Michigan Henna Tattoo – Arms and Hands

Michigan Henna Tattoo – Arms and Hands

Michigan henna tattoo 

New Michigan Henna tattoo Designs ! Henna arm and hand designs that are all original designs of Kelly Caroline . Today 3 of 4 of these designs were done on violin players.. how odd is that? I think its pretty cool, but very odd that I would have 3 violin player clients on the same day.

The first design is an Indian henna inspired hand

indian henna, arm design

Next is a henna arm design with a mandala

henna arm design, mandala

Next is a henna glove design with lines and triangles for the fingers

henna glove design

And for her other hand was a similar design I did with triangles and lines

henna glove, hand design

And finally this picture is of the sweet 16 birthday girl (the 3rd violinist) and her mom who got henna done on their hands today for her birthday. How cute are they?

mother daughter, henna, sweet 16 birthday henna

Super Mario Bros 3 Henna ! (and bodypaint)

Super Mario Bros 3 Henna ! (and bodypaint)

YES! I have done it : A scene from Super Mario Bros 3 henna and body paint! My dear friend Vaughn sat so perfectly still while I did about 90 minutes of  henna work on his back replicating a map of Super Mario Bros 3 and then did body paint to fill in the colors.  Here’s the results ! Note: He gets to have this on his back for 2 whole weeks.

 super mario bros 3, henna, body paint

 

 

Henna Back Design

Henna Back Design

Hello! What a lovely day it was today – perfect weather here in Michigan. Perfect day to do a summery henna back design. One of my favorite motifs – flowers & leaves. Enjoy this great henna back design – an original design by Kelly Caroline Henna Art.

henna, back design, flowers, leaves

Kelly Caroline – Michigan Henna Artist

Kelly Caroline – Michigan Henna Artist

Kelly Caroline – Michigan Henna Artist

Here are a few photos of me doing henna again today in beautiful Ann Arbor, Michigan. I really love doing henna outside on a lovely afternoon like today. I feel very blessed to be a henna artist in the great state of Michigan. Living in Michigan, we get to experience every season (although we have had some strange occurrences with the weather this year).

Anyways, its lovely to live here in Michigan. <3 hope you enjoy the pics.

*This is not an original design by Kelly Caroline Henna Art – my client found the design online and I’m not sure where so I cannot properly credit the artist*

henna artist, michigan

henna artist, michigan

henna artist, michigan, hand design

*This is not an original design by Kelly Caroline Henna Art – my client found the design online and I’m not sure where so I cannot properly credit the artist*

Detroit Michigan Henna

Detroit Michigan Henna

Detroit Michigan Henna

Today I got to meet a nice lady who met me in Ypsilanti at the B-24 cafe and she and her friends drove in from Detroit Michigan to get some henna done. She really liked her “sexy” designs (as she called them)   🙂 I love making my clients feel great! Here are the pictures :

floral henna arm design, henna detroit michigan

floral henna foot design, henna detroit michigan

 

I also met with a nice couple who each got henna done for their wedding anniversary gift to each other. Their daughter got this cute Indian style peacock henna design :

peacock henna design

Artwork of Misha Blaise

Artwork of Misha Blaise

A new feature today:  a very talented & creative artist (and busy mom- like me)  Misha Blaise  from Austin, TX. I am very inspired by her mixed media artwork that is a take on nature and cultural embroidery designs. I really love the floral prints as well as the intricate embroidery representations. Super excited to see what she comes up with next!

**Also, note that each purchase from her Etsy page  goes to help support a woman survivor of war that Misha sponsors through WomenForWomen.org **

Meet Misha :

misha blaise, photo magic was the dawn, misha blaise, print

Where do you get your inspiration?
I am obsessed with beautiful and elegant textile design from around the world.

croatia embroidery, misha blaiseFor example, my father is from Croatia, and I have been collecting old Yugoslavian embroidery patterns to transfer into some of my digital pieces. These people make some of the coolest designs: the colors are super bold and the images are elegant and complex. I like reinventing patterns like this within my pieces by merging them with more modern elements.

