I’m also inspired by travel, the people, the food, and the excitement of never quite knowing what to expect, including the selection of my fabrics. While I always return to my same fabric sources, I am constantly delighted by the textiles they have made for me during the previous months.
My name is Chelsy Harper and I’m the lady who is responsible for Ocean Tide Creations store on Etsy. I’m a proud member of the Deadhead Art Alliance and I’m located in The Mountains of NorCal.
Ocean Tide Creations sells Big Sur Jade Pendants, Big Sur Jade Wire Wraps, Hand Made Bags, Purses, Patches, and Hand Made Wood Burned Pictures with the purpose To pass along positive energy through art and creation
All of my jewelry is handmade and the stones I find myself. I found the Jade between 2009-2013 when I lived south of Big
Sur and then the pieces of jewelry you see are also Handmade by myself On the hill or on the road.
After hunting for years in Big Sur I took some of my best finds and turned them into one of a kind hand made jewelry. I drilled all the holes myself and all of the pieces were ocean polished, nothing was polished by hand.
All of the fabric I use has come from up cycled material. All the wood worked pictures were hand cut rounds from Oak off of our property in Northern California and burnt by me.
I Met my Boyfriend 6 years ago and headed out on dead tour, ended up spending winters in Big Sur hunting Jade and summers in Mendo doin the organic garden thing and meeting interesting people. Some girls made clothing and others did different crafts. On one particular trip up to big sur, we picked up this lady hitch hiking, her name was K. She showed me how to wire wrap in exchange for a ride. That was about 2 years ago and that is how i learned to wire wrap 🙂 everything else is self taught really.
My dad has always been into making things. When i was a kid he used to carve and decorate eggs, that is the first craft i remember thinking was really cool as a kid.
My favorite piece of jewelry I’ve so far made is the jade hat pins, they were really interesting to try and figure out how to wrap.
Right now im really loving making my newborn daughter little sundresses! I think I’m going to make some to add to my Etsy soon! What inspired me in the beginning )started off as nature, music, and traveling. but now is centered around my daughter.
What makes my creating interesting for me is the hunting for the jade in big sur- climbing down the cliffs, getting down onto the beach and searching for those beautiful shining pieces of jade! I love it. And any jewelry i make I just love imagining it and making it happen. Its a proud feeling when you have made something with your own hands and it turns out the way you imagined or even better!
When things get hard I just keeping creating and having fun with what i do and it gets me through. As of recently i just take care of my baby girl! and we go for walks and just be outside.
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” – Albert Einstein
First festival i ever went to was High Sierra in 2009 with my boyfriend and some friends. We stayed for 2 days, snuck over the fence twice, because we got kicked out the first time. I remember this girl there who made lighter covers with beads and she was making one that look exactly like Jerrys face! It was awesome.
The first dead show i went to was in 2009 also in Denver, Co. at the botanical gardens. Took us 2 or 3 days gas jugging to get there. It was an amazing trip getting there and on the first night at the show i got a miracle and got in! I remember Jack Straw was playing as i was running in 🙂 My boyfriend had to sneek in. And we were searching for each other and finally i saw him, and They started playing standing on the moon, that was our first song together 🙂 We continued tour, gas juggling the whole way and selling 1$ grilled cheese and PBR and made it all the way back to Eugene, Oregon. It had a definite change on me and the way i lived 🙂
I cant imagine life without music or creating things or family 🙂 All these things inspire me to create
In the future I would just like to get more stuff in my shop, hopefully make more clothing. and be able to actually make a living out of creating things i love for other people 🙂
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Thank you Chelsy for being a wonderful member of our team and best to you and the future with your new family and Ocean Tide Creations – The Deadhead Art Alliance Team
We are Frank and Cherri, two aging nonconformist throwbacks of the
60’s. Frank and I are proud members of the Deadhead Art Alliance on
Etsy. We are two avid gypsies traveling up and down the U.S. west coast
in our RV along with our two dogs Gaia and Gandhi.
We are proud to have two Etsy Shops. Barefoot Garb is more of a fun
girlie festival fashion shop, which is filled with brightly colored hoop
dance costumes. We are working on expanding our line here, so that you
can find a complete festie costume for both mommy and baby.
Hippy Franks has more of an earthy comfy vibe. We really try to offer more
options in this shop for the fellas with vegan rasta tam’s, cotton wide
leg pants, and hand dyed re-purposed mens shirts.
and I have a simple life trying to live our lives in the most
sustainable fashion we can. While it is not always possible we do
re-purpose whenever possible and used components which are vegan
Frank and I work well together (and regularly have differences of opinion)
often times collaborating and bouncing our ideas off of each other.
There are not enough hours in the day for either one of us to bring all
of our ideas into fruition. I typically see great ideas in my dreams, which are always reminiscent of
the look popular during my youth in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Frank has acquired a great passion for tie-dye and is always coming up with
new ideas for using his technique on re-purposed clothing items.
Our studio is a 40’ motor home which we use to travel up and down the west
coast. It has been a challenge, to say the least; Always finding new
ways to efficiently store our supplies and creations. We have learned
over time, for us the best way to overcome this issue is to gravitate
towards more “made to order” items. We make a grand effort to hold true to our beliefs in all that we do,
and craft items which are eco-friendly and vegan. In our shops you will
typically find clothing and accessory items crafted with cotton
fabrics, vegan yarns, and re-purposed/up-cycled components.
As a student I
took any and all art classes that were available to me, and I cannot
think of any form of art I have not participated in.
I have spent at least the last five years getting by without the need for
a day job. Frank and I have sold a great deal at open air markets for
years, basically about anything we could make with our own two hands.
We have sold not only handmade crafts, but home canned goods, fermented foods, homemade goat cheese, and our own goat milk.
