Holiday Gift Market 2014
We are excited that Harlequin’s Gardens will Re-Open on Friday November 28th – Green Friday – for our 3rd Annual Holiday Gift Market, with expanded hours!
HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET
Open from Nov. 28th through Dec. 21st
10 am to 5 pm
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
In 2012 we inaugurated our Holiday Gift Market, featuring unique and exceptional goods crafted by local artisans, delicious local artisan foods, and sustainable, innovative, fun and practical goods for home and garden. So many of you have told us that our Holiday Gift Market is your favorite holiday shopping experience, that you appreciate our focus on locally-made and responsible products, and that you found outstanding, affordable presents at Harlequin’s for everyone on your list.
This year most of our artisans and products are back, and we’ve added more than 25 new products and 14 new artisans and producers! You’ll find many choices of everything from ‘stocking-stuffers’ to ‘necessary luxuries’ for men, women and children.
We will also host several Book-Signing Events! Outstanding local authors will sign their recently-released books – see the Book-Signing Schedule below, under BOOKS & CDs.
And every day of our Holiday Market offers a chance to escape from the repetitive mass-market Christmas music that assails us everywhere else. You will especially enjoy our Holiday Open House (see below), where we will again present exquisite live music from some our very best local talent.
Please share this invitation with friends and family who haven’t discovered us yet!
DOOR PRIZES !
Each day of our Holiday Gift Market, anyone who comes to Harlequin’s and makes a purchase will be entered in our DAILY DRAWING for a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE!
In addition, we will conduct a drawing at the close of the Holiday Market for three $100 GIFT CERTIFICATES! To enter this drawing, bring in our entry form (the postcard we mailed to you in our Fall Newsletter), OR print a copy from our website at this link: Printable Entry Form
…………. and present it when you shop our Holiday Market.
Please join us for our
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
~~~ November 28th, 29th & 30th ~~~
Featuring Live Music & Home-made Treats
Friday Nov. 28
11:30am to 1:30pm PAUL VISVADER, World music guitar
Saturday Nov. 29
11:00am to1:00pm MASON BROWN, Celtic & Appalachian guitar & vocals, & pardessus viol
1:30pm to 3:30pm ADAM AGEE, Celtic fiddle
Sunday Nov. 30
11:00am to 1:00pm COLIN LINDSAY, Celtic fiddle & concertina
1:pm to 2:30pm MARGOT KRIMMEL, Celtic & original harp
CDs by these and other fine local artists will be for sale in our Holiday Market!
HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET OFFERINGS
We have arranged our list of products in categories so you can more easily locate the kinds of items you’re looking for. Look for the green category headings.
TASTE OF COLORADO – FINE LOCAL ARTISAN TREATS
Make a Taste of Colorado Gift Basket – a perfect gift for almost everyone!
Eve’s Pecan Shortbread Cookies – Harlequin’s Exclusive!
Back by public demand: Scrumptious, rich, melt-in-your-mouth nut shortbread cookies, based on almond flour, pecans and butter, subtly sweetened with a little maple syrup. Gluten-free, grain-free, mostly organic, no refined sugars. You don’t have to be gluten-sensitive to adore these rich and satisfying cookies!
Engrid’s Fine Fruit Preserves – Harlequin’s Exclusive!
Our own Engrid Winslow makes the kind of jams, jellies and chutneys that make you close your eyes and sigh with pleasure. She uses fresh, organic fruit, and very little sugar, so the fruit flavors shine. She makes the classics as well as many delicious originals, like Crabapple-Orange, Hand-picked Black Raspberry, and Sweet Cherry Chutney, to name just a few. You’ll find delicious uses for Engrid’s preserves, in breakfasts, hors d’oevres, salad dressings, glazes, and desserts.
Chocolate to live for! Ritual Chocolate is a quality-focused small-batch craft chocolate made in Denver. Their old-world, artisan approach and dedication to every detail of the complex process produces chocolate as delicious, distinctive and memorable as fine wine – meant to be savored. Ritual’s single-origin chocolate is hand-crafted by traditional methods with ethically-sourced cacao from several choice growers around the world. Unlike most chocolatiers, who buy their beans already roasted, or even fully processed, Ritual starts with raw beans and they hand-sort, roast, winnow, mix, refine, conche, age, temper, mold and wrap (bet you didn’t know how much goes into making a really good chocolate bar!). We offer 4 varieties of their single-source organic bars. Combine with some Askinosie Sipping Chocolate and Cocoa Powder for a chocolate-lover’s dream gift!
Askinosie Chocolate – Harlequin’s Exclusive! New!
The only product in this category not made in Colorado, we felt compelled to go a bit farther, to Springfield, Missouri, to bring you the finest single-origin artisan. Cocoa Powder and Sipping Chocolates available. Askinosie’s products are also ethically-sourced, well beyond Fair-Trade requirements, and they engage in a truly progressive relationship with their Missouri staff and with the cacao growers and their communities. We offer their heavenly Sipping Chocolate in two flavors – ‘Single Origin’, and ‘Mexican Style’, and their classic Single Origin Natural Cocoa Powder. Sipping chocolate is just like drinking a chocolate bar- thick, rich, and indulgent. Simply mix with milk or heavy cream and enjoy. Their non-alkalized Cocoa Powder is perfect for making a world-class traditional hot cocoa, and also great for baking.
