Sunday, December 14, 2014

It Is The Art In Each Piece That I Love So Much!

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE

I, as RSS Designs In Fiber on Artfire, curated this Collection "Artful Gifts".

Everything in it is Handmade.  As I saw these, what I saw was the ART and CREATIVITY in each piece!!

And I decided to share them with the world through an Artfire Collection!

Here are all the Creators - including whose pieces that you can only see HERE (at the bottom).

Designs in Stained Glass
RSS Designs In Fiber
Lise Winne
Uniquely Jen Quilt Creations
Quilt Tops
Art By Sunfire
Shadow Dog Designs
Wyvern Designs
Crafts Of The Past
Blue Morning Expressions
Jazz It Up With Designs By Nancy
Sew Amazin
Daisy Doodle Embroidery

Monday, December 1, 2014

Presenting Handmade Celebrating Wildlife

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE

I have always loved WILDLIFE - ever since I was a little girl!

From the Birds and Squirrels I saw walking to and from School daily - to seeing some in the Zoo - to seeing some on hikes - and later, when an older child, seeing them when we vacationed in Forests!

I've gone hiking in Forests in various different parts of the USA - been feet away from Deer, Foxes, Raccoons, Skunks, Cottontail Rabbits, Kangaroo Rats (in the Carrizo Plain - they look like very big hopping Rabbits) - across a Valley from a Bear family in the Forest on the North Peninsula of Michigan - and many kinds of Birds - including the Ravens that rule the sky where I live now in the Antelope Valley and sometimes swoosh by not too far from me as I walk through the Gardens here!

They make me Smile!  They are an inescapable part of our lives - the "web of life" on Earth - and they add something special to the experience of Life!

Above is a Collection I made of Handmade items I found on Artfire - all of them somehow depict some Wildlife!

They would make wonderful Gifts I think - either for the person who is already a Wildlife-lover - or some are even educational.

These are the Artisans represented in this Collection:

Azure Dandelion
Quilling by Sandra White
RSS Designs In Fiber
Crafts of the Past
Blue Morning Expressions
Designs In Stained Glass
Shadow Dog Designs
Walk In The Woods LLC
Sew Amazin
Quilt Tops

Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Lace Thread Crochet White and Silver Bag in "On Fire For Handmade" Great Finds!

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE

White and Silver Crocheted Lace Drawstring Bag - Crocheted Cord Handle

Thank You to Anne Hopfer of the On Fire For Handmade site for putting together a "Great Finds" Event for the Holiday Season!

It contains a variety of Handmade items!!
** DECOR **
** HAT **
** TOYS **

Take a look!

Christmas Gift Ideas Great Handmade Finds
On Fire For Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas Great Finds

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Decorating For This Fall or Autumn Season Consider Handmade Decor Accents

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE

Decorating in the Fall or Autumn - Tables, Rooms for various get-togethers, Offices, School rooms - including Bulletin Boards - can be Fun!

Fall is such a colorful season - at least in many parts of North America where the leaves on the trees turn all kinds of colors - from Yellow to Orange to Rust or Maple or Dark Brown!

In making the Handmade I do, I tend to think Seasonally!

And Fall is one of my favorite Seasons - with its lovely, and very often, bright colors!

The Collage above is all my Handmade - listed in the "Fall Colors Designs" Section of my Artfire Studio.

Made with a variety of Threads and Yarns - in different designs - and on somewhat different themes!

Many of these Decor pieces could be used in Fall Table Settings - or as Decorations around Rooms - or on Walls.  

In Home Decor or Interior Design, they would be called "Decor Accents"!!

What would fit in your Decorating Theme this Fall????

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Selection of Cotton Pot Holders For Your Kitchen - In A Choice of Colors

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE

Fall Leaves - Handmade Hanging Pot Holder Set of 2 - Tunisian Crochet

Here is a Selection of Handmade Hanging Pot Holders that I decided to make in different colors!!

Some people like to buy things for the Kitchens - Home or Office - that actually match or at least go with the color theme in their Kitchens.

Some like to buy in different colors - just for some Colorful Accessories in their Homes.

So-o-o - I came up with the idea of making sets of Hanging Pot Holders in a selection of Colors - all in Peaches and Creme 100% Cotton Worsted Yarn, which I had in quite a few colors already and had used for years - and I knew would make good Housewares!

Navy and Denim Hanging Pot Holder Set of 2 - Blue Kitchen Home Decor

Red and White Basket and Pot Holder Set - Cotton - Kitchen Decor

Yellow Hanging Pot Holder Set of 2 - Tunisian Crochet Center - Kitchen

Emerald Mix Greens Cotton Pot Holder Set of 2 - Protective Housewares

Emerald Green and Burgundy Red Set of 2 Cotton Pot Holders for Holiday

Kitchen Hanging Pot Holders - Set of 2 - Handmade In Berry Colors - Abstract Design In Tunisian Crochet In Cotton Yarn

 I really have been making these - in different designs - for years!  Here's my Pinterest Board for "Pot Holders, Baskets and Cloths" - all crocheted in strong Peaches & Creme Cotton Worsted Yarns!  (Including some that already sold!)

Follow Ruth Sandra Sperling's board Pot Holders, Cloths and Baskets For The Kitchen on Pinterest.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"From Our Hands to Yours" ezine - Genuine Handmade Offered for the 2014 Holiday Season

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE

A Big Thank You to Julie Cleveland of Blue Morning Expressions for putting together this ezine:
"From Our Hands to Yours - 2014 Holiday Gift Guide"

"From Our Hands to Yours" means just what it says - those of us participating in this ezine are offering a selection of items that are Only Handmade by Us as Gift Ideas for the 2014 Holiday Season through the end of the year (all kinds of Holiday celebrations)!!

