BeachyRustica is a supporter of the handmade movement and an advocate for artisans of handmade goods. She immediately recognized the value of byhand.me Spotlights for showcasing handmade work, and has been involved with the byhand.me artisan community since its inception. She has a particular interest in coastal art, and is the Market Manager of Boardwalk Artisans and IndieArtisans.
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Hi, my name is Johanna! As a crafter I love to crochet, sew, and write. I first began to sew and crochet for my family and friends, but eventually realized I had a talent, and after much encouragement from my family, I decided to start selling online. My grandmother, who is now with the Lord Jesus, was a talented crafter, and had great skills in sewing and crochet. I am proud to follow in her footsteps and carry on her legacy.
Maria Brenner-Kelly is a born artist, although it took her a few decades to realize it.
Two years ago, she left behind a career as a marketing executive, moved to paradise and embraced her artistic side full-time. Maria's multifaceted art pursuits include bookbinding, paper arts, quilting, mixed media, tapestry and silk painting. She has participated in several trade-shows, classes and workshops both in Brazil and US, and has had one of her works shown at the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion, South Dakota. She has also sold pieces in the USA, Brazil and Europe.
My name is April and I am a coffee drinking, internet surfing, bead-aholic! I inherited the crafting "fever" from my super talented mother and have been creating something my entire life. I am currently pursuing my dream of sharing beads and beaded goodies (in conjunction with my mom) with as many people as I possibly can. The other love(s) of my life are my wonderful hubby who has encouraged me in this journey, my beautiful baby boy and of course my ever faithful black lab Lily!
My name is Rebeccah Dean and I am an expat originally from the San Francisco Bay Area who has been living for ten years in Berlin, Germany. When I first came I only planned on staying a year or two to learn German and then go back to the U.S. for graduate school. I loved living in Berlin so much though that I ended up staying. Now I am married to a German and have two daughters, aged 2 and 4 months. A musician by training, I have been making jewelry for a few years now as well as collages. I love to sew by hand and often bring this element into my work. I love living the creative life both in my work and with my family as well as supporting other artists!
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hearts and laserbeams is the wacky good-times art and design of long beach artist steph calvert. she uses all kinds of different media, from the computer and watercolor to rhinestones and googly eyes. striving to always make others laugh, steph teams up with robots, cupcakes, and stick people galore to show people art isn’t all about seriousness, missing ears, and deep thoughts; it can actually be tons of fun.
I’m Jesse and I love to sit at the coffee shop and work on my laptop and drink coffee when I’m not in my studio and crafting. I had my first craft business when I was 10 years old and I would attend craft shows with my grandmother. I crafted refrigerator magnets, fuzzy top pens and lots of small, fun items. I think that’s when my love of making things with my hands really began. I have been crafting in one form or another ever since! My latest passion is creating colorful jewelry from recycled game pieces like scrabble tiles and dominos. I love the idea of recycling items to create sometime new & beautiful. I also love to knit, but haven’t had as much time to devote to this since the jewelry began to take over… LOL!
In trying to tap the creative gene I feel I must have inherited from my Mom the painter, I've tried several different crafts: knitting, drawing, cross stitch, quilting, stained glass, mosaics, and more. But none "stuck" until I took my first jewelry making class in 2007. After filling up my jewelry box (and my family's) I decided to start sharing my pieces with the world - and was pleasently surprised that people liked them. My work combines a variety of techniques including chainmaille, silversmithing, copper heat patinas, beading, resins, wire wrapping - and anything else that catches my fancy.
While a sewing machine and a paint brush are my beginings in handmade, my venture into handmade soap began in 2005 when my youngest son developed skin allergies. Nothing seemed to work and then I stumbled onto handmade soap and knew I had to try it! When the products I was able to work helped clear his skin and the rest of the family fell in love with it too...it was time to share it with the world! My business opened in 2007 after nearly 3 years of practicing/sharing/gifting my soap creations. Not only do I love using quality handmade soap, but I also love making it! Each bar, each new recipe is made with love.
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Hi, my name is Sarah Ranes and I am a soapmaker living in central PA with my husband , 15 year old son and our wild husky dog Sitka. I guess I have always lived the Handmade lifestyle. My Mom, who was a very creative person, made all my clothes when I was young. She was always sewing or painting or crocheting. I went to art school and studied photography which I have pursued in one form or another, my entire adult life. I came to soapmaking through my love of cooking, herbs, and essential oils. I am always amazed to see all the wonderful things people create.
Hi – my name is Abby Horowitz and I live in New York City with my husband and 2 daughters. I am a jewelry artist with a love for all things handmade. I have been doing all kinds of needlework for many years and have made numerous quilts, wall hangings, pillows, hand embroidered items, as well as crocheted and knitted items. I am also an insane collage artist! I’ve worked with polymer clay and made many handmadebeads, picture frames, and hair accessories. At this time my main focus is working with precious and semi-precious stones; handmade and vintage silver and 18K gold beads, charms, and talismans from around the world.
I’m a native New Englander who still lives here with my husband and 3 cats. I love travel, wine, books, heavy metal, sports cars and motorcycles. Making jewelry is the only “girly” thing I do. I don’t cook, sew, crochet or needlepoint. My mom tried to teach me to knit once. Once. But the jewelry thing has to do with metal and I’m all about the metal. I used to be a serious photographer and who knows, I might pick that back up again, but for now this is creative outlet enough. The designs I use are simple and modern, with clean lines and none of the fusty overload of a lot of typical wire jewelry. I love gemstones and good lampwork glass and work mainly in sterling silver.
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