Wellspring Way Herb-Infused Honeys – New!
What a yummy way to take your medicine! Herbalist Leslie Lewis uses herbs from her medicinal garden and raw, unpasteurized honey from her hive to produce these delicious and healing condiments. All the beneficial enzymes in the honey have been preserved in the low-temperature infusion process. Three infusions are offered – Oregano, Lavender and Ginger, each with uses in teas, glazes for roasted or grilled foods, and much more.
A best-seller at our Holiday Gift Markets, Balsamic Nectar is a high-quality balsamic vinegar reduction made in Boulder by our friends Ben and Kerry. It comes very close to Italy’s ‘Traditional Balsamic Vinegar’, which takes many years, even decades of barrel-aging to mature to a thick, richly-flavored, sweet glaze, quite different from ordinary Balsamic vinegars. The reduction process developed by Balsamic Nectar is entirely natural yet doesn’t heat the vinegar, accelerating the aging to just a couple of months, and making this ‘magic ingredient’ far more affordable. Balsamic Nectar give s the perfect finishing touch to cheeses, grilled or roasted veggies or meats, fresh berries, even ice cream! Check our next blog to find out when Ben will be at Harlequin’s to conduct a tasting.
St. Claire’s Organic Mints, Candies, Pastilles & Lozenges
Yea! Totally organic! Made in Boulder by herbalist Debra St. Claire! No corn syrup! Delicious! Effective! Packaged in pretty tins! Incredibly cheap!
Local Raw Honey – New!
Tim Brod is a master beekeeper who keeps over a dozen apiaries around Boulder County. He moves the hives several times a year to take advantage of timely and diverse nectar flows – it is not a monoculture honey. Tim’s Highland Honey is delicious and pure, and contains the natural enzymes that make it an extremely healthy food as well. The honey is raw, unfiltered and unheated – never subjected to temperatures higher than the natural temperatures found in beehives, 95 degrees F. The honey is also creamed, ensuring that it will never become crystallized hard. It comes in attractive hexagonal jars.
Organic India Teas
The most delicious, the most righteous teas! Organic India is a Boulder-based grower of Tulsi, (also known as Holy Basil) and all of the other ingredients in their organic, beyond fair-trade products. Tulsi teas have many health benefits including reducing stress, supporting the immune system, aiding digestion, balancing energy, and relieving allergy symptoms. Tulsi is also delicious, and we carry six great flavors: Original, Tulsi Ginger, Tulsi Rose, Tulsi Jasmine, Tulsi Chai, and India Breakfast. Organic India is a leader in sustainable business, cultivating ecology with organic/biodynamic practices while supporting social justice and dignity.
This year we will have Air Plants (Tillandsia sps.) and glass containers for them, as well as tropical succulent plants, both for easy indoor growing. Air plants and Succulents are very sculptural plants and thrive indoors with very little attention. And some of our succulents have medicinal properties you can use in your home. We can give you details when you come in.
heARTfelt Hand-Felted Bags – New!
Lisa Robb’s experiments in wool felting led to the discovery of her own technique for embedding patterned silk in the surface of the felt. The resulting gorgeous, textured and color-saturated, one-of-a kind purses, handbags and shoulder bags will make treasured gifts for the gals on your list. Paisley, floral, tie-dye, geometric – the variety is unlimited! Hand-made in Aurora, CO.
Cat’s Grin Metal Art Jewelry – New!
Kathleen Gatliffe’s sterling silver jewelry combines natural themes with almost Scandinavian simplicity and a suggestion of folk-art stencil patterns. We are very happy to add her lovely necklaces and earrings to our collection of fine holiday gift items from local artisans.
True June – New!
Jennifer Knuth’s fine semi-precious bead necklaces and bracelets beg to be worn every day.The small beads are crocheted into a strong, super-fine cord. They are so charmingly simple, and almost weightless, making them easy to wear with everything. I know people who never take them off.
Botanical Necklaces from Winter Garden Studio
Adrienne DeLoe’s leaf-pendant necklaces are alive with color and light. In her Denver studio, In her Denver studio, Adrienne fashions these lovely pendants, each one a celebration of the flowers and foliage from her garden, some vivid, some subtle and demure, all very attractive and affordable.
Bandhani Silk Scarves – Harlequin’s Exclusive!
In 2013 I had the exciting opportunity to attend the International Folk-Art Market in Santa Fe, NM. The market is unique in arranging sponsorship for hundreds of exceptional artisans from dozens of countries around the globe so that they can get the exposure they would never experience at home and use their profits to benefit their villages. Attendees also had the opportunity to talk with many artisans about their work and their lives.
Amongst the thousands of wonderful handcrafts there, I found myself particularly drawn to these exquisite Bandhani tie-dyed silk scarves, made by a community of about 200 traditional tie-dyers in Kutch, Gujarat, where this art has been practiced for centuries. Bandhani is the art of creating beautiful patterns on fabric by intricately tying thousands of tiny knots, then dying, using a complex, ancient, labor-intensive process unique to Gujarat and Rajastan. These stunning scarves look great with everything from jeans to evening attire. They are one-of-a kind treasures, made by a socially and environmentally-responsible cottage industry awarded the Unesco Seal of Excellence for standard-setting quality and craftsmanship. A gift any woman will treasure. Mixed patterns & colors. Limited stock.
aGain and Sweet Ann Marie’s – New!