What is your creative process ? 
My creative process took a major blow when I had my first child because I just didn’t have very much time to work anymore. But this limitation eventually became an asset to me. I started planning my art mentally ahead of time as detailed as possible. Then, when I would finally have the time to work all I would have to do is execute my ideas. So my usual process now is that I think through a piece of art while I am doing something with my son, like taking him on a walk or whatever, and then when he goes to sleep I run to my studio space like a bat out of hell and work as fast as I can!!!

misha blaise, embroidery print

What’s your favorite item you make? 
I love making mixed media prints! I enjoy just throwing down paint and drawing and then scanning it all into the computer where I can merge it all together into a cohesive piece. This format is also cool because it allows the final product to be printed at any size and on various mediums.

our lady of zapopan, misha blaise print

misha blaise, flower print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your artistic philosophy?
I think the spirit of uninhibited experimentation is crucial to being an artist. It can be so hard to work when you are worrying if the piece will look good or if will be well received. I think there is something very mysterious about the creative process in the sciences and the arts that we can’t ever really understand—somehow humans have the capacity to bring forth something new that never existed before. I guess my philosophy is just to treat that process as something important and crucial to the human experience, even if all I am doing is making a pretty little art print. (Is that philosophical enough☺ )

 

When did you start creating ? misha blaise, rainbow whale Like most people I made art as a child. I was influenced by other design around me that was cool at the time, so Idefinitely went through a phase of drawing psychedelic dolphins leaping over rainbows and hearts as inspired by the Lisa Frank art on my Trapper Keeper. Then I made some really bad art in college which I have most thrown away or kept hidden. I would say I only really started finding my “voice” as an artist when I was in my mid-twenties. I was living in Chicago and I was starting to meet a whole community of artists who lived and breathed their craft. This really pushed me to take my art more seriously and to develop my style in a more focused way.

What’s the future for your business?
I am working really hard this year to improve my on-line presence. I would love to be able to show art locally, and at the same time have an international audience who can browse and buy my work online!

Henna Arm Designs – Michigan Henna Artist

Henna Arm Designs – Michigan Henna Artist

One of my favorite areas of the body to do henna is the forearm. Henna arm designs are really fun to do because you have a pretty smooth, obstruction-free canvas to work with. Here are two new henna arm designs that just came from my imagination. I hope you enjoy them!

This first design I was going for a modern Indian bridal mehndi concept but I made it shorter so it didn’t go down the rest of the hand.

indian bridal, mehndi design, henna on arm

And this second one is an Arabic floral design that would be perfect for a festival henna design. Festivals are coming up for the Michigan Henna Artist – time to make more henna paste! hehe

henna arm design, henna flower, festival design, arabic henna

 

 

Henna Designs – Nature-Inspired Art

Henna Designs – Nature-Inspired Art

Many of my henna designs are inspired by nature  – hibiscus flowers, vines, daisies, water, succulents, dahlias, peacocks, feathers etc. I like to make what nature gives us as inspiration and make it more fantastical in my henna designs. Today’s feature is nature-inspired art to reference many design elements in nature that inspire us all.

henna tree design, henna on side, henna tree, henna body art

henna tree design on ribcage at the henna salon

This adorable Micro Marimo moss in a glass gourd by  MyZen is a cool display and has an interesting story: “About Marimo Balls:
These delightful little balls of algae also called Cladophora originate in Lake Akan Japan. They are revered and adopted as “pets” in Japanese homes and offices and are believed to bring good luck. Marimo name is derived from Mari meaning “bouncy play ball” and “mo” meaning underwater plant in Japanese.” Neat!

mini terrarium

Shadow boxes make a great frame for art. But what’s more beautiful than something nature has designed? -nada! Gaze at the loveliness of nature with this air plant terrarium and hand-built shadow box by MIDNIGHTinSEATTLE .

shadowbox terrarium

 Happiknits brings us a lovely knit chartreuse cowl that has a cozy, mossy feel as well as being quite stylish.

knit cowl

A natural, beautiful stone is mystic topaz.  Passionate Jewelry sets mystic topaz in a great silver bezel to create this unique ring.

mystic topaz ring

This nature-inspired origami lotus flower by Fish & Lotus is crafted so perfectly that you almost don’t realize its made of paper! These would be great as wedding favors or given as a gift.

origami lotus flower

I will admit, if I owned this incredible miniature terrarium necklace by Woodii I would wear it EVERYDAY.. Between the small pebbles at the bottom, the variety of moss and the adorable cork stopper, this pendant has en entire little slice of nature in an adorable glass vile.

terrarium necklace

If you want the more traditional yet elaborate nature display in your house, these succulent terrariums by Another World Plants and Terrariums is the way to go. I have a soft spot for terrariums with succulents because there’s just something so cool about moss and succulents mixed together. <3

glass terrarium

Another great mini collection of nature is this moss, lichen & citrine filled rectangle glass pendant made by fawn . Ideal to “keep nature close to your heart”

moss lichen necklace

Mojo Spa Style brings us this ahhhhdorable stylish accessory that has almost limitless potential for where it can be placed. Its a made-to-order, crocheted  flower pin that is a must-have accessory in your collection.

