Thursday, September 3, 2015

Whales and summer vacations

What did you do last summer?

I went to Alaska and it was one great trip. Definitely on top of my favorite travel destinations now! I saw a lot of wildlife and one of a highlight was a happy jumping whale. I was taking shot after shot when I just saw the spray of water and when he actually jumped in the air my camera  said: card is full.
I had to delete some photos (with a heavy heart) and got a great picture of him in the air.

Tell us about a highlight of your recent vacation!

My favorite whales on Etsy:

 Crochet whale from PetsLair
 Vintage whale brooch from vintageer
 Felted whale from FeltedTree
And lots of stuffed whales from CherryGardenDolls!

... and SUNandCo!
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By Tanya Socksandmittens

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Happy Easter! free cross stitch chart

It's time to make some pretty spring ornaments and decorate your home for a new season!

If you like to stitch, here is a lovely free cross stitch pattern for you.
It is made by Mariya (lamariacha), our team member who has so many wonderful ideas for cross stitch and embroidery decor.

Please enjoy your free chart and don't forget to share some photos of what you made with us!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hand painted decor from nordfolk

Today, we would like to introduce one of our team members, Olga, who runs nordfolk shop on Etsy. Her shop is filled with lovely hand painted matryoshkas (nesting dolls), Christmas ornaments, Easter eggs and other wooden home decor items.
Here is what she says on her artwork:

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

 My name is Olga and I live in Arkhangelsk - one of the oldest town in the North of Russia. I do not have any special education or degree in Fine Art, but  I have been keen on art throughout my life, utilizing every spare moment. I cannot imagine my life without  brushes and paints.
I have been doing Fine Art drawing since 2000. I have done special Russian north folk art such as Mezensk, Puchuzhsk and Permogorsk style  paintings, but finally I have focused on the Boretsk style Painting.  Initially, I made  traditional folk items and ornaments, but over time I began to invent my own  stories and themes and to add new, atypical traditional painting elements such as "paisley" pattern.

2.  What items do you offer for sale in your shop?

 In my shop I have interior/indoor decor: wooden dolls, eggs, apples, boxes etc. My daughter and I are developing hand-painted wall panels now, which will appear in my shop in spring.

3.  Your items are distinguished by clean, bright and luminous palette. The colours of your work are reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance frescoes. What is your secret?

I use Tempera paints. It has the necessary qualities. Sometimes I use metallic acrylic. I do not rely on ready-made palettes and I am always looking for new, more sophisticated color combinations.  Quite often I use a certain color scheme at the request of the customer.
As I have said already,  I am doing Borets Painting - it requires special artisan skills, neatness, patience, and has a rather complex technical execution.

4. How much time do you spend to produce one item?

 Creating one item  takes about 4 days to a month, depending on its complexity and theme.  I always try to create artworks that are not only beautiful, but tell some story - stories of my life, a story of the traditional trades and crafts and North Russian routine of ordinary people’s life and leisure activities.  But sometimes I draw people in a more modern lifestyle.

5. Do you take the custom orders?

 Before I opened my shop on Etsy, I worked mainly with individual orders, they are still my main source of sales. Custom orders very often give me a new challenge that helps to develop my creativity and make my work even more unique.

Interview by Sveta CherryGardenDolls

Friday, January 23, 2015

Russian folklore

Russian Artists team is a group of Russian speaking artists and craftsmen scattered all over the world. We all gather here on Etsy to exchange our creative ideas, knowledge and craft making experience.

Many of our team's members items are inspired by Russian folk art. There are tales and legends, verbally transmitted through the generations over the centuries.

There are traditional Russian household items and matreshkas (nesting dolls).

And of course, there are pretty traditional folk clothing and accessories which got a modern twist with the help of our great artists.  

Russian bears are still walking through the city streets:

A cup of tea taste better when it poured from a samovar. It can easily fit a gallon of water!

The shawls and scarves are so pretty and colorful. Perfect for winter!

... so is valenki, a felted wool footwear:

Please enjoy our creations and vintage finds!

Translated by Svetlana (CherryGardenDolls)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Holiday gift exchange 2014

Yearly holiday gift exchange has become a tradition for our team. Last year 42 team members from 15 countries  participated in this fun event.

