Cathy Spivey Mendola

Cathy Spivey Mendola has been creative her entire life. After a short career in the medical profession she became a stay-at-home mom which allowed her to dabble in various arts and crafts. Many years and mediums later she has finally found her passion-bead embroidered jewelry. When she needs a break from jewelry she creates bead embellished art quilts and wall hangings.

Leather Love-Part One

I have always loved leather. The look, the smell, the texture- it's just heavenly. The buttery soft lambskins or deerskins are my favorite but I also love hair-on-hide cow leather. I had never worked with leather until I took a…
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March Theme Challenge Reveal-Amulet Bags

I am happy to announce the BIG reveal of the amulet bags. I became obsessed with making these little pouches and I believe a few of my fellow AE members did as well. Thank you to everyone who decided to…
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Exploring Talisman Jewelry

While contemplating the theme challenge for March here at Art Elements, I was torn between talismans and amulet bags. Talismans and amulets are quite similar in that they both provide protection from harm but talismans are considered good luck charms…
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March Theme Challenge-Amulet Bags

I have the honor of introducing March's Theme Challenge-Amulet Bags/Pouches. They are also referred to as spirit pouches, medicine bags, poem keepers and secret keepers. Felted Poem Keeper By ArtofJane2 on etsy Amulets have been worn…
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