Category Archives: Finds

Easter Basket Finds

Winter seemed to drag on, but now that we’re into March, I can hardly believe it…and Easter is less than a month away!  If you’re searching for something extra special for your Easter baskets, check out this list of lovely and unique handmade treats!

Salty & Sweet Tee by Stay Cozy Tees, $18
Marfa agate necklace by Cultivated Dreams, $100

All of the felted wool sculptures by this artist are just amazing and adorable….be sure to check out the entire shop!

Spring onion by WooolSculpture, $40

CraftSanity (TM) Pocket Tapestry Loom by CraftSanity, $12

Yes, I know I shared Art Farm in the last gift guide, but her stuff is just too lovely!!  (Full disclosure: and yes, she also happens to be my mom…)
Rose of Ireland Cross by Art Farm, $14

Anise Cookie Dyed Yarn by Beach Bum Yarn, $21
Detachable collar by YukiKana, $20

And I really want one of these…!

Pardon the Weeds aluminum sign by Timmerman Prints, $20
OOAK bunny art doll by NatashaArtDolls, $80.10
Hand Knit Teapot Cozy by Anders Farm, $18

And last but certainly not least, a print that I adore from Oklahoma artist, Heather Sleightholm:

Our Lady, Undoer of Knots art print by SleightholmFolk, $18

Valentine’s Finds

Are you still looking for that perfect gift for your sweetheart(s)?  If you’re like me, you probably are, because you like to wait until the last possible minute.  ;)   Check out these fabulous finds now!

Mint and rose soap by Rouge and Rye, $8
Unicorn necklace by Moon Garden Designs, $26
Bunny Pouch by Orange Apollo, $12.74

 

Tiny Bird by Art Farm, $6
Leather keychain by Tenerina Bags, $15.37
Hematite Star Earrings by Beees Beads, $10
Heart ornament by the handmaid, $10
Dress Pattern PDF by Very Shannon, $9.95
Handwoven cowl by These Isles, $174.14
Floral arrangement by The Plaid Prairie, $28
Mini Max doll by Duke and June, $28

Shop Small, Kansas.

Welcome to volume 2 of my holiday gift guide!  This time, the focus is on small, locally owned brick and mortar shops.  These are must-visit destinations, especially on Small Business Saturday.

Nectar Republic (formerly known as Milk + Honey Candles) has a brand new place in Clifton Square, and I can’t wait to visit them!  They handcraft natural soy candles and bath goods, and their shop carries these along with home decor and vintage accent items.  3700 E Douglas Ave., Ste. 40, Wichita, KS.

   

The White Peacock Tea and Coffee Company in Lindsborg is definitely a place to check out!  Naturally, you’ll find delicious and organic fair trade refreshments, but they also carry fabulous handmade art, accessories, and more. 124 S Main St., Lindsborg, KS (785) 212-6108


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Lucinda’s is–I think it goes without saying–a Wichita favorite!  They carry all sorts of stylish, fun, wonderful clothing, accessories, jewelry, gifts, and more.  Also a large variety of locally handmade items.  There’s something for everyone here!  Located at 329 N Mead St. in Wichita (next to the Old Town Warren).

Right across the way from Lucinda’s is Bella Luz, which specializes in handcrafted gifts, many of which are made by local artisans. 300 N Mead St., Ste. 105, Wichita, KS.

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The Workroom is a sewing workroom for home textiles, and also an amazing retail space for local artists.  Home decor, art, pottery, Wichita Flag swag, and more…swing by sometime, and be sure to follow their facebook page, as they are always posting great events. 150 N Cleveland St., Wichita, KS

Naughty Tiger Gifts in Mulvane is another hidden gem.  This chic and cheerful store is chock full of unique gifts and handmade goodies, home goods, accessories and more.  They are big proponents of offering fair trade and American made items, and a good deal of their profit goes to their family animal rescue farm near Leon, KS.  You can find the shop at 213 W Main St., Mulvane, KS.

Karg Art Glass, owned by artist Rollin Karg, sells quality art pieces of–yes–glass!  There are some pretty spectacular pieces found at this gallery, in a range of prices.  Be sure to follow their facebook page as well, as they often have holiday events–including blowing your own glass ornament!  You can visit them at 111 N Oliver St., Kechi, KS.

Watermark Books & Cafe is such a cozy, lovely book store and coffee shop…do I really need to say more?!  Shop there, then follow them for events and more. 4701 E Douglas, Wichita, KS.

 

FarmShop LLC is a garden center focusing on community and sustainable, organic, locally grown food.  They specialize in landscape and gardening solutions, and are yet another purveyor of locally made goods! 1136 Bitting Ave., Wichita, KS.

Hatman Jack’s is truly a part of local history and has outfitted some stars…but most importantly, they really just have a great selection of hats.  (I think hats need to make a comeback.)  Give your loved ones or yourself the gift of style!  Find them in Historic Delano at 610 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your favorite local business?

Handmade Holidays: Kansas-Made on Etsy (Vol. 1)

I have been so busy sewing that I completely forgot about this week’s post!  I also completely lost track of the fact that we are more than half way through November–which means we’re just a little more than a month away from Christmas.  How is that even possible?!  If you’re reading this, you probably already understand the importance (and the sheer wonderfulness) of buying local.  So without further ado, may I present to you the first edition of my 2016 Gift Picks!  100% Kansas-made, 110% awesome.  Enjoy!

