Hand-Crafted Native American Accessories Pay Homage to Nature

November 7, 2015

Hand-Crafted Native American Accessories Pay Homage to Nature

Santa Fe, New Mexico- August 17, 2015

Native American and Indian nation art has never been captured as beautifully as it is in this stunning collection of leather, feathers and fur accessories; the detail of nature’s beauty is magnificently embodied in the craftsmanship of these artisan leather bags, silk wing scarves, headdresses and other accessories. Choose from elegant wing tattoos that are rich with nature’s colors, handcrafted feather wing earrings with extraordinary detail, the primal wrist adornments made from sustainable rabbit, or any of the hand-tooled leather pouches crafted from 100% organic cowhide.

Native American and Indian Nation artisanship has been a long-time favorite as Bohemian accessories; these beautifully handcrafted headdresses and accessories reflect many nations of tribal art, adding a touch of class to any wardrobe. The hand tooling and detail of the individual pieces reflects the quality and homage that is paid to all that is natural.

Native Indian Nation philosophy believes that the Truth does not owe homage to humans but rather that humans owe homage to the Truth. When studied, one comes to believe that everything is related – because everything emanates from one source and everything has a purpose. If you study Mother Nature, you will find self!

At Femme Feralle, our products are 100% handcrafted.Every detailis made by hand by indigenous Mayans that we work closely with in the mountains of Guatemala. The leather is 100% sustainable and humane; our artisans raise the cows, slaughter them, tan the hides, and hand stitch every detail, even cutting each strip of fringe by hand! Even the colors and dyes used are traditional Mayan dyes.

We choose and use indigenous stones, such as jade.Jade is an amulet of good luck and friendship. It signifies wisdom gathered in tranquility, dispelling the negative and encouraging one to see themselves as they really are.

About Femme Ferralle

Visit our website today and start collecting these beautiful Native American accessories. From Navajo to Mayan designs, our selection will keep you coming back for more. We get the inspiration for our products from nature, festival culture, and indigenous art.

Each of our products pays homage to nature. Our silk scarves are designed from the heart, to honor the sacred songs and incomparable flight of our bird kin.

Go wild with our sexy and alluring natural henna tattoo wings and take fight .We believe that we are all intricately and deeply connected to the natural world and all Earthlings; these wings can be a portal to experiencing a deeper sense of that connection through embodiment.

“Aho Mitakuye Oyasin”

Every step involved in the creation of our products is Fair Trade and provides mothers the opportunity to work creatively from home. We welcome you to shop our products and add our uniquely crafted items to your collection.

Omnii Shop – By Everyone, For Everyone

November 6, 2015

Omnii Shop - By Everyone, For Everyone

If you took a look at the marketplace my team and I developed, http://omniishop.com. I wanted to create a safe environment for both buyers and sellers, where your input helps shape and mold the direction Omnii takes.

We feature:
+ $0.15 listing fees: automatically deducted from your account
+ 6% checkout fee: we actually pay your Stripe and PayPal fees. It’s at least .4% cheaper than our competitors.
+ Multi-shops: you can create unlimited shops under 1 email account.
+ No product limit, no quantity limit – 5 images per each product.
+ NO INVOICES. Everything is automatically deducted via checkout, and listing fees from your deposit.
+ Variations on products/pricings: you can set up 1 item with multiple colors, pictures, and prices on that same listing
+ Easily track views, sales, etc., through your dashboard
+ Add SEO content to your shop directly and to each of your products.
+ Transparency: we keep you in the loop on Omnii’s progress, and use your ideas/suggestions to make it better
+ Immortal Design is 100% USA-based, and has been around for over 5 years – we’re not going anywhere, and we’re not going to go on the public market/IPO.
+ Dedicated seller support team

I know personally the the hardship of small business in this economy, and I want to help. As a token of my appreciation, please use coupon code: XYZ when you decide to open a shop. It will deposit $20 into your shop account, which is good for over 130 listings.

We can help import your products directly from your store – no time wasted manually inputting them!

