Dear friends, long time no post! I have been off exploring the Yucatán and I have so much to share with you. This was my 4th trip to Mexico which officially makes it the country I have traveled the most. After visiting Mérida for a few nights (an amazing city!), my compañero and I took a bus to Valladolid. This is a small city in the center of the Yucatán, but it is very important to Mexico’s history. It is also very warm there as it is completely surrounded by jungle.
We arrived in Valladolid just in time to visit Casa de los Venados (House of the Deer). This is a private home which contains the largest museum quality collection of Mexican folk art in the country. There are more than 3,000+ pieces in this collection. The owners are kind enough to open their home every morning for a free tour (donations welcome!).
I had read a lot about this collection of folk art and I was very happy to have the opportunity to visit! This 18,000 square foot home is really a palace complete with beautiful open spaces, fountains, gardens, and a swimming pool.
I was amazed at the amount of art which was displayed in every room (there is even an entire room dedicated to Frida Kahlo). It is really a grand example of how one can make art appreciation a part of their daily lives. Of course, I was on the lookout for beadwork and I did find several pieces of Huichol bead art. Last year, I wrote a blog post about this art form which you can read HERE.
Folk art acknowledges the importance of what is sacred as a unique expression of a people’s perception of the universe. These works of art are primarily handcrafted for utilitarian or decorative purposes. A folk artist might be self-taught, or learn from other folk artists to create their own authentic works of art. This is different from ‘fine art’ which is generally taught and legitimized in academies.
At Casa de los Venados, the goal is to share with the community and teach that folk art is indeed something which the Mexican people should view with pride. They now conduct organized school tours to teach children about the art and handicrafts of their country. This is wonderful because in many cases the local children might never make it to a big city to view fine artworks. They now have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the art that is all around them.
If you take a trip to Valladolid, definitely make time to visit Casa de los Venados as well as other historical sites around the city. Take lots of photos and keep an eye out for the Catrinas! :O
Dear friends, its never too early to start your holiday shopping- especially when shopping for unique beaded jewelry at The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop on Etsy! Below, I have posted holiday ordering deadlines to help you place your gift orders in a timely fashion.
For shipping within the USA:
HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINE for CUSTOM and MADE-TO-ORDER BEADED DOG & CAT JEWELRY: December 7, 2014.
For shipping overseas:
HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINE for CUSTOM and MADE-TO-ORDER BEADED DOG & CAT JEWELRY: November 30, 2014.
Any order placed after these dates will be considered a rush order and will incur an additional fee. Bead embroidery kits, seed beads, & beading patterns also make great gifts – these are ready to ship.
HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES recommended by USPS:
DECEMBER 2, 2014 for FIRST CLASS & PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL…
DECEMBER 20, 2014 for FIRST CLASS & PRIORITY MAIL within the USA.
These dates apply to all ready- to-ship items🙂
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Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I am celebrating with a major sale on Etsy! All beaded doggie pins, beading patterns, bead kits, and art will be 15% off regular price for 3 days only. No coupon needed. Please stop by and take a peek! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 😀
Make your own purple beaded Toy Poodle pin or pendant with my new extreme bead embroidery kit. Now available for sale on Etsy!
This kit includes:
Printed instruction booklet (8 pages, 24 color photos).
Japanese seed beads in 4 different colors.
Pin/ pendant finding.
Purple stiff beading foundation.
(1) size 12 English beading needle.
Purple Size B Nymo beading thread.
You will also need embroidery scissors, a fine point marker, and E-6000 glue. This piece is suitable for beginning beaders:)
Please click the pics to view this listing on Etsy. Supplies are limited, so get one while you can. If you are interested in purchasing the pattern only, you will find it HERE. Make one for yourself or as a gift for a friend. Happy beading! 🙂
Beaded Venetian Angel ornament.
Bead embroidery on felt. 1″ x 3″ wide.
Over the weekend, I worked on a new item for my Etsy shop! I made a beaded Venetian Angel! My angel was inspired by my recent trip to Venice, Italy
. I saw many religious paintings, sculptures, & frescoes
featuring beautiful angels while I was there. I have always been intrigued by the possibility of angels existing among us, and when I went to Venice, it seemed that I could feel their presence as they looked down upon me! So, I thought to make a beaded angel holiday ornament! This piece consists of bead emboidery on felt. I used size 11 & size 15 Czech and Japanese seed beads. I also added a set of mesh wings and a millefiori
bead that I purchased on the Glass Island of Murano
. I finished the beadwork and now all I have to do is add a backing & list her in my Etsy shop
! How do you think she looks? 🙂
I have also started making a second angel which should be finished soon. And, speaking of holiday items, CLICK HERE to check out my Peppermint Beaded Button earrings! If you would like to receive updates on all of my latest Etsy items, please become a fan of The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop on Facebook! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork, and have a great day! 🙂