Each of these rings, handcrafted by Secret Wood, holds within it ...the floor of the deepest ocean, ...the surface of another planet, ...or a miniature fantasy world. Made of wood and resin, every one is unique. Absolutely amazing!
Kristen Gula of Gulush Threads is one talented lady.
She hand-embroiders bold flowers in bright colors. Loveliness galore! Custom orders are welcomed for the perfect personalized gift. Think wedding dates or birth stats for a newborn baby. I especially like her script initial creations.
After dining at the Animal Kingdom Lodge's Boma restaurant,
these colorful woven baskets caught my eye.
A testimony to Disney's devotion to all-encompassing resort theming,
this display was surrounding, of all things, a restroom sign.
Of course I had to take both a closer look...and some photos.
These very cool baskets were made of telephone wire by talented South African Zulu artisans. Such craftsmanship!
Now, I have a story to tell of my own telephone wire artistry!
When I saw these baskets, I immediately had a warm and fuzzy flashback to my childhood days, of times spent with my best buds Shelley and Sue.
Their dad had worked at Bell Telephone and gifted them with the
"treasure" of a spool of multi-colored telephone wire.
Being the crafty kids that we were, we spent hours
cutting, twisting and twirling the wire into kooky, curlicued rings. Tiffany's had nothing on us. I was curious to see what I could find online that resembled our rings. This pic from Pinterest, showing the first stage of the ring, was the only thing I could find. Our next step was to tightly curl each of the wires into a cluster and voila!
Just one of the tons of good times we girls had back in the day. Before video games & cell phones, naturally. And yes, one can definitely see the beginnings of my artistic creativity that eventually led to my handcrafted jewelry shop, Paisley Beading! (Shameless plug. Ha!)
The blossom bedecked crowns by Chelsea's Flowercrowns are beautiful enough. Her seashell crowns, however, take things up to a new level. Or should we say "down" to a new level? Down to the depths of the oceans, to the treasure trove of Triton, that is. These iridescent, opalescent, mermaid-escent crowns are just gorgeous! Chelsea's creations dazzle with shells, gems, jewels and a bit of Bohemian flair.
Back to the blossoms. I'm showing off a flowercrown as well.