Friday, December 4, 2009
We leave ours hanging year-round,they make us smile. It is a laborious process to make them, but a labor of love ,indeed. Hope to see you on our map of where the snow is falling!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
We have 2 local craft shows coming along with holiday sales in our shops on artfire and etsy..hope we can make lots of people happy with great gifts. We have unique handmade items that you will not find anywhere else!
And we will do free gift wrapping and mail directly to the recipient for the holidays!
Our hair art is world renowned now and our snowflakes have traveled the globe too!This is so much fun!
I hope you have clicked on the ornament swap badge to the right and joined in for the fun!
**WE would love to have you check out our artfire shop, we have lots of items, more payment options and you do not need an account to check out!**
Love to all out there in the cyber world, if this even gets read! I want to spread love, there is so much bad in the world,and have a great rest of the week!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Mermaids tail, by physicsjen for the 2 prong design and...
Threnody , by redhairedzealot for the 4 prong design
Thank you all for your creative submissions!!
This labor day weekend be sure to celebrate your ability to go out and work, as some cannot leave thier homes due to illness or any number of things. And be sure to thank someone who works for you or with you as well.
Love to you all, more to come on our shops and new hair forks!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Here are a few great quotes on frienship and hence love. Really loving is being a true friend.
To have a good friend is one of highest delights of life; to be a good friend is one of the noblest and most difficult undertakings. Unknown
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Love is too large, too deep ever to be truly understood or measured or limited within the framework of words. M. Scott Peck
Love talked about can easily be turned aside, but love demonstrated is irresistible. W. Stanley Mooneyhan
Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new. Ursula K. Le Guin
Acting in kind and loving ways causes us to experience kind and loving feelings Stephen Covey
Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality...the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else. Ortega Y Gasset
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
PLease feel free to share!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The shop is www.marelf.artfire.com and she has lots of lovely treasures to see and buy!
We are having a "play with clay day" with our friends and thier kids today so I am busily gathering my tools from around the house..which I do my art ALL over the house! ANyone else do that? At work I am OCD about clean and order but at home I am opposite!:0) Well, in any event have a great weekend and Fathers day for all Dads out there and See ya soon! Love to all of you fellow artists, in bunches!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thank you Teresa Rose and I am sending love and blessings your way!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
It is my 2 days to ride the crazy train..lots of visitors to the shop, no sales yet but really wierd to see our shop everywhere! OK, wierd-good!:0) I am so proud of my husband, who does all the wood working. His items are so beautiful , the pictures really do not do them justice...
That is what I have been working on, getting our pictures in both our Etsy and Artfire shops retaken in better light. It is a real task, retaking/reposting and I am so impressed with the great pictures I see everywhere because it is tough to get one! I am going to try a light box, i just found a great" "recipe" for one here http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html And it is in keeping with the budget friendly feel of the times as well!
Once again I would like to say thank you all for spreading the word about crazy train, Grah-Toe Studio and Love and blessings to you all! I will be back!!WHOOWHOOO
Monday, May 11, 2009
CrAzY TrAiN today is carrying www.alisunstoo.artfire.com check it out!
On a creative note, since the weather is warm again I am focusing on my pottery and having a really good run..my husband is making these adorable little footed vessels (that I will unveil soon) and I am making all kinds of handbuilt mugs and beads. I find the opalescence of certain glazes over the red clays amazingly beautiful and am focusing on that play of colors. I hope to have some good sunlight this week to revamp my studio pictures and to post some awesome pics of the pottery..meanwhile PLEASE Be kind to all and do wrong to none..Love to you all, Kimi
Friday, May 8, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Are you doing the class Tim Adam is offering on Etsy Marketing? It has been a really enlightening, as his stuff usually is. Lots of good tips about Face book, blogging, twitter and marketing in general. Good stuff.
I hope you will all be following me on twitter and checking in here, for I am back!! YYEEAAAA!
Love to all out there ~Kimi
Thursday, April 23, 2009
a lovely dichroich glass pendant and earrings. please be sure to visit and patronize this artist shop if you are in the market for some new accessories for spring!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
This is an observation by a fellow artist about keeping our attitudes positive and owning the art we create! We all have something in us that has to get out, and we do it through our art. We need to be proud of what came out and what we are talented to do.And if we are not proud,use the BIG hammer theory!(see earlier posting today).