I come from a long line of farm folks who made everything, and I mean
everything. Thinking way back I do remember chickens in the backyard,
but by the time I was born the raising of any other livestock had long
since passed. I was born and raised in San Joaquin Valley, CA once known for being the
breadbasket of America. There was so much abundance that our family did
not need to grow much food, rather we worked hard gleaning the fields
after harvest. We canned and froze all of our veggies and grandfather
hunted for our meat. All of my clothing was handmade by gramma, and by the time I was a teenager I was sewing my own school clothes.
my younger days I crafted handmade rag dolls, which I thoroughly
enjoyed crafting. I miss those days. My house literally looked like a
factory. Honestly, looking back now I have no idea how I did it. I had three small
children, and huge contracts to fill. I was quite pleased with my
accomplishments, as many of the big box stores were carrying my dolls.
I find inspiration everywhere. Literally everywhere. I don’t know if
music inspires me, but it sure does motivate me. I enjoy listening to
classic rock and old school R&B while I am working. It motivates me
tremendously, uplifts my mood, and I tend to accomplish so much more
and with greater ease when I am listening to my tunes. Crafting has always been a part of my life, like eating and sleeping.
I really don’t know of any other way to be… I love every aspect of what I do. I
rather feel as though something is missing if I am in a situation which
leaves me unable to create.
I think my most motivating factor is the feeling I get when a buyer tells
me how much they really love their new piece. Whether it be on Etsy
or at an outdoor market there are no words to describe this feeling.
We have a lot of ebbs and flows in our business, and like most of our
friends who have chosen this life we are not getting rich. The hard
times are really a state of mind. I mean, let’s face it, for the
artisan times are always hard.
I cannot say that I never worry about tomorrow, because I do. I do not,
however dwell on this. Getting out one of my books of Edgar Cayce
readings always helps me bounce back. And, if times start to look
really bleak I pull out the Four Agreements and I am good.
“The Four Agreements
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best. ”
― Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
Frank and I spend a tremendous amount of time with our grandchildren. We met
later in life and due to life circumstances, each of us feels that we
were not able to spend as much quality time with our children as we
would have liked.
I am seeing this pattern now with my adult children. It seems to be
unavoidable. Too much to do. With that said, both Frank and I are
committed to being a huge part of our grandchildren’s lives.
My favorite quote, and the words I am always striving to live by is
“Be The Change You Wish To See In The World.”
I remember my first concert like it was yesterday. I had a HUGE
infatuation for Michael Jackson from the first time I saw him on Ed
Sullivan I was in love! When I was 12 the Jackson Five came to town. I come from a family of very
conservative people, and convincing my parents to let me go to this was a
big task. I did, however finally convince them and my father was able
to swing “Star Isle” front row seats at the Circle Star Theater in
Redwood City. Whoa, front row at the Circle Star. And the group was to
enter the stage area right past me to boot. Yep, that night was
magical. I don’t know if Michael entered the audience many more times after that,
but he did enter the audience that night and it was amazing.
I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to share my passion with you.
your dreams for your store for the future if you like to add this
I am an avid believer in community. Because of so many changes in this
world, I feel that we have lost touch with our true nature. Most of us
feel helpless and alone, and have been so conditioned that we choose to
take whatever obstacles life throws in front of us with indifference.
It seems as though the universe does not fail to provide us with such
obstacles once we begin to feel “comfortable” I truly believe that this
is spirit saying, “hello, wake-up, stop the complacency” Separatism
really is not working well in this world. I feel that it was an
informative experiment, but that it is time to get back to our true
roots of sharing and caring.
Incense and Peppermints
Barefoot Garb on Etsy
Hippy Franks on Etsy
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Thank you Cherry and Frank for being wonderful leaders and great support for this team..
Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team
Hello! My name is Selena and my shop is ‘a recurring dream‘. I am
a stay at home mom living in the suburbs of Pittsburgh with my husband and our
My shop takes materials that are unwanted from my local
community and I have been making quality home goods and accessories,
and started adding clothing this year.
As a young woman, I had sewn patchwork dresses, skirts, bags, purses,
etc for many years that I would vend at local concert lots and festivals.
In my mid 20’s I wanted to move to the city and started working for a
young restaurant group. I grew into adulthood along side an innovative
and maturing local restaurant group that emphasized the importance of
farm to table food, craft beer and spirits, and embracing and utilizing
the individuality of each of its employees to its advantage. I spent a
decade managing restaurants for them. The demanding schedule did
not afford me much time for sewing and once I started a family, I realized
the schedule did not allow much time for them either.
So I said good-bye
to my home away from home and a couple of months later dusted off my
sewing machine and picked up a gig doing piece work for a local clothing
company to make money for Christmas. I slowly began finding and
unpacking my sewing items and making space for them in my home. Then
I started making gifts for people and trying to come up with ideas of items
to make with materials I had on hand, or could source inexpensively, and I
found myself building a small inventory of items.
A new street fair started
that year and they were looking for vendors. I had just enough inventory
to send photos of my work along with the application and I was accepted
to vend the street fair, and started sewing A LOT in order to have enough
items to fill my vending spot!
Vending regularly was not reasonable for me with my kids in tow, and I had
researched Etsy shops for months before opening my shop. Once I started
I felt so lost! I had zero experience with internet sales. I tried finding teams
for support with little luck in the beginning, then,…. One of the articles in the Sellers Handbook
suggested using an interest as your search keyword when trying to find
a team. I searched “patchwork” and that is how I found the DHAA and I
This team has been such a source of knowledge and support
for me and has truly been a comforting support that has kept me on Etsy.
I also never would have guessed that there would have been an online
market for patchwork clothes, but maybe that is just me showing my age.
I work mainly with up-cycled clothing and de-stash items that I collect from my
community. I have an overwhelmingly diverse stash of fabric, and it can
make it hard for me to focus on one project for a very long time.
get a new idea, I have no problem abandoning a project in progress to start
on a new item. I always have a collection of items in progress…sometimes
I go back and finish them, and sometimes I take them apart to use the
materials for something else. I rarely feel committed to finishing a project I
am no longer enjoying. I find inspiration from so many places in the world
around me. It sometimes surprises even me the things I will suddenly
decide need to be made next!
I grew up with a very crafty mama who loved to sew and craft with
whatever materials we had on hand. She always encouraged us to try
new things and was never afraid of us getting dirty or making a mess. It
was a wonderful way to grow up. I was never allowed to use her machine,
but when I was a teenager and started showing interest, she was quick to
find me a hand me down machine to call my own.
