Fluted ceramic little wren flower vase by little wren pottery
This fluted vase was handmade from white Devonshire stoneware clay. Its outwardly curving shape was created by working with my potters wheel, a throwing rib was used to skim the surface of this pot as it was being created to give a smooth finish.
The perfect necklace
This beauty is made from hand forged pieces linked together to make the perfect necklace.
Jasmine, Lilac and Freesia Hand Rolled Soap
This alluring soap is a blend of jasmine oil with just a touch of lilac and freesia to deepen and really bring out the scent of the jasmine. This is an all-natural, detergent free vegan soap made with organic ingredients. details »
Wine stopper from Spaeny Wood Studio
If all has gone according to plan, by the time you read this I’ll be on a mini vacation in the midst of the Columbia River Gorge’s beautiful wine country! I feel like I’ve been on vacation a lot lately – certainly more than any other recent year, but my husband insisted we go. And at some point I said ok, twist my rubber arm – and I know that getting away from work really does helps me to re-focus in the long run. Almost every year we head to Oregon, and to the Columbia River Gorge so he can go kiteboarding. It’s kind of a crazy sport – a hybrid of windsurfing, surfing, and parasailing that involves flying through the air and doing tricks with the help of generous wind gusts, a sail, and a surfboard that’s strapped to your feet. The Gorge happens to be the perfect place for it, so that’s why we go! That aside, Hood River is a really sweet little town – and more than once we’ve discussed doing a house swap with a local, as we think it’d be a fun place to spend a summer.
Wine tags from Say Anything Jewelry
We’ve never visited any of the area’s wineries, but we’ve decided we ought to this year. To be honest I’m not really a fan of wine, I prefer totally unsophisticated, girly drinks, that have more resemblance to a slurpee. But I’ve found that I really enjoy an occasional visit to a winery – they are usually so charming and there is something decadent about having a drink in the afternoon. One of my favourite winery trips was a couple years ago – we visited a friend in nearby Victoria, BC – and ended up riding bikes to several wineries near her home – I’ve got to tell you that made for a very fun trip back to her house.
Lazy Susan – perfect for a wine and cheese party, from: The Wine Crafters
So, with wine on my mind I’ve rounded up a few finds from Etsy! I hope your week has been wonderful and that you’ve got something fun planned for Labor Day long weekend.
Wine bottle holder from: Tim Sway Perspectives
I liked Diana Prichard’s guest post on berries so much that I invited her to be a regular columnist on Try Handmade — she loves food made by real people, and I hope you enjoy her weekly Handmade Food offerings.
“She is a freelance writer and wanna-be homesteader living in rural Michigan with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, three horses, a small flock of chickens and an ever-changing menagerie of other farm animals large and small. She is a self-proclaimed homegrown and artisan food junkie, who in the year 2009 set the goal to grow most of her family’s food in their own garden. She didn’t succeed, but she did make a lot of progress. And there’s always next year.” (more)
I think she’s the right person for this job ;)
A few years ago my husband came home from work with a dark green, unmarked wine bottle in his hand. “Its boysenberry” was the only description I got as he thrust the bottle at me through the front door when I greeted him.
That night after the kids were tucked into bed, the house quiet I settled on the sofa with the bottle, a glass, and a trashy T.V. show. There, I fell in love. The boysenberry wine, it turned out, was a homemade creation by one of the husband’s colleagues from fruit grown in his backyard. Since then we’ve been lucky enough to be the recipients of many bottles of his wine. A few more boysenberry, a handful of bottles of blueberry, a coveted bottle of some of the best strawberry I’ve ever tasted and yes, even a few traditional grape wines. Never will he accept payment, only the promise that we’ll return the empty bottles – and that we do.
Still, I love wine and loving sharing wine even more. His generous gifts are hardly enough to keep me in drinks the year through. Enter: my complete and utter obsession with local wines. An obsession spurred by a lone unmarked bottle of Boysenberry those years ago and encouraged by a bottle of Michigan made wine I received as a gift from my sister-in-law for Christmas in 2007.
I look back now on my quaint naivete with humor. How I had, even if it had only been briefly in the very infancy of my wine sampling journey, eschewed wines not from the wine regions. How I had assumed anything made locally would be subpar. I don’t live in Napa Valley, after all.
Now, I cannot get enough of the stuff. But more importantly cannot believe I spent so much time not knowing how many local wineries there really are. Here and every where. Across the United States, from Pennsylvania’s ninety-nine plus wineries to Arkansas’ well-established Post Familie winery and vineyard, the country is ripe with local drinks made of local produce. Even North Dakota has an established winery. Pointe of View Winery was the state’s first and was federally bonded in 2002. And while I’m no wine connoisseur, their Rhubarb wine sounds delicious.
To find local wineries near you search for wine + your state’s abbreviation in Google. Most states have websites like the one linked above for Pennsylvania that are dedicated to helping consumers locate wineries in the area. Happy sampling!
ArtShrink: I have been painting for fifteen years and am represented locally by Mo’s Gallery here in Tucson. My work tends to be on the expressionist side of realism. I love the land where I grew up (near Prescott, Arizona) but also the southern part of the state where I live. I teach art to disabled adults. I cook. I drink wine.
GamiWorks: I’m a Kansas City native, transplanted in Houston with dreams to retire in Antigua, Guatemala. I’m blessed to lead a wonderful life with my husband and love of my life, Mark, our 2 goofy dogs, Lucy and Murphy, and Bailey the cat. Our cozy home is our oasis, a refuge, and a place to be creative.
Now I’m not really a girly-girl, which may be surprising when you browse my products and the majority are clearly designed for chicks. But, I always appreciate feminine and classic looks…never trendy. I love to create a hodge-podge of things…keeps my mind and hands busy. I enjoy my artsy solitude, love to laugh, drink wine with friends and a long, sweaty run followed by a big jump in the pool….ahhh paradise!