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I’ve got the Bug! April 9, 2009

Lulubug Bee
I’ve got the Lulu bug and these pieces are at the top of my wish list! My newest finding on Etsy is Lulubug Jewelry! The artist behind Lulubug Jewery is Sue Urquhart. Her pieces are beautifully organic and inspired by nature. She gives us a little peek into the going ons of her business and her life on her Etsy profile.
lulubug berry

My name is Sue Urquhart and I named my business Lulu Bug (who is one of my sweet Shar-peis) because my last name is hard to pronounce and even harder to spell!

My day job has been in jewelry design and manufacturing for over 15 years, in both casting and fabrication. I recently discovered Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and I’m now excited and inspired to be making my own jewelry again with this new material.

I take my own artwork and make etched brass plates which I use to print the textures and images onto my pieces. The possibilities with PMC are endless – inspiration can be found everywhere for interesting textures, forms and images.

I’ve always found inspiration in nature. I especially love birds – they are found on every continent, and no matter where you are, if you stop and look you can find bird life. I enjoy just watching them go about their business, and they never fail to bring a smile to my face.

I’ve been riding my bicycle to my day job lately, and find it’s the best time to dream up new things to make. What looks like a bunch of dry weeds when zooming by in a car actually turns out to be beautiful shapes and forms when you’re going by at bicycle speeds. Just slowing down and taking a look around outside every day keeps the ideas flowing.

I’m fortunate to live in an area (Sonoma County, California) that still has an abundance of natural beauty. But there is beauty to be found everywhere, if you just look at things a bit differently. I try to express that in my jewelry.

lulubug tree

Check out her blog :)


Spoonflower Fun June 19, 2008

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So I happened upon an amazing new company Spoonflower while making my daily visit to Emily Martin’s blog.

Spoonflower gives individuals the power to print their own designs on fabric that they can then use to make quilts, clothes, pillows, blankets, framed textile art and many, many other things that might surprise you.

Right now they are in the Beta stage so you have to put your name on a list to be invited. And I got one! Yipee! I have been learning tons about Photoshop/Gimpshop and am having so much fun coming up with fabric design ideas. I wanted to show you a sweet example of a fabric design and the finished product.
Here is okiegirl97’s design
and here is the finished work.


Wunderful Wunderkind part 2 June 15, 2008

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Well I promised you updates on the amazing and magical custom order from Wunderkind so here they are. I cant even put in words how excited I am about my new friendship with the awesome couple at Wunderkind. Yay! Woopie! Horay!


Dolls for Friends May 28, 2008

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Meet Ureshiitori. She is the newest edition to our family. I made another super amazing plushtastic trade with my friends at Dolls for Friends Jill and Erin. They are a super hero plush making team. Married with 3 busy children they have their hands full. Full of fun and love. Dolls for Friends use mainly reclaimed and recycled fabrics which they use to create amazing creative funky creatures. Each piece has such great texture, they are works of art. I just love how each of their characters has its own story and very layered personality. I am very happy to be called a friend with one of their dolls.


Wunderful Wunderkind! May 23, 2008

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Wunderkind Magnets in Progress

Wunderkind Magnets in Progress

I had to take a minute to stop and show you guys the amazing little works of arts my new friends at
Wunderkind have been working on. I am so pleased to have found them on Etsy and to be working with them on a custom line of MayaBella magnets! Wunderkind is the amazing Duo of Lexi and Ben. Happily married in wedded bliss, Lexi and Ben have two beautiful daughters and loads of adorable wood painted friends. Stay tuned for previews of the finished work!


Eleven Morning Dolls May 19, 2008

Eleven Morning Dolls

Never in all my searches and escapades around Etsy, the oh so world wide web, and local shops have I found such perfect, danty and beautiful dolls as I have found in Eleven Mornings shop.
Her name is Gabriell, and she is an artist that lives and works in Sunny California. She has a big studio at home where she drinks hot chocolate, listen to Death Cab for Cutie, and makes art. Gabriell is a sculptor and illustrator but she plays with all kinds of stuff. She also belongs to a big art group called ZNE, where they get together and find new and interesting ways to use the hoarded supplies in their studio’s. She loves art. Gabriell’s motto…Make Art = Be Happy
Her color choices are combinations are divine. The round bellies and thin legs make me smile. All of the small and delicate details are proof of the fine craftsmanship. I am in love with the little ladies of Eleven Morning. Some day I will have my own lovely. Someday.


First Mosaic Update May 6, 2008

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Thanks to all of the creators of these lovely items of which I now own. :) You guys are awesome!