Featured Artist No 3 Reef Botanicals

Meet Eric and Larrissa, the wonderful couple behind Reef Botanicals. If you are ever looking for all natural handcrafted soaps and other indulgences, you’ll need to visit their website , Haf shop or  blog. Eric and Larissa make their products from their own recipes, in small batches using only the finest all-natural ingredients. You’ll definitely have a luxurious experience. Enough talk, here are some of my favorites.

                                        This one looks soooooooo yummy 🙂

                                         Yummy Chocolate Chip Mint Lip Balm

Featured Artist No 2

The featured artist Today is a wonderful Glass and Mosaic artist. Kay has been doing stained glass and mosaics for a few years now and she says that she enjoys both, since they offer different opportunities to add charm and unique items to both the home and garden or landscape. She especially like making things with Texas themes. she has beautiful items on her website. Here are a few that can really add something special to your backyard or home. You may visit Kay’s website  or blog to learn more about her.
This garden piece is just charming. Isn’t it?

I just love this bird feeder!


A talented wood artist

Today I am highlighting the work of Janelle, a talented wood artist and fellow member of the HAF forum . Although Janelle has left us, her beautiful artwork still lives on. She made beautiful jewelry, using many kind of exotic woods.  One of my favorite was this zebra wood necklace. I just love the feeling of warmth and can imagine the time it took to bring out the beauty of this natural material. 

You’ll also fall in love with her Cocobolo necklace, made with exotic Cocobolo wood. I just want to reach out and feel it.

You may visit Janelle’s shop and see more of her items here.

A giveaway to start fall in style and fashion. A lucky person will receive this beautiful and flirty pair of earrings. The winner will be randomly choosen on Saturday October 22nd and notified by email.
Just make sure I have a way of contacting you. You may leave your email if that is ok with you, or link to your blog or website which can help me get in touch with you.
Good luck everyone.

New Earrings with beautiful amethyst coins

I bought a few pink amethyst, (also called Rose de France amethyst) coin beads a while back and I have been looking forward to creating something special with them I finally had time to seat down and create something with these wonderful earrings. Note that Rose de France amethyst is a member of the amethyst family of gemstones and is characterised by a light shade of the purple. The color is reminiscent of a lavender/lilac shade.  So, I created a bracelet and a pair of earrings. The beads are so beautiful, I just wanted to showcase them, so just added a cluster of beads: That was the easy part 🙂
Taking a beautiful photograph to showcase the beauty of the bead was another story.  I tried different kind of background, before deciding that a reflective black surface was the best. However photographing on a black reflective surface is not an easy task, but after many, many tries and multiple camera setting changes, I was able to get a decent picture.  At last, my efforts paid off, and I am pleased with the picture I got. While it was not easy taking this kind of picture, I look forward to the challenge with the next piece I create.
The best tip I can give about photographing jewelry on a dark surface is to of course first turn the flash off, then lower the exposure. How low you go will depend with the type of camera you have. You will just need to experiment!