Monday, July 27, 2009

Designs in WHITE - for Summer and Weddings

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Internet Shop of Handmade Items In Fibers

I love to do art and crafts in colors, but there is something special about crocheting in White -- especially with crochet thread.

Most of what I do all in White, there is a special reason for it being in White.

All White is considered "Classic" in Thread Crochet.

And some people who use Thread Crochet items to decorate with, prefer the "Classic" look of All White. I have been selling my Thread Crochet now for about 6 years -- I have had numerous All White pieces sell, including some special orders.

Right now, I have several items in my Etsy shop that are All White - with maybe a little bit of accent, like silver blending filament, glass beads or faux pearls.

These would be suitable for a Handmade Wedding in addition to any other use!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Internet Shop of Handmade Items In Fibers

I am really getting into making these Treasuries - or Galleries - on Etsy.

It takes a bit of time to find the items to put in it -- and then you have to find the time to get the slot for it, but I still find it enjoyable and I think it is worth the time. (I am still finding time to crochet and/or knit inbetween all the "online stuff".)

This Treasury is about our Bright, Sunny days this Summer: "These BRIGHT SUNNY SUMMER Days"!!

I was pleasantly surprised when I searched on Etsy in my 3 Etsy Teams (DesignStyleGuide, TeamEcoEtsy, ThreadArtists) - and found such great Arts and Crafts of Sunny things!!

The screen shot above shows what is in it -- but you should go to it on Etsy and click on the individual pictures and really take a look at what is there!!

Hope you enjoy it -- I enjoyed finding them!!


Human Adaptation - A Necessity in a World with Climate Changing

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber

Again, one of my favorite environmental groups, The Nature Conservancy, tackles a subject on their blog that is just not the most favorite we like to hear.

But unfortunately, it is a reality we must face -- and we must prepare for.

Climate Change is a reality -- with or without the Human Impacts that are affecting it. Geologically, if you study the history of Earth, you will find information about the different Climate Changes it has gone through -- for instance, a clear case is that the Climate on Earth was quite different during the era of the Dinosaurs - and when they went extinct.

Various scientists and various organizations have gone into what is going on now -- and they are trying to predict what will happen.

For example, just yesterday I read an article online on about a Climate Report and it had maps showing two different scenarios and the temperatures around the USA in the two scenarios: Lower Emissions Scenario and Higher Emissions Scenario predictions for the years 2080-2099. Take a look here. Very, very interesting analysis. With the Lower Emissions Scenario they predict Lower Temperatures in this article!!

There are studies that have been mentioned in online articles about Climate Change, Global Warming, Mass Extinction -- and what extinctions may happen by 2050 -- as I read in this article from 2004: "Study sees mass extinctions via warmings". Here are a few quotes from this article that you can go to and read yourself.

"The sweeping new analysis, enlisting scientists from 14 laboratories
around the globe, found that more than one-third of 1,103 native species they
studied in six regions around the world could vanish or plunge to near
extinction by 2050 as climate change turns plains into deserts or alters
forests. It did not examine marine species."

"The researchers concede there are many uncertainties in both climate
forecasts and the computer models they used to forecast future extinctions. But
they said their dire conclusions may well come to pass if industrial nations do
not curtail emissions of greenhouse gases that trap heat in the

"Depending on the temperature increase, the researchers found that 15 to 37
percent of the studied species will either go extinct or be on the road to
extinction by 2050."

It is hard to know exactly what to believe and the scientists themselves are not sure about the forecasts, but scientists who have studied previous mass extinctions on Earth have stated that it looks like Climate Change was part of it, if not the main cause.

Search the Internet yourself: Global Warming, Climate Change, Mass Extinction -- and see what you come up with!!

What I get out of all of this is 2 factual situations that we need to accept:

  1. That Global Warming/Climate Change is occurring -- naturally.
  2. That the greenhouse emissions from industrial nations may be causing Earth's naturally occurring warming trend to warm up the Earth faster.

And that this is all causing us biodiversity and extinction problems Globally!!

However we look at it -- Human Adaptation to Global Warming is something we must deal with -- and read this blog article from The Nature Conservancy: "Human Adaptation Is the Key to Conservation in a Changing Climate". It is something we must deal with and plan for in our lives.


Friday, July 3, 2009

July 4th Sale at RSS DESIGNS IN FIBER!!!

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Internet Shop of Handmade Items In Fibers



SO FOR THIS EXTENDED WEEKEND (THROUGH JULY 6TH), I HAVE PUT THE "AMERICANA" ITEMS IN MY SHOP ON SALE WITH Free Shipping TO ALL UNITED STATES LOCATIONS. These items are various combinations of the RED & WHITE & BLUE that we associate with JULY 4TH and are tagged "julyfreeshipping" in my shop.

Here are a few pictures of some of these items with Free Shipping this extended weekend.

Have a look -- feel free to email me, preferrably on Etsy. I will be checking my emails all Sunday and Monday, so I can answer any questions. If someone wants a custom order in "Americana" style or colors and is willing to pay in advance during the sale period, I will give them Free Shipping on the item. Just mention this post and offer in the email requesting or asking about a custom order in "Americana".

Just as an example, here is a picture of an "Americana" crocheted piece that I sold in a previous year: "Flag Bearer" - in Filet Crochet!!



Thursday, July 2, 2009

Another TREASURY on ETSY: For the LOVE and BEAUTY of Trees!!

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Internet Shop of Handmade Items In Fibers

Combining my love of Trees and my appreciation of the art in the DesignStyleGuide Team on Etsy, I put together a TREASURY:

-- and here is a screen shot of this TREASURY:

I think it is beautiful because the items created and being sold by these members of Design Style Guide are beautiful!!
Go to the actual "For the LOVE and BEAUTY of Trees" Treasury on Etsy and click to see the actual listings of these items with full photos in them.

I hope you enjoy ....