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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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. 

Beaded cuff
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
Rosie
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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