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North Carolina Gift Guide


Christmas is approaching quickly, and as I surf Etsy for gift ideas, and attend craft shows packed with marvelous locally made goodies in preparation, I thought would share a few of my favorites finds with you. Some of the folks featured are friends, whose work I admire, some are new to me.


Based out of Greenville NC, Lazymuse was a fellow vendor at the Handmade Market last weekend and her toys just about knocked my socks off. Incredibly detailed and expressive in person, each one animal has it’s own unique personality and all are expertly made. Get ’em now, before she makes it to the big time and doubles the prices (as well she should):

Jordan Grace Owens is an artist and illustrator,  also from Greensboro (something in the water there maybe?). She will be a fellow vendor at the Rock & Shop market December 4th. Her etsy shop is named Hollandsworth after her grandmother. I LOVE her jointed paper dolls:

I found not one but two, designers who offer insanely cute crocheted kid’s hats:

Small Cappello

And Linda’s Krafty Kreations (aka The Best Etsy Shop Ever)

Ura Star House makes toys and cake toppers out of painted poplar wood:


If you are feeling crafty, you could order this fabric pattern by Maeula (aka my model Eileen). These stockings were designed to be sewn up into 12 cute mini goodie containers for an advent wreath, but you could use them as tree decorations as well.

Quirky Christmas cards from Ms. Starry Art:

I’ve been a fan of Tinypeepers since I first saw Kelly’s work, but these are truly irresistible, especially in the gold colorway:

From Catzilla Crafts, the kind of plant you really can’t kill:

And just in case you need a container for your new forever cactus:

Get ready for the new year with a 2011 calendar from Michelle Smith Designs:


I recently met Celia, and not only is she a talented metalsmith , but she is also incredibly sweet. She uses recycled metal to produce her line of belt buckles under the name Buncombe Buckles. Guess which one is my favorite!

The jewelry of Another Feather are romantic and evocative:

Maybe I’m just hankering for crystal, because I’ve been lusting over these necklaces by Mood Swing for months:

Then there is this crystalline print tote by local screen printers Ahpeele:

Haden Designs jewelry is made by local designer Liz Esser. We paired her circles and yellow quartz necklace with my geometric print Freda dress at a trunk show recently, and they looked fantastic together:

If you want to support indie designers near you this holidays, you could try the Shop Local feature of etsy. Just keep in mind that sellers may list their location in different ways. I searched Raleigh, Asheville, Nc, North Carolina to start. Markets that feature handmade goods are a great resource to find local talent as well. Happy shopping!

3 Responses to “North Carolina Gift Guide”

  1. Norman Ross Powers

    So much fine stuff. I especially like the belt buckles and crocheted beasts.

  2. Frances Newcross

    Hey Sweetie! Those were incredibly interesting items to ponder shopping for. Hear you are having fun at these seasonal shows. Happy Holidaze!


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