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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Lauren Hoehn


The Artisan Group is proud to announce this week's Artist Spotlight feature is one of our very talented artisan jewelry members, Lauren Hoehn!

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LapisBeach Hand-Knit Wearable Art



We caught up with Lauren and asked her a few questions about her hand-knitted bracelets, rings, and other statement jewelry and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what she said:


  • Tell us a little bit about your shoppe.  Ever since I was little I adored art. I was always working on some type of project. I must have learned how to knit when I was very young, but it wasn't until I was in college, that my grandmother re-taught me how to knit. I was hooked. I was a closet knitter for years (as knitting was not as cool as it is today). A good yarn shop was hard to find. I had a pair of needles in my hand at some point every day. LapisBeach was born when my love of jewelry and knitting melded together. I started with tiny seed beads and made long knitted ropes. They took weeks to finish and then I thought of how I designed my own sweaters- why not jewelry... and LapisBeach was born. My art training kicked in when mixing the color combinations for my stone mixes. I bought more and more beads and created new pieces. Bracelets, then rings, then necklaces. Soft knit pieces, to wire knit so I could utilize all the gorgeous freshwater pearls. Each piece is hand strung and hand knit by me and every single piece is one of a kind. I am excited about a new line I have dreamed up for 2012. I had no idea that my love of knitting these pieces would be such a blessing, as in 2007 my one son was diagnosed with epilepsy. I suddenly became a mom that was constantly "on call". I had to be available to help whenever a seizure struck, available for all of the doctors appointments, the hospital stays. LapisBeach, my fabulously supportive husband  and my wonderful clients have allowed me to be a mom that can be there for her son and I am so grateful.
  • What is your favorite product in your shoppe and why?  I would have to say my favorite piece is my Wire Knit Cuff in gold as one of my good friends was the inspiration for the wire-knit line and that piece reminds me of her. But, everytime I visit a bead show, I get giddy over the possibilities of new creations and new color combinations... and new favorites in my mind.
  • When you're not creating beautiful pieces of jewelry, what are your hobbies?   Hmmm, who has time for hobbies? Haha, just kidding. I love to take my rescued Great Pyrenees for long walks, occasionally get to do Pilates, read a great book and hang out with my husband watching movies that make me laugh till my sides hurt. Hanging out with my twin boys and family time are always cherished moments.
  • What do you like best about The Artisan Group?  I adore the enthusiasm of this group. The supportive nature, excitement and happiness of artists sharing with other artists. To appreciate handmade and to recognize each others accomplishments and share in that joy is heart warming. I love being part of such a fabulous community.
Lauren will participate as a display participant in the upcoming luxury celebrity gift lounge on January 13-14, 2012 at the L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of the The 2012 Golden Globes Nominees and Presenters.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Dave Dilli


The Artisan Group is proud to announce this week's Artist Spotlight feature is one of our very talented fine art photography members, Dave Dilli!
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DAVE DILLI PHOTOGRAPHY






We caught up with Dave and asked him a few questions about his stunning photography, and his experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what he said:


  • Tell us a little bit about your shoppe.  My shop is full of landscape photography that I have taken in various places around the desert southwest. I work hard to capture the mood and vibrancy of the scene to provide a unique perspective on the beauty of the southwest. I try to capture the essence of what I felt when I took the image - from the softness of a sunset to the dramatic moods created by a desert monsoon storm. I will feel like I succeeded if I look at an image later and it brings back vivid memories of the scene.
  • What is your favorite product in your shoppe and why?  That was a hard question because my favorite image changes based upon my mood! However, I would have to say the image I like the most is one of a storm over Mono lake. Mono lake is northeast of Yosemite in California, and has lots of salt formations, or Tufas. These Tufas can make interesting compositions in photographs as they rise out of the lake. I was lucky enough to be there when there was a sizable storm kicking up some waves and creating some dramatic clouds, and smoke from a small forest fire in the back ground. I think that image has a lot of drama.
  • When you're not taking breathtaking photographs, what are your hobbies?  My wife and I have three teenagers so most of our time is spent driving them around. When I am not doing that, I like to hike. However, for me my main hobby is photography so I am usually reading about photography, processing photos in Photoshop or taking new images.
  • What do you like best about The Artisan Group?  The members of The Artisan Group are really active in both the group and also their own artwork and shops. There is a lot of camaraderie as everyone strives to improve on both their shops and art. It is really fun to see when various members get noticed by their local press and let us all know, or reach out for support on something with their shop. It is a fun group.
Dave will participate as a display participant in the upcoming luxury celebrity gift lounge on January 13-14, 2012 at the L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of the The 2012 Golden Globes Nominees and Presenters.

Winners of our Golden Globes Twitter Party


We had a blast last night hosting our Golden Globes Twitter Party, and gave away a whopping 21 prizes during the festivities! 

