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Handcrafted Holiday Gift Ideas 2013

holiday gift ideas - fabric covered journals by Kerry Cassill via Atticmag

A collection of holiday gift ideas to start the season.

Still shopping for that final gift, or need ideas to get started?  Here is a trio of handmade holiday gift ideas that would be well received. Beautiful Kerry Cassill fabrics cover the exterior and inside of these personal journals.  The heavy weight ivory colored paper is perfect for writing or drawing.  The online shop also carries bedding, curtains and clothing featuring these gorgeous fabric prints.

Gifts sets from Beehive Alchemy contain homemade soaps, scrubs and lotions, along with a glass votive, for pampering the body and soul. Oils are sourced from local or sustainable sources whenever possible, and they grow many of the botanicals used in their products. … Continue Reading


Glass Pumpkins for Fall

hand-blown glass pumpkin from Northwest Glass Pumpkins via Atticmag

Decorate for the season with glass pumpkins, unique works of art.

Beautiful pumpkins are created in various sizes, shapes and a rainbow of colors by the artists of Tacoma Glassblowing Studio.  They are the perfect fall accent, but can also be enjoyed as decorative accessories year-round.  The Washington state studio sponsors glass pumpkin patch events each fall, where almost two thousand one-of-a-kind pumpkins are available for purchase.  Strolling through the Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patch must be a spectacular sight!  Check the website for dates and locations or to shop online.  A portion of each purchase is given to local and international children’s charities.… Continue Reading


Animal Themed Pottery

animal themed pottery with fox by Tasha McKelvey via Atticmag

Made to order pottery perfect for holiday gift giving.

The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming!  I know, I know…   Even though I don’t like to see holiday decorations out before Halloween, it is time to start ordering gifts for friends and loved ones that require custom order lead times.  Tasha McKelvey creates animal themed pottery — clay work intended to be useful, “art that is mean to be touched.”  The fox mini dish [above] is made of high-fired white stoneware, thrown on the potter’s wheel, with a hand-sculpted fox.  And you can choose your own pottery color.  It’s just the right size to hold cheese or store jewelry.… Continue Reading


Felted Wool Pillows

felted wool pillows by Alison Cannon - Woollymama Fiber Art via Atticmag

A collection of handmade decorative pillows.

Alison Cannon experimented in many different art forums over the years, but she fell in love with the medium of felted wool. Inspiration for her felted wool pillow designs come from the textures and shapes in nature, as well as the funky 70’s.  Pillow fronts are created using a combination of appliqué, layering techniques and esoteric Japanese Shibori which is a group of special binding, pleating and stitching methods adapted to materials. The pillow backs feature solid colors with hand quilting [below] while pillow faces have  rich colors and playful contemporary designs. Each pillow is both a lovely crafts piece and a work of hand-stitched art.… Continue Reading


Artisan Home Decor

artisan home decor - American ash side tables from Grain via atticmag

A selection of artisan home decor, original handcrafted items for interiors.

Earlier this week in Tubs of Color, Jane touched on the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) which took place in New York City.  The show focuses on the latest and greatest from around the globe including artisan home decor.  Washington State-based Grain Design is introducing their scooped tabletop Dish coffee and side tables.  The pieces are made of solid American ash, shown with clear oil and black satin finish.  Custom finishes are also available.  The water jet cut mirror is another new creation.  The mirror is hand stitched to its backing with hemp twine. … Continue Reading


Digital Print Floor Mats

digital print floor mat by Domestic Construction via atticmag

Unique digital print floor mats are an alternative that will fool the eyes.

Our youngest daughter has been looking for a new rug for her foyer area.  The problem has been finding a floor covering that fits her eclectic style and can hold up to traffic without quickly getting dirty (then needing to be replaced).  I may have found just the ticket when I ran across the digital print floor mats by Domestic Construction.  Original hand-cut paper designs are digitally printed onto a poly-face that is fused to a skid-resistant rubber backing.  The low profile of the mats allows doors to easily pass over. … Continue Reading