crocheted flower pin

If all this nature has inspired you to get into the terrarium lifestyle, then pick up this air plant zen garden terrarium kit by Xerces Art . Easy to care for, the air plant inside “requires little attention and happily sits amongst the other items in the terrarium.” Perfect for first-time terrarium owners.

zen garden, terrarium kit, air plant

UntamedMenagerie – Modern Art Accessories

UntamedMenagerie – Modern Art Accessories

The feature today is UntamedMenagerie  – Penny & Nikki – a mother & daughter creative team that specializes in making whimsical, wearable modern art accessories.

carpe diem necklace

Here’s the Q&A with UntamedMenagerie :

Where do you get your inspiration? — We are inspired by so many things, but our primary inspiration comes from nature and architecture. An unexpected influence is music. The music we listen to while designing can sway us from edgy to sweet or from subtle to bold.

peacock feather necklace ►What is your creative process? — A design usually starts as a sketched doodle that Nikki both adds to and takes from until the paper is completely smudged and worn thin. When we are satisfied with the design, it is scanned to her computer where she cleans up the image so she can resize and perfect the lines and curves before cutting the test piece. From sketch to finish, this usually takes around 2-3 weeks. We’ve had some breakthroughs where we have worn the finished piece just days after the idea came, and at least half a dozen that we have been working on for more than a year. In-progress designs hang all around while we wait for ideas to spark until a piece feels complete — and wearable. Sometimes a design may not be practical for wear and we choose to start over. wing necklace

What’s your favorite item you make? — Nikki’s favorite is Triple Threat (a very industrial feeling three finger ring). Penny loves the Eccentric bangles best.

What’s your artistic philosophy? — We create what we love. We’re whimsical, bold, and quirky. We want to make you smile.

When did you start creating? — We began making jewelry together in 2005. Nikki previously worked as a seamstress; Penny dabbled in interior design.

What’s the future for your business? — We hope to expand our business to include household items and large wall art, and we want to explore different mediums and learn new techniques. It has long been our dream to open a brick and mortar shop to display our work as well as that of other artisans.

Green Like Fresh Henna

Green Like Fresh Henna

When it comes to knowing if the henna paste you are using is quality, the color of fresh henna is key. This is something only henna artist or henna enthusiasts know but henna powder is actually a leafy green color and when its mixed with essential oils, sugar, lemon and black tea, the fresh henna paste is a dark kelly-green color. After the paste undergoes dye release is when it changes to that familiar chocolate brown color and its applied to the skin. When I tell my clients henna actually starts out green, most are surprised.

Here is a collection of beautiful handmade items that remind me of the color of fresh henna powder and henna paste (as well as some other items that are just a lovely shade of green!)

This is a great “everyday bag” by Marbled Bag . I really like the large bow and the functional yet appealing quality of the design.

green handbag

Hope Johnson brings us these hand built ceramic dishes that are painted with chartreuse green to make this simple yet elegant decoration. I really appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into these.

green leaves, ceramic dishes

We always need an effortless, fashionable accessory and Rayna Robinson gives us just that with this chartreuse turban headband. .. and how cute is she?! hah

green turban headband

Can you tell I’m diggin the chartreuse? I just love the color and how it just makes items POP! and this elephant from The Original Animal Magnet is no exception! I can think of the perfect spot on my bookshelf for this little guy.

chartreuse elephant

Yummy watermelon scented bath salts by Sudz ‘N Saltz ! A great way to take your relaxing time in the tub and make it a spa-like experience .

green watermelon bath salt

From Angie’s Sweatshop is a really AWESOME screen printed octopus on a chartreuse green skirt. I like maxi skirts and all things octopus and this skirt falls right into those categories.

green skirt, octopus screenprint

Asymmetry is a great way to shake up the expected. I dig this asymmetrical black and green Czech glass beaded necklace with small lime seed beads by chr designs .

lime green, bead necklace

This “chuplette” by Chuppy Love is a baby “chuppy” Amigurumi – read as: an adorable stuffed friend made of yarn. These are some adorable creatures and I want a whole collection!

yellow, chartreuse, chuppy love

Bright Bold & Beautiful brings us this lovely watercolor print of a hydrangea in all its green-hued glory!

green hydrangea, watercolor

Do you know an adorable little boy who this bow tie by Sharp Dressed Little Man would look so cute on? I know I do and the cuteness level he projects would go through the roof if he wore this!

