Saturday, June 26, 2010

New HAF Team Artist Tuscanroad

Today I want to tell you about Tuscanroad Designs, run by Holly. Holly was inspired by a trip to Italy. On her profile she states. " It all began with a trip to Murano, Italy. After touring the glass and bead factories on this island, I was hooked. Upon returning home, I promptly signed up for a Lampwork class at the local glass store to learn how to make my own beautiful beads" She uses her own lampwork beads, swarovski crystal, and semiprecious gemstones. The metals she uses are: sterling silver, bali silver, african silver, gold fill, copper and brass. She is a talented lady who makes beautiful jewelry. In her Etsy store you will find beautiful items with a mod and vintage flair. She makes timeless, classic jewelry whose beauty lasts throughout the seasons and beyond the trends.

This is a beautiful necklace with mauve crystals and silver fringe. Below are her chubby love bird earrings. They are so cute. Above is the golden book locket necklace. It is simply stunning.

Holly also has a great blog where she talks about these wonderful owls she has. You have to check it out.

Monday, June 14, 2010

New HAF Team Artist Spotlight Snips and Snails at

Robin Hart man is a part time college professor teaching english. She has her MA in British Literature! I am duly impressed. On top of this, she is a wife, mother, and artisan. She works primarily in cross stitch and pattern design, however, she also ..." dabble in a little bit of everything: jewelry design, bead work, decoupage, crochet, polymer clay, card making, rubber stamping, and plastic shrink." This is one well rounded and talented lady.

At Snips and Snails Etsy store, she welcomes all "... to Snips and Snails, home of the seahorse silhouette cameo earrings." These are beautiful and unique earrings. They are so cute.
You can also find her on Twitter, Flickr, and her Blog.

She also sells a scrabble tile necklace with a tiny cross-stitch of a snail. It is so tiny and intricate. It took a lot of talent to do that. I have seen cross-stitch and I have seen scrabble tile necklaces, but never the two together.

She also made this very creative bamboo tile of a Van Gogh painting. Check it out below.

Robin is a talented lady with a beautiful Etsy shop. She even offers free shipping on some items. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

HAF Etsy Team Spotlight!! - K & K Crafts and Designs

K & K Crafts and Designs hails from Yokohama, Japan. Kazumi B. is the person behind the goods. She makes lovely frame purses. They are perfect for change and lipstick and whatnot. This one is so cute with the strawberries. It looks so sweet!. Kazumi has a blog where the crafts and drawings are discussed. She has also a Facebook Fan Page and a Twitter account.

In addition, K & K Crafts and Designs makes sock monkeys!  She has a set of sock monkeys, a bride and a groom. They are just adorable. I want one!

These have to be the cutest things I have seen in a long time. Not only does K&K Crafts and Designs do frame purses and sock monkeys, they do sock monkey frame purses! See the cute one on a keychain below.

As if all this wasn't enough, she also does chalk art on another Etsy shop.  It is called K&K Chalk Art Designs. She does chalk art for individuals as well as businesses. She does them for coffee shops and weddings. Check out a picture of her chalk art below.

Kazumi also has Socky's World where you can see what Socky the Sock Monkey is up to.

My Article on Photo Editing

I wrote an article on photo editing with Gimp 2.6. You can find it published on Rena Klingenberg's site Home Jewelry Business Success Tips

I think it's a great article and I hope you do too! Let me know what you think after you've read it.