We know our customers have beautiful gardens (some have even shared them in our Virtual Garden Tour,) but when the snow is flying, or after a long summer day, it’s nice to retreat to a beautiful home. From hand-printed, dyed or stitched table linens to hand made pottery we’ve found some outstanding gift ideas: the perfect beeswax candle to light up the winter’s darkness, a handcrafted mug for the hot cocoa, an ornament for the tree, or some nature-inspired wall art to bring beauty inside.
We’ve had a wonderful response to this year’s Open House concerts and Holiday Gift Market, and we’ve had a great time meeting you all, helping you learn about the products and make your choices, and rejoicing in your support of the local artisan community. Thank you so much!
But it’s not over yet! We still have lots of beautiful, unique, useful, delicious and practical goods to choose from, from Mushroom kits to earrings, CDs from the local musicians you heard at our open house, and a whole lot more! Here are some more ideas for thoughtful gift-giving, whether it’s for the holidays or some other occasion.
Jen Grant creates these cheerful and artful flags with her original designs. Display your affection for wildflowers, bees, birds, bicycles, etc. by garlanding a doorway, deck, porch, window or wall. Her original block-printed designs are made in Lafayette, CO.
Our friend Clark has turned what used to be a family hobby into a full-time business. In his Longmont studio, he makes delightful cast beeswax candles that come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including several designs that are cast in on traditional European holiday season candle molds. Clark brought back some cool new geometric molds from Prague this year, included in the vast array we are offering.
Amber Lights candles are highly decorative, wonderfully detailed, naturally endowed with a heavenly honey scent, and burn clean and smokeless.
Hanukkah begins early this year at sundown on Sun., November 28th. A set of dripless, smokeless, hand-dipped beeswax candles from Amber Lights contains all the candles you’ll need to light the Menorah through the entire 8-day holiday. And they smell wonderful! And they come in a lovely blue mesh bag. And they are Local. And if you have no use for Hanukkah candles, we have everything from birthday candles to 6″ pillars, bee-skeps to Buddha heads, Deco to dragons, reindeer to roses, all beautifully crafted from our friend Clark at Amber Lights.
Amy Mundinger of Pine Tree Studios is truly a gifted craftswoman, with a keen eye for color and design, and well-honed skills in fiber arts from crochet to embroidery on upcycled felt, and free-motion quilting with hand-dyed 100% cotton fabrics. Amy is an active and prominent member of the Handweavers Guild of Boulder, which will hold its 2021 Fiber Art Show & Sale from November 3-7 at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.
This year, in addition to wonderful felt ornaments, flowers and needlebooks, and collaged and stitched cards, she has designed and sewn some very comfortable, effective, and attractive face masks, our favorite ones!
Their name may lead you to believe that they are a law firm. But to the contrary, Dana Jones and Amy Baxter are two Niwot moms who began sewing face masks at the onset of the pandemic and found they enjoyed working with fabric so much that they kept going, making charming, retro-styled all-cotton aprons (for grown-ups and kids), tea towels, placemats, and napkins. Amy and Dana use soft, absorbent cotton flour-sack material for their casual towels and tableware, and source their accent fabrics from local independent shops.
Cathy is a nationally exhibited potter making stoneware functional ceramics. She has been a Boulder resident forever. Most of her work gets shipped out, but she was able to spare us a few of her perfect garlic keepers!
We met Courtland at a Loveland art fair this summer, where his work was drawing crowds. When we got close enough to see, the reason was obvious – displays of beautiful turned wood urns, bowls and trays in elegant shapes. Courtland’s favorite woods to work with are burls and other ‘figured’ woods – spalted, birdseye, etc., which lend fascinating pattern and color variation.
We chose a collection of maple burl pieces, and a group of more casual cottonwood bowls and trays. All bowls and trays have food-safe finishes.
Inspired by Colorado’s wildlife and the outdoors, Amanda Maldonado makes delightful drawings of local animals in pen and ink. This year, we’re selling postcards and prints of these fun, hand-illustrated critters, and her brilliant, NEW Watercolor Postcard Kits!
This kit has everything you need to color in some fun barn animal postcards using watercolor! Watercolor allows you to blend and customize the color you want on the paper more easily than markers, crayons, and coloring pencils. The kit includes 5 postcards, a palette of 6 watercolors, and a free water brush pen. Amanda has hand-made her own luscious watercolor paints from locally collected plant materials!
Our customer and friend Diane Patterson makes these wonderful ornaments, called Temari, which date back to ancient Japan, where Temari was originally a handcraft of upper class women. Intricate designs were embroidered on handmade balls using silk threads from kimonos. The balls were used as toys.