I taught myself how to
sew and quickly burned through a string of hand me down machines. In
the height of my young adult sewing days my parents helped me purchase
a refurbished metal Singer machine. I was always concerned about the
quality of my items and the following year my parents gifted me a serger.
Their support meant the world to me and I still sew on the same machines
today. What a great investment they turned out to be…when I think of what
I have made on them it is almost unreal to me that they are still keeping up
Making patchwork was a natural fit for me. When I started sewing, I
made a basic dress pattern and made a couple of simple a line dresses from
lightweight vintage curtains I had found at Goodwill. My friends mother
gave me a box full of scraps she had collected over her years of sewing,
and I decided to make a pattern for a patchwork dress for myself. As a
child I had often been mesmerized with Holly Hobbie’s beautiful apron,
and wanted a dress that was a grown up version of that amazing childhood
image. After some drafting and a lot of math…I did it! I couldn’t believe
that I had actually made it! It is still my favorite item I have ever made.
I made well over 50 dresses from this pattern and never upgraded my
personal dress from that original, and I look forward to handing it down to
my girls. I have always been so proud of it, and I am hoping to revive the
pattern this Spring.
My children are the most amazing force to have ever touched my life. I
am a very active parent, and enjoy my time with them immensely. I am
also committed to my community, and spend time volunteering at my
children’s schools, helping with coat and food drives, and volunteering at
our community garden.
Our community garden is one of my favorite places
to be! In addition to our own plots, my husband, children and I spend a
lot of time helping to tend the common grounds, and tending the donation
garden. All of the harvest from the donation garden benefits our neighbors
through our local food pantry.
My family and I also love taking advantage
of all of wonderful things Pittsburgh has to offer. Pittsburgh is a beautiful
and exciting city, and we particularly love our time spent at the Carnegie
Museums and all of the surrounding State Parks. The woods are truly my
home. I like to be busy and active, and I am never at a loss for things to do
in my area.
I always loved vending at festivals and shows, and I was excited when I
started vending at the Artisan Market in the Strip District neighborhood of
Pittsburgh this year. I love people, and love getting to talk to people about
my work. I find having an internet shop to be so isolating, and it is always
nice to come face to face with someone who truly appreciated what you are
Music has always held an important role in my life. My father is very
passionate about music and ensured it was part of our daily lives. He took
me to my first concerts, and to many more later in life. The concert that left
the biggest impression was attended when I was about maybe 12 years
old. It was a music festival at Camp Lejeune Naval Base during Operation
Desert Storm. The energy in the crowd was unlike anything I had ever
experienced. I remember that Chicago was the headliner and that Sinbad
was the MC for the event. It was my first experience seeing how music
could bring people together and give them hope, joy and a strong sense of
togetherness. When I first moved to the city in my early 20’s, there was an amazing
theater that had live music almost every night. I went there just about
every evening, I didn’t feel the need to go anywhere else. Some night
they had national acts, sometimes they would even have high school kids
who raised enough money to rent the theater to play for their friends and
family, and everything in between. Often times the younger bands playing
were my favorite nights. They always played with a passion that I truly
My favorite quote is by an author named Richard Bach from No Such Place
as Far Away.
“Not being known doesn’t stop the truth from being true.”
This resonates deeply with me. It is a simple statement of truth that I feel is
too often overlooked.
This past year I have had opportunities to do so many things that I never
would have imagined. I have made my first full size quilts, I have started
making bereavement items to console the families who have lost love ones,
and have written my first tutorial to be published in a national magazine this
Spring. It has been such a whirlwind and I am looking forward to what lies
“Many thanks to all of you who have supported me on this journey” Selena
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Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team
I am the creator of Tye Dye Bills, my name is Amanda Johnson
I make most of the tie dyes, tapestries and bed sheet sets (nature inspired are my favorite) and do the portrait drawings, as well as hand make the other grateful gear.
My team consists of myself and my husband who occasionally makes tie dyes (he has a very groovy style), rinses my bins and is sole owner and namesake of our shop name (tye dye bill was a name given to him during his on the road days), and my children who are the reason I create and sell on Etsy.
Tie dye is our passion. Our Creations are brought to life through parenthood, love of all things tie dye and the Grateful Family we have come to know and love after all these years. We love sharing our art, love and soul with others.
Each item contains a moment of our lives, a piece of our hearts, part of our souls. When
you purchase our creations, you are buying moments of frustration and days, weeks,
years of pure joy. You are not just buying things, but rather creating more time for us to make things we are passionate about.
The creative process happens in our home studio. All tie dyes are folded, tied and dyed
by hand. Tapestries are hand cut from quality medium weight, tightly woven, cotton fabric
and double stitched before folding and dyeing. We use only quality 100% cotton and fiber
reactive dyes. Dyes used are professional grade that creates a marriage between the
dye and cotton fibers during the tie dye process. All items are pre-washed, rinsed after
dyeing, washed with a professional textile detergent to ensure dyes are bonded and
excess dyes are removed, then washed again. Items are dried in the sunshine on the line
when weather permits or fluffed in the dryer.
Everything is handmade with love, created in a smoke free and cat friendly home.
I’ve created art for as long as I can remember. Art teachers were pivotal in my
development as an artist. The first tie dye I made was at summer camp when I was 8
years old. I’ve loved tie dye for a very long time. My kids were the driving force behind
starting my own business. I quit my job as the manager of a small, family owned
business to start my own family. I knew I would stay home to raise my children, the extra
income from selling tie dyes and more recently my drawings, helps support our family. It
has proven to be challenging to find a suitable balance for my family, finding time to work
and create things I am passionate about and still take care of my home. I created a little
play space for my children in my studio, complete with toys, an easel and desk for them to
make their own masterpieces while I work. They love being in my art space and
eventually they will help out with our business too!
