Sunday, September 25, 2011

Flower & Bud Handcrafted Jewelry - Featured Artisan of "On Fire For Handmade"

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

This weeks Featured Artisan is Debbi La Rue

~~ Flower & Bud Handcrafted Jewelry! ~~

You can find Flower & Bud on:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DESIGN STYLE GUIDE - Updated Portfolio Fall 2011

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

- the Presentation Site for HANDMADE DESIGN PRODUCTS where I have a Portfolio of some of my "DESIGNS IN FIBER"!!

Well - it is a New Season and I decided to Update my Portfolio there to show some of the Seasonal Items I Have Available -- or can make.

I keep a Page here on my Blog that shows all items I have presented on DESIGN STYLE GUIDE at one time or another.

Today I added a couple of new things!

Like HANDMADE DESIGNS for Your Home - or Office - or Garden - or School?


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Moss & Mist Jewelry - Featured Artisan from "On Fire For Handmade"

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

This weeks Featured Artisan from "On Fire For Handmade" is:  

Sharri Powell - Moss and Mist 

Gorgeous creations created with love.

You can find Moss and Mist on:

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Vaudeville Gypsy - A Featured Artisan of "On Fire For Handmade"

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

This Weeks Featured Artisan of "On Fire For Handmade" is Vaudeville Gypsy. 

Truly Unique Creations to tickle your fancy! 

You can find Vaudeville Gypsy on:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


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

Over the years since I started Selling the Handmade I make, there have been various CUSTOM ORDER REQUESTS - from ones from Private Individuals ~ to ones through a local store ~ to ones through various Online Venues that I have sold on.

So ... I decided to Create a CUSTOM ORDER REQUEST FORM and put it on a PAGE here on my blog -- so anyone who would like, has a Form to Use for a Custom Order !!

I make quite a variety of items in Crochet and Knitting --- See some Custom Orders that I have made in the past!

This is one Custom Order for an Online Customer who wanted something in a Specific Size and very Specific Color to match something Specific in their home (I always respect Customer's Privacy and only post details and information with Customer's permission).

Here is another Custom Order - Requested from someone who I met locally -- who asked for a hat that I was wearing in Navy and Cotton!!

And this was a Custom Order from an Online Customer who saw one of my listings -- but wanted Six of them (Red Gingham Potholders)!!

Is There Some One Thing You Would Like Custom Made???

(I am also willing to send Custom Made Gifts to the Recipient when arranged in advance.)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Back To School From YOU CAN SELL IT!

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


"You Can Sell It" Blog!!

Well, it is that time of year - Back to School for kids of all ages!

The Artisans of "You Can Sell It" came up with some rather unique Handmade on that theme for their "Back To School Challenge" !!

Here are my 2 Favorites - though you can only Vote for One!

RSS Designs In Fiber:  Laptop Sleeve
Fantasy Clay:  Laptop Critter

Monday, September 5, 2011

Fall Is Just Around The Corner - With All Its Gorgeous Colors!

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

Fall always has been one of my favorite seasons -- though it can be a bit sorrowing to see the Trees loosing all their leaves -- the Colors are just Gorgeous and I have always loved that (it is also cooler than Summer)!!

Well, I must not be the only one -- or maybe I should say, there must be quite a few of us who are so fond of the Fall Colors, because it is a popular decorating theme -- and over the years, I have sold quite a variety of my "Designs In Fiber" in Fall Colors.

Pantone is the leading "authority" on the trending colors of any year's seasons - both for Fashion and for Home Decorating, which I have been finding interesting over the last couple of years.  See this year's Pantone Fall Color Palette at the end of this article.

Here are two new items available in my Online Shops in the Fall Colors!!

Fall Color Basket - Wavy Woven Crochet - Primitive - Sturdy 10 inch
Fall Color Basket:  Waves of Sage Green, Camel Tan, Ivory and Orange

Coaster, Small Doily - Graphic Handmade Fine Crochet in Fall Colors
Fall Color Coaster:  Cocoa Browns, Green-Blues, Yellow

These are both in "The Handmade Place Handmade Creations for Pantone Fall Colors 2011" -- I am not sure if the Colors in these items exactly match the specific colors in the Pantone Palette, but I think they are pretty close!!

Pantone Fall 2011 Colors - "The Art of Color -- Sensible and Spirited"

I just love COLOR -- and the Study of Color -- and Using Them!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Il Mare Atelier - Featured Artisan from "On Fire For Handmade"

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

This week's Featured Artisan is Suftan - Il Mare Atelier! 

Absolutely gorgeous creations in her shop. 

Perfect addition to any wardrobe and great gifts too!

