Interview with Erik from Sacred Hoops Jewelry

I’m a member of an active and vibrant Etsy team called Rainbow Artists. Members of the team are from all over the world and sell all sorts of items. I’d like to know more about the places where they live in because they all sound very exotic to me! I’d like to know more about the places that they work in, and why they make the things that they do. And most of all, I’d like to get to know the people behind the shops🙂

My name is Michelle and I’m from the Etsy shop Atman Art Studio. I’ve been be interviewing a number of teamies in recent months. This week we’ll have a chat with Erik who makes intricate and unique beaded necklaces, as well as upcycled wooden boxes, that he sells from his shop Scared Hoop Jewelry.

Where do you live and how long have you lived there?

Thank you for choosing me to be the featured artist. I came back to Iowa from Texas in 2005 after spending 28 years down south. It was in my hometown of Cedar Rapids that I remembered my childhood vision to build Snake Loomed jewelry.

Iowa could be the worlds largest cornfield with rolling hills and meandering river valleys. Cedar Rapids is a small city with roots in the food industry. I enjoy the scents coming from Quaker Oats in the middle of winter when everything including the river is frozen over and covered in shimmering white snow.

Where do you make the jewellery that you sell?

I build my Snake Loomed projects in my home which I share with my daughter who is my favorite model. For me Snake Looming is far more than a hobby. It is my job and my main form of therapy. The most difficult part is getting a project started. There are so many decisions to make such as what colors to blend and what patterns to build and the style of jewelry I want to make next. After my strings are cut, tied and needled up the fun begins.

I can sit for short amounts of time throughout the days and string beads while I enjoy rock and country music or the calming sounds of various native musicians from around the globe.


What do you like most about making jewellery?

For me the biggest thrill in my craft is seeing the excitement on peoples faces when they discover my work especially if they are lucky enough to become the owner of a piece. I like the WOWs I get when folks realize the effort that goes into string hundreds of beads into the intricate patterns I have developed over my years of dedication to this technique.


What is the most difficult part of making jewellery?

The patterns which are the most difficult have the six colors of the rainbow. The Rhythmic Rainbow necklaces I have created came out of my head early on in my career as a bead artist. It takes 72 rows of beads before the pattern recycles. The most difficult pattern takes only 12 rows to start over but it took me 2 1/2 years of thought before I could imagine exactly how to accomplish it. It is the Ultimate Weave pattern with the primary colors spiraling in one direction and the secondary colors spiraling in the opposite direction. At the same time the colors appear to weave around each other creating a tubular net of rainbow bliss. Doing my beading projects with the colors of the rainbow is more of a challenge to me because of the complexities of working with so many colors.


What do you like most about having an etsy shop?

My shop on Etsy allows me the freedom to create and not have to deal with the crowds of people and noise in the market place here in Cedar Rapids. Etsy gets me out in front of the world and away from this small city where I can attract a global following of diversified admirers. I love to see and sometimes buy the work of other artists and designers I encounter on Etsy. I like the way teams of Etsyans work together to promote each others products so we may all reach a greater number of folks and get more views from around our world.


Could you share one item from shop that you are most proud of making?

I have another creative passion. During the warmer months of the year I like to get outside and use shop tools to create little keepsake boxes out of various woods that I pick up from freshly fallen trees in the area. By trade I am an ironworker but I found much spirituality in taking natural materials of the forest and listening to the songs they sing as I run them through my saws. I love to put my hands on a piece of scrap lumber and turn it into a beautiful display of craftsmanship.


I love the description in your etsy profile:

“In third grade on beading day in art class the Goddesses showed me a vision about a method of stringing tiny beads into patterned ropes. Thirty years later I became disabled but needed a way to fill part of the day creatively so I remembered a skill I thought of in the past and put it into practice. My first Sacred Hoop was made with multiple patterns in the colors of the rainbow. I named it Man Made Rainbows For An Angel and I gave it to my Mom. From there it was on to figuring out over 30 patterns in different styles and any range of colors. I call my method Snake Looming. My system is different than bead crochet.”

Could you tell us why you called the method Snake Looming?

Snake Looming came about because of the way beads lay similarly to the the scales on a snake’s back. I had a Native American friend over at my house one day while I was stringing beads. He told me he also had the passion to string beads and was amazed at the simplicity of my technique which he had never seen done before. He described the technique as looming and so many people have told me that my work is very snake like so the two words stuck and the world has a new product and design for building it.


