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Monday, August 23, 2010

Indie Junction Featured Artisans for the Week of August 22nd!!


This week we have some marvelous Indie Junction Artisans to show you.  Hands in the air for Marie from Superior Agates, Mary from Maggie's Raggedy Inn and Country Gift Shop, and Vickie from Hoddley Poddley!!
Let's start with Marie from Superior Agates, where you will find Unique Handmade Wire Wrapped Gem stone Jewelry from Lake Superior Agates and other gem stones.  In the artist's own words: "All of the gemstone you find in my shop are unique, and cannot be reproduced. They are chosen with the utmost care, making sure you recieve a quality gem stone. Each wire wrap is created individually, they are all different in their own ways, and made according to how the stone "speaks" to me at the time.   Each pendant is created in a unique wire wrapping fashion, set at an affordable price, and made with genuine, quality, one of a kind gem stones, and wrapped in pure sterling silver, gold fill, brass, or copper wire. Making a quality piece of jewelry, at a price you can afford to pay.   Each and every Lake Superior Agate is different, and each of these shown was found by me, right in my back yard! Lake Superior Agates are among the most sought after stones with collectors, because of their age, and timeless beauty.  Finding quality Lake Superior agates is not an easy task, there is a reason they are called the elusive agate!
"Mystical Properties:
Agate is said to enhance one's perceptiveness and to stimulate analytical capacity, and to provide balance between one's physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual states. Agate is also said to alleviate hostilities and promote goodwill. Agate is believed to help discern truth, accept circumstances, and is a powerful emotional healer. Legend says that Agate improves memory and concentration, increases stamina and encourages honesty.
It is believed to prevent insomnia and ensure pleasant dreams, to enhance personal courage and protect one against danger. Agate provides a calming influence, improves perception, concentration and helps to develop and increase one's analytical talents.
You should also know that, if you have a favorite stone that you'd like to have wrapped, I can do that as well!"
Places to Find Superior Agates:
Now, what you've been waiting for...some of the wonderful work you will find at Superior Agates!

Our next Indie Junction Featured Artisan is Mary from Maggie's Raggedy Inn and Country Gift Shop, a unique country gift shop where you will find dolls, books, knitted items and more   In the artisan's own words: "I am a story teller at heart so to stir up your imagination please enter my little world of creation...Imagine yourself standing in front of an old wood frame house with a huge wrap around veranda. You can see that the building has been newly painted and fixed up. There are flower beds everywhere and you see a weather beaten stone path leading up to the front door. There are two cats waiting to greet you at the front door, hoping of course you will let them in and to where they can find a hiding place to sleep the day away.  Come on in to this little country gift shop where you will find many different and interesting things that are all handmade by me, here at the Inn. Surely there will be one or two things that will not be able to leave without. Take your time and have fun looking around!  I am a very busy girl who has always had the need to make things. I love to make dolls, snowmen, cats and other little characters. I am amazed that with just a few hours of work, a bit of material and thread can turn into a little person with a character of its own. I also love write stories and knit slippers and other things. I think wool is fascinating and I have a large stash of yarn and recycled sweaters I am like a child with a new box of crayons whenever I look at all the colours and imagine the possibilities."
Places to find Maggie's Raggedy Inn:
Now let's take a look at some of the wonderful things you will discover inside Maggie's Raggedy Inn!

Our third featured Indie Junction artisan is Vickie from Hoddley Poddley where you will find art prints and tee shirts for kids and adults!  In the artist's own words: "I still remember every piece of art that my parents put up in my house... My prints would be honored to cheer up any sad little blank walls in your place.  I have enjoyed illustrating over 20 children's books, including the award winning 'One Hundred Million Reasons for Owning an Elephant.'  I hope my work will inspire a new generation of little artists."  Don't forget to follow Hoddley Poddley's wonderful blog!
Now let's take a peek at some of the beautiful work you will find at Hoddley Poddley!!
We hope you have enjoyed this week's featured Indie Junction Artisans!  Indie Junction is a wonderful community that brings together artisans from across all mediums in the spirit of collaboration, support and growth.  Indie Junction's new home is coming up on two months old!  Due to changes within Ning and incredible growth of our community, we have moved to a brand new home!  Many thanks to the design team of Nicky (co-owner) and her husband Steph for creating a wonderful site for all of our members!  With this new site we can not only continue to add value for our members but also keep the site free!  For more information about Indie Junction, please go here!  We'll be waiting for you!!

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    I am an MBA Jewelry Artisan and owner of Zur Designs.  I create handcrafted jewelry using only the highest quality materials such as sterling silver,semi-precious gemstones, swarovski crystals, and pearls.

    My designs are inspired by life, love, and the beauty that surrounds me from the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts to the wonderful beaches in Rhode Island...both I consider my home.