Temari are unique, beautiful, colorful gifts. Attractive hanging as a single ornament, grouped in a bowl, used in a centerpiece, given as a housewarming gift, or simply to hold and admire, they will be treasured for many years.
In the same nature-inspired spirit that imbues her jewelry and scarves, Dilia has created one-of-a-kind, original, monoprinted cards. They are blank inside, awaiting your own greeting. Or you can frame them as works of art!
Heather Borden brought us her ceramic plants – flower bouquets in vases and succulent rosettes crafted in great detail from clay.
Photo coming soon!
Eve’s friend Sue Hagedorn is a Longmont fiber artist. She has brought us an assortment of beautiful indigo-dyed napkins, scarves and recycled clothing.
An Anchorage, AK native, she became interested in indigo dyeing at a workshop there and was drawn to its healing and quiet contemplative properties. She has explored dyeing with a variety of natural materials on natural fiber fabrics, table linens, clothing and paper of all kinds. Sue and Longmont artist Stephanie Hilvitz share their passion for indigo and eco-dying by offering wonderful workshops; their latest one is about natural dyeing with materials from the forest floor. She can be contacted at email@example.com .
Years ago, Julie and Eve were classmates at the Boulder Potters Guild. Her passion for clay subsequently led her to create her own home studio in Longmont, where she applies her hand-building skills and sense of whimsy to making delightful decorative and functional pieces.
Now a Guild member and a teacher there, Julie says “I am drawn to texture and find my roots coming through in my work. I am inspired by nature and by the patterns of repetition: the simplicity of a house, the design formed by bicycle gears, the delicate texture in a leaf, the rolling rocks in a rambling stone wall, and the ridges on a sea turtle’s shell.”
Back by popular demand! Notecards of vibrant paintings by renowned Boulder watercolor artist and muralist Kathleen Lanzoni feature local landscapes and floral subjects. This year Kathleen will also offer some of her giclee prints and several original paintings.
Kathleen has been the recipient of numerous awards, especially for her plein air paintings (painted from life on-site, not in the studio). She is also a wonderful painting teacher and mentor.
Kelly is a font of creativity: writer, singer, painter, and more. This year, Kelly has been able to devote a lot of time to honing her skills in a life-long passion, pastel painting, and we reap the benefits! We offer some of her smaller pieces, mostly local Boulder County landscapes.
We love using Khala cloths, the original Beeswax Wraps in the US. They are the creation of Asa and Tamar McKee, who now reside in Boulder, where they produce their environmentally responsible alternatives to plastic wrap and plastic bags. Khala Cloths can be used to cover and seal a bowl of left-overs, and make the best wrapping for keeping cheeses, breads and vegetables fresh longer.
Every Khala Cloth comes in zero waste packaging and the cloth used is organic cotton and hemp grown in North America – no bleaching, no chemicals! Khala Cloths will have a long life (several years) when properly cared for.
Lois Edgar is a longtime member of the Boulder Potters Guild. She has been exploring techniques with clay for many years and has developed a style that is both earthy and charming. Many of her pieces are embellished with her delightful paintings of chickadees, owls, quail, horses, and other birds and wildlife.
This year we feature her porcelain wares and salt-fired pieces.
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 fabulous collection of fabrics and a mastery of design and craftsmanship combine to make Lynn’s work really special. We love seeing her beautiful potholders hanging on our stove, and they have held up in our kitchen for a very long time. Sturdy and machine-washable, they are not only gorgeous but also practical.
This year we offer her Baby Quilts, Quilted Potholders, Table-Runners, and Eyeglass cases, and Peace Garlands. Lynn lives just over the hills in Paonia, CO.
Pele Levy-Strauss started out a native New Zealander, was raised in the Marshall Islands and Hawaii (she was named for the goddess of the famous volcano there), went to college in Durango, and fell in love with Colorado. Now in Boulder, Pele discovered a passion for the craft of Macramé.
Unlike most textiles, Macramé is produced using knotting, rather than weaving or knitting. Long crafted by sailors and crafted in many parts of the world, Macramé emerged in the US in the 1960s, associated with hippie culture. It has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity for its sculptural qualities, natural materials and refreshing simplicity.
Pele has made a number of lovely, practical and affordable macramé creations for our holiday gift market!
For decades, our friend Tom Theobald 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 go perfectly with our Traditional Majolica candle holders. Available in pairs, either clear-wrapped or gift boxed.
Our friend Fred Hall is a dedicated ‘rockhound’, with a special passion for petrified wood. His expeditions in Utah have yielded some wonderful specimens from the Jurassic era, including segments in which the exterior bark texture has been preserved, and the interiors have been replaced with vividly multicolored agate. A recent exploration in Texas yielded a treasure-trove of crystalline geodes and other beautiful mineral specimens!