It seems that you are a very good fit for the Rainbow artists team because you are often making jewellery that is rainbow colours🙂 Such as this piece here:


It is so carefully made and the pattern is beautiful. Could you tell us more about what rainbows mean to you?

For me the rainbow represents the magical renewal of life after a cleansing rain has passed over the Earth to replenish much needed moisture in all life forms. It is a sacred sign from the Creator that She is still with us and She is impressed enough to rejuvenate our life forces.

You say that you like to listen to music while you bead. What is your favourite song or musician to listen to at the moment?

I usually have the radio on or a cd playing as I work on beading projects. I like rock n roll sometimes and listen to the songs of Ozzy and Van Halen mostly. When I’m in the mood for radio my favorite country band, the Dixie Chicks, are always welcome. There are times when I need to hear something soothing and easy to listen to. I’m drawn to Native music such as Brule more often and find them on the internet at


You say that it takes a long time to make each piece. Could you estimate how many hours it takes?

I have days when I’m totally into a beading project and can sit in small shifts for most of a day singing along with the tunes and stringing beads. On such days I can build a Snake Loomed project at the rate of 1 inch per hour so a 15 inch necklace would take about 16 hours from start to finish.

You have a lovely, evocative way with words. They way that you describe the world is very mystical. Can you tell me what the complexity and difficulty of stringing beads in these patterns has taught you about the nature of what you call ‘The Creator’?

When I’m in my zone it’s my turn to be the creator. I have the power to transform a block of wood into a simple little dug out box and the patience to string tiny beads into complex patterns of beautiful colors. I cannot create life. I leave that task to the masters of the universe and the sacred feminine found in many species of the Earth. So, I create works of art for the ladies to enhance their naturally beautiful selves.


Rainbow Artist’s Harvest Moon Energy

Beautiful fall journal pocket notebook

Rainbow Artist’s Team ….what does that mean? ……Well to me it’s about a global community of artists from all over the world coming together  to share in the experience of being artists of all flavors , designs, walks of life and mediums.  What I have experienced myself is we all wear many hats. There is so much more to having an online business then just setting up a store and starting to sell. It’s a pretty deep experience when you get real about selling. For us Etsy has been a really amazing place to sell. We have made so many friends in the community and have had great experience’s with beautiful customers. Everyday is a different experience. You can rest assured when you wake up in the morning you never know who you will drop in to say hi.

 I am Grateful I started this team where we can come together and share in all this. Just like business days you never know who might drop by and say hi. We welcome new faces into our circle. Make yourself known so we can get to know you. Let us be friends and walk together down the path.

Tonight on this Harvest moon I would like to share Carola Bartz handmade shop with you. I love Carola’s amazing shop it is filled with many different beautiful handmade art pieces. One of my many favorites are her journals and pocket notebooks. What a great idea to always have a beautiful inspiring notebook by your side for when those moments of inspiration come by to visit. You have a place to make a note right here in this beautiful fall notebook.

Beautiful fall journal pocket notebook from Carola Bartz

A treasury from Rainbow Artists Team. Click on any picture and walla you will see be at the home place of the item.

‘Rainbow Artists Harvest Moon Energy’ by thunderrose

We are a global community of artists from all over the world coming together to share in the experience of being artists of all flavors , designs, walks of life and mediums. Blessings to you on this Harvest Moon!

Small Pumpkins Mini Journal …


Orange and Green Pumpkin Dan…


Native American Style Rosett…


SUMMERSALE25 Vintage Silver …


Sweet Owl – Bead Embroidery …


Beaded Bull Skull Necklace w…


Purple Utensil Holder, Porce…


Purple Skull, Butterfly, Bea…


Handmade Jewelry, Pearl Ankl…


Baby 6 months/1T Ice Blue D…


Carnelian Earrings – Vintage…


Flowering Tube Onyx Pendant …


Joy and Prosperity Necklace …


Grape Juice Fun Wall Art Abs…


Men’s Bracelet, Mens Bra…


moose jewelry, moose brooch,…


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Have a beautiful full moon , harvest moon night!

Blessing to all!

Debbie from Thunder Rose 

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Beaded white clutch

Handmade Blue Gift Ideas

From Janice Reed at @beadwork4sale

Friday night finds of beautiful handmade blue gift ideas from Rainbow Artists.

Here you will find many beautiful items that would make great gifts for any occasion, for your personal wardrobe or home. There are 16 different handmade artists here who work very hard to make special gifts that will still be around many years down the road being cherished.