Albina Manning (AlbinasJewelry) was the hostess for this event. Every participant was assigned a person to whom she (he) anonymously gives a gift. Participants also did not know from whom they will receive a present so it was a lot of fun to unwrap those packages.
Let us show you the chain of Holiday gifts of 2014! (to enlarge the picture, click on it , right click View image)

Friday, December 19, 2014

It's time to celebrate!

Are you ready for the holidays? Did you decorate your house already?
Our team members are working hard on their Etsy shops but also finding time to make their houses beautiful. Here are some photos for you to see, along with some ideas and recipes:

Buying some new holiday ornaments became a tradition already in Yulia's family (bysiki). They love handmade and vintage toys the best.
Through the years, Yulia and her husband collected enough interesting toys to decorate a few of  holiday trees so Yulia can choose the decor style she likes this year and use the rest of her ornaments and toys to decorate the rest of the house. This is a great way to have a new holiday look every year!

Marina (softknitdreams) also lives and works in Moscow, Russia. While this winter is not too snowy there, she keeps her holiday spirit bright and knits cute warm hats for those who love to catch those white fragile snowflakes with their mouth.
We are talking of kids of all ages :)  

Galina from tobestudio knits the cutest fashion sweaters while getting ready for the Holidays.

Elena (DizArtEx) from Estonia will decorate her home with handmade stained glass snowflakes. Isn't it pretty?
Here is two lovely Christmas recipes for you from Italy to try this holiday season.
One is baccala, a traditional Christmas dish for some regions in Italy. Salted cod (baccala) baked with potatoes, vegetables and sprinkled with cheese on top, sounds really good during this cold weather, doesn't it?
For full recipe please visit Katrin's blog (katrinshine)

Warm and aromatic apple gluhwein is Milly's  (millyscolection) favorite this year. The best part, it's non-alcoholic recipe so it can be made for the whole family! Her recipe: clean and slice the apple, lemon and orange, mix it with an apple juice, cinnamon and clover. Cook on a medium heat until boils, then turn the heat off and cover. Let it stand for about 40 minutes, reheat and add some honey. Enjoy! 

It's summer in Australia right now so Sveta cherrygardendolls will also decorate her holiday tree with flowers along with traditional decor:

Here in USA we love the holidays and we love to celebrate. We are busy with our daily lives but we find time for the holidays in our hearts. So we decorate, we gather with family and friends and we love to be home for the Holidays. We love handmade decor together with store bought items. The holidays makes everything look so pretty!

Christmas in Arizona can be white or not, depends of where you live, so we decorate accordingly:
We love our Christmas trees! Albina aroundbeads makes her cute tabletop trees from beads and happily shares her technique through her shop on Etsy.

Albina and Tanya socksandmittens are getting together from time to time to exchange some ideas on jewelry and home decor:

Happy Holidays from Russian Artists Team on Etsy!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Little bit about rabbits

I was thinking recently  - why people are so fond of bunnies and even keep them as pets? And I can admit - I would like to  take care of some timid, curious and cute bunny…So – here is a few interesting facts that I have found about these animals and I would like to share with you:

In many cultures around the world the Rabbit represents the moon and consequently, death and resurrection.  Possible reasons:  A Rabbit is resembled in the markings on the Moon (body and 2 elongated ears, nocturnal life, gray / white fur.

The Rabbit or Hare is symbolically linked to the female deities, of youth, intuition, the revival of life and fertility. In African, Native American, Celtic, Buddhist, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Hindu and Teutonic myths associated with female hare is the cycle of reproduction. As prolific animals hares and rabbits are often associated with magic and the white rabbit figurine was the mascot to get fertility and is regarded as an assistant at a difficult childbirth.

In Buddhist mythology the Hare is marked as a selfless animal, kind and able to sacrifice themselves. According to legend, a hare jumped into the fire and roasted to nourish the Buddha himself. In gratitude, the Buddha put the rabbit on the Moon.

The Hare often appears in Christian iconography. His helplessness personified people’s reliance on God.
Modern emblems exploit the sexual symbolism of the hare. As an erotic symbol the Rabbit is used, in particular, the famous American magazine for men "

bunny brooch by  BatikElena, toys and doll by CherryGardenDolls, FancyKnittles, PetsSign, ZuzuHappyToys, art print by NathingsArt, iphone case by Crafts2Love, vintage figurines by OldBox, gift tags by OPStyle, clothing by CozyHat, DariKrolika, KsyuKnitting

Story by Sveta CherryGardenDolls
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