I remember watching my Nan crochet blankets when I was little and my Grandma do
needlepoint. While I never got into either craft, I remember seeing my Nan’s painted
ceramics around the house and my own first interest was probably painting because of
My favorite piece I have ever made is the drawing named A Penny for Your Thoughts. It is A
drawing of my dear friend Houd (short for Houdini, his nickname) who died in March
2013. A beautiful soul. Our shop will be seeing more portraits in the future, I am very
excited about this and have been approached about orders already!What inspires me most to create is Parenthood, the love of all things tie dye and the Grateful Family we have come to know and
after all these years has inspired us the most. My portrait drawings are pure
inspiration from the beautiful souls that once walked our earth. I believe our loved ones
deserve to be honored and not forgotten and my portrait drawings do just that.
I love working with color and really enjoy making tie dye I love. Craft shows and festivals
are also a favorite part of business. Being on the scene and selling things I love to make
while having a great time and meeting great people! The same goes for drawing portraits
of our dear loved ones, uncovering their story, discovering what made them special and
the impact they made on this earth before they left.
A sale always comes through when we need it most. I am a stay at home mama so every
penny counts. Believing in ourselves and that our talents will get us through seems to do
the trick! We keep our friends close and our little family closer when times are tough.
Someone has always got our back. We’d like to believe God and our Universe is in
control of everything and we are just tiny specks. We listen to the still, small voice and
During what spare time we have we love to camp and be outdoors. Spending time with
friends while enjoying nature is our favorite. Frequenting music festivals is another fond
past time. As our kids get older it will allow for more fun music festivals to explore
together. We can always find inspiration in our little family to keep on keepin’ on.
The first epic music festival that changed my life was Grateful Fest at Nelsons Ledges. I
had not previously been to such a large festival, it had a wonderful lineup of musicians
and wonderful crowd of people amidst the beauty of the forest. It was truly a break
through for me. I can’t wait to experience that particular festival again someday.
Tell the world Amanda, Is there something about you as an artist or is there something that you would like the world to know?
“Forget about all the reasons why it won’t work and believe in the reason why it will! My
mantra for myself when I make something or have an idea that I think no one will want or
love. If you believe in it, someone else will too.”
We are Super excited about the future of our shop! As our children grow and can help more with
the shop we will be offering more tapestries and bed sheet sets. I will also be expanding
my portrait drawing and taking custom orders. Someday we hope to open a brick and
mortar shop, which is a ways off. We believe in living our dreams, its the only way to
make them come true.
“We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there too.”
Artist Contact info: Amanda Johnson http://treesandtents.blogspot.com/
Social Media Links: https://www.facebook.com/TyeDyeBills
Sales happening: Black Friday Sale upcoming and flash sales are announced on our
facebook page from time to time.
Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team
The Elvish Acorn is here to bring you upcycled articles inspired by the earth and handmade jewelry made with lots of love and heart.!
My name is Rebekah. My store is The Elvish Acorn and my only team is the DHAA. What other team would I need? 😉
I live about 20 minutes west of Detroit in a Garden City, MI.
My shop is called The Elvish Acorn and my goal is to create jewelry and accessories that have an earthy vibe.
I like to think that I’m putting a lot of lovely things out to go on adventures without making a negative environmental impact by reclaiming and repurposing as much as possible.
My creative process… Sometimes it’s embarrassingly slow and I just can’t get something right. A piece will fight me all the way and sometimes needs to be temporarily abandoned. Other times, something just falls together beautifully. I use glass beads, wood beads, stone beads, gemstone beads, shell beads… Sometimes horn & bone. I string on Nymo or Acuflex, depending on the project. I used to only use sterling silver for earrings, but now make my big Gypsy hoops in base metals. I have various boxes, bins, and drawers to keep my beads, pedants, hemp, etc, kind of in their place. My work space is always a mess, but I happily bead in the midst of my crafty chaos!
If I’m sewing, I have an old Kenmore serger that my mother gave me and I have a Brother machine that I use for the finishing touches! I have piles and drawers of thrifted, upcycled, free, and vintage fabric. I’d like to focus on bags for a while, but that remains to be seen. I’m pretty fortunate in the our upstairs is divided into two rooms. I get to use the west half as my crafty corner! My husband gets to close the door and pretend that all of the string bits & lose beads in the carpet aren’t really there. Hahaha!
I learned the fundamentals of beading from a girl I did Dead tour with. Over the years I’ve learned some new stuff and tried to develop my own style.
For years I supported myself and my oldest two kids exclusively with my sewing and bead work. Those were the days when Head shops were everywhere and I could walk in with bags on handmade stuff, and walk out with a grip of cash.
*start the sad violin music now*
When Jerry died, everything changed somehow.I just didn’t want to do it anymore. I packed up my beads, got an office job, and life went on. I have since trained as a doula and a phlebotomist. After I got my associates degree, I found myself working in the mall pushing ICP t’s to kids and moonlighting as a dominatrix. No lie. I lived in a pretty rough neighbourhood for about ten years. It was buying my first house that brought me back into beading. Moving from the concrete town homes where the only wildlife was unattended children and stray cats to a home with fruit trees, lilacs, and an INSANE, twisted pussy willow was a dream come true. Ah, serenity! Chirping birds and fleeting foxes! Who would that not inspire? Thusly, Hawthorn & Pine, the original name of my Etsy shop was born. If you’ve ever smelled a Hawthorn tree in bloom, it’s a rancid odor you will never forget. The beauty of the tree if that birds & little critters eat the berries, year ’round. It’s a really cool life source. I used to love snooping around the pine trees to see if there were any new birds nests! Alas, that house wasn’t meant to be my forever home and as our family grew, the need to relocate did as well. After about a year at our new house, It was time for a name change & image overhaul – and so began The Elvish Acorn adventure! My full time job right now is motherhood. My youngest starts school, full-time, in the fall and I’m really hoping to put a lot of energy into The Elvish Acorn that I haven’t been able to in the past!