You must understand, when i say we, i am absolutely including myself! I think i am probably the worst...i have very low self esteem and i really struggle with confidence. So this went right to my heart.
Have a great Friday, Chirp some love on twitter and have fun!!
"Dreaming permits each every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of the week." Charles Fisher
"In order to maintain a well-balanced perspective, the person who has a dog to worship him should also have a cat to ignore him. (I guess I had better get a cat!)"
Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?
PLease be sure to check out http://www.djstoreroom.artfire.com/
They are the riders of the Artfire CraZy TrAin today! Lots of supplies and cool stuff!
And make something from your heart today, wether for noble purpose or for common use! Or ,as my husband likes , just to smash with a BIG hammer! :) It's actually quite enjoyable, you should try it sometime when a project isn't going how you want, instead of frustratedly trying to keep working it , just SMASH it and start over!
Mothers day is around the corner now, check out our shop, http://www.grahtoestudio.artfire.com/ and http://www.grahtoestudio.etsy.com/ for a handmade, OOAK gift to surprise and delight Mom! Wooden bowls turned are lovely for a potpourri dish, for candies or rings...or an alabaster jar filled with scented oils! ( we will line it with beeswax before we ship it to you!)
Monday, April 13, 2009
Optimism is the determination to see more in something than there is.
Never forget that ordinary life can also be quite extraordinary if you remember to be grateful for what you already have.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Today i found a lovely jewelry shop on artfire! i wanted to share this with you all and ask you to please check it out !
I have to tell you all, there are so many wonderful artists and sites to promrote them on , i am just in awe! I suppose most of you know about some of them, but there are over 50 places to sell/shop handmade!
I personally have been really thankful for http://www.handmadeology.com/ Timothy Adams is a Great teacher! There are lessons on how to do everything for your Etsy or Artfire shops. from A to Z! ANd he teaches even to the techno-dummies like me!( it is possible i am the only one , no offense to anyone else!) I have used these lessons over and over when i am stuck on something, and just to try and learn new somethings.
This site encourages and promotes artisans and i would recommend ALL OF YOU post your shops and twitter addresses and blogs on this site. they get alot of traffic and are offering a months free advertising to the top promoter this month! I would love to get that but i am also into helping others and i am not sure i have the time or know-how to get there so please-GO FOR IT!!! HAve a day full of love and spread it around!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
"Writing is easy: all you have to do is sit staring at the blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead." Gene Fowler
..this is what i get when i sit down to write.
SO today as many other days before and i am sure to come i have a quote to ponder and hope that you will still comeback for the days when i am truly writing from the need to empty my thoughts onto this "page".
II Corinthians 13:11 "Finally, brothers,good-bye. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal,be of one mind,live in peace. And the God of Love and peace will be with you"
"Better to write for yourself and have no audience than to write for the public and have no self." Cyril Connolly
Be sure to check out www.thejewelryshop.artfire.com for lovely handmade and vintage jewels!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Check this amazing piece of vintage jewelry out!
This is a most beautiful necklace that really grabs the eye!
I enjoy looking at others works and getting to know artists, but there are so many of us it is hard to keep up with everything fabulous going on around the handmade community!
I am so blessed to have another day to do this!
I will try to post great giveaway links here every week so please check back!
Monday, April 6, 2009
I have jumped on the artfire crazy train and this is the artists of the day www.caterpillarpeacock.artfire.com
There is some amazing felt work here and i have picked this one to feature here! please check out this shop!http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=ViewListing&product_id=150870
Today my verse to focus on is Galatians 5:22-23 " But the fruit of the spirit is LOVE,joy peace,patience,kindness,goodness,faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law"
Now, even if you do not believe in the bible, how can this be a bad thing??! wouldn't the world be a lovely place if we all concentrated on this!!?!!
I love that the art communities i am a part of (ETSY and Artfire) are full of people focused on karma and helping other artists and being good and happy people!
I truly love you all and pray that all of our sales increase so we are all spreading the joy of creating through our arts!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I have just stumbled upon this lovely blog and give away i wanted to share with you! She has a lovely Etsy shop and makes jewelry that is romantic and victorian-ish with a twist! please stop by there, enter the give aways and share your thoughts! love to hear back from you if you win!