Ann Mitchell loves to sew! And she loves to recycle. So it’s only natural that she would put the two together and create fun fashion by re-purposing high-quality wool and cashmere sweaters to make wonderful one-of-a-kind jackets, coats, ‘arm cozies’ and cashmere baby caps.. We also carry her very cozy and flattering fleece hats. In her line of children’s clothing, Sweet Ann Marie’s, she makes adorable ‘onesies’ dresses, reversible dresses for toddlers, kids’ aprons, and baby booties. Ann sews up a storm in her Lafayette, CO studio.
Twenty Pound Tabby Earrings and Ornaments
We’ve known Cheryl for many years in the context of her expertise in Roses (she grows about 500 of them in her home garden), and Morris Dancing (Cheryl, husband and kids have all danced with the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers at our May Day Festivals). A few years ago we discovered that she is also a multi-talented craftswoman. Her whimsical ornaments are original designs, meticulously hand-dyed, painted and beaded, sewn on a 1948 Singer sewing machine, and stuffed. They are double sided so they look good from all angles. Because of the nature of the hand dyeing and hand painting, no two ornaments are ever exactly alike. Cheryl also makes felted Acorn Earrings, made with real acorn caps, dainty Czech Glass Flower Earrings, and vegetable-tanned leather leaf barrettes.
Fox Ryde Recycled Copper Jewelry, Silk Scarves
Made from copper reclaimed from old roofing, gutters, pipes and such, these beautiful, original pins have a warm glow and beautiful patina, and feature design motifs from nature. Sheron Buchele Rowland makes these in their Loveland CO studio. She also makes her own natural plant dyes to color her silk scarves in luminous tones.
Scandinavian Slipper Socks – Harlequin’s Exclusive!
Our own Engrid Winslow makes these warm and beautifully patterned soft wool slipper-socks, based on traditional Scandinavian designs and knitted using Swedish twined knitting techniques which make them thick, warm and durable so they can be worn as house slippers. They are made with 100% wool and are machine washable in cold water and should be laid flat to dry. Sizes range from women’s shoe sizes 6 to 9. She is also offering ‘regular’ socks in a washable wool/poly blend in lovely color blends with reinforced heels and toes, in sizes for women and men. Quantities are limited – the early bird gets the socks!
PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS
Dr. Brawner’s Healing Aloe Aftershave – Harlequin’s Exclusive!
Formulated and made in Boulder by ‘the doctor’ himself (Mikl Brawner), from 99% pure Aloe Vera Gel, with cold-pressed, organic Rosehip Seed Oil; 100% pure Jojoba Oil, and 32,000 IU Vitamin E Oil, along with essential oils of Lavender, Vetiver, and Rose. That’s all. No alcohol, nothing synthetic, non-greasy. All the ingredients are natural plant products, chosen for their skin-healing qualities. The steam-distilled Rose Oil is a powerful anti-viral and antiseptic. The other ingredients are good for healing burns and dry and damaged skin, inflammation, wrinkles. They are moisturizing and uplifting to the spirits. Mikl has made and used this formula for more than 10 years to heal his Irish skin from the abrasion of shaving and the drying effects of the Colorado sun (and keep him looking youthful and handsome). And it smells wonderful! (and it’s not just for men).
NovAurora Natural Skin Care – New!
Founded in 2000 by our friend Pamela Lambert in Boulder, novAurora Natural Skin Care makes unscented skin-care products for men and women from pure, botanical, body-friendly ingredients – organically grown where available – that promote skin health and beauty, regenerate skin on the cellular level. And stimulate the body to produce its own life-giving nutrients, while doing no harm to the environment or other living beings. Their products include: Soap-free Facial Cleanser (Eve’s favorite), Lotion Potion (for potters and gardeners), Pure Organic Jojoba Oil, Odorless Organic Shea Butter, Weekend Warrior Balm with MSM. All novAurora products are non-toxic, vegan, gluten-free, and never tested on animals.
Wellspring Way Herbals – New!
A certified clinical herbalist since 2006, our friend Leslie Lewis is passionate about growing and using plants for their remarkable healing properties. Her beehive and beautiful xeric garden in Longmont provide most of the raw ingredients for Wellspring Way’s salves and infused honeys, all of which are organic, nutrient-dense, and pesticide-free. The very effective salves address a number of conditions – insomnia, lung congestion, fungal infection, rash & sunburn, and cracked skin. And the herb- infused honeys offer a healing and delicious condiment with many culinary uses. Leslie also teaches a popular class in Medicinals as Ornamentals in a Xeriscape for Harlequin’s Gardens in the summer.
Kisu Neroli Lip Balm
Created by Plum Botanicals, a small fair-trade organic skin-care line based here in Boulder. This long-lasting lip balm is based on wild-collected African shea butter from a womens’ cooperative, and scented with the marvelous, unique, citrus-y essential oil of neroli. Shea butter is a natural sun-blocker, so it really helps prevent chapping in all seasons. Kisu is, by far, Eve’s favorite lip balm.
Cool Goddess Mist & Sandalwood Mist
Cool Goddess is a wonderfully refreshing spritzer from Boulder-based Plum Botanicals. It provides instant relief when temperatures soar, and is especially helpful for hot flashes, containing plant essences known for balancing hormones, as well as cooling and calming. Sandalwood mist is another great cooling and refreshing spritzer made with the finest essence of Sandalwood – woodsy, spicy, exotic!
