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MaggieMays offers a beautiful blend of traditional, unique, top quality, one-of-a-kind original stunning and mesmerizing fine jewelry using precious, semi-precious gemstones, pearls, diamonds, crystals and handcrafted artisan bead design's. Modern, elegant, sophisticated, classic and heirloom quality jewelry to pass on generation to generation; using the highest quality gemstone's possible. Give the quality he/she deserves! Welcome to your one stop shop for OOAK fine jewelry design's and handcrafted artisan creations in all shapes and sizes to meet your individual needs and special occasions.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Perfect in Purple

Did you know that wearing the color of purple has become the latest trend during this hot weather season. A very talent artisan, shangrilacraft, has created a collection of handmade/handcrafted artistic design's that is full of gift giving, pleasure, and jewelry creation's that will accentuate any attire.

shangrilacraft is a Canadian that moved to China with her husband about 7 years ago and has always had a passion for jewelry. When she lived in Canada she really didn't know much about Mala bracelets or necklaces.Myanmar Bodhi Mala Gamma-Eighth Luohan BeadsMyanmar Bodhi Mala Gamma-Eighth Luohan Beads Necklace

After living and traveling in Asia for such a long; she was influenced by Chinese colors, beads, tassels and styles.Natural Turquoise and Red Turquoise Rondelle Stone Bead Mala Necklace Natural Turquoise and Red Turquoise Rondelle Bead Mala Necklace

Malas are made with semi-precious gemstones, rosewood beads, sandalwood beads, rudraksha beads, bodhi wood and yak bone. All malas are made in the 108 or 216 bead necklace or a traditional bracelet design. Their is a story behind her Mala design's:  Wearing malas everyday brings good luck, focus and a quiet mind. And don't you think we could all use a little more of that!

Blue Agate 15mm Rondelle Bead Mala with 16mm Shell Swirl Bracelet

Blue Agate 15mm Rondelle Bead Mala with 16mm Shell Swirl Bracelet
Now, she doesn't leave the house without putting one of her design's on. Her days are filled with designing and creating her own Malas. Her Malas are traditional and modern, in every style and design.Shangrila Craft focuses on making Mala bracelets and necklaces that are influenced by Tibetan and Nepalese traditional prayer beads.

Handmade Tibetan Silver & Turquoise Bangle

Handmade Tibetan Silver & Turquoise Bangle
 All dzi beads come from Tibet and Shang-ri la and always carry favorites- all number of the eyes, tigers tooth, lotus, longevity, medicine beads and the colorful goats eye. Each time she looks at a strand of beads her mind starts whirling and thinking "that would create a wonderful design."

Tibetan Silver and Large SquareTurquoise Stone Ring tibetan green Any Age Unisex

Tibetan Silver and Large SquareTurquoise Stone Ring tibetan green Any Age Unisex
Tibetan Silver Flower Bangle

Shangrila Craft always tries to keep as green and ecofriendly as possible. Recycled packages or re-use packing that is acquired or already have is used; and envelopes are made from 100% recycled materials. The part that is really enjoyable and most importantly, They walk to the post office, leaving no carbon footprint at all!

Visiting shangrilacraft, you will find a assortment of beads, jewelry design's, Mother of Pearl, strings and supplies for all your craft ideas.

5 Genuine Natural Tibetan Medicine Dzi Beads 30mm

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Don't forget to check out the wonderful handcrafted creation's done in purple!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Featuring IBH Guild Member SewKlassic

As I said earlier in a post I will be featuring a IBH Guild Member weekly. This week's feature will be about SewKlassic.Artfire.com. Karen grew up in a farm house that had the advantage of her two grandmothers, an aunt, and mother who had skills in quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, tatting and rug making, who by the way were very good teachers.With that in mind, I'm sure you know that Karen started at a very young around 7 or 8 learning her skills and techniques of sewing, tailoring, knitting, crocheting, tatting, quilting, making garments, especially with pockets, garment repair, sewing stuffed animal. All her design's are handcrafted working with her hands and sewing machine in her home. SewKlassic

