Tuesday Tour – Week 2
Every Tuesday, from now until Christmas, I’m going to take you on a tour of some of my favorite Art Fire shops. I’ll feature some special items from those shops, with the hope that you’ll find some great handmade Christmas gifts or something sweet for yourself.
Many people are starting their Christmas shopping now; hoping to spread it out over two months and avoid last-minute craziness. If you really want to avoid the frenzied crowds and the rushed, pressured feelings, I suggest that you shop for handcrafted items online.
When you shop handmade for Christmas, you help support artists and their families. You get to interact directly with the artist, without middlemen or big box stores. Plus, you will get personal attention and customer service. What could be better?
I’m going to start off today with Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs. Catherine was the first person to purchase from me when I came to ArtFire and we have become good online friends. She is always available to answer my questions and she works tirelessly to promote other artisans. Catherine’s work primarily features lovely gemstones, with designs inspired by nature. It’s difficult to choose just one favorite item from her shop, but these Laser Etched Black Onyx Earrings are brand new and I really love them. Check out the sweet little stars at the bottoms of the earrings!
- Laser etched Onyx Earrings
Tomlinson Photography and Design is one of my favorite shops. I have a great appreciation of art photography and like to play around with my camera a bit myself. This Winter Red Berry Card, or the others in her shop, would make unique Christmas cards this year. She’ll even personalize them with your family name or greeting.
Before I started making jewelry, I tried my hand at basket weaving, so I have an insider’s appreciation of all the work that goes into the creation of a handmade basket. This Hand-woven Basket With A Rolling Pin Handle is one of the most clever baskets I’ve ever seen. Wouldn’t it make a unique Christmas gift for the baker on your list? I just love this! It is available from Baskets By Rose.
You can also find great handmade Christmas gifts at Linda Landig Jewelry. Please visit my shop for handmade jewelry with an artisan flair.
I hope you enjoyed your second Tuesday Tour. I’d love to hear your comments!