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.
BRING LIGHT to THE DARK SEASON
Looking for Solstice gifts? Candles bring light to the dark season and presage the slowly increasing daylight. And we have the best, locally crafted candles!
Amber Lights casts fragrant beeswax in a wonderful and unique range of shapes and sizes, from elegant to fanciful, simple to ornate.
Tom Theobald of Niwot Honey Farm has been crafting his elegant, fragrant dipped beeswax taper candles for many decades, and they are perfect!
Wax Crescent poured soy-wax candles are gently scented with non-toxic fragrance oils and beautifully presented in reusable glass jars.
Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Christmas inspire many of us to decorate our surroundings. We have an unusual and fun assortment of specific and non-denominational ornaments for tree and table. In addition to our many candles, some favorite ornaments are:
Lynn Mattingly’s Peace Garlands
Julie Neri’s collectible ceramic trees with interchangeable star or bird toppers
Charlotte Zink’s whimsical hanging mini-sculptures in stainless steel
Sondra Finch’s felted pressed wildflower ornaments
Amy Mundinger’s felt-wrapped spindles depicting owls, foxes, and mushrooms
Pele’s fringed cotton macrame ornaments, and
Diane’s wonderful intricately threaded Temari in several sizes.
CARDS & ART ON PAPER
Sending a handwritten card made by a local artist brings your greetings in a personal and memorable way that will be appreciated. Choose from:
Kathleen Lanzoni’s cards with prints of her wondrous watercolor landscapes (We also offer full-sized prints and original watercolors from Kathleen!)
Dilia Salvador’s original monoprints, worthy of framing, adorn the front of each card, and a pop-up flower provides a surprise on the inside!
Charlotte Zink’s cards feature the whimsical and uniquely fluid designs seen in her metal sculptures. Printed on vibrant colored papers, they’re guaranteed to make you smile!
Amy Mundinger’s cards are big and bold cloth pictures, artfully designed, sewn and ornamented!
Amanda Maldonado of Coy Ink draws the loveliest scenes and whimsical animal portraits for her postcards, and has 8×10” prints, and coloring kits that include her handmade watercolor paints she made from locally collected plants!
ART & DÉCOR
We are also offering a range of affordable art and decorative pieces to gift yourself or a special friend:
Kelly Manley brought us a handful of tiny pastel paintings of local landscapes, framed and ready to stand on a desk or table.
Theresa Haberkorn is a master woodblock printmaker. Every year she designs and prints a beautiful wall calendar that unrolls from a little ‘tube’. A must-have! We also have small journals made from Theresa’s printing proofs.
Pele Levy-Strauss makes lovely, affordable macrame wall-pieces that hold potted plants, or just ornament a wall in a simple room.
Heather Borden brought us her ceramic plants – flower bouquets in vases and succulent rosettes crafted in great detail from clay.
Courtland Hacker’s wood-turning made a grand debut at our holiday market this year, and there are just a few pieces left, including a very special maple burl urn with a dramatic topper!
FOR KITCHEN & TABLE
Khala Cloths food wraps – the best thing since bees! These easy-to-clean, flexible, durable, biodegradable food wraps enable you to wrap or cover foods for the fridge or lunchbox, and re-use many times, so you can kick the plastic habit! The organic hemp-cotton fabric is infused with beeswax and plant resins so it will stick to cover bowls of leftovers, partial cucumbers, sandwiches, you name it! “The heat of hands quickly makes them pliable to wrap and hold onto anything – from glass, to plastic, to ‘naked’ fruit.”
Lynn Mattingly makes the most beautiful quilts. We have always carried her potholders (almost too beautiful to use), and stunning table-runners. And this year we have one exquisite baby-quilt that can also be hung on a wall as an art piece.
Sue Hagedorn of Indigo Blues has fallen in love with the ancient art of dying with plant-derived indigo. She’s been dying everything she finds, and has brought us unique napkins, table-runners and miscellaneous pieces to set a stylish table with one of nature’s most beautiful colors.
Baxter & Jones midcentury retro styled cotton table and kitchen linens are as fresh and charming as can be. They source and sew locally and make affordable table and kitchen linens and aprons.
Our ceramic artists are some of the very best in the state. Their work has been selling fast, so if you were thinking about picking out some pieces, now is the time!
Catherine Abelson stoneware pottery – we have one garlic-keeper left!
Nicole Copel – we still have some of her beautiful soda-fired stoneware bowls, cups, and herb-strippers, modern and earthy with a touch of sprightliness!
Lois Edgar – Lois has a substantial following, and has kindly re-stocked our shelf, so we have a few lovely bowls and mugs. Going, going,……
Malferrari Traditional Majolica – another icon of our local ceramics talent! We still have a few wonderful mugs from Raffaele and Gelsie, but they won’t last the week!
PORCH & GARDEN
Charlotte Zink Sculptures are full of curvaceous zest! The small pieces we have this week make perfect partners for potted plants!
Renee MacDougal’s Cast Glass Green Man – Green, and also in teal, aqua, gold, royal blue…..
Flowering Bulbs – see our current list of offerings
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