Local crafters have the goods to satisfy your gift lists

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LORRAINE MARIE
Special to the S-E

Nothing predictable: you’re not likely to find cookie-cutter gifts if you turn to the variety of local artists and crafters to satisfy your holiday gift list.

While regional craft shows often wrap things up in early December, there are a few more area shows. Plus, there are local businesses that offer those kinds of goods right up to the Dec. 24 deadline…and beyond.

On Colville’s Main Street, 130 South Main, there’s The LOFT, which stands for local, organic and free trade. Local offerings at Emily Long’s store include handspun wool, beeswax candles, local honey (maybe pair it up with a good pancake recipe), the homegrown taste of Victory’s Organic Garden foods, soaps far more enticing than those mass-produced, signs, jewelry, unique shopping bags and homemade greeting cards.

The LOFT also has an ever-changing eclectic mix of vintage and antique items.

A few doors south of The LOFT, you’ll find The Handmaiden Bead and Jewelry Shop.

Owner Teresa Anderson lets you choose from locally made beads, or offers the chance to design and make your own special gift. She’ll get you set up on-site and take you through the whole process, so you can leave the store with a made-just-for-someone special creation.

Wide variety

For those not sure of their design skills, Anderson can take on the task using beads the customer selects…or just leave the entire project up to her, with a few tips on who the wearer will be.

Besides beads from all over the planet, Anderson quickly lists artists’ work found in her store: porcelain beads made by local artist Jean Christen, blown glass beads and pendants made by Oso Larsen, wire-wrapped jewelry from Cosmic Crystals, native art and jewelry by Lester Beddingfield, crystal window arrangements by Deborah Powell, jewelry from Bee Happy, Shelley Williams’ steam punk jewelry, Mick Rider’s one-of-a-kind jewelry, and Lawrence Tollva’s hand-cut and polished stone cabochons.

Anderson points out that The Handmaiden is “more than just a bead store.” Shoppers can also find locally-made homemade huckleberry syrup, wild-berry incense, sweaters and leg warmers, sweatgrass and smudging items. She has gift certificates, which can include beading classes she offers.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the Chewelah Farmers Market is hosting a Classic Country Christmas Faire at the Aaron Huff Memorial Cultural Center, 214 East Main Street, in Chewelah. The popular market will play host to the best of their artisan’s wares. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Goods from local artists and crafters can be found at Meyers Falls Market in Kettle Falls. One of the Market’s newest crafters is Anthony Gloss, who makes wooden turned bowls, typically from locally harvested trees. Along with CD’s and books from local people, the lineup of crafters includes pottery by Dort Pritchett, Debbie McDowell and Jean Christian; Linda Teller with cut metal candleholders; Ursula Atkinson’s crocheted legwarmers and juju dolls; jewelry from Rita Murphy, Indigo Sutra, Vernita Wright and Sara Brown; crocheted pieces by Heidi Short; coin purses by Aja Bridge; Tina Matney’s handspun yarns and art by Carol Vrba.

Shoshana’s show

The Market’s gift shop also has a variety of specially selected quality import craft items. Explore the rest of the Market for further gift ideas, such as choice wines, beers and food treats.

For the tail end of the craft shows, there is Shoshana’s 21st Annual Holiday Craft Show in Northport.

Goods available will include Barbara Anderson’s glass work, wire weavings and metal smithing; Jael Regis’ unique aprons, hats, scrubbies, handwarmers and cat nip mice; Victory Alexander’s gourmet sauces, roasted garlic dips, Scandinavian almond Christmas cakes (Shoshana say those “sell like crazy”), apple butter, dill pickles, dilly beans, pickled beets and pesto.

Lisa Kostelak’s baskets, which are inspired by a variety of basket-weaving traditions; Nahani Halbert’s raspberry mead vinegar, BBQ rubs and local organic maple syrup; Jami RoseLord Art offers crafts, including art cards and artwork, along with her homemade laundry soap; Katana and Andrea Christian’s handcrafted soaps, essential oil products and hand-dyed, hand-spun and handmade clothing; Donna Gay Ward, chief roaster at Steady’s Coffee, who brings fresh roasted organic coffee and gift baskets; Christy Hensy, with one-of-a-kind lamps made from repurposed pieces and decoupage lampshades, collage wall art, hand-crafted Christmas cards, and all-occasion iris paper folded cards, and, Shoshana’s large selection of colorful hand-thrown and hand-built pottery. Nanci Mitchell will again share quality handcrafted goods from Guatemala, along with her own specially-scented soy candles.

Hours for Shoshana’s craft show are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10; noon to 4 p;.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18.

The show, in Shoshana’s studio, is at 616 South Avenue, Northport.

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