HorsefeatherNuggets

Horsefeather Nuggets

Nebraska, United States · 27 Sales

HorsefeatherNuggets

Horsefeather Nuggets

Nebraska, United States 27 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Welcome to Horsefeather Nuggets! The romance of a girl on her palamino. The discovery of hidden treasures as well as nuggets of beauty and inspiration. From the Great Plains of eastern Nebraska to the mountain foothills and horse country of western South Carolina, this is the romance and aspiration of Horsefeather Nuggets.

You'll find beautiful unique handcrafted artisan jewelry to add something special to your style, paintings large and small to speak to you and add to your collection, patterns and materials to create and cherish your own treasure. Please feel free to look around and let me know what you think. If you see something you like but have questions about it, please contact me, I'm happy to answer them! Also, I do custom work, so please contact me if you'd like something created just for you. A lot of the items are one-of-a-kind, so you can be assured of having a unique and special item.

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Last updated on Apr 1, 2016

Welcome to Horsefeather Nuggets! The romance of a girl on her palamino. The discovery of hidden treasures as well as nuggets of beauty and inspiration. From the Great Plains of eastern Nebraska to the mountain foothills and horse country of western South Carolina, this is the romance and aspiration of Horsefeather Nuggets.

You'll find beautiful unique handcrafted artisan jewelry to add something special to your style, paintings large and small to speak to you and add to your collection, patterns and materials to create and cherish your own treasure. Please feel free to look around and let me know what you think. If you see something you like but have questions about it, please contact me, I'm happy to answer them! Also, I do custom work, so please contact me if you'd like something created just for you. A lot of the items are one-of-a-kind, so you can be assured of having a unique and special item.

Patricia Gunther

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Patricia Gunther

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Anonymous on Jun 30, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Shipped so fast, communication was fabulous. I LOOOOOOVE this necklace!

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About

An Unlikely Path

My name is Patricia Gunther, and currently I'm located in Omaha, Nebraska, although I also float to the Columbia area of South Carolina at times. I make and sell things using the "gentle arts" skills I learned growing up, original artwork and consumables featuring my artwork, vintage items from my collections or that I find in my travels, jewelry that I originally designed for myself, Bible quotes that I personally find inspiring, and other things I find interesting. The common thread through these groups is my aesthetic for things of enduring quality, often understated, from or inspired by the age of romance, Victorian or art deco periods. From a time when a gift meant someone spent many hours skillfully creating by hand a keepsake for the recipient, but with a fresh, updated vibe, I had created and sold my work to family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances for many years, and finally opened this Etsy shop so that my creations would be available to a wider clientele. I also make a lot of items which are difficult to find, such as vintage style textiles as companion pieces for antiques.

My adult son, Richard is also a designer and artisan, and contributes to the shop from time to time.

I have several dedicated workstations in my home, but projects also migrate from place to place. I have an oversized vintage frankindesk, (a desk cobbled together from the pieces of a couple different desks), the top of which belonged to my oldest two son's grandfather, and the base, which used to belong to a school teacher, both of the same oak and from the 40's or early 50's. I have the privilege of using this wonderful desk (until one of my kids claims it) as my sewing, layout and cutting fabric station. I have a 70's era corner desk, also solid wood, in my bedroom as my crochet, piecework, needlework, beadwork and paperwork station. I have a 60's era wooden dining room table (with 3 leaves) that doubles as a workstation for all sorts of miscellaneous projects because it has the largest working surface area and the best direct lighting of all my workstations. I found that in my workspaces I've surrounded myself with the natural beauty and romance of vintage wood furniture to work on my creations and projects.

I've honed my skills as a craftsperson, designer and artist since early childhood, for example, learning how to crochet when I was 5 years old and designing clothing for fashion dolls when I was 7 out of tissue and yarn, so designing and creating with my hands is as natural for me as breathing. On top of that, I took every home economics and industrial arts course in junior high and high school, including special offerings in summer school. I also learned how to work with natural materials while I was in the Girl Scouts, and practiced even more creating with natural materials during summers spent on my dad's farm in Kansas. As a young adult I used this knowledge to teach the needlework skills for Creative Circle, as well as doing piecework for a cousin who was doing items for craft shows at the time. More recently I have been introducing my grandchildren and underprivileged kids to different handcrafts and skills. So I bring many skills and many years of experience to all of my creations.