Freeform labradorite and silver ring by Cultivated Dreams, $72 (plus shipping).  From the shop: “Cultivated Dreams & Designs is a once lost and now newly found dream of mine to give people what you just can’t find in stores – wearable, real, raw ART. I have been running my business for five years now, and I love being able to do what I enjoy – all while making someone else happy in the process. I do everything myself, including the rough sketches of thousands of designs, creating the jewelry, photography & editing, completing orders, and even now, cutting my own stones in my home studio.”  Check out the rest of her work here.
Peppermint Rose Facial Toner by Soiled Dove Co, $24 (plus shipping). From the shop:
Peppermint Rose Facial Toner by Soiled Dove Co, $24 (plus shipping). From the shop: “Created by owner Riley Fouts, The Soiled Dove serves a sister company to her Madame Scodioli line. (A true Madame needs her doves, right?) In contrast to her darker, moodier sister, The Soiled Dove will concentrate on lighter floral based scents in refined, feminine packaging. The line has launched with facial bars, lotions and perfume oils, soon to be followed by facial toners, facial masks and hair serum. All products are handmade by Riley. She is essentially building her dream brand.”  View more soaps, perfumes, and bath products here.
Wire Bun Wrap by Nachibands, $7 (plus shipping). This shop based in Solomon, Kansas, has a huge variety of handmade headbands and wraps! See them all here.
Wire Bun Wrap by Nachibands, $7 (plus shipping). This shop based in Solomon, Kansas, has a huge variety of handmade headbands and wraps! See them all here.
Handspun Yarn: Rapture by The Corner of Knit & Tea, $43 (plus shipping). Exquisite handspun yarn, crafted in Overland Park, Kansas. This particular skein is a blend of merino, bamboo, and nylon.  View more lovely yarns here.
Mini Octagon Planters by Convivial Production, $18 each or $45.90 for a set of 3 (plus shipping).
Mini Octagon Planters by Convivial Production, $18 each or $45.90 for a set of 3 (plus shipping).   From their shop: “Convivial Production, Inc was started April of 2014. We are a production and design company that hand makes home decor, dinnerware and garden products for various brick + mortar stores throughout the US. All of the work grew from a love for hospitality. Service. Dining. Social vitality. The notion of conviviality coincided perfectly with functional ceramic wares – the joining of people to eat, to drink and to be well with one another. We make the dinnerware that allows for festivity as well as the decor that sets the scene for intimate gatherings. Our goal is to encourage others to host well as they use the items they have collected.”  View all items here.
Hand-turned Cocobolo Crochet Hook by Unraveled Ewe, $25 (plus shipping). Gorgeous wood fiber art tools and more, based in Emporia, Kansas. Check out the rest of their lovely offerings here.

This was just a small sampling of the lovely things I found, but I’ve got photos to take and errands to run…so I’ll be back soon with even more amazing local finds!

Autumn in Kansas: Bohemian Finds

How can we possibly be into October already?!

The grand opening of the shop (and subsequent giveaway!) is coming up soon, but in the meantime, I’ve got some work to do.  So this week’s post is all about inspiration.

Autumn is such a romantic time: perfect for sunset walks among the changing leaves, accompanied by a rising full moon whilst wearing long, flowing skirts, the scent of campfire smoke and incense on the crisp breeze…or something like that.

Sad news:  My intention today was to create an Etsy treasury, but much to my dismay, as of today, treasuries will no longer be a feature.  (Really, Etsy?!)  Good news: I can still spotlight artists’ work and am also reminded that it’s almost always going to take a grassroots effort to promote handmade.  (Sneak peek: next week’s post we’ll explore Generation Handmade.)

These finds are special–not just because they’re beautiful and autumny, but because each of these items is crafted by a Kansas artisan.  Enjoy, follow the links below, and remember to always support local!

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  1. yarn by http://thestashbuckler.etsy.com
    2. http://www.etsy.com/listing/159212397/sleep-forever-skull-sleep-mask
    3. hair accessores by http://plainsrevival.etsy.com
    4. http://www.etsy.com/listing/238684284/double-field-notes-arts-sciences-leather
    5. http://www.etsy.com/listing/90952290/woodgrain-heart-necklace-custom-initial
    6. http://www.etsy.com/listing/276751222/roving-merino-silk-top-fiber-velvet
    7. http://www.etsy.com/listing/246360671/sterling-and-onyx-teardrop-pendant-black
    8. http://www.etsy.com/listing/292306099/pink-yellow-floral-rose-bear-ears
    9. http://www.etsy.com/listing/468465896/argentium-silver-with-carnelian-earrings
    10. http://www.etsy.com/listing/230063241/josephine-hand-body-lotion-jasmine
    11. http://www.etsy.com/listing/150758499/oracle-exotic-fig-spices-and-musk

I want to mention, The Soiled Dove lotion (#10) and Madame Scodioli’s solid perfume (#11) are both exquisite and absolutely heavenly.  (The Soiled Dove is a sister company to Scodioli.) I cannot praise their body products too highly!!

In the spirit of Fall inspiration, I must also share my Pinterest feed from this morning…could it be any more lovely?!  (If you’d like to see who I’m following and check out my pins, you can see my profile at pinterest.com/sweetlee)

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What’s inspiring you today?  Please share!