Flameworked Glass birds by Thomas von Koch

February 24, 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

February 15, 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 »

Glass paperweights by Robert Held

February 11, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Glass paperweights by Robert Held

We couldn’t resist showing these heart shaped glass paperweights by Robert Held of British Columbia for Valentine’s Day. Robert Held led the largest hot glass studio and gallery in Canada before he retired in 2013, but he could not resist the pull of molten glass and opened a new studio in 2014. He derives inspiration… Continue reading »

Vintage Maximal Art jewelry

February 2, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Vintage Maximal Art jewelry

We have a few pieces of trendy, vintage Maximal Art Jewelry designed by John Wind in Aston, Pennsylvania and made by hand in the United States.  Mr. Wind’s pieces are set in 14 karat gold plate over pewter frames with designs sealed with liquid crystal.  Austrian crystals and glass pearls are used for embellishment.  For Valentine’s… Continue reading »

Earrings by Thomas Kuhner

February 2, 2015
Chris Obriecht

We are showing hearts for Valentine’s day, but these sterling silver and vermeil earrings by Thomas Kuhner are just a just a sampling of the designs available at The Calico Cat.  Mr. Kuhner has been making jewelry for more than 40 years and has a home workshop in Sanbornton, New Hampshire.  The pieces are hand wrought or cast… Continue reading »

Red Leather Purse by Mowen Leather Designs

February 4, 2015
Chris Obriecht

This rich red leather purse by Mowen Leather Designs, hand made in Copely, Ohio, would be perfect for the woman who has a flair for fashion. This bag is 9” wide, has a magnetic clasp and a long leather shoulder strap and will look great for casual or dressy occasions. All Mowen bags are built to last… Continue reading »