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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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

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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Fringed leather handbag > Beaded bear Paw

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.

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Beaded Bear Paw Bag

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Now a little something from our garden.

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.

Thanks for stopping in!

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Leather bags and purses

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.

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Bohemian Leather Crossbody Bag by Thunder Rose

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.

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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.

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Leather Crossbody Bag by Thunder Rose

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.

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This small shoulder bag is in dark gray. It features an antler tip closure and the fringe is shorter than on our other styles.

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Dark Grey Leather Handbag by Thunder Rose

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.

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To see a full collection of our work come by and see us here

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Red hot handmade

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.

 

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Red leather handbag

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.

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Great finds hunt is all about *red* on the On Fire for Handmade Team.Beautiful red hot handmade just for you!


Silver and Red Handmade Bead…

$30

Red Dream Catcher milkweed p…

$12.95

Grasshopper on Red Flower Ph…

$4

mini Book copper necklace Bo…

$20

Copper Mandala Dark Red Earr…

$38

Crochet red Bears, Baby Bear…

$22.9

Natural Ruby Butterfly Penda…

$147

Red Hat and Pearl Necklace S…

$25

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Nature Phot…

$15

Red Bracelet – Valentine Bra…

$10.65

Fantasy Polymer Clay Mushroo…

$33

Scarf Infinity Cowl Diamond …

$45

Czech Glass Earrings, Red Da…

$28

Painted Wine Glasses With Re…

$25

Multi-Color Euro Glass Beads…

$27

Caramel- Pick a flavor, Bake…

$20

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So many beautiful red hot handmade pieces here!

Enjoy your day!

Blessings!

Debbie from Thunder Rose Leather

Rainbow Artists

We have some beautiful handmade artists on our Rainbow Artists Team. Hand crafted and one of a kind beautiful jewelry , pottery , crochet items , beadedwork, chokers, fall home decor, bread baskets from birch bark and much more.

Check out these beautiful stores. Each picture has a link that goes back to the listing on Etsy.

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Beautiful handmade art from Rainbow Artists TeamHave an awesome weekend!Blessings!


Custom Om Mosaic Ooak Made t…

$435

Turquoise Magnesite/Silver P…

$60

Eagle Feather Brooch – Clay …

$27

PRE-HOLIDAY SALE 25% Off Aba…

$27

Amethyst Lace Agate 65-Carat…

$69

Brightly Colored Native Amer…

$28.5

ON SALE Raw amethyst necklac…

$30.6

Bone choker with bear paw ca…

$70

Fall Floral Arrangement in W…

$69.99

18 Inches Doll Clothing – Cr…

$12

Bracelet, Royal Red,Tibetan,…

$22

Locking Neck Scarf Fine Meri…

$28

Birdhouse, Pottery, Hanging,…

$55

Beaded Earrings – Kiss Me – …

$23

Woven breadbox of birch bark…

$43

Heart OOAK CLEARANCE embelli…

$25

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Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and taking a look at these awesome artists.

Debbie

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Beaded leather tote with turtle totem.

Small leather pouches ( gift ideas )

It’s getting close to time to be thinking about the Holiday season. Not that any of us need an excuse to buy beautiful handmade items.  Today lets talk about the smaller items that can be a gift for a small child to an adult. Like this beaded leather pouch that is a double drawstring pouch with earthy colors and measures 5 inches tall x 4 inches wide. Small bags and pouches can be used in a variety of different ways. They can hold your special stone or crystal, be worn around your neck as a necklace bag or whatever your needs may be. In our shop we off a wide variety of different sizes and styles of leather pouches in different colors of leather and beadwork. We have dragonfly bags, turtles bags , bags with fringe and plain leather pouches. 

SMALL LEATHER POUCH

Brown Beaded Leather Bag
Brown Beaded Leather Bag

Beaded Leather Necklace Bag

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Beaded Leather Necklace Bag

This small pouch measures approximately 3 inches tall x 2 inches wide and has a splash of bead work on the bottom. It is made in saddle tan elkskin leather.

This is just two of the small pouches we offer in our Etsy shop to see more go here.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Have a beautiful day !

Debbie

Fringed hobo tote

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.

FRINGED HOBO HANDBAG

Fringed Hobo Handbag
Fringed Hobo Handbag

This fringed tote has an antler toggle with a braided loop for its secure closure

 

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This is a side view of this beautiful  fringed purse / tote .  As you can see in the picture it has antler buttons on the sides that make the strap beautiful.

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Side View of tote

Back View of tote

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Back view of tote

This tote is ready to ship. If you are interested you can find it here.

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