Welcome to Moondog Treasures: yoga jewelry for women and men, mala bracelets, Sanskrit mantra necklaces, and wire-wrapped beaded crosses. I'm a yoga teacher, and these are my creations. On this blog you can read the story behind the jewelry. You'll also get to meet other talented Etsy artists whose work I admire. Contact me at moondogtreasures@live.com.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Etsy Artist of the Week

This week's creative Etsy Artist of the Week is LeahPellegrini. I've always been attracted to mobiles (even as a baby -haha). I love this store and I'm thinking of ordering one for myself -but maybe that would be too distracting (jk).

Here's more info from the artist:

Mobiles are a pleasure in my life. In the morning when I do yoga, they circle the space above my head, dancing and making me smile. As an emerging glass artist - I enjoy sharing my adventures in glass. I teach torchworking classes and I sell my work thru shops and galleries - on weekends you can find me in my booth at the Portland Saturday Market.for more information about my work:http://www.leahglass.com/my blog:http://www.leahglass.blogspot.com/

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Etsy Artist of the Week

This week's artist is CaptureCapeMay, a mother/daughter team. I must be missing California!! No, really, I just love their photos of the beach. I like the idea of capturing writing in the sand for notecards. A lasting reminder of a fleeting moment.

See more of their store by clicking on the photo below or by going to http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5347267

A word from the artist:

"On the way to Cape May; I fell in love with you..." is a song we are all familiar with. Our products and artwork are meant to be as inspiring as the town we are from. Offering original artwork from two Cape May photographers, we've combined our love for computer graphics and photography. We are a mother-daughter team based in Cape May, New Jersey. We combine our love for computers and photography to bring you unique photographic works of art.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Etsy Artist of the Week

This week's Etsy Artist is mizusugi. I chose this piece because it's so festive for the season. I admire mizusugi's work! Here is how this ornament was made:

This ornament is made with 5 yards of patterned ribbons, 5/8 inch in width (1.6 cm). The ribbon was first cut into 30 strips and then folded into small individual units. The last step is to stitch them together by hand.

To see more items from mizusugi, click on the picture above or this link: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5297336

Here is more info from mizusugi:

The story of my ribbon balls goes way back to the old China, when a rich family wants to find a good husband for their girl, they would either ask a matchmaker to help out or have a "Ball Tossing" party. On the special day, the girl would stand on the balcony of her house and toss her handmade ribbon ball, decorated with her embroidery, to the crowd below. Of course, she knew who was her Mr. Right and the friends of hers would ensure Mr. Right caught her ball. The ribbon ball in the story is as big as a volleyball. Fear not. I made mine small so you can hang them in your car or trees. Every ball is different from each other and it takes about two to three days to complete just one.

I love making ball ornaments. I learned to sew the ball ornaments when I was 10, using drink straws. Now I make them with ribbons as well.Each ball ornament is composed of thirty units. I use either ribbons or plastic strips to fold the single unit first, and then stitch them together by hand. The ornament is not just great for holidays, but any special occasions during the year. For the past years, I have given these ball ornaments to my friends as gifts. Now I am making them for you and your friends.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Etsy Artist of the Week

This week's Etsy Artist of the Week is Aspen Spa. I love the name of this store. Living in Texas (with very little snow), it would be nice to be in Aspen right now!! I think the store has a beautiful display of its soaps and scrubs. Visit Aspen Spa at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5196157
From the owner:

Hello, and welcome to Aspen Spa! I am so glad that you could stop in. I hope you found something *just right* to pamper your much-deserving self! I'm a high school science teacher by day, and a creator by night! I love the outdoors, and draw my inspiration from nature. I've had many creative outlets over the years, including painting, drawing, sculpting, jewelry, cooking, dance, and currently, teaching. I love to take classes, learn new things, and to be as much of a student as I am a teacher.

I use only the most natural, whole ingredients whenever possible. All ingredients are listed in my item descriptions. These are made-to-order products, prepared in small quantities, in order to bring you the freshest, most pure product possible.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Etsy Artist of the Week

This week, I'm featuring a shop called Sigaliot, located in Israel. I love the fatima hands, and this is one of the most intricate and colorful ones I've ever seen. Visit Sigaliot's store at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5129528 .

A message from Sigaliot:

Welcome to my little world of polymer clay. My name is sagit and I'm a full time job polymer clay artist. All of my products are hand made exclusively by me in my home studio in karmiel-Israel. My art is characterized by bright and happy colors. I love color, I love to play with colors and explore new combinations all the time. My work is pure joy, I love it, I love every single little bead that come out of my hands. I think I can summarize by this: My art is my heart ♥. I hope you love and appreciate it too.