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Art & Artists - Me & My Friends - Jann Alexander-McCullough

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Art & Artists - Me & My Friends #6

Hello Everyone;

Today I am Showcasing an artist whom I've met through my Etsy Team, eSMArts group. Her name is Wilma Travis and she makes beautiful glass beads. Wilma lives in Crystal, Minnesota.
She is a mother of three, 2 boys and 1 girl.

Wilma starting her crafting in High School, where she made all her own clothing. All that sewing sure came in handy when she had her children. Once they were too grown up to have Mom making their clothes, Wilma branched out and made heavy flannel Western Style shirts which were quite popular. Wilma has made alterations to Wedding Dresses and everything in between. Kudos Wilma!

Next Wilma tried her hand in Ceramics. She really enjoyed doing Ceramics but, started branching out. She was introduced to a friends Mother, who was making porcelain dolls. Wilma was on her way to another addition to her long list of skills. Wilma bought a kiln and made porcelain dolls and the clothing they wore. Wow, lucky dolls.

While, one day Wilma was mall shopping, she slipped into a stained glass shop just to look around and quickly fell in love. Wilma got so good, she was selling from big panels to sun catchers and Christmas tree ornaments. Wilma is a woman of many creative interests and talents.

Wilma stumbled upon Lampworking by accident while researching bead making. Once again she was on fire for another craft and she does make the most beautiful beads. Wilma is quite the Artist.

In Wilma's own words "It's difficult to describe just how much joy I receive from a blob of melted glass that turns into a beautiful bead". I can relate to her words. I'll bet most artists can. That is what a great artist is and Wilma certainly is one.

Wilma gets her inspirations from just looking at her glass rods and of course, nature and it's stunning colors also guide her. With so many beads around, Wilma has branched out even more, designing jewelry. How wouldn't want some beautiful jewelry for themselves.

You can find Wilma Travis at

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Art & Artists - Me & My Friends #4

The Etsy group I belong to has a shop open where all moneys earned from sells are all donated to a charity. In this time in our world, we don't realize all the people & little children, who haven't the very essentials of life. Those things that we count on & yes, take for granite.

This shop may never feed all the hungry, or put a roof over all the homeless, but we all in in eSMArtsteam feel the same. Whether you buy from us or are already doing your part, keep all those less fortunate in your thoughts & prayers.

Now, for the reason I'm writing tonite. There is a gorgeous pair of wire wrapped earrings in the shop. They are made of a heavy black wire & briolettes, chandalier style. Here's the URL

They were made by Anna Lee Husband. She is quite a designer, so jump over and take a look.
There are many other great items to look at & many old artists.
That's it for tonite.
Warmest Regards

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Art & Artists - Me & My Friends #3

Did you know that January is "The Love Yourself Month". That's Right Love Yourself. I don't know about you but, I am very happy to hear this.

It's about time we take better care of ourselves. There never seems to be enough time for ourselves. After the kids, hubby, Mom & Dad, & everyone else wanting a piece of our time there really is'nt any time left for US.

Like a drive someplace by yourself. Or, buying that special piece of jewelry you've been eyeing online. Or my personal favorite, a long hot bubble bath.

What ever your pleasure, do, pamper yourself all month long. I know I will.

Warmest Regards,