Trivia questions on Hollywood pop culture and the Golden Globes were asked of our participants, and we pooled all correct answers and selected one winner per question using Random.Org. Each winner will receive a lovely handcrafted gift from one of our talented members.

Here's the list of the lucky winners:

Q1 - @sarahsparks79
Q2 - @VegasStephica
Q3 - @candacki
Q4 - @elivya
Q5 - @KellysLuckyYou
Q6 - @Mom2RileyPaige
Q7 - @stillblondeaaty
Q8 - @tiffsilverberg
Q9 - @kales_lifesicle
Q10 - @FORESTofWISHES
Q11 - @fce431
Q12 - @LLLSummer
Q13 - @Unkatchable73
Q14 - @BailyBelle
Q15 - @marlibu
Q16 - @beeacutie2
Q17 - @stblissout
Q18 - @tiffany053p
Q19 - @cnaes
Q20 - @JoeyfromSC
Q21 - @drew_fhreal

If you were a winner in our Twitter Party last night, and haven't done so already, please email your mailing address to info@theartisangroup.org so we can mail off your prize!

Special thanks to Kristal Lee for hosting The Artisan Group's Twitter Party last night. You did a great job!

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Susan Harbourt


The Artisan Group is proud to announce this week's Artist Spotlight feature is one of our very talented artisan jewelry members, Susan Harbourt!

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Luster Metal Works


We caught up with Susan and asked her a few questions about her handcrafted artisan jewelry, and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what she said:



  • Tell us a little bit about your shoppe.  Luster Metal Works is the happy accident that grew from my former hobby of renovating my Edwardian era house. One night (before kids were in my life) I was helping my husband pull out the old wiring that was installed in the 1930’s during the time of Rural Electrification. There was a pile of old copper sitting on the floor and I was a little bored waiting for the snake of new wire to get fished down from the attic, so I started to play with it. I twisted the copper into a bracelet and the light bulb went on. Since then, I have been creating rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, bookmarks, and an array of other gifts. Most of my items feature copper, but I also do work with sterling silver and recently started to add in some gold. I am an engineer by training, so my designs tend to be more symmetric and balanced and stream lined. I also don’t have a chance to do too many elaborate items right now because my shop time is pretty limited. I am a mom first and foremost. With my oldest kiddo in kindergarten and the youngest at home, I am limited to studio time when the babysitter comes.
  • What is your favorite product in your shoppe and why?  This was a hard question, like asking me which child is my favorite! But if I was forced to pick one it would be the Infinity Ring, open version. My favorite number is 8. I was married on August 8, 1998 (8-8-98). If you put an 8 on its side it is an infinity symbol. I made that ring first for me, then decided to offer it for sale. Since then I have sold MANY MANY of them to people all over the world. I love the stories I hear from the person buying or receiving the ring. It is often purchased as a promise ring, engagement ring, commitment ring, anniversary ring, I Love You ring, a remembrance ring…and the list goes on. I find it to be such an honor to be asked to make an item that is intended to be loved and cherished for many years. Of all the items I sell this is the one that inspires people to tell me the most about who they are and where this ring is going and what it symbolizes. It is wonderful to have that connection with the customer! So because of that connection this ring generates, that is why it is my favorite!
  • When you're not creating beautiful pieces of jewelry, what are your hobbies?   I have 2 young boys aged 2.5 and 5.5. So my days are full of building elaborate train tracks, transforming transformers, toad hunting, working in my veggie garden, nature hikes, coloring, and playing with both boys. I also love to read while sipping hot tea and nibbling on a tasty treat I just baked. And occasionally I will help my husband work on our old house. Since kids have entered our life, the house projects have considerably slowed down.
  • What do you like best about The Artisan Group?  This is an easy question. There are MANY things I like about The Artisan Group, but the number one thing I like about it is that it fills that need for socializing with “co-workers” that I so dearly miss now that I am a work at home mom (WAHM). I live in a very rural area, my “next-door-neighbor” is a mile away. So I don’t get to interact with a lot of people, and when I do it is revolving around the kids so we discuss typical mommy stuff. Up until I joined TAG, I felt very isolated and alone as a predominately online business entrepreneur. The Artisan Group has given me a guild of talented artists who have similar goals and experiences that I can learn from. Everyone is very supportive and willing to answer questions and give valuable advice. I feel like the members truly are joyous for the achievements of others and they want to see all of us succeed. It is a very positive environment and that is truly what make The Artisan Group most special to me.
Susan will participate as a display participant in the upcoming luxury celebrity gift lounge on January 13-14, 2012 at the L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of the The 2012 Golden Globes Nominees and Presenters.

Good Morning America Segment for I Am Maryann

We're so proud of our member Maryann Dolzani of I AM MARYANN whose handcrafted jewelry was recently featured on Good Morning America's Secret Deals and Steals segment!

