I started this business about 30+ years ago and changed over from part time doing local craft fairs while working full time in Special Education for SAD #59 for 19 years to retiring to be able to do this full time for the past 10 years only doing large juried craft fairs around the state and working from my home to do special orders.
'Whimsical Elegance' ~ I am a self-taught wire wrapper and specialize in wrapping mostly high quality gems and minerals. I try to emphasize the natural characteristics of the items that I am wrapping, as to not distract the viewer from it's uniqueness and true beauty. In addition, I enjoy working with copper and creating vibrant blue patinas and organic textures on the jewelry. Lastly, I tend to explore with alcohol ink, metal clay, and other mediums to create jewelry. Basically, it's all on a whim.
Coming from a long line of gifted makers Winter Whimsies grew out of a love for making things and celebrating a family Christmas tradition of adding new ornaments to the tree each year. Commemorating a special event or the addition of a family member. So 29 years ago a began my foray into the world of craft shows and have not looked back. I have had the pleasure of seeing customers return year after year looking for the new design. This demand keeps my creativity juices flowing.
Hardee Crafts of Maine offers a variety of original, handcrafted wooden puzzles and brainteasers with an educational twist. Many are original and unique designs by Harley, a former science teacher. We have combined many years of woodworking experience and our enjoyment of puzzles and brainteasers into a labor of love.
Faeries are about the wonder and magic that is sometimes lost in today's world. All of my faeries are hand sculpted without the use of molds and are all one of a kind. My watercolor paintings are inspired by both the mystical legends of Ireland and the beauty of Nature, both here in Maine and in the British Isles. After painting in oils and acrylics for years since my art school days in Boston I fell in love with the magic , the wonderful flowing effects that can express the wonder of the world around us and the images and patterns I see in the natural world. I hope that through my artwork I am helping to light the way back to a happier, more peaceful world of joy. I currently do several shows but am always happy to create a special order.
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