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Hand Blown Glass Paperweights by Local Artisan Taylor Kelly

Amigami is proud to present an awesome line of home décor handcrafted by local artisan Taylor Kelly. These decorative glass paperweights are hand blown, and feature bursts of color and an attention to detail that make them a beautiful addition to any home or office.  These spheres feature a myriad of gorgeous designs, and each measure approximately 3″ in diameter.  Weighing over a pound each, and with a flattened base for added stability, these glass orbs are a beautiful and functional piece of tabletop art.  Completely one-of-a-kind, these glass paperweights are currently for sale in the Amigami Etsy Shop.

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Wheeling Moose Crawl and Halloween Party!

The Wheeling Moose has been hosting a plethora of ultra-exciting events as of late, and I’ve been attempting to chronicle these occasions for the fledgling Wheeling Moose Lodge web page.  Here I’ve posted the photos of both the Moose Crawl and Halloween party, for your viewing pleasure.  Please feel free to leave comments and share your rendition of these wonderful events!

Click Here for the First Annual Wheeling Moose Crawl!

Click Here for the 2010 Halloween Party!

Diagram for Year-Round Fiber Management

Anyone who regularly peruses my site knows I am a friend to the alpaca.  To this end, I have recently been assisting my partner (a true alpaca guru) in developing a series of lectures & workshops dedicated to improving the consistency of the spring fiber harvest.  While he’s been busy formulating the actual concepts, I’ve been charged with designing a series of teaching aids to clarify his major points.

This diagram is meant to be used as a sort of calendar of farm management, while taking into consideration all the major components of producing & selling the highest quality fiber possible.  Although it may seem a bit complex at first glance, the diagram’s basic emphasis is centered on completing the various management components bit by bit throughout the year (rather than everything within a few days).

"Fiber Cultivation & Organization" at the 2010 WV Fiber Festival

Ramon first debuted his lecture last month at the 1st Annual West Virginia “Wild ‘n’ Wooly” Fiber Festival (which by the way was a WONDERFUL event – thank you David, Judy & all the others who worked so hard to make this event a success!)  and we hope to continue this series at festivals and alpaca shows throughout the region.  Additionally, we hope to have videos of the seminars online in the near future, but for now, if you’d like more information on alpaca farm & fiber management, please contact my partner Ramon at DragonShearer@gmail.com.

License Plate Art by Local Artisan Sneaky Pete

Amigami is proud to present an awesome line of home décor designed by local artisan ‘Sneaky Pete.’   These decorative trays are crafted from authentic state license plates, which are folded and shaped into incredibly durable pieces of functional art that will last a lifetime.  These plates used have all been obtained legally (of course) and feature a myriad of designs, including Florida’s Miami Dolphins’ motif and West Virginia’s Purple Heart commemorative design.  These trays stand at 2.5 inches tall and all measure around 5.75″ x 4.75,” and feature a strong & stable structure capable of handling anything – from candy to spare screws, or even ashes!

Completely one-of-a-kind, these trays are a great addition to any auto-themed décor, or as the perfect gift for your favorite gear head.  Visit the Amigami Etsy store to purchase yours while they last!

Amigami Friendship Bracelets

I first learned the Friendship Bracelet Knot technique when I was about 6 or 7, and ever since have been fascinated with the myriad of pattern which can be created.  I’m always on the lookout for larger, more complex patterns that transcend the diagonal stripe bracelets of my childhood.  Since returning from vacation, I’ve managed to construct several examples.

As you can see, the diagonal stripe which the overhanded Friendship Knot creates remains the cornerstone of many designs.  The trick to creating complex patterns is manipulating the zig and zag of the striping in order to develop intricate designs.  Through this simple method of manipulation, an almost endless array of patterns can be created. 

Each of these bracelets can be fastened using a pair of braided cords which adorn either end.  By letting the bracelets flow freely from either end, as opposed to ending them in thick knots, the bracelets gain an overall heightened sense of movement and play.

These bracelets are basically examples & showcase pieces, bu t will most likely become the models for later products in my Etsy store.  And of course, I am always happy to fulfill custom requests, so if one of these bracelets catches your eye, please contact me.

Back to School Sale! Free Shipping AUG 22-28

The Amys in the Arts Etsy Street Team is celebrating the start of the new school year by offering Free Worldwide Shipping on purchases from our members’ Etsy shopfronts during August 22-28.  This is your opportunity to finally get that item you’ve been thinking about for so long.  The Amys in the Arts blog will also be  full of fun memories & stories about School & education, so make sure to check it out!

Click here to Visit My Etsy Shop!

Click here to Visit the Amys in the Arts Blog!

Patchwork Purses Handmade by Autumn

Amigami is proud to present a new line of brilliant patchwork purses, handmade by local artist Autumn Bender!  These totes are the ultimate in shabby chic, featuring colorful patterns and an over-sized design that makes them a truly one-of-a-kind fashion statement.  Designed and sewn by Autumn, these bags are completely eco-friendly — constructed from 100% re-purposed fabric.

The first available is a large satchel made primarily of warm-toned upholstery fabric, with a soft blue contrasting daisy-inspired liner and five gorgeous floral accents.  I adore the color scheme — the beige & rusty tones of the bag’s body makes the floral design pop off the canvas, bringing the whole purse together.

The second has become known as the “Green Apple” purse,  and is constructed from (you guessed it!) the upper portion of a pair of grass green corduroy pants. This bag retains its original belt loops, four fully functioning pockets, and even an additional zipper pocket for the fly!  But what really makes this bag special is the pair of patchwork apple trees which really add a whimsical flair to the purse’s overall design.  Lined by royal purple paisleys, and finished with sandstone-colored dual straps, this bag is a total eye-catcher.

With their large size and durability, either of these bags would be perfect for travel, a day at the pool or beach, or even everyday living.  Both of these purses are currently for sale in my Etsy shop, and Autumn is hard at work, so keep watching for more one-of-a-kind designs!


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