Flower Apron from Bale & Twine
One sharp looking handmade apron from Bale & Twine. The handy front pocket and blue leather detailing make this apron perfectly giftable.
Whether he’s strolling through the savannah, chilling in the jungle, or hanging out at the water hole, Rhinoceros can’t go anywhere without his bird pals. Painted in a whimsical storybook style full of fun and imagination, this painting is perfect for adding charm to a child’s room or nursery.… details »
Inspirational message in hand rendered text, digitally coloured and printed onto hessian embossed heavy bright white card.
I’ve been a fan of Nikki McClure for some time. Her exquisite paper cuttings are simply wondrous in their detail. She uses an exacto knife to create her beautiful images, each from a single sheet of paper. The painstaking detail. The complexity. I find her work enchanting and perfected suited to children’s illustrations. Her collection of books are available at Buy Olympia, along with a lovely assortment of notecards, gift tags and other paper beauties.
Mama Is It Summer Yet? is a heartwarming tale of a little boy who asks the same question of his mother, again and again; a theme familiar to mothers who try to satisfy the curiosity and eagerness of their little ones, and to children for whom waiting a few weeks might as well be a few decades.
The First 1000 Days is a baby journal unlike most. Parents have long enjoyed chronicling their children’s early days of life, but Nikki’s illustrations elevate the experience to a creating a work of art that will be eventually passed on to your child. There’s lots of room for notes and such, and tons of her beautiful work to inspire to more than a record of the order that solid foods were introduced. This journal makes you want to write something wise and eternal. My children are six and three and I’m thinking about buying two of these, just because they are so beautiful and poetic.
“The Great Chicken Escape is a true story, or as close to truth as I could ascertain from the chickens themselves.” These are Nikki’s own words about this book. And judging by her illustrations of nuns wrangling chickens, this will probably be one of those books that your child requests over and over.
Nikki is a self-taught artist who has been making paper cuts since 1996 and who produces her own merchandise. You can find Nikki’s books, t-shirts, notecards and other merchandise, as well as her original paper cuts on Buy Olympia.
iLE AiYE: I Produce ladies knitted fashion, felted purses and felt art, as well as ladies jewellery.
I try to create a unique style, which flatters a womans figure to it’s best.
My designs are sold to young girls right up to older ladies, and I’ve found they are the perfect gift for friends, or the ideal garment for your wardrobe.
Everything is hand knitted, and produced by me, I have taught myself to knit, and therefore I make up my own patterns and designs, I am as yet still unable to read and execute a knitting pattern.
I try to use 80% recycled / discontinued yarns, in my products, which often means my work is part of a limited edition or a complete original.
Are you short a few last minute original gifts? It’s not too late to choose a thoughtful handmade present for even the most difficult to buy for people in your life. With just a few clicks you can have the perfect gift on its way by finding a GiftShipper artist on Etsy or Artfire. GiftShippers are artists who will ship your purchase directly to your intended recipient, complete with personalized packaging and a hand written note with your sentiments included, without any additional charge. What better way to send a last minute gift quickly and easily?
To find a handmade GiftShipper artist, simply go to your favorite handmade venue and search for the word “GiftShipper”. You’ll find lots of great artisan gifts from artists who will creatively package and quickly ship your selection, along with a note of your choosing, directly to the person you designate (US addresses only) at no additional charge. Often they will gift wrap as well (sometimes for an extra cost). To make choosing even easier, you can add search terms such as “giftshipper jewelry” or “giftshipper top“. You can get as specific as you’d like to come up with the perfect gift.
If you’d like your gift to arrive before Christmas, be sure to contact your GiftShipper artisan before placing your order to see if expedited shipping is necessary. If so, you may have the option of shipping Priority or overnight, but to be sure ask before purchasing. Don’t forget to mention that your purchase is a GiftShipper gift when you order, and specify the contents of the note that you’d like the artist to include with the gift.
Now, if we could just find someone who will write the Thank You notes! Happy Holidays, and thanks for shopping handmade!
The Christmas themed organic napkins above are from: Nikki Designs
Have you already got your shopping done? I’m not going to brag but mine is all finished! Ok, fine – you just heard some bragging. This is the last post in my series of holiday gift guides, and this one features a little bit of everything for all the special people on your list. One note – I’ve included a mix of items, from shops in both Canada and the United States. That means some items may not make it in time for the big day without some express shipping. Or one thing that truly can work well – print out a photo of the item and wrap it up. I actually love receiving a gift a bit late – it makes it feel like the holidays aren’t over yet!
It seems most of us are more than a little bit addicted to our iphones, ipads, or ipod touches. So I’d describe this as a gift for the tech-lover but we probably all have tons of people on our list that would love a cool stand or dock from Woodwerx.
Woodwerx shop owner, David, lives not too far away from me – which is always fun! His creations are all made from reclaimed wood, including walnut, cedar, and maple.
I know my favourite dog loving friend would be pretty darn happy if I got her a personalized dog bowl for her cute little pooch! I love these ones from Luckypups:
Have some sweet newlyweds on your list? Guaranteed they’d love a beautiful personalized vase from Los Angeles based Maid of Clay Ceramics:
We’re going to cover every stage of life here – how about those new parents or grandparents who want to have some pictures of their little bundle of joy at the ready? Check out these mini brag books from Painted Fish Studio:
When in doubt – handmade bath products are always a fan favourite! Olive Bath and Body is also from right here in British Columbia and their product titles alone (Winter spice, Forest walk, Italian orange) have me craving some of their all natural soap!
There you have it – lots of last minute gift ideas, hope these help you as you’re wrapping up your shopping!