‘Trementina’ Traditional Pinyon Salve – Exclusive!
The Spanish word ‘trementina’ has come to be used as the name for the sap of the pinyon tree of New Mexico. Folk remedies made from this sap have been used for centuries by cowboys, farmers and ranchers to relieve dry, cracked skin, abrasions and scrapes, and for drawing out splinters. Made in New Mexico’s ‘curandera’ tradition by our friend Pamela Clum, who climbed the pinyon trees to gather the sap, and infused it in olive oil and New Mexico beeswax to create this rare traditional salve. Each tin of salve comes in a lovely organza gift bag.
Lamborn Mt. Farmstead Lotion, Soaps, Hydrosol and Culinary Lavender
Our friends Carol and Jim Schott, who you may remember as founder of Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy of Niwot, CO, have resettled over on the Western Slope and created Lamborn Mt. Farmstead on a mesa overlooking Paonia, CO in the North Fork Valley, an area known for its organic orchards, vegetables farms, and vineyards; Carol and Jim are helping to add lavender to that list. From the milk of their own goats and lavender from their fields, they make the most luxuriously creamy, moisturizing hand and body lotion and gentle aromatic soaps. We also offer their Cedar Rose and Rosemary Lemon Mint soaps, calming & uplifting Lavender Hydrosol, and their Culinary Lavender – lavender buds harvested at their peak from varieties especially valued for use in cooking (some recipes included!) and tea. All their products are hand-made in small batches.
We are pleased to offer our friend Blair Chandler’s line of handmade, reiki-infused, self-care products that bring forth the healing properties of the biodynamically-grown plants she raises in her organic Boulder garden. We carry her long-lasting, moisturizing Goddess Soaps (all natural glycerin infused with nourishing herbs and a magical touch of mica), relaxing and healing mineral-rich Bath Salts, and nourishing Breast Oil.
Lavender Skin-Care Products by Colorado Aromatics
Mikl and Eve have been using ‘Mountain Mist’ lavender hand & body lotion from Colorado Aromatics for a long time. The quality of the lavender scent is exceptional, and the lotion is soothing and moisturizing to dry, abused gardeners’ skin. We offer individual products, and gift sets in lovely mesh bags. Made in Longmont CO with the finest natural, non-toxic ingredients.
FOR HOME & GARDEN
Bells & Chimes – New!
From within his solar-powered studio in the foothills beyond Lyons, artist Lane Dukart creates one-of-a-kind stoneware bells and chimes, each individually cast and hand-carved with original designs, inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds him. He applies only natural oxides to accentuate the clay’s inherent earthy tones and the rustic textures of his carvings. The durable stoneware clay is fired to over 2000 degrees F, making it impervious to the elements, able to withstand rain, snow and wind, and can be hung outdoors. The gentle tones evoked by the movement of the bells and chimes are soothing and pleasing. Each finished composition is unique
Baby Quilts, Quilted Pot-holders & Table-Runners
Our dear friend Lynn Mattingly is a renowned fiber artist, and has been practicing and teaching quilting for decades. An exceptional sense of color-combining, a fabulouscollection of fabrics and a mastery of design and craftsmanship combine to make Lynn’s work really special. We love seeing her beautiful pot-holders hanging on our stove, and they have held up in our kitchen for a very long time. Lynn lives just over the hills in Paonia.
Our friend Lynn also makes these artful painted fabric garlands or ‘prayer flags’ with the always-appropriate message of Peace. Drape them on your holiday tree, across the top of a doorway or window, or any place where you’ll enjoy their beauty and soothing sentiment. 3” high.on silk ribbon approx. 48” long.
Abeego Natural, Reusable Eco Food Storage Wraps – Harlequin’s Exclusive
We love this! A great natural way to keep food fresh and safe, and reduce our reliance on plastic. Abeego uses durable, natural hemp/cotton fabric, which they infuse with a blend of 100% natural, simple ingredients – pure beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin, all known for their preservative properties, to make a versatile, breathable wrapping or cover for storing foods. Using gentle pressure and the warmth of your hands, shape the flat square to tightly cover a bowl of leftovers, wrap up cheese, form around produce, baked goods, etc. Abeego is malleable and slightly adhesive at room temperature and will stiffen when cool, holding the shape you created. The beeswax coating is fluid-resistant, keeps food fresh longer than plastic, and is easy to clean. With proper care, you can expect Abeego to last over a year. Each 3-pack contains a 7”, 10”, and a 13” sheet. Made in Canada.
Paula Slick is an artist talented in many mediums. She lives in Louisville, CO, where she is a graphic designer and a designer of seasonal events. These days she is working in fiber, creating needle felted creatures from natural wool fiber. The little birds and other creatures are perfect for the windowsill, the Christmas tree, or to place in the hand of a friend. They are non-toxic but not intended for very young children. Each one is very one-of-a-kind, so people love to hold one after another to see which one speaks to them. “Made by hand for your hands”.
Hand-made Journals – New!
Jeff Becker has made books by hand for almost 20 years. He makes these one-of-a-kind leather-bound journals, the perfect gift for someone who loves to record their travels, inspirations, and observations in sketches, prose and poetry, and have it last for generations. Substantial 100% cotton rag print-maker’s paper, a uniquely embossed frontispiece and soft, durable leather covers with handsome button & cord closures are bound together with a very old and durable German hand-stitching technique that allows the book to lie flat when opened to any page. Each journal is a treasure that awaits someone’s thoughtful hand….perhaps yours?
