Saturday, July 31, 2010

A fellow artist who ROCKS! Must share ...

As most of our readers know, we are longhairs. We love long hair and we love to make things to hold long hair up. For years, i had no idea there were ways to keep my hair long and have something that would hold it. The stores have clips for "long thick hair" HA! my hair would spit them out immediately, broken in pieces. So i would cut it,sadly....well, after one such cut i found a place for long hairs and they talked about hair forks of wood..YES! finally a way to hold it all up, and keep my hair! so we made me a few forks and realized, there aren't many people doing we shopped around to avoid any semblance of copying, and started with our patterns! well, along the way in this wonderful, dream fulfilling journey, we have met many artists who are also long hairs and have had the same experience and gone with thier take on the way to hold lots of heavy, long hair while using thier creative juices. Once such person is the owner and creator at Ravenscroft on etsy. SHe makes the most amazing Moons that are hair sticks, unless you want to have them as horns! This was one of the best boxes i ever got! it smelled divine when i opened it, and was beautifully colored tissue paper all around..

then, to my heart pounding joy, the beautiful purple box contained a cloud with stars and my moon!

OH, i was thrilled to my toes! and it looks fabulously fun in my hair, and everyones hair i have seen them in!

She does this as a hobby for the love of wood working and relaxation, not for business or full time like we do. her profile on Etsy says:
"Hello! Thank you for visiting my Etsy Shoppe!
I started working with wood after I got a Dremel for my birthday in April '08. I have very long hair (knee length now) and wanted to learn to make cool looking hair toys for myself.

I sort of became obsessed and started working with exotic hardwoods, as well as domestic, and feel like I have finally found my calling. So, to support my habit, I opened up shop to share my creations with other longhairs and longhair lovers. ♥ :D
I hope you will enjoy the items I make as much as I enjoy making them.

Thank you very much for visiting!

Her work is top notch, her communication is excellent and fun, and she is delightful to work with. SHe does not take custom orders so when you go over there, if you see something that makes your heart pound you best grab it fast!! and i recommend this shop highly!!!
Thanks so much, Ravenscroft, for being such a joy to me and blessing me with such a wonderful creation to help keep my locks beautifully in control!
You Rock!

Church Bulletin bloopers to make you laugh!

Just thought i would share a few funnies with you all for a change! Hope you enjoy the typo-bloopers!

*Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.*

*The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.*
*The sermon this morning: "Jesus Walks on the Water." The sermon tonight: "Searching for Jesus."*
*Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don't forget your husbands.*
*The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.*
*Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say "Hell" to someone who doesn't care much about you.*
*Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help*
*Miss Charlene Mason sang "I will not pass ! this way again," giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.*

*For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs *
*Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Jack's sermons *

Hope this gave you a smile to share and lift to your heart. Know that you are SO loved!

New WOOD or Unborn Hairforks

We got some new Pink Ivory Wood! and , JUst to show everyone howmuch woods can vary, here are 3 pictures of the 2 pieces we of the pieces is very pale, almost light slamon in color and one is dark pink, almost with a purple color to it! it will look much different shaped, sanded and polished but the color difference is so evident here, i wanted to share!This wood is so nice to work on, it is dense and polished beautifully, has such pretty color and texture...
Hope you enjoyed this little peek into the Grah-Toe Studio workings...
Love to you all

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Love on Tuesday...

"A new command I give you:  Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By

this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

( John 13:34-35 *NIV )

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to

one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
( 1 Peter 4:9-10 )

Above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." ( 1 Peter 4:8 )
Love is a glorious thing, it has saved our souls, it gives us hope and inspiration, and allows us to be kind to eachother
Much love to you all today..i think its a pizza day....

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Rainforest Design Cameos

For a while we recieved a magazine called Lapidary Journal, also now called Jewelry Artist. In the February 2009 issue there was an interesting article about cameos. I have always loved cameos, the look of them when i was young, and as i grew as an artist and realized how they were made and the history of them, my love for them grew as well. So this article captured our attention, as these cameos are special, VERY special!
Cameos from Panama. " These cameos carved by Panamanian artisans show the flora and fauna of the New World tropics...They are not the typical subjects of traditional cameo carving"
 The American Heritage Dictionary says that a cameo is " A technique of engraving in relief on a gem or other stone, especially with layers of different hues, cut so the raised design is one color and the background another."
"These particular cameos are not only from that place, they are of that place. For anyone who appreciates the intricacy, delicacy, and variety of tropical nature, these cameos are not only beautiful  and fascinating but downright cool. Carved by three native artists of the tiny Wounaan Indian Tribe-famous worldwide for the grace and elegance of thier tightly woven baskets- these carvers use native Panamanian shells of the Queen Helmet Conch. And with that material they depict remarkably detailed portraits of indigenous  flora and fauna, from frogs to turltes,birds to fish, and flowers galore."Quoted from the article by Derek Levin 2/2009 Jewelry Artist Magazine.