My mother made a lot of my clothes when I was little and she gave me free reign of the sewing machine as well as taught me how to use a needle & thread. I had THE best dressed Glamour Gals, (no, not Barbies,) EVER! My favorite thing in my shop right now is a big ol’ pair of Gypsy hoops. They are bright, colourful, and very brazen. https://www.etsy.com/listing/187313871/gorgeous-olive-and-purple-gypsy-or
I have two all-time favorite pieces. I know I wasn’t the only little girl to have one of those Mexican necklaces with the tiny beaded doll on it. There were two kinds – one with a circle skirt and a male one. I LOVED those things. Well, my grandmother was a HUGE Elvis fan so I made her a little, 2 inch Vegas Elvis, white jump suit emblazoned with gold, silver, and shiny red & blue beads. She was crazy about that thing. To my knowledge my aunt has him now. My other favorite piece is this voodoo looking hemp thing that I made. In the center there is a baby bird skull that I found and sewed hematite beads in as eyes. I made it from things that came from people who were important and dear to me. It used to have a tiny glass bottle on it that contained locks of hair from my oldest two kids first haircuts. There is an abalone that my friend Anne, whom I’ve long-since lost contact with and a piece of amber from my first love. There is also a crystal on there from my friend Jenny. She is an AMAZING fiber artist and inspires me still. She coined the term “craftmagic!”
People. Conversation. Music. Words and the way they make me feel. Cool, (the temperature, not like Arthur Fonzerelli,) warm, excited. I take these thoughts, words, and emotions and match them with colours. Sometimes it’s something like a sea shell or pine cone. I try to make things that will at least come out semi-organic! I love the Indiana Jones aspect of thrifting. The endless search for the Holy grail of upcycleable beads or fabric. I also love finding weird old craft stores. That’s always a good time! My husband trolls the free section of Craigslist for me! Custom orders are fantastic. It wasn’t until very recently that I realized the importance of jewelry in peoples lives. You make memories with jewelry. You were wearing that necklace when your child was born. You were wearing those earrings when you got your puppy. You bought that bracelet at Soldier Field. That was the dread bead your mom got you. You know? Jewelry reminds you of places you’ve gone, people you’ve known, and things you’ve done. Jewelry can trigger some pretty powerful emotions and being able to be a part of that is really an honor.
Have you ever put “necklace” in a search on Etsy? Lol. I tend to get lost. What keeps my morale up is knowing that while stuff isn’t selling, I can build up back stock for when I need it. I also get pretty stoked about selling my stuff, face-to-face. I do much better that way because you can’t catch the phantoms & sparkles of gemstones & beads in a picture!
My favorite quotes are actually song lyrics! My favorite has got to be from The Jeff Buckley song, Last Goodbye. “Kiss me. Please kiss me. But kiss me out of desire, not consolation.” Beautiful. Tragic. Poignant. It gives me shivers. Aw, man. There is also ,” It’s okay, I’m a saint. I forgave your mistakes,” from the And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead song, Relative Ways. Again, . gloriously poignant
Oh, geees we’re goin to take you back to the days here. Touring the the winter in 93! Too cool for winter boots & wearing 3 pairs of woolen socks in my freakin’ Birkenstock sandals! I still have my Miracle sign. I remember standing in the snow and yelling stupid stuff like, “I’m pregnant! It’s cold! I need a miracle!” Haha. Good times. I also loved doing shows with my daughters. One in a carrier on my back & one on my hip. After a show once, my oldest told my parents that she rode the (nonexistant) merry go round and saw the (nonexistent) ducks. They must have really questioned my parenting but kept supporting my decisions! Haha.
I just recently started considering myself an “artist.” I especially didn’t think of bead work and sewing being art when I did it. Basically, I do the best I can. There are better people out there that use nicer materials and have a cleaner style, but aside from wanting to expand my knowledge of technique, I’m relatively satisfied with what I’m putting out into the world! I genuinely appreciate all of the support, encouragement, and criticism from other artists and the DHAA! I am more blown away and humbled at having been picked as AOTM than any of you will ever know. Seriously. My goal for The Elvish Acorn is to really buckle down and make a whole bunch of a couple of particular styles that I can hopefully get picked up by some sort of chain or successfully keep some consignment places stocked. I have a friend who got picked up locally by Whole Foods. I keep telling myself that IT IS POSSIBLE! I’m hoping to get my finger on the pulse of venues and festivals that I can vend. I did my first event in over 15 years earlier this year. TOTAL STAGE FRIGHT, but I did alright. I’d like to busy my weekends with that sort of thing. But, for now, I will keep picking away at building stock and making pretty things for people to take with them on their adventure through life! Thank you everyone! You all amaze me!
I am on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheElvishAcorn
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Welcome to DreamweaverSpirit.
Here you will discover unusual and unique jewellery and crafts inspired by Native American, Pagan and Egyptian cultures.
The word jewellery itself is derived from the word jewel, which was from the Old French word “jouel“, and beyond that, to the Latin word “jocale“, meaning plaything. In British English, it is spelled jewellery, while the spelling is jewelry in American English
My name is Sara and I am a Pagan artist based in Surrey, England, U.K. I was born on Summer Solstice eve in London, England many moons ago and my family is originally from Spain. My shop is called DreamweaverSpirit – I sell Native American and Pagan inspired jewellery and crafts which are all made with love and gratitude. I love to create magical pieces that will uplift others and help them on their spiritual journey.
I also love animals and like to help them as much as I can. A percentage of all sales go to the animal charities which I support and give monthly donations to.
I work from my home which I share with my partner and our 16 year old crazy kitten cat. I never quite know what to expect when I start creating a piece. Sometimes I have an idea, but most of the time I just go with the flow and let it happen. It feels like the piece is being made through me. I get inspired by the shape of the materials I use, the crystals, wood, antler…..
When I create wands and pendants, I start by preparing the wood, cutting and sanding it. Then I bind the crystals, and anything else I may be using with epoxy resin and epoxy clay. I sand down the clay when it’s dry, and then build up the design with the same material. It can be a lengthy process as I have to wait for each layer to dry before I can move on to the next. The faces I always sculpt in polymer clay. It’s not air drying so it gives me more time to work on them. I am usually working on five or six pieces at a time. Some get finished quickly while others might sit for a while until the time is right to finish them off.
I’ve always loved art, and when I left school I went on to study photography and then fashion and graphics. The art tutor that I had at the time was one of my mentors, she taught me a great deal and also gave me the encouragement that I needed. After that I did a foundation course in art and design, then the next step was to go for a degree. I’d had enough of studying by then so I took some time out to travel. I’ve always wanted to work for myself and I’ve never stuck at a job for very long. So when I came back I did a short business course and got some money together to buy a load of materials. I taught myself how to make jewellery and wands and went on to do festivals, craft fairs and Pow-wows and also selling in a shop in a craft market for a year or so and also did Tarot readings while I was there as well to make a bit of extra money.
