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
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!
Be sure to stop in to our Etsy shop and say hi. There is a SALE going on right now.
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 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!
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…..
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Good morning and welcome to a new day . Good ole Monday morning!
Today I would like to share our baby moccasins with you. Our moccasins are all made in soft elkskin leather. We make a wide variety of baby, toddler and children’s moccasins. They are all handmade and hand stitched by John and me . I do the beading for these sweet little moccasins. Sizes range from a very small newborn or 0-3 months , newborn to 6 months , 6 months to one year, and on from there to toddler and children’s moccasins. You can find them in our Etsy shop
These Moccasins are so cute. I mean every mom should have a pair for their little one. They make the perfect baby shower gift and after the baby outgrows them they can be a keepsake for future generations.
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.
Good morning friends! It is a rainy Sunday here in Arizona. I am usually out in my garden. But it is a rainy morning so it’s a great day for a blog post.
John and I have been working hard in our shop this week we have a couple of new leather bags to show you. These are in different colors.
We have a British tan leather, crossbody , bohemian bag. With lots of long fringe.
A handmade leather handbag with lots of fringe. This bag is made of soft British tan cowhide and measures 9.5 inches tall, 8.5 inches wide and 2.75 inches deep not including the fringe. It has an extra pocket inside, a pocket outside on the back and hand tied fringe all around, front and back. The braided shoulder strap is 48 inches. We can make the strap any length you like.
We also have a really cute palomino leather small shoulder bag that is perfect for wearing crossbody or over your shoulder. Because the four point braided strap is so flexible you can even tie it around you waist. When we make the leather bag we can make the strap any length you like.
A soft leather crossbody bag for your phone, keys and cards. This bag is made of soft palomino colored leather and measures 8.5 inches tall x 7.5 inches wide. It has a 48 inch braided strap. Let us know how long you like your strap.
This small shoulder bag is in dark gray. It features an antler tip closure and the fringe is shorter than on our other styles.
A dark gray leather handbag for your phone, keys and cards. This bag is made of soft, dark gray leather and is 8.5 inches tall x 7.5 inches wide. It has a 48 inch braided shoulder strap and an antler closure.
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.