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Feel-Good Artistic Gifts

Soft Critters

Daniela and Chris Shelton breathe life into fanciful and imaginative critters while recycling other people's cast off clothing and other trash. While we have started to see a trend of artists going green and using recycled materials, Daniela and Chris have really transcended their materials to create as they cleverly name it – feel-good gifts, full of whimsy and evocative of earlier times.

To view more of Daniela and Chris's creations, please visit their online store – Hasenpfeffer Incorporated.

April 7th, 2008 - 10:24


Handcrafted Amorini from P & G Art


Amorini (ah.more.een.ee)

These diminutive and charming wall hanging sculptures are designed and handcrafted by Peter Lu and Gerrie Walker from Sebastopol, California. They call them Amorini, which translates to "Little Loves" from Greek mythology – cupid's silly and sublime younger brothers that were reintroduced into painting sculpture and decorative arts during the renaissance.

More of Peter and Gerrie's work can be found at their charming art studio, P & G Art, also known as Putto & Gargoyle, at 7202 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol, California. The studio opens Thursday through Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Telephone 707.829.8701

March 30th, 2008 - 11:27


Vintage Magnets

Vintage Magnets

We found these magnets with a vintage look, size 2.5" x 1.75", at Paperwhite. Paperwhite is located in the beautiful California wine country town of Petaluma, about 35 miles north of San Francisco in Sonoma County. At Paperwhite, you can find interesting letterpress cards, note books, wrapping papers and many other unique paper goods.

Telephone: 707.775.4200
119 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, California
Formerly known as Dauphine Press

March 10th, 2008 - 9:00


Floral Collage Note Cards

Jan Kalyani Lochner Note Cards

Over the weekend we found some delicate handmade note cards made with the pressed flowers and leaves of California native plants. These are just four of the many natural beauties available.

Card size – 4" x 5.5", blank inside.
By Jan Kalyani Lochner, Sebastopol, California.
Telephone: 707.823.3265

February 10th, 2008 - 9:10


Rhythm & Lines

Black and white round vase from Boosha Gifts
125 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma, California
Telephone 707.773.4602

February 4th, 2008 - 8:40


Hot Mat Newspaper Coiled Square




These kitchen mats caught my eye at Baksheesh (located in Sonoma, Healdsburg, and St. Helena, CA). They are handmade by the Women's Multipurpose Cooperative in Baguio City, Philipines. Not only visually interesting, the mats are environmentally conscious because they are made of old newspapers. Their innovative process involves wrapping the paper into coils and forming them into spiraled square building blocks. The products are starched to make them hard and shiny and have been tested to stand up to heat and moisture.

January 27th, 2008 - 10:33