Remember to be happy and share a smile full of love with someone today, please. there is so much bad and depressing going on out there, lets plant the seeds of love and happiness! let the winds of time spread the seeds all over!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
* 1John3:18 "Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth."*
My Gram did this. she was never light with her words like we are, saying "i love this" about anything that comes across our path. She loved in actions and in truth and meant it when she said it.
This day, love someone in actions. Do something that SHOWS them love; a gift, a service,a card with encouraging words. Lets be sincere when we say love and mean it truly.
Please do keep all those under the terrible storms in ND, KY, KS in our prayers as they are starting spring without homes and probably alot more.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I am still in jet lag/mourning..i am working on painting my kitchen just to be doing something..i will be back to creating soon.
Good luck in winning on foundhandmade.com!
Lovingly, Kim @ Grah-Toe Studio
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
On a different note we are going to be involved in the play to win on foundhandmade.com! It is a give away and a few items from our shops will be there so please be sure to check it out! I am going to feature this watch :
I have so much to catch up on having been out of the game for 2 weeks so please post me a note about anything you would like me to know and i will get back to you or be sure to check it out! More tomorrow! Love to you all!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
I pray that we could all focus on love again! From the Message bible version..ROmans 13:9-10 FOr the commandments against adultery and murder and stealing and coveting-and any other commandment-are all summed up in this one commandment: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. Love does no wrong to anyone ,so love satisfies all of GOd's commandments.
They call certain crimes hate crimes..any crime is a hate crime no matter who it is against!
Romans 13:13 We should be decent and true in everything we do,so that everyone can approve our behavior.
I want only to spread love and joy and help you see that the only true thing left in the world is love.
I am in the midst of a new project and am having so much fun!All my fellow artists can surely relate to that excited joy in the pit of our stomachs when creating and following a new inspiration. I am making collage pendants with my own twist and cannot wait to get them completed for listing! I am going to work on my Creative souls and byhandbyme pages!
May you all be blessed and have joy in your hearts!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
~Constantly reemphasize to yourself the great fact that God built potential strength into your nature. By affirming it and practicing it, this basic strength will toughen up as muscles do.
Habits will either make us or break us. Good habits are hard to acquire but easy to live with. Bad habits are easy to acquire but hard to live with. In reality, as in all the good things in life, it boils down to the choices we make.
When you depersonalize life a little bit and laugh at yourself, it takes the pressure off feeling like you have to be perfect or do it all.
*Live your life and forget your age.
**Trust God and live a day at a time.
*Don't see yourself as old and getting older. Live youthfully now ---- and always.
*If there's no fun in it, something's wrong with all you're doing.
***If you love people, you inevitably get back love in return and thereby experience a joy that makes you a happy person.***
*When you get up in the morning, you have two choices---either to be happy or be unhappy. Just choose to be happy.
*Become a positive thinker. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see
the possibilities---they're always there.
One cannot help being old, but one can resist being aged.
I am managing my aging process with grace and acceptance.
I am at the perfect age for me today!
I am grateful to be alive at any age.
Hope this helps you all as much as me! i will have more time tomorrow to check in with everybody~Love to you all~
Monday, February 23, 2009
Have you ever seen the bleeding heart flowers? They are gorgeous and i have added a picture of them from last spring..have a great rest of the mon-day! give love
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
sorry i did not have my camera ready for the eagles, i will try to make that up to you next time i see one.
**Keep alert for those flashes of insight which come when you're really thinking.
You can literally force yourself to be courteous, happy, and enthusiastic with every person you meet. After you have forced yourself to be so for a short period of time, the habit takes over.
If we are to survive as a nation and discharge our leadership in this complex world, we and our leaders need to depend upon the guidance of God as did our forefathers in their time.***
Be kind and smile ALOT today!! besure to check out foundhandmade.com !
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I have been wanting to paint this jacket for 4 years now and i finally did it!well, i got the front done, istill have the back to paint.And this is "chewy" my lop bunny
it has been a long day for me and although my brain is still swirling in inspiration, my body is giving up so today i share love in a brief ~><~o~><~ BLess you all and have a good sleep, see you tomorrow!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Have a great day everyone,i am working on our taxes today...:0(
Monday, February 16, 2009
Stacy made this amazing walnut bowl on the lathe the other day...i am always impressed with how he can look at a piece of wood,knarled bark,crusty ends, and know if it is going to be a great bowl,dish or vase..He picks the parts of the wood that look like they will have interesting grain..he is amazing!