Fabric Easter Baskets by Susan Plasterer

March 18, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Fabric Easter Baskets by Susan Plasterer

We carry fabric Easter baskets from local artist Susan Plasterer and her story is indicative of the evolution of an artist as well as the support provided by Bill and Bruni Obriecht to encourage people in the crafts field.  Susan learned to sew from her mother and grandmother as a child, and was a teenager… Continue reading »

Anne C. Ross Fused Glass

March 13, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Anne C. Ross Fused Glass

Anne C. Ross of Cape Cod, Massachusetts makes her fused glass pieces of window glass and colored enamels.  She uses her hand cut stencils to guide the powdered enamels as she sifts the colors onto a sheet of glass.  Once Ms. Ross has achieved the design she wants, she carefully lays another piece of glass atop the first… Continue reading »

Mary Melinda Wellsandt’s Glass Vases

March 8, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Mary Melinda Wellsandt’s Glass Vases

At long last, we are pleased to be able to offer you a new shipment of Mary Melinda Wellsandt’s glass vases. She is a talented artist with a loyal following for whom demand outstrips supply. We are one of three stores in Maryland who carry her pieces and the only one in Baltimore. We recently… Continue reading »

Soft stuffed mice by Joyce Napotnik

March 23, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Soft stuffed mice by Joyce Napotnik

Sometimes, you need a touch of whimsy to get through a winter that has lasted too long, and these soft stuffed mice by Joyce Napotnik of Century Farm Crafts are just the ticket. Joyce, the daughter of a seamstress, actually tried having her mouse design manufactured abroad, but was so dissatisfied with the quality, she… Continue reading »

Flameworked Glass Birds by Thomas von Koch

March 16, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Flameworked Glass Birds by Thomas von Koch

We’re still focusing on birds at the end of this cold and snowy month and in a bright ray of sunshine, we are enjoying flameworked glass birds by Thomas von Koch.  Mr. von Koch learned lampwork in his native country of Germany before he moved himself and his business, WGK Glass Art,  to the United States.  I had… Continue reading »

Birdhouses by Al Buss for our native songbirds

March 16, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Birdhouses by Al Buss for our native songbirds

When I saw my first robin of spring last Sunday in Catonsville, I thought about the joy that our native songbirds bring us throughout the year. As we approach the end of February we are still feeling winter’s cold embrace, but our native songbirds are already looking for places to raise their families. Many people… Continue reading »

Mullanium birds and wish boxes

February 11, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Mullanium birds and wish boxes

Mullanium birds and wish boxes are the result of the combined talents of Jim Mullan and his wife Tori in Pompano Beach, Florida. When they met in the 80’s, they found they shared a fascination for antiques, including watches and jewelry. They have combined their talents and now create one-of-a-kind birds and little wish boxes… Continue reading »

MoonSpoon tea nest, butter and cheese boards

February 11, 2015
Chris Obriecht
MoonSpoon tea nest, butter and cheese boards

Did you think we could not possibly come up with another heart design for Valentine’s Day? You haven’t seen these butter and cheese boards designed by Jonathan and Julia ‘spoons’ of Pennsylvania.  All of MoonSpoon designs are crafted of cherry wood with flame-blackened edges. We carry MoonSpoon tea nests, utensils, jewelry benches, spreaders and boards. Jonathan and Julia… Continue reading »

Heart puzzle box by Honeybrook Woods

February 8, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Heart puzzle box by Honeybrook Woods

Does your love have enough jewelry, but no place to put it?  Is your love an enigma that you are always trying to figure out?  Try something different, a handmade wooden puzzle box in the shape of a heart by Honeybrook Woods.  Paul Yakoe and his small company of five in southern Pennsylvania craft these… Continue reading »

Sterling Silver and Amber Jewelry from Poland

February 6, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Sterling Silver and Amber Jewelry from Poland

Some skin tones absolutely glow when accented with warm golds and browns. If that is the case for you or your loved one, consider sterling silver and amber jewelry from Poland. Amber is a fossilized tree resin that is millions of years old and that has been prized since Neolithic times.  When worn against the skin, the succinic… Continue reading »