Jennifer Joy Creative: All my creations are inspired by nature and my little family. I love to work with natural fibers such as hemp, linen and cotton for my clothing and wool, alpaca, bamboo, tencel, and various others for my yarn.
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!
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.
Look what I found this week in the Try Handmade Inbox.
Annie Lesperance: As far as I can remember, I always loved to create things. But it is when I discoverd jewelry making that I knew what I wanted to do. I am still learning new techniques every day and this is the part i love the most about metalsmithing…Sky is the limit!
All my jewelry are entirely handmade using sterling silver, stones and pearls. My inspiration comes from nature and organics forms and I like to experiment with different textures. I really love to create beautiful jewelry for people to enjoy
You look at this necklace and think it is fabric, right? Read on.
Wendy Hacker-Moss: Over 200 large stainless steel florets are handfolded origami style and attached to a sterling silver chain. 4 mm blue fresh water pearls are set in the center of the florets.
In the process of creating, each flower is tended to carefully, worked and shaped by hand, and then securely attached to either a sterling silver hand-woven, linked or chain-mail base structure. Attachment is not haphazard or random, but rather repetitive and exacting with a gestalt sensibility, so as to create thickets of form from material. The process is meditative and prayer-like in nature.
Imbued with meaning, objects may carry history from one generation to the next–just as jewelry passed from parent to child may transmit history from one generation to the next. My intention is to create a lasting representation of that which in nature is fleeting. For me, this is a way to memorialize the ephemeral in a sturdy form.