Magnifying Glass for Father’s Day

If you saw our last post, you will know that we have a variety of beautiful hand turned wood pens for Father’s Day gifts, but perhaps your dad doesn’t need a new stylish pen for Father’s Day because he has all the pens he wants.  But reading the small print on little labels and forms, now that’s… Continue reading »

Hand turned wooden pens with stylus

Hand turned wooden pens with stylus

In response to customer requests, The Calico Cat stocked a variety of hand turned wooden pens.  These pens are made by Peter and Barbara Turner of Turner Mastercraft and by William and Kathy Richardson of Suffolk Shaker Shop and are in a variety of shapes, colors, and styles.  They all take Cross refills, some have a stylus opposite the… Continue reading »

New Handmade Jewelry for the Young-at-Heart

New Handmade Jewelry for the Young-at-Heart

New to the store this spring, we are featuring jewelry by Robin Goodfellow Designs.  These pieces are exclusively designed by Robin Satterwaite and created in Holland, Michigan by a team of talented artists out of brass, silver and gold plated wire, Swarvoski crystals, glass and metal beads, and freshwater pearls.  Robin Goodfellow’s ethereal jewelry is… Continue reading »

Hand Dyed Silk Scarves

Hand Dyed Silk Scarves

We are featuring two artists who make unusual hand dyed silk scarves, Barb Polin of Virginia and Patty Harden of Colorado.  Both women use unusual dye methods to make unique scarves, every one is a  gorgeous serendipitous surprise.  Barb Polin, an artist new to the Calico Cat, makes marbled silk SoLace scarves.  This process entails… Continue reading »

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

Today marks the birthday of Tennessee Williams, one of our great American playwrights, who wrote the play, The Glass Menagerie, a tale of love and loss.  We have our own glass menagerie for Tennessee Williams fans, lovers of flameworked glass, or collectors of animal figurines.  These animals are made in the United States by Thomas… Continue reading »

Focus on Easter at the Calico Cat

Focus on Easter at the Calico Cat

This year, as always, we have special events and merchandise for Easter.  Don’t miss our miniature Easter parade of hand carved and painted wooden bunnies and figurines.  We carry Hubrig, Tregeno and other handmade figurines from Germany.  I remember the yearly tradition of setting our own parade of tiny carved bunnies and birds every Easter. … Continue reading »

Holly Yashi Jewelry

Holly Yashi Jewelry

Just in time for Valentines’s Day, we have a selection of jewelry by Holly Yashi of northern California.  Holly and Paul “Yashi” have been started making jewelry in their garage in 1981.  Their signature metal is niobium, a lightweight, precious metal that is oxidized to create a variety of permanent hues in intricate designs inspired by the beautiful countryside… Continue reading »