I have to warn you, this is a lo-o-o-ng post!! Lots of pictures...so have a look~
As I was checking my Facebook account the other day, it dawned on me how many of my friends and family are incredibly talented artisans!!
Since I am linking up to some Christmas projects and ideas from all over the web for the next few weeks, I decided to insert a post that will feature some of our Canadian artisans, so without further adieu:
1) The Cute Factor, by Ashlynn Kornelson
As many of you know, we just celebrated the birth of my granddaughter Lauryn. As soon as I checked out Ashlynn's page 'The Cute Factor', I knew I had to buy one of these. It came really quickly in the mail and was sweetly and carefully packaged 'for our precious little girls.'
Ashlynn makes these to fit any size you need to fit your little one comfortably. She runs her customer oriented business in a professional and courteous manner. Dealing with Ashlynn was a very rewarding experience on every level!
Ice Princess - Very cool!
Little Lady- love the Lady Bugs!!
You really have to check out her FB Fan page as she has many, many more designs and they're all ADORABLE!!!
Ashlynn has a Facebook Fan page called The Cute Factor-designer jewelry for our precious girls!
She resides in beautiful Penticton, B.C.
Do yourself and your little girl, niece, granddaughter, baby cousin a favor and pick one of these up. They are affordable and very, very precious!!
2) Hand-turned Pens, by Terry Hurst
Are you looking for a beautiful yet practical gift for a business partner, accountant, or friend? Look no further!!
These pens are just so elegant! Made from exotic woods such as Brazilian Rosewood, Purple Heart, African Zebra Wood, Black Wood, and Ebony; some are even made of Deer, Elk and Moose Antlers--they make a truly unique gift!
Terry hand turns these pens from his home in Alberta, Canada. In his due diligence, he ensures that the companies he purchases his exotic stock from do not participate in questionable logging practices. The domestic woods he uses come from urban trees, or blow downs, etc. Due to his appreciation of the incredible beauty of the woods he works with, he feels every effort should be made to ensure their survival in their natural habitat.
From top to bottom: Rosewood, Purple Heart wood, Siberian Pea Wood, Rosewood Pen and Pencil Set.
*You can click on any picture to enlarge it and get a better look.
If you'd like to get a hold of Terry, just go to my info (email) or leave a comment and I'd be happy to hook you up!
Handcrafted body care for the whole family. From body butters, to cloth diaper safe bum butter, pregnancy balms, cold salves, shampoo and body wash, we have your body care needs covered!! Organic and natural ingredients nourish and heal skin difficulties, rashes and issues, while leaving you soft and smelling Delish-ious!
I am expecting even greater things from this Kamloops company in the near future!!
Here she is in her own words:
Cake decorating has been a passion of mine for years as my grandfather was a baker and when I was in university, I worked for a bakery on the weekends and summers. The first noteworthy cake I ever made was my own wedding cake 17 years ago. It was a joint effort between my grandfather and myself and will always be very special to me, especially since he just passed away this fall.
When my own children came along, I suddenly had a reason to make fancy cakes again. Just last year I was introduced to fondant, and that has really opened up a whole new creative world for me. I used to paint on canvas; now I create with cake. I am self-taught and find information on the Internet as a great resource. Creating custom cakes is like therapy for me - I am so blessed by all the opportunities that have come my way. It is a real honor.
So there you have it, and here are some of her creations!
Wow...that's got to be my longest post of all time!