Ceramic Ikebana Pods & Garden Pods
A fusion of whimsy, gesture, pattern, texture and patina characterizes Willi Eggerman’s works in clay, which she conceives as functional sculpture – useful pieces with enough presence to stand alone as objects of aesthetic interest for contemplation. To make her organic, botanically-inspired porcelain pieces, she employs a wide variety of techniques.
“The seed pod has special appeal to me as a symbol of women, and specifically motherhood. I view seed pods as small sculptures, performance art even, as they form, swell, open, and eventually disintegrate. They are beautiful, strong, and very practical in getting their job accomplished.”
A long-time member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild, Willi’s work is admired and acclaimed throughout the region. We are offering some of her Ikebana ‘pods’, perfect for small, informal arrangements or mini-bouquets, and her fanciful pods that can hang on the wall or mount on a garden stake.
Botanical Watercolor Paintings & Clay Art by Eve Reshetnik Brawner
Eve Reshetnik Brawner is an award-winning botanical artist whose work has been exhibited around the US and abroad, and is represented in the permanent collection of the prestigious Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation. All of Eve’s paintings are executed in watercolor, a challenging but preferred medium for capturing the silky and vibrant translucency of flowers. In her paintings she has tried to combine minutely accurate scientific detail with the grace and character of each subject. Matted and un-matted prints are available, as well as a few framed original paintings.
In the past few years Eve has turned her talents to the playful medium of clay, and this year has produced a few planters, bird totems, and miscellaneous other pieces to offer at our Holiday Gift Market.
Wall Nichos, Figures & Planters
Boulder clay artist Mary Lynn Schumacher makes almost mythical forms and figures that evoke stories, animated with delight and imagination. She is an acclaimed artist who has been making functional and sculptural objects in clay for over 25 years, and is a long-time member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild. We have some of Mary Lynn’s wall nichos, which can be used in the home or garden as small personal shrines, a place to perch a votive candle, a flower or other ‘offering’, as well as wall-mounted figures, unique planters (wonderful for succulent plants!), and holiday tree ornaments.
Whimsy in Clay
Delightfully whimsical and lovable figures and animals in clay from artist Ann Kistner of Lafayette, CO. Ann is a studio-mate of Eve’s in the Longmont Clay Collective at Katy Diver’s inspiring studio. She has a special gift for capturing the gesture and character of her subjects.
Made with reverence, skill and healing intention by our friend Furry Foote, the elder who lives in the foothills, these traditional Native American smudge sticks are finely crafted of aromatic herbs (mostly natives) grown in her own organic garden. Each herb is included for its specific medicinal and/or spiritual qualities: purifying, giving thanks, cleansing, infection-fighting, head-ache relief, etc.
Sun Garden Creations- New!
Clari Schmidt makes the most delightful, whimsical figures from bits of natural materials. She has a pre-school in Niwot, and so spends much of her time with young children. This close contact with the innocence, whimsy and wonderment of children informs and inspires her work.
A Ruby Moon – New!
Jen Grant creates these cheerful and artful flags with her original designs – display your affection for wildflowers, bees, birds, etc by garlanding an doorway, deck, porch, window or wall. Hand-made in Lafayette, CO.
Hand-Dipped Beeswax Taper Candles
For decades, our friend Tom Theobold of Niwot Honey Farm has been nurturing bees,harvesting honey, and crafting the finest, most elegant, romantic, hand-dipped taper candles you’ll find anywhere. They are naturally dripless and smokeless, and infuse the room with the gentle, warm fragrance of honey. They are a perfect fit in any décor, from Zen to Rococco. Available in pairs, either clear-wrapped or gift boxed.
Majolica Bee Candle-holders – Exclusive!
Our friends Thea and Lele are well known around Boulder and beyond for their charming tradition-based Italian majolica pottery. We asked them to design and create some small candleholders with a bee motif, to fit the beautiful Niwot Honey Farm beeswax taper candles we carry. They make a delightful gift for almost anyone (especially paired with the beeswax tapers).
Amber Lights Cast Beeswax Candles
Our friend Clark and his grand-daughter spend quality time together making delightful cast beeswax candles in a variety of shapes and sizes in their Longmont studio. Their delightful array includes simple pillars (several sizes), patterned pillars, pine cones, honey-bears, angels, bee-hives, gnomes, turtles, dragons, and a brand-new line of wonderfully detailed traditional European holiday-season candles. They are highly decorative, naturally endowed with a heavenly honey scent, and burn clean and smokeless.
Cards & Paintings
Notecards of vibrant paintings by Boulder watercolor artist and muralist Kathleen Lanzoni feature floral and local landscape subjects. This year Kathleen will also offer some of her framed and unframed prints.
Woodcut Print Tea Towels, Calendars. Cards – New Designs!
Theresa Haberkorn , woodcut printmaker, has made Boulder her home for two decades. Her masterful prints are found in exhibits and collections nation-wide, and she teaches her artform as well. Theresa brings her art to household items as well, hand-crafting a collection of beautiful block-printed cotton tea-towels, an artful wall calendar, and greeting cards.
Embossed Cards – New!