Some of Karen's first projects started out with hand sewn outfits for fashion dolls sewn while watching TV and a special program that will take you back in time "The Leave It to Beaver Show." Her mother picked up on her interest and started teaching Karen how to use her sewing machine which led the both of them working together to make her own school clothes. Their are a lot of advantages of living out in the open air and country living, such as having a 4-H Club. Karen had neighbor's that actually started one and helped her with the art of sewing techniques and working with fabric. With Karen's accomplishments with the 4-H club all their item's were displayed at the State Fair; now I would call that a honor! Part of Karen's schooling included a great Home Economics class and at the end of her 9th grade year, all the girls organized a spring tea and fashion show for their moms featuring outfits they had made for themselves. Their were skirts, jackets, and top, and they even made cookies and punch.SewKlassic's Photo Gallery

Living in the country you have good and bad times as I'm sure you know. Well Karen had a bit of a bad spell in which at that time her loving mother taught her another skill by picking up the needles and learned to knit.  Karen kinda set aside some of her talent and put her hands to work with the love and enjoyment of knitting socks and things for babies.

Shades of Blue Baby Set

Sweet Summer Baby Booties

All her beautiful work still comes from her home studio where she does her sewing, design, alter clothing, knitting plans, making gifts or custom projects for family and friends;

White Lace Soap Sachet

White Lace Soap Sachetand still to this day, design's many of her own clothes and accessories.

HotCold Therapy Corn Bag with Blue Cotton Cover rose-display onlyAt SewKlassic you will only find the beauty and inspiration of using your hands to created handcrafted item's to fill your home with how hands can make artful and useful gifts and objects that bring joy to others, fill a need for beauty, and improve lives..

SewKlassic has shown all of us that country living is fun, soothing your spirit in the old fashioned classic way with love,  and most of all what the word handmade or handcrafted exactly means - quality, and purpose!

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tis The Season to Be Jolly!

Sewnfromtheheart's Photo Gallery

Christmas in July has always been known as a celebration of "Christmas in July." There has been a marvelous collection of handcrafted item's that would make wonderful gifts and home warming ideas curated by Sewnfromtheheart.

In this wonderful collection, MaggieMays had the pleasure of having her "Mocha Diamond Cross Necklace" included among all these wonderful gift's for your loved one's, friends or just a treat for yourself. Handmade creation's are more meaningful just knowing that the person took their time to design quality item's that will give you a life time of joy. You'll see what I mean when I show this beautiful collection.

I'd like to thank Sewnfromtheheart for including one of MaggieMays OOAK jewelry design's by telling you a little about her shop. First of all she is offering a 15% off Christmas in July sale going through July 1st to July 31st. All items apply. Use Coupon Code: CHRISTMASTREATS when purchasing one of her wonderful design's at checkout.

Getting To Know Sewnfromtheheart:
She was born with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and ADHD. Neither of the diagnoses was made until later in her life and she is now permanently in a wheel chair and can not walk. Thank goodness they have found the proper medications that give her the ability to move her fingers to do what she loves best, that is sewing and designing beautiful item's. Her true belief is that the man above has give her the strength to write, sew and live each day of her life to the fullest. She's all for making things for those disabled. She found find simple things that she could create and would work for using her hands or that would do good on her chair, so she taught herself how to sew and modify things. Her passion for sewing and writing is relaxing to her which she enjoys extremely and has become piece's of art. Many of her item's are one of a kind creation's done in a pet friendly home with her loving cat Zorro that give's her inspiration.Sewnfromtheheart

One of her focuses is kids, teens and young adults with disabilities from birth or from injuries due to accidents. There are so many younger people that live with disabilities like herself. In her creation's she chose fun bright bold colors and fabrics for that very reason. Here is one of her bold, bright and cheerful design's.

Walker bag with pockets Blue dragons with flames on yellow

Walker bag with pockets Blue dragons with flames on yellow
At Sewnfromtheheart you will find all kinds of handcrafted design's ranging from bags, bibs, aprons, walking bags, painted creations, wreaths, and a whole lot more.

Wreath Teal ribbon with white poinsettia and gold leaves Christmas

Wreath Teal ribbon with white poinsettia and gold leaves ChristmasHere's one of my favorite paintings showing her inspiration to all those with disability problems that they can do and they just have to believe in themselves. This is what we all should be doing each and everyday!

Painted wood sun with hearts Yellow and blue

Painted wood sun with hearts Yellow and blue

Christmas stocking Teddy bears

Christmas stocking Teddy bears
I have shown you just a taste of what Sewnbytheheart create's with her hands and her brand new sewing machine.

Sewnbytheheart interest include sewing, writing, painting, cooking, gardening, and baking. She has also accomplished being a published author as well.

You can also find Sewnbytheheart by following the below links and don't forget her "Christmas in July Sale"!

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