green bowtie

I admire hand beading and embroidery because it takes serious devotion and concentration to bring an overall vision together. Not to mention the amount of time attaching each thread or bead takes. Hats off to MillieICARO for this intricate beaded peacock sash.

peacock sash

Heron and Lamb‘s rustic moss necklace is such a uniquely designed accessory! “This beautiful, earthy design features a lead-free soldered glass circle, which encases live preserved reindeer moss. An ode to spring, this necklace is finished with an rustic antique copper patina and and sealed for maximum protection.”

green moss pendant

I am a big fan of stacked rings that’s why these peacock stacked rings by CameraSHY Photography really caught my eye. I like that each ring is different by fits together as a cohesive set very nicely.

peacock, stacking rings

I don’t often find statement bracelets so when I came across this wire wrapped bracelet by Vera Nasfa I knew it had a special place in this collection. I am fond of the craftsmanship and attention to detail.

peacock, statement bracelet

This stylish linen dress by Camellia Tune is custom made for each person! How cool is that?

teal dress, linen dress

Laura Kingrey presents a handmade bracelet with matte light green sea glass as the focal point accented with Czech glass, copper wire and bronze framing. I appreciate when something has such a hands-on & made-with-love look as this bracelet does.

seaglass bracelet

A stunning blue-green turquoise cabochon ring with silver bezel from Bones & Stones finishes up the feature today. The long natural stone is just the right accessory for some henna-ed hands!

green blue ring

Superman

Superman

Superman!

I had to share this because of how adorable it is.. <3

superman

 

 

Henna Feet Designs

Henna Feet Designs

A few weeks ago I did these henna feet designs on myself here in good ol’ Ypsilanti, Michigan. The weather has been so lovely here the past few days so its a great time to do henna on my feet because I’ll be wearing flip flops to show them off.

I hope you enjoy them!

bridal henna, feet design, canton, michigan

bridal henna, henna feet design

 

Peacock Henna Art and Design

Peacock Henna Art and Design

For weddings, its very popular to have peacock henna designs on the bride’s hands and arms. I have done many bridal mehndi designs involving peacocks and brides just love it. Peacock artwork has always been very alluring to me so I have compiled some peacock artwork in varying mediums. Enjoy this wide range of talent!

First we have Karen’s Fine Art print of an original oil painting of hers. Look at how vibrant those colors are and how much movement is captured! Her painting is described in this way : “Karen’s oil paintings express her appreciation of nature with a simple intimacy that conveys a quiet emotion and a gentle strength. A versatile impressionist, her forte is plein air landscape. With a subtle play of light, color, and composition, her paintings have a moving sculptural quality.”

peacock, painting, oil, canvas, colorful

We move from literal interpretation of the beautiful peacock to an abstract representation with these gorgeous statement earrings by mint lilly . “Elegance, romance and simplicity. Vintage and nature inspired hand crafted jewelry ” is the description given for these decadent jewels and I think there’s no better way to describe them.

peacock, earrings, swarovski, jewelry

When I stumbled upon this peacock hobo bag by  Erica Maree I was stunned at the elaborate embroidery and design. The colors are so vivid! I would just love to own this bag…

peacock, hobo bag, handmade

This collar with peacock feathers and hand painted Viennese lace with a brooch and copper studs by Haus of Mirth is a total show-stopper! Walk into any event wearing this and you will have the most unique accessory (as well as the most coveted).

peacock, vintage, collar, necklace

Katy Marie Creations has crafted these killer peacock-blue swirled polymer clay gauged earrings that make me seriously reconsider having just regular (boring) ear piercings.. I mean how awesome are these?! I love the curves and design of them. They are two pieces of artwork that mimic a fantastical version of a peacock feather that you can wear as earrings! Yowza!

peacock, blue, gauged earrings, polymer clay

Let’s get serious about having fun here. Take a good look at the amazing details of this Peacock Queene costume by Fairy Nana Land. From the whimsical peacock feather head piece and the velvet choker to the hand-stitched belted bodice and detachable silk train you have a handmade, unique peacock costume that is the best one I have ever seen. Amazing craftsmanship.

peacock, queen, costume

Would you like to rest your pretty head on some lovely artwork? Sure – we all would. This pillow cover from Pictorial Boom is designed with a print reproduced from an original painting of his. Its just adorable and super cute! The colors are perfect and I really like the henna design quality it has.

peacock pillow

 We all love TOMS shoes and the great cause that each purchase goes towards- but what if you could have  a pair of TOMS and the donation to needy children PLUS a custom piece of artwork designed JUST FOR YOU? Well…. you can thanks to B Street Shoes . Each shoe pattern is custom designed for YOU, in your size, color and specification. This is a pair with glitter and hand painted peacock feathers.. could you get any better than that?