Lois Edgar is a potter and longtime member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild. Her many years of working in clay led her to carving minutely detailed designs in blocks of clay to create embossing templates. She then makes rubber molds from these, and finally epoxy castings to withstand the pressure of the etching press. Each card , made with moistened high-grade archival white etching paper is pressed individually, dried, and folded. We will have Lois’s exquisite boxed sets in several themes.
Botanical Photography Cards
Lynn Kester-Meyer is an avid gardener and her notecards feature lovely close-up botanical photographs from her Boulder County garden.
Our friend Tricia Grable is an artist and has been working in fiber arts and painting for many years. This year we will have her wonderful cards, napkin sets, and a few choice hand-knitted wool scarves.
Garden, Spirit & Medicine Dolls
Clari Schmidt’s dolls are drawn from her dreams, and filled with inspirations from time spent in her garden, in nature and with children. These unique and delightful figures,made from garden materials, found objects and natural fibers, each carry a little back-pack stuffed with herbs, flowers, feathers, etc. Clari has been working with various animals, and thinks of the animal’s Medicine or Spirit nature while she is creating. She says the mouse ‘medicine’ reminds her about paying attention to details while maintaining sight of the big picture. Placed on a personal altar, a bedside table, in a wall niche, they will bring gentle reminders and uplifting smiles.
Paintings by Patti Burton
Patti Burton is a mover and shaker in the Longmont art scene. Having lived in Mexico for a number of years, she absorbed the colorful and exuberant spirit of their native art, costume, celebrations and architecture, which now inform her paintings and assemblage pieces. Patti’s paintings are semi-abstract, somewhat whimsical, and somewhat mysterious. And they cheer me up every time I see them.
Stuffed Animal Kits – New!
Fiber artist Jill Scher hand-crafts kits that you can work on with your child or grandchild and have a fun hour or two making adorable non-toxic wool-felt stuffed animals. The designs are original, the felt is hand-made and hand cut, packaging is minimal, and the directions are very clear. Choose from two delightful series: Puppy Pals and Four-Legged Friends (zebra, elephant, etc.). Jill resides in Carbondale, CO.
Children have a lively interest in the natural world. They love vivid pictures, but they are bored if we dumb it down for them. These children’s books are fascinating even for adults, full of in-depth science, but graphic and fun—many with projects and activities that make facts real. Geology of the Great Plains and Mountain West, Smithsonian Science Handbooks, Butterfly Birthday, Prehistoric World:Cretaceous Life, The Big Rig Bug Book. Also great story books, beautifully told and illustrated – from classic fairy tales to Salman Rushdi’s ‘Luka and the Fire of Life’. Last but not least, the wonderful Peter Yarrow Songbook & CD.
Aprons, Dresses, Hats & Booties
Ann Mitchell’s clothing creations for baby’s and little kids are adorable, original, practical and durable: reversible cotton print dresses, ‘onesies’ dresses, incredibly soft repurposed cashmere knit baby hats, aprons, and a variety of very sweet baby booties. Gift idea: an apron and a date for making cookies together!
GARDENING BOOKS & TOOLS
2015 Stella Natura Astrological Planting Calendar
The Stella Natura Wall Calendar is an easy-to-use, informative and beautiful planting and gardening calendar that shows the best times to take advantage of the cosmic influences of the moon, sun and planets. This is a research-based system that is used by Biodynamic farmers and gardeners. We have been using this calendar for 22 years and believe it has helped with germination of seeds, root development of cuttings, and healthy plant development. More than just a calendar – it’s packed with valuable information and insights for successful growing, from seed to harvest.Mikl will be giving a class in Planting by the Moon in March 2015, which will help you better understand and get the most out of your astrological planting calendar.
Super Illuminated Loupe
This very small, extremely high quality 12x power magnifier is great for getting a closer look at what’s bugging your plants, taking out splinters, or helping to identify flowers.
Beauty Beyond Belief Seeds
BBB is a great local seed company, offering wildflower mixes (Rocky Mt. natives), and flower seed mixes for supporting honey bees and wild bees. We have their Honey Source, Bee Rescue and Rocky Mountain Wildflower seed mixes, perfect for gifts or holiday party favors.
Gardening and Nature Books by Local Authors
Winter is the season when most gardeners get to read gardening books to help them plan and dream their next gardening season. For the most accurate gardening advice for your Colorado garden, look to our local garden writers!The new ‘Organic Gardener’s Companion’ by Jane Shellenberger, editor & publisher of the Colorado Gardener magazine, offers up-to-date Colorado-specific advice on every aspect of organic vegetable gardening.We also have recent books from Colorado’s ‘garden-laureates’ Lauren Springer Ogden & Scott Ogden, including the new revised ‘Undaunted Garden’And we have other great books by local garden and nature experts:Gwen Moore Kelaidis (Hardy Succulents), Bob Nold (Columbines), Jim Knopf (Waterwise Landscaping), Tammi Hartung (Homegrown Herbs), Leo Chance (Cold-Hardy Cacti), and more!George Peknik (The Meaning of the Boulder-Dushanbe Teahouse)
‘Butterflies of the Colorado Front Range’
The perfect gift for anyone who enjoys butterflies or appreciates the natural world, and great for children, too! We have plenty of signed copies of this wonderful recent book by Janet R. Chu and Stephen R. Jones, two of Boulder’s most dedicated naturalists and foremost experts on our local butterflies.This guidebook offers a page for each of the 80 species covered; each includes superb photographs taken in the field by the authors, and descriptions of the butterfly’s appearance, host plants, life cycle, habitat, behavior, identification tips, and descriptions of similar species. The book also covers the anatomy, ecology and life-cycle of butterflies, useful charts, and great advice on watching and photographing butterflies. Slim enough to slip in the back pocket of your jeans, (or a Christmas Stocking), with a durable cover and binding. Chu and Jones say it best: “We watch butterflies because they’re exquisitely beautiful, have magical life cycles, and teach us about intricate and life-sustaining relationships among plants, insects and their host ecosystems.”
