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Unique Handmade, Antique and Vintage Items from the AFPouncers!


The AFPounce group works Monday through Friday "pouncing" (tweeting) ArtFire artisans through Twitter and other social media sites.  Monday through Friday you can find them pouncing a designated ArtFire studio or items in a theme.  Since they work tirelessly to promote, I thought I'd help promote them and a few of the "non-pounce" shops that were recently included:Antique pair of Bedouin style Yemen silver bracelets over hollow form offered by Anna of CraftsofthePastOriginal Highland cow painting, 6" x 6" on panel, painted by Chris of GildedOwlJewelryRelaxing lavender foot soak handmade by Elise of UniquelyLatheredCopper and turquoise Czech ... » Read More

Looking to Halloween and Day of the Dead!


With today being the last day of August, summer is almost over and Halloween and Day of the Dead Festivities will be here before we realize it.  With that in mind, I decided to browse the studios of the wonderful promo team, the AFPouncers, and pull together some spookily fun handmade items that will be perfect for the other side of life.Here is what I found:Orange skull and black crystal Halloween skull earrings handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzoRed hand knit skull washcloth or dishcloth handmade by Sharon of HollyKnitterCreations"Lioness" handmade soap bar by Elise of UniquelyLatheredBlack cats in witches hats Halloween dog bandana handmade by D... » Read More

First and Foremost - Handmade and Vintage


As I was trying to decide what the theme would be for this blog post, I decided it would be fun to pick the first item listed in each studio of the artists featured.  The items are handmade and/or vintage - and such a beautiful wide variety of items they are:  fabulous gift ideas for the most discerning tastes!  I hope you enjoy this selection:1980 Japanese 10 Yen coin pendant necklace featuring the Phoenix Hall handmade by Diane of dianesdanglesSmall original oil painting of oranges, 6" x 6", handmade by Chris of GildedOwlJewelryBuddha pendant necklace with carnelian, jade and floral shell beads handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzoPurpl... » Read More

A Handmade Summer from the AFPouncers!


Looking for summer inspired handmade items?  Well, you have come to the right place!  Not only do the AFPouncers love to promote other ArtFire studios, but they are also a very talented group of artists.  The summery selections below prove just that.  Enjoy!Antique Yemen silver bead focal on and amber and turquoise necklace handmade by Anna of CraftsofthePastEtched emerald green handmade lampwork glass beads with fine silver handmade by Charlotte of CovergirlbeadsOriginal oil painting of two cows on a 5" x 7" panel, handmade by Chris of GildedOwlJewelryAmazonite, carnelian, citrine and sterling silver beaded memory wire wrap bracelet h... » Read More

Eclectica - Handmade and Vintage


According to the "Urban Dictionary," the definition of eclectic is: "a combination of many different individual elements of style, themes, mediums or inspirations pooled from many sources." Well, if you love eclectic like I do, then the collection I pulled together, called Eclectica, is perfect for you.  It includes so many different handmade, vintage and jewelry supplies items from very talented artist friends.  I love the eclectic feel of the collection so much that I wanted to share the individual items with you.  Enjoy.  Cinnamon brown Doxie puppy dog shaped padded, zipper pouch handmade by Donna of SewAmazinBohemian triple wrap... » Read More

Refreshing Greens!


A couple of days ago I curated a collection of different shades of green, called “Refreshing Greens.”  The collection was inspired by watching the miraculous transformation of the desert due to the unusual amount of rain we have been receiving, probably due to El Nino.  Officially to date, we have received just a little over 2.5”, which is 1” more than the norm (our yearly norm is about 9.5”).  It’s amazing how that extra inch of moisture has kept the desert green!  By this time of the year, the desert is usually toasty brown heading into our hottest month of the year, June.  And we are 5-10 degr... » Read More

Countdown to Mother's Day - Week 8


It is with somewhat of a heavy heart that this is week 8 of the Mother’s Day Countdown 2015 hosted by Julie and Blu of Blue Morning Expressions!  Week 8 - the last week of shared handmade and vintage items - where, oh where, did the time go?  Many, many thanks to Julie and Blu for hosting such a successful Countdown!  I'm sure everyone will agree that the Countdown was great fun with so many wonderfully creative items that are perfect for even the hardest-to-please Mom! Burgundy shell pearl and Swarovski crystal dangle earrings handmade by Kat of KatsAllThatMother's Day is Sunday, May 10 - almost here now.  If you haven't done y... » Read More

Countdown to Mother's Day 2015 - Week 7


It's hard to believe that Mother's Day is only two weeks away, on Sunday, May 10.  And it's hard to believe that this is week 7 of the Mother's Day Countdown 2015 hosted by Julie and Blu of Blue Morning Expressions on their Blu Print blog.  If you haven't already begun shopping, check out the loads of handmade and vintage items in the Countdown collection . . . I'm sure something will catch your eye for even the pickiest Mom.  This week, 67 items were shared on the Mother's Day Countdown.  It's not too late to order and have your items arrive in time to delight your Mom!Knit red cowl handmade by Cathy of Cathy CreatesYou can participat... » Read More

