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Handcrafted Holiday Gift Ideas 2013

handcrafted walnut iPhone dresser tray by BushakanSF via Atticmag

A collection of gift giving ideas to start the season.

Still shopping for that final gift, or need ideas to get started?  This trio features handmade items to sure please.  Beautiful Kerry Cassill prints cover the exterior and inside of these covered 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 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


Gift Ideas 3

Kenya red pet food bowl by Jayes Studio

Even more gift giving suggestions for the holidays.

I’ve only made a small dent in my list, how about you?  If you’re still looking, these one-of-a-kind kilim coaster sets are created from handwoven rug remnants.  The wool absorbs while the leather backing protects furniture.

This Scandinavian Folk Stripe tray is a kaleidoscope of color.  Each hand crafted beauty is made from a single sheet of birch wood, and they are dishwasher safe.  It makes me want to hunt down my Spirograph drawing toy from the 70’s.

Last, but not least, our furry family will enjoying dining from this Kenya red dog bowl. … Continue Reading


Gift Ideas 2

set of three lined tin storage baskets by Creative Co-op

More gift-giving suggestions for the holidays.

My quest to get a head start on holiday shopping began last week with Sustainable Gift Ideas.  Like many, I’m on the look out year round for items I think my family and friends will enjoy receiving.  My youngest daughter recently purchased the larger two of these lined metal baskets to use for children’s toy storage.  Her older sister immediately snapped a picture to send to a friend who was looking for something to hold dog toys.  Baskets are generously sized and are perfect to keep toys, kindling, firewood, throws and more close by. … Continue Reading


Sustainable Gift Ideas

handmade blue and white glaze dinnerware from Canvas Home Store

A collection of gift giving ideas to start the season.

One of my goals over the next few weeks is to inspire those who wait until the last minute (you know who you are!) to start shopping early this year.  Why not be finished before Thanksgiving?!  Okay, so maybe that’s pushing it… but at least make a dent in the list before the rush.  Soapstone has been a popular surface material in the kitchen for awhile, and these soapstone picture frames are just as elegant.  Each piece is hand carved by an Indian artisan cooperative using traditional hand tools. Elegant yet masculine, old world or modern, they’ll look great anywhere.… Continue Reading


Scandinavian Home Decor

porcelian light catcher bowl by Hanne Bertelsen

Original woven and ceramic treasures for your home.

When we were about to be married, Mr. Shops and I visited my parents who were living near the Pennsylvania Amish.  Never one to pass up a good shop-while-traveling opportunity, our purchases included hand sewn quilts, delicious hard pretzels and colorful rag rugs.  Mother-daughter duo designer Susan Serra and Kelly Serra Donovan travel much farther — to Scandinavian countries — seeking beautiful and original works of art for others to enjoy in their homes.  Among the select artisanal wares are handwoven rugs and distinctive ceramics.  These heavy duty rugs are made by tightly weaving strips of cloth recycled from clothes, bedding, curtains and whatever else is no longer in good original shape, but too good to trash. … Continue Reading


Zulu Wire Art Decor

Zulu telephone wire baskets from Hillary Thomas Design

Handcrafted accessories present the opportunity to personalize our homes.

Colorful plastic-coated copper telephone wire is hand-woven by South African Zulu artists into beautiful lamp shade finials and baskets.  They adapted traditional grass weaving techniques to create the intricate, swirling designs and their attention to detail is evident in the bold patterns.  Purchasing these products enables the many telephone wire artisans in rural Africa to support themselves and their families.  More Zulu wire baskets can be found in Museum Store Christmas and Displaying Large Collections. Baskets of Africa provides more information about African Fair Trade Baskets.

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