Red From Rainbow Artists Part One

It’s a new fall day and everything is changing and moving. This last full moon seemed to bring about a lot of changes everywhere. It was just about as beautiful as it could be. The moon rising coming up behind the mountains where I live is one of the most fantastic beautiful majestic view one can see.

Since we are on into fall we will be sharing some fall colors and darker bright and bold colors in handmade, supplies and vintage. We are also gonna be getting ready of course for the holiday’s coming before you even know whats going on. Today I am going to start with the color red in handmade.

Speaks with Ancestors

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Speaks With Ancestors Red Bear Kachina

Check out this fantastic red bear totem on this gourd  by Speaks with Ancestors. This  artwork would make a great decoration for a home that loves native artwork. If you go to this listing Candy describes how this beautiful piece came to be handmade just for you.

Red Bear Kachina

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Glowing Heart Studios

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Glowing Heart Studios > Red Dream Catcher

This beautiful red dream catcher with a heart center is perfect for you home this fall. Do you have friend who needs a dream catcher . You should go by Deanna and Kent’s shop and check out all the beautiful handmade dream catchers and so much more that they have.

Red Dream Catcher

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To see more in red go here

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Debbie from
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Red Leather Bag Thunder Rose Leather

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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 youtube.com.

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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.

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Rainbow Artist’s Harvest Moon Energy

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.

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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 …

$9

Orange and Green Pumpkin Dan…

$15

Native American Style Rosett…

$45

SUMMERSALE25 Vintage Silver …

$51

Sweet Owl – Bead Embroidery …

$135

Beaded Bull Skull Necklace w…

$35

Purple Utensil Holder, Porce…

$48

Purple Skull, Butterfly, Bea…

$36

Handmade Jewelry, Pearl Ankl…

$38

Baby 6 months/1T Ice Blue D…

$14.5

Carnelian Earrings – Vintage…

$38

Flowering Tube Onyx Pendant …

$79

Joy and Prosperity Necklace …

$72

Grape Juice Fun Wall Art Abs…

$44

Men’s Bracelet, Mens Bra…

$198

moose jewelry, moose brooch,…

$35

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Have a beautiful full moon , harvest moon night!

Blessing to all!

Debbie from Thunder Rose 

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Handmade Blue Gift Ideas

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!

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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!


Bead Embroidery, Blue Eyebal…

$35

Lapis lazuli wired bracelet,…

$7.99

Shawl Scarf in Sky Blue Free…

$42

Blue Topaz Pendant Necklace …

$34

Native American Inspired, Tu…

$40

Fisherman’s Gift -FISHER…

$380

Leather Wrap Bracelet,Boho L…

$15

Wall hanging, wall decor, dr…

$35

dragonfly brooch, dragonfly …

$30

Christmas Folk Art, Hand Pai…

$48

Tote and Messenger Bag – Two…

$80

Deer Totem Spirit Person , A…

$50

Cornflower Blue earrings , b…

$21

SUMMER SALE*** Blue Frosted …

$10

Ocean Blue Hand Knit Doll Ca…

$20

Country Style Dream Catcher

$25

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Beaded Thunderbird by Thunderrose