Omnii Shop – By Everyone, For Everyone

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DIY Boat Bed – Beds With Storage

August 26, 2015

DIY Boat Bed

Need a new bed with storage design in your home? How about a bed that looks like a boat? Your kids will love this idea. Check out this DIY Boat Bed tutorial and make a bed in your home look exactly like a boat. Yes it has all the storage compartments you want and it is perfect for a small bedroom. Incorporate one of these beds with storage into your home!

Step 1: Design and Materials

I’m not much for making a real exact drawing of what I build. I tend to just go for it. So for this project I did a basic sketch (on paper) with the mattress dimensions, finished height, and the space I had to work with. Then I just used my tape measure and eye-balled the shape I wanted. Another big design factor was that I wanted to be able to take it apart easily if I end up moving in the next two years. So that made it a little more difficult. As I went along in the project I had to make a few minor adjustments in my original dimensions to allow for plywood bending and for the tools I had on hand.

I up-cycled a lot of materials from other projects (crib) and stuff I had on hand. I did buy one sheet of 5/8″ ply for the mattress to sit on and 2 sheets of 1/8″ to cover the boat. The structure is made mostly from 3/4″material. Plus paint and Polyurethane. Nails, screws glue…all the basics.

Tools used:
Circular saw
Jig saw
Cordless drill
Palm sander (random orbit)
Japanese style pull saw
Various drill bits
Tape measure
Quick clamps

Step 2: Build the frame

I drew the profile of the side of the “boat” full size on some poster board material and used it as my pattern(pic 1). This is the exact profile on the rear of the boat. I then cut out four of those, two for each side. These are the rear most uprights. As they get closer to the front they needed to be taller for the gentle curve from aft to prow. So I moved my pattern up 3/4″ for two more and then an inch more for the final two. I glued and screwed them to a 1×4 that is 2 inches longer that the mattress.

Then I drew the pattern on to some 1/2 inch ply I had (crib) and figured the width of the bed/boat based on the mattress width. I temporarily screwed that to the back to Hold the sides up(pic 3). I cut one for the front also but based on the uprights on the front.

I then put a 1×2 on top of the notch I had planned out on my pattern. Glue and screw everything.

You can kind of see in the pics how I progressively figured out the shape of the boat.

Step 3: Put on top rails

Rip your top rail to overlap the 1/8″ plywood sheeting. Then I used a 5/16″ drill bit to counter sink where I would screw straight down into the uprights. Pre drill everything so you don’t split anything. Glue and screw.

Nice curve. right?

Step 4: Start the Prow

This was a bit tricky. I had to kind of just eye-ball where I wanted the prow to end up without making the boat too long in overall length for my sons room. I also wanted it to be big enough for storing a comforter. First I laid a piece of 1/2″ ply on the ground.

Then I held the 2×4 up at an angle to see where it should go and then marked and cut it. Then I got a better idea of where it would end up. I then sketched the curve on to the ply that is sitting on the ground for the bottom of the prow and cut it out with a jigsaw.

After I made sure the curve was nice I screwed the 2/4 in through the bottom.

Step 5: Finish top of prow

I had to then figure out where the top of the prow should be so I bent a board from front to back with an approximation of the curve of the rails. Then I cut it on that mark.

I then used two 1×8′s from the front of the rails to the prow. I clamped them in place and then freehand drew the curve on to the top side. Then I cut out one with the jigsaw and tested it on both sides. Once it fit well I flipped it over and traced out onto the other board, cut it out, and then fit them into place.

I flipped the prow over on to a work bench and fit the 2×2 uprights into place. Once it all lined up good I used a quarter round bit and routed all the edges.

Step 6: Cover the sides

I used 1/8″ plywood to cover the boat. My dad built a kayak out of 1/4″ ply so I figured this would be plenty strong for a fake boat. Once it was all glued up and dry it was surprisingly strong and light.