Check out the video at 4:15 to see her "I Am Enough" and "I Am Loved" necklaces.


Each I AM MARYANN piece is created to provide you with your own personal mantra. You can follow Maryann on Facebook and Twitter.

Maryann will participate as a display participant in the upcoming luxury celebrity gift lounge on January 13-14, 2012 at the L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of the The 2012 Golden Globes Nominees and Presenters.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Meena Kumar


The Artisan Group is proud to announce this week's Artist Spotlight feature is one of our very talented fine art members, Meena Kumar!

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Swirly Garden


We caught up with Meena and asked her a few questions about her hand-painted glasswares & ceramics, and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what she said:



  • Tell us a little bit about your shoppe.  SwirlyGarden is a whimsical art boutique full of vibrantly hand-painted glasswares & ceramics. The designs are inspired by aspects of life we cannot help but grow attached to such as nature, nostalgia, and romance. Incorporating visual art with the art of dining and entertaining helps us to better savor the drinks we are drinking, the food we are eating, and the people we are sharing those moments with. Being both functional and decorative, these products make for charmingly unique personal items and gifts.
  • What is your favorite product in your shoppe and why?  This is a tough one. All of the products currently in my shop are there now because I have a particular fondness for them. If I had to choose a favorite though, I would say my Mosaic Nesting Dolls Stemless Wine Glasses. They are inspired by Russian Matryoshka dolls which I have been collecting since childhood. I just find the intricate detail in paint and craftsmanship to be so fascinating. When something is handmade like that, with so much care, a story just kind of unfolds in your imagination while staring at it. They make me wonder about the artist, what they were thinking during the long hours they were sculpting, carving, painting, etc. Along with that, the idea of each doll resting within another is so whimsical and fun. I still get that initial tinge of excitement when I take them apart, one by one, to discover just how tiny the tiniest one is. I have always wanted to create an art just as whimsical and I think my Mosaic Nesting Dolls wine glasses are the closest I’ve come so far to achieving that. Plus, my version is dually functional - you can drink your favorite beverages from them and tell your glass apart from the others by looking at the size of the doll painted on your glass!
  • When you're not hand-painting beautiful images on wine glasses, what are your hobbies?   I enjoy writing whether it’s for my blog or stories I hope to one day publish. I am also a big foodie so I love cooking, baking, and eating foods of all kinds. My mom is South Korean and my dad is Indian so I’ve grown up appreciating flavors from around the world. I really love traveling as well whether it’s somewhere halfway around the world or a simple weekend getaway within the country. Exploring new places and trying to live like a local in a part of the world you’re not familiar with is an amazing experience. You meet some of the most interesting people and while learning about other cultures and lifestyles, you learn more about yourself. I also stay pretty active. My mornings usually start with either a good swim or hot yoga. In the evenings I go for a run to work off the day’s stress and get my mind cleared. I also have to admit, I’m a huge movie geek. It’s not unusual for me to catch a movie by myself in theaters during the middle of the week after lunch. I also get pretty crafty with my sister when she’s in town. I guess I just like to keep myself artistically engaged for the most part.
  • What do you like best about The Artisan Group?  The Artisan Group is just such a strong and vibrant community. I love being amongst such creative, entrepreneurial, and art appreciating people. There is constant support within the team and everyone gives off an inspiring amount of positive energy. I know that members are from all over the country but I sometimes feel like surely we must all be neighbors, it’s that well connected. Questions and comments are addressed immediately, we are updated right away with important changes and upcoming deadlines, and the level of organization is solid, all of which are priceless attributes. Undoubtedly, the opportunities we get, such as gifting to celebrities for big media events is pretty thrilling. This group truly encourages artists to spread their wings and fly and I am just honored to be part of it!
Meena will participate as a display participant in the upcoming luxury celebrity gift lounge on January 13-14, 2012 at the L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of the The 2012 Golden Globes Nominees and Presenters.

Tori Spelling Chooses AJSweetSoap for Her Gift Guide

The Artisan Group is proud to announce celebrity Tori Spelling recently hand-picked one of our members' products to feature in her Holiday Gift Guide for Boys this year!

































These adorable Toy Action Figure Kids Soaps are created by Denise Mancuso, of AJSweetSoap, a charter member of The Artisan Group.


You'll find Denise's spa-quality, handmade vegan soaps are deliciously transformed into all things uniquely decadent! Check out her rich cakes, luscious donuts, sinful chocolate, sweet cake, classic cookies, retro candy and freshly-iced bakery buttercream cupcakes - all things sinful and calorie-free!

AJSweetSoap's fantastic food soaps are so realistic, you'll want to take a bite!



Follow AJSweetSoap on their blog, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Jewels For Hope Partners for a Cause

The Artisan Group is so proud of our members Sandy Dans and Stevie D'Andrea of Jewels For Hope for their recent collaboration with Give Back Brands, People Magazine, Macy's and Justin Bieber's new fragrance, Someday.


























