I run my own company as a interior/exterior house painter I paint, repaper, and things like that. It is not easy for a female to run a business in a man’s world but I love my job and I hope I will keep going.
My interest in beads started with a gift from my lovely boyfriend. He bought a box with beads, wire and some other things to me. Just because he thought I would like it. And I loved it! At the start I didn’t have any plans at all to sell my items but people around me started to ask if they could buy some of it and after that it came more people and more….
After a while I felt that I wanted a development from the beads and the material I had been working in. So I started studying various metalsmith techniques. The material I most liked to use became sterling silver and a little more expensive gems. And there is where I am today.
I am a person who takes my inspirations from my own impressions, things in life and nature. I always have a goal to make my jewelry and findings original. My style is very variable but often pretty clean design. I do my jewelry and findings with the word: everything has his own time. I want my work to be as perfect as it possible can.
Every once in a while I come upon a shop that I know I’ve got to post about. How happy was I to stumble upon Oryx + Crake’s online shop on Supermarket tonight? Very happy! Featuring a minimal sensibility with unique design details, the work of Oryx + Crake is pure genius as far as I’m concerned. Jee Bundy, the designer at Oryx + Crake, has used bamboo throughout her collection, and offers all kinds of items for the home and garden – from coasters to cake stands and bird feeders too. I’m particularly enamoured with the clocks from her shop and I’ve included one of my favorites for you to see above.
Jee Bundy lives in Rochester, New York and freelances as a consumer product designer, one of her recent clients- Sony, she designed a custom line of bags for them. Maybe you’re wondering where the name Oryx + Crake came from like I was? It’s the title of one of Jee’s favorite books by Margaret Atwood, and while there is no symbolism or overt connection to the book to be found in her line, I agree it sure does make a great name!
A birdfeeder like this makes me wish I had a backyard so I could put it up, kick back and watch the birds every morning from my porch.
Got a friend or family member who adores poker? I think these coasters would make a wonderful gift.
This handmade clock was made from laser cut bamboo and finds it’s inspiration in nature.
I’d love to hear about your favorite handmade shops, designers and artists! Leave me a note in the comments so I can check out their shops – and yours too, if you have one.
Lavender Field: I’m a self-made crafter and forever a learner.
My style is very unique as I don’t follow any trends, but actually make my own.
I have an insatiable urge to create, create, create stuff with my hands. After all that’s why God gave us hands…. to put them to good and creative use!
Colors, nature and my surroundings in general are my inspiration, and I have this unconscious habit of always picturing ugly things turned beautiful.
The variety of styles I create reflect exactly that: my love for variety. Variety in jewelry, clothes, music, decor, food and styles in general.
And check out her attention to detail in her custom work. Nice!
I love these whimsical fish-inspired necklaces.
Fishbone Silver: I mostly work with pmc and sterling but also throw copper and beads in the mix. I am inspired by nature and the beach community I live in. I have a grown daughter, 5 golden retrievers, 4 horses and 2 donkeys, quite a wonderful zoo!
A couple of years ago, a one of my mother’s friends took me aside at a family event and told me, “Your mom would move mountains for you, Rebecca. Remember that.” At the time, I took as an off-hand comment, but it was actually a prophecy of sorts. Just 6 months later, when I called my mom to tell her that I was planning to leave the West Coast and move back to the Prairies, she said, without skipping a beat, “Great. Rent a truck. I’ll drive.”
A few short weeks later, with Vancouver in the rear-view mirror of my Jetta and my mom at the helm of a packed U-haul, I headed home. It took us 3 days to make the 2000+ kilometre trip. My mom was Thelma, I was Louise, and the gas-guzzling U-haul was called “Piggy”. A lot of laughs, a few tears, and a couple slightly-sketchy hotel rooms were shared as we made our way across 3 1/2 provinces. At the end of our trip, when my belongings and I were safely in Winnipeg, my mom asked for nothing in return. She just gave me a huge hug, told me to behave, and hopped on a flight back to BC.
Someday, I hope I get the chance to pay it forward and do something like that for my own kid. (Except I’ll probably make him drive the U-haul.) In the meantime, since my mom is my rock, I have gathered up this collection of stone-cold awesomeness in her honour…and just in time for Mother’s Day!
According to Lindsay, unlike children, air plants require minimal nurturing to keep them alive. They don’t even need soil; just a sunny spot and a twice-weekly bath. This Tillandsia makes his home in a sandstone pebble planter, which has a lovely modern, organic design. Check out Lindsay’s shop of all sorts of unique and beautiful gifts for mothers (and others.)
Dean & Sue of British Columbia carve words and designs into stones that have been polished by the Pacific Ocean, using a sandblasting technique. They will carve all sorts of words and images into the stones, but I think these sweet little baby feet would be perfect for a new mom. The pendant pictured above, from the Monkeys Jewels shop, hangs from a silver bail and comes on a black leather cord with a silver clasp.
I love how these felted pebbles fool the eye. At a glance, they appear smooth and hard; but in the hand they are warm, soft and touchable. Taking her inspiration from nature’s organic forms and textures, Delica creates her tromp l’oeil rocks by felting natural merino wool. The set pictured above is made up of nine grey pebbles; each as unique as their stone counterparts would be in nature.
And, finally, some rocks of a different kind – the edible kind! These decadent mini rocky road cheesecakes (pictured above with the peanut butter cup cheesecake) from the Bakesalery are topped with loads of vegan marshmallows, ganache and chopped almonds on a chocolate cookie crust. The best part, though, is that they come in pairs; perfect for sharing with mom.
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9th, 2010.