Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Blog Ring 2013, Week 4

Merry Christmas!!

This will be the last round for the Holiday Blog Ring. 

This week's featured artists are: 

Kim of Makin The Best of It
April of Brooklyn Bead Goddess.

Kim also has a blog, It's Better HandmadeShe has been creating for many years thanks to a crafty Grandmother that insisted on living a do-it-yourself lifestyle as much as possible. Kim took these lessons to heart and developed a serious case of Crafter's ADD!! 

Kim has an insanely busy  with her two boys, going from one event to another.  She currently lives in a small shore town in New Jersey and spends a lot of time on the beach! (Lucky Gal!) She is married to Andrew, who works full time as a Senior Estimator and Project Manager in the construction industry. 

Kim works at a friend’s business as well as on her own craft business selling hand painted glassware and chainmaille jewelry.  Her boys have gotten into the handmade act and are able to create many chainmaille weaves for themselves! 

Along with her husband, Andrew, they founded HandmadeArtists forum and shop. The project began as a place where creative types could come together to share information, ask questions or for support as well as show off their latest treasures. It has grown to over 2,300 members from around the world!  

Kim is passionate about handmade and the artists behind the work. She and Andrew hope to help artists get seen and show the world that handmade should hold a special place of its own. Makin' the Best of It began as a hobby and grew into a business. Kim wanted to create something beautiful that was useful as well. She creates hand painted glassware, one of a kind sea glass jewelry, and custom painted wedding invitations. She welcome custom orders.

April of Brooklyn Bead Goddess is the second featured artist for week 4 in this blog ring. She has an etsy store, Brooklyn Bead Goddess and a blog, Brooklyn Bead Goddess. April is a lampwork bead maker. And a talented one at that! She is an Artist, Jewelry Designer, Glass Bead Maker. She creates Artisan Glass Beads and Handcrafted Jewelry. Each bead is made one at a time by melting glass in a torch fire flame. Her beads take time and patience and the results are a work of art. From the start of actually making a bead to adding the finishing touches of a completed piece, her jewelry designs are as unique as the person who wears them. April also enjoys photographing her pieces of art. Capturing the the details of each piece is a challenge and April rises to the challenge. Check out her Facebook page: Brooklyn Bead Goddess. Here are some examples of her work:

This has been a fun Blog Ring! I hope you have enjoyed following it as much as I have enjoyed writing about it. Please join HandmadeArtists

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