peacock, toms, shoes, painted

This peacock-blue Rivoli Swarovski Crystal bracelet by Ts Studio Jewelry would be a stunning addition to your jewelry collection. Look at the depth of color in the stones and the juxtaposition against the pure silver color of the setting. eep! so lovely..

peacock, bracelet

Sofisticata offers a great way to jazz up ANY shoe with these “pearl and peacock” shoe clips. Add them to heels in the front, back, strap or the side to get a completely customized look. Great accessory for a glam Indian wedding, too!

peacock feather, shoe clips

Handmade from brass stamping and plated with silver, we have this beautifully designed pendant necklace of two peacocks in perfect symmetry by rossana. There’s something about the delicate balance of this piece that gives me a peaceful sense of calm. Wonderfully done..

double peacock, necklace

From literal to whimsical and everywhere in between! I hope you enjoyed this selection of peacock art – I know I have.

Red: The Color of Love – Henna Color

Red: The Color of Love – Henna Color

When you get a rich, red henna color stain, it’s supposed to symbolize love in your life. When brides get their bridal mehndi done, its best to sleep with the henna paste on the skin to ensure that deep red henna color. That red color is a traditional way to show the world how much her husband-to-be and in-laws love her. In life, I like to think of red always representing love because I try to only focus on the positive in life! <3 To spread positive vibes, here are some handmade items for you to enjoy that are just lovely

When I had my son, he loved to be held snuggly and close. This deep garnet red ring sling from BabyEtte is superwide for extra close snuggles (and security). I always preferred this sling design and I would suggest this one to any mom-to-be.. plus, how cute is this picture?!?

baby carrier, ring sling, red

When we try to be more eco-friendly and walk to the farmer’s market, the store, post office etc. its always best to have the perfect backpack to put all your goodies in. That’s where ottobags come in! A sea foam-green waxed canvas bag with a perfect red strap accent is light enough to carry around everywhere but study enough to tote your special things.

green, canvas backpack

Handmade red flower statement earrings by Sysimust are ideal to add a FABULOUS flair to your day! I just love the different mediums used : fabric, bronze and beads! What’s not to adore?

flower earrings, red, statement jewelry

Glasshouse Designs brings us these cute beaded bobby pins that can take your simple, everyday hairstyle up a notch with incredible ease! Place this pins in your hair and you’ve amped up your look without taking a lot of time. .. because we can use all the extra time we can get.

santa fe, bobby pins, beaded hair pins

Another great way to jazz up your everyday look is this rockabilly hair bow by Oh Honey Hush. The red and white striped design is just one of the dozens of designs available. I think I love them all.

red, white, striped, rockabilly, retro, bow, hair

This necklace by Dawning Light  has a Moroccan henna design that is ornate and terrific. The design is really inspiring to me as a henna artist! Makes me want to get out a cone and do a detailed Moroccan pattern. She also added a “black diamond” bead to give it more drama.(and awesomeness)

Moroccan design, necklace

A medium I have never been able to become skilled with is clay. I think we all have considered a clay hobby after that certain scene in Dirty Dancing *sigh*……… anyways….

I cannot form clay into anything other than a big squishy ball which makes me have a real admiration for very talented sculptors like Clay Lick Creek Pottery . This hand thrown bowl is made with red earthenware clay and dipped into a homemade majolica glaze. Its hand painted, glazed and fired in a kiln over and over until something like this perfect red poppy is created. wow..

red poppy, clay bowl

Hope these red and lovely items fueled some creativity in your life today as they have in mine!

Norah Downey – Jewelry Designer

Norah Downey – Jewelry Designer

amethyst, crystal, necklace

green, sage, agate, druzy, necklace

 

 

 

 

 

I came across Norah Downey – a jewelry designer – on etsy and I liked so many of her pieces, I couldn’t choose just one to feature here so I decided to just feature a bunch!

She has two shops on etsy: Your Daily Jewels and Rustic Rock Jewelry  .

white, czech, glass, necklace

Here’s a little about Norah from her profile:

pyrite, druzy, ring“I love designing jewelry in my mind, creating it with my hands, and knowing someone is wearing my work and it is making them happy. Since childhood I have collected shiny and sparkling things: beads, stones, and baubles. As a new Physical Therapist, I needed ways to motivate my young patients with multiple disabilities. So, I dug into my lifelong collection of goodies that had been untouched for years and made some simple jewelry for them. I told them the funny little stories behind each bead or stone in their jewelry and they loved it! My pieces were a hit, my patients progressed, and I discovered a new creative outlet. lotus pendant, necklace

Now, everyday I am excited to get home to my workbench, to study and learn more about the art of jewelry design, and to create modern, glamorous and affordable jewelry that women will feel great wearing everyday.

