Merry Christmas...

Hope you're stomping your boots at the place you want to be.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
                           Daryl and Nicole.

7 more sleeps...

You know how plans go. 2 months ago I would have told you that by this time the blog would be jam-packed with pictures of all things Christmas. But, thankfully, we had great shows this year, followed by orders upon orders to fill and ship, short-notice trips out west to visit family...and on top of it all, after a long and painful fight-for-life, my camera has finally been laid to rest.
So for now, a few of the pictures I was able to take.

    One of Nicole's primitive fabric angels, with feather wings and old wire halo. Sold out.

Scented and spiced cast-beeswax stocking of many styles that we make from our own handmade moulds. Sold out.

13 inch Chalkware Belsnickels, cast from my own handmade mould. Painted, distressed, flecked with mica and carrying a little handmade tree slip. Sold out.

One of our heart decorations with text,
as seen on Gap interiors, here.

Baby, it's cold outside...






It's that time of year, when I start thinking about how fortunate I was to have grown up in the time and place that I did. Maybe it sounds like a cliche, but I really don't remember a single gift that I got for Christmas when I was a kid.  I remember all the good stuff... the late night skating parties on the slough (pond), hayrides, sitting on straw bales by a huge bonfire with a mug of hot chocolate, snow-forts and snowball fights, northern lights and hoarfrost... even things like trudging out to do the chores and checking on my trapline on mornings that were sometimes minus 40 degrees... have somehow become good memories. 
Now I must be getting old, because I'm happy to stay warm and dry and content to just remember those things. 

Victorian Santas

approx.13"tall (sold out)
approx.14.25" tall (sold out)
Reproductions that I made using aged copies of old Victorian Santa images. Each holds a handmade sisal bottlebrush tree and pack of dried sweet annie. Mounted on very heavy pasteboard with folding easel-backs to make them freestanding. The print for the 2nd image was from the Dec.1867 Harper's Bazaar, which included instructions for making your own Pinecone Santa. (I did a few of my own versions of those last winter, with my results below.)

sold out
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