Every time someone sends me a special handmade gift I just feel so touched. When I purchase handmade for my home or shop I just feel so good every time I wear it or look at it because I know that someone put their inspiration into what they made and it is one of a kind. Even those of us who do made to order. Every single thing made is not like the one before. How could it be?

So on this Friday evening I created a treasury for 16 different artists and their awesome shops for you to take a look at. Each one is special in their own way. Click on any picture and check out their stores. Be sure and bookmark us so you can come back to see more.

Rainbow Artists Team Shoppers Guide

I featured our Team Leader Janice this time. She really does a great job helping the team out! This one’s for you Janice!  We all love you!

From Janice Reed at @beadwork4sale

‘Handmade Blue Gift Ideas’ by thunderrose

From Rainbow Artists Team!One of a kind beautiful , unique items .I will be blogging this treasury!Wishing everyone an awesome weekend!Much love , light and peace!

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Lapis lazuli wired bracelet,…


Shawl Scarf in Sky Blue Free…


Blue Topaz Pendant Necklace …


Native American Inspired, Tu…


Fisherman’s Gift -FISHER…


Leather Wrap Bracelet,Boho L…


Wall hanging, wall decor, dr…


dragonfly brooch, dragonfly …


Christmas Folk Art, Hand Pai…


Tote and Messenger Bag – Two…


Deer Totem Spirit Person , A…


Cornflower Blue earrings , b…


SUMMER SALE*** Blue Frosted …


Ocean Blue Hand Knit Doll Ca…


Country Style Dream Catcher


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ravens bend folk art

It’s a beautiful Sunday morning , the rains have slowed and the sun is shinning bright. You can totally feel a little bit of fall in the air. As I sat in my garden this morning making prayers,  being quiet and reading a little from one of my favorite people Thich NHat Hahn  I wrote this.

As I sit here on this fine Sunday morning and read Living Buddha ,  Living Christ I am feeling so much peace in my heart.Sometimes in this world we live in there is so much conflict. The only way to find peace is to step out of it and look deeply into ourselves and let go of it all.Without that time we can get all caught up in all the worlds’s stuff and lack of peace. I am feeling grateful for this day of peaceful feelings in my heart. I pray for peace for those who love me and for those who don’t.

Peace and Love

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When I came in from the garden , I found this beautiful treasury that was created by one of our team members Sharon Wittke from


ravens bend folk art

Thanks so much Sharon! This treasury is amazing!

‘Naturals from the Rainbow Artists Team’ by Ravensbend


crow bracelet, crow jewelry,…


Fringed leather clutch, sma…


Limited Edition Handmade Cer…


7 Directions Spirit Horse Ve…


Monkey keychain, Amigurumi k…




Socks Hand Knit Cream Taupe …


Beach Theme Home Decor – Sha…


Tote and Hobo Bag – Two Opti…


Arrowhead Diamond Necklace |…


FLASH SALE Branch Extra Larg…


Big Diggins Agate Pendant – …


Snowflake Obsidian Bracelet …


Blue Zircon Swarovski Crysta…


Football CD Clock Free US Sh…


Stone Woman Giving Birth – M…


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Interview with Monika from Tobisias Lil Thing

Hi everyone, my name is Michelle and I’m from the Etsy shop Atman Art Studio. I’m a member of an active and vibrant Etsy team called Rainbow Artists. Members of the team are from all over the world and sell all sorts of items.

I’d like to know more about the places where they live in because they all sound very exotic to me! I’d like to know more about the places that they work in, and why they make the things that they do. And most of all I’d like to get to know the people behind the shops🙂

I’ve been be interviewing a number of teamies in recent months. Today’s interview is with Monika who sells jewellery and cards from her shop Tobisias Lil Thing.

Where do you live and how long have you lived there? 

I live in Blyth, a port town in Northumberland, in the UK for almost 12 years now.

Blyth dunes by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

Can you describe the landscape of the place where you live? 

The landscape is a mix of flat land with some not big hills plus nice beach with dunes. There are also fields and some historic places not to far from town.

Tall ship coming into Blyth port by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

What do you like most about where you live? 

I like the whole Northumberland simply because of people who live here are friendly and helpful. I like Blyth because is not big place and became my home.

Blyth Dunes by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

It does look like a beautiful place to explore in your pictures :-) 

What do you like most about maintaining your etsy shop?