Each piece comes with an identification tag and a text explaining the process by which petrified wood was formed. Sizes range from 1” to 6” in height, varying widths.
We met Nicole at an art festival last summer, where her work stood out as gems of elegant, practical, original design and superb crafting. Working on the wheel, she often alters her pieces by removing areas of clay to create forms with movement and flowing lines. Her shapes and surface decoration are contemporary and playful, and most of her current work is fired in the soda kiln that Nicole recently built herself.
Nicole lives and works in the lovely mountain town of La Veta, CO, where she also founded a gallery, and she has taught art since 2006 at CO State University in Pueblo. For three years Nicole traveled with a team of ceramic artists to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to teach pottery-making skills to employees of an art-based, socially conscious business called Papillion Enterpises. Her high-fired porcelain bowls, mugs, herb-strippers, etc. are durable, dishwasher and microwave safe and a delight to see and to use!
Artisan Renée McDougall of Longmont became interested in crafting with glass while working at the Stained Glass Supply Company. She works mostly in fused glass, a process that can take up to 11 hours from start to finish. Renée uses her home studio for crafting many different glass pieces, from jewelry to bowls and hanging art.
We think her cast glass hanging Green Man faces will make a lovely addition to any gardener’s window or porch!
Sondra’s beautiful pressed-flower botanical cards and ornaments are a true delight and will be treasured for years! Sondra also brings us her original hard-knitted hats and headbands, featured in our Personal Adornment section.
We are fortunate that Theresa Haberkorn, woodcut printmaker, has made Boulder her home for more than two decades. Her masterful woodcut 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 charming wall calendar, hand-bound journals, and an assortment of cards.
To find out more about the process of woodcut printing, visit Theresa Haberkorn Artist | Printmaker | Designer.
Our friends Thea Tenenbaum and Raffaele Malferrari have for many years been well known around Boulder and beyond for their charming tradition-based Italian majolica pottery. Since Thea’s sad passing, Raffaele and their daughter Gelsie have been working together in the studio to continue the family’s tradition.
Majolica is a process requiring multiple firings and great skill with the paintbrush. Their exquisitely detailed mugs depicting local animals, birds and insects, and tradition-inspired abstract designs will be treasured by anyone lucky enough to receive them!
These colorful nylon hammocks and packs are Boulder-designed, fair-trade produced and thoughtfully designed to be incredibly comfortable and durable, holding up to 400 pounds. They come in sizes to serve as everything from a hanging chair or gear-holder to a perfect bed for two. They’re also easy to clean, last for many years, and scrunch down into a little-bitty stuff-sack for easy, lightweight travel. And Trek Light hammocks are not just for lounging and snuggling. Many customers have found that TL hammocks gave them their first sound sleep without back pain in years. They then ditched their mattresses (of all kinds) and have slept in heavenly peace ever since!
The Bindle Pack emerges from its really tiny, attached stuff-sack to serve as the perfect daypack once you’ve set up your base camp. Or around town! Eve keeps hers in the glove compartment and pops her purse, jacket, and water bottle into the pack for impromptu hikes.
Our first-ever scented and poured candles are from Longmont resident Kym Terribile, who started making candles a few years ago when she found out that the candles she was burning were full of toxic chemicals.
Wax Crescent candles are made with pure ingredients: US-grown soy wax, scented with phthalate-free fragrance oils and high-quality essential oils, and the wicks are lead-free, zinc-free cotton. The recyclable glass jars are adorned with attractive labels. If lighting a candle signifies creating a sacred space for yourself, why would you settle for less?
We’d been looking for some finely handcrafted small wood products for the home, at affordable prices, and finally found Wooden Images. Located in Missoula MT, the workshop was founded in 1980 in John Bakula’s garage. In 1981 his brother Mark joined him, and they’ve been designing and creating intricately patterned items that are original, functional and beautiful since then.
“We pride ourselves on meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail and feel it shows in the beauty and durability of each piece we make. There are no computers doing any of the work, just two guys, with imagination and decades of experience, and some power tools.”
The pieces we will feature this year include some great gift items – magnetic knife-racks and business card holders (pictured left).
Zink Metal Art is the collaborative effort of Charlotte and Ben Zink, who have made their whimsical and flowing designs of metal for home and garden for the past 16 years in Berthoud, CO.
Their steel garden sculptures are graceful, original, very easy to install, and affordable, and similar designs are available as smaller garden ornaments, indoor wall-pieces and as pendants on necklaces. Charlotte also makes wonderful cards and tiny paintings with similar free-flowing designs. All make great gifts!