For the side panels I wanted 4 “boards” to run up the length of the boat. I divided the front and back uprights into four equal parts which would be the bottom of each board. Then I ripped the ply with the jigsaw because I wanted kind of a rough old boat look.
Starting at the bottom I glued and nailed the ply onto the frame, gluing along the entire length of the overlap also. The overlap didn’t want to stay tight together so I used a couple of 1″ screws to hold it together until the glue dried. Later I removed them and filled the holes.

The top “board” of ply has that slight curve in it that runs along the top rail of the entire boat. I clamped that piece of ply where the bottom should go and scribed the back side with the curve. Then I cut it out carefully with the jigsaw.

Step 7: Cover the prow

This was probably the most difficult part of the whole project. Kind of hard to describe how I did it and I was in a rush to finish before it rained so there is only one pic.

Because of the more aggressive curve around the prow I ran the ply across the grain because it bends more readily that way. They also make “bendy ply” that would have been great for this but I couldn’t get ahold of any.

Again I marked all the uprights where the bottom of the board should be. Then I made an 18″ cut of ply and just held up in place more or less and marked the angle along the 2×4. Once the angle was cut then I could clamp it in place and draw the curve onto the back side using my bottom of board marks and adding and inch. I only needed to figure out one side and cut the reverse for the other. Each “board” has a different radius because the prow widens towards the top. I just let the boards run long and trimmed them with a hand saw flush with the back of the prow.

Step 8: Secret panel

I had a rough idea of how I was going to make a secret panel that would lift out when something else was pushed or pulled. I used a thin kerf Japanese style pull saw to cut the top rail where the panel would lift up.

Then I built a basic drawer that served as the panel. It took some trial and error to figure out the mechanics but it’s just basically two eyelets screwed in to the bottom of the 1×2 that has a rope that runs through it. When you push down on the flag pull it pulls on the rope that raises the panel. Simple as that!

Perfect place for a iPad…and some how-to books….

Step 9: Secret drawer

From the beginning I wanted a name plate to have my son’s name on it so I decided to make it open up. I just built a tiny drawer with a back that extended up above the sides so when in place the drawer couldn’t be pulled out to far and fall.

Stained the front. Printed out a font I liked and transferred it on to the wood. Painted it with watered down acrylics. Polyurethaned the whole thing at the end. Added some brass rivets to the front corners to make it look like it’s bolted on the bolt and can’t be moved.

Step 10: Banket storage

I used the space in the prow to hide comforters and large stuff like that. Used another scrap piece of ply from the crib. I trimmed it out and put some hinges and a handle on it. I’ll eventually put something to hold it up while it is open but for now my son isn’t going to be able to open it on his own for a couple of years.

Step 11: Finish

I stained the top rails and the inside of the side where the mattress will sit. Then painted the outside of the boat solid green. Once the green dried I dry brushed dark green and white in that order to give it a weathered look. I also dry brushed white onto the stained wood to also weather it. I used a damp rag to soften the contrast of the white.
Then I painted with the dark green to paint on moss to give it more detail.

Then I sprayed the whole thing with satin finish polyurethane. I didn’t want gloss because…I don’t like gloss :) and I wanted it to look old.

Step 12: Add some trees

Once I installed it it looked kind of lonely all by itself in his room. So I took some dried eucalyptus branches I had sitting around for another idea I had for the bed (was going to make a rustic loft bed but transportability…) And leaned them in the corners. Once I knew where I wanted them I screwed them together so they wouldn’t move if my son pulls on them. Then the sticks looked kind of lonely so I painted some in too. That filled it in a little more.

Then….twinkle lights.

That’s it…Go to bed.

Step 13: Jolly Roger

I added a Jolly Roger flag to the pole to make it a little more fun.
I used a piece of black canvas, white colored pencil and some white acrylic paint. When it was dry I added a piece of grey board to stiffen it a little more on the backside and then tacked it to the flag pole with some upholstery tacks.

All done!

Step 14: Secret compartments overview

Here’s just a review of the secret spaces I’ve included.

1. Hidden panel that raises when flag pole is pushed down
2. Drawer behind name plate
3. Hatch in prow of boat for comforter
4. Panel under mattress lifts up

Thanks for reading!