Then I discovered Etsy and I’ve never looked back.
It has really helped me get noticed and I’ve also met some wonderful people over the past four years.
COLLABORATION PROJECT with the DEADHEAD ART ALLIANCE ETSY TEAM
Artists Jen Liput from pacificnorthwestglassblowing.com, California, USA and Sara from DreamweaverSpirit, Surrey, UK
Here’s the finished piece we came out with!
Collaboration US and UK artists
MATERIALS: Quartz, Bone, Hazel wood, Glass, Wooden beads, Carnelian, Suede, Feather, Shell, Epoxy putty
Dreamtime – Quartz And Hazel Lizard Totem Wand
I have collaborated with PACIFICNWGLASS to create this Native American inspired wand. The beautiful glass cabochons and beads were created by her and I have put it all together. The wood is Hazel, I have varnished it and attached the crystals, cabochons and bone lizard with epoxy resin. I have also attached glass beads, wooden beads and a feather with suede lace. The design around the cabochons I have created with epoxy putty. The wand measures almost 15″ and would make a lovely addition to your collection.
Lizard Medicine is the shadow side of reality where your dreams are reviewed before you decide to manifest them physically. Lizard is the Medicine of Dreamers and can always help you see the shadow. This shadow can be your fears, your hopes, or the very thing you are resisting, but it is always following you around.
Hazel wood has long been used for divination. It is said to increase intuition, wisdom, artistic ability and magical knowledge. The energy of hazel wands promote love and creativity allowing a person to move beyond self-serving modes of existence.
Quartz amplifies spiritual power and is an excellent crystal for developing psychism.
Carnelian is a stone of creativity, individuality, spiritual power. It balances the sacral chakra and is helpful for grounding oneself.
The shell is a devine feminine symbol associated with venus. It represents beauty, intuition and love.
Turkey (feather) teaches us how all life is sacred and we must learn to give and be grateful for what we have.
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My first introduction to art was my Family. My father was a carpenter and I would love to watch him working. I would get bits of wood and just sit there sanding them until they were really smooth. I loved the feel of the wood and I know it’s what gave me my passion for making wands.
My creation the “Queen of the Fae” Green Woman wand is my favourite piece at the moment. I love to sculpt nature spirits and feel the magic of the forest as I’m creating them. The crystals that I used in the wand are really beautiful too. It has a lovely energy.
Nature inspires me more than anything. Trees, nature spirits and animals are what I portray the most in my pieces along with mythology, ancient civilizations, fairytales and folklore. I also get inspired by my dreams and of course the music I listen to while I’m creating is very inspirational too, … Even just looking at a crystal or a piece of wood gets the ideas flowing.
I love meeting weird and wonderful people from all walks of life. I’ve met many characters along the way and there’s nothing nicer than putting a necklace on the person that’s just bought it and having a hug For me that’s what it all about, exchanging energies with the other person and seeing the smile on their face because they now own something I’ve made. I also love buying as much as selling and I’m constantly looking for beautiful and unusual crystals. I also love going to forests in search of wood and other bits and pieces. Our beautiful Mother Earth gives us so many precious treasures.
Their has been times in the past when I’ve felt like giving it all up, but something has always happened at the last minute to make me change my mind. I’ve learned to trust and believe in life. When we give up hope there really is no point in carrying on and I know that creating is what I’m meant to do. My partner is also very supportive and encouraging and is always praising my work and needless to say my buyers keep me going too. One of the nicest things that was ever said to me was “Thank you for sharing your gift with the world”
I love to travel around England visiting Stone circles and other sacred sites, going out for a drink and socialising, being with friends/ family, Pagan festivals, meditating and yoga. I love live music, mainly heavy rock/ metal and also Pagan/ Native American inspired music. I read books on magic/ witchcraft, philosophy and anything to do with metaphysics. I also love to grow things, be with Nature and hug lots of trees
My dream would be to travel the world and sell my pieces in every country that I visited. So many people (and animals) are in need of love and healing and I hope that what I do can help a little. I would also love to have my own shop in Glastonbury, England one day. Such a beautiful and magical place. Some call it the heart chakra of world.
Thank you for reading and many blessings to all.
Those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it.
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Hello! I am known to my fellow cohorts as Maggie-Jane O. I was born under the sign of Pisces in the first year of Reagan’s presidency. I am a dreamer of change, an organic farm-ess, a booty shaker, a naturalist, I vote, homesteader, wife, renegade seamstress, but more to the point, I am a Knotty Mama! Knotty Mama is my business, a giant hunk of my life, designing and creating handmade upcycled clothing and accessories out of second hand and orphaned clothing and fabrics.
My artist process is dominated by the material itself. I would not be surprised if most upcycled artists begin the same way. Most of my fabric collection consists of pieces that right away I knew what I would create. A vintage table clothe with a lace border is already a skirt in my minds eye. I have stacks of old clothing made from every conceivable material in a rainbow of colors. I love to go to yardsales, and buy those mismatched sheet sets!
The design of any given piece is determined by what kind and how much of fabric I have. Patchwork is an obvious way to handle any combination of colors and patterns! One of my favorite parts of the creation process is the choosing of the materials and draft up patterns. Makes me glad I listened to my grade school teachers about math being really useful in the real world! I use geometry and algebra and arithmetic everyday. My notebook is full of chicken scratches.
I sew all my garments on my Sears Kenmore from the seventies! My Aunty Caroline is kind enough to temporarily share her sewing room with me. We split the glass windowed porch down the middle, though I must admit my chaos does often flow over to her side. I love my hard core metal beast! I use flat felled and french seams instead of serging. These seams are professional and long lasting!
I love the process of creating, so it is hard to pick a favorite piece. I am constantly in love with the piece I am currently working on, if I don’t like the way it is shaping up it ends up in what I call the crap pile. The most rewarding pieces are the ones that challenge me. I have been honored enough to get to create some amazing wedding dresses. The joy of creating the perfect garment for someone, is only intensified for that very special occasion.