Well, we could not resist. Loving lizards and frogs and turtles and animals and plants like we do, we had to find out more about these cameos. We contacted the Rainforest Design and arranged to chose a cameo to use in one of our hairforks. We chose an adorable little gecko on a leaf and he was on his way to us!!
Once he,our little gecko, arrived we were stunned at the beauty of this cameo. Although we expected it to be beautiful, it far exceeded what we could envision. It is thin, like a fingernail, curved, exquisitely carved and translucent!  So, Now we set off to design a hairfork that would allow the light to shine through this cameo as it sits in the decorative part of the hairfork.
Of course the wood we chose was Lignum Vitae, as its green color would lend itsself so well to complimenting this natural cameo. WE decided to shape the top of the hair fork like the leaf the little guy was already carved sitting on. The part that Stacy had to be soley responsible for was the curve needed to set the cameo properly, as it has a very deep curve to it, and we wanted it in the middle of the hair fork top.
He has spent over 4 hours now carving the hole and groove where the precious cameo is to rest, and we are going to place copper wire around the setting in the back.
This hair fork is going to be a masterpiece combination of wood and carved cameo shell.... If you are a lover of nature, cameos and on the watch for this beautiful is in the last stages now and we are so excited to unveil it! It will come with a certificate of authenticity, and  the cameo is signed by the artist and is numbered as well, which is another reason we wanted to leave the backside open for viewing.

 A great big thanks to Roslyn at Rainforest Design for all of her help..we look forward to the sale of this beauty so we can come back for another!...but what to chose next..frog, turtle, flower..?.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The art show that will never be...

It all began On Friday...welll, this part of the story did anyway. WE have been needing a new tire on the car for sometime, only one, the other 3 were replaced within the last year and you know how tires go, one dies here or there and so we needed one, and since we were off to  the art show on Saturday with the car loaded we figured, it was time.  No problem, i took the car over and got a new tire and they rotated them for me as well. Great, go fill the tank, go home to pack the car! YIPEEEEEEEEEE we are going to do so great at this show! hot weather, long hair ladies, and our hair forks and sticks would rescue them from the heat!!! I was so excited and feeling really good about it all. We had been over producing products for a couple weeks, and had lots of new beauties to show and sell. I had picked up several packing tips over the last few years from various places, and we had gotten everything prepared the night before. Ou tent canopy and its weights were ready. The tables are in the car, all we have to do is put our boxes in in the morning.

The show was in Salt Lake City. We happen to live about 160 miles east of SLC. The show set up was to begin at 6 A.M....yes, i see your brains calculating..we had to get up at 2;30 A.M. to pack the car, have enough coffee and get on the road. No problem. Alarm is set, but Stacy has always had the uncanny ability to wake himself a few minutes before the alarm goes off, so we were awake without the buzzer, which was nice. the coffee pot had been prepped the night before as well, we had coffee. We were worried about driving this time of day because of animals in the road, but allowed extra time to be slow and cautious.
We got packed, into the car and prayed over our trip as is our custom. WE asked the Lord to protect us and to allow for a great day. Some how that was answered, i think because we are alive. We are OFFF!!!!
We are listening to a book on CD, its a great book by the way, Watership Down, by Richard Adams. Its about rabbits, but is about life too and its very entertaining. Its a long book and we were looking forward to the drive for this, we were on disc 7 of 14, right at the exciting part where Hazel-Rah gets'll have to go find out the rest of that tale for yourself.
We were more than halfway there, everything going good, when we spot a deer in the road.