Countdown to Mother's Day - Week 6


Mother's Day is getting closer and closer . . . and I bet a lot of you haven't even begun to think about a Mother's Day gift!  It's hard to believe that week 6 of the Mother's Day Countdown has already come and gone with LOTS of beautiful handmade and vintage items shared - 60 items to be exact.  If you are still slow on the uptake, the Mother's Day Countdown - Week 6 collection will come in very handy.  Hosted by Julie and Blu of Blue Morning Expressions, you can shop for Mom in the privacy of your own home.  Add your selections to the shopping cart, pay and the items will quickly be on their way to you.  So many wonderful handmade... » Read More

Countdown to Mother's Day - Week 5


Can you believe that another week has come and gone for the Mother's Day Countdown. We just passed week 5 and Mother's Day is getting closer and closer and closer. Are you ready? Picked out that special handmade and/or vintage gift? If you are still dilly dallying, the Mother's Day Countdown - Week 5 will come in handy. Hosted by Julie and Blu of Blue Morning Expressions on their BluPrint blog, you can shop for Mom without leaving home. Add your selections to the shopping cart, pay and the items will quickly be winging their way to you. So many wonderful handmade and vintage items for so many wonderful Mums can be found on the Countdown - ... » Read More

Countdown to Mother's Day - Week 4


Another week has come and gone and we are another week closer to Mother's Day.  Ready yet? If you aren't, then the Mother's Day Countdown 2015 - Week 4 will come in handy. Hosted by Julie and Blu of BlueMorningExpressions on their BluPrint blog, you can shop for Mom without leaving home. Add your selections to the shopping cart, pay and the items will quickly be winging their way to you. So many wonderful handmade and vintage items for so many wonderful Mums can be found on the Countdown - Week 4, 72 items to be exact.  Raspberry pink weathered barn wood jewelry box handmade by Carla of ArtBySunfireYou can participate in the Countdown if... » Read More

Countdown to Mother's Day 2015 - Week 3


The Mother's Day Countdown 2015 collection that Julie and Blu host on their blog, The Blu Print, comes in so very handy:  you can shop for Mom without ever leaving home, finding that perfect handmade or vintage gift.  Heck, you can even shop in your pajamas - no one will ever know!  Sixty-nine items of various kinds were shared this week.  So many pretties that it's hard to decide! Blue flower and orange butterfly polymer clay covered ceramic collector's thimble handmade by Julie and Blu of BlueMorningExpressionsYou can participate in the Countdown if you have a studio/shop on ArtFire, Indimade, SupaDupa, StoreEnvy, a stand alone an... » Read More

Countdown to Mother's Day 2015 - Week 2


Another week has gone by and we are that much closer to Mother's Day.  That's where the Mother's Day Countdown 2015 collection on Julie and Blu's blog, The Blu Print, comes in so handy:  shopping for Mom without leaving home.  So many wonderful handmade and vintage items for so many wonderful Moms can be found on the Countdown, 75 items to be exact.  Even though I lost my Mom 16 years ago, I find I am still drawn to things she would have liked and treasured.  "Mom would have liked that" is something that often pops into my brain.  I see a lot of those each week on the Countdowns. Compass stained glass quilt square handmade by Jo ... » Read More

Countdown to Mother's Day 2015 - Week 1


Julie and Blu, being great gluttons for punishment, are again hosting a "Mother's Day Countdown 2015" on their BlueMorningExpressions BluPrint blog.  Last year's Mother's Day Countdown was a resounding success (as were the previous Countdowns to Christmas).  Mother's Day will be here before you know it!  Now is a good time to start thinking/buying your Mum's gift(s) by browsing the 69 shares this week of handmade and vintage items.Owl cupcake toppers for birthday or baby shower party, set of 12, handmade by Nat of adorebynatIf you have a studio/shop on ArtFire, Indiemade, Zibbet, StoreEnvy, SupaDupa, Etsy, stand alone websites and the lik... » Read More

Time to Treat Yourself . . .


With the holidays and Valentines Day buying time now far behind us, I thought it might be about time for YOU to treat YOURSELF to something beautiful.  With that in mind, I decided to curate a "Time to Treat Yourself . . . " collection of beauties, most handmade but there is a vintage ring included.  Anyone of these will brighten up your day or at least pique your interest to see what other wonders the artists have in their studios.Here are the selections from the collection.  To see more pictures and a description of each item, be sure to click on the link under each photo:Large orange flower art quilt handmade by Aviva of SieberDesignsP... » Read More

Fun and Funky Handmade Jewelry!


In the Urban Dictionary, I found this fascinating description of the word "funky" as it comes to style: "Funky can be a mixture of thrift store and name brand, lace and leather, a simple gold bracelet and a huge plastic pink one, matching or unmatching, a ton of jewelry or none, classy and trashy. Being funky is about taking risks, and not being afraid to get a stare or two from people who wish they could be as funky as you . . . funky is never about boring."I love that definition!  It was with that in mind, I decided to curate a collection of "Fun and Funky Handmade Jewelry" . . . jewelry will never be boring.  Here are some of the piece... » Read More
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