10 Organization Tips for Back to School

August 24, 2015

10 Organization Tips for Back to School

It is that time of year again, Back to School. What does that mean? The general sense of craziness, super busy mornings, and can’t forget the homework that never found its way into your kids bags. While some parents cannot wait till their kids go back, others, does not look forward to the beginning of the school year from the stress of getting your kids up and out the door every single morning of the week.

Well for every issue there is always a solution. Today we decided to take some time to put together a couple of organizing tips that will help you get back on your feet for the back to school stress. Anywhere from keeping those homework assignments better organized so they can make their way into your kids bags , to planning what your kids will wear to school the night before we will make sure that you are able to put all these organizing ideas to work for you. So don’t worry just sit back, relax and enjoy because we got you covered on the back school front.

Load Up on School Supplies

From what many of us have discovered, last minute errands never go as smoothly. Have you ever had a situation where your child decides to tell you last minute that they are out of some type of stationary supply such as pens, pencils or paper which causes you to run around the house looking for supplies at the last hour? So why not just completely avoid these types of situations by stocking up on everything your child needs and keep an excess supply stash in the home! This will save you from having to run out to your local store at midnight, the day before your kid has a project that they need to start the next morning. And while you are at it, you can organize these supplies in a fashion so you know exactly what to restock and when.

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Load Up on School Supplies

Binder Clips for Organizing Papers

Organizing school papers can be a real hassle especially when everything is in one massive pile of paper. That is why keeping labeled binder clips around are a great way to keep those papers that need to be returned to the teacher, notes, projects or school subjects, stacked and in an organized fashion. Stay organized and know exactly what needs to be done with each piece of paper. Plus binder clips are very cheap and to top it all off, you can hang them in pretty much any area to make sure that your homework is ready at a moments notice.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: Iamacraftaddict
Binder Clips for Organizing Papers

Backpacks with a Personality

So what happens at school when all kids show up with the same black, blue or pink backpacks? Sounds rare but it is not rare at all. Make sure you keep your kids backpacks personalized, unique and really easy to find when compared to the typical backpacks you see everyday. It will make you and your kids lives much easier as your child will always be able find their backpack and you will not have to worry about it getting lost or confused with another classmates. This really simple project of cross-stitch and embroidery will do the trick. Write their name on their backpack or stencil and paint, whatever is easiest! And always remember to keep a couple of command hooks at your front door so your kids never forget their backpacks at home as well.
IY Project Credit and Instructions: – Iammommahearmeroar
Backpacks with a Personality

Lunch Money Hanging From Neck

Whats the worst that can happen when you give your child money to buy lunch? Well there are quite a few things that can happen when they stick that $5 bill in their small, unsecured pocket. It could get lost, fallen out, or even worse, they might forget to grab it in the first place. So why not take away the stress and worries, by creating a very unique locket for your kids. To top it off this is one of those projects that you can build together with your child which can be really fun. Decorate and design your locket however you like and your child will want to show it off to all their friends and their lunch money will be safe inside.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Spoonful
Lunch Money Hanging From Neck

Future Planning for Breakfast

A lot of parents resort to the really easy cheap meals for your kids like high sugary snacks or other less healthy cereal options, so why not take the time to plan out a more nutritious warm meals for your child? I have always found foods such as English muffins stuffed with green and red peppers, slices of turkey breast, cheese, and egg to be much more filling and nutritious. What I typically do is put all the ingredients together ahead of time in a zip-lock bag and freeze them so you can pop them in the oven in the morning. Have their breakfast pre-made in your freezer ready to go at a moments notice. Save yourself the time and stress and just reach in your freezer to heat up a warm and nutritious meal.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Tatertotsandjello
Future Planning for Breakfast

Get Their Clothing Organized

Have you ever thought about organizing your kids clothes the Sunday even before the week begins? It take a lot of the time and frustration out of the mornings when everything is so rush-rush. Typically it will only take you a few minutes to get all the clothes organized plus your kids will have their clothes ready to roll for the next 5 days. Honestly you will be completely surprised how much time and effort you will save.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Iheartorganizing
Get Their Clothing Organized

Setup a Good Routine

There are so many back to school tasks that you will need to get ready for. Just off the top of my head making sure all homework is done and ready for the next day and getting your kids ready for bed so they can wake up with tonnes of energy. So why not get yourself a schedule. These really nice schedules do exactly that. They allow you to keep tabs on important things that need to get done. Basically it is just a checklist that you can go through and check everytime something is done. These zero-stress scheduler is just a really useful way of keeping tabs on the important things your kids need to do.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Theidearoom
Setup a Good Routine

Get Lunches Ready Before Hand

It is always easier to get your child’s lunches done beforehand rather than in the mornings. Make their lunches the night before if it is not something that stays fresh, otherwise organize it ahead of time on the weekend so you do not have worry about it during the week. Just remember it only takes a few minutes to get everything organized for the next day.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Echoesoflaughter
Get Lunches Ready Before Hand

Prepare a Snack Section in the Fridge

Snacks are one of those things that are required to be organized to keep yourself from stressing throughout the week. Organize trays of healthier snacks in the fridge so they are always available for grab and go. Try not to grab those small bags of chips for the kids, instead grab something more healthy which will provide them with not only important vitamins but energy throughout their day. Try putting small bags of snacks such as cheerios, carrots, apple slices or even pretzels into small totes and make sure you keep fruits and cheese sticks ready to grab at a moments notice.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Apartmenttherapy
Prepare a Snack Section in Fridge

Plan Ahead of Time

Keeping your days planned and organized is one of those things that are also required to keep you from going crazy on those busy weeks. Know what is going to happen before it happens. Either buy or create a family planner. Creating one is really not hard at all. All you need is a bulletin board, dry erase board or something similar to keep things running smooth throughout the week. Don’t forget about that swimming lesson or soccer practice. Be sure to include homework schedules, a calender, and those out of the ordinary things that your kids will need to take with them to school.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – The36thavenue
Plan Ahead of Time

50. Storage For Baby Needs

August 14, 2015

50. Storage For Baby Needs

Here are some really great organization ideas that will organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. There are so many brilliant ideas in this article. I highly recommend trying some of these ideas as part of your spring cleaning or fall cleaning routines this year. Enjoy!

Organizing and Storage Ideas

49. A Behind the Couch Furniture Piece

August 14, 2015

49. A Behind the Couch Furniture Piece

Here are some really great organization ideas that will organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. There are so many brilliant ideas in this article. I highly recommend trying some of these ideas as part of your spring cleaning or fall cleaning routines this year. Enjoy!

Organizing and Storage Ideas

48. Hide Your Clutter Under the Sofa

August 14, 2015

48. Hide Your Clutter Under the Sofa

Here are some really great organization ideas that will organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. There are so many brilliant ideas in this article. I highly recommend trying some of these ideas as part of your spring cleaning or fall cleaning routines this year. Enjoy!

Organizing and Storage Ideas

47. Use Ottomans That You Can Place Storage In

August 14, 2015

47. Use Ottomans That You Can Place Storage In

Here are some really great organization ideas that will organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. There are so many brilliant ideas in this article. I highly recommend trying some of these ideas as part of your spring cleaning or fall cleaning routines this year. Enjoy!

Organizing and Storage Ideas

46. CD/DVD Storage Binders

August 14, 2015

46. CDDVD Storage Binders

Here are some really great organization ideas that will organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. There are so many brilliant ideas in this article. I highly recommend trying some of these ideas as part of your spring cleaning or fall cleaning routines this year. Enjoy!

CD/DVD Storage Binders

45. Letter Organizer and Key Holder

August 14, 2015

45. Letter Organizer and Key Holder

Here are some really great organization ideas that will organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. There are so many brilliant ideas in this article. I highly recommend trying some of these ideas as part of your spring cleaning or fall cleaning routines this year. Enjoy!

Letter Organizer and Key Holder