Friday, November 26, 2010

STARS for Decorating - of course Handmade!

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

Most of my Handmade works are Inspired by Nature -- but I include in that the Sky and what you find in it -- including STARS!!

On and off the last several years, I have done various designs with Stars in them - the best place to look is my Public Gallery of My Designs In Fiber , where I have pictures of work I have done for years!!

But I have a few items for sale now in my online shops - these are smaller ones suitable for Holiday decorating this Winter Season:

If you see anything in my Public Gallery of Fiber Designs that you would like Custom Made, contact me by email!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Handmade Gift Suggestion for One of the Nights of Hanukkah

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

This time of year there are lots of thought about Gifts - what to give, what you will get - maybe a wishing list????

As most everyone who has read my blog, I am big on Handmade!!

For everyone - for every Holiday and Occasion!!

I am also very big on Recycled!!

Debby Arem Designs, who I Featured here on my blog back in October of 2009, is one of my favorite Artisans of Handmade.  I love her Recylced Circuit Board items - actually, some of them make me laugh, but what it comes down to is that from old Printed Circuit Boards, which would otherwise be trashed, she makes some really neat items -  which you can see in her Etsy shop, her Artfire Studio or her own website!!

Not only is she making neat things for people to buy -- but she is doing all of us and the planet a big favor by Recycling or Reusing these Printed Circuit Boards!!

The one pictured above - a Magnet with a Hanukkah theme made from Recycled Circuit Board -- might be a great little gift for your "lover" of Geekery for one of those nights of Hanukkah!!

There are plenty more Handmade Gifts in Debby Arem's online shops!!

Have some fun -- and think -- by supporting Handmade -- and buying items made from Recycled materials, you are doing yourself and everyone and the planet a favor!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Crochet Tapestry in Thread - of a TREE

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

Anyone who has read my blog knows from my writings how much I love TREES!!

Well, I transfer my love of the live TREES to my Designs In Fiber!!

This is one I did in Threads - yes, it is basically the same pattern or charted design of my Tree Tapestry Pillow ( ), but done in finer threads in slightly different colors - and is smaller.

It is made with the beautiful Pearl Cotton Threads by DMC, which comes in some wonderful variegated threads, which I used for the ground, tree trunk and branches - and tree canopy! DMC Pearl Cotton has a colorful, lustrous, pearly effect, which shows a little bit in these photos!!

The Border around the Tapestry is a Graphic Filet Crochet Design which looks like a fancy picture frame and has a bit of a texture to it from raised stitches around the Tapesry.

Yes - I did it to look like a little photograph (I am a landscape photographer!) - but doing it with Fibers gives it some depth and texture -- and I like it!

You can find it in my Etsy Shop!!

Doing Images in Fibers is one of my favorite things to do -- some are smaller and some are larger - like the Rooster in Textured Filet Crochet!!

Some of my Images in Fiber have found homes -- I hope all of them will some day!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Deadline for Comments on Giant Sequoia National Monument Management Plan - Extended

Ruth Sandra Sperling

As I have been posting here about the Giant Sequoias and the Giant Sequoia National Monument Management Plan - I thought I would post an Update!

The U.S. Forest Service has extended the official Comment Period for submitting comments on this Management Plan one month - until December 3rd, 2010!!

So, if you would still like to -- you can still submit your comments during an official comment period.

Being public lands, public can always make comments on the Giant Sequoia National Monument, but getting them in during official comment periods mean that your comments are counted in their evaluation for the Final Environmental Impact Statement - in this case, an official Management Plan based on President Clinton's Presidential Proclamation!

I wrote some comments in a previous blog post about my choice of Alternative - Alternative C - with some specific comments, but when I wrote my letter, I went "all-out", as they say -- it ended up 9 pages long!! I want Natural Processes restored as much as possible!!!

But this is an important issue for me - for me, all the meetings, and documents and comments by me and others have been totally worth it!! I wanted to know what was going on with this forest, which is one of my favorites of all I have been in -- and I found out!!

So, if you want to make some comments still - Go for it!!