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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s Thursday afternoon this hot summer day in Arizona and I just finished this beautiful chocolate brown leather bag / fringed boho bag with a beaded dragonfly. The dragonfly is beaded in silk purple , forest green, silk green and silver lined gold seed beads. The background is purple leather. This boho / gypsy style handbag has long fringe that is decorated with purple glass crow beads. The bag measures 6 inches tall and 5 1/2 inches wide and has a 48 inch 4 point braided strap that is perfect for wearing crossbody. Of course if you would like you strap shorter or longer please just contact us and let us know we are happy to help you out.
The dragonfly totem makes this leather bag magical. It would make a great phone bag , medicine bag or perfect for going out and only carrying a few things.
As you can see from the pictures I added some gold glass beads around the dragonfly to express how magical dragonflies are. It gives it a little extra light.
It’s a beautiful afternoon in sunny Arizona. There has been a lot going on here at our home. The gardens are in. We have some new bags to show you but today I would like to show you this one. I love this bohemian, tribal , handmade handbag. This bag has lots of long fringe and is made in soft palomino leather. I love the way the beaded bear paw sits in the corner of the bag. I beaded the bear paw in black and brown glass seed beads.
Beaded bear paw
Now a little something from our garden.
Squash and tomato
This year John and I put a fence in the front of our home. We decided to have a container garden along the fence but leave it open so Rosie can run and play. A zen garden. We did plant in our raised beds in the back and I will show those in another blog post.
We are all really enjoying this new space we created. It will be fun to watch it grow and change over the years.
Awe Monday morning! Hope everyone had an amazing Easter weekend. Mine was just kind of normal. I relaxed into what I needed to do and enjoyed what I was doing. When I woke up this morning I went to my email and found that On Fire for Handmade is having a great finds hunt in Red. Oh my goodness what an amazing collection of red I found. Just stunning handmade items of all kinds you can check it out here.
John and I have been working on a few Red Handbags lately so I was really happy to see the Great Finds Hunt in Red.
I would love to show you all the beautiful handmade items from my team mates so here is a treasury for you to take a look at.
There are so many beautiful items here to choose from. Handmade jewelry in red , dream catchers, crocheted items, handmade cards, clay art, home decor, homemade candy and so much more.
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.
We have a really fantastic fringed hobo tote that is here and ready to be yours. The cream (off white) elkskin leather is soft and durable . This bag is for a free spirit that is not worried about making a statement. It has fringe all around , down the middle and down the middle of the back. It is all handstitched one stitch at a time. This hobo handbag measures 13″ tall, 15″ wide and 6″ deep, features an extra pocket inside, a comfortable 29 inch flat strap and lots of fringe. It would make a great carry on bag when traveling or a great everyday bag.