Monday, November 26, 2012

Interview with MK Beckley

 Today's interview is with MK Beckley from Magical Monk Bags. She is a incredible artist with a deep passion about life. I admire her spirit and craft and look forward to owning one of her pieces myself in the near future. I hope you find her as inspiring as I do :-).

Tell us a bit about yourself: 
     I am 42 almost 43 self-employed production artist living happily in Missouri with my husband and two cats.

MK Beckley 
What inspired you to become an artist? 
ART inspired to become a artist. I love all forms of art. It’s like a language all of its own.

Full Moon Owl on Cream Magical Monk Bag

Who is another artist that you admire? 
Besides my Husband Peter Beckley, Mickie Muller, Amy Brown. Tula Pink, the classic artist Monet, Van Gogh

© Peter Beckley
© Mickie Muller

© Tula Pink 

Where does your inspiration come from? 
Colors and patterns, if the colors go with a pattern then I must put them together.

Triquetra with Ivy Messenger Monk Sling Bag Purse Purple and Tan

What is your favorite book? 
The Mist of Avalon

What is your favorite piece, and why?
Winter Wolfs in Ink, it’s the piece of art I bought online many years ago, I ended up meeting and marring the artist.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time what’s that? …. When I do have a few minutes I like to watch TV shows with my husband play with my grandchildren or cats, read, or just sit in a hot bath tub and do nothing.

Where would you like to be in five years? 
In five years I would like to have a cottage deep in the woods, surrounds with veggie gardens, and a little building off to the side where I can follow my passion for art quilts and embroidery. I would also like to build a cat sanctuary where returnable TNR cats can live their days in peace, and female cats capture for TNR that are with kittens can have their litter then be fixed, returned are stay. I would also adopt out the kittens and or have adoptions of working barn cats.

Tiny Battle Cat

You can find MK and all of her wonderful creations on Etsy:

Or Facebook:

And find Peter Beckley at:

Friday, November 16, 2012

Giving Back

Every year my family and I try to do something for someone else. In the past we have not always had everything we needed and were helped out gratefully. So now we try and pay it forward to others. Some years we have donated a meal for someone who didn't have any food, while in harder years we would give what change we had to the Salvation Army and bought a stocking stuffer at the Dollar Store. It is a time of giving, of showing others that there is someone that cares.

This year my son came up with the awesome idea of donati
ng $3.00 of every sale of one of my ornaments to Tessa. 

  • Provides immediate safety for women and children in crisis.
  • Empowers survivors through programs and support such as advocacy and counseling.
  • Creates a safer future for all families through education and awareness outreach in schools, businesses and civic organizations. 

This is a cause very dear to my heart as I was in an abusive marriage when I was younger. The holidays are a time when domestic violence goes up as people stress over money and basic living in the winter months. So please won't you help our family give the gift of safety to another family this year?? If you would likr to order one of these ornaments for $10 please visit me at 
Or on Etsy at 

Each ornament is 1 1/4" in diameter. I can make them any a solid color or a color combo. I attach a charm to each one and will either attach a ribbon to it or a ribbon necklace (once they arrive lol). The colors I have are: Red, Green, Plum, Black, Sage Green, Purple, Cherry Cobbler, Dark Orange, Pure Pumpkin, White, Bright Yellow, Violet, Bright Magenta, Burgundy, Turquoise, Dark Gray, Aqua, and Bright Blue. I have a variety of charms and will gladly help you find the one that works for your ornament :-)

Love, Light and Creative Blessings,

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Interview with Nurrgula - Art Jewellry

My first interview is with Kasia from Nurrgula. I first fell in love with her gorgeous designs and then fell in love with the kind person she is. Kasia does not speak English as her first language. She actually speaks it as her third (amazing) and I think she speaks beautifully here. I hope you enjoy this interview.

Tell us a bit about yourself:
Hi, my name is Kasia (eng. Kate), I'm 28 years old and I come from Poland, but currently live in Germany, at the wonderful Constance Lake. I am happy woman, pagan, wife and owner of two Norwegian Forest Cats. I am a graduated journalist and self – taught jewelry artist.