Everything inspires me to create. I have to make art or I will just die. I love growing things, it blows my mind that you can take a tiny seed, add a little love, leave the rest to mother nature and you end up with a giant pumpkin or delicate chard. That’s pretty much my life in a hand bag. The seeds of imagination can culminate into any dimension of the magical.
I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I have been able to make a semi living from sewing my entire adult life. I literally love all of it, except maybe having to seam rip something I have sewn wrong, twice. Nothing beats finding the perfect score at the thrift store. I love designing something challenging and using pure force of will to make the material do what I want with the proper tools. I really like going to show and meeting new people! The most rewarding part of sewing for me, is when I see someone wearing the clothes I have made!
-here is a link to a 2003 article from a local newspaper my old partner and I were interviewed while vending http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Farchives.dailyegyptian.com%2Fimported-20111018203805%2F2003%2F12%2F10%2F25th-annual-craft-sale-draws-large-crowd-of-students-and-com.html
My husband, Ethan, is extremely supportive, in fact he basically set up my etsy half a decade ago. He serenades me while I work and picks up the slack when I am working over time on the sewing machine. No matter the situation, he encourages me to keep creating. My family has always been my biggest supporters. Fortunately, simple living requires little money.
I am busy as a bee, when I am not in the sewing room, I have a wide variety of tasks. My husband and I also run a growing organic farm aptly dubbed, ” Dirty Feet Farm”. From spring to fall I spend a lot of time in our garden, there is always weeding and mulching not to mention the planting and the harvesting. I put in a lot of time in the summer kitchen, canning and pickling produce and jamming. We have a pack of mutt dogs, and chickens that require attention. Sometimes when it feels like it’s too much, I lay in the hammock all day with a good book to recharge my energies.
We are trying to get to the point of 100% off the grid. We currently reside in a military tent, on top of a deck, like the one in Mash. We have solar power for light and for charging our electronic devices. In the summer when the panel is getting good light I can even sew there. This is temporary. We have been scrimping and saving to build our dream docile for several years. We have plans to build an earthbag dome this summer, complete with a studio for my sewing and Ethan’s music.
Growing up, the first live music I was exposed to was around the fire at my parent’s parties. My mother, sisters, and I would compose impromptu operas doing house work or in the car. But, I had little experience with contemporary or popular music, I was only allowed to listen to the oldies radio station until I was in Jr High. My first live concert was George Clinton and the P funk, a free concert at the local university. It was pretty amazing!! I was introduced to the Grateful Dead through some beautiful people, who have become life long friends. The fist time I heard “Fire on the Mountain,” I was instantly addicted!! I had these old boot leg tapes that I would listen to over and over. The first festival I attended was Woodstock in ’99. Three friends and I packed up in my 1987 Monte Carlo and drove to the east coast. It was a life altering experience, especially because when I came back I made my first mama top.
Living a simple free spirited life is my main goal! I truly believe that everyone needs to be the change they want to see in the world! For me, running my eco friendly sewing business fits in perfect with my homesteader bohemian view of the world. I do not have to sacrifice any of my morals, Knotty Mama allows me to make a small living off of other people’s waste. I also really like the fact that I am offering people a different choice, they do not have to buy poorly constructed clothing made by unfair labor practices, sold in earth destroying big box chains. Soon I will be able to do all my sewing with the power of the sun, then I will be really dancing down my path!!
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do”-Rumi
She is also the leader of our DHAA team in charge of the Quilt Team and we’re happy to say that 20 artists and almost a year later we’ve completed something special!
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My name is Margaret Kasper and I have been born and bred in New Hampshire. I’m the one woman army at Mountain Girl Clothing.
I create one of a kind up-cycled women’s clothing and accessories for the one of a kind ladies out there.
The name Mountain Girl was cultivated because I grew up in New Hampshire. When I went to school in the city at Massachusetts College of Art and Design for Fiber Arts, I felt out of place. I was not in my true atmosphere and I longed for the Mountains of New Hampshire, thus Mountain Girl was created my last year attending MassArt.
I graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts (Fiber Arts) and Im also a certified Doula, although I have not had time in the past few years to keep that going. I’d love to get back to it someday.
Later the name correlated pretty well when I started to incorporate old Grateful Dead shirts and artwork in my clothing. My father and I love collecting old and used Grateful Dead shirts together and it’s something that I hold dear with him. We love the music and the artwork surrounding it.
Mountain Girl did not happen over night. It took about two years for it to really get going full swing. Right out of college I jumped full speed into Mountain Girl and did not have another job, besides babysitting and odd jobs, so I had a long time on living on Ramen and Pabst!
Two things which I still love.
I use recycled and repurposed materials to create my clothing. It is truly a labor of love and my true passion in life. I eat sleep and dream Mountain Girl and I hope that comes across in my work.
It made my mom nervous, but eventually she warmed up to the idea once she saw how passionate I was AND that all my hard work was paying off. Mountain Girl stared in a small spare room with one hand me down sewing machine (which I still love and use) a desk as a sewing table and ONE old ugly fisherman’s sweater.
Almost six years, over 5,000 sales later, it has grown to a 1,500 foot studio space in an old mill building in Nashua NH with three hand me down sewing machines (not just one!) and two sergers (one of dark threads, one for light).
Mountain Girl Clothing IS my day job, my night job, my weekend job and my LIFE job… And I love it.
The website Craft Count which tracks Etsy Sellers by Category at this time of publishing shows Mountain Girl Clothing as the top 100 sellers in the
handmade – clothing category – What an amazing accomplishment!
Mountain Girl Clothing starts when I wake up around 7 am and feed the doggies. I Get ready and head to the studio. I start my music or news radio and brew a big cup of coffee.
At first, for at least the first year, I did not have a set plan or routine – I would just go with the flow.
That worked very well until I started getting busy in the shop.I then learned the be more efficient by planning my day and having set goals for the week. I will literally wake up at 7 and I sew from 7:30-7 pm most days or well into the night. I literally can’t stop!
