Saturday, 2 February 2019

Introducing you to - hugsbeads

Hi There.....Are you a fan of hugs?

You are.....come on just admit it 😉

A weird question you might think. But it has everything to do with Hugsbeads, the shop I am introducing you to today.

Paula, the shopowner, wants to take you on a journey on how beading found her. She was not particularly looking for a hobby, let alone a passion, but it chose her.

Sounds cool.....don't you agree 😃

It all started 10 years ago, shortly after she had given birth to two beautiful bouncing identical twin boys. She already had a 6-year-old and 4-year-old son running around, and now she was up to her eyeballs with feeding twins and changing diapers. Oh yes, she says, the endless diaper changes!

I already had similar thoughts when having one kid at a time 😰

She was running on steam, not getting much sleep, feeling each day merge into the next with every minute scheduled. She loved being a mom more than anything but was feeling slightly overwhelmed.

But help was on its way.....Her mom came over to help her with the twins and brought with her a project for them to share. A simple earring bead pattern, a needle, thread, and some beads. They sat down to learn how to make this pair of earrings. And that is all it took for actually both of them to fall in love with beading. Especially the fact of doing something a bit 'girly' for a change.

That is how a lot of us Etsy sellers get started.....doing something simple, loving it and wanting to learn more 😃

So to continue her story.....From that point, she researched how to sew different bead weaving stitches and learned techniques of bead embroidery, which she absolutely loved to do cause it gave her the feeling of being able to be as creative as she wanted.

Her twins are now 10 years and she has been beading for all those years! She loves the feeling of designing and completing a piece. It's just part of her now.

She finds her inspiration everywhere. Sometimes she draws them, sometimes she just keeps them in her thoughts until she gets into her studio, and other times she has no clue where a piece is going until it's in her hands and she gets to work on it.

You might have been wondering where do those hugs come in then 😯

That is because there is love behind every piece, a story, a discovery, a journey.....a hug in form of the beads. She wants that hug to be a small reminder that we all have talents within us that are just there waiting to be discovered.

Now let me show you some of the pieces she has listed in her Etsy shop.

Dark Red Crystal Oval Pendant, Bronze Beaded Long Necklace

Sun Ring, Beaded Celestial Rings, Bronze Polymer Clay Sun

Polka Dot Earrings, Black Rockabilly Earrings with Czech Peacock Beads

Victorian Gothic Pendant, Black Polymer Clay Beaded Embroidery

Dusty Blue Flower Earrings, Polymer Clay and Crystal Dangle Earrings

Right Hand Ring, Bohemian Wide Band Ring for women

Native American Fringe Necklace, Green Blue Jasper Stone

Moon Face Beaded Shawl Pin, Celestial Beadwork Embroidery

Small Hoop Earrings, Turquoise and Bronze Bohemian Hoop Earrings

Ombre Earrings, Pink Square Earrings with Floral Modern Rustic Design

So tell me.....did you get her hug 😃

Hope you like my blogpost.....Until next time.....Have a great weekend

Renata (Seadbeady)

Behind every unique handmade piece is a lot of hard work. It's a labor of love and every piece you buy will make someone's day a happy day.

Want to be on my blog next time ?? Just send me a message 😊

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Introducing you to Rabenkraeuter

Hi There.....Are you a fan of plants and herbs?

I would think most of us are 😊 I myself love to experiment in my cooking with herbs.

Well, I have a very special story for you this time about the shop Rabenkraeuter

A few years ago the shop-owner and her family were on their way to visit a small yard. The last part of the street a raven escorted them. He landed on a large upstanding stone on the farmyard. So they bought the micro yard and are still cultivating it today. The Raven, so they learned, was saved as a chick by one of the former farmers.

It often accompanies the shop-owner on her herbal walks. This black bird was the inspiration for 'Hof Rabenstein' and its herbs.

The shop-owner now gives guided tours, where she leads people around and teaches them about wild plants and their uses.

One of the most popular workshops is Blumenfeuer/Flowerfire. It's a workshop where they make colorful sugars and salts, and the participants get to take those home as a small souvenir. Then they cook a 'wilde wald und wiesen menu'.....a wild forest and meadow menu.....and end the day around the campfire.

That sounds great to me 😃

Another popular workshop is Herbarium production. Most participants in this are fellow herb teachers or Biology/Pharmacy students. They get to take home their own made flower press filled with a future specimen.

So those are some of the things you can find in her Etsy shop. Along with postcards made from beautiful pictures a fellow herb teacher makes.

I think it is time now to show you a few things out of the shop.

Decorative flower salt

Decorative flower sugar, rainbow sugar

Handmade botanical Greeting cards

Wild Harvest Curiosity: Dirndl olives with herbs, Cornel olives

Scented rose oatmeal bath salt and body scrub

Large herbarium. 15 printed postcards

Traditional herbs syrup, plantain syrup

Handmade plant flower press, herbs press, made of wood

Wild Harvest Curiosity: Dirndl olives sweet sour berries

Wild herbs or plants collection: Herbarium leaves

Those are some really special items in this shop.....don't you agree?

Hope you like my blogpost.....Until next time.....Have a great Sunday

Renata (Seadbeady)

Behind every unique handmade piece is a lot of hard work. It's a labor of love and every piece you buy will make someone's day a happy day.

Want to be on my blog next time ?? Just send me a message 😊

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