Once again, here I am promoting the wonderful artists of Etsy! Since I have been a member of this community (February of this year), I have met so many talented and friendly people! I am proud to be a member of this amazing community.
This blog, part 3 in my series, is dedicated to Debbie and John Rodgers of Sedona, Arizona. Their shop name is Thunder Rose. I have had a lot of communication with these fine folks and we have become friends. They did some work for me, putting together a deerskin and fox bag. I am unable to sew leather anymore, due to the RA in my hands. I approached John and Debbie with my idea of how I wanted it to look and they dove right in and crafted me EXACTLY what I asked for. I was so pleased! They are both friendly, talented and very accommodating and I love working with them.
I talked to Debbie about their shop and here is what she had to say.
When and why did you first become interested in working with leather and beading?
“About 30 years ago I became interested in beading. I love color and especially rainbow and fire colors. So I began making earrings and barrettes and anything I could think of. Learning new stitches as I went along. Around the same time I started getting into leather work. The beads complimented the leather very well. About 20 years ago this became my full-time business along with my husband John.”
What types of things do you like to make the most and why?
“I like to make functional items that people can use everyday. I love the feeling I get when I make something beautiful for someone and they feel very happy. Makes my heart feel good.”
Has your life changed significantly due to your love for what you do and why?
“Yes it has. Everyday I wake up and decide what I am going to make today. What colors of beadwork will I put on this handbag or pipe bag or whatever it is I am working on today. It is good to be your own boss. You do have to get up and get going in order for it to become a full-time business and you have to be flexible to what the day asks of you.”
Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years and do you have any major plans?
“John and I live in the moment as much as possible. It’s hard to say what will be happening 10 years from now. We’ll probably be making handbags and doing beadwork.”
What has been your experience on Etsy?
“I really enjoy having a store on Etsy. I like the community feeling I have with other artists. It’s been a very good experience.”
Do you have any interesting stories stemming from your work?
“I have met people from all over the world. I have made so many different kinds of leather bags and beaded so many different kinds of designs. That has been fun and enjoyable. John and I feel so grateful to all the wonderful people we have met along our journey.”
Please make sure to visit Debbie and John’s Etsy store at
Their blog at
I urge everyone to go and take a tour through all the wonderful shops on Etsy. One can spend hours there, just browsing and window shopping. Ask me how I know!!! 🙂