WE both saw it and we slowed as well as swerved a little, she was facing the opposite side of the road so we were hoping she would bolt that way as we slowed. ( let me tell you a quick thing, when we moved here everyone told us animals on the road are a big problem, and out here they are big, deer, elk, moose. They can kill you, come through the windshield kicking, squish you to death, or more frequently people swerve to miss them, overcorrect, roll the car and get hurt that way. The advice was BRAKE don't swerve, a little hit is better than a roll-over) SO actually it was more of an evasive move than a swerve, thinking surely she would stay there, run away or saunter off....well, turn and bolt is what she did,  she suicided into our NEW TIRE! No kidding, she turned and rammed us. we pulled off the road shaken but not harmed,the deer was gone. It was about 5:30 A.M., in a dark deep canyon in the mountains between towns in rural UT. there is no cell phone service to be had. Did you hear that?!?!  Cell phones do not help when you are in a canyon and crashed!

we start to put our flashers on, and being a glorious summer saturday morning there are lots of people on this road heading to the hills lake for fishing......OH no, a truck pulling a trailer,...we need help, we are standing out side the car hoping to flag someone down to drive to the top of the canyon and call highway patrol for us...people don't stop to help, even if you are waving your arms. This guy didn't even look at us, or the road evidently, because he hit the poor deer again...his truck cleared it but his little trailer did not. HE is on the other side of the road, distressed and the deer is still laying in the road.
(is there a limit on how long a blog post can be i wonder...)
Stacy walks over to make sure they are ok, while i am making sure other drivers slow before they get there by blinking our lights, evidently people don't look at emergency flashers on crashed cars by the side of the road either...The other folks are fine , they did not see us or the deer. Thier phone has a cell phone booster and it can't get a signal either. 

Stacy and the other  man drag the deer off the road. His trailer axle is totaled, but the truck cleared the deer and they are fine, they move thier camping stuff into the truck. A few other drivers have now stopped , and someone has agreed to call the police at the top of the canyon. What a boon that we had both our cell phones charged! what a great idea to get a new tire for a deer to aim at! WHOO HOO ! we are having fun now......

Its almost light out, the traffic is amazingly heavy. One officer arrives and goes to the other guy first, not to us. I have neglected to tell you, our car is undriveable and bleeding profusely. the transmission is busted open, the drivers side door will barely open, the headlight is smashed, the whole front corner is severely smashed. WE are the ones who had the accident, please come and talk to us!!!!! both officers that arrived went to the truck first....
SOOOooooo, we wait. finally they get to us, we do our report, licesnse,registration,insurance please over and over over, tow truck driver sorry, we do this all day long, all year long, you are lucky to be alive and not hurt. OK Lord, Thank you....

The town we are going to tow you to is Heber...its the only town here, and its saturday morning. Oh, and by the way, Heber doesn't have a car rental place, neither do they have taxis or buses. SO sorry. No ,we don't know anyone going back to your town.  They tow us to the yard and lock up the car, and we call the insurance company (and the art show to let them know our booth will be empty and we must forfeight our fee for the day..GAH.) Yes, she at the insurance company tells me, there is no available help for you there, so sorry.

OK, so Stacy and i begin to walk through town from the autobody shop lot, in our-not-meant-for- walking-shoes-and-clothes-for-art-shows wondering what we are going to do. Surely there is something...
WE go over to the last rumored place that a bus may stop occasionally....perhaps we can get a bus home to get the other car and come get our stuff. Our stuff, that we make a living off of, packed into and left in the crushed car.....its about 7 A.M now...Long day so far...

Noone in the corner "HUB" ever heard of a greyhound going through there, no we don't know anything. Do you have a phone book we can borrow? at least now our phones work. I call every car rental place, all of which are in the NEXT town over, about 30 more miles, noone delivers, picks up or has anything available, So sorry. Remember those commercials " ENterprise, We come to you..*small print* unless you are in a small town in Utah and desperate, then we don't. SO sorry."  WE have money with us, we have a card we can use to get the car, we have the means, the cash, jewelry to give you , we can pay! SO sorry...

SO, we are now on high gear creative tryng to think of what to do. We know noone we can call. There is a car dealer in Heber who also has a place in Roosevelt, maybe they need to take something back and we can ride...they are not open on saturday until later, maybe, if they come in. .....We have to hitch a ride home. WHAT?!?! We have to hitch a ride home......floods of old movies, things Dad told you never to do, horror stories of the CSI hitchikers found dead, stranded, mutilated.......But we really had no other option, than walking 100 miles so we prayed again, got a piece of cardboard, which should have been easy, but they had JUST gotten everything into the dumpsters and the truck JUST came and emptied it and there is not a scrap of cardboard in the store, but lets see if we can empty a box for you...thank you so much.