Widely-known for their designer necklace line, JFH also offers lovely accessories, including bracelets, rings, and anklets.

The mother-daughter team behind Jewels For Hope donates 50% of all proceeds from their Creations For A Cause jewelry line to hospice, the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation, the Breast Cancer and American Cancer Association, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

To learn more about Jewels For Hope, visit their blog, or on Facebook and Twitter.

Special Celebrity Gifting for Four Fabulous Actresses!

The Artisan Group is pleased to announce our team recently created exclusive gift bags personalized especially for Hollywood actresses Jessica Alba, Hilary Duff, Zooey Deschanel, and Ginnifer Goodwin!





Each swag bag, valued at $800, was filled with thirty-five handcrafted gifts including trendy jewelry, bath & body products, personalized stationery, hair accessories, journals, knitted and crocheted gifts, and other goodies.

Many of our members even personalized baby gifts for mommy-to-be Hilary Duff, and Jessica Alba, who just recently welcomed another baby girl into her family.



You can check out The Artisan Group's Official Holiday Gift Guide and many other amazing handcrafted collections on our Pinterest Boards.


ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Kristine Bessell


The Artisan Group is proud to announce this week's Artist Spotlight feature is one of our very talented bath & body product members, Kristine Bessell!

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Cherry Tree Soaps


We caught up with Kristine and asked her a few questions about her boutique-quality soaps and spa products, and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what she said:



  • Tell us a little bit about your shoppe.  My shop consists of fun, fresh, natural and gentle soaps, as well as other bath and body products that are good for your skin. Each and every Cherry Tree Soaps product is handcrafted with care, using only the finest natural ingredients available. You won’t find any harmful chemicals or harsh detergents in any of my products. And I have tons of fun dreaming up colorful, unique, and deliciously-scented soaps – the wheels are always turning, and you never know what I will come up with next!
  • What is your favorite product in your shoppe and why?  Hands-down, my favorite product in my shop is my Lip Balm. I am a lip balm addict, and you will never find me without one of my delicious tubes of lip balm! They save my lips during the cold, dry winter months and while other people panic when they leave their wallet or cell phone at home, I panic when I leave home without my lip balm! Another one of my very favorite products is my Ultra Rich Body Butter, which will be available in my shop very soon!
  • When you're not handcrafting your beautiful soaps and other luxurious products, what are your hobbies?   I absolutely love to read! I adore curling up with a good book, and getting lost for hours in a captivating storyline with enchanting characters. Having two very active little boys at home and running the business does not leave very much time for reading, but I do get a chance to sneak away with a good book every now and then. I also make sure to schedule in family time with my husband and the boys regularly. This is so important to me, as my boys are already growing up so fast and won't be this little for very long!
  • What do you like best about The Artisan Group?  There is so much that I absolutely love about The Artisan Group! Being accepted into the group was such a thrill, but no one could have prepared me for the doors and windows of opportunities that would open up to me just by becoming a member. If you would have told me last year that my products would soon be in the hands of several famous celebrities, I never would have believed it. But it's happened, and some days I just want to pinch myself to see if it's a dream! And, not only has my membership in The Artisan Group given my business an incredible boost, but I've met lots of other talented artisans through this group that have become such a wonderful support team. We bounce ideas off each other, help promote one another's brand, and congratulate and cheer each other on with every success and accomplishment we each achieve. It's a wonderful community and I am so honored to be a part of it!
Kristine will participate as a display participant in the upcoming luxury celebrity gift lounge on January 13-14, 2012 at the L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of the The 2012 Golden Globes Nominees and Presenters.

The Artisan Group's TWITTER PARTY!


A N N O U N C I N G The Artisan Group's Golden Globes Twitter Party!


The 2012 Golden Globe Awards are taking place next month, and we're kicking off the festivities with a super fun Twitter Party!

Our Twitter Party will take place on DECEMBER 15th at 8:00 p.m. EST, which will coincide with the official Golden Globe nominations. If you follow along you could win some of the very swag the celebrities will receive at the Golden Globes Gift Lounge!

Here's how you can win:
  • Follow @theartisangroup@sweetstellas, and @atutudes on Twitter
  • Follow the hashtag #theartisangroup on Twitter
  • Answer trivia questions about your favorite shows, movies, actors, moments, what YOU think should be nominated for a Golden Globe this year (be sure to respond directly to @sweetstellas or @atutudes)
  • Be sure you include #artisangroup in all your responses during the Twitter Party.
  • Win prizes, drawn at random based on correct answers to our trivia questions! Winners will be announced on Twitter, Facebook, and reposted here on our blog on December 16th!



Don't forget... Thursday, December 15 at 8pm EST! We'll see you there!
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