I like to have my shop on Etsy cause giving me chance to do lots of things without keeping eye on it all the time like in normal shops, plus every sale is making me smile.

Work space by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

Where do you make the hand made items that you sell? 

All my pieces – jewellery and cards – I’m making in living room, which is in total mess when I’m starting crafting🙂

Work space by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

Haha! I think many crafters have experience the living room spread when making :-) 

When I’m making jewellery I like to sit in the armchair. It is great for relaxing, thinking, designing and stringing beads🙂

What do you like most about making jewellery?

Compliments from strangers on the street and 5 stars reviews from customers😉

Earrings by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

What is the most difficult part of making jewellery? 

I think simply to be happy with final product, cause sometimes is really hard to have piece done exactly as you dreamed of.

Work space by Monika from TobisiasLilThing

Could you share one item from your hand made shop that you are most proud of making? 

Against the review received I’m the most proud of my yellow floral earrings, totally my own design (never saw similar piece).  I made them using simple beading. I used ribbon and seed beads, cause giving me this delicate kind of look in final product. I made three other pairs of earrings from the same design later, but used sari silk not ribbon (2 sold – both with 5 star review).

Earrings by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

They are indeed beautifully made. Very delicate. I can image that when you wear them they would have a nice movement to them… 

It says in your etsy profile that you love to try new techniques. Could you tell me about a new technique that you’ve tried recently? 

I recently tried the spot light card making technique and wrote a blog post about it here: Kittens and new cardmaking technique.

Card made by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

I also tried wire wrapping and wire weaving in jewellery making – to learn all these properly I started new project and new blog here:

Wire wrapping by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

Thanks for sharing your wire wrapping pieces. Looking good! I’ve done lots of this in the past – it’s fun isn’t it? 

You seem to be a prolific maker. Could you give us a peak at any other things that you’ve been making recently? 

I’ve been making making cards. I’m working on my second Xmas card this year:

Xmas card by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

I  made a birthday card for my son’s class friend for her birthday and it was printed in paper crafting magazine!

Press for Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

Wow congratulations on being included in the magazine! 

Quite a few of your jewellery items include copper. What do you like about working with it?

To be honest I like its colour plus this that is nickel free, which is important for me because I’m nickel allergic Copper wire is very plastic material to use. Copper is soft, so wires are easy to deal with when shaping. If you know what I mean?

Earrings by Monika from TobisiasLilThing.

Yes, I know from my experience with wire wrapping, smithing and shaping metal that copper is a lovely soft and malleable material to work with🙂

Thank you so much for sharing these insights into your crafting and home town Monika!  

Featuring LunaEssence

It’s Sunday morning and I decided to post a new blog post for Rainbow Artists. I created a treasury with 16 awesome artists and am featuring a good friend of mine Diana from LunaEssence. She has beautiful handmade jewelry . You should go by her shop and check it out.

Here is something from her shop Etsy shop.

All of these earth element beaded pendants are so very beautiful , elegant and one of a kind. Click on the link above and you will see each one in its full beauty.




Now for our treasury. 16 awesome artists from Rainbow Artists Team

‘Featuring Luna Essence ‘ by thunderrose

Happy Sunday everyone! Today I am featuring Diana from Luna Esssence. She is an amazing artist! Blessing to you all!

Artistic Turquoise Embrace B…


moose jewelry, moose brooch,…


Beaver Totem Spirit Person A…


Amethyst Necklace (301n): Ha…


Native American Style Rosett…


Metallic Green Iris and Galv…


Oregon Beach Agate Pendant -…


Necklace Green, Blue, Black …


Peridot Necklace – August Bi…


Fall inspired Brown Red nurs…


Primitive Folk Art Cabbage S…


Opihi and Sea Urchin Amethys…


Blue And Black Glass Beaded …


Beadwork Necklace , cornflow…


Large Yarn Bowl, Purple Yarn…


Miyuki Delica Seed Beads, 5 …


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Much love and light to all!

Debbie from Thunder Rose Leather

Specialties from Rainbow ArtistsTeam

Hey there. It’s been a couple weeks since sharing a post. It’s Saturday night so I decided to sit here and share some special items from Rainbow Artists Team on Etsy. I had my team friends share with me what their favorite item is in their shop. Some items had already been sold so I just went to their shops and picked something I liked. I would like to thank all our team members who participated in this team project.

So here you have it folks from these great artists.

‘Specialties from Rainbow Artists Team’ by thunderrose

Here we have 16 members from Rainbow Artists Team . Some really great artists we have here.