 We make a Roosevelt sign and start walking, begging every car that goes by for help. Nope. we walked about 2 miles, settling into a pattern of hearing the cars, turning with our sign to plead.....and a driver pulls over. HALLELUJAH! by now, i don't care about those CSI episodes, they can drop me off wherever they want i just couldn't believe i was going to have to walk 100 miles and was SO happy. THe blessed angel who stopped was a young man named Abe, and  he said," You guys are clean and had the look of expectancy that someone should help you, i knew you weren't used to living like this , you really needed help!"  he was only going half way, but it would help. YES, very much thank you!

SO we ride with Abe, Stacy in the front me in the back seat crying,...out of relief? gratefuleness to Abe? exhaustion? sore feet? joy over A/C? Desperation? i don't know, probably all of it....But we are safe and not harmed and God is good, He sent Abe. Thank you so much, you helped us more than you will ever know.
WHen we get to his destination we profusely thank him, get his card and give him ours, take our sign and trekk out again. Now we are half way home, and dropped off at the bottom of the hill.....its 9:30 am and we thank the Lord for good cloud cover, because it is hot and we have only a little water left in the bottle we got at the place where they have nothing else available....
we start the same turning and pleading again, and we talk and walk, we found 2 quarters, lots of bones by the road, look at that cloud shape......we are almost to the ONLY rest area on this road for a hundred miles, literally, and i said to Stacy, if noone stops by the time we are near there i need to get to that vending machine. I had no breakfast but a few bites of an apple muffin and coffee since 2 ;30 am......any kind of fuel will be welcome.
all of a sudden a large blue car turns around....with a very elderly couple and thier dog.....they stop and step out and say,   now pay attention this is a turning point in my life,
 " us 2 old goats couldn't let another 2 old goats keep walking in this heat, where you headin'?"
Well, my joy at the ride was covered by being called an old goat for the first time in my life, and then quickly covered again by the fact that i FEEL like a VERY old goat, probably DO look like one and will be anything, if they will let us sit in thier old floaty lincoln and have a ride...Thank you Lord, for Old was a huge favor they did us, as they were on thier way to water thier property in the other direction and town was 50 miles back, they said "we never had no money so this is our way of helping in the world"...again, Thank you Lord, for the angels you have sent to our aid.  ANd why is our dog behaving, they said?  she never behaves around strangers and always barks her head off....not one bark, and lots of kisses from the pup later, we are home safe. We give them a box of snowflakes as thanks as they would not take gas money, and they were off to do thier watering...

We are home. Sunburned, walked over 4 miles with a cardboard sign, in pretty shoes meant for sitting and selling hair forks in, Stacy in shoes also not meant for walking.....we go in the house and our pups are very glad to see us 10 hours early.
We need to change and get back to our we go now or rest a bit? lets sit for just a minute, no lets go, no lets hour later we both wake up, change and get back in the car to go get our stuff....
Well, the good news is that we know now that we are NOT supposed to be doing art shows, that was our 3rd try and they were consecutively worse outcomes (at least at Parma, Jen and Jerry, NOTHING happened. never thought i would be happier for NOTHING to happen) and we are not sure if we are keeping the brand new canopy and weights to go with it or selling it...perhaps we will use it when we are camping as shade....

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

love, love, love

love, love, love
The picture on this post is so cute! i wish it would  have transferred the picture too. PLease take a peek over at thier blog, it is worth reading every day!
Much love to you all on this Wednesday!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Of Dragons and Wings...

As the silk oak dwindles,we begin to use the small pieces for inlays.
This pair of wings inside a Dragon Wings hairstick are amazing! the grain in the wood looks like feather/scales and the silver around them really adds the touch that is needed to top off a perfectly amazing hairstick! These wings curve back along the head, and they are exquisitely carved. Each wing is detailed with the tendons and the flight membranes visible, the frontal shoulders are where the inlay has been placed.
We have more Dragon Wing hair sticks coming, not all in ebony! and each one has its own character, colors, markings and shapes.
An action shot will follow soon, i have not even finished this one yet but i love it so much i had to show it off!
Hope everyone is having a great ,restful Summer Sunday!
love to you all

Saturday, July 10, 2010

"don't sweat the small stuff....

Trust God and live a day at a time.

Wouldn't it be great if everyone took more time expressing love and gratitude for each other,for God's goodness, and for the blessings and mercy which we all receive?
To a large degree, the measure of our peace of mind is determined by how much we are able to live in the present moment. Irrespective of what happened yesterday or last year, and what may or may not happen tomorrow, the present moment is what you are....always!

