Man Glitter?!?

I know…..I saw man glitter and thought “what have they come up with now?”

We have lots of man glitter around our house.  Well more accurately in the shop…..and laundry room…. sometimes in the kitchen…….and the front entry way….OK it’s all around the house ….. sometimes.  It’s just a fact of life when one is wedded to a craftsman.

As Father’s Day approaches I find myself thinking more about my own Dad and what he was like.  How the world that shaped him was so different in many ways than the one we live in today.  Of course, it is almost 100 years ago that my Dad was born (1919).

One of the things I remember most about my Dad are his hands.  Very strong hands.  Talented hands.  Brave hands.  Gentle hands.  Hands that worked hard every day.  Hands that fought in WWII.  Hands that could fix most anything.  Hands that could weld. Hands that could gently hold newborn life and make you feel safe and protected.  Hands that would clap for joy when Dad got really tickled by a story he was listening to or telling. Hands that just wanted to be held so he would know that he was loved at the end of his life.

As my husband gets older (I’m not getting older you know….just my husband.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.) I notice that his hands remind me more and more of my Dad’s hands.  These hands share many of the same qualities even though their lives couldn’t be more different – strong, talented, hardworking and gentle.    I never noticed that until the last few years – hummm.    I am so richly blessed!!!

Thank you for indulging me and letting me share my thoughts with you.  May you all have wonderful memories, or create some great memories, of that special man in your life this Father’s Day.

And now… the vacuum. Man glitter awaits!!!!!


Treasuries – what’s that about?

I’ve recently embraced the supportive marketing action of “treasury” creation.  I never really took the time to completely look into or understand this valuable little tool.  If you are like me, my first reaction was something along the lines of “What is a treasury and why should I be interested?”

See some of the Treasuries that 57 Artifacts curates below.  adorable-babies

The Treasury is, as far as I know, an Etsy thing.  It’s a way to make a themed grouping of products, usually from a variety of shops, to share via social media, email, blogs.  Think of it as a small little art collection – in fact the organizer of a Treasury is called the Curator.  (BTW all the Treasuries are shoppable too!!!  Wooo Hoo!)snoopy dancing


57 Artifacts has been honored to be included in a number of Treasuries to date and it it always a great feeling to have another artisan think your work is worthy of highlighting in this way.  I must admit that it is quite enjoyable to showcase other artist’s work in Treasury groupings and the convo’s (Etsy speak for a conversation via email) are great that come in from some of the shops featured in a Treasury.  Click the link to see all of 57 Artifacts’ Treasuries –


TREASURIES on Etsy….. all those little art galleries just waiting to be discovered by YOU.

Blessings to you,



What IS an online craft show????

ANSWER:  You can snuggle up in your pajamas with your computer, tablet or smartphone, a favorite cup of tea and shop till you drop (or doze…..whichever may happen first) all in the comfort of your own home.
The first #CRAFTfest event has concluded on this side of the pond. Be on the lookout for another event in September 2016 and a Christmas event as well.
     In the meantime, if you aren’t familiar with online craft shows/events you may be interested in learning more. A couple of sites that I would recommend are and These two sites will give you an idea of what online craft shows/events are and how they are run.
     #CRAFTfest has been conducting online events since 2010. They are a group from the UK who are expanding their activities to both America and soon to Australia. Another Best of Britain event will take place in June 2016. #CRAFTfest is a community marketing event and they provide tutorials and instruction on how to use social media for marketing activities. Learn more by visiting their website at



Need a GIFT for MOTHER’S DAY??


It’s the FINAL DAY of #CRAFTfest Pride of America event.  So many fantastic #HANDMADE products to choose from – they make brilliant #GIFTS!!!!

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#CRAFTfest Sale – Mom’s Day 5/8/2016


Your Mom is special and one-of-a-kind! Give her a gift just as unique as she is from #57Artifacts. Handcrafted Functional Art!!! Visit our#CRAFTfest stall in the GIFTS SECTION – use coupon code PRIDEOFUSA16 to get 20% off a purchase of $30 or more, offer good April 22 – 24 only.