Totally stoked

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

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Beaded turtle totem with abalone cabochon

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!

Blessings!

Be sure to stop in to our Etsy shop and say hi. There is a SALE going on right now.

Debbie  from

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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

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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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Beaded Dragonfly Leather Bag

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.

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Beaded dragonfly bag
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Fringed dragonfly boho handbag
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Dragonfly totem

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.

Thanks for stopping in !

Have a beautiful day!

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

Leather and Beads

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.

Our bead and leather supply store has a variety of colors now in size 11/0 seed beads and some new boxes of leather scraps and leather laces.

The new colors of leather are  Purple, navy blue , red , burgundy , forest green. They are so soft and beautiful!  You can see some of our work if you go to our Etsy store

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Red Leather Handbag

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Purple phone bag

Purple Leather Phone Bag

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Burgundy Leather Messenger Bag with A beaded Turtle

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Navy Blue Tote

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Forest Green Handbag

So this is a sample of all the different colors we have been working with.

Here a few beads to check out!

Love my beads!

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A selection of seed beads, leather scraps, pony beds, leather laces and crow beads.

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A selection of our handbags, purses, baby moccasins, children’s moccasins , clutches, pipe and cedar bags and much more!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Have a beautiful week!

Debbie

Home and garden with family

Everyday something new is being created in my home. Beadwork , leatherwork,  food , and on and on. Life is one big creative process making life interesting. Even when blogging you are creating something that you hope someone somewhere will find interesting. There are so many different peoples and interesting subjects all you can do is follow your heart and post what your interests in life are. Even in the garden there is a creative process that goes on. You never really know how it will all go in a year but the magic of nature is of course magical and honestly it is just part of the journey. In everything we do you can learn, in my opinion. Life is one big teaching like you are in school and you can choose to learn from your day or not. I have heard it called earth school. I can totally relate to that. In all the years I have lived on our beautiful Mother Earth I have done my best to learn from what life gave me that day. It truly is not easy but it makes sense and it helps you understand yourself and who you are. Especially if you can quiet yourself enough to feel what is happening right in the moment. Even that is not that easy to pull off. In the society we are living in everything is speeded up, in a hurry and impatience is on the rise. So I practice being patient although in all honesty some days are easier than others. There are those who really do push you to your limit to say the least.You see when I sat down to blog I had no idea what I was going to write about. This is where it all went so far. Starting with a couple of my bead projects. 

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Beaded cuff
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Beaded Turtle
Nohea and Me
Nohea and Me

Our beautiful granddaughter visited us  this summer! Oh what a treat for us! Here we are in the garden with one of our sunflowers.

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Nohea and John
Rosie
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One of our rabbits
One of our rabbits

So that’s it for today! In our daily lives there is so very much to be grateful for. Things that bring us joy, laughter and grace. One thing I have learned is do your best to roll with it and let the river move freely with out resistance. One you start to resist stress accumulates. Do the best to steer your boat and stay on track but roll with it.

Blessings !

from Debbie at

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