My friends Phil and Julie are a couple of hippies who live up in Alaska, in a house that they built themselves. Now some of you might react by thinking “ewww, hippies!” but rest assured that they’re the cool kind of hippies; they are homesteading, homeschooling, organic gardening, child rearing, chicken raising, art making hippies who make the world brighter just by being in it.
Julie is a beadworker, and Phil helps with her small business, Baked Alaskan Designs . As you can see
from the photos, she creates gorgeous, heirloom quality bead embroidered barrettes. Her “Stealie” barrettes are very popular, though I’m especially fond of her rosette style barrettes. They remind me of the type of beadwork that I used to see at Pow Wows – bold, elaborate and carefully crafted. Recent instagram posts from Julie suggest that she may have some new tricks up her sleeve as well. I’m excited to see the new ideas that she’s working on; so far, they look stunning!
She opened their Etsy shop a little over a year and a half ago and quickly found her niche, not only in terms of her work, but as far as community. She gravitated toward groups of artists that network and encourage each other, and she clearly strives to support her fellow creatives. Julie often shares tips and info with me, and she shares my work (and the work of her many creative friends) on social media. Those things may sound small, but they’re actually HUGE. Making a living as an artisan is no small feat, so it means a lot that Julie not only focuses on trying to make her business successful, she actively tries to bring others with her on that road to success.
With that said, I’m inspired by Julie’s art AND by her attitude. Thank you for being one of the good ones, may it come back to you tenfold <3
It struck me as such a loving and hopeful response to a terrible situation, and it reminded me of the many ways that art can heal. I donated for a chance to win, and I’d like to encourage you to do the same: just click on this link and donate to get a ticket(s). Doing so offers the opportunity to win a beautiful work of art, and the ability to participate in a very kind response to a tragic situation.
I based this story around Meredith Dillman’s beautiful image of the Fairy Queen holding the Holy Grail.FAEteam featured shop Meredith Dillman, meredithdillman.etsy.comvisit the Fantasy Artists of Etsy at www.etsy.com/teams/5932/fae
Yikes! I got so dang busy that I completely forgot to post the info about my annual costume contest! Yes, I AM doing it again this year — I’ve just been a bit of a slacker about announcing it. Here’s how it works:
My Virtual Costume Contest is an annual customer appreciation event. Contestants submit photos of their costume incorporating one of my masks or costume accessories. The grand prize winner receives one of my filigree leather circlets ($60 value) in the two colors of their choice. This year I’m adding a second place award ($25 shop credit), and as usual, ALL contestants will receive a 10% discount off their next purchase, simply for participating!
2011 Costume Contest Winners
And now for the nitty gritty:
* “Like” my facebook fan page.
* Send a photo of your costume by November 4th 2013
* Your entry constitutes consent for me to use your photo.
* Contestants under 18 must provide written parental permission.
* Your costume must include at least one of my products.
* Multiple entries are fine, as long they showcase different costumes.
* Store Coupon has no cash value, and can only be redeemed for ready to ship items (no custom designs). Coupon expires on 10/31/2014.
Winner Selection Process:
* On 11/04/2013, I’ll create a facebook album for the entry photos.
Filigree Leather Circlets
* The first place winner will be chosen by Lady Luck (okay, Rafflecopter) at 12 am PST on 11/09/2013; they’ll receive one of my filigree leather crowns ($60 value) in the design shown here, in the two colors of their choice.
* A second “People’s Choice” award will go to the contestant whose photo has the most “likes” by 12 am PST on 11/09/2013; this person will receive a $25 store credit toward any ready made item in my shop.
* Last but not least, ALL contestants will receive a coupon code good for 10% off their next purchase of any ready made item in my shop.
an assortment of leather leaves for hair accessories & more
Grateful for a break in the rain today… it’s a gorgeous autumn day, after a solid week of rain and gray.
This gives us a chance to take care of some yard and garden work before the weather turns. We’ll be planting garlic,shallots, berries, irises and herbs. Also getting the garden ready for winter, mowing the yard and raking up leaves for compost & mulch.
When we’re done, I’ll light a fire and curl up with a good movie and this pile of leather leaves; gradually, these will become hair toys and other fun accessories.