona.

Now it’s time to decide what kind of bag do I want to make. This time I decided to do one of our favorites which is a simple fringed handbag. It’s great for a phone and a few other items. It’s also a great place to keep a special journal.

We cut out the bag, lace it up and now it’s time for the beaded rosette to be added. I glue it down then I sew it down. Then I lace around the rosette giving it a beautiful extra dimension. As you can see in the picture.

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A fringed leather handbag with a beaded sunflower
This fringed leather handbag measures 8.5 inches tall x 7.5 inches wide and has a 48 inch crossbody four point braided strap. It can be thrown over the shoulder , worn crossbody or tied around the waist with a loop knot.  It will hold a large or small phone and a few other things.  I also feel this is a wonderful way to keep a special journal. Like a gratitude journal or a journal you are writing special prayers and keepsake quotes from yourself and other special people.
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That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed reading a little about our process here at Thunder Rose Leather. We do this everyday and are very grateful to be able to do our art for the world. Thanks so much for your support and kindness! Debbie and John Thunder Rose Leather

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Beaded leather bags

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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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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Beaded Leather bag

White fringed beaded leather clutch

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…..

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Fringed leather clutch

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White leather beaded clutch

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One pocket clutch

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Beaded orange sunflower

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.

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This was a really fun clutch to make from start to finish.

Come by our Etsy shop and take a look . If you would like this clutch in a different size , color or even a different bead work please feel free to ask.

We do custom work ! Making something special just for you!

Blessings!

Debbie and John

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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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Sharing handmade art and crafts

There is so much fun in sharing handmade art and crafts. If you take the time to really look at some of handmade crafts that are on Etsy you will be stunned at the quality some people are producing at really great prices.

Today I found 16 members of one of my Etsy teams

ON FIRE FOR HANDMADE

 On Fire for Handmade

 On Fire for Handmade has been around for many years now. It was founded by Anne Hopfer in 2011. Ann has been working hard for the handmade community . She created the most awesome website where she promotes her team and she has so many really great things going on. It’s just amazing what she does. Take a look.

ON FIRE FOR HANDMADE WEBSITE

So this is a shout out for Anne and her awesome team. If you need a custom banner set for your Etsy shop you should check out Anne’s shop

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Thanks Anne for all you do for us!

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Let’s take a look at some of our team members shops.

‘Sharing Handmade Art and Crafts’ by thunderrose

A shout out for our awesome team captain Anne Hopfer and her awesome team On Fire for Handmade!


Custom Banner Sets Made to O…

$15

Beaded Bracelet ~ Sea Foam G…

$105

Toy stress ball, Amigurumi c…

$14.9

MOTHER’S DAY Green Silve…

$20

Turquoise Heart dream catche…

$20

Turquoise Spike Beaded Neckl…

$66.5

CIJ SALE Genuine Turquoise a…

$52.5

Crochet Wash Cloths Country …

$7.5

A drop in the (turquoise) oc…

$75

Teal Wrap Bracelet – Stunnin…

$18

Silver Paisley Earrings Silv…

$53.95

Vanilla Caramels 1/2 lb, glu…

$12

Soap Saver Camouflage Croche…

$7.5

Hamsa drop earrings, orange …

$17

Blue Green Teal Czech Glass …

$29.75

Knitted Socks Shadow Stripes…

$30

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Have a beautiful day!

Debbie from Thunder Rose Leather