Julie also included some Recipes for Homemade Goodies - from Us!

Below are pictured the 3 items I submitted (they are on Page 2 of the ezine):

Stars In The Sky - Thread Lace Art 16 1/2 In. Doily - Blue Decor
Stars In The Sky - Thread Crochet Art Round

Crocheted Lace 21-Inch Doily - Red Flowers, Green, White Accent Decor
Crocheted Lace 21 Inch Round for Winter Holiday or Nature-themed Decor Accent

Basket in Red & Green Geometric Stitch - Winter Color Decor OOAK
Red and Green Handmade Basket in Geometric Spike Stitch - with Hanging Ornament included

The Recipe I submitted, which is on Page 3 is a new (and for me healthier) version of a childhood favorite - "Chocolate Chip Coffee Squares".  But I tend to get a little creative with it these days - I just made a batch of muffins in that Recipe and I left out the Chocolate Chips (too sweet for me) and put in some chopped up Fresh "Adriatic Figs" I recently bought!

Have a great time this upcoming Holiday season!! -- Do you want to get creative with some of your own Handmade - or buy something "Handmade with care" - for Gifts or for yourself???

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Going Public - Sharing News That I Think Is Good About Medical Care Available

Ruth Sandra Sperling
- Also RSS Designs In Fiber

Ah-h-h!  LIFE!

Different People use different ideas or symbols to express LIFE!  For me, whatever the reasoning - it is TREES - so The Image above of a Tapestry I Crocheted of A TREE in a Landscape has a lot to do with LIFE, for me!!!!!

For many in our world, a key part of our LIFE is getting the Medical Care right for us.

I do not usually discuss Medical Care here on my blog - mine - others - or generally in the world.  I feel it is an incredibly personal matter - not often something I write about publicly.

But I feel it is time to Share something broadly and publicly - and, for me, this is my place to do it - My Blog - Sort of My Own Online, Public Journal, where I discuss things I think should be PUBLIC.

Out of respect for others - and to strive for total accuracy - I will keep this relatively simple - A Quote from a Linked Reference - with a couple of other Links.  If you want to know more - you will have to go to the Links, Websites, Make Phone Calls, etc. to find out more.

When the following article was published on the website, I was thrilled.  I shared it in a number of places!!  The full significance of it in the world of medical care is yet to be seen, but based on knowledge I have - I cannot keep quiet about it!

It is "Immunotherapy" to fight Cancer - a whole different Game.

But there is something more I want to say - and it is about UCLA Health System - and I think the world should know.  Your response to it will be your own - well I know there will always be differences amongst people - but I, personally, think the following quote is important - it is from Page 1 of the SUMMER 2014 ISSUE OF THE MAGAZINE OF "UCLA HEALTH - DAVID GEFFEN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE" (you can get a PDF of it at the link)

"Community engagement is hardly new to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM) and UCLA Health System.  Whether by overseeing the residency programs at two of Los Angeles County's major public hospitals, supporting student-directed mobile clinics and health fairs, providing staff for the Venice Family Clinic - the largest free clinic in the United States - or spearheading research projects under our Clinical and Translational Science Institute with the aim of erasing healthcare disparities in one of this nation's most demographically diverse urban areas, UCLA Health Sciences has been an essential part of the fabric of Greater Los Angeles for decades.  But in 2011, as we developed our strategic plan, we determined that community engagement needed to be elevated to one of our core missions along with education, research and clinical care.
"For UCLA Health Sciences, community engagement means improving health through solutions that address social, cultural and biological determinants, developing a comprehensive and diverse healthcare workforce and creating innovative healthcare-delivery models that maintain financial stability while serving all members of our community. ...." A. Eugene Washington, MD, MSc

[Note;  the emphasis in red of certain sections in the Quote is that of me, Ruth Sandra Sperling - and has nothing to do with the Magazine.]

For Info here are links for UCLA HEALTH SYSTEM and the 2 Los Angeles County Major Public Hospitals:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

One of My 3D Rose Doilies Chosen for On Fire For Handmade Sangria Great Finds

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE and ETSY

Red and Pink 3D Roses Doily with 8 Pearl Cotton Multi-layer Roses

On Fire for Handmade promotes Handmade - and one of the Events they do each week is called "Great Finds".

I've been in some of these Events earlier - this time Anne Hopfer just decided to put the above Handmade Doily of mine in it - which, of course I appreciate!  Thank You, Anne!!

If you like it - you can VOTE FOR IT HERE through Thursday!  VOTE for RSS DESIGNS IN FIBER!

This week, ending Thursday, August 28th, 2014 - the theme is:

Sangria Great Finds
Sangria (Color) is "a dark slightly purplish red"(named after the wine - Ha!)

If you like Sangria - the Color - take a look!

Or maybe you just support Handmade - and like to see what is being made - lots of places to look on the Internet - On Fire For Handmade, the website, is a place on the Internet to see what is going on in that Handmade Community!

I make my Handmade - from Small to Large - a certain way - paying close attention to Materials, Designs and Customer Service ... this Doily is made with Very High Quality materials - the basic pink Doily is crocheted with DMC Cordonnet Special and DMC Pearl Cotton Threads which are both extremely high quality colorfast Cotton Threads.  Wonderful to work with - and Beautiful!! (The Photos just cannot do the sheen of these threads justice!)