Thursday, December 5, 2013

Holiday Blog Ring 2013 Week 3

We have made it to week 3 of the Holiday Blog Ring!! 

This week features 2 artists, Ananasa and Highland Princess Designs

I will introduce you to Ananasa first.

Ananasa offers unique handmade items. She finds all the wonderfully hidden handmade gems and makes them available for purchase. No matter who or where you are! Basically, Ananasa is an online marketplace for artisans to showcase and sell their work. Ananasa also has a Facebook fan page: Ananasa on Facebook.

This is from her website:

Founded in 2011, is an online marketplace that enables artisans, artists and designers in the Middle East to sell their creations worldwide with no barriers. started when two sisters wanted to expose the hidden beauty of the Middle East to the world. Ananasa takes away the headaches of logistics, customer service & marketing so artisans can focus on creating their handmade items and individuals worldwide can buy unique items from the Middle East easily.

And that is why it's called Ananasa: Ana: means "I" in Arabic. Nas: means "the people" in Arabic. A: adding an "a" at the end allows the word to become feminine, just like the co-founders."
Here is a video about Ananasa:

The second featured artist is Highland Princess Design. You can follow her blog here: The Highland Princess.
The Highland Princess got her start in making jewelry when she saw a headpiece she loved at a belly dance booth at the local Renaissance Festival. Instead of buying it, she decided to make one herself. Soon she had cases full of rings and Swarovski crystals and other sparkly pieces.
She has since branched out to other styles of jewelry, as well as armor for stuffed animals. Being a true nerd, she loves making pieces for Renaissance/Medieval garb, Cosplay, and Steampunk, as well as day-to-day wear.

The Highland Princess has been crafting chainmaille jewelry for over a decade. The first project she attempted was a chain-and-jewel headdress with a three-foot chain net to hold her hair. Several of her friends had started working with chainmaille. She saw a complex headdress at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. The Highland Princess thought to herself, "If my friends can do it, so can I." She chose to jump in with both feet, bought the necessary materials and numerous mistakes later, had her first headdress.

After making her first piece, she was hooked. Since that time, The Highland Princess has branched out, making necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and hand flowers. She works with a variety of materials, from base metals and glass to silver and gemstones.

In addition to chainmaille, the Highland Princess enjoys crocheting and making costumes. Her crochet work includes clothing for infants to nerdy pastimes like a hat modeled after the "Prince of All Cosmos" and a coin bank shaped like a Minion from "Despicable Me." Her costuming started with making garb for trips to the local Renaissance Festival, and has expanded into steampunk, anime, and video game costumes for conventions.

Here is a sample of the Highland Princess' work:

Neobedouin Ribbon Necklace

Jungle Flowers bronze and blue byzantine necklace

Purple and Opal Handflower

The Highland Princes has some wonderful pieces. Her prices are very reasonable too!

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