What inspired you to become an artist?
I have been connected with art since I was a little girl. I don't really get inspired by anything or anyone.  I have always loved to draw and paint and I was drawing for all of my friends in preschool already. In primary school, high school and college I participated in many art contests and actually won some of them. Like the one for the best project of a badge with the school emblem. ;) I still remember it, cause it was my first contest win ever! And there was a wonderful price – my first Oil paints!

My parents told me tho, that we had one uncle in our family, who was a painter. There's only one painting left after he died and my parents got it for their wedding more than 30 years ago. So maybe I got something from this mystery uncle? ;)

Who is another artist that you admire?
There are many artists I admire. Starting from the very known painters, like Alfons Mucha, John Bauer, Marc Chagall, Edward Dwurnik,  for example Edvard Grieg, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jan Garbarek, Nils Peter Molvaer and Bjoerk, to less known jewelry artists from Poland, like Kornelia Sus, Dariusz Ciszkiewicz or Anna MazoƄ... and many many more: musicians, poets, writers, sculptors, painters and jewelry artists as well.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I am inspired by Nature. By it's four seasons, it's variability, it's beauty, cycles of Nature. I'm a real Nature lover. I use only natural elements in my jewelry, so you won't find any plastic beads in it. Pure Nature: stones, metal, leather, wood. And spirit – big piece of my heart. :) I get inspired by the leaves dancing in the wind, by the snowflake on my coat, by crystal clear water in lakes and sea, by the majesty of mountains... (This is my favorite part. She spoke it so beautifully)

What is your favorite book?
Reading is like breathing to me. I simply cannot live without it. I read much and fast. And I collect books in their paper versions. I'm old fashioned, I think. ;) 

Favorite book? Depends on my mood, but all of Terry Pratchett's, “Steppenwolf”, Herman Hesse's, “Woman who run with the wolves (...)” Clarissa Pinkola Estes' and all kinds of mythology (Slavic, Scandinavian, German), legends, local fairytales...

What is your favorite piece, and why?
My favorite piece is the big pendant with Labradorite and hand made by me from the scratch birch leaf and braiding. It belongs to Julie from Australia now, but I really adore this piece of my work and I am proud of it. :) 

What do you like to do in your spare time? 
I love to read, swim, walk into the forest, travel, take photos of the Nature around me. But also lay on the couch with my Hubbie and watch some movie or series and play with our cats.

Where would you like to be in five years?
I would like to say, that I've found my place on Earth, where I feel like home. I'd love to have many traveling memories from Scandinavia (which is my passion) and maybe USA. And I'd love to make my passion my regular work.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Upcoming Shows

I have to upcoming craft shows that I plan to be a part of. If you are in the Colorado Springs area or the Cripple Creek area of Colorado please come out and support some wonderful artisans.

First show will be on December 8, 2012 at the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation building from 9 am to 5 pm.

The Second show is at Adams Mountain Cafe in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Details are below:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Getting Busy for Yule or I Hope to Be (Ramblings of a Diva)

So this blog is just a rambling of thoughts that I have had over the last several days. 

Yule and Christmas are fast approaching whether we like to think about it or not. I am not a huge fan of making things for specific holidays but this one I just can't help it. I have had a lot of new ideas and am working on buying materials to accomplish these things. My favorite new idea at the moment?? 

I want to buy the small glass ornaments and marble paint them and bead them for use as a beautiful pendant. 

Second favorite?? Using colored jingle bells in holiday decor and ornaments (still working on this idea as to what they will actually be). 

This truly is one of my favorite times of year. I love that I get to give to others. I love that all other things seem to be put aside for a few days and that love flows freely through out our planet. No matter your religious belief there is a celebration around this time of year. And an overwhelming amount of love floods our planet. It is a time for rejoicing. It is a time for acceptance and peace to all. It is a time to believe that there is still hope for humanity. 

I look forward to this coming holiday season and hope that I shall be extremely busy. To know that others are giving of my creations that are made from joy and love would fill my heart with joy.