One of the biggest things that has surprised me about the evolution of my process is how versatile my skill sets have become. I may look at a vintage yoke through my graphic design training in college, and see a beaded crochet collar that I would enjoy wearing. (I don't make anything that I would not personally be happy using, and chances are I have my own personal version of what I'm offering.)Or I may see a very old needlework design, and translate it into a new and fresh beadwork and chain maille design. I've found I'm not bound by strict genre limits, translating my skills, techniques and tools across many boundaries.

These are some of the materials I especially like to work with:

Crochet cotton or cotton blend thread, size 10 or finer, because of the versatility, lacey effects possible, and strength when used in beading or embellishing. I also favor cottons because it's a washable natural fiber material and there are many characteristics (such as polished or fine) and hues available.

Glass and stone, both of which are natural materials (glass being melted sand and naturally occurring in volcanic flows). The beauty and complexity of the endless variety of stone fascinates me, and I love working with natural (from the earth, not manmade or dyed) stone. Glass and stone has some weight, feels substantial, is cool to the touch but warms up quickly against the skin, besides being absolutely stunning in appearance. Glass comes in such a wide variety of offerings in color, size, form and finish and are so versatile in their applications that I never get tired of finding new ways to use them.

Metals, which I also consider a natural material (being smelted out of ore from the ground), my favorite of which is copper. I love taking a spool of wire and turning it into a chain maille creation, or doing a free-form shape and then flattening it, to be used as a pendent or link. I also enjoy hammering out a piece into a specific shape for a special jewelry creation, especially if it's one with a found piece of metal. I love that metals can be reformed and recycled almost endlessly.

My shop also has a vintage section, and my aesthetic is a mix of Victorian, Art Nuevo, the finer things from the 1940's and 50's, and books. Those interpretations of classic lines and forms, as well as the level of craftsmanship, have a very strong appeal for me personally, and I enjoy sharing them in my shop.

The things that inform and inspire my work are:

A search for beauty. I like having beautiful things, I like offering the beautiful things I can create or collect in my shop, and I like sharing the ability to create beautiful things through instructions or kits.

A search for inspiration. I am inspired by the beauty found in nature, and I enjoy sharing and passing on interpretations and versions of that inspiration to others.

A search for spirituality. I have had people who are sensitive to such things comment over the years that they get a specific vibe from my creations, like the feeling be being loved and hugged from an afghan or quilt, or the feeling of being especially cared about or cherished from a piece of jewelry. I've never felt it myself, but since I often listen to sermons, pray or meditate while I'm working, it doesn't surprise me. It's simply another facet in my creative process, to surround myself with positive and uplifting energies and thoughts.

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Shop members
  • Richard

    Maker, Designer

    My 25 year old son Richard, who enjoys working with metals, also contributes to this shop from time to time. He was raised around artwork and began creating his own at a very young age.

  • Patricia

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I've worked with my hands for 45 years, starting with crocheting, and added unnumbered classes and skills. I've shown publicly in the Omaha area as a fine artist since 2001.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 21, 2014
Welcome to my world of beautiful artsy jewelry, abstract and representational paintings, and other fun things. :) I have 40 years experience (and some college) in various handiwork, crafts, and fine art. All items are made to last and are high quality :) I like making people happy with the things I'm blessed to be able to make. If you see something you like but would perhaps like something modified on it, please message me and let me know, I'll do everything in my power to make it happen for you :) Or just message me and let me know what you think of my creations-I love having a conversation with people too :) Look around and please enjoy your stay :)

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept Paypal only.
Shipping
I ship 1-2 business days after the payment has cleared through Paypal. I ship all items in the US with delivery confirmation and will email you with the tracking number the day the item is shipped. I will combine shipping costs-message me for further information. Paintings over $100 are shipped with insurance also, to protect your purchase of fine art.
Refunds and Exchanges
I offer refunds or exchanges for the purchase price of an item. I do ask that you notify me 1-2 days after receipt of the item you intend to return, and buyer pays all shipping charges. Refund is issued as soon as I receive the item in the condition in which it was shipped.