Think Art Loud

Inspiring, Encouraging, and Promoting the Handmade Arts and Artists

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I love books, but not just the books that you read, I have a weakness for journals, notebooks, and sketchbooks (just ask my family!). While you could go out and get any boring old notebook, why not get a hand-crafted, artisan made one instead? Notebooks are extremely useful objects to have, and with an artisan made one they can also be beautiful! Just check out the handmade books by Blue Highways!

Night Rain Glow handmade journal by Blue Highways

All her journals are hand sewn and come with slipcases to ensure the journals are well protected. The journals work great for most any dry media (pencils, coloured pencils, pstels, markers, charcoal, etc.)

A Little Rusty handboud book by Blue Highways

Blue Highways works in limited editions of only 3 per fabric cover, and even then each of those three will have something (perhaps a different paper, a different binding, or even both), that distinguishes it from the others so they are not all the same. That fabric design is then retired, and new ones take its place.

You can find both lined and unlined handbound books in Blue Highways online stores. There are also miniature journals, and journals specifically for watercolours, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for already listed in her store Blue Highways is happy to provide the option of custom ordering!

You can find her work here:

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It’s Wearable Wednesday! Please allow me to introduce you to the beautiful seaglass jewelry of MakinTheBestOfIt. The artist behind MakinTheBestOfIt is Kimberly Kitchen. MakinTheBestOfIt is based in Point Pleasant, New Jersey and is the counterpart to Chainmaille by MBOI which is headed up by her husband Andrew Kitchen.

She and her husband have a bit of a craft obsession.  Between the two of them there is: seaglass jewelry, chainmaille jewelry , glass painting,  mixed media/altered art, and a handmade support community that’s growing into a bit of an empire! They currently run: Handmade Artists, It’s Better Handmade, and Promote Handmade.

Falling Leaves Sea Glass necklace by MakinTheBestOfIt

Every piece is carefully handmade with a lot of time and love poured into each piece. MakinTheBestOfIt creates stunning sterling silver and sea glass jewelry. All her pieces are one-of-a-kind. Not only is her jewelry entirely handmade, but she has also collected all the sea glass herself! In fact, she began making seaglass jewelry out of an addiction to seaglass collecting.  She had jars of the stuff all over the house and one day decided it was time to put them to use. And voilà! The seaglass jewelry line of MakinTheBestOfIt was born!

Rings of Glass sea glass necklace by MakinTheBestOfIt

Be sure to check out her store as MakinTheBestOfIt does more than just jewelry!

MakinTheBestOfIt links:


I’d like to introduce you to the beautiful, handmade mosaics of Monika from Myeuropeantouch!

As I mentioned in the about page and the ‘grand opening’ blog announcement, Tuesday’s theme posts are all about recycled, upcycled, and repurposed art. This Tuesday, I thought I’d blog about a friend of mine from the Handmade Artists’ Forum who (among other things) repurposes bone china to create some gorgeous mosaics.

Mosaic artwork by Monika of Myeuropeantouch

Monika creates all sorts of beautiful mosaics using pieces of stained glass, bone china (both vintage and new) that is all carefully hand-cut, and a myriad of other pleasing decorations. She’s embellished pieces of furniture (as can be seen in the above image) giving them new beauty.

Mosaic box by Monika of Myeuropeantouch

Mosaic Treasure Box by Monika of Myeuropeantouch

Mosaic pedestal cake plate by Monika of Myeuropeantouch

Myeuropeantouch has created beautifully mosaic-ed boxes, cake plates, tissue holders, and much more.

Here are the links for Myeuropeantouch. I highly recommend you drop by!


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