I proudly use 100% reclaimed 99.9% pure silver combined with gemstones from ethical vendors in many of my pieces. As I grow, this number grows. The options for custom design in reclaimed or recycled metals are endless. When using recycled or reclaimed metals, the negative impact on the environment during mining, and the potential for human rights abuse and poor/dangerous working conditions is eliminated. As much as possible, I purchase gemstones from Fair Trade businesses that commit to fair wages, cooperative workplaces, consumer education, environmental sustainability, respect for cultural identity, and public accountability.”

purple, geode, necklace

That’s the kind of business owner we should all strive to be and to support. I’m very happy I found a business woman like Norah who is a great inspiration of creativity and environmental responsibility. 

Mehndi Party Accessories

Mehndi Party Accessories

Henna really lends itself to the warm spectrum of colors – red, orange, brown and yellow. I’ll be featuring some great red, yellow and orange accessories to have for a Mehdni Party in different mediums today.

This handmade necklace by Chocolate Angel is such a yummy, warm honey yellow with such intricate detail in the tiny seed beads. It has a Moroccan feel which would go great with symmetrical Moroccan henna designs.

yellow seed bead, necklace, honey color

Amber browns, oranges and reds melding perfectly in this nice necklace by Beca’s Beaded Jewelry. I also really like the added beauty with the copper clasp at the ends.

autumn brown, red, orange, bead necklace

Michele Buttons  brings us a beautiful piece of art.. that can also be a reusable grocery tote bag! Seriously, can you think of a more lovely way to support your “green spirit” other than this? Made from  100% cotton canvas, this unique tote is great! You can have these for party favors at your mehndi party!

cotton tote bag, orange floral print, reusable grocery bag

Whimsical and adorable, this handmade polymer clay pendant by Flowertown Originals is hung on a hand-braided cord as well. Super cute!

polymer clay, pendant, floral necklace

I was shocked (in a great way) to find out that these beautiful red floral beads were made by hand! Here’s how Blue Morning Expressions explains the creating process “My handmade polymer clay beads were created on a lemon yellow base, with yummy blue berry flowers, pink cherry and orange flowers and lime green wire wrapping woven in between the beads…Every polymer clay bead has been completely handcrafted and hand rolled and all the flowers have been added individually before baking.”   bravo!!

blue, yellow, clay beads, necklace

If you are looking for something orange & fabulous for an upcoming mehndi party or Indian wedding, this pendant necklace by TartanHearts, inspired by The Hunger Games, is a great accent to add to any outfit.

hunger games necklace, orange, color, copper

And who doesn’t love bright red and orange poppies? They make me so happy when I see them … but pair them with a turquoise background and an antiqued chain you can see me do a happy dance! This necklace by Wear It Out!  is one I would cherish in my collection. ( I’m sure you would, too)

orange flower, necklace

That wraps it up for red and orange accessories (today, at least..) Hope you found some pieces that you adore.. I know I have!

Druzy Jewelry

Druzy Jewelry

Annnnd my love of druzy jewelry will be illuminated here seeing as I am dedicating an entire post to it. Druzy “is a coating of fine crystals on a rock fracture surface, vein or within a vug or geode” according to Wikipedia. According to me, druzy is gaga gorgeous in every shape, color and variety. I especially love flowing, floral henna when its paired with something so course and tactile as druzy.

Without further adieu, let’s check it out some of the best druzy jewelry on Etsy.

First off is this stunning natural druzy necklace that is brown quartz from Little Metal Merchant. Raw and lovely.. the brown in this would be amplified against the brown henna stain.

raw brown druzy, druzy jewelry, etsy, necklace

This Citrine cluster of druzy really has a special sparkle. Its large and makes a statement naturally, but 443Jewelry paired it perfectly with a delicate gold colored feminine chain that would go great with a dress for a mehndi party.

orange, citrine, druzy, pendant, mehndi party, gold chain

Druzy can be both bold and quietly understated as we can see in these next two examples of rings:

This white druzy agate ring by Vivid Design is classic and delicate. A perfect accessory to add just a touch of glitter to an elaborate bridal henna design.

white druzy, agate ring

Sharply contrasted to the white druzy ring is this luscious, rainbow show-stopping ring by NaturalGlam . Wowza!  Look at the differences nature can produce…

rainbow, druzy ring, etsy

Need sparkly mint-colored druzy? Who doesn’t. Find what you are looking for in these lovely earrings by The Wooden Nest with antiqued brass.

