Blenko Glass

August 19, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Blenko Glass

We are proud to be carrying Blenko glass from the family owned and operated company that has been making hand made glassware since 1893.  At their present location in Milton, West Virginia since 1921, Blenko is indeed an American institution, still producing mouth blown and art glass.  Shown at left in the picture below are water… Continue reading »

Pottery bowl from Three Wheel Studio

July 26, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Pottery bowl from Three Wheel Studio

Sometimes, when Bruni, Bill and I are walking the aisles at a craft show, one of us stops in our tracks to gape at the work of a new artist.  When two of us stop, we know we have a winner, and the pottery Three Wheel from Studio fits that category.  This pottery bowl is by Dwo… Continue reading »

Best Neighborhood Service!

June 6, 2015
Chris Obriecht

This past Wednesday evening, Baltimore County Department of Planning awarded the Calico Cat for the Best Neighborhood Service in Retail/Restaurant at its second annual Commercial Revitalization Reception. That’s the best service in the county. The rest of the world is catching on to what our old-time customers already know — we give excellent service that is… Continue reading »

Watson Woodworks Wooden Boxes

July 26, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Watson Woodworks Wooden Boxes

Wooden boxes by Eugene Watson in Colorado show an unusual combination of fine woodworking and carefully planned engineering. Many of his boxes have unusual catches or hidden compartments that surprise and delight. Each of his boxes is finished with multiple layered combinations of shellac, lacquer and paste wax for a smooth feel that you have… Continue reading »

Sea Stones bar products

May 27, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Sea Stones bar products

Sometimes, it’s hard to find a finely finished, handcrafted, manly gift but we just fell in love with these Sea Stones bar products made by Arra David and Anne Johnson of Windham, New Hampshire.  We were thinking of Father’s Day when we chose these items but they would work for anyone who enjoys a relaxing drink after a… Continue reading »

Alice’s Cottage Lavender Sachets

May 6, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Alice’s Cottage Lavender Sachets

We have been carrying Alice Backman’s fabric giftware for decades and these lavender sachets are an example of her work. Bruni remembers when Alice was just starting her company, Alice’s Cottage, in the 1980s.   Alice creates new artwork constantly, coming up with new designs every year for a fresh look.  She works out of Hagerstown, where… Continue reading »

Fused Glass Art by Nonnie Lyketsos

May 6, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Fused Glass Art by Nonnie Lyketsos

When Bill and Bruni recently discovered a new artist, Nonnie Lyketsos, who produces fused glass pictures with tremendous vibrancy and charm, they just had to carry her work in the store. Nonnie’s pieces are made by placing various glass pieces and crushed glass on a solid glass base, then firing the work in a kiln at 1500 degrees Fahrenheit to… Continue reading »

Leaf Leather Purses Handmade in USA

April 13, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Leaf Leather Purses Handmade in USA

Leaf Leather purses by C. L. Whiting are hand tooled using individual stamps shaped like leaves. The entire hide is tooled, then cut into smaller pieces for staining and sewing. Each piece is unique. The small rust and black bag is 5′ long, includes a short strap and is on sale for $36.36. The larger red and… Continue reading »

Danny K handbags and purses

April 20, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Danny K handbags and purses

Danny Kong was born into a family of shoemakers in his native Thailand and worked as a designer in the family business while earning his college degree before immigrating to the United States. He made his first bag from a piece of beautiful tapestry fabric and it was so well received, soon he had a loyal following. From… Continue reading »