West County Gardening Gloves
We love West Count gloves! They are made from recycled plastic bottles, are very durable and stand-up to several seasons of tough gardening. They are machine washable and retain their shape. And they come in great colors! We carry their Work Glove, Landscaper Glove, Waterproof Glove, Rose Gauntlet, Mud Glove and Grip Glove, all in a range of sizes. If you give these gloves as a gift, be assured that the recipient is welcome to exchange them for a different in-stock size, as long as they are still unused and in their original packaging.
Reviewed by our Deb: This is the best all around tool ever! Whenever I go out into the garden with no particular task in mind (other than peace of mind putzing) I grab this tool. It can dig, saw into fat roots, slice into bindweed roots with the pointed tip, it’s wonderful. I have a sheath for it which slides nicely onto a regular belt or garden-tool belt. I love using if for planting bulbs as I can make a deep, small hole. If I could only have one tool forever…I would choose this one.
Our Favorite Gardening Tools
Japanese Knife-Weeders (see above)
Radius Trowels (ergonomic)
Radius Pro Spade (ergonomic)
Radius Pro Garden Fork (ergonomic)
Radius ‘Garden Shark’ Ergonomic Rake
World’s Best Trowel
Garden Bandit Weeders
High-quality clippers, shears and loppers
BOOKS, MUSIC CDs, GIFT CERTIFICATES
Harlequin’s Gardens Gift Certificates are always a perfect gift for any Front Range gardener (okay, maybe not perfect for someone who only grows a water garden) and are always available. Come in to buy gift certificates and shop our Holiday Market, or follow the instructions on our website to order by phone or mail. If you need a gift certificate during the months when we are closed (November, January, February) you are welcome to order it by mail or phone. See Gift Certificates at www.harlequinsgardens.com.
You will love these recordings made by some of the performers playing at our Holiday Open House this year!
The Boulder Irish Session ~ Sunday at Conor’s
At 28 years old, The Boulder Irish Session is a Boulder ‘institution’ and is still going strong. They are an informal, dynamic gathering of top-notch Front Range musicians who come together on Sunday evenings at Conor O’Neil’s Pub in downtown Boulder to share tunes and songs of the Celtic tradition. Over the years, the Session has gained many loyal followers who know they will always hear some of the best, most spirited live traditional Irish and Celtic music in the region on any given Sunday, comparable to sessions in Galway and County Clare. Harlequin’s Gardens co-owner Eve Brawner is one of the founding members of the Boulder Irish Session and is still a ‘regular’ there, playing English concertina, and singing. About six years ago, the Session produced this vibrant, live-in-the-studio CD, comprised of 15 tracks, presenting 33 of our favorite tunes and songs, played by an ensemble of Session members on fiddle, flute, banjo, concertina, button accordion, tin whistle, octave mandolin (bouzouki), guitar, bodhran and vocals.
Mason Brown ~ When Humans Walked the Earth
Mason Brown is a singer-songwriter and guitarist exploring the space where traditions and creative expression intersect. Mason’s fine voice, guitar, banjo, and viola da gamba can be heard in concerts around the region and in Irish Sessions in Boulder. His most recent solo album, When Humans Walked the Earth includes traditional and original songs and tunes, and performances with such noted artists as Randal Bays, Katäri Brown, Connie Dover, Mark Dudrow, Peter Halter, and Roger Landes. Mason is also a player in the Boulder Irish Session, a Zen Buddhist priest, and a student of ethnomusicology.
Come and hear Mason play at our Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 29 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Margo Krimmel ~ Icy December, White Birds
Margot is one of the region’s finest and most versatile harpists. Her fresh, innovative approach, passion and virtuosity have won her numerous awards. Her most recent CDs, Icy December and White Birds both feature Margot on harp and Beth Gadbaw’s exquisite vocals. They are superbly arranged collections of songs rooted in the Celtic tradition. Icy December offers a fresh selection of winter holiday songs, including Celtic and original songs. This is “music that touches the heart”. The Boulder Irish Session is often graced with Margot’s harp-playing on Sunday nights at Conor O’Neil’s. Margot teaches harp at her Boulder studio.
You can hear Margot perform at our Holiday Open House on Sunday, November 30, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.
Jon Sousa ~ Jon Sousa Solo, Jon Sousa & Jessie Burns, Twilight, One Year Out
Jon is one of the rising stars of Traditional Irish music and solo finger-style guitar, and has studied and performed to much acclaim in Ireland and Europe as well as Colorado. Jon’s musical journey started early in his life, including rock and electronic dance music, but after moving to Boulder in 2003, he fell deeply in love with Traditional Irish music. Jon plays both guitar and banjo. His impeccable technique and the grace and passion of his playing are dazzling. Jon teaches and performs as a duo with the equally talented Adam Agee on fiddle, and can sometimes be found at the Boulder Irish Session at Conor O’Neil’s. Jon & Adam hope to have an exciting new duo CD, Suan Trai, out in time for our Holiday Gift Market.