druzy earrings

This next piece I would wear everyday – a bracelet of pure white druzy centered between lilac-blue angelite beads from Julianne Blumbo.

white druzy bracelet, beads

Another great rainbow druzy piece is this wire-wrapped pendant by Bead Bargains  . I really dig the variety of colors.

druzy pendant, rainbow

A great example of the beauty of pure amethyst druzy is this pendant by Magic Loot . Its also set in gold- how awesome is that? (very!)

amethyst, druzy, necklace

And that wraps up my overall obsession with druzy.. hope I spread it to some of you.

Turquoise Accents for Henna

Turquoise Accents for Henna

The brown/red/orange color of henna goes so well with the vibrant color of turquoise. I just love it. Here is some great turquoise jewelry and accessories that accent henna perfectly.

This vintage 1950’s art deco necklace from Kettle of Fish has pretty turquoise-colored floral accents.

turquoise, art deco, necklace

When you get your ankle & foot henna-ed, you can accent it with a pretty bracelet like this brass and turquoise anklet from Xtra Virgin.

turquoise, ankle bracelet, brass

Ah! Gorgeous turquoise cuff! from Startup Sterling!  I love the bezel and how it has a henna quality, but in metal . Picture a full arm covering in lovely red henna and with this turquoise wrist cuff.. *sigh* so nice!

turquoise, silver bracelet, cuff

If you’re going to get all henna-ed up, you’re going to need a beautiful mirror to gaze upon the loveliness right? Well that’s where this gorgeous, vintage turquoise hand mirror from EightySix56 comes in “handy” .. heh

turquoise, hand mirror

The combination of turquoise pieces and freshwater pearls here with the statement necklace by AudreyJewelry is chunky yet feminine – in a perfect balance.

turquoise, bead, pearl necklace

I know I always have a purpose for a cute clutch.. and this one would be no exception! This unique, Russian floral print clutch made by JordaniSarreal is a cozy home for any items that can be easily misplaced.

turquoise and red, hand bag, floral print

Delicate, paisley, turquoise bead, silver… what’s not to adore here? Nothing?… exactly. This handcrafted necklace by Noria Elements would be a great gift for someone special in your life (even yourself) .

turquoise, silver necklace, paisley

A turquoise shirt with a henna print? The loveliness of this speaks for itself. NaturalHennaArt’s  line of henna print shirts are just fantastic!

natural henna art, turquoise shirt, screenprint

And to round out the turquoise post, let’s remember that henna-ed feet are happy feet – anyone will tell ya that! But what makes them even happier is having a CUTE turquoise and copper toe ring like this one from The Whimsy Wire . Oh.. I can barely get over the cuteness..

turquoise, copper, toe ring

Inspiration from Kite Flyer Art

Inspiration from Kite Flyer Art

I love being in the art world. There’s just something so sincere about artists. When you come across someone with a real passion for what they do, that’s something special .

Here’s an interview with artist Christina Steele of Kite Flyer Art . As I read her reasons for creating its truly inspiring!  I hope you really enjoy it, too.

light in darkness, kite flyer art, painting

Q: How did your business get started? What was the motivation?
Christina: Kite Flyer Art got started in 2008 shortly after I graduated college with my BFA. I knew from day one that God  henna hands paintingcreated me to create, so I made an intentional decision to pursue art as a career. I started out teaching art lessons and painting simply to develop my portfolio, but in 2010 I started my Etsy shop (which was original art and prints), began showing in galleries, and began receiving commissions. It felt so epic! It wasn’t until last December that I began working with the pointe shoes, and when I listed them in January, they quickly began selling. Everything I do is motivated by relationship! it is all birthed out of my relationship with God. I want to share that relationship with the people, and display it to the best of my ability through the art I create.

mehndi pointe shoes, hand painted

Q: Where did the inspiration come from?
Christina: I’m a bit of a chameleon and pull inspiration from all over the place, but my deepest inspiration comes again from my relationship with the Lord. He shows me images, designs, dreams, we have conversations…I see the most amazing things and want to share them with people. That’s what happened with the pointe shoes! They were given to me by a close friend and fellow ballet dancer. They sat in my studio for nearly two years. I was laying in bed in December (certainly not thinking about them) and God showed them to me with the mehndi designs on them. Each pair is different. I usually sit down, begin, ask Him what He thinks and if He has any ideas. He always shares designs with me. We basically work together.

peacock painting, kite flyer art

Q: What’s your process in creating your products? 
Christina: My process in creating my pointe shoes is somewhat simple. I have had shoes old and new donated to me. I prep the old shoes by cutting off unraveled fabric, re-gluing parts as needed, and by making them presentable while still preserving their history. Then I simply dye them with fiber-reactive dyes. Once they have dried, I apply the mehndi designs with acrylic paint using the same application methods as most henna artists.

ballet pointe shoes, kite flyer art, henna

Q: Are you planning on expanding your product line?