Without question many of us have mastered the neurotic art of spending much of our lives worrying about a variety of things...all at once. We allow past problems and future concerns to dominate our present moments, so much so that we end up anxious, frustrated, depressed, and hopeless. On the flip side, we also postpone our gratification, our stated priorities, and our happiness, often convincing ourselves that "someday" will be better than today. Unfortunately the same mental dynamics that tell us to look toward the future will only repeat themselves so that "someday" never actually arrives.

Many people live as if life were a dress rehearsal for some later date. It isn't. Now is the only time we have, and the only time we have any control over. When our attention is in the present moment, we push fear from our minds. Fear is the concern over events that might happen in the future.

To combat fear, the best strategy is to learn to bring your attention back to the present. Mark Twain said, "I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened." Practice keeping your attention on the here and now. Your efforts will pay great dividends.

"Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" Richard Carlson, PH. D.
Love to you all! The pictures are from our trip into the mountains this week for a little time off and "tree therapy". a few hours alone in the outdoors does a world of good for the soul, the creativeness comes back like a flood of ideas! we drove home filled with new ideas for things to make and do!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Freebie Alert : Printable Free Compliments Poster!

Freebie Alert : Printable Free Compliments Poster!
This poster is so cute! Hang it on your fridge or give them to the kids to hang on thier bulletin boards....a tear sheet of compliments to hand out! have trouble thinking of nice things to say? here you go! have trouble saying i love you out loud? here you go! great simple tool, inexpensive and valuable beyond all measure is a compliment.
Love to you all

Thursday, July 8, 2010

We will be at the show downtown Salt Lake City

Just a quickie post to let you know we will be at the Arts and Crafts Green Market in Downtown Slat Lake City on Saturday July 17th...the show runs from 8am to 1 pm. There is food, crafts, art, and a garden amrket area too, i believe.
Historic Pioneer Park
300 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT
We would love to meet you!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Positive thoughts for Monday!

"If little acts of kindness make our own lives better and do good for someone else, why in the world don't we do more of it."

You always project on the outside, how you feel on the inside.

The most important opinion you'll ever have is the one you hold of yourself.

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful.

Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope that all was safe and fun over the weekend and holiday for us americans! I, unfortunately, have a dog that is deathly afraid of fireworks noises....she had a terrible night, hence so did I! She was crying and shking, her heart was racing so fast i really thought she was going to have heart failure...i went out of the bedroom, where she kept jumping up on us, and layed on the floor with her for a while, trying to sing to her, pray for her, pet her and calm her...i think i will see if there is a doggie valium i can get for her next fireworks holiday!

Over the weekend we were in the garage making making that today i could be listing as our hair forks sell! we have a box of items not listed so if you are looking for something not in the shop just ask, we may have it here in line!
Much Monday love to you all

Thursday, July 1, 2010

CELEBRATE the fourth of July, world over...

OK, OK, i can't stand it!
we are having a sale on our hand mirrors and wooden  star /snowflakes!!!!
We have marked the hand mirrors down 30%!!!!! They are crafted to the highest standard, i would call then heirloom mirrors, and made with the beauty of the wood being the focus, nothing fancy on the backs. We designed them to sit down into the wood, so that the wood frame keeps the glass from touching any surface that you may set it on, reducing the risk of scratches!  That being said, i have managed to scratch 2 of the mirrors while handling them through the studio and moving them around so much, those 2 mirrors are over 60% marked down! the scratches are very small, still a very beautiful piece of art to have!
We have also taken $5 off of the box of wooden stars / snowflakes in celebration of the holiday!
but even our European customers can take advantage of this sale! it will run From , well, NOW, until sunday night!!
I am so terrible at keeping surprises....good for you though!
Much love to you all,

Happy Thursday!

Happy Thursday everyone! It is heading into  long weekend here for Americans and we are celebarating with a special surprise for our customers to be announced tomorrow! we will put it here, on our shop and facebbok and twitter of course, for the whole world to share!
But right now, just a bit of encouragement for you!

"Quiet your mind so that inspirations may rise from its depths. An inflow of new thoughts can remake you regardless of every difficulty you may now face.

Isn't that what love is all about? Isn't it a series of "little things" done for someone else for no reason other than the fact that you love them? Yes, love is revealed in the countless little things that take place every day of our lives."

I hope that you are able to keep creating, and share and recieve some love today!
Love to you all