SingleB Studio: My metals are all recycled and conflict free diamonds can be had upon request. So relax and enjoy your jewelry.
I like to make beautiful things with my hands. I especially like to make beautiful things that serve a purpose. That purpose (I hope!) is to make people feel happy and beautiful. I make everything by hand, by myself (well, my pug does snore away the day in my studio, keeping me company).
I like to work with silver and gold, and precious and semi-precious gemstones. I read a lot of books about ancient jewelry and this informs my design process. I like to think that my jewelry could be worn at any time in history! I love the fact that jewelry is one of the oldest arts, and that (almost) everyone likes to participate in this art, either by making jewelery or wearing it. Dressing up is an art in my mind.
I am beginning my journey to become a real goldsmith and I am loving every minute of it. I love jewelry, especially old jewelry…really old jewelry. Egyptian and Roman especially. I eventually aim to be able to make modern jewelry with an ancient feel.
Olive oil seems to be one of those all purpose household items like baking soda that can reside comfortably in the bathroom, as well as the kitchen. Though I had not previously thought to put it on my face. Since it is actually, oil.
And while putting it in the bathtub seems like a good idea, albeit slippery. The face, where acne threatens seemed to be a place where oil would only be a good idea for someone sunburned, elderly, or with extraordinarily dry skin. Or maybe all three.
But I am won over by simplicity of ingredients. And olive oil, beeswax and vitamin E seemed to be something I could put on my legs if I didn’t like it as a facial cream. Or toast.
I tried the Beeswax and Olive Oil Moisturizer from Grace Inspired. Described as wonderful for normal to dry skin, I wondered how dry is normal. Would I qualify? Would this moisturizer feel like Vaseline?
It does have a somewhat gooey appearance. And the first time I put it on, I used way too much and had to pat my face with a towel. After that I quite liked it. My skin did not feel dry (of course). But it also did not feel oily, or suffocated.
The next day I used too little and kept dipping my finger back into the jar for a little more, beginning to feel like the three bears story, trying to get it right. But the third time was not a charm. It actually took all week for me to figure out just how much of the stuff to scoop out onto my fingers and put on my face without looking shiny. This seemed idiotic. And I would have given up, except that my skin felt really good.
I also like to use it on my hands, which tend to get very dried out around the cuticles. I think a person with dry skin could happily use it anywhere. And it doesn’t hurt my feelings when I get to say I’m normal.
The necklace above is some of Jean’s handiwork. Her designs are inspired by another love in her life: food. This pendant is ceramic with kiwi-colored glaze. Her shop is very eclectic and, while that can sometimes be a bit distracting, her aesthetic is very consistent. She works in many media to create her jewelry, including metal, fabric, glass, and ceramics.
So then Jean suggested that I check out Allover Art.
And it was by sheer force of will that I did not buy these earrings right on the spot. Ruth Jones is the talent behind this fabulous shop! Each piece is a hand-painted little work of art. Ruth is also a more traditional fine artist but loves the idea of creating tiny pieces that people carry with them throughout the day instead of being hung on a wall to be admired at a distance.
Jogi Originals is a brand-new shop with loads of potential. I love how the details on this bag are delightly off-center! There are tucks in the body of the bag and, just above them, a bit of the lining fabric peeks out in its only little set of tucks.
Finally, I couldn’t resist the Xtreme poses that accompanied these hand printed yoga pants. Who doesn’t want to be comfy & pretty? Whether you wear these for their intended purpose or simple around the house, you’ll look great doing it. Find more limited-edition, screen-printed goodies at ahpeele.
It probably comes as no surprise that I tend to follow the work of Michael Pollan. One of his most recent articles in the New York Times, Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch, is no exception. I ran across it shortly after it was published and can admit it took me a few days to get through its eight rather comprehensive pages.
However, while I pride myself on being a feminist and do believe gender roles should be banished forevermore, while other people were responding with concern of it’s more sexist undertones (those I see, but think have been taken out of context — another story, for another day) I was busy fixating on another point made in the article.
quejimenez /kay’ he-men-ez/, noun, moniker for artist kiandrajimenez.
a boutique of artisan crafts, original art created by kiandra jimenez.
quejimenez started in 2005 after years of me creating art and other crafts for myself, family and friends. it has become my vehicle to sale all that i do from orginal artwork, handbags to quilt and fiber art.
everything i create is out of love and purpose. love of creating and the purpose of spreading love and goodwill.
my hands live to create…so i create.
i am a self-taught artist, who loves to play with all types of materials. i create from a place inside that thrives to find balance, peace of mind, love, and understanding of myself and all things around me. i love to tackle the emotional side of life in my art and hand-crafted bags and accessories.
although, i am new to selling on etsy, i have been creating art and various things for the past nine years. my art work and art bags have been shown and sold in local galleries and the riverside metropolitan museum.
although some may separate my art pieces from my artisan hand-bags, in my heart both are created as pieces of art; the process, the materials, and the media often intersect and overlap.