Shawl Scarf in Sky Blue Free…


Green Sculpted Stoneware Dra…


Hand drawn – ORIGINAL art – …


crow pendant, crow necklace,…


Handcrafted Artisan Ceramic …


Unisex Black Leather Bracele…


ON SALE 20% OFF Raven, Xhuuy…


Opihi and Sea Urchin Sodalit…


Huichol Indian Inspired, Bea…


Custom Bracelet! Mother-Gran…


Beach House Decor – TIDE STO…


Basket Weave Beaded Cuff Bra…


Gourd Art-Spring Frog Dance


Green leaf copper earrings, …


Autism feelings Magnets – Co…


Frida Kahlo Collage Sheet, F…


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We had a few extras that I could fit in the treasury so here are links to our stores.

Turtle earrings from The Hidden Meadow


Leather tote from Thunder Rose Leather

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Rainbow Artists Creative Shops

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It’s all about team work and these friends are good at it!

So tonight I am sharing a few of my friends.

This is short one folks!

There are more blogs posts to come . I love sharing you!

Thanks for being a part of my life’s journey!

‘Beautiful Art from Rainbow Artists’ by thunderrose

Lots of fun items to choose from in these awesome shops!Peace , love and light!

Ruby Ziosite Beaded Wrap Bra…


Ricolite Tree of Life Pendan…


Purple Hawaiian Flower Czech…


Job Charts – Magnetic Chalkb…


Colorful baseball caps, pais…


Religious Collage, Catholic …


Abalone Bracelet Paua Shell …


Medieval Church Door Photo G…


Reduced – Beaded Necklace wi…


Green Rustic Dangle Drop Bea…


Owl Mug/Vintage Otagiri Mug/…


Gourd Mask Titled Spirit See…


bone hairpipe choker, sea ur…


Gold Passage No 1


Small bunny, miniature bunny…


Green maple leaf polymer cla…


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Ms Frieda’s Classroom

Whimsical Kitchen Decor

Good morning Rainbow artist fans and followers! Its Saturday morning and I am happy to say we got some rain where we live in Arizona. A very welcome rain. So very needed. It has been exceptionally dry this year.

This week our shop of the week is Laurie from


Laurie is a very special woman who is helping not only her children but also families with children with special needs. Wait till you read meet Laurie below you will see what I mean.

Meet Laurie

Our shop was formally opened in May 2015 after years of crafting, months of planning and a lifetime of learning the skills to run a business.

I have always loved art. I find it to be a great medium to facilitate emotional healing, as well as an excellent form of communication.

As a mother of 12 children, I’ve had over 30 years of hands on experience. I am an avid learner and passionate advocate for my children; 9 of whom God brought into our family by means of adoption.

We have a large variety of pic clips for non verbal kids and adults which problems expressing themselves and their needs and emotions.

Our categories are color coordinated, with choices such as food, daily hygiene and even schedule routines for each part of the day!

These clips are great for non verbal students and adults, speech and occupational therapists, ESL teachers, and elderly loved ones. If you or your loved one is looking for an easy, age appropriate, inconspicuous way to communicate we have what you need!

We also offer a wonderful selection of functional and inspirational magnetic chalkboards and dry erase memo boards for your home, dorm, or office.

Thank you for taking the time to ready my story! I’m so happy we caught your eye and I hope you are inspired by what you see!



We had a big turn out for last weeks shop of the week. I have three others besides myself for this weeks treasury so I will be doing some add on’s below the treasury. Thanks to all our awesome friends who help to promote these fine artists and small business owners. You all ROCK! What a special community we have!

‘Shop of the week Ms Frieda’s Clasroom’ by thunderrose

Rainbow Artists Team new shop of the week is Laurie from Ms Frieda’s Classroom. What a special shop!Have a fun week!Blessings!

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Deep Red Jade Wrap Bracelet …


Purple Ricolite Pendant – St…


Rock Cairn Photo Greeting Ca…


Ethnic Cross body bag/Should…


Realistic Red Rose hair clip…


Belt : textile fabric, elega…


Sardonyx Stone Porcupine qui…


Love Art Print, 4×6 Print, V…


Spring Time Bunnies, Birds a…


Kodak Motormatic 35F Camera/…


Penguin plush, crochet pengu…


Sea Glass Pendant-Gift Idea-…


Natural Abalone Shell Inlay …


Deer Totem Spirit Person Han…


Country Heart Charm Necklace


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