I don’t use patterns so each piece is truly organic. Although I have set ways of and processes of making pieces, I don’t have a pattern to follow. That is way when I tried to go to fashion design classes it was the opposite way I organically work so needless to say, I didn’t enjoy them. I just follow the fabric, texture and prints and lets those do the talking for me.
Music inspires me, textures, smells (nag champa in the studio!) and wandering the halls and isles of thrift stores for sure. Its my heaven on earth.
My favorite piece I’ve ever made was a sweater a few years back. It had a gorgeous crochet appliqué on the back, big bell sleeves and a huge comfy hood. Very colorful. It is hard to let go of some of my creations but that I guess it’s just a reflection of life. You have to let things go in order to keep moving forward.
When things are slow and money is tight I actually work MORE.
I find that putting more energy into my creations helps generate more sales (or maybe I am just imagining this) but it works for me and picks me up out of a rut.
It is scary to have your own business.
To know that you have no fall back and when things are slow there is nothing you can do but wait and work your little heart out.
In my down time I love to sit on the couch with the dogs and watch some shows and zone out. I also love to go to my dads a few towns over and hang out with him or my brother will come up from Boston sometimes and it’s always wonderful to spend time with everyone together. Those moment are rare but I love them.
My parents were huge influences on my love of creation. Here is a photo of my parents and their band in the 70s, they were called The Secret Sam Band.
My mom and dad are on the left in the front together
I also love to go to shows and concerts. I love the energy of all of the people and music lights and sounds. You can’t get that anywhere else!
I remember the first show I ever saw, It was late spring and warm out. I went to a night concert in Boston at the Bank of America Pavilion. It was Sigur Ros performing. Their song Agaetis Byrjun started to play and it started to pour. It was truly a beautiful moment and brought me to tears. A lot of hardships were going on in my life at that very moment but somehow I felt put back together after that one song.
I just wanted to remind our alliance that we as artists, have an amazing blessing.
Here is how i know this to be true:
This past summer, I lost my mother to breast cancer. She was my rock and my heart.
I was in the depths of despair and honestly still am in many ways.
The one things that is helping me heal is to create, and make and make and make.
We as artists have an outlet, a born outlet to express out emotions through our artwork.
Not everyone can do this.
For that reason we are blessed.
So if you are going through hard times…sit down and create. It will help heal your heart.
Bette Midler — ‘Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.’
Social Media Links: http://www.instagram.com/mountaingirlclothing www.facebook.com/mountaingirclothing Twitter: mntngirletsy
Margaret, Thank you for sharing your world and for being a leader of the deadhead art alliance.
She has been an inspiring artist to me from the first time I looked at her store, I had just started the team, and asked her to be a leader because I could feel her kind musically inspired vibe radiating with the love of our Grateful Dead inspired community, and am happy that I did.
Hi, I am Debbie and my business is Thunder Rose Leather
I work with John who is my husband of 35 years and leather making partner for over 25 of them.
We live in a small community about 15 miles from Sedona, Arizona.
I am one of the original promoted Leaders of the Deadhead Art Alliance Team that started in April of 2012 on Etsy. I have contributed to the team by helping to start the Facebook social media group which the team uses to promote and share their art with one another. I also list our chat threads on Etsy every month where people are welcomed to come and share their day, ideas, and selling concerns with each other. Helping our like-minded artists to connect, and to make treasuries to promote the their arts.
I am also the captain of the Working Artists Promotion Team on etsy.com and zibbet.com which is for promoting handmade by you, vintage, upcyclers and supplies.
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Our work is all handmade by us and we do our best to make sure when you buy one of our creations you are happy about what you receive.
Everything is made right here in our home in our made to order shop. We have a large leather table so we can lay out our hides and find each item.
Each hide is very different so we do our best to get the closest look to the leather bag or whatever your purchase is. We work mostly in Elk skins and buffalo leather. We make all of our own lace and antler buttons.
We are self-taught artists. We have had some friends along the way have pointed out this or that, but we taught ourselves mostly and quit our day jobs as soon as our business was able to stand on its own. The business is always changing and flowing, just like everything else in life so we have found that you need to roll with the river, always making the best choices you can along the way.
When I was a young woman I was always looking for the craft I felt good with.
I tried many things.
One day I ran across a bunch of seed beads of all kinds of colors. That was it. I have been beading ever since.
We just kinda evolved into the leather because they go so good together.
I love my long fringed leather totes, of course with beadwork they are so easy to get in and out of. Our bags get better with age.
They become antique with what I call your medicine or person style.
I think the one thing that inspires me most to create is my spirit.
Creating has a satisfaction to it.
It’s a way I can give something I love to do to the human race and they can cherish it for a lifetime or give something handmade to their loved one.
I’ve found that Sitting down and creating something is centering for me. Focusing my mind on one thing is a kind of working meditation. I love that.
I do love listening to music while I bead and absolutely need to spend time in my garden with music and in nature to nourish my spirit.
The first festival I went to was when I was 16 years old. In was in the late 60’s early 70’s. The Dead were playing outdoors. Tickets back then were only about $5 to $10 dollars. That was it. I loved them and still do. They are one of a kind. I have been through many changes from that time until now, which is a very long story in itself, but the Dead always uplift me. I like to put on a CD and turn up my music and dance.
I love to garden in the spring, to watch an inspiring movie, and to play with my dog Rosie.
I just do what I do. Nothing more nothing less. I love what I do and feel very thankful for my life , my family and friends.
Besides being an artist I have a beautiful Daughter and four beautiful grandchildren that I adore. My dream is to one day be able to teach them my art and encourage them to find their own creative process so they can be free to be themselves in this confusing world.
My favorite are books from Pema Chodron, Lao Tzu, The Dalai Lama. They are my go to people for encouragement to stay on the path of loving kindness and compassion toward myself and others and to work with my own mind when times are hard.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness
Selling Venues: thunderrose.etsy.com
Artist Contact info: thunderrose[!at]ymail.com
Social Media Links: https://www.facebook.com/thunderrosecreations
Thank you Debbie for being you and sharing the kindness you have learned with the world and the Deadhead Art Alliance Community. We’re blessed to have you.