You can find Il Mare Atelier on:

Friday, September 2, 2011

Artisan Feature: Pete Berkow of "Songbird and Scallywag" - A Musician and Producer

Ruth Sandra Sperling

I am not sure of the day or even the exact event when I first knew who Pete Berkow was sometime in the Fall of 1970, but it was at the Red Herring Coffee House in Urbana, IL on the University of Illinois campus.   ~~~~~~~   Probably some night when I was there to hear the live Acoustic Folk Music of whoever was playing on stage -- or maybe it was one of those times I was volunteering in the kitchen of the Coffee House - either selling Tea, Coffee and Pretzels - or making a vegetarian Sunday evening dinner.   ~~~~~~  
But he was there - part of the "whole Coffee House" - sometimes playing music, or laughing or discussing the world -- or trying to figure out what they were going to do for whatever .... oh, well, that was the Red Herring Coffee House, at least to me.   ~~~~~  Well - we all went our own ways -- lead our own lives -- played out our parts in the Web of Life -- so I got caught up with Pete recently -- and here is some of what he's been doing, as told by him!!


What is(are) your Craft(s)/Art(s)?
Musician and Producer

Places you sell your Craft(s)/Art(s) on the Internet 

Places you sell your Craft(s)/Art(s) off the Internet
I sell CDs at concerts, when I perform. That is a rare event, because I spend more time producing other artists than performing my own music.

What/Who has been the inspiration behind doing your Craft(s)/Art(s)?
The many great musicians I have had the honor to produce have all influenced me as a player too. I guess that starts with Dan Fogelberg, who showed me many of my first guitar licks in Urbana, around 1969. He was a good friend, and I produced his first recordings. More recently, I have produced artists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Sam Bush, and Joe Craven. Joe is especially inspiring, because he joins me on stage when possible. Mr. Craven is a force of nature!

Video he Produced of Tommy Emmanuel: (See video below)

Can you briefly explain to our readers how you do your Craft(s)/Art(s) (methods, skills, materials)?
I have been a song writer since I was a teenager. I’m 61 now, and still writing songs. I get bored playing cover songs, so I write my own. I tried to read classical music, but that seemed too routine for me. For example, I started to learn the piece MalagueƱa but it morphed into my song Ruby’s Ranchito.

How did you learn or develop your Craft(s)/Art(s)?
I learned through the oral tradition. I sat down next to great players and they either showed me their licks or I done stole ‘em!

Are you continuing to study your Craft(s)/Art(s) - and, if so, how?
I play my instruments every day. My wife, Tricia Berkow, inspires me to keep playing and writing. She’s a gifted musician – much more talented than I am.

Your personal history in your Craft(s)/Art(s).
I produced my first records in Urbana, at the Red Herring coffeehouse, right next to the University of Illinois campus. I worked with great players such as Dan Fogelberg, Peter Swinnerton, Elliott Delman, and all guys in “The Ship.” I moved to Chico, California in 1975, and have been a performer/producer ever since. Most recently, I produced a PBS television series that included concerts with Richard Thompson, Dave Brubeck, Rodney Crowell, Roy Rogers, Marcia Ball, and many others. Again: Each was an inspiration for my own music.

- As a song writer: Most recently, I have had songs performed by younger artists. For example, my close friends Scott Dugdale and Becca Neunabel released their version of my song “Liquid Smog” on the video game “Rock Band.”

Are there other interests in your life that you would like to discuss here (hobbies, charities, other careers, etc.)
I have had parallel careers to my music career as a writer and television producer. I have written four books about writing. (They are textbooks.) And: I was a newspaper journalist for nearly a dozen years. The television production was a natural, sideways move from the newspaper work. In addition to producing concerts for PBS, I have produced documentaries and instructional television. It has taken me some interesting directions. For example: I produced a 20 program series about astronomy that won two Emmy awards and has been used by hundreds of teachers and thousands of students. To me, it’s all a variation on a theme: Songwriting, journalism, writing, teaching … they’re all based on human- to-human communication. If you have a positive message, people will listen.

Newspaper Article on Pete!  "Shasta College teacher to perform with Joe Craven"

To anyone aspiring to do the Craft(s)/Art(s) you do, do have any suggestions or recommendations?
Write from the heart … whether it’s an essay, a song, a newspaper article, or a script for a television program. Don’t compromise. It’s a long distance race, not a sprint. Learn to enjoy the process of creating … it’s even more important than the end result.

.....Update from 2015 ... Pete is one of the Producers of the PBS Series, Music Gone Public - and here is a video from that series Produced by Pete and others from Music Gone Public .... Pete's friend and guitarist, Tommy Emmanuel .....

And .... Thanks, Pete!

Please Note: My Features are based on the artisan's answers to questions I give them and the photos, videos, articles they send me or choose or approve -- I give all artisans I Feature full editing rights.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Certified Handmade Artifact - Because I Do Handmade!!

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


 Real HANDMADE!   With Care, Attention to Detail, Some Love! 

 That is really all I Sell!!