Come hear Adam perform at our Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 29, from 1:30 to 3:00pm.
Bonnie Phipps ~ Anything Goes
Boulder resident Bonnie Phipps is many things: an international performer, the 2013 Mountain Laurel Autoharp Champion, a former Winfield International Autoharp Champion, a published auther, winner of several national awards for her recordings, a folk singer, a song writer, a storyteller, an undeniable hit with both adult and family audiences, and a friend of ours for many years. She brings her virtuosity to crafting intricate instrumentals and songs that are both fresh and timeless, delighting audiences with her choice of repertoire, imaginative techniques, and creative arrangements. The twelve pieces on this CD span a variety of genres and styles, from jazz standards to traditional folk songs to the lush Malaguena. On many tracks she is joined by excellent musicians on acoustic bass, cello, guitar and percussion.
Farm Fork Food: A Year of Spectacular Recipes Inspired by Black Cat Farm – New!
by acclaimed Boulder chef and restaurateur Erik SkokanThe Denver Post calls Eric Skokan and his pioneering farm-to-table enterprises “the most ambitious do-it-yourself chef and restaurateur in Colorado, and among the most accomplished in the nation. In terms of the blossoming ‘locavore’ or local food movement, Skokan is a leader.” The 130-acre Black Cat Farm supplies Eric’s two highly acclaimed restaurants in downtown Boulder, Bramble & Hare and Black Cat Bistro, as well as a Farmer’s Market booth and CSA. Eric pours his unbounded energy into working hard at all of these enterprises, and loves every part of it. In ‘Farm Fork Food’ Eric shares his cooking philosophy, love of quality ingredients, “Things I’ve learned along the way”, and his inspirational recipes, and invites home cooks to feel the immediacy and excitement of vegetables and fruits just plucked from the garden. The 219 fabulous recipes are rooted in the seasons and the flavors unique to the Front Range region and are beautifully photographed by Con Poulos.
Please join Eric for a cooking demo and book-signing at our Holiday Gift Market on Saturday, December 6th, beginning at 3:30pm.
Recipes for a Sacred Life by local author Rivvy Neshama – New!
From dancing to forgiving, from walking at dawn to sharing dinner with a stranger, our friend Rivvy Neshama’s short true tales invite us to find the sacred in unexpected places and everyday life, connecting us more deeply with love, joy and purpose. Not your typical spiritual book, Recipes for a Sacred Life is rich in heart and humor. It begins with Rivvy’s mother’s recipe for roast chicken, and is written in such a personal, warm and authentic voice, that you may feel you too have known her for years. A wonderful gift book, luminous and uplifting. Recipes for a Sacred Life has received five national awards for inspirational/spiritual book of the year.
Come meet the author and have her sign your copies of the book on Sunday, December 14th from 2 to 3pm.
Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree, by local author Mark Andreas
Mark Andreas, a Life-Coach in Boulder, collected these 61 true stories of creative and compassionate ways out of conflict. Each story is unique in the resourceful and often surprising solutions that real people have found to change a fearful or threatening encounter into a humanizing connection. Not moralistic, and genuinely eye-opening, heart-opening and inspiring. It makes a wonderful gift that can be opened again and again. This excellent read was a big hit at our holiday gift market last year. Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree is strongly endorsed by Dan Millman (author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior), William Ury (author of Getting to Yes), and Eve & Mikl Brawner.
Meet the author and have him sign your copies of the book on Thursday December 4th from 2 to 3pm.
A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography
Our favorite local farmer/writer/activist Kayann Short, Ph.D., has written a marvelous and widely acclaimed memoir, A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography. In A Bushel’s Worth, Short writes about small-scale, organic farming at Stonebridge Farm in Lyons, along Colorado’s Front Range. At 22 seasons, Stonebridge is the oldest CSA in Boulder County. Through recipes, photographs, and her grandmother’s diaries, Kayann also looks back to her grandparents’ farms in North Dakota for lessons about farms as what she calls “cultivated space” where humans and nature form a fertile alliance. Short’s ecology-based memoir, is a reunion with a family’s farming past and a call to action for preservation of local farmland today. A Bushel’s Worth is a Rocky Mt. Land Library selection.
Chinook Book Sustainable Local Coupons
This coupon book makes a great gift (and do keep one for yourself!). Focusing on the Denver Metro and Boulder areas, it’s full of hundreds of discount coupons for environmentally conscious, organic, healthy and fair-trade products, stores, eateries and services you will really use, such as Boulder County and Denver Farmer’s Markets, Natural Grocers, McGuckin, Ace Hardware, Harlequin’s Gardens, Butterfly Pavillion, Colorado Music Festival, RTD, and so many more. All kinds of organic foods and personal care products, pet foods and services, stuff for kids and moms, gluten-free foods, classes, sporting goods, espresso, chocolate, pizza, granola bars, etc.Both the paper coupon book and the mobile app are available. Trust me – you or the lucky recipient will easily make back the cost of the book many times over.
Thank you so much for your support! We wish you a season of happiness and fulfillment, and we look forward to seeing you soon at our Holiday Gift Market.Eve & Mikl Brawner and the Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens