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This month I’m playing along with Art Elements Component of the Month challenge. The super talented Lindsay Starr, created these innovative leather cabochons. To learn how she made these, you can read about her process here.  The cabochon I received is the second from the left, in the top photo.

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This was an interesting challenge for me, because I’m not a seed beader, so I couldn’t create a beaded bezel.  Upon further reflection, I realized that I could use some techniques that I learned in a pine needle basketry course that I took about a year ago.

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As you can see, the center of my basket is a stone cabochon.  My idea was to use Lindsay’s leather cab in a similar manner, but only weave two rows of pine needles around it and then use it as a brooch or pendant.  I glued a sturdy fabric to the back of the cab and prepared my pine needles.

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Using dark green Irish waxed linen, I added the two rows of pine needles.   In the photo below, the second row is close to being finished.  I laid the cab on our glass coffee table and started playing with some different possible embellishments.  When I found a combination I liked, I trimmed the remaining pine needles to a tapered point and wove them in.

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I used Fire Line to add the flowers and leaves.  I haven’t added any findings yet, as I haven’t decided if this should be a brooch or a pendant.  What do you think?

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I’d position the cab sideways, as above, for a brooch.  If I were to make it into a pendant, I’d position it vertically.

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A big thank you to Lindsay for sharing the leather cabochons with us. I also want to thank each of you for visiting my blog.  Now hop on over to the all the other participants and see all the fantastic things that everyone has created.

Guests:

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I am always delighted to read your comments!  Hope to hear from you.

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Tuesday Tour

Tuesday Tour – Week 2

Every Tuesday, from now until Christmas, I’m going to take you on a tour of some of my favorite Art Fire shops.  I’ll feature some special items from those shops, with the hope that you’ll find some great handmade Christmas gifts or something sweet for yourself.

Many people are starting their Christmas shopping now; hoping to spread it out over two months and avoid last-minute craziness.  If you really want to avoid the frenzied crowds and the rushed, pressured feelings, I suggest that you shop for handcrafted items online.

When you shop handmade for Christmas, you help  support  artists and their families. You get to interact directly with the artist, without middlemen or big box stores.  Plus, you will get personal attention and customer service.  What could be better?

Shop handcrafted for Christmas.I’m going to start off today with Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.  Catherine was the first person to purchase from me when I came to ArtFire and we have become good online friends.  She is always available to answer my questions and she works tirelessly to promote other artisans.  Catherine’s work primarily features lovely gemstones, with designs inspired by nature.  It’s difficult to choose just one favorite item from her shop, but these Laser Etched Black Onyx Earrings are brand new and I really love them.  Check out the sweet little stars at the bottoms of the earrings!

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Laser etched Onyx Earrings

This cute little handmade Yellow Duck Soap is available at Forget Me Not Soaps on ArtFire.  It it is banana scented and would make a delightful stocking stuffer for the little kiddos in your life.

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Tomlinson Photography and Design is one of my favorite shops.  I have a great appreciation of art photography and like to play around with my camera a bit myself.  This Winter Red Berry Card, or the others in her shop, would make unique Christmas cards this year.  She’ll even personalize them with your family name or greeting.

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Tomlinson Photography Christmas card

Before I started making jewelry, I tried my hand at basket weaving, so I have an insider’s appreciation of all the work that goes into the creation of a handmade basket.  This Hand-woven Basket With A Rolling Pin Handle is one of the most clever baskets I’ve ever seen.  Wouldn’t it make a unique Christmas gift  for the baker on your list?  I just love this!  It is available from Baskets By Rose.

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You can also find great handmade Christmas gifts at Linda Landig Jewelry.  Please visit my shop for handmade jewelry with an artisan flair.

I hope you enjoyed your second Tuesday Tour.  I’d love to hear your comments!

Wiped Out Wednesday

Because I have had art and fine craft shows the past two weekends…

Because it is the holiday season…

Because I had a bunch of (wonderful) commissioned pieces to work on and…

Because I am in the middle of reorganizing my whole bead studio…

This post will just be a picture tour of the second of my holiday shows.  There  so much amazing talent!  All the different ways people find to express their creativity is endlessly inspiring and delightful.  Enjoy!

Ceramics booth metalsmith at the Dec 11th arts & crafts show

Teddy bears

ceramic bowls with cat motif

Handmade basket booth at the arts & crafts show Dec 11th

Water color paintings of two birds

handmade clothing booth

carved wooden masks by a Cowlitz Tribal member

Linda Landig Jewelry at the arts & crafts show Dec 11th