Christina: Well…I’m never entirely sure where things will go next. Does expanding my product line on to skin count?

kite flyer art, painting, artist

Q: What’s your most popular item? Which is your personal favorite? 
Christina: In the 1.5 year I’ve been open I’ve always offered prints and original art. It wasn’t until January that I listed the pointe shoes, but those have by far been my most popular item! It is so difficult to pinpoint a personal favorite because I pour all I’ve got into each piece I create.

Q: What’s the future for your business?
Christina: In the immediate future, I will continue to creating and developing the shoes. With time I would like to move onto skin (but not abandon my paintings). I have a deep love for body art (henna and tattoos). I’m not sure when or how that will happen, but God always brings things around in perfect time when I’m hanging out with Him!
-Christina

Thank you Christina! Keep up the amazing and inspiring work <3
Henna Art – Off the Body

Henna Art – Off the Body

Here is a beautiful array of henna art in many forms off the body! Showcasing artists who have taken the allure of henna designs and used them on other mediums.

A great example of henna design off the body, but still lovely traditional design, is Carry The News’  mehndi-inspired wedding invite. And what’s better? You don’t have to wait for these to be shipped to you because they are PRINTABLE! When you send your info, Carry The News emails a file for you to print and email to your guests. How awesome (and green-friendly!)

henna art, wedding invites, mehndi hands

I really like this henna-inspired peacock by  Sometimes I Swirl  because of the bold colors and the fluidity of the motion.

hand drawn, henna peacock, painting

But the embroidery by Sometimes I Swirl is equally as impressive.. I don’t know which one I like more.. !

embroidered mandala, henna inspired, purple

Lime and Purple! Such a hot combination. <3 Then add a high heel and henna design into the mix and you have one radical shoe! These yummy heels from Kezbirdie make me drool a little on the keyboard….

hand painted, henna, heels, green, purple

Like elephants? Like vividly colorful elephant paintings? Me too! That’s why this next painting by Masala Memories is a favorite.

colorful indian elephant painting

From fellow Michigan Henna Artist Be*Henna*ed  we get this great “Iceberg Blue Canvas Henna Mandala” – Perfect title for such a saturated, deep blue and stark white design.

Oh! Did someone say hand-painted pendant glass necklace with a henna design?!? Because that’s right up my alley. Awesome design by Mehndi Glass with a antiqued copper frame.. yes!

henna, hand painted, glass pendant, necklace

And last, but certainly not least, we have an adorable painted  tea cup and saucer by Heather with my favorite : flowers and paisleys . I love her description here, too : “Spot of tea? Oh, live a little – impress your grandmother with this hand painted porcelaine tea cup and serve in style.”

hand painted, henna, tea cup, saucer

Henna Accessories

Henna Accessories

I get so thrilled when I see amazingly creative people making such cute things! How about these henna accessories? Its great to wear one thing like this everyday just as a little “pop” of color to brighten up your day or to add some flair to your step.

Having a sturdy cuff around your wrist adds a bit of confidence to your day. This hot, handmade leather artisan cuff from STRAP by Alexander is just the one you want.

henna cuff, leather cuff, bracelet, custom

Rainnua Art Pendants showcases this lovely silver OM Pendant with a mehndi design. Gotta love that!

om pendant necklace, henna pendant

The day I discovered Tagu seed jewelry I fell in love! They are seeds from a palm tree found along the Amazon river. Look at these “henna red” tagua seed earrings from Dennise and Jon. I see them and think “spicy” !

red tagua nut, earrings, henna red

Hand drawn henna shoes by Stealth Fox! These are so popular and I just adore them. Such a great feeling putting on a clean pair of white shoes but then add custom artwork and you have a unique pair of kicks that give you a boost all day!

henna shoes, custom design

Speaking of giving you a boost, bright red lip stain says to the world “Yes, I’m ready for you.” This water-proof lip stain by  Henna King is special because its organic, chemical free made with only Henna, JoJoba Seed Oil, Mica, Rose Petals, Burberry Root, Bees Wax and Water. Can you say “sexy”? .. I can.

organic, red lip stain, no chemicals

 

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