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 13, 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 »

Hubrig Easter Bunnies have arrived

March 31, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Hubrig Easter Bunnies have arrived

Finally, we received our shipment of hand made Hubrig Easter Bunnies from Germany.  These little wooden figurines are now part of our Old World Easter  display.   Many people like to add just one piece a year as part of their Easter tradition to make their own Easter village or parade of bunnies.   We carry a… Continue reading »

Pine needle baskets by Melanie Walter

March 31, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Pine needle baskets by Melanie Walter

Handcrafted by Melanie Walter in Wilmington, North Carolina, these pine needle baskets are intricately coiled from the needles of Long Leaf Pine (Pinus Palustrus).   The needles can grow up to 15″ long, and are collected from the tree and ground area, then are soaked and cleaned.  Ms. Walter forms the needles into coils, then sews them into the desired shape of the… Continue reading »

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 »