Sunday, May 17, 2015

Treasury Thanks: The Mike Kraus Art Gallery Edition

Good Sunday morning!  Each week Sunday  I devote my Sunday blog post to extending a huge THANK YOU to the curators of Etsy treasuries who featured items from my Etsy shops, Pasque Flower Creations and Aunt Pheba's Vintage, over the past week.   This week, special thanks goes to Mike Kraus of Mike Kraus Art.  You'll find Mike's wonderful artwork throughout the post.

Marion S of couva12 featured a vintage lace doily from Aunt Pheba's Vintage in her treasury, TEMPT Team Whites .  I love this handmade crochet baby blanket and matching hat -- a little white delight, and a perfect baby shower gift!

Father's Day is coming!  And Susan from SToNZ created an awesome treasury, Rad Like My Dad , which included my BBQ oven mitt.  These spoken for rings from Susan's shop could be the modern version of  a trend from "back in the day."  A guy's high school class ring would be wrapped with tape or yarn to fit his girlfriend's finger, or worn on a chain around said girlfriend's neck, to tell the world they were "going steady."  These rings could also be a nontraditional engagement ring option -- or a sign of a committed relationship. 

Susan McAnany of McAnany featured my yellow linen bow clutch in her sunny yellow-themed treasury, Mellow Yellow .  This Quietly Setting art photo from Susan's shop is one of dozens of amazing art photos you will find at McAnany.  Mellow yellow.  Sweet tranquility.

Nole of LoopyChicCrochet featured my aqua and brown oven mitts in her treasury, Motivation TEMPTation 5-11 to 5-17 .  Love this handmade stadium blanket from Nole's shop!


Mike Kraus of MikeKrausArt featured my studs and chains key fob in one of MANY treasuries he curated last week, Terrific Tuesday.  As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of Mike's Twilight Woods series, and here is stunning acrylic painting from that series,  Twilight Woods in purple and yellow.

My Blogging Business Artisans teammate, Duni, of PeriDotbyDuni, featured my pastel pink oven mitt in her oh so pretty treasury, May Flowers .  Duni's beautiful fabrics and superb craftsmanship have turned this functional laundry bag into a thing of beauty.  This would be a great graduation gift for a grad heading off to college.

Leanna Hawkins of TheGoldDaisy featured my BBQ oven mitt in her treasury, Happy Father's Day! 100 Likes Team Blitz .  This vintage black silk tie would be a unique Father's Day gift. 

Linda Pruitt of PruittSupply featured my lavender floral oven mitt in her treasury, Lavender Summer .  These beautiful seed beads would be embellishments -- or a pretty craft room decoration.
(They are like some of my fabric stash -- almost too pretty to use!)

Kelsey Wylie of WylieAtHeart featured my red linen bow clutch in her date night-themed treasury, Dinner and a Movie .  I just love these deep purple fire agate dangle earrings from WylieAtHeart.

MADellingerCarving featured my colorful abstract pillow cover in his treasury, Motivation Cassie Style .  As a Baby Boomer, I couldn't help but chuckle at this old hippie hand carving.  It reminds me of my old college debate partner, a Viet Nam vet who referred to himself (at that time) as Fat Mike the Hell's Angel.  He outgrew that phase and went on to have a distinguished career as a college professor. 


Mike Kraus of MikeKrausArt featured my orange and white bunting (nice for graduation parties if those happen to be your school colors) in his treasury, Wonderful Wednesday .  Here's another wonderful sample from the Twilight Woods series -- this one is a small artist's trading card.

Susan McAnany of McAnany featured my red folk art key fob in her red-themed treasury, Accessorize Your Life .  Next weekend is Memorial Day in the USA, and this folded flag photo is a lovely tribute. 

Linda B of lindab142 featured my yellow linen bow clutch in her bright and cheery yellow and gold treasury, Graduation Gifts .  Linda handcrafts beautiful jewelry items.  Her specialty is judaica jewelry.  She is proud of her Jewish heritage.  This beautiful kippah in gold and white is one of her lovely creations.

Mike Kraus is back!  He featured my orange and gray floral baby bib in his treasury, Terrific Thursday .  This blue and green birch forest digital download (an affordable fine art option) is another of my many favorites in Mike's art gallery. 

Mike also featured my pink and red hearts baby bib in a treasury, Add Some Color to Your Life .  One pink and red feature deserves another -- so here is another wonderful acrylic painting from the Twilight Woods series -- this one in pink and red

Kim Cole of BeachDaisyJewelry featured my orange and white bunting in her cute treasury, You've Gotta Be Kitten Me!  This crochet beaded bracelet is one of the many beach-friendly casual jewelry items you will find in Kim's shop. 

Kathy and Wayne of Rocks2Gems2Wire featured my red folk art key fob in their wonderful celebration of the color red, Where Are My Ruby Slippers?  This Jasper heart bracelet is one of the beautifully crafted jewelry pieces you will find in their shop.

Sharmila of KraftynKatchy featured my pink roses oven mitt in her treasury, Assorted Beautiful Flowers .  This butterfly yellow ombre mobile could bring a little sunshine to a cloudy day. 

Valerie of Nandy's Nook featured my green and white bunting in her treasury, Green Summer Trends .  Valerie makes wonderful coffee mug cozies, and other crocheted goodies. 

Julia of Draiguna featured my pink roses oven mitt in her treasury, Rest and Relaxation .  This small crochet drawstring pouch would be perfect for a relaxing day at the beach.

Mike Kraus is back again!!  He included my colorful birds oven mitt in his treasury, Superb Saturday .  Mike's artistic talents extend beyond his Nature-inspired landscapes in vivid colors. Here is a sample of his portrait work, a piece entitled, I Can Stand a Little Rain

Marcia of ImagineThatBaby featured my poppies on teal oven mitts in her treasury, A Few of My Favorite Things .  This basketweave rainbow baby blanket looks so soft and pretty! 

Nancy of SugarFunOrnaments featured my spit happens bib in her treasury, Sea Green with TEMPT Team .  Nancy crafts exquisite edible ornaments -- like this amazing wedding bird ornament. 

Jessica and Bryan King of FeathandKee featured my red accent pillow in their treasury, Motivating Reds.  This Rainy Day change jar is one of the colorful handcrafted items you will find at FeathandKee.  We saved for a rainy day, but got hit with a monsoon. 

Mike Kraus is back again!  This time, he's curated a treasure trove of gift ideas for a special someone in his treasury, #ILoveYou .  So I've chosen to feature one of my first loves from Mike's shop -- white birch forest


Hope you have a great week!




  1. Wow, LeAnn, congratulations on being featured in all of these wonderful treasuries. I agree, Mike's Twilight Wood series is stunning! Thank you for your sweet words about my item :)

  2. THANKS SO MUCH! I really appreciate it. And love all the work of the other artists you've selected too!

    1. Always a pleasure to feature your artwork! So much talent on Etsy!

  3. There are so many amazing items in this post. I especially liked the crocheted bracelet. Mike's work is amazing, too!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Judy! Yes, I really do like Mike's art.

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  5. I accidentally commented as the team instead of myself! Let's try this again. =)

    Congrats, as always, on so many features! The folded flag photo is very touching and I've already clicked over to the rainbow crochet pouch. That store has so many cool items!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Natasha! That folded flag photo speaks volumes. So many talented artisans on Etsy!

  6. Congrats on another great treasury week!
    Love the rings and the beautiful photograph!
    Mike's work is so fun the pink trees :)

    1. The pink trees are among my favorites, too -- although I love that whole series. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. WOW! That's a lot of treasuries!! Thanks for the shout out!

  8. Thanks for the inclusion LeAnn. This is such a wonderful collection.

  9. Congrats on all the features. I love Mike Kraus' work; it's so beautiful.

    Thanks for including my kippah.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Linda. Yes, I especially love his use of vibrant